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Monday, July 25, 2011

A quick curtain fix

Connor's walls are peeling, cracking and the corner tape it coming up.  It looks like hell.  The whole house is actually cracked so there's not a door that closes or a wall that's square left.  As a result, well one of the many results, is that Connor's room looks like a hovel and he hates being in there.  His curtain rods popped completely out of one wall so I ripped (*unceremoniously and in quite a fury) the remaining curtain down and tossed it and the rod a few months ago.  His remaining curtain rod balanced precariously on the middle hook that was put in to support the middle of the rod, both end supports having also popped out of shifting walls.

Poor kid.

On Saturday he asked me if we could DO something about the hellish state of the house and the walls because it was 'uncomfortable being here'.  Nice.  For reasons unknown, we are not currently even addressing the cracks, holes, uplifted floors that we trip over or doors that won't close.  I don't think a kid should have to live in a place that makes him unhappy and since I can't (currently) move us, I can create him a little spot to make him happy.  I have a sewing machine and time and relative knowledge.  C'mon kiddo, mama's gonna hook you up! 

Coupons in hand, we headed to Joann.  He picked out a print, we think it looks like atoms, and a solid.  All him.  We drove home and I hemmed both sides of the 8 yards of print fabric.  Then I cut it into the correct sized pieces, serged and did a 2 inch hem on the bottom, serged and did a 3 inch pocket, divided into 2 1 1/2 inch pockets on the top.  We used a simple 'u' rod for the top, mounted 2 inches from the ceiling.

$28.00 = the start of giving kiddo a spot that doesn't LOOK like it's falling apart or make him feel like we can never leave because no one will buy a broken house.  It's a little thing but I did it for him, with him (he ironed and sewed a couple seams) and I'm working on a soft sculpture from the remaining fabric for the walls then we're going to cut up vinyl atoms on the cricut for the walls.  I have to make the rest of the teeshirt yarn and I'll crochet him a softie rug from the white, blue and brown teeshirts and hopefully, he'll be slightly happier *even though his door won't actually shut. 






Wednesday, July 13, 2011

t-shirt yarn

I purged my closet and as a result came up with a monstrous pile of tee shirts that no longer fit, are stained, ugly or stretched to some fantastical shape that no one can wear.

I took them into my sewing room and started slicing!  Cut off the ribbing, top and bottom and slice the tee across at the armholes.  If you make a 1 inch diagonal cut to start the "yarn" you can make a continuous cut about 1 inch wide across the rest of the shirt.  Connect as many shirts as you have with an easy slip knot and wind them into giant balls.

I'm going to make a rug (crochet) and some kitchen dishcloths (knit)  I'll post the "patterns" here but just wanted to let you know what July's project is!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Easy Ribbed Wrist Warmers

I've had a problem lately with some really bad wrist pain when I crochet for too long so I've switched to knitting for a little bit.   Although I've noticed that when I sit at my desk to knit my shoulder begins to burn.  I guess I am getting old or need a better spot to craft.  We'll say that.

I've been attending some local Meet Ups with the Austin Knit and Crochet Meet Up, fabulous group of women and no children so I'm a happy happy person.  It's a lovely way to spend time with new people of similar interest, if you get a chance to find a local meet up, take it!

My friend was working on wrist warmers with a really interesting twist pattern so I asked her to forward me the pattern.  When I realized it'd been a while since I knit in the round or on double points I thought I'd take a little bit of time and have a practice session. The pattern itself is really easy just some yarn overs, slip stitches and straight knitting.

I cast on 30 stitches on 9.5mm bamboo double points, then distributed the stitches onto 3 needles and proceeded to do a k2/p2 ribbing.  I was careful to count off the stitches so that easy new needle started with knit stitches (12, 8 and 12 stitches), they're easier to tighten up so there's no gap in the work along the seam of the needle jump.

I soon realized I'd made my own wrist warmers, so I threw in a thumb hole (decrease 6 stitches, finish the round and increase by 6 the next time by) and added a couple more rows. I think it was a pretty successful venture considering it's been a while.

Connor and his friend both immediately ordered pairs in black (they are 12 yr old boys after all) so it looks like the fabulous twist wrist warmers will have to wait for a bit.  Here's my practice warmers.  They are about 38 rows total.

I think I'd like to add some ruffle or other adornment to the wrist side but we'll wait and see on that one.


adding more shots, to confirm I did actually make two! :)


super quick, super easy, whip yourself up a pair!