Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Colorful Mittens

My twin sister and I love searching Pinterest for fun new ideas. One day I sent her a photo of a colorful pair of mittens that reminded me of her and she was like "seriously- I pinned those months ago!". Well then, I totally had to make them for her!

She even had all the similar colors in yarn from one of her trips to Iceland. She'd been saving it for a special project and this was it! One day we got together for a craft day and we laid out the yarn to see which colors she wanted to put where on each mitten. I remembered to take a few photos so that I didn't forget.

Then I started the first mitten using the modified mitten pattern I made for myself a few years ago. 

I kept my sister posted on the progress of her mittens throughout the process. I'd get excited with each new color added, so these are just a few of the photos I texted her to let her know I hadn't forgotten about her. I added all kinds of happy thoughts into these mittens while knitting them for her.

That was just the first glove, usually by this time in the mitten project I realize that I have to do all that all over again. But this time, it didn't feel like I was repeating anything because I got to make the second glove in all new colors.

With advice from my sister I took the blue yarn rows up higher than I did the grey on the other mitten. Now that it's finished I like the second glove more than the first because of the smaller tip color. I gave them to her just before New Year's but before they became hers she had to "make a snowball, hold your hands like this and turn into the light" so I could get a nice photo to blog about. She really is the best twin sister a girl could ask for!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tiny Knits...

My oldest told me he was excited for Saint Nick to come fill their shoes but he missed the small handmade gifts St. Nick used to bring them. Of course, he remembered every single item that he had received in his shoe on the morning of December 6th.

He told me all this on the evening of December 5th. What's a girl to do?! I had NOT planned on making anything at all, let alone a small gift that would fit in their shoes.

We put the boys to bed and I jumped on Pinterest and started searching. It took me about a half hour to find something I thought I could make that same night. Here's the pattern I used for the bunny.

Then it took me an hour or two to knit these two tiny knits for each little mister. Last minute Saint Nick shoe surprises DONE all because my oldest told me he misses the little handmade gifts.

One for each kid! Stayed up too late but finished before midnight. A pink bunny and a black “cat” or maybe a mouse? Not sure... we’ll just see what the boys think it is and go with that!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Decade trip photo album & scrapbook

I take photos, lots of them. I can’t help it. Its how I like to document happenings around me, especially of my kids. I took a special trip with my 10 year old this summer and when we got home I started putting together the photo album I wanted to have printed. I like using Blurb for my photo books because I like to control the layout. I had a crazy idea that this book I was going to glue our paper souvenirs into the album. So I measured the items I wanted to include and put place holders in the book (that way I knew they would fit!).

I wasn’t sure how it would work but I love the end result. It makes the pages and book a little thicker but overall not too full. I love that our souvenirs and trinkets from our time traveling is all right there in one place. 

Pictured above is the layout I made and had printed. Pictured below is after I got the book back and used double sided tape to attach postcards and receipts onto the pages. 

The circle space needle sticker was even more fun to place partially on top of the printed photo in the book. I've never really thought about shopping for stickers while on my travels but you can bet your bottom dollar that's what I'll be keeping an eye out for on my future travels.

I am the crazy person who also saves metro cards and plane tickets, so you probably guessed that I stuck those into the book as well. It's a fun time stamp of how we traveled from sight to sight.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Year in school paper organizing.

For the last few years I've been dumping all the school papers, art projects and other misc things the boys make into a basket throughout the school year. In June, when all the papers we could possibly ever want come home, I sort through the basket of papers. I'm not going to lie- it takes hours of my time and energy. Not the sorting so much, but the thought that I'm not saving the right stuff. Now that the boys are older I ask their input on what I MUST save and what they want to throw away. They're very insightful and for the most part it's me who feels it all must be saved. I photographer a lot of the art so I can make copies or prints if it's really special.

Top is before I started, below is after I got it down. I actually doesn't look sugneicantly smaller but there was a LOT that got tossed.

When the pile it seriously smaller and easier to manage I file it away into a file box. I started these boxes after my oldest finished 1st grade. Now that he just finished 4th grade I had to upgrade the size of his box. I keep a lot more of his younger years stuff. I find that I keep less and less as he grows. I also realized there's less artwork that comes home with each passing year. That actually makes me a little sad because he is so creative and LOVES art.


I'm glad to have things organized and put away.  If they grow up and toss it, I might be sad. But its fun to look at how their hand writting has changed over the years and what they art is turning into.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Garage sale stool

I went garage saleing with my husband back in May and we found this metal stool. It was only $3 so I spent the money and snapped it up. I think my husband wasn't sure why I wanted it but I knew with a tiny bit of paint it would be a fun stool for the art desk I painted last fall (which I might not have even blogged about).

 I went with a sunny yellow to complement the blue painting desk.

An easy project but I do need to get better about waiting till all the paint it dry before moving on. I tend to rush the drying process and it never fails that I leave a finger print or two in the wet paint.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Office Chair Re-upholstered...

My Husband has an office chair that he bought in a silent auction when we were dating or shortly after we got married (it's been a long time). He LOVES his awesome desk chair, and I don't really blame him- it's super comfy. Well the seat cushions have seen better days and were starting to rip, fade and become altogether dingy.

On a whim one day he decided to take the chair apart to see how easy it would be to re-upholster the cushions. Of course taking it apart was the easy part. Since he doesn't sew, he then needed my help to make the chair beautiful again. He kindly bought all the supplies and then waited (and waited) for me to get around to the sewing part. A few weeks of gentle nagging and I finally found some time to get the job done.

I'm no expert but I used the existing cushions as a guide and did the best I could. It was my first time ever using stray adhesive, or thin foam or even this stitch.

The stitch I used had to go over the cording but not sew into the cord so that I could pull the cord through the thread and have it cinch the cushion over the plastic seat parts. Very interesting but it worked really slick.

Once the cushions were snug on the plastic chair pieces they snapped right back into the grooves of the chair. It was pretty awesome to see the transformation. I didn't take a before shot of the yellow dirty chair, but here's the new orange office chair.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Pink Leg Warmers...

Back in November I started this project. It wasn't a hard project it I just didn't really have a lot of motivation to finish them. Fast forward to February when I finally finished them. My son wore them once and hasn't wanted to wear them since. I'm not sure why- I made them just for him the way he wanted them. Some projects are just like that.

Here's his pink leg warmers/ yoga socks in pictures and the pattern:

I cast on 64 stitches. Joined the stitches for working in the round and then made a *Knit 4, purl 4*  2 inch ribbing. I wanted a new challenge so after the ribbing was 2 inches from cast on I started to make a rick rack rib stitch in the round.

Rick Rack Rib stitch:

Round 1: *Purl 1, skip the first stitch, knit in the back loop of the second stitch (do not slip this stitch off the needle), knit into the front loop of the first stitch and now slip both knitted stitches of the needle; repeat from * to end of the round.

Round 2: *Purl 1, skip the first stitch, knit in the front loop of the second stitch (do not slip this stitch off the needle), knit into the front loop of the first stitch and now slip both knitted stitches from the needle; repeat from * to end of the round.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 to the desired height.

I forgot to write down the pattern as I was making it up, but after the pink measured 12 inches I cast off 34 stitches, leaving a little less than half (30 stitches) on the needle. Then I cast on 26 with my main color (pink). I joined the stitches for working in the round again and *knit 4, purl 4* rib with my second color (purple) till the ribbing was 2 inches. I cast off all the stitches and wove in all the loose ends.

I didn't even have the time or energy to take really fancy photos either. These we took really fast in the front entry on the dirty floor with my iphone camera. C'est la vie

Though I felt disappointed having made something he hasn't really worn much yet, there was one awesome thing that did come out of this knitting project: I convinced my son (who I was making the leg warmers for) to read aloud to me while I knit. It became a nightly routine until I was finished this project. It was a wonderful bonding time and I hope we can continue it into the future.