Saturday, October 18, 2014

Crafting Firsts

I've recently had several crafting "firsts."

My first time knitting socks, my first pair of fingerless mitts, my first crocheted wire necklace, my first cardigan.

I am already on the second pair of fingerless mitts, have finished a second pair of socks, and purchased the yarn I need to make another cardigan.  I may even make another crocheted wire necklace.

Aren't "firsts" fun!

Happy Crafting♥
P.S. - if you are interested, I've linked the projects to their patterns and tutorials:

Socks - Silver's Sock Class a free pattern from Kristin Bellehumeur (Join Ravelry  to access)
Fingerless Mitts - Maize, a free pattern from Tin Can Knits (Join Ravelry  to access)
Crocheted Necklace - a free video tutorial by Jewel School
Cardigan - Mama Vertebrae a paid for pattern by Kelly Brooker (Join Ravelry  to access)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Storewide Sale 40%

Fabric Sale Time!  Take 40% off your entire purchase from Fabric Fascination.  Use coupon 40OFF to receive a 40% discount on your entire purchase.
Quilting season is here! Make a holiday wall hanging or a Christmas stocking.  Sew a sweet dress for your daughter or granddaughter.  How about a table runner and placemats for your home. 

Here are a few of the items on sale right now.

 Click here to enter my shop, and Happy Shopping♥

Monday, September 22, 2014

Make a Yarn Bowl with a Recycled Coffee Can

I made an inexpensive and practical yarn bowl with a recycled 11.3 oz Folger’s plastic coffee can and a quick knitted cozy.  It is the perfect size for holding an average cake of yarn. You can also punch a hole in the lid to feed yarn through, or leave the lid whole and close to carry.

Here is how you can make one for yourself, or a knitting/crocheting friend:

To begin, remove the can label and run it through the dishwasher to clean.

To knit the cozy I used a 12" circular needle size 7, and some scrap yarn in a sport weight.

Cast on 75 stitches.

Knit 1, purl 1 rib for 1"

Knit the next 1"

Repeat these two sections once more, or to fit height of can.

Happy Knitting♥

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tutorial: Simple Stitch Markers

Make pretty and practical stitch markers for yourself, or as a thoughtful gift for knitting friends.  All you will need for this style is jump rings, beads, and glue. 

Gather your supplies:

  • Jump Rings 10 mm (found in the jewelry making supplies section of your craft store).
  • Glass beads (I used a 3 oz. assortment pack)
  • Glue that dries clear.  You can use metal/glass glue, but I just used what I had around the house
  • Optional: toothpick, waxed paper to cover your work surface

Open jump ring front and back so circle is not distorted (do not open by pulling apart).

Slide on a bead (or more than one if you prefer)
Put ends of jump ring back together, and add a drop of glue over the join.

You can use a toothpick to apply glue if you like.  Slide bead over glue and join, and let dry.
Make a bunch in various colors of jump rings and beads.
  You can also use size 9mm jump rings if you like.

 The next stitch marker has just a few more steps and supplies, but is still super easy to make.

I am going to show you how to make the adorable ladybug stitch markers.
  You can find all kinds of beads at Michael's, or other craft supply stores. 

Gather your supplies.  You need:
  • 26 gauge copper wire
  • wire cutter
  • needle nose pliers
  • crimp beads
  • main bead for your stitch marker
  • pencil. 

Cut a piece of wire about 3" long

Wrap twice around a pencil with both ends hanging even

Thread wires through large bead.

Thread wires through crimp bead.
 Squeeze with pliers until bead flattens, encasing the wire.  
Cut off any exposed wire at end.

Cute, and Ready for Action.

I hope you enjoy making your own stitch markers.  You just might get addicted!

Happy Crafting♥

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Carseat/Stroller Baby Quilt

I finally got a chance to finish the carseat/stroller quilt my daughter and I are making for a friend of hers.  The friend and her husband recently became foster parents of a sweet little baby boy. 

The design is the Sophie Car Seat Quilt by Jennie of Clover & Violet, a free pattern on the Moda Bake Shop site. We used charm squares from Malka Dubrawsky's Simple Marks, and kona cottons from my shop.

I love the happy colors in this quilt.  I hope Michael does too.
Happy Quilting ♥