Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Here is the finished quilt for Samantha Marie, who we like to call Sammie.
I started this quilt awhile ago, and since it was my first quilt I had a little bit of trouble with making everything as precise as I would have liked it. Still it was a learning experience and I would encourage everyone to try it!!! I did the Honeybear Lane Puff Quilt. The directions were at most points easy to follow and the pictures helped out a lot.
The one point where I struggled was in making my own continuous bias binding and even sewing the binding on. I spent hours cutting and trying to figure out Honeybear Lanes directions on making my own binding. I don't know if it was just the way I was interpreting but it was just not making sense. I scoured google for a long time until I finally found this gem of a tutorial. This tutorial presented everything in a more concise way that made sense with how my brain works. Could be just me, but if you are having trouble with making your own continuous bias binding check this tutorial out!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I have decided to try my hand at quilting. I have always wanted to try it but wasn't sure if I was up to the task of a regular quilt. I came across this idea for a puff quilt. It is supposed to be much easier than a traditional quilt. I started this and figured I would share my progress with you all. It is a very simple project so far and actually hasn't been horribly expensive.
Also, they say that you need a walking foot to get this done. I sadly lost mine somewhere. So I have been doing it without one and haven't had an issue yet. One other thing I did differently was using a small handheld Singer Machine to make my individual puffs. This I think was a great way to get them done quickly and without using my large machine.
This tutorial comes from Honeybear Lane. If you scroll down there are four different steps in the tutorial that you can go through. Let me know if you decide to do this! It's been so much fun!
I have had a few things in the works the past month or so. Here is one of the patterns I have been working on that I truly love. I have made a bunch of these already and I must say they were quick easy and cute!
For the actual headband I used size H hook, for the flower size K hook.
Row 1: Ch 141. SC in 2nd ch. SC in next 27 ch. HDC in next, DC in next. Ch 80. In last 30 ch from end DC, HDC in next, SC in next 27. CH 1. Turn
Row 2: SC 27. HDC, DC. Ch 80. In last 30 from end DC, HDC, SC 27. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 3: Slip stitch 26. SC, HDC, DC. Ch 80. In last 30 stitches, DC, HDC, SC, slip stitch till end.
Tie off and tuck in ends.
Rnd 1: Ch 3. 9 DC in 3rd ch from hook. Slip Stitch to join round.
Rnd 2: Ch 2. 5 DC in same ch (Ch 2 counts as one DC). *SC in next ch. 6 DC in next ch* Continue in circle until you have 5 petals. Tie off.
Take flower and stitch it to headband with tapestry needle. Use thicker ends to tie headband on.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
If you have a really little kid that wants to start knitting, don't have needles on hand (if that would ever actually happen!) or wants to add to their skill set have them try hand knitting! Little girls can make scarves in an hour! You can't really control the width because you only have so many fingers but this is a great way for a little girl to have some fun with yarn!
This is something that I did when I was little with the stretchy bands that my Nanny used to buy for me but you can do the same thing with any yarn!
To refresh my memory, I reread directions online! Just google hand knitting and give it a go!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
So I started substitute teaching never realizing how much fun I would have or what it would lead to. When Lauren found out I knew how to knit one day at recess, I didn't think she was serious about learning how. At 6 yrs old I wasn't sure she would commit to it for more than a few days. I had her and Nia over to swim and learn how to knit. It ended up going really well and these girls caught on so quickly!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
After realizing that it is cold this time of year there, one of the girls asked me to knit her gloves that match her Harry Potter double knit scarf I had made for her awhile back. I immediately had the idea of making these convertible gloves! I love how the colors look. Sadly I didn't realize that the second picture was blurry until I had already dropped the gloves off! I still love these gloves and think thatthere may be a pair in store for me this winter!