Monthly Archives: January 2011

Super Scarf and a New Hat – for Me!

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The last several hats I’ve made were for other people. I decided I wanted a hat of my own for our upcoming weekend getaway to Wisconsin in a few weeks, and I have had this awesome kelly green yarn but hadn’t decide what to use it on yet. I made this hat in purple for my classmate earlier. The pattern can be found here: http://jessicasuzanne.com/craftypants/2007/09/13/pretty-puffs-slouchy-hat-with-pattern/

About halfway made.

Bobble stitches.

I did 4 rows of bobbles instead of 3 (as the pattern is written) because my gauge was too small and I needed it to be bigger.

I’ve been making all hats lately. It’s pretty cold in the windy city lots of the winter, so I decided I would make a nice thick scarf for the husband. And for me to steal when I don’t feel like wearing mine, which is sort of thin.

I used 3 different yarns, one was a bulky kind and the other two were smaller (black Caron, and cranberry Loops and Threads Impeccable) with a 8mm hook size L

Working with 3 strands wasn't as complicated as I thought it might be. I do wish I had had a slightly larger hook though.

This thing is like blanket level thickness. Mmm.

Chris doesn't really wear his scarves like this but I made him try it this way. He said it was too thick and like he was being choked, haha.

Ninja Chris approves this scarf!

I decided to crochet all weekend instead of doing homework. I will probably pay for that tomorrow. Next I think I would like to try this cute flower headband crochet pattern I found.

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Weekend-Away Travel Bag

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This is (sort of) a tutorial for the pattern found in Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. I took a lot of pictures, because when I had some trouble spots the only shared ones I could find were just pictures of the finished product. While they were all cute, that didn’t help me much in trying to figure out the last step, attaching the zipper panel to the body of the bag. Other than that, this pattern is (pretty) simple.

[Click “More” for the mostly step-by-step pictures!]

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Recycling Wedding Decorations! Peacock Feather Earrings

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On Sunday I really felt like creating something but realized I didn’t have the instructions for the sewing project I wanted to start. Ah, the hazards of using library books for crafting. I decided to do another project I had been thinking about for some time but had yet to figure out the mechanics of- make some earrings with the peacock feathers I had leftover from our wedding in May.

Supplies

Supplies: earring hooks, pliers, wire, feathers

Feathers!

I tried to pick feathers that were nearish the same size and eye shape.

Supplies I wish I had? Gloves. Like the canvas and rubber ones for gardening. My thumbs were crying by the end of this project. Wire is a cruel mistress.

I had to figure out how I wanted to attach the feathers to the ear hook itself, and obviously wire was the best choice. At first I tried to freehand something to go around the end of the feather, but that didn’t work out so well. Then, I had an idea!

Wire

Turns out a bent open bobby pin was almost the perfect size to wrap the wire around.

My first try was a bust, because I snipped the wire before thinking through all the way how I would make a loop for the hook to attach to, and I didn’t leave myself enough length to feed it through without the loop part being deformed and ugly. So on my next attempt, I left the tail long (about 2 inches) so I could feed it through the wrap I had made and pull so that each one was the same size. I didn’t really take pics of that part because I was distracted with how annoying it is to work with wire sometimes.

This is how the wire connector piece I made looks when finished.

And this is the full end result:

Earrings

I ended up making 2 pair, once I had a system down it wasn't so bad. Now my sister wants some too.

Left whole, before I decided to trim the feathers.

I even got compliments when I wore them the next day, which always makes me feel awesomer when I can say I made them.

Maybe they’re a little big and loud, but I like them. At first I wasn’t sure about cutting them (since obviously there’s not ctrl+z with scissors), but after my friend’s statement that “if they are longer than your hair, they’re too big” I decided to go for it. I like the bottoms cut kind of funky to make them a little less huge and also a little less hippie.