Friday, May 30, 2014

Outdoor sewing

Before my husband and I married 5 years ago, he was in an organization called the SCA.  They would dress in medieval costumes, have tournaments, sword fights, feasts, battles, and re-create those glorious customs and times.
He had a pavilion tent that was huge.  While he no longer uses it all the canvas and poles for the pavilion are still in good shape. Here is a photo of another small pavilion in use.
 
A few weeks ago the plastic grill cover that we had just purchased tore. I removed the cover, cut the pieces apart at the seams and used it for a pattern.
I then spread out one of the canopy pieces of canvas from the pavilion and cut a new cover.




The sewing was weighty but manageable. Now we have a heavy duty grill cover that will hopefully last for more than a season.



Thursday, May 22, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge - Week 12 - What is the crochet tip that you have learned that you use all the time

So...my tip is something I made to make my knitting and crochet go smoother and faster.  I emptied a 2 liter soda bottle, cut the bottom off, punched holes along the cut edge and crocheted an edge and hanging cord.  I then attached some hooks to the ceiling in my sewing room and hung the bottle neck down from the hooks.  When I buy a skein of yarn from somewhere, i put it into the hanger, and then use my ball winder to make 2 or 3 center pull balls.  This is a more manageable size to carry around in my purse and most of the projects I work on are small. While the photos are full of chaos this is my sewing room.  I use it for my sewing, beading, crochet, knitting, and all my paper crafting. Then my daughter #2 and #3 come in a strew all their beading, jewelry making, clay making, etc... all over the place.  I apologize for the busy photos.


 Here you see I have two hangers side by side. One is a soda bottle which is very flexible, the second is an empty coffee creamer container which is more rigid.




Sunday, May 11, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge -Week 11 - What kind of a crocheter are you?

Do you follow a pattern exactly as it is written or do your like to wing it and make things up as you go? Or maybe a little of both.
I like written patterns for many things but after I have worked them many times I can normally do them from memory without the pattern.  I have been working on a few things this last month for daughter #3 who has a birthday this coming Friday.  One was from a pattern I found here: 

http://www.thechillydog.com/2014/03/crochet-pattern-boho-backpack.html





The second was totally from my own creation.  I simply used half double crocheted stitches row after row until I was satisfied with the color combination.  

Sometimes I just play with the yarn that is currently on the hook and come up with something undexpected.  I made the little bunny ears for the sweetie of the house when I made the kids Easter bunnies. 




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

And in the meantime...

A few non-challenge projects from the last few weeks.  

A new purse from the Bernina blog I just had to make for daughter #3


Some new needles from the local thrift store.  Thought it was only one sleeve but turned out to be two sleeves and a total of 16 hooks.  

A couple of new dishrags for my sister.  The kiddos went to visit this weekend and presented some goodies for me.




She also saw my cupholder circles in my car to absorb the drips and wanted some for her car.  

A new 'funny' hat for daughter #1.  Now they all 5 have one.  If I could just get a picture with all of them together.  









and finally some wonderful vintage knitting and crochet books from the thrift store.  Each of these were .39 and .59 cents.  I looked through about 20 more but only bought about 12.

52 Week Crochet Challenge - Week 10: What Was Your First Completed Crochet Project That You Made?

Sooooo looooong ago.  I really cannot remember what the first finished project was.  I am sure it was something very simple and quick.  I know it must have been just chains and probably had buttons attached in some way.  I know that I have completed many projects since then.  Shawls, scarves, hats, and even a few blankets.