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November 29, 2012

Blank Canvas Stocking

I've outgrown my childhood Christmas stocking, with its giganto picture of Santa on the front...

I want to knit or crochet one, but I just can't decide on what I want to do.

I bought a pre-made one, thinking maybe I could embroider something on it...but I don't know what.

I'm open to suggestions, even if it's knit or crochet one from scratch.

So, please leave a comment if you have an idea.

I would very much appreciate it. :)

November 27, 2012

Green Fuzzy Flipper Slippers

Okay, I have about 4 pairs of slippers, and each pair has its own category, from warm weather, to cold weather, and sleeping slippers.

Now, as I've said before, my mom is a dialysis patient, and because of that it can get pretty warm in the house.  So, instead of having sweaty feet in my slippers, I made those fun fur flip flops you see on the free patterns in yarn aisles of stores.


I used a flip flop that had a textured insole, so it messages my feet, and the fun fur gives me the "fuzzy slipper" feel, while they don't overheat.

November 22, 2012

The Free Yarn Bobbin

Don't buy a yarn bobbin, if you just want to tidy up a long tail of yarn, keeping it out of the way while you knit or crochet.


Use that left over bread bag clip! It's free!

November 20, 2012

Quick Tips: Holding the Yarn

When I'm knitting or crocheting, I hold the yarn two different ways, depending on the yarn.

If the yarn is bulky, or rough, I hold the yarn like this:

It minimizes resistance on your fingers by going through less fingers.  These yarns are resistant in nature, and you want the yarn to glide through your fingers, not rub on your fingers.

If the yarn is slick, small, or silky, I hold the yarn like this:

It increases the resistance of the yarn, yet it still lets it glide through your fingers enough to minimize yarn burn.

November 15, 2012

Journey Game Doll Giveaway

The first person to email me at antsfibers@gmail.com with the subject, "Journey Doll Giveaway" and in the body of the email, tell me

  1. If you crochet, knit, or even sew
  2. What you'd like to see more of in my blog.
  3. How you found my blog.

I will give you one of the Journey™ dolls I made.  Your choice of white or red.

November 13, 2012

Operation Christmas Tree Angel

Growing up, my family had an angel Christmas tree topper that somehow disappeared.  We really liked it, an all fabric angel topper, that was cute but not overly so.  And we haven't had that topper for a few years now, and having nothing on the tree top is just strange.

So I decided to make one, this year.

And Step 1 of Designing a Pattern is make a sketch, so that's the stage I'm in now.


Like most of my patterns, it'll be both knit and crochet.

Knit solid stockinette stitch hugging the cone, then a crocheted lace to go over that.  Crocheted wings.  And I'm undecided about the hair right now.

I've been knitting the bottom of the dress, and it's been taking a long time.

November 8, 2012

Knitted Watch Band: Update

Okay, remember the knitted watchband I made?

After wearing it for awhile, the weight of the watch would constantly tug on the band, shifting the face of the watch to the inside of my wrist.

So, I don't recommend that pattern, unless you sew a piece of elastic in the inside, then sew the watch face to the elastic.

I was too lazy to knit that band all over again (since it took me a week to do), so I just took my Mass Effect Wristband pattern, scratched the Fair Isle chart, made it a made it a custom fit for my wrist (see the first formula) then sewed the band on a piece of elastic, then the watch to the elastic.  Instead of a week of knitting, I was able to do this in a day.

Go Go Gadget Watch!

So far, it's working well.  I haven't come across the same problem.

November 6, 2012

Crochet for Election Day

Well, today is Election Day!  So I whipped up this little flag in honor of today:

Don't forget to vote!

If you like it, here's the pattern:

Materials:
*Crochet Hook: Size I (5.50 mm) or the proper size to obtain the gauge
*Worsted Weight Yarn in Red, White, and Blue (used in the pattern is:)
  • Vanna's Choice Cranberry
  • Vanna's Choice White
  • Vanna's Choice Colonial Blue
*Yarn Needle

Gauge: 14sts of sc /3" and 15 rows of sc/3"

Pattern:
Ch 21 with the red yarn.
1) sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch to the end (20 sts) fasten off. Do not turn.

Follow the chart below (each square is a single crochet st):
The first row (the bottom/red row) is already complete, so you'll be on the second row (the white row).

The entire piece is done with the right side facing you, fastening off at the end of each row.

Therefore, lefties follow the chart left to right for each row, and righties follow the chart right to left for each row.

Don't forget to ch 1 when you start the the row.

After you're done with the chart, weave in all of the ends.


Your piece should now look like:


Now, embroider the star in the blue square to complete the flag.


November 1, 2012

Till Tuesday

No post today.

I have been feeling under the weather for about a week, and so I haven't been able to work on my posts.

I have the posts planned out, so come back next post day (Tuesday, 8 am). You won't be disappointed!

:)