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A very good craft weekend November 28, 2010

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There are days when I pick up my crochet hook or knitting needles and try to start making something but fail terribly and would frog whatever I made. But there are days when I just pick up and start a project … and another project … and another and another … and it just keeps going on and on. πŸ˜€ That’s what I call very good craft days! And this weekend was fantastic! A terrific crafty weekend. I made a whole bunch of stuff. :):) Mainly baby stuff. MyΒ  friend Chris just gave birth to a baby girl named Vera last Friday. So I made a bunch of hats & headbands for her. πŸ™‚ I also made a wearable pincushion. The idea is totally taken from sew ritzy~titzy. It is so pretty! It looks more like a fashion accessory to me rather than a pin cushion. :p

I totally enjoyed making the baby stuff. The flowers were fun and the hats & hairbands were super easy. πŸ˜€ All of it were easy and quick projects! The best kind. πŸ˜›

Turn a small ball winder into a big ball winder November 26, 2010

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Tools & Accessories, Yarn.
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I bought a small ball winder off ebay recently. I think it’s the coolest thing ever! Now I can wind all my left over yarn into nice centre pull balls and store them neatly.

So I started to wind …… first couple of balls went ok because it was not a lot of yarn. Then, I started to wind something more and I realised that my ball winder was unable to wind a bigger ball of yarn. 😦 I don’t want to break my yarn and sometimes, I have a lot of left over yarn! 😦 I was beginning to think that I’ve wasted my money on this gadget . boo.Β  Oh well …. I tried to wind as much yarn into a ball anyway. Then something struck me.

When the size of the ball of yarn gets too big for the spindle to handle, the yarn overflows to the top & bottom of the ball. I thought that if I had a taller spindle, it will solve this problem.

So, here’s my make-shift spindle. πŸ˜€

It’s the paper holder for my paper kitchen towels. LOL. Somehow, this paper tube fits the plastic spindle perfectly. πŸ˜€ Well, the paper tube has to fit your spindle firmly & securely. If it’s loose, it will fly off when you’re winding. LOL.

I made a small cut at the top of the tube with a paper cutter. This is to hold the end of the yarn before the winding starts. I slide the ball of yarn out from the paper tube after the ball of yarn is wounded up.

And now, I can wind huge balls of yarn, no problem! yay!

See the picture below for comparison of the size of the balls of yarn I can wind now. The blue tweed one is about the size that can be wound up using the original spindle. The 2 larger balls are wound using the kitchen towel paper holder. πŸ˜€ Yay for paper kitchen towel holders!


from left: 1 ball of blue tweed Sirdar Click DK yarn (50 g, 150m), less than 1 original size ball of purple Sirdar Wash n Wear Double Crepe DK yarn (original sized ball is 100g, 270m), 1 hank of El D. Mouzakis Super 10 mercerized cotton (125 gr, 220m)


When I was done winding up each ball, I cut strip of paper and write the name of the yarn (if I remember) onto the strip and label the ball. πŸ˜€ I am having so much fun winding up these little balls of yarn! I like how I can store them away by stacking them up. hehe. πŸ˜€

A Knitted Flower (with pattern) November 25, 2010

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I joined a swap on brooch swap on ravelry and has been trying my hands on making a knitted flower. This is my first knitted pattern! πŸ˜€

Materials
DK weight yarn
3.5mm needles (straight or circular, doesn’t matter)
Sewing needle
Sewing thread (matching colour as yarn)
Beads, pearls, buttons or sequins of your preference

Optional (if you’re making it intoΒ  a brooch):
small piece of felt
Safety pin or brooch pin

Abbreviations
CO – Cast on
k – knit
p – purl
sl1k – slip 1 knit wise
sl1p – slip 1 purl wise
k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
p2tog – purl 2 stitches together
YO – Yarn Over
BO – Bind off

Pattern

Petal (make 6)
CO 8
Row 1: sl1k, k7
Row 2: sl1p, p7
Row 3: sl1k, *K1, YO* (repeat from * to * till end of row) (14 stitches)
Row 4: sl1p, P to end
Row 5: sl1k, K to end
Repeat rows 4 and 5 till the work is around 1.75 inches.

Start to reduce on a knit row as follows:
Reduce Row 1: sl1k, k2tog, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Reduce Row 2: sl1p, p2tog, p to last 3 stitches, p2tog, p1
Repeat Reduce Row 1 & 2 till you have 3 stitches left on a knit row. BO all 3 stitches, weave in ends.

Assembly
Thread your sewing needle with thread. Hold the base of the petal and sew it tight for each petal so as to create the “crease” so the petals will curl. Sew all 6 petals together.

Sew on your beads, pearls, sequins or a button to the centre of the flower.

For Brooch
To make a brooch, you may sew the flower onto a small round piece of felt that fits the underside of the knitted flower and sew on a safety pin or brooch pin onto the felt. You can also sew or hotglue this onto a hairband. πŸ˜€

Notes
With DK weight yarn (I used Sirdar Wash ‘n’ Wear double crepe DK),Β  my flower came to about 4 inches or so. If you are using a thicker yarn and larger needles, you can CO less stitches. I tried with Caron Simply Soft yarn and CO only 6 stitches. It works too. πŸ˜€ I find it easier to sew with sewing needle and thread rather than tapestry needle and yarn for assembly. It’s really up to your own preference. But with sewing needle and thread, you will have to make sure that the stithces sewn are very tight otherwise the petals will come loose.

I suggest using yarn that has a bit of sheen, especially if you are putting pearls in the middle. It make the flower a lot prettier!

Hope you enjoy this pattern! have fun making flowers! I did! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

Craft Haul November 20, 2010

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Equipment, Knitting, Stuff.
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I bought a bunch of craft stuff today ….

A set of KnitPro interchangeable cables knitting needles!

They are the same as Knit Picks …. same manufacturer,Β  just different branding. Knit Picks is for USA/Canada market while Knit Pro is marketed to the rest of the world.

I’ve transferred my current project onto the needles and they feel wonderful to knit with! :):)

2 skeins of El D Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10 yarn … 100% mercerised cotton, 230 metres per skein, S$15 each. Decently priced I’d say. Good quality too!

Clover’s Shamrock Yoyo maker. πŸ˜€

Happy day for me! heehee

Items I just made November 15, 2010

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Here are some items I made with the new stash that arrived in mail earlier this week. πŸ˜€

3 knitted dish cloths for the kitchen

1 crocheted Ugly Bunny

AndΒ  a knitted new bag!

By the way, I’m friggin’ pleased with my hand-sewn buttonholes on my bag. hehee

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I need to stop being lazy and start taking pictures with my camera instead of my phone cam. The phone cam on my HTC Desire is crap!