Extension aftermath and back to crafting

It’s been a busy year – or almost 2. After packing (well most of) the house up, demolishing half, monitoring (i’m not even call it managing – it was fairly close to babysitting) builders and plumbers and electricians etc., then moving back in and finally unpacking, we have now reached perpetual stage of house decorating. Yey… (note the lack of enthusiasm).

I mean, it is fun – when you get a blank slate of a room and you have a purpose of what you want it to be and ideally some kind of a budget. Otherwise – a bit less fun. I have been in never ending clear out loop. And I can’t really see that I’ve even made a dent 😀 And each room already has furniture in and it’s difficult to even create that blank slate of a room – when we are living in other rooms and my other half goes and buys pieces of furniture before we have managed to remove the old ones. Thanks babe – really helpful.

Moaning aside – I have managed to unearth few bags of craft stuff just this week – and I completely forgot about them! It was random knits during the house build stage that I was planning to give away or sell but never got around to taking a pic for the project (yes, I’m a bit on that side) and they got lost in the depths of my mental TO-DO list.

So here are a few – weather you want to see them or not 😀

Stripy Hat Star Hat Stripey Again

Featuring Hallie the Head and our diner’s backdrop castle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crafts for pennies & priceless smiles

Whenever there is a ribbon, a button, bead, or pretty much anything that looks like it can be reused, in my house it ends up in a craft bucket. You might have a drawer or a shoebox or a tin your gran gave you? Anything can be on there, a little treasure trove.

We visited Nana yesterday and she contributed bits and pieces she saved, asking can they be used. Oh yes they can! In minutes we managed to upgrade accessories stash with new choker necklaces and they took them out for a stroll 🙂

Few ribbons, some beads and a bit of sewing skills. Nothing more. Absolutely priceless memory created 🙂

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Stampin’

I got those paper bags (check previous post) and I have decided that I’m NOT spending any money for getting the stamps – was mulling a bit what to do (as only letter stamps I have are tiny) and found an idea amongst google search results – create your own by using foam sheets. Actually, this was the first USEFUL use of foam sheets imho. I had to dig around our craft supply boxes and managed to find few scraps (pheww!) – I distinctly remember gifting few unopened packs in last years’ TEECH shoebox appeal as I thought little ones’ might like it, mine are getting to be “grown up” these days 😀

[if you can, please support your local shoebox appeal – it is a great way to be involved – boxes are usually packed for young and the old and you will put a smile on someone’s face]

Anyway, back to the topic. I’ve created the letters and used a clear acrylic block (with a dab of washable glue) to stamp them. Love how it’s looking up! So far we stamped the bottom row and girls are loving the fact that they’re making the party bags!

 

Thor’s Helmet

I’ve heard a rumor that my nephew has a thing for superheroes and avengers. Now he’s almost 6 and changing his mind quite often so I’m hoping that this will keep in trend for few weeks more – at least until I get to deliver the Christmas knit!

I looked around my favourite pattern inspiration and neverending source of things to do – the Ravelry portal. I haven’t managed to spot anything exactly to what I wanted – in the weight and the size I wanted so it was time to improvise. Here is the result:

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So here is a quick writeup of what I’ve done:

CO 106 with 3.75 needles

r1-2: knit
r3-4: purl
r5-7: knit
r8: bauble row on every 8th
r9-10: knit
r11-12: purl
r13: knit
r14: purl
swap to silver (double stranded)
Knit until piece measures 5.5in and then decrease
* k6, k2tog *
knit
* k5, k2tog *
knit
* k4, k2tog *
knit
* k3, k2tog *
knit
* k2, k2tog *
* k2tog *
I did the tiniest i-cord on the top for the extra helmet look.

Now I’m a lazy one and can’t be bothered to do any more stitching than absolutely needed so I’ve picked up the wings just off the golden rim.

pick up 22 stitches
rA: *k2, p2*, turn work
rB: *p2, k2*, turn work
alternate rows A and B until piece is long enough and you are ready to start decreasing the wings (roughly when your decreases start on the hat), finish with row A
then repeat this two rows until you cast off all of them:
rC:(in pattern) cast off 2, knit in k2, p2 pattern to end, turn
rD: knit in k2,p2 pattern to end, turn

Repeat the same for the other wing (make sure you cast off/tilt your wings in the opposite direction!).
If easier for you, you can always knit your wings separately and then stitch them on.

Good luck!

Advent Ready and LEGO addicted

Earlier this moth I was considering getting LEGO advent calendar again this year. We.. OK, I .. got a couple last year for ahmm children to enjoy 😉

This year, it looked very much alike last year’s ones so I decided to improvise – with a little help of eBay I bought some sets they didn’t have (I might have spent a tiddly bit more then a real advent calendar would cost – I did get a lot more bricks) – and if you can control yourself better than I do, you will actually spend less.

Then I placed an order with my mum to make me some advent bags (if you need some, please take a look here) which I expect we will use for a considerable amount of future years and MAGIC!

So here is our LEGO Advent Calendar, custom made and guaranteed to make a little (or a little bit bigger) person happy 🙂

alternative LEGO advent

Sets (although some partial) here included are 30259-1, 30116-1, 41053-1, 41006-1, 41020-1, 41021-1, 41022-1, 3061-1, 3183-1, 3930-1 and 3939-1.

If you would like a custom made built LEGO Advent Calendar, hop over to my Etsy shop and let me know – I’d love the excuse to make another one!!!

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Next step – need to take some pics – as I had to fight a case that we don’t need to buy the Heartlake Grand Hotel (no matter how pretty it looks!) to enjoy playing with the same functionality. Note to self: when I grow up, I can work for LEGO 😉

Knitting again!

After prolonged summer break I’ve returned with a vengeance 😉

My little one put an order for a snake band hat from Louise’s “Animal Hats to knit” so that still in progress.

As a break during that I have really enjoyed making this cutie for a friends’ newborn:

flower beanie for a newborn

and this one is going to be wrapped up under the tree for my niece

kedzie again

It gave me an opportunity to brush up on those german short rows so I’ll be doing more of similar projects. Hats are my favourite after all 🙂

Best news to end this week was an Etsy sale that really cheered me up! I don’t often sell things and my little Oscar is flying all the way to Ohio! Hope he will enjoy his new home

Oscar

Oscar – sanchee’s corner

Onto Malabrigo March…

OK, I know I owe some posts – birthday parties went well but life ran us over again and I never posted final results so that is still to come.
I’ve done some wet felting today with the older one and we are hoping that the bird pod is of sufficient thickness and can move to the garden tomorrow – otherwise we will have to redo 😀 Our technique was a mixture of this and that, and I think we did it quite well 🙂
Although it looks pretty much as cabbage, this is actually going to be a bird house in the garden – with cute red leaves as pattern.
wet felting a bird pod
The plan was to have one done by each child but the younger one grabbed the dragon I was working on last night
needle felted dragon WIP and declared that she wants it just the way it is. I’ll let her off for few days untils she gets bored with it and then continue on – this was a basic shape done that still needs many hours of work on it..
Now I am less 3 hours away from starting March and few days back I have decided to join in for Malabrigo March – knitting with (mostly) Malabrigo yarn throughout the month. My fingers really want to start but I will have to go slowly – RSI still being a pain (pardon the pun) so my craft time is limited.
I have been a busy bee lately and did some work on the etsy shop too and (if weather permits) I’ll take some more pictures of stock at home tomorrow. Time to do that spring clearout!