National Sewing Month

The American Sewing Guild had a great turn out at the Rohnert Park Library for National Sewing Month.  There were sewing, quilting and paper piecing demonstrations.  Many people showed up and showed a lot of interest, especially the children.  I was there all day and sewed a peek-a-boo pouch and a child’s reversible apron.

I learned to how do paper piecing and will have pictures next week of my samples.  More to come…

Sew for the Beauty of it.

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Sewing enthusiast, You are cordially invited to attend our yearly event at the Rohnert Park Public Library. The event will take place on Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Members will provide sewing demonstrations throughout the event. Please help spread the word to anyone who may be interested in participating and/ or joining our club. ASG (American Sewing Guild) members will be available for questions.

National Sewing Month Library Event

Rohnert Park Public Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park

I’m back!!!

School and work have kept me away for a while.  I plan on blogging at least once per month, eventually my goal is once per week.

With everything going on in the world i.e. hurricanes, floods, fire, extreme heat, earthquakes, etc. this has made me appreciate everything I have.  The most important thing is family and friends.  When your children are grown it seems you don’t see them as much as you’d like to.  So, I take advantage of every minute I have with them.

I’ve been crafting here and there and in my next post, I will include some pictures.  Just wanted to chime in and say “Hi” and that I’m committed to blogging again.

 

Tea Party Banner

 

Supplies:

  • 11 12″x 12″ scrapbook sheets
  • White scrap paper (embossed with the Cuddle Bug Embosser)
  • Roll of lace beads
  • Multiple patterned paper
  • Hot Glue gun

I used the die cut machine (Cricut) to make this Tea Party banner.  Started with 12″ x 12″ scrapbook sheets I got for free because Michael’s Craft store was going to throw them out a couple of years ago.  I cut 11 triangles out of these free scrapbook sheets.  Scrapbook albums come with white card stock sheets in the sheet protectors, so I used these in the Cricut to cut 11 circles of the same size.  The circles were embossed using the Cuddle Bug Embosser.   The lace beads were hot glued around the circles and hot glued down on the triangles.  Next,  I cut the letters using the Cricut out of colorful patterned paper and hot glued them on the circles.  I used a hole punch to cut two small holes across the top of the triangles to put string through it for hanging.

All the materials used came from my personal stock pile and did not have to purchase any materials to make this banner.

Tiny Raglan Sweater Ornaments

Tiny Raglan Ornament

Materials:

  • Fingering to DK weight yarn, variegated and self-striping yarns give a particularly nice effect.
  • Set of 5 double-point needles, of a size to give you the gauge you want.
  • A contrasting-colored waste yarn (10 inches or so will do.)

These are easy and fast to knit.  I knitted these a couple of years ago.  My wish is to have a Christmas tree decorated with all hand knitted ornaments one day.

Beginning at the neck:
CO 24 stitches. Divide evenly on four needles (6 on each) and join for knitting in the round (don’t twist.) Place a marker if you wish, or keep your eye on the cast-on tail as a reminder of the beginning of the round.

Work two rounds of K1, P1 rib.

Knit one round even.

1st increase round:
Needle 1: K1, M1, knit to one st from end of needle, M1, K1. (8 st.)
Needle 2: Knit (6 st.)
Needle 3: K1, M1, knit to one st. from end of needle, M1, K1. (8 st.)
Needle 4: Knit. (6 st.)

The needles you have increased on (N1 and N3) will become the front and back of the sweater. The other two needles will become the sleeves.

Knit one round even.

2nd increase round:
Needle 1: K1, M1, knit to one st. from end of needle, M1, K1. (10 st.)
Needle 2: M1, knit to end of needle, M1 (8 st.)
Needle 3: K1, M1, knit to one st. from end of needle, M1, K1. (10 st.)
Needle 4: M1, knit to end of needle, M1 (8 st.)

Continue to increase in this manner, alternating each inc. round with a round of even knitting, until there are 16 st. on each body needle (N1 and N3) and 14 st. for each sleeve (N2 and N4.)

Knit one round even, and after knitting across sleeve stitches, slip the stitches onto a length of waste yarn. You will have 32 st. on the needles, 28 st. on hold.

Body:
Divide the 32 st. onto 4 needles, 8 st. on each. Begin knitting around on these 32 st., pulling firmly where the sides meet at the underarms.

Knit in stockinette for 3/4″ to 1″, or as long as you desire; work three rounds of K1, P1 rib, then bind off in pattern.

Sleeves:
Slip the held stitches for one sleeve onto three needles, 4 st. on one needle, 5 on the other two. (14 st.)

Join yarn at underarm. Knit one round even.

On the next round, K2tog, then knit around even. (13st.)
Knit even rounds in stockinette until sleeve is approximately elbow length; K2tog, and continue knitting around. (12st.)

When the sleeve is long enough to just reach the cast-off hem of the body, work two rounds of K1, P1 rib.
Bind off in pattern.

Repeat for the second sleeve.

Weave in ends.

Knitted Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless Gloves

This is a great project for the cold months and can be knitted in a couple of hours, depending on your sill level.  They can be knitted on straight needles or pattern can be adjusted for double pointed needles for circular knitting.  Make two.  Fits a regular size hand.  The pattern below is for knitting with Straight needles.

Supplies:

  • Straight knitting needles size 4mm or 4 double pointed needles size 4mm
  • Worsted weight type yarn
  • Stitch marker

Instructions:

Cast on 36 stitches
K2, p2 ribbing for 3 inches.
Next row is a knit row, increase 4 stitches evenly, (40sts).
Purl one row
knit one row.
Thumb increase: purl 18 stitches, in the next stitch purl in the back and front (increase), purl 2, purl in back and front of next st, purl 18 stitches.
knit 1 row,
purl 1 row,
knit 1 row
2nd increase= purl 18 st. purl back and front of next st, purl 4 stitches, purl back and front of next st  purl 18 stitches.
knit 1 row,
purl 1 row,
knit 1 row
3rd increase= purl 18 stitches, increase one in the next as above, purl 6 stitches, increase one, purl 18 stitches.
knit 1 row,
purl 1 row,
knit 1 row
4th increase= purl 18 stitches, increase one in the next stitch, purl 8 stitches, increase one, purl 18 stitches.
knit 1 row,
purl 1 row,
knit 1 row
5th increase= purl 18 stitches, increase one, purl 10 stitches, increase one, purl 18 stitches.
Knit 1 row,
purl 1 row.
Knit18 stitches and put them on a holder,
knit 14 stitches and leave them on the needle,
place remaining 18 stitches on a second holder.
work the thumb= purl 1 row, knit 1 row and purl 1 row, then work k2,p2 ribbing for 4 rows. Bind them off.
Pick up and 18 stitches from 1st holding needle, purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row. k2, p2 ribbing for 4 rows. Bind off.
Pick up 18 stitches from second holding needle. Knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row. K2, p2 ribbing for 4 rows. Bind off. Sew seams together using your preferred method.

2 Color Reversible Boot Cuff Pattern

2 Color Reversible Boot Cuff Pattern

Last winter, my sister sent me a picture of crocheted boot cuffs and asked if I could knit them for her.  The boot cuffs looked easy enough and I knitted a pair for her.  While surfing Pinterest, I noticed the boot cuffs are everywhere.  The boot cuffs can be knitted in S/M or L/XL.   (Shown above is size S/M)  I knitted the boot cuffs in gray marble and oatmeal beige tweed. You can also find them for sale at Etsy  Here is what you need to knit them: 

  • Yarn
    2 Colors of worsted weight yarn will do (I like thinner yarn that way it’s not so bulky under the boot)
  • Needles
    US Size 7 DP Needles or 12 inch US Size 7 Circular Needle (for ribbing) and US Size 9 DP Needles or 12 inch US Size 9 Circular Needle (for stockinette stitches)
  • Supplies
    Stitch Marker
    Darning Needle

Abbreviations :
K = Knit
P = Purl
CO = Cast On
BO = Bind Off

Size : S-M, L-XL
CO 48, 52
With needle size 7 and  Color “A” CO 48/52, join for knitting in the round without twisting
Rows 1 – 10;  2 x 2 ribbing, *k2, p2* to end of row
Change to needle size 9 and knit 5 rows (or more if you want longer cuffs) Change to Color “B” and knit 5 rows (or more if you want longer cuffs to match previous color)
Change to needle size 7 and continue in 2 x2 ribbing for 10 rows.
BO
Weave in ends

Sparkling knitted short row ruffle scarf

 

What girl doesn’t like anything sparkly.  This short row ruffle scarf is fast and easy to make.  All you need to know is how to knit every row.  It’s done is garter stitch with short rows without wrapping just turning the work.  To purchase go to Etsy

Supplies:

  • 70g of a lace weight yarn (I used Patons Lace with Sequins)
  • Size 13 or larger knitting needles
  • Darning needle

CO 24 sts. Knit one row

*Knit 8, turn, K8. K4, turn, K4. Knit across all 24 sts*

Repeat from * to * until desired length. Bind off.

Abbreviations:

CO= cast on

K= knit

Sts= stitch

Hand Knitted Ear Flap Hat/Beanie

hand knitted ear flap beanies
hand knitted ear flap beanies

This is my favorite knitting pattern of all time. I love knitting hats because they are quick projects that don’t require a lot of yarn and they can be personalized in so many ways. I love ear flaps because my ears get cold in my office!

Sizes XS, S, M, L

Supplies:
Size 9 or 10 circular and doublepoint needles
1 skein bulky yarn (for this hat, I used Baby Alpaca)
Tapestry Needle

Ear Flap (Make 2):
With two double point needles cast on 2 stitches. Purl 1 row. Work back and forth in stockinette stitch. Every time you do the knitting side, increase the first and last stitch. This will create the triangle shape. Use whatever increase method you prefer. I use M1FB. Keep going until there are 16 stitches for the XS, 18-S, 20-M, or 22-L. Place these stitches on a holder or leave them on one of the double points for later.

Hat:
With the circular needle, cast on 12-XS, 14-S, 16-M, or 18-L stitches for the back of hat; knit across stitches of the first ear flap with the stockinette side (right side) facing out. Cast on 20-22-24-or26 stitches for the front; knit across second ear flap. There will be 64-72-80-or 88 stitches in all. Join stitches carefully without twisting. Knit 2 purl 2 on the front and back part of the hat (regular knit the ear flaps) for 6 rounds. This will make the nice ribbing and will prevent the hat from curling up.

Continue knitting until the hat is about 5.5 inches tall. I usually knit about 32 rounds from the bottom edge of the ribbing.

Decrease as follows:
Round 1: Knit two together, knit 6. Repeat for one round.
Round 2 (and all even rounds): Knit
Round 3: K 2 together, K 5 for one round
Round 5: K 2 together, K 4 for one round (this is where you should probably switch to the double points).
Round 7: K 2 together, K 3
Round 9: K 2 together, K 2
Round 11: K 2 together, K 1
Round 13: K 2 together
Gather remaining stitches with a darning needle and fasten off. Weave in all tails.

I crocheted a single chain with 6 strands of yarn to make the ties for the flaps.

My Awesome Craft Room

When we bought our house in 2012, it came with a 7’X11’ ft. playhouse in the backyard.  The previous owners used it as her craft room.  It was the ideal setting for my craft room.  This playroom is bright with 3 large windows and 2 smaller windows which makes it ideal for crafting.  Featured below are a few pictures of the original look.  I painted the inside of the playhouse teal and decorated it with hot pink and white furniture.

After two years, it was time for a more space.  The spare bedroom which was converted to a gym and is now my craft room.  My husband and I painted the room a warm gray with a white trim. Though not a bright, it is very functional.

Below are pictures from the before, during and after.

playhouse before
playhouse before

 

 

teal/pink playhouse/craft room
teal/pink playhouse/craft room

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painted new craftroom
painted new craftroom

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newly decorated craftroom
newly decorated craftroom
newly decorated craft room
newly decorated craft room
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