Wednesday

[knitting] Honeycomb Pillow is so sweet.

It's done!

Honeycomb Pillow


Yarn: Plymouth Galway Highland Heather, used less than 1 ball (100g / 210yrds) of 4 colors.

Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm)

Based on the little test pillow that I made and the worsted-weight yarn that I used, I cast on 94 stitches for a 16" x 17" pillow. After blocking, the pieces were a little bit too big, but not big enough to make the cover look saggy/floppy. The main problem is that pillow is so freaking flat:

Honeycomb Pillow

I bought eco-friendly pillow forms from Jo-Ann's that have bamboo fiber filling. The filling has really compacted. Flat. Flat. Flat flat flat flat flatflatflat...

Honeycomb Pillow

Seaming up the sides wasn't too painful and they they turned out quite invisible.

This was a super stash-busting project. I have more pillows to cover will probably try another pattern from the same trio of designs.

Tuesday

[travel] DC

Was only in DC for a few days before coming home on an earlier flight. One afternoon we did walk around downtown a bit. I had never seen the White House before. It was a gorgeous day, warm with little flowers and bulbs poking up through the ground already. Here's the back of the White House:


white house

The front:


white house

It's not in the picture, but off to the left is Michelle's garden (which a gardener was busy tending) and a little bee box/house/thing. They're making their own honey?! Awesome!

Opposite the White House was the Washington Monument:


washington monument

It was nice, but I'm glad to be back in Vermont.

Monday

[misc] Santana Monday

Someone's sleeping in Santana's bed:

Santana

What's a kitty to do? Go to sleep on top, of course:

Nap time

Haven't posted in a while. Was down in DC last week and caught a nasty cold. I have a couple finished projects to show (I spy a finished honeycomb pillow in the picture above). But for now I'm just happy to be back home and feeling better.

Thursday

[knitting] Honeycomb Pillow Cover: Blocked

Blocked both sides of the pillow cover:

Honeycomb Pillow

Had to keep the door to this room shut so Penny wouldn't pull out each and every pin.

I started sewing these together last night.

Wednesday

[embroidery] Cassette Tape

I stitched up another quickie hankie for Dollar on Saturday morning- a cassette tape with the name of his band (Blabpipe) on the label:


Cassette Hankie


He loves it. The only thing I would change is the color of the spokes on the tape reel. I think a slightly darker taupe would have been better contrast against the white background, rather than the eggshell that I used. But you can still tell what they are, so it's all good.


Tuesday

[knitting] Kitty Pillow

Here's the little test pillow that I knit, sewn together and stuffed with bamboo fiberfill:

Honeycomb test pillow


It's a little lumpy, but I put it into Murderface's wicker bed and he sleeps with head on it. Awwww. I don't have a picture of that, but I do have this:

Penny with test pillow

Penny, keeping an ever-watchful eye on Santana (behind us).

Monday

[misc] Murderface Monday

Look at this crazyness:

Murderface and Santana


Murderface and Satana on the same bed (MF is in the sun, Santana is in the opposite corner). And when I was moving some books out of this room on Friday night, Penny came in and Santana let her sleep on the bed. Crazy!


Friday

[misc] TGIP

TGIF, Penny.




Penny

Oh, you think it should be changed to TGIP?

But Penny, all you do is make trouble. You knock things over. And chew on things you shouldn't. And steal all the warm spots.




Penny

I see. I must be a liar. You could never do anything bad. You're too cute.

Thursday

[knitting] Honeycomb Pillow Cover

I chose basic worsted wool from my stash to knit a honeycomb pillow cover:

Honeycomb Pillow Cover

It's all puckered up at the moment, but blocking will fix that. I'm pretty happy with the colors that I chose and think that they work nicely together.

One side:

Honeycomb Pillow Cover

I'll need to sew in all those ends before I wash/block. I'm nearly done with the 2nd half and hope to have a pretty new pillow all done by the end of the weekend.

Wednesday

[embroidery] Heavy Metal Guitar

I quickly embroidered a new hankie for Dollar:

Embroidered guitar

I used some basic back-stitching and french knots. The design came from an iron-on transfer from the Sublime Stitching Craft Pad. I have another one ready to start- a cassette tape and I'll add the name of his band onto the label area in the design. 


Tuesday

[crochet] Pretty Pincushions

I don't have any pincushions and I realized that with some recent embroidery that I have been doing and cross-stitching that I want to be doing, I need to find a better place to put down my needles other than on the couch next to me.

I saw some cute patterns on Ravlery and fell in love with Naalepuder. But my Danish is rough non-existant and I can't decipher Google's translation of "killing stitches" and making "a game of real masks". Thankfully, someone did translate the pattern into english. Whew. And you know what?

It's hexagons! Hexa-frikkin-gons. By now I can make hexagons in my sleep!

Puncushions

Crochet two hexagons (I stopped when I had 60 st) and single crochet them together with the wrong side facing out. When I had 5 edges joined, I stuffed and then closed the last edge. Starting from the center, sew to the points of the hexagons and pull tight to the center again, around. Attached buttons with the two ends hanging out from the center.

And wah-lah:



Puncushions

I gave the green one to my sister and I kept the blue one. I loved adding the buttons. I have a small stash of random buttons and this is exactly why everyone needs a small stash of random buttons- you never know when you're going to need a cute little maple leaf or clear blue ball.

I used one ball of Noro Kureyon to make these two (with enough yarn leftover to make another slightly smaller pincushion). Surprisingly, these were a little more trouble to make than I thought they'd be. Some hints that you might find helpful:

- If you're going to use the magic circle to start these hexagons, don't pull the foundation circle tight. Leave yourself a hole the size of a small lentil. It will be easier to sew through and it will be covered with a button on either side when you're done.

- Don't over-fill or under-fill with stuffing. Duh, I know. But the blue one ended up kind of over-stuffed and the green one ended up a little under-stuffed.

- Don't fill it up solid with stuffing. What worked for me was to form my polyfill into a fluffy white snake, pinch the empty pincushion in the middle with one hand and push/poke/fill the filling around the outside of the pincushion with the other hand. Like, I'm filling up a doughnut or something. Avoid getting much polyfill in the middle because it's hard to sew through and you need the negative space to draw in.

- Use a cotton (or hemp or linen or multi-plied silk) to sew the petals with. Something strong. I tried using a double stand of Noro to pull tight and I broke the yarn. When I was sewing the yarn around and pulling tight to draw in the petals, I was pulling tiiiiiiiiight. It probably doesn't need to be that difficult- maybe the pincushion was overfilled or I crocheted the hexagons too densely. Doing this finishing shouldn't be like working out with a Bowflex, I know. Maybe the next time I make these, I'll take a hot bubble bath and drink wine by candlelight first. I need to relaaaaax.

Monday

[misc] Murderface Monday

Three little kitties, waiting for food:



Three kitties

Had a good weekend. Went to Basketville and Webs on Saturday and got a lot done around the house yesterday.

I bought a record player for Dollar for Valentine's Day. It was delivered on Saturday and I couldn't wait to give it to him. I don't mean that flippantly, like, "I can't wait to give this to you, squeee!" I mean, I literally cannot wait until a specific date to give him something. I was like, "OpenItOpenItOpenIt" on Sunday morning.

He was SO surprised and SO happy with it. I was pretty pleased, too. It looks all... olde-tyme-ish.



Record Player

He received some records for Christmas and I asked, "Do... you have a record player?" No. So I knew he would really appreciate this. Plus, it plays CDs. And cassette tapes. And AM-FM radio. And it has an iPod dock. Srsly, it does everything.



Record Player

We set it up in apparently the most acoustically perfect location in the house (in the foyer that opens up to the 2nd floor) because the music sounds amazing everywhere. From my craft room to the living room to the basement- anywhere in the house.