Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Antler Cardigan Sweater


I love this sweater so much that I decided to try to make it! This cardigan is called the Antler Cardigan and it was written by Tin Can Knits by Emily Wessel and Alexa Ludeman. The Antler Cardigan is written for kid and adult sizes! Yes, I know that means I can make a small one for each of the girls and a mommy size one for me!! I can't wait! 
Of course, my daughter chose pink! So far I have finished the two sleeves and I am working the body. I used the peace sign hoody to show the size I am hoping for.  Tin Can Knits also wrote this helpful blog post for people like me who are still learning about knitting. I found it very helpful. 
I am a little worried about joining the sleeves into the round but I found this awesome blog post from Ysolha. Also, I was a little scared about the cable knitting until I watched this video.
Wow! Now I think I can make the entire sweater and after I make this one I want to make two more. Hope you give this sweater a try too.
Happy Knitting!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sugru Review!

I have to share with you a new product that has so many uses!!! It is called Sugru and it is play dough for grown ups. All you do is find a need, open the package, squish it and mould it anywhere you want. Sugru can stick to anything and hardens like other silicones. I had the perfect problem to trouble shoot. My dishwasher rack  started to rust and fall apart.
Yuck! I took all of the rust off but this left a metal rod exposed.
You have to squish it. It feels just like play dough but has a funny smell to it.
 Make sure you keep this away from children!! 
You have to let it dry for 24 hours and Ta Da it is fixed!!!
Sugru is amazing! I have used my dishwasher now for an entire week and Sugru has protected the dishwasher rack. No more rust and I did not have to buy a new rack I could still use this one. Stuff is not made to last any more but with Sugru you can fix it. You can even personalize products to make them better.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oatmeal Pullover Sweater Finished!

I adore my new red-orange sweater. The pattern is called the Oatmeal Pullover Sweater from Jane Richmond. This morning the temperature outside was 40 degrees and it was perfect weather for a sweater! When a project takes so much time you sometimes wonder if all the effort is really worth it. I am so glad I finished it.
I did do a few things differently, for instance, I made full length sleeves not 3/4. Funny story, after knitting the amount the pattern asked for I realized that it was too long so I just decided to knit the rest of the sleeve. (I guess I have short arms.)
It also looks great under my Minoru Jacket from Sewaholic Patterns. 
You should definitely try it! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oatmeal Pullover Pattern Review

I learned how to knit March of this year and I started with the Antrorse Sweater. It was probably not the smartest first knitting project but I enjoyed it. This time I decided to make another sweater but easier pattern. I am using the Oatmeal Pullover pattern by Jane Richmond. I really couldn't be happier! It calls for Lion's Easy Chunky Yarn, I was able to find all the supplies at our local Michael's store. Also because I used the magic loop technique on the collar and sleeves I basically was able to knit with the same needles the whole time. That might be the wrong thing to do but it worked for me. 
This is the collar. It is a raglan sweater so there are 4 markers placed around the sweater to increase at in the beginning. 

Then you separate the sleeves and knit forever straight down!
I love the color, it is perfect for fall. I think it will be cold in the Carolinas this year so I am looking forward to wearing my beautiful sweater through the long winter.
I was more consistent with my stitches this time. So the fabric is prettier. I still have a lot to work on like making sleeves without a gap in the underarm part. Or starting a new ball of yarn without a bulky mess. Overall I am happy, my girls are already asking for a sweater too! If you have any title of girl sweater patterns I could give a try I would love the advice!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Music Room!

I took a new music job and it has been such a great adventure so far! Before I got there the school had only had part time music teachers and no music room. I have tried to create an awesome music space for our students. (I apologize for not writing recently but the time I spent working on this room was well spent.) I have made curtains, spray painted iron music notes, found music books and instruments all over the school and bought blue carpet! 
Yes, Blue!
 My dad and step mom donated three of these great big iron music staves. I spray painted them blue and put them on the back wall with commander hooks. 
The curtains look red in the sunlight. They also help with making the room dark enough to project on the board.
The blue carpet I found at Ollies for a good price! I had to buy two 6'X9' rugs to cover the floor. The kids love their new space and I hope we share wonderful memories in this new space!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to School with L.L. Bean Bags!

This school year is about to start and every year we buy a new book bag for the girls. It is fun to pick out but once you get to the check out and you see the amount everything costs, it can make your hair stand on end. That is why last year I bought L.L. Bean Book bags. They have a lifetime guarantee and are super durable. 
So once the new school year rolled around I took out the LLBean bags. Gross, yucky, marked up bags. It's great they have a warranty but I can't replace them just because they are dirty. What to do?
Then, I remembered the stain remover solution of 2 parts Hydrogen, 1 part Blue Dawn dish soap. Luckily, I had the two and mixed up a batch. I took a sponge and rubbed the solution all over the book bags. After letting them sit for a while I sprayed them with water. They were still a little soapy, so I placed them in the washer. Finally, I let them air dry and Ta Da! New beautiful looking book bags. The only part of the book bag that did not like getting wet was the reflector part. It is actually leather like in material. Even still they look great.
 Then for the monogramming! My littlest doesn't really care about monogramming so we went with a "K". My oldest is starting to like it, so we went a little fancier with the interlocking monogram.
 To monogram these bags it is best to open them up completely and embroider above the front zipper pocket. You only have 3" in height so keep your embroidery file 3" or smaller.
There is not a good way to hoop the bag, so place it on top and baste stitch or use adhesive spray on your interfacing. Overall my girls are super happy with their bags and I am ecstatic that I have saved our family money.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monogram a College Duffle Bag

I recently embroidered this duffle bag and hat for my niece who is attending college this year. I hope she can use it to come home and visit. At first I had no idea how I would fit this large bag under my machine but I found a way and I wanted to share this will you!
First, you can find this type of duffle here at Sew for Less for only $12.99!! They have fifteen different colors and they are made from recycled materials. In order to get the bag under my machine, I flipped it inside out and placed the bag over the embroidery machine like the picture above. Centering the design was a little tricky and since the bag was turned to the side, I had to also turn the design. It worked out beautifully. 
Embrilliance Essentials is the program I am using on my Mac computer to merge and set my designs up for my embroidery machine. I love Embrilliance!! It is only $149 which is very cheap for a program that will allow you to do so much. I highly recommend it. If you click on the picture below it will take you directly to their site.
Enjoy every day!