it would help to know my Physics….

So the last thing you saw was this

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I think by now it’s safe to say that this will be a wreath with two trees, some sky and grass.

I then made a hammock, that I attached to the tree trunks. And went on to making the mouse and the accessories. I had to wait for the feedback from my kiddo on the teachers eyes. I like making my mice personal.

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The hammock looked pretty comfy to me. I am one to spend a lot of time in my own hammock, enjoying the sounds of nature, soaking up the sun or reading a good book. Or sometimes just taking a nap.

What I didn’t take in account that the mouse would not have the same weight distribution as I did.

After I had finished up the mouse I sewed it to the hammock and picked the wreath up on it’s hanger.

Guess what???

Yes, the mouse did a flip and was hanging belly down!!! Sorry, I have no picture of that. I was just too frustrated with myself. Why didn’t it dawn on me, that the lightweight hammock would not hold the “heavy” mouse.

I had to ponder on that for a little and tried a few options.

I finally managed to find one that wouldn’t look too funny and awkward.

This morning I printed out some book covers and cut out little book pages and sewed the books together. I then glued them to the wreath.Hammock5

Attached my little tag and wrapped it up. Sat the kiddo down to write a little note for the teacher as soon we got back from School.

I hope the teacher gets to enjoy her Summer Break with some good books in a hammock.

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Spotlight Friday: scarves

It is starting to get a little nippy in the morning. So now is the time to pull out my knitting needles to start working on scarves and gloves and all this warm winter stuff.

So the other day I found some nice soft yarn and I couldn’t resist and bought it. I didn’t just buy it I had a project in mind. One of my friends had asked me to make a scarf.

Digging through my books and magazines I found a nice pattern for this beautifully colored yarn.

While I was going through my patterns some thoughts crossed my mind, about how long are people wearing scarfs, or did they have a different meaning, who was the first one to wear a scarf. Did they have a different function?

A scarf, also known as a Kremer, muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion, or religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colors.

This is what I found:

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(source: http://www.scarves.net/blog/the-history-of-scarves-a-timeline/)

I can’t recall when I knitted my first scarf, but it has been many since. Some just plain in pattern or color and some with luxurious yarn. Some with a intricate pattern. Short ones, super long ones, cowl and triangle ones. So many options. Often quite a “quick” project, the thicker the yarn the faster it grows. Every year there is a new trend in knitting scarves. I usually don’t follow those, I like doing my own thing.

This is how far I got with my scarf, in one day:

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Had a tough time getting the colors photographed.  But you get the idea.

This is how the shape will look like when finished: snapshot_2010-02-02_10-55-21_small2 The pattern is from Debbie O’Neill from the book “60 Quick Knits”.

I like trying something new. It took me a few unravelings (if that is even a word) to get the pattern down pat. The unraveling wasn’t easy because it is a fuzzy yarn,  once you knit it it likes clinging to itself. And taking those stitches out without getting frustrated is a little challenging.


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Hand Painted Silk Scarf, MADE TO ORDER ONLY, Choose your Colors, Jossiani by Jossiani

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Cable knit womens hood hat scarf peacock feather color
by YANKAcrafts

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Corduroy Cravat Handmade Keyhole Men’s Scarf Stone and Green Fleece Necktie by tlcHaberdashery

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Authentic African Kente Cloth Stole, Scarf, Made in Ghana, Multi-Color
by KenteFashionHouse

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SALE Argyle scarf, navy blue, green, upcycled, repurposed, very warm
by TheSassyGal

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London Scarf
by BellaEl

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Hand painted silk scarf – Butterfly wing- butterfly scarves- chiffon scarf by JoannaArtDesign

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Shearling Scarf with Leather Fringe Tassels – Available in Grey Beige or Black. by byloomandhyde

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Large Linen Scarf Fall Blanket Scarf | Fall Fashion Lightweight Scarf | Linen Blanket Scarf with Fringe by TwoSparrowsBoutique

 

Just click on the picture and it will take you to the corresponding shop.

What kind of scarf do you wear?

I like mine warm and long, so I can wrap them around my neck at least two times. I am a cold nature and always have cold feet and hands. I can’t stand having cold air sneaking down my neck.

yes, it’s finally done

Last week I went to my craft store, to check out if my motorcycle was in. Well guess what? They had only ordered one and that was sold even before I got there in the morning. Off to find a person that works there and could help me get one before the birthday party on Saturday. I had to do a rain check and it would be in the following Wednesday, but please don’t come in on Wednesday because it takes us all day to unload the truck and it might be the last thing we take out. Give us a call in the evening.

So I went home, tried to finish my mice so they would be ready by the time I’d have the bike. The helmets gave me quite a fit. The first set I made was too big. biker

Looked more like a mouse wearing a coconut shell!

The second set didn’t want to dry, so I was starting to stress a little. I got them dry, more or less. Fitted them to their individual heads. Cut holes into the helmets so their ears would be able to poke through. Then sew on some black ribbon, so the helmet will stay on when they are doing high speeds on the highway.

Off to knit some motorcycle jackets. And accessories.

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Pretty tiny, isn’t it?

The jackets where quite fiddly, the arms are usually only 4 stitches wide. But I think it worked out quite well. biki It even looks like the mouse developed a little bit of muscle. And then I decided to add a zipper. Of course they needed a scarf, because if you drive fast that wind can get pretty cold and you don’t want to have a stiff neck once you get of the bike.

So the mice where done. And I was counting the hours to Wednesday evening. Looked up the craft stores number because I couldn’t find that receipt.  Oh, there…..keep my fingers crossed that it was there. After the 4th person on the phone I was finally told that they have it and it will be at the register for me to be picked up. So Thursday morning I had planned to be there first thing to pick it up. But as usually my plans don’t work out as I had hoped. My youngest came down with something so I had to postpone for a little bit.

I did manage to pick up the motorcycle and was antsy the whole way home to see if the mice would fit on the bike and how it would look.

I got the mice, some thread, the hot glue gun and some scissors and this was the end result:

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My neighbor said the best mice I have made so far. I think they came out quite cute.

Now all I have to do is make a box , so they can be transported and handed over on Saturday.

I had way too much on my plate this week to take the time to create the spotlight treasuries. I should get back to them next week.

I hope you enjoyed the little mice on a motorcycle slide show. Have a wonderful day and happy creating!

Spotlight Friday: Backpack

I started School in the 70’s, in Germany. And probably had a book back something like this one. 

I can’t really remember what color it was. All I vividly have in memory are those yellow itchy hats with a big pompom on the top. They called them “school beginners hats” and they where for every First Grader, so they would be more visible for the   traffic. A lot of kids walked to School, all by themselves. Like I did as well, with my big book bag on the back, the yellow itchy thing on my head and my little brother on my hand. I dropped him off in Kindergarten and then went to School.

Later the book bag style change a little, although I did have another leather book bag in the late 80’s.It had the colors dark blue and beige. I was not allowed to get one of the backpacks that started to come out. “They are not good for your back” my grandma always said and there was no further discussion.

As soon as I hit 8th grade I ditched that thing and finally got me a backpack.

My kids did get a German book bag from their Grandpa and used it proud for the first 2 years of School. 

It is still in our closet. They loved it because nobody else had one like this. Well, until rolling book bags where allowed in School.  A few years ago, my youngest wanted a Hello Kitty book bag. That was just not in the budget. So we picked a plain purple colored backpack and painted some Hello Kitty on  it ourselves.

What kind of bag did you have, when you went to School?


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Happy backpack – toddler size by CreativePlay

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Cat Angel Backpack Bag, Purse, Sack
by sewraedesigns

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Knitted drawstring backpack. Size small for kids! Handmade. Fully lined.
by Classically Twisted

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Mask / Face Print Backpack with Ribbon and multi-pockets by PlumroseFern

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Lined Zippered Backpack PDF Sewing Pattern – Amy by ChrisW Designs by ChrisWDesigns

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4 colors canvas backpack & school bag & laptop bag by LoveRonnie

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Hand crochet purse/backpack
by Christycutecreations

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Nautical Backpack Tote with Embroidery (Both Sides)
by Beachside Eclectibles

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original denim shoulder bag with applique “good luck”. Bag, hand bag, backpack
by CREATIVICKY

If you click on the picture, it will take you to the individual shop on Zibbet.

So many fun bags.

Did you keep your School bag?

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If you click on the treasury, it will take you to the Etsy Treasury and you can have a better look at each item.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks picks.

Have a wonderful day!!

Spotlight Friday: warm feet

I am sure you are all fed up with all the cold and snow that has been around for the last few weeks. I know I am. We live in the South and usually don’t have cold spills very long. Well we started out with snow on November 1st 2014, it got warmer over Christmas time but since January 2015 we are bundling up. Wearing many layers, adding gloves, scarfs and hats. I ended up making myself some more knitted socks, the commercial ones just didn’t keep me warm the last few weeks. My kids asked for extra gloves.                  DownloadsSpecial my older one, she always has icy fingers. Her finger joints swell and get red (Docs don’t know why, but I suspect the cold and maybe some food) but are not hot, but really cold. So I made her a pair to keep on during class.

I am so happy my Mom has taught me how to knit socks. I use 5 DPN needles and the old fashion way to make the heel. Usually I like knitting the socks with self striping sock yarn. And if it is just a simple pattern it usually takes me around 16 hours to finish one sock for my size 10. A little longer for bigger feet or a more intense pattern.  There are a lot of sock yarns out there that I would love to try. I like using Merino wool, it feels soft ( I can’t handle sheep wool on my skin. I know sensitive me 😉 ) and most of the time washable in the machine. My friend from Germany sends me a ball of Sock yarn once or twice a year. I love those surprises and usually try to make a pair for either her or me. I have been supplying my family and close friends with socks for a long time. Love it.

I decided a few weeks ago to reopen my shop in Etsy again, it never hurts to have your eggs in more than one basket right? So I decided to share my space here to share Spotlight for both places.

Let’s start with the warm feet I found on Zibbet:


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Pink Stripe Socks for Women by BitsOffTheBeach

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Ladies Hand Knit Cafe au Lait Cabled Socks by NeedfulThingsofSalem

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Tutti-Fruitti Butterfly Childrens Knee Socks (Knitting Pattern PDF) by Cedar Hill Farm Company

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Djfleesh Knit Socks, Hand Knit Socks, Mismatched Socks, Striped Socks, Knit Wool Socks by Djfleesh

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Felted baby slippers, knitted felt booties by NatkaLV

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The No Wrap Basic Toe Up Sock Pattern – in PDF format – Easy Experienced Beginner
by SusieRoseDesigns

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Custom Handmade Knit NFL MIAMI DOLPHINS Baby Booties in Team Colors With the New Logo by Grrr-lington Baby Dog and more

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Childs Handknit Purple Stripe Crew Socks. Washable Wool and Bamboo. Kids 3 to 4 Years
by BarkingDogDesigns

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Slipper Socks by ShazzasKnits

Those should keep your feet pretty warm!

Etsy Spotlight

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Do you have a pair of favorite Socks?

I do and they are in my sock pile for quite some time now. I do have to add a few additions I fear, this weather we are having lately is just not for my feet. Once I get cold feet it’s over and I get cranky. I am so ready for flip flop weather again.

Enjoy your day, where ever you may be.

a little bit of insight

I thought you’d like to know what goes on behind the scenes. What happens from start to finish.

Yesterday I started working on a new pair of beaded finger less gloves.

First I came up with a pattern for the beads.

IMG_3221 Then it was time to count how many beads I would need for one glove. The number on the bottom left told me I needed 219 for one glove. Yikes I hope I have enough beads for both gloves, in all I need 438.  I knew which yarn I wanted to use, now off to find the right color of beads and size and hoping I have enough of them.

blah….of course I didn’t. I had a certain color of beads in mind, would of had enough I think. But! the yarn didn’t fit through the beads. Change of plans, different color, different size.

Found some. Now time to count out those 438 beads.

IMG_3222doesn’t look like that many, does it? I counted it twice and it is exactly the amount I need.

Then comes the fun part, getting all those beads on my yarn. For that I use a dental threader. I think there are needles and other tools to help with that. But so far I had best results with my option.

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I have to make tally marks to remember how many beads I already have on the yarn, otherwise I will loose count. Too much distractions with kids, hubby and other things. I always make sure I thread on more than I need, sometimes some beads decide to break while pushing back and forth. The beads have to be pushed back quite a bit and in small sections, to be careful that you don’t wear the yarn thin and unravel.

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All on board, now I can start knitting. I got quite a bit distracted yesterday and had to unravel a few times. I felt like I couldn’t count right yesterday, one bead was always off. I finally managed to get the right pattern going. IMG_3226

Half of it was done, yeah. Can you make out the pattern? My youngest said ” I don’t know” when I asked her.

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In the evening I was finally done with the pattern for the beads. Now I still have to knit the backside of the glove and are done with the first glove.

And then it starts all over again. Get 219 beads on my yarn, paying attention to every bead to be in the right spot. Then sew the gloves together inside out, finish by hiding the threads, turn it back outside, and done.

Can you make out the bead pattern on the glove?

I am playing around with some different ideas for more variations of the glove pattern.

What would you like to see?

wreath is named

over the weekend the kiddos and I where searching the internet for fonts. For the sign that was going on the mouse wreath.

It was hours of sifting through fun images. We then decided on a kitty font because there is two kitties in this house. One of my kids asked why I didn’t knit any cats to put on the wreath. I think that would take away from the mice. But it is a project to think about.

So this is what the result was from our weekend project.

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Our neighbor couldn’t read it, but he said: “well, but you know what it says.”

Not what we wanted to hear, but we like it and think it fits perfectly to our wreath.

Now I am waiting for the little items to come in and then this fun mouse family is ready to be hung up.