Tag Archives: Knitting

Knit Sweater No More!

27 Nov

Welcome to the knit shirt that I’ve worn for about 11 years … whew this baby has lasted a while! After cleaning out my closet I decided it was time to let go of this top and replace it with a newer version. Instead of getting rid of it though – I decided to revamp it!

I cut off the the sleeves so I would create a rectangle at the bottom. I’m saving the top for another project so there’s no waste.

I flipped the sweater inside out and stitched across the top of the sweater to finish off the edge and create a seam.

Can you figure out what I’m making yet? I’m sure you’ve seen it before – except it’s a little different this time!

Since I’m not exactly sure how I wanted to finish this piece off, I decided to temporarily finish it off with velcro. It’s an easy solution for a temporary fix!

I stitched around the edges to keep it on. If you haven’t figured it out – this is the opposite end of my shirt!

And TADA! A decorate pillow from your favorite top you just couldn’t bare to lose yet 😉

I’m pretty happy with the end result! Even happier that this project was completely free since I had everything I needed in stock. If you are considering doing this project you’ll need:

An old shirt or sweater: free!

A pillow: $5-$10 depending on the pillow and size.

A zipper: $2-$4 depending on the length

or

Velcro: $6 – but there will be extra left over for another project, so cut the price in half for this project and it’s $3

Thread: whatever you have on hand or $2 that will last you a ton of projects.
This project will probably run you between $7-$15 depending on what you have on hand!

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Where did you get that yarn!?

31 Aug

Hey everyone! I’ve been getting a ton of questions about where I get my yarn and since my usual place closed down I thought I’d share with you now, the only place I can find my yarn!

 

Knitting-warehouse.com  is now the only place I can find the yarn that I’m absolutely in love with. I’m really picky when it comes to yarn because I can’t stand anything scratchy touching my skin. You will never find me wearing wool sweaters, scarves, or hats. I just can’t stand the itch! So when I was hunting down some incredibly soft yarn I found a brand I couldn’t resist.

Now that Hancocks has decided to leave our town and the next closest one is way to far for me to drive I’m now an only online purchaser! If you go online and check out what this brand costs for the amount you get – you might look at me like I’m crazy but it’s worth the price. Even better it’s always on sale online which makes up for shipping and pretty much even’s it out.

The other brands that I buy I can find at JoAnn’s no problem, you just can’t always find the color you are looking for which has brought me back to knitting-warehouse. Because each brand is cheaper online – it completely makes up for the shipping cost.

This also helps when I’m buying bulk orders, which tends to me more often then not, because it’s always cheaper to buy multiple things that come together in one box than it is separate. Especially since yarn is lightweight. As for shipping time it says 3-5 days but it’s unusual for it to take more than three days. If it does I just assume they are slam packed with orders but since I purchase year round and hardly have to wait for it – I’d say that’s a win/win!

Hope this helps ❤

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

P.S. Knitting-warehouse.com did not ask me to write this post, pay for it, or give me anything for free – this post was written upon request buy readers interested in where I purchase my yarn and was completely written by my own opinion.

 

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Work In Progress Wednesday: Seafood Festival Preview!

1 Feb

Hey Everyone! Finally a work in progress post right!? After taking a vacation and getting sick with a virus that lasted a week, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to actually get something accomplished! Thankfully I’m feeling better and I can get back on track and doing the things I love most!

Today I’m showing you something I’ve been so excited about! Now that the holiday rush is over I’ll be planning my entire year for the biggest craft show I’ve ever signed up for! Four straight days of crazy excitement in my home town – The Seafood Festival!! I’m kicking the new year off with a bang. Since I only have about one more month of cold weather (since this year has been weirdly warm) I’m crocheting my life away this month in hopes that I have enough for the fair. For those of you who don’t know, my home town school colors are maroon and gold so I found this yarn that goes from red to maroon and thought it would be perfect!

So here’s to my first craft show stash scarf!

I absolutely love how the colors just randomly change!

This is an upclose of the picture so you can show dramatic the color changes are – the lighting makes it look a little orange but it’s more of a red maroon like the first picture!

Emma sporting the scarf – when it’s wrapped twice it’s supposed to be like a cowl neck.

I am a half a skein away from being done with this so it will be a tad fuller and cozy! This isn’t the typical yarn I buy but it’s so soft I couldn’t resist! I’ve also been in a search for some gold yarn but that one is a little harder to find in the right softness.

Now if I could crank out about 20 of these in the next few weeks – that would be AWESOME! My goals are outrageous – I know!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Feature Friday: Thumbprintpatterns

21 Oct

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Sewing is a passion of my mom and me.. What comes first is our family and faith. Then we have time to sew. Our minds are always working on some new project to create and share with our family and friends.

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What got you interested in crafting?

I am a mom of four wonderful kids and wife to a creative, talented and loving husband. Sewing and crafting comes very naturally to me. There are many crafting and creative people in my family. My Mom got me started in crafting and I have been hooked ever since. My first craft was when I was 6 years old! I have been sewing for about 14 years. I sew almost everyday and I am always creating something. I have had a purse business that were all my own designs, for about 4 years now and I also do custom sewing projects. I have two items I make in a uniform shop located where I live too!

What’s the secret behind your etsy name? 

The name for my shop came about when I was thinking of a fun name for my store. I was trying to think of a name that would mean something oto me and my mom. She makes these awesome thumbprint cookies with nut and jelly in the middle. So I thought it would make a great name! Since having my fourth baby, I have been teaching sewing lesson for the last two years. I love to help people to learn to sew. I love it and I want to share that passion with other people. So as a natural instinct to help and create, out came my store on ETSY called Thumbprint Patterns. I currently have four patterns in my store.

What inspires you to be crafty?

Inspiration for me comes from necessity. I make things to help solve a problem or make a new version of something I need or really like. The first pattern I made for my shop came from there not being one for my daughter that looked just like the one I made for myself. So I made my first garment pattern from scratch and I totally loved it.

What goals do you have for your store?

I hope to grow my collection of patterns over the next few years. I would love to have 10 patterns in each category ranging from beginner to advanced patterns. The types of patterns will vary also, having everything from dress patterns, home decor, and craft patterns. I am currently working on a pattern for kitchen table place mats, Christmas Stocking, and a new style of purse.

My husband is an art teacher and we hope to open a store someday. We want to have lessons for art sewing and crafting.

Having a home based business is a wonderful blessing for my growing family. I get to create and be home to help them.

If you haven’t already checked out Thumbprintpatterns store – go ahead and check out here!

Thanks for coming!

Love Always,

J

Crafts: WIP Wednesday

14 Sep

I’ve had two things going on today! I’ve been working on my big hug cowl – although I kind of tweaked all of the pattern instructions. Apparently I don’t know how to follow instructions 😛 Looking back on my life I think it’s clear that I have NEVER been able to follow ANY instructions.

My mom compares my sister and I accurately and I can’t resist from repeating her. As my mom likes to say my sister is on the highway going 80 miles in hour, you can come with her if you want but if you slow her down your out – she is goal oriented, was amazing at school, a diligent and hard worker, she has an amazing career and a life many would die to have.

My mom says I am on scenic route. It may take me twice as long to get somewhere but I have a good time and I’m never opposed to stopping to smell the flowers. I take a lot of wrong turns in life but it always leads me exactly where I was meant to be!! I’m the little girl who dreamed of having a bunch of babies, being a stay at home mom, making my husband the happiest man ever, and living happily ever after. I was a dream girl living in a dream world 😛

Which ironically is really funny because my sister is awesome at driving and finding her way – she’s a highway girl. I on the other hand get lost almost every time I’m in the car. I call myself the queen of u-turns and I always find myself on some back road in the middle of nowhere…

In many ways I dream I could have some of the qualities my sister has because I feel like I would have succeeded earlier in life with my business plan and I’d be further along, wealthier, and for once in my life feel like I’m on top of something! But really – I made my dream life come true – or at least most of it I hope 😉 I am happily married, a mother of a wonderful baby girl, and hopefully making my husband the happiest man ever!!! 😛

Okay so back to the point – sorry for the LONG side note – but I can’t follow instructions. It’s not in my DNA. Which has led me to making something I would have probably never made before if it wasn’t for the pattern – even though I didn’t follow it .. at all.

I bought a thicker yarn than it said, a smaller hook, and I’m doing a different type of crochet then it says. But it’s still a great big hug cowl!

It’s still a work-in-progress I’ve probably got about six more rows to go but it’s already big, comfy, and a cowl! Super proud!! I did my first cowl a little different because I hadn’t looked at the instructions at all and I might do a mixture of the two and see what it turns out like. This one is one SUPER long circle that you wrap around you neck a couple of times (like the instructions! YAY ME!) and the other cowl I did just went around once and layered itself. I think what I’m going to do is keep the yarn type, needle, and stitch and just make it one loop that layers like my other one. Looks like I’ll need to go buy more yarn… back to the store AGAIN!

I’ve probably got enough projects to keep me busy before I head back to the store just yet so that project may sit for a little while.

I also am working on my final touches to my monkey frame order and I just got another order in today!!!! No it’s not another monkey frame 😛 I’ve got three burp cloths to do! So I’ll be sewing and crocheting for the rest of the week and then back to inventory I go!

I never get tired of these monkeys! They are too much fun to make. I have noticed though that I don’t make any one EXACTLY the same. I tried so hard at first to make it look exactly like the original but it’s been fun making each one a little different. After all no one expects anything hand painted to look exactly like the original – everyone want’s theirs to be a one of a kind!

Well that’s all my juggling this week 😉 I’m working overtime this week and weekend so I couldn’t cram too much else in there but hopefully I’ll have some more fun pictures and updates for you tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,

J

Crafts WIP Wednesday!

31 Aug

Work in Progress Wednesday!!

This week I’ve been working on my first attempt to do a cowl scarf. The pattern I have calls for a much bigger hook than I own and much thicker yarn. I bought the thick yarn – then found out I didn’t have the right hook so I’ll have to go shopping again 😉 I couldn’t wait to get started on something so I went ahead and did a my own version of a cowl in a much smaller yarn and hook size than it called for. I haven’t quite finished it but it’s almost there!! Check it out:

I absolutely love how it’s turning out and can’t wait to get started on the thicker version. Here’s the picture of the on I plan on doing adventually:

Definitely a lot bigger and thicker!!

It’s weird but I’m actually excited for this winter! I don’t know if it’s because I have so many things I want to make and it’ll be nice not feeling guilty about staying inside like now when the weather’s so nice, or if it’s because I’m ready for hot soup and hot chocolate!!! For once I am excited for this winter!

Tonight I attempted making a different version of cheesy potatoes – It could have been better – but I am so proud of myself for trying! It actually felt good feeling like I was making something amazing from scratch. I’ll have to try again soon now that I know what I want to change to make it better 😀

Tomorrow is my day off and I have a few orders to fill but after that I plan on fixing up my storage. I’ve got a little organizing to do before I can really get my inventory up and stocked. I’m running out of places to keep things and it’s been a little chaotic!! I plan on showing pictures of the before’s and after’s and maybe even the in between’s so if you are interested in how to make things work in small places check back soon!

Oh and if you haven’t already stopped by DDsDarling’s is doing a giveaway that you can’t miss out on! It ends tonight at midnight! Check it out here!

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Stitch & B*tch

31 Jul

Today was my first stitch & b*tch! I was completely nervous about jumping in to a group of knitters & crocheters that had been meeting together and being the newbie. Well I’m so glad that I went! I met some amazing people and they are making me want to do projects I never thought I could.. but with their help I think I might just be able to!!

Here are a few projects I have in my “hope to do list”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super excited! Which one would you like to see me do?

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Tagging It Up

28 Jul

What I thought would be a quick – maybe an hour project.. became an entire day event! I knew I needed a new black ink cartridge – I’ve needed one for months now! So this morning I ran out to the store and bought some along with printable fabric paper and a crochet needle. I had already taught myself a new crocheting trick, planned on making a quick swatch and doing some designing with the crochet needle, then taking a break and printing tags, then making a new burp cloth! That was the plan..

Once I got home and started up the printer (which hasn’t been used in MONTHS) I then realized I needed three cartridges – not one! Back to the store I went thinking that this trip is costing me more than I planned on spending and making me a little frustrated. I got home played around with printing ideas – decided to make it simple and tested a page. Loved it! Printed it on fabric paper and sewed it into a new burp cloth which is still needed to be finished!!

I haven’t made a swatch or played with my crochet needle but I’m hoping I’ll have time for that during nap time tomorrow but I’m slowly starting to realize why it’s taking me so long to get things done that I normally had no problem doing in one day. With B working so late and me being the only one here to entertain, feed, and get E ready for bed – it takes up all that extra time I had to get last minute things done. So now when she’s going for bed I’m wasting a lot of time cleaning up, getting ready for tomorrow, and running around with my head loose wondering how it’s already 9:00 and I am just now sitting down and trying to plan what I wanted to get done. Unfortunately it’s not enough time.. I’m going to have to think of a new dinner time routine. Back to the drawing board!

But before I do all that – here’s the finished picture of the tag!

Not the best quality picture but it will do for now. I’m just glad that’s something I can cross of my list .. after I finish sewing the rest of the burp cloth that is 😉

Time to go back to running around with my head loose!

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Having A Hard Time Keeping Up

4 May

I haven’t been that crafty lately.. It’s been kind of depressing actually! It’s not that I am too busy doing other things or even overwhelmed. It’s that I’ve been taking some me time! Relaxing has been on the top of my priority list while I’ve been planning and coming up with some new inspirations for when I start feeling crafty again. Instead of spending my free time at the craft table going wild I’ve been crocheting or reading. I am already a quarter way through Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks and I am loving it. But of course I love it! It’s Nicholas Sparks!! I don’t think I have ever read a book by him that I haven’t liked.

I do have good news though! Tomorrow I have off work and I don’t have any errands to run. It’s a first! So as long as E doesn’t mind I might get some crafty things done. I already finished the pink striped scarf, I just need to take a picture of it so you can see and tonight I am going to learn how to crochet flowers!! I saw it done on another blog with a headband and thought they would be super cute on the ends of my scarves. If I get one done tonight I’ll add that to my list of pictures for tomorrow 😀

I bought a few more things for frames too. Most of them are more on the girly side so if you have boys, I’m sorry! I guess I am more attracted to the girly things since I have one 😛

My next sewing project is going to be a cover for my nook but it might be until next week before that one happens because I need to buy a zipper. But hopefully I’ll have enough money to buy some stuff for my first homemade pillow!! Super exciting. I’ve been dying to make pillows for so long they’ve just been on the bottom of my list to do.

Let’s see if I can get back on the grind 😉

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Sunshine I need you in my life!

16 Mar

For the past few days I haven’t been feeling my best. I think this up and down in weather is really giving my sinuses a ride! Other than that I have been up to the usual! Watching three little girls grow, being crafty, and  planning (wish listing) what I want for the patio. Friday my dad is going to be power washing it for me and then we are going to Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Babies R Us to see who has the best prices for miniature fences for kids 😛 That’s right we are putting up a little fence around the patio so E doesn’t go running like wild and disappear 😉 I am also taking a look at a few outside fun things to do like this outdoor table that has a side for water and a side for sand! Super fun!!

As for crafting, I have slowly but surely made every scarf longer except I am still working on one, then it’s back to making new colors. I ordered silver, cream, light brown, dark brown, light purple, dark purple, and a light pink. After I do solids with short rows I am going to take a friend’s advice and do long row solids, then mix up the colors 🙂 I am super excited! By the end of this month I should have one of every color completed! If I can do that every two months I’ll have around 130 scarfs made in my year goal 😀 Holy Cow! That’s a tun of scarfs!!

Tomorrow is my every other Thursday running errands day. I’ll be at the grocery store for most of the morning then I am going to Hancock Fabrics to pick up a few things of yarn. I found this really awesome website that I can order yarn for super cheap so when I only need one or two I am just going to Hancock Fabrics but when I get 10 or more, heck yes I am ordering from www.knitting-warehouse.com those prices are just too great to beat!

I also finished reading Pretty Little Liars #2! Lets just say with being sick I literally didn’t want to do anything at all. So reading, napping, and crocheting where pretty much all I did 😉 I’ll be putting up a book review about that later.

Love Always,

J

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