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DIY knitted cat bed.

We have a super snuggly kitty in our house, but it has been tough times. He has to hunt around the house looking for forlorn piles of clothing, unmade beds, or blankets that have been neglected. Comfort has been scarce and he often has to take comfort in the laps that are at times aloof for snuggling in the evening. While the dog has been a possibility, the cat has kept his pride and stayed away from the tempting, though malodorous, body heat from the dog.

Noticing this desperation, as it was keeping me from knitting, given he would come and lay on my lap/project every evening, I figured it was high time he had a bed of his own.

I had already sewn a bed for the dog, but the kitty prefers finer knitted comforts. Having a lot of Lion Brand Hometown USA® yarn I figured I could work something up for him.

The project took a little under 3 skeins of Hometown USA®. It is a super bulky yarn. I used the color Jersey Gardens.

The needles I used were US 13, 9mm straights.

This modified pattern is loosely adapted from the soft baskets pattern in More Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.

CO 31 sts. Stocking stitch until you reach 5 inches, ending on the right side.
K one row.
CO 10 sts, knit to the end of the row, CO 10 sts.
Stocking Stitch until you reach 13 inches, ending on right side.
Bind off 10 sts, knit to last 10 sts, bind off last 10 sts.
Stocking Stitch for 5 inches.
Bind off.
Sew up side seams.
 

Before sewing the side seams you bed should look like this.

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After sewing up the side seams you will have this.

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This does create a simple and floppy bed. Perfect for snuggly kitties, who are not big on firm structure.

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The last step is to insert the cat into the bed and cover with a homemade blanket, made out of ultra cuddle fabric.

He uses it every day! Except today, he found a neglected blanket on another bed. The main point though, is he now has snuggling options. So I can knit in peace.

Happy Knitting!

 
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August Dishcloth!

I, assuredly, did finish this dishcloth in August, but things have been a bit busier than I anticipated. A lot busier!

Knitting hasn’t been easy recently. Time is a small part of the reason.

The other, main reason, is this guy.

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Look at that guilt!

Literally every time I start to knit anything, he comes up behind me, sniffs and plops right in the middle of whatever I am working on. The ridiculous thing about the picture above, that you can’t see yet, is the size of the project vs. the size of the cat.

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Really?

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However, with a mix of distraction and secret knitting, I did end up finishing my dishcloth.

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Definitely a different pattern for me, but so easy! Here is the like to the pattern;

Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth Pattern!

Now to get Sir Snuggleton off of my lap, so I can go enjoy the beautiful blue skies outside!

(Hopefully I can sneak in a bit of knitting sometime today, I am getting so desperate for knitting time, I might even have to start going to work knits at the local yarn shops!)

Happy Knitting!

 

 

Rosie

Finally, after 3 + years, Rosie is finished!

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After many late nights, this marathon of a project is complete.

Not that the project was that hard, there were a lot of parts to it, but many factors led to it taking forever to complete. We moved, three times (one being cross continental), everything we owned was in storage for a year, it was one of the first real knitting patterns I had done, therefore I had made tons of mistakes (mainly the yarn weight and needle combination) it took a while to remember how I made those mistakes in order to make them again, I got endlessly distracted and completely unmotivated. Only recently did something click and make me want to finish Rosie.

Who is Rosie?

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She lives in this pretty plastic canvas box.

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She is made of yarn and much larger than anticipated. (That’s what happens when you use a cotton worsted weight, thinking it won’t make much of a difference, (the yarn was supposed to be fingering weight)) (The needles were size 3, my hands hurt just remembering it).

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Despite all her minor imperfections. (Like a severe lack of mattress stitch seams, resulting in many franken-seams).

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She is a fairy princess.

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R-13Other days, she just likes to lounge.

R-14She now has quite a wardrobe. Of course, after this was all done the snug turned to me and said, “I think Rosie should have a little sister.”

You know what?

I think she should too. After all, I would love to master this pattern and now that my knitting hands are wiser.

I think we’ll name her Buttercup.

One thing is for sure though, she will not have her own closet. I forgot how tedious a giant plastic canvas project can be!

If you want to make your own Rosie, with her own wardrobe, all patterns came from this book:

Toys to Knit  by Tracy Chapman

Toys to Knit
by Tracy Chapman

Happy Knitting!!!

Monthly Dishcloth Project Update!

Oh No.

Here I’ve been, happily making dishcloths, taking pictures and all this time forgetting to post them!

In monthly order, here are the dishcloths I have made so far, links to patterns are below each. (Most are from Ravelry, which I highly suggest).

February

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Hearts washcloth.

March

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Irish Moss Diamond Dishcloth.

April

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Hedgehog Washcloth.

May

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Beestitch Dishcloth.

June

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Peace Washcloth.

July

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Colorado Dishcloth.

For all the dishcloths I used my stash of sugar n’cream and peaches n’ cream. Excepting July, I tried the Martha Stewart Cotton hemp blend yarn that I had found on clearance. I wasn’t impressed for one simple reason.

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Packaging.

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Is this cardboard tube really necessary?

I am sure the yarn itself will hold up fine though.

Happy dishcloth knitting!!!

My ever-growing appreciation of worms!!!

I must be really getting into gardening this year because I can not stop thinking about worms. This book has been helping:

The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart

The Earth Moved
by Amy Stewart

It is very good and very interesting. So in anticipation for worms and spring and gardening, I have been reading this book, researching worm composting, and I made a wreath.

Two wreaths in fact. Oh how things change. I am really not a wreath person. Or at least I wasn’t until I saw this:

P.S. Capture the details Monday make it wreath!

P.S. Capture the details Monday make it wreath!

You might have seen this one on pinterest. For some ridiculous reason, I fell in love. So I made not one, but two. The first was a gift and followed the directions.

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Adorable! I changed the yarn, Martha Stewart fun fur yarn was on sale. The snug picked out the flowers.

For the second wreath, I added my own, worm inspired flare!

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With handmade knitted worms!!!

Here are instructions for the worm variation.

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Start with your wreath or wreaths. For the worm version, I wrapped the top half with the “grass yarn” and the bottom with some brown worsted weight I had.

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When making the wreaths, try to keep your kiddos from playing frisbee with them. However, if that is not possible, hot glue fixes lots of things.

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Grab some of your favorite scrap yarn, scissors, a tapestry needle and some double-pointed needles. I used size 7 needles. However, anything can work, the bigger the needle, the bigger the stitches, the bigger the worm, etc.

To make a worm, you just make an i-cord. Which is surprisingly simple. I went to you-tube for some visual instructions. Basically, you cast on 3 stitches and knit one row, then without turning your work, you slide it over on the needle and bringing your yarn around the back, you keep knitting. A tube will be created.

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Cast on 3, leaving a nice string and knit 7 rows.

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When you go to knit your next row, bring your yarn around to the front and purl that row.

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Purl the next row, also.

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Next, keep knitting until you reach your desired length, I kept my worms at about 6 inches.

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Grab your tapestry needle, weave it through the stitches, pull them tight together and secure!

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Weave your cast on yarn into the worm.

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TA-DA!!! You have a lovely little worm!!! The purl stitches are to represent the worms clitellum. Which is roughly the part of the worm that makes more worms.

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Make as many worms as you want and attach them to your wreath. I used some T-pins I had.

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I also made a different sign!

Happy worming!!!

Rugs and Washcloths: Monthly Projects: January

In a desperate attempt to make my crafting more productive I have come up with some, reasonable goals.

One of those goals is to make more things for myself/my family. Do you ever find that while you love creating and crafting and giving, often times you are only doing things for other people? I have been knitting for over 4 years now and sewing for about 3 and have only made myself a small handful of things. My house doesn’t have much to show either.

That is not very eco-friendly or sustainable. So this year I have decided to make at least two things every month that is just for the house. Here is where the creative part drops off. I will only be making rugs and wash cloths. One for each month. We live in a house with only wood floors and we have three rugs. Well, now four. Also, we are running out of wash cloths.

For January’s rug, I finished up a rug I had been working on for almost a year.

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It is a super simple pattern, K3, P3 and vice versa on the other side. However there are a few challenges, that made this easy project not so easy.

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It is made using cotton yarn and to make it super strong you knit two strands of the yarn.

This makes the rug strong, but the project heavy. About 5 inches into it my wrist started cracking. I had to get the special bright blue knitting gloves to wear while I worked on the project.

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The other challenge was the yarn. I really wanted to use this recycled cotton yarn I had found, but of course I couldn’t find enough, so instead of thinking ahead and altering the pattern, I went with the general directions. Thus giving me a square rug, with a dual color bind off.

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes.

At least this rug is done and our kitchen finally has one rug. On to bigger and better rugs.

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The wash cloth I did for January was a snowflake pattern I had found on ravelry. It is a free download and super easy. Here is the pattern from the Life is Good blog.

The shape is a bit different then I was expecting.

There you have it, January’s projects.

In other news. Here is what the snug and I spent our afternoon making.

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A solar system out of felt! All the felt is glued down. You take little balls and cover them with foil, then add velcro and WHAM! A super space meteor game!

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I love eco-felt! Look at all the happy information on that label!

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Also, here is a terrible picture of what we had for dinner. It is still Mardi Gras season, but I figured we could try to get a jump-start on Lenten season.

Happy Crafting!!

 

Knit Headbands!

(Today I am joining up with the Crunchy Catholic Momma and her weekly Stash Bash. All materials used for this craft I already had in my stash. By making this project I bashed through some of said stash. Thus, the Stash Bash.)

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These Knit headbands are easy peasey. They are about the easiest project you could come across. Great for beginner knitters who just need to practice that simple garter stitch.

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You could do it in a coffee shop, in a lobby stop, in a train, in a plane, in the car, in a bar, you get the idea.

All you need is some leftover yarn and size US 7 or 8 needles.

For the adult size, cast on 10 stitches and knit in garter each row until the strip is 16 inches long. Bind off and stitch shorts ends together. Boom. Done!

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These are some adult examples, as well as the pink one, above in the coffee shop.

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Interesting enough, both of these yarns are worsted weight and were knitted on the size 8 needles. The red yarn is a little heavier and might have looked better/tighter on the size 7 needles. Personal preference though, I wanted it to be a bit bigger.

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You can even make smaller ones for little kiddos birthdays and have your daughter claim she made them. Really….

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For the kid size; cast on 5 stitches and knit in garter until 14 inches long.

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Now, how can you tell which size of needles to use?

For thicker yarns the rule of thumb on this project is, the thinner the needle the tighter the weave. For thinner yarns, you will be able to see the difference. For example.

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This is a very light worsted weight yarn on the size 8 needles. Too loose!

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Here it is after it is switched to the size 7. Much better.

Finishing options.

You can always just grab a thick sewing needle and weave the two short ends together, or you can crochet them (that will make a bump though).  Or you can experiment and try knitting the ends together.

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Just pick up your cast on stitches and knit them in with your current stitches as you bind off.

Warning, it does add in a funky row.

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And a slight bump on the inside. I knitted the ends on this headband and the pink coffee shop head band  (shown below). All the others I sewed together.

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These make a great, quick and easy gift. They are fun and super cute to wear. Also really warm.

If you are feeling adventurous you can attach a crochet flower or some pretty buttons.

Happy knitting!

P.S. I apologize for the choppy flow of this post. I am distracted by a Komodo Dragon program the bug is watching.