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New nook!

My boyfriend got me a nook for Christmas and I LOVE it! I wanted to read on my tablet but was unable to read for longer than 20 minutes without getting a headache. With my nook 1st gen I can read for hours and be fine, just like reading a normal book. I absolutely love the e-ink screen, even without it being lit up. I honestly would not trade this classic nook for a nook glowlight or nook color. I made a cute DIY case for it, have it loaded with books, and am now completely prepared for this long winter break from school! My favorite part about it is that I can borrow  books from the library and read them without ever having to go there which will come in handy when I am 9 months pregnant or there is a bunch of snow outside. By far the best Christmas gift I have received, ever!

We always end up breaking down and giving each other our gifts early… We suck at Christmas! Here are a few photos of my DIY nook cover:

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Quick craft update & poor photographs

My daughter is turning 2 in just a few days and I have been sewing away as often as possible for a few weeks now. I finished these up five or so days ago but decided to take some quick pictures before wrapping them up. Some I made the patterns for myself, some  printed from Google images, and some I winged it on. I will do a video on the subject soon (after Marley opens them) and provide sources for the patterns I printed both here and in the description.

The pattern for the strawberries I did myself. I looked at many photos for inspiration but pretty much followed the process shown here. I found the photo collage of the process on Google images when searching “felt strawberries”.

The pattern for the pancakes I printed this image. The page can be found here. I opened this template in paint, cut out the ones I didn’t want to do, and printed the ones I did all on one page. I try to save paper and ink as much as possible!

For the bread I looked at a a bunch of templates but ended up taking the bread part of this one and adding it to the breakfast one. The page for this sandwich post can be found here. Looking at her post it looks like she did her stitching outside (I did mine inside and flipped it) so our end products look a little different.

The banana pattern I drew my own template for. This was my first felt food item I made. I had looked at a bunch of different ways to do them on my tablet. I was tired and too lazy to go to the computer and find/print a template so I just drew up my own on the back of a botched Christmas card. You just make a rounded diamond shape, cut 3 white and 3 yellow. I wanted to add a small dark brown circle to the bottom but I never made it to the store to get the felt. I sewed two of the peel parts down and left one up. The hardest part was shoving the banana into the peel. There are many more realistic ones I saw online but I was going for simple.

For the ice cream cone (which was my favorite) I used this template. I did not cut any Velcro, and ended up cutting the circle for the scoop much larger. First I embroidered the detail on the cone, then sewed the top to it and stuffed it. Then I threaded around the outside of the scoop circle, pulled it tight, stuffed it, then sewed it to the scoop bottom (it’s referred to as edge in the pattern and I’m unsure how she did it but I only cut one and didn’t cut out the inner circle). My sewing is never neat or tidy, I probably nearly broke my needle threading it in and out of the ball and the bottom piece over and over. I tied it to secure, then did the same thing (messily sewing round and round) stitching the ice cream to the cone. When I was satisfied with the way it looked I tied it off.

The template for the eggs came from the same place as the pancakes. [See above] However, this one would be the easiest to free-hand!

Lastly, the sandwich toppings. The cheese, lettuce, peanut butter, and jelly all came from this template here. I had to cut two pieces for the peanut butter and sew them together because the only felt I could find in the right color had leopard print on the back of it.

So there you have it! They look so much better in real life! When I record and post the video of all of them I will post the link here. I love hand-sewing and these food items were so much fun to make! I would be sewing more if I weren’t so busy. Happy crafting!

DIY Greeting Cards

I have taken on a new hobby that I really love! Making greeting cards! I have made 7 thus far and can’t wait for more occasions so I can make some more! Unfortunately the thought of selling them didn’t come to mind until Joe said I should.

Since I have decided to offer my custom card services to others I have began taking photos to add to an album so people can see my work. Here are just a few I’ve made the past couple of days:

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With just a few supplies you can make your own greeting cards as well! Not only will it save you money(and maybe even earn you some); but it will have a personal touch a store-bought card just can’t compare to.

DIY Stitch Markers

The first place I saw these was on the video 5 Gifts to make for knitters by Josephine Animates. I thought it was a GENIUS idea and finally made some of my own. I decided to make a tutorial to share with fellow fiber-loving friends. You can make these for knitting or crochet. I ended up making more because I thought they were so cute!

 
What you will need:
  • Jewelry wire (I used a soft gauge, but any would work as long as it held shape once doubled)
  • Beads
  • Tweezers, pliers, hemostats, or whatever rounded bending tool you have laying around.
  • A large knitting needle or something the same diameter you want to make the markers.
Snip off about 12 cm of wire and bend a small loop at the end (this will be the bottom). String your beads onto the wire. Proceed to wrap the wire around your large knitting needle (I used a size 11 here). I only wrapped mine twice, I recommend wrapping at least two times unless using a hard gauge that will for sure hold it’s shape.

Now if you are making a knitting marker you will wrap the wire around the part closest to the bead. As shown in the left photo. If you are making a crochet marker snip the wire off and sand the point down as shown in the right photo.

Now just slide it off and viola! You have yourself a cute little stitch marker. Make some for yourself. Then make some for your friends. Thank make some more and smile at how absolutely adorable they all look together!

I would also like to share a photo of the cute amigurumi bunny I knitted for my daughter over the weekend. I got the pattern from Joan of Dark’s book Knits for Nerds. I am currently knitting myself a pair of gloves from the same book. I can’t wait for her next book!

Knitting Pattern: Assassin’s Creed Beanie

This was my first time knitting from a chart, doing color work, and making my own pattern. I didn’t start the first row of the chart soon enough, but now I know for next time. This is a very, very simple hat pattern that could be used with any chart, or even without a chart. I plan to make my toddler a hello kitty one and myself one (not sure what picture for mine yet).
This hat features a rolled brim but you could do garter stitch or ribbing for a folded brim of you wish. Note: This is a simple hat pattern probably just like 100 others online; this is not for profit and I have not searched the vast web for this exact pattern. I used Iam 4MAN’s chart available here. Any chart could be used to customize this hat!
You will need:
  • One skein worsted weight or other medium weight yarn
  • US size 9 16″ circular needles
  • US size 9 DPNs (magic loop works too)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Measuring tape or ruler
Gauge
16 stitches = 4″ in stockinette (row gauge unimportant)
Instructions
Using long tail method, cast on 80 stitches. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Repeat Rnd 1 until hat measures 8 inches from rolled brim.
Begin and continue working color from chart a few inches above brim.
To shape crown switch to DPNs when needed or use magic loop method.
Rnd 1: (k2, dec) around.
Rnd 2: knit around.
Rnd 3: (dec, k1) around.
Rnd 4: knit around.
Rnd 5: k2tog around.
Rnd 6: k2tog around.
Working only in knit in the round will create stockinette stitch. To finish use tapestry needle to thread yarn through remaining loops, weave in ends, and model it! No blocking is required for this hat. You can also add a fleece lining inside or a pompom on top!

DIY Knitting Needles

I needed a set of double pointed needles to make amigurumi for my daughter and didn’t have the money to buy a set. I was eager to begin her bunny from Joan of Dark’s Knits for Nerds so I decided to make my own. Here is a tutorial that will work for both DPNs and straight needles.

What you will need:
Knitting gauge
Sandpaper
Wooden dowel correct diameter for needle size needed (hence the guage)
Pencil sharpener
Small saw
Nail buffer (optional)

Chances are you have most of these items at home already. Go to your local hardware or crafts store and find your dowel (I also plan to do some with plain sticks in the future). One dowel should get you five needles. Measure total length and divide it by five. Measure and mark your cut lines. Use your saw to cut the sections. Use the pencil sharpener to create tapered ends on all of the sticks. Take them outside and sand down any imperfections. Remember, you don’t want your yarn snagging! I used an electric nail buffer with the soft cotton tip after sanding to make my needles super smooth.

image Voila! Your needles are ready for knitting! This method works for straight needles as well. Simply add beads, bands, strings, buttons, or wire to the end to hold your stitches on the needle. You could even use tacks; be creative! Leave a comment with pictures of your homemade knitting needles!