Saturday, 17 January 2015

Finally finished my temperature scarf!  Better late than never right?  There is some slight variation on some of the color of the yarns cause....I ran out of one type, so I had to switch to another.  I tried to make sure there was a distinction between colors for the temperatures though (especially the blues). 

It measures about 14 feet 6 inches in length, as you can see by the tape measure in the photo.  The top is the start of January 2013, and the bottom is December. 

I realize I haven't been posting as often, but with constantly working, it's rather difficult to find time or energy to get all my crafting and drawing in. 

With the finishing of a long project, here's hoping there will be more finished projects done in 2015!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Kiera-oona's personal sock pattern

I know this pattern the way it's written might not make much sense, nor is it very fancy, but I have big feet.  These socks fit quite well, and I can't really complain much about how they turn out.  I do have to tweak it a bit still tho.

Considering most of the socks Ive made with this pattern have lasted over a year without getting holes in em, that makes me happy.

I'm also typing this down so that I don't loose the information if my travel pattern book ever goes missing or gets permanently damaged.

These are for size 10 ladies shoesize.

Basic pattern:

US 0, 2.00mm needles

Sisu Sandes Garn Superwash or Patons Kroy superwash yarn

(note slight modifiers between the two yarns.  Kroy is ever so slightly thicker)

Cast on 76 stitches

Rib stitch for 20 rows

Knit for 30 more rows (to row 50

Seperate 34 sts (17 sts on each side of your row marker)

K1, Sl1, k to end of row, turn
p1, sl1, k to end of row, turn

Repeat till you have 26 rows for heel so far

K1, sl1, k2tog, k to end of row, turn
P1, sl1, p2tog, k to end of row, turn

Do this till there's 16 sts left (8 on each side of the marker)

Pick up all your stitches, dec every 4 sts till you get to 68 sts  left on your needles  Best to do this over 2-3 rows.

From stitch pickup, knit for 60 rows, (which should be about 2 inches from end)

Dec on sides of toe for 1 inch (11 rows)every other row (I do k2tog, ssk for each side of the toe)
Dec every row on sides of toe for every row (11 rows)

Bind off, sew up toe. (whichever your prefered method is)

For the super long socks:

These ones come up to just under the knee.  Next pair I make I will probably make it a pinch longer.

I used Pattons Kroy yarn for this pair, US0, 2mm needles

Cast on 112 sts
rib sts for 10 rows, knit to row 50,
dec 1 stitch ever 11 sts on row 51
knit to row 55
dec 1 sts every 10 sts, on row 56
knit to row 60
dec 1 st every 9 sts on row 61
knit to row 65
dec 1 st every 8 sts on row 66
knit to row 70
row 71, dec 1 at beginning and end of row
knit row 72, and 73
row 74 dec1 at beginning and end of row,
knit to row 130
seperate 34 sts (for heel)

Follow the rest of the basic sock pattern (above)for the rest of the foot.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Hallowe'en Quilt WIP

 I know it's been a long time since I've posted anything.  I have been crafting.  Just been busy with other life stuffs too.

This is just a current work in progress.  I have added to it since I took the photo, but this is a project I've been wanting to get started on for a while.

I've always loved Hallowe'en, and the spooky, nerdy motifs that go along with it.

This is going to be a star quilt.  This is just the middle of it.

I have also since tighened up the middle of it a bit.

In other crafting projects, I've been experimenting with a bit of craft felt needle felting.  I've also been knitting the odd project here and there.  I also haven't abandoned my temperature scarf.  I will get it done one of these days.

Other photos of other projects will come along soon.

X-posted to Quilt-a-Long

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Granny Square Jacket

I've been working on this jacket for a while.  All the little squares took quite a bit of time.  In this jacket there is several yarns that I hand spun, or hand dyed (food coloring).  Most of it is wool, and I decided to felt it a tidbit so that it shrank a smidge.  Before the felting it was a bit too long. I do plan on adding a belt to it for shape and snuggness (i do have belt loops on it).  I might even take it for a test run today for a walk since it is on the cooler side today.  I've had some friends comment that this reminded them of coats their mum used to make them when they were kids. 

The original plan is to use this for LARP so that I have something like a house coat to put on when the rest of my gear gets soaked and I need to get dry and warm in a hurry.  I'm not planning on using this outside of the building I sleep in.  There's lots of burrs out there at our game site, and I don't want this getting coated in them.

This jacket is also the largest crocheted project (That actually fits well).  I usually knit moreso than crochet, so this was a big accomplishment for me.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Crazy Quilt progress - Sandwiching by hand and finishing.

This is a follow up to the Crazy quilt tutorial I did quite some time ago.  People have been asking me how to sandwich a quilt together.  Please understand, dear viewers and interwebs, that I am doing a LOT of this by hand, and doing things by hand (while also holding down two jobs) takes time, and patience.

You can do this by machine but there are some things you have to remember when doing so, which i will explain further along in this pictorial tutorial.

I wanted a slightly thinner quilt this time around, so decided against putting batting in between the layers.  If you want a thick cushy quilt, by all means, feel free to add a layer of batting to yours.

There is no "right" or "wrong" way to quilt per se.....everyone has different techniques they use.  Some pros will give ideas on how to improve your quilt, but as long as you come out with a quilt that you are happy with in the end, that doesn't come apart at the seams, that is all that really matters.

In the first picture below, the first thing you want to do is make sure you have a base fabric that is as big as your quilt top  (the stripey fabric to the left is my bottom fabric).  If you are using batting, also make sure that its at least as big as your quilt top, or maybe slightly larger than your quilt top so you can square it up a bit later.  Be sure to have the layers facing the right sides out. I'm using a pre-purchased bed sheet for my bottom fabric.  I know some professional quilters will say this might be not the best idea because bed sheets can be quite stiff, and hard to sew through, but I'm using one because it will be the size I want in the end.

As you can see, there is some overlap between the quilt top and the edge of the bottom fabric.  I plan on adding more to square it up to the edge of the bottom fabric a bit later.  I'm working on this one from the middle of the quilt and going outwards.  This is different from what most people do, but I am also limited to space in terms of squaring up my projects, so this will work best for me.  For those of you out there who have a decent amount of floor space, I recommend finish your quilt top to the size you want, square it up (using rulers to make sure your quilt is straightened out, and your corners are 90 degrees)

Once you have your top squared up so you don't have uneven edges, you will want to centre your quilt top (and batting) on your bottom fabric, and safety pin the heck out of your quilt all over at about 5-10 inches apart depending on how secure you want it, as can be seen in the picture below.  This will stop your fabric from shifting all over the place and prevent bunching while you are sewing it.

Next, if you are hand sewing, or doing embroidery, or adding embellishments, A quilting hoop (also known as an embroidery hoop) is going to be your lifesaver.  I would recommend starting in the middle of your quilt and working your way outwards.  That way as you are quilting (sewing the layers together), it will prevent bottom fabric bunching, and make it easier for you to make sure your not sewing something you shouldn't be.

You can also use large quilting frames if you have the space (and funds) to support your quilt to work on it.

In this photo, you can see the bottom fabric, the hoop, and all the previous stitches I've already made in my quilt.  Make sure when you are doing your stitching, that you knot your thread really well.  You don't want loose threads or stitches coming undone from wear and tear when you start using your quilt.

When setting up your hoop, make sure all the layers are tight in the hoop and flattened, but not so tight you will rip your fabric.

In this next photo below, you can see all the different kinds of stitches and embellishments I've used.  If you want to stick to one type of stitch, that's ok.  If you want to add buttons, beads, little sewable trinkets, embroidered patches, that's ok too.  There's no right or wrong way to make a crazy quilt, just so long as you have enough stitching to hold all your layers together.

To learn how to do embroidery stitches, I highly recommend this website. Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials.  It's a site I've been using to figure out how to do some of my stitches.  

Once the hand sewing section of my quilt is done, I do plan on going over it in certain sections with my sewing machine and doing even more stitching.  This way it will make sure both layers are secured.  The tricky thing is with this quilt, is I do not have a "long arm" quilting machine.  I have a small-ish home sewing machine.  I have sewn some pretty large quilts with a small machine, but its tricky.  The key is to make sure you don't get bunching underneath. I have my own techniques for doing so, and some quilters think I'm crazy for doing the sandwiching on a smaller machine, but I have found ways that work for me.


For those who want to take a look at machine quilting, I am going to refer you to one of my favorite tutorial sites. The Free Motion Quilting Project.  She demonstrates sewing techniques on her machine with videos, and shows how to go over different quilting stitch patterns.

I have also found for you all a tutorial on how to sew large quilts on a standard sized machine (about the same size as the one i have, just a different model and make.)

As for finishing your quilt, I am going to refer you to a good binding tutorial that the Bronze Wombat recommended I follow (and have been referring to it since). This will show you how to put a final binding on your quilt.  Please view the video below for the binding tutorial.

That's all for now. Happy Quilting!

Nintendo DS case finished

Here's just a photo of my finished case that I was working on.  The teal colored yarn glows in the dark for ease of finding it if the power goes out (similar to problems we already had this winter).  Made of plastic canvas, there's a charging hole in the back for the plug, and felt interior with pockets for a few games.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Plastic Canvas Nintendo DS pattern

I've been working on some Nintendo DS cases for myself and my hubby over the past little while.  The cases I improvised the pattern for are for the older DS's where you can play the Advance games with the slot in the front of the console.  My hubby's case doesn't have a strip of velcro or button or snap to close it with.  I may put snaps or something on mine to hold it closed, but I'm not sure which method I'm going to use yet.

When using this pattern, I highly advise against using magnets for this may inadvertently erase your games or damage some of the hardware inside your DS if you do. 

However, the pattern I'm posting is for a DS lite case, but it can also be easily tweaked for a 3DS system as well.  For the 3DS, the dimensions might be slightly smaller and the only major change is you may have to move the hole in the back for the plug (from my best estimate on how to change it )

You might even be able to modify this case even further for other systems like a PS Vita or PSP.

The pattern, link to the original pattern maker's blog, follow the link below:

I've modified my case colors to be that of Zelda's Triforce, and Nyan Cat for my case.

Pictures will be taken once both cases are completely finished.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Deviant Art

I've taken a bit of time today to update some of my art on my Deviant Art page, as well as get rid of some older pieces on my featured submissions page.

You may recognize a few pieces from seeing it here.

My deviant art page is

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

A start to 2014, and wrapping up 2013

First of all Happy New Years to everyone!

I wanted to take some time to wrap up what happened for the month of December in regards to some of my crafting, and general life.

First of all, on the 15th of December, I was invited to share a table at the Comic Con with my friend Eryn, who runs a Facebook page and small business called Slythe.  She makes upcycled clothes and accessories, like the hand warmers on the model.  The moustash bears she also makes from scraps and recycled buttons.  I added my knitting and crochet to the mix.  I had made quite a few things for this convention since I had broken my ankle back in November, and couldn't go to my regular day job. So when you can't work, might as well knit or sew.

Getting to the convention alone was a bit tricky since we had a fair bit of snowfall.  Much more than we usually get in Toronto for this time of year.

After the convention, the great ice storm of the GTA 2013 happened.  We were without power for almost 48 hours.  Thankfully our building had a generator to get us water, and to charge important electronics like phones.  I decided to rock it old school like it was 1800 and do some hand quilting by candle light, and knit during the day while I could still see.

Below are some photos my hubby took of the nearby trees in their glazed state.

Eryn's family were kind to offer us a place to stay while the city recovered over the holidays to get power back. We were thankful for the kind hospitality of her family. We were very thankful for a place to have a warm meal and showers. We watched Bond movies, had wonderful food, and they gave us gifts that we were definitely not prepared for but grateful for. 

As for the projects I was working on, Creeper Hats and Granny Square blankets were made.

Now that 2013 has come and gone, I hope to finish at least my crazy quilt, and I will be posting some photos of the progress on that a bit later.  I'm also hoping to break into my stash and do a bit more sewing this year in between working. 

Here's to 2014!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Bead counter (LARP prop), and update

I made a tutorial a while back, but I had forgotten that I posted it with my LARP group, but not on here.  You could use this for many uses, but in our game, we're trying to find alternatives to using duct tape or ribbon to denotate psycic abilities.  You could also use it as a spell counter, or anything you need reminding of.

I have all the images and instructions on .jpg format for you to keep for later. Seeing the instructions, it might be easier if you save the file and view it on image viewer (or whatever program you folks use at home)  You can click on the images to make them bigger.  Its also viewable under prop making on my LARP's website

Now for the update:

I'm sorry for not posting as often as I used to, but I've been busy. However, recently I have had an injury and I've had to stay off my feet for the past week. From the initial xray, they think its either a really bad ligament tear, or its a fracture.  We (the doctors, myself, and my hubby) are treating my ankle as if it were broken.  I have a follow up xray soon. The boot-cast is heavy, and expensive (150$ canadian that OHIP doesn't cover).  I personally think my friends are slacking by not covering it in stickers, but thats just me....heheh.

I'm resting at home for a little while. I'll be ok. I can't go back to my regular job till I'm healed up.

In the meantime, I can work on my yarn spinning, knitting, and crochet. Hopefully I will be back to my old self in no time.

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