Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - NaNoWriMo

Ironically enough, today's Wordless Wednesday is all about words.

That's right, folks, I'm doing NaNoWriMo, this year. When I had to stop writing yesterday, I was at 36,509 words. Today, I will definitely break 40K, and hopefully get past 45K. I'm trying to reach 50K by Friday at the latest.

That's why I've been so inactive on this blog, this month.

So, back to it I go.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Missed Friday

Woops. Kind of a rough day, yesterday, so here are the project I had on the go last week!

I have no clue where I'm going to block this thing. The biggest relatively flat surfaces I can think of in our house are our couch and the bed, both of which are often occupied by kitties. Said kitties would put all kinds of pulls in it, which is a bad thing.

I may have to resort to using the ironing board, and even then, I don't know if it'll be long enough.

Otherwise, I think it turned out pretty nicely!

Bunny #2 will have a keychain attached to its head, and I think I'll knit it a tiny little scarf with some scrap yarn, too. It'll be so cute!

This thing is more of a customization than something really made by hand. I'd originally painted four dinos with the "glitter glue" Target sells. I don't know why it's called glue, because it's not sticky.

Really, the only difference between this stuff and paint is this stuff is much thinner. That meant it started running on me. Fortunately, I caught it before it dried, but since I didn't want to waste it, all dinos on the front because glitter dinos.

Hopefully, the lucky kid it's destined for likes it.

Then, of course, are my bunny slippers. Part two of that entry will be forthcoming on Monday.

I might end up posting a couple of cleaning entries, as well, since I'll be doing a fair amount of that, next week.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Easy Guide to Placing Noses

Since my little niece loved her bunny to pieces (literally), I made her a new one for the holidays this year using the same pattern. It's amazing how much improvement I've seen after a year's worth of experience in crochet makes, plus a knitting/crochet app to keep track of rows for me.

I still shy away from faces, though. This time, I decided to take a bit of advice I received along the line to heart: place straight pins where you want the features to go, before adding them.

For this particular bunny, I just added a pink nose with yarn.

First, I figured out where I wanted the top of the nose to go. When placing noses, I've found that they should go directly between the eyes, and in as straight a line as possible. In this case, it looked best when placed one row under the eyes, instead of two.

After that, I placed the other two pins in a triangular formation.

I'm so sorry, bunny. That looks painful.
Lastly, I sewed the nose on. First, I put straight lines along the pins, to form the triangle, and then I used it as a guide to fill it in, using mostly vertical stitches.

It's a little bigger than I had at first intended, but I still like how it looks. If I still have a key chain, I'll attach that to the top of the head.

I think I'll make a little scarf for this guy, though. Gotta keep that little non-neck warm, right?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Craft Completion and Glitter

I plan on finishing the bunny for one of my nieces, and the bat'leth scarf I've been working on so long. As a bonus, I seem to have gotten hooked on glittery things.

Just testing the nail polish out, at this point. When I apply it for the event I'll be taking part in, it'll be layered over bright red, and more carefully distributed. I might add a layer of shimmer, too, 'cause sparkle is fun. I'll have to shape my nails, too, instead of just chopping them off, as I usually do.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Awesome Slippers Need Some DIY Mending? (Part One)

Do you have a favorite pair of plush slippers that you've almost loved to pieces? I do. My hubby bought me a pair of Killer Bunny slippers a couple of years ago, and they've become my winter slippers by default

This year, I noticed that I'd actually worn holes through the soles. Instead of buying a new pair, I thought I'd try a less expensive home repair with some felt and hot glue.

Those are some well loved bunnies.
For this quick DIY project, you'll need the following materials:
  • Felt (Enough to have two layers. In my case, it was four sheets.)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • A pen, pencil or piece of chalk (not pictured)
  • Slippers in need of mending
Step One - Tracing
Lay the felt out flat, and place one of the slippers on it. Then, trace around the outline. It doesn't need to be very neat, but it should give you an idea of the shape and size you'll need for the insert.

The legs got in my way.
Step Two - Cutting
Carefully cut around the outline. I just cut layered the like-colored sheets of felt, and cut them together. You'll end up with four pieces of felt which are all close to the same shape and size.

Step Three - Verify
While your glue gun is warming up, put two of the pieces together, and slip it into the house shoe to make sure it's not too big, or too small. If it's too big, trim it to fit. If it's too small, you'll probably need more felt.

Lookin' good.
Step Three - Glue Together
In this step, you'll actually be making your insert. If you've used two different colors, attach one insert of the first color to an insert of the second color. You'll be left with two inserts. Now that I think about it, I could have added some stuffing between the two sides to add some more cushioning.

Ah, well. That's something to try if I end up doing this again.

Fittingly enough, they sort of remind me of bunny ears. No need for them to be the exact same size, since no one will see them inside the slipper. Some overlap is ok.

Step Four - Glue to the Slippers
This can be a little tricky. I had tried adding the glue to the insert before putting it into the slipper at first, and it did not end well.

The second try was more successful. First, put the insert into the slipper and smooth it until it's flat. Then, flip the heel up and apply glue.

 Once that's pressed in place, do the same thing to the sides.

The toe was still a little tricky, but if you can squeeze the glue gun a little way into the slipper, it is doable.

Of course, glue gun projects being glue gun projects, you're likely to get glue in places you'd rather it not be, like your fingers. I ended up getting some on the undamaged part of the slipper-inside, but since I usually wear socks with these anyway, it shouldn't be a problem.

In this case, I also decided to add glue to the holes in the bottoms of the slippers to reinforce the attachment.

Wow. There's an attractive picture.
And there you have it! Part one of this mending job. My slippers fit the same as they did, and my feet are nice and toasty.

Once I can find the right non-skid padding, I'll add a part two to this tutorial.

Looking for more mending/DIY/Upcycling tutorials? Check out my master list here!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bat'leth Bunny? The Klingons' softer side.

Sorry for the silence this week, folks. I've been feeling pretty terrible, and this blog has paid the price. Next week will be better, I promise.

On the up side, a good friend of mine dropped by last weekend, and we got to do some communing over crafts, pizza and a movie. As a result, I'm almost done with a couple projects.

I am SO close to finally being done with this bat'leth scarf. All that's left is to attach the two pieces, weave in the ends, wash and block it. Once it's finished, I promise to provide better pictures.

This little snowman looking thing will be a bunny for one of my nieces. I just need to track down the tail and sew everything together.

Otherwise? I have a couple of things brewing at the back of my head, but I don't know how many will actually be done. The last week of November will be madcap, plus I'm taking part in NaNoWriMo, so we'll see how much crafting will actually be done.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Knitting with HONOR

'Cause, y'know. Klingons and their honor.

The bat'leth scarf is taking shape!

Between the counting and hopping around the pattern, this thing has been taking more time than I thought it would. So far, it's been worth it, though.

This is going to be a good sized scarf, too. Probably not very warm, but still cool looking. If you're interested in making one for yourself, I'm working off of this pattern over on Ravelry.

Otherwise? Well, this has been it, as far as crafts are concerned.

Hope everyone enjoys their Halloween!