Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Storming the Castle

I leave my pillow on the couch for two minutes, and this is what I find when I come back...
Sneaky, sneaky pug.

Once again I started a project that I was not intending to start...
At moments like this I always feel as though I where a gold fish...*head slamming against desk*
At Costco right now they have all the toys up for the upcoming onslaught of buy, buy, buy, AKA, Christmas.
I saw that they had a wooden, Castle, doll house. hmmmm..
 "what if I where to do that out of felt?"
And that is where it started.

The thing I love about being older,
 is that I can now make all the things I wanted to make when I was younger but I did not have the experience or patience.
Deciding on what to make the castle out of seem to be the easiest part. Felt, plastic canvas, and DMC.
The great thing about plastic canvas is that you can get it in circles as well...for what? you maybe asking,

Gray felt
three 6'' circ.
MENY sheets of plastic canvas.
a large amount of DMC.
that was my shopping list.

Starting with the turret first.
Most of the pics are pretty self explanatory if you ask me.
 But if you have questions. just let me know.

After finishing the floor's. I started on the outer wall of the turret.
same basic process

It took about two days to finish the top stitching.
once that was done, I sewed the bottom floor first then middle, and last, top.

And yes I do know that it is crooked. It has nothing to support the weight. I am hoping that when I get the walls on it will help.
I haven't gotten any more done on it, partially because after cutting out the floor's for the outer walls I ran out of plastic canvas, plus I have many other projects that NEED to be DONE by a certain date.this can wait.

I hope that this helps you if you are trying to make a felt castle! just remember-
take your time
have fun with it
and think of all the fun times ahead playing with it!
Happy Castle-ing

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cable Raglan

Happy Fall!

Here is a project that I finished about two months ago ( I know, I know. I should have posted this up looong ago.)
I had found this pattern in a note book of my mothers a few years ago and I really liked it, and thought that someday when I got brave enough I would try to make it.

It was a kit that one of my Aunts had made back in the 60's.

This is why it took me a few years to get the courage to knit it up....
They don' make patterns like this anymore. and for good reason!

Well, once I decided that I wanted to try and knit it, I thought I would get rid  of some scrap yarn while I was at it.
I had a skein each of Vanna's choice color-charcoal gray and olive.
well of course the project to help get rid of yarn I had to end up buying to more skeins.
 I am really pleased with it.
 I did lengthen the sleeves.

It is knitted from the top down, and knitted in one piece. I made size Medium.
The most interesting thing about this pattern is that, for making the different sizes you don;t knit with more st. you use bigger needles.
So I used sized 6 and 11.

I love how the yoke turned out.
there are more things that I have done in the past few months that I have not gotten around to posting yet, but have no fear! because I will be posting as often as I can and the things that I won't be posting are waiting till*cough**cough*after Christmas.
Happy knitting~

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Blocking Wires

It has been a while since I have been able to post....
It's not the I haven't been doing anything, it that I have NO time TO post up what I have been doing. plus, most of the things that I am working on are X-mas projects which means I can't really post them up till after said day...
having said that. there are a few things that I can post.
one of these things are my blocking wires.
For awhile now I have been wanting to get myself a set of blocking wires. I tried going to the yarn shops around town and found that no one carry's them! lame.
So then I went to the great Internet in hopes of finding what I wanted.
I found that blocking wires would set me back around 50-60 dollars.
*cough*I was almost at this level of wanting.
Till one morning at breakfast, I was talking to my Mother and Father about them when my Dad asked, " what are Blocking wires?"
so I went to google image search to show him. when he See's what they are he goes, "why, those are just music wires! you can get those at the hobby store in town."
...Thank... You... Dear... Father!!!
That day we went down to the local hobby store and I got 30 wires total, in three different sizes for just under $20!!!!


after getting my *heehee* blocking wires :) I had to clean the oil off, that they put on the wires. for this I went out to "Man Land" aka, my Dads shop.


the cleaning fluid that I used was a combo of  rubbing alcohol and dish soap.

get an old t-shirt for a rag put some cleaner on it and start rubbing!

All the crap that came off...
I don't think you would want this one your lovely knitting project that took you months to complete..

The three different sizes.

 Let me tell you they are so nice for blocking! I have used them and I love them! I would advise any knitter or crocheter to get a set!
such lovely straight lines and half the Tpins needed!

I hope that if you are looking for some blocking wires that this post will help you!
I would advise going into your local hobby shop to see what you can find!
Happy Wire cleaning~