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The headphone reno

I really love these headphones. They’ve always sounded great and they’re comfortable. After trying to replace the fluffy parts twice, I decided to try making my own covers.  They worked for years to not only keep my headphones operational, but they’re also very “me”.  When those covers wore out, it gave me the opportunity “renovate” again… check it out…

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This time I went for an all-over cover in a rainbow palette. I used 6 colors of Lily Sugar & Cream and an F hook.

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christmas ninja part 5: things to keep stuff warm

The next and possibly the last category of  xmas-making-of-things.  I suppose the tablet cozy could have fallen into this catagory, had it not already been in the last one.  First, let’s start with something for me!

I saw this yarn around new years and had to have it.  Then I started working with it and figured out that I was gonna need more.   Then I had to find a third store to finish filling my need.

I just love the colors and I used a ‘Q’ sized hook (which was comically large) and 18 balls of yarn.  The blanket is enormous, I think it would fit on a queen sized bed.

Second entry: a tea cozy for Nana

I had the measurements of the teapot, but that’s all I had.  I used this Emily Taylor’s Domestic Diva for Riley Blake in red for the outside and in brown for the inside.

All the quilting was freehanded along the damask  pattern on the outside. Binding around the edges and a little loop on top for pulling!

 

Finally, more warm for me: flannel for pyjamas.  I’m going to do a separate post on all of my pyjama pants, by here is the fabric:

oh yeah, gotta love the monkeys 😀

project complete!

Boy, when I get it in my head that I’m going to finish something, I totally get it done!

cowel & beret


I just love the color of the buttons, and I added a fake button to the beret, mostly to help with placement because the details shift around when you stretch it over your head. G had the fabulous idea for matching mittens, so I’m going ahead with that too!!! (because right now my mittens don’t match! It’s tragic, really.)

Beret details

a wip… un-wip-ed

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly a pro-star at finishing projects. It’s usually the “fiddly bits” that I never get around to (don’t I sound so British saying “fiddly bits”?) 😀

But this one was actually finished in a reasonable amount of time… and the other part is actually almost done too!!! It’s a Christmas miracle…

So there it is, fiddly bits and all! And very warm… it hasn’t been cold here lately, just windy.

another crochet WIP…

but this time you don’t have to guess. I started working on this cover project a couple of days ago… it LOOKS really complicated, but it’s not really that bad. G already finished one in the prescribed colors, but you know me, I have to be different…

guess the WIP

WIP = Work In Progress

You’re not allowed to guess if I’ve already told you what it is! Here’s the “in progress” pic, IRL it’s almost finished…

My husband thinks it looks like a giant sperm… now I can’t see anything but that!

trio of love

I’ve been crocheting away, here is my trio of “Love”:

Going clockwise from top center: Waterfalls, Diamonds Overlay, and Cluster Bobbles.

The new addition: Cluster Bobbles.

The puffs are very… umm… interesting. Only for the very patient person with excellent tensioning.

Did you know that Bernat makes scented yarn? Neither did I! It’s the same price as the normal stuff, and I didn’t even notice that I had some… I HAD noticed that my bag smelled rather nice, but I didn’t make the connection. But beware – make sure you sniff your yarn at the store, my mom tried to buy some and some of the balls had less than optimal scent levels! I suppose that the scent will probably wash out or wear out with time, but I can think of tons of good reasons for scented yarn:

  • it makes your bag smell nice
  • it’s nice to work with
  • it makes an even nicer gift if it smells nice… I’m totally putting them in packages that I mail!
  • it would probably make your drawer/closet smell nice, just keep putting a new one in once a month or so to keep it smelling great!
  • smell is a great invoker of memories… either to make them or recall them.  Give a child something with a scent, then expose them to the same scent as an adult and they’ll be instantly transported back in time!

And today I also have a fantastic tip for you! I was at Michael’s and I found these cute little paperclips that are shaped like a star. It was about $1.50 for a whole package of them, and I’ve started using them as stitch markers:

They’re great because they’re easy to find, easy to see, easy to hook onto work, but because of the shape they don’t fall off and stay out of your way. You’re welcome. 😀

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