A New Tutorial and an Observation

It has been quite awhile since I posted a tutorial.  I don’t have a video camera, but I have quite a good still photo camera that has the video option, and it just seems to take forever.  I five-minute tutorial can have as many as ten takes, and then the editing.  After all that, I always find fault with the video, but as long as it conveys the message, we’re doing okay.  This time I tackled the Magic Circle, which is one of those simple innovations that makes a big difference, and one wonders why it’s never been thought of before.

Which brings me to my observation.  I learned how to knit and crochet a few years back (euphemism for a LONG time ago!), and the main source of communicating was through paper publications.  You know, you still see the books on sale at the craft and yarn shops.  However, I’ve noticed that since the internet, people have actually been coming up with patterns and techniques never thought of before, or at least, never shared with so many people.  My question:  has the ease of communication via the internet created a more prolific crafting community?  Seriously.  Am I the only one who’s noticed this?  Let me know your thoughts on this!

Quick Note About the “Crafting Links” Page

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It would appear, that for some unknown reason, my patterns cannot be accessed from smartphones.  Links to other crafters appear to be ok, but for some reason, the patterns I wrote are not working.  Fortunately, they can still be accessed from a laptop and I assume this also applies to desktops.  If you have difficulties with this, let me know and I’ll see what I can do; maybe if I send you a direct link?

If anyone out there knows what the issue is, please let me know.  Until then, we will do our best.

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Half Couch Cover or An Attempt To Save Money

As any owner of free range dogs knows your furniture can sometimes take the ultimate toll; for instance, us.  We used to have nice leather furniture about 10 years ago.  When it was brand new.  At first there were just a few scratches that we fretted over, and eventually, we ended up looking at this:

The victim.  The plaid lap throws just weren't cuttin' it anymore!

The victim. The plaid lap throws just weren’t cuttin’ it anymore.

A wonderful plaid lap throw became our quick fix for a bit, but the hole just kept getting larger.  With Thanksgiving a little more than a week away and the relatives coming to visit, I knew action had to be taken and fast.  I don’t want to spend a lot of money on another couch whose fate would be the same as above.  I understand that inevitably, I will have to make the investment, that this couch will not function, but until then, I’m milkin’ it.

I’m not a skilled seamstress who can tailor fit a whole couch cover, and honestly, the top part isn’t so bad.  We had been using a lap throw (which slipped around and came undone a lot) but that didn’t look too good.  My husband came up with the idea of using a dowel stick to help keep a cover in place, so we ran with it.

Jo-ann Crafts Store had a Veteran’s Day special for 60% off all decor fabric – yea! – so we ran down there and got what we needed to the tune of $38.  That’s 1 3/4 yards of nice upholstery fabric with a 54″ selvedge.  Don’t you love it when you get a deal? 🙂

This is the real pretty material we found!

This is the real pretty material we found!

Our search for a proper sized dowel stick turned into a search for a closet rod, which we found at the local DIY store where they cut it to size for all of $3.

Since I’m a beginning seamstress, I did what seemed right, and the first step was to measure the seam allowance the for the dowel and mark it off.

Figure out how much leeway you want to give the rod.  I went with a loose fit; you can always tighten it up if it doesn't work

Figure out how much leeway you want to give the rod. I went with a loose fit; you can always tighten it up if it doesn’t work

Make sure to mark where you're going to pin with chalk or colored pencil or anything that will stay around long enough to get your stitches done.

Make sure to mark where you’re going to pin with chalk or colored pencil or anything that will stay around long enough to get your stitches done.

This always happens when I first start a project for one reason or another - grrr!

This always happens when I first start a project for one reason or another – grrr!

I was so proud of my cheap little Singer!

I was so proud of my cheap little Singer!

For the edges I sewed an inch allowance, and the bottom I think was like 6 inches.  I know, a crappy tall seam, but it was really hard to figure out that particular measurement.  If you make this, your allowances will most likely be different.

Almost there.

Almost there.

Of course, on the last 2 feet of the last seam, the bobbin ran out.  *sigh*  I always try to overshoot for the amount of thread I’ll need, but it never seems to work in my favor.  The closet rod was a tight fit and needed some coaxing, but my daughter and I finally got it into a fairly good position.  Et voila!

Coolsville.

Coolsville.

I think we have hit the solution for our problem.  I hope it lasts, but for $41 dollars, I think we can update this look every year!

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The Definitive Knitting Tutorial…maybe

So it only took my about 2 years to finally make it…and I’m not happy with it.  Too long.  I didn’t feel like breaking up the separate components, because all the steps go together; however, I understand, that due to our dependence on our computers, most of us now have an attention span of a goldfish.  The running time of this tutorial is a little under 20 minutes.  BUT, if you follow it, you will learn how to make your own knitted fabric swatch, so I’m gonna leave it.  There.

So what has everyone else been up to?

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Crochet-A-Long Progress and a Surprising Endorsement

I don’t know how many of you, if any, are starting your Pumpkin Face Throw with me, so I’ll assume some of you are and just haven’t chimed in.  I wanted to share a technique with you that will minimize the gap when joining in the round.  Please click here for the video!

I also wanted to mention that my blog views have been going off the chart (for me, at least!) because Lion Brand Yarn mentioned my Halloweenie Beanie in their Twitter feed – !  I was thrilled that one of my favorite and most frequently used yarn companies;

1.) Actually noticed my work among thousands of other offerings online

2.) Were kind enough to share the info

I mean, it’s not an Oscar or a Grammy Award, but, hey – for those of us who knit and crochet, it’s pretty special!

Post script – Lion Brand also shared this on their Facebook page – eee!