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Hurricane Irene

If you’ve turned on the news or opened any social media lately, you’ve heard about the HURRICANE!! I’m not feeling the need to panic, but since I’ll be stuck inside for a while I decided to stock up… on craft supplies. I got 3 3/4 yards of fabric (remnants are 50% off? that totally works for me) and 30 oz of yarn.

The plan is to sew until the power goes out (or it gets too scary sitting in front of a huge window), then start an afghan. I know I already have a ton of yarn but I haven’t been feeling like crocheting this summer (hence the total lack of posts).  However, I’m always up for an interesting afghan.  This one is circular and I really like these colors, hopefully I’ll get back in the swing of things and get back to Etsy-ing.

p.s. Don’t worry, I did also stop by the store for some non-perishables and my flashlights, candles and radio are set up just in case.


August 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

Yoga Mat Strap

So, I know I’ve been MIA for, ya know, the whole summer. Sorry about that, life was far busier than I ever expected, and aside from finishing a wedding present I wasn’t terribly motivated to craft.  However, that ended today!

Back in June I was visiting a friend and her neighbor had an old sewing machine sitting in the garage that he wanted to see back in use, I nabbed it (free machine? yes!) but only had enough time to google the manual and do a bit of test stitching before I left town.  When I was at Michael’s a couple weeks ago I saw some fabric on super sale and grabbed it without any idea what I’d do with it.  Yesterday I decided that I was ready to get back into going to yoga class and wanted to bike or walk, but I didn’t know how to carry my mat.  I ended up driving yesterday (but I did at least do a major grocery run on the way home to justify the car) and was determined to solve the problem today.  I googled patterns, saw some bags that were fine, but then I found this pattern for a strap.  It’s simple enough- two adjustable loops and a strap between- which is perfect for my complete lack of sewing experience.  Plus it’s cute and I had enough fabric to make it!

Since I generally fail at following instructions I made a lot of modifications.  First, I wanted to be able to wear my mat on my back with the strap across my chest, so I made it longer.  The fabric I had was 27″ long, so I cut 3 strips that length.  It’s a little longer than necessary, but works just fine.  Second, I didn’t have any interfacing, so I skipped it.  Third, I was frustrated with my machine by the time I got to the stitching when it was right side out, so I ended up skipping that too.  Mine may not last as long or be as nice looking as the original, but it cost about a dollar and I learned a lot so I’m fine with that.

I had to google how to use a rotary cutter, but it worked great!

At first I forgot to put the foot down and thus had to re-thread 3 times in a row…

The wooden dowel (chopstick) worked great for flipping it right side out!

I used my iron for the first time in who knows how long.  All flat and pretty!

Right before flipping I ran out of thread in the bobbin so I had to wind a bobbin, and then re-thread, again.  But things weren’t quite working so I took everything apart and re-threaded once more.  I still couldn’t figure out why I was getting those loose loops alternating with puckered fabric.  Tension?  Speed?  Something else?  In the end I decided the final stitching was unnecessary and took out what I’d already done with it right side out (putting me back to the previous photo).

I did the button holes by hand while watching tv.  I don’t know if my machine can do them, but I wasn’t up for figuring it out.

Final Product:


Tonight, I walked to yoga class and got to enjoy the beautiful weather on the way out and fully appreciate the sunset on my way home.  The strap worked great and I feel confident I could bike with it too!  Definitely a project I’d do again, hopefully by then I’ll have mastered machine sewing a bit better.  Thanks so much Jenny and Craftzine!

August 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

Summer Hiatus

I’ve been all over the place (both mentally and physically) but I’m home for more than a week now and getting my life back together. As fun as summer is, and this one has been particularly so, I can’t wait to get back to my routines. Thanks for sticking it out for so long!

Sunset in Park City,  Utah

Sunset in Park City, Utah

August 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

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  • Working on my 6th hat in as many days. No, I'm not desperately cold, but making hats for chemo patients. Anyone know of a donation center? 6 years ago
  • Fresh, local, picked by me apples + caramel sauce = perfect start to a long weekend 6 years ago
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  • Just made some bulk bin bags (this pattern: now heading to the store to try them out! 6 years ago
  • My slightly ruffled crochet circle is becoming increasingly ruffled with each round. I should have predicted this. Time to cry and undo 6 years ago
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  • The circular afghan I'm crocheting has gone slightly hyperbolic (rippling at the edges and won't lie flat). Pretending that was on purpose. 6 years ago