Right now I am working on/want to start these things:
- Need to FINALLY [it’s
over a year a nine month old project] finish knitting my striped scarf/cowl… [there was a brief moment this weekend when I thought I had forgotten how to knit and replaced that area of my brain with crocheting…luckily I was able to knit yesterday…phew!] This is top of the list right now because it is so cold and our heater is broken! Last night I had to sleep with my head under the covers just to keep warm enough.
- Picked up a latch hook…have a couple of latch hook rug kits sitting on a shelf in my craft room, yet they didn’t come with the tool needed. Can’t wait to try another new kind of craft! Not sure if the finished rugs will become wall hangings [too tacky even for me], seat covers [already have those…] or what… but it doesn’t really matter–wherever I put them, they will just become cat beds I’m sure!
- Ongoing granny square afghan project…can’t tell you how many people come over and ask “what are those orange things for?” or “are you selling coasters now?” Haha.
- Still need one more crocheted seat cover for the kitchen. [You know, that end-of-the-project-hump].
- Would like to cross stitch a silly little butterfly piece I have [with required friendship quote of course] to send off to a friend [who I miss very much] in the mail.
And I’m sure there are more. Now you see why I want to sit on my couch all day? There’s much work to be done there!
I made my first crochet project. Guess what it is?
Morgan: “What are you making?”
Me: “Um, a square?”
So…it’s a…potholder! Or dishrag? Or trivet? Whatever, I’m just super proud of myself for crocheting for the first time.
[Shoutout to Britni for patiently teaching me, as well as to a book from my mom literally called “I Taught Myself Crochet” haha]
I seriously must be an old woman in a 23 year olds body. I’m happy right now simply because I have 1. A blanket on my lap 2. A cat on my lap 3. Some stitching going on.
It’s also nice to start on something NOT Christmas related. [side note- I thought needlepoint was basically cross stitch with yarn, but there’s a bigger difference than I thought…so that will be fun to work on something new as well.]
Aaaand it just got doubly-awesome with the addition of cat #2 and a glass of wine from Morgan. 🙂 (“I can’t get up, theres a cat on my lap!” really works well in our house.)
This year I decided I wanted to be the Log Lady from Twin Peaks for Halloween. The first order of business was sewing a log so I didn’t have to carry around a real log!
- 3 sheets brown felt
- 2 sheets tan felt
- Brown embroidery thread
- Needle (obviously)
- Fabric marker
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Optional: Cat
I just used the precut sheets of felt that you can get at any craft store. First, using the embroidery thread, simply sew together two of the brown sheets so that you have a rectangle about 12 by 18 inches. I used a blanket stitch for this, but do whatever stitch you are most comfortable with. Cut the other brown felt into a piece 10.25 by 4 inches (this will be for the little stump). Fold that little rectangle in half and cut from about 2.5 inches in to the edge of the fold, formin a sort of bridge shape.
Make 3 circles from the tan felt. You can use a compass, I used my handy-dandy Martha Stewart Circle Cutter which makes cutting perfect circles so easy. Make 2 larger circles with a diameter of 5.5 inches, and one smaller with a diameter of 3.25 inches for the stump.
Next just draw on your felt with a fabric marker (I used black, you could probably just use a Sharpie) to make it appear like wood…get a nice faux bois look going. Remember that it doesn’t have to look perfect at all, just sketch it on. Don’t forget to add little circles or a spiral on the tan pieces.
Sew together one of the large tan circles and your large brown felt rectangle with a blanket stitch, turning as you go. Next, sew up the rectangle to form a tube.
Stuff with your fiberfill (I really packed it in to make it usable as a firm pillow for under the neck) and sew on the other end of your log with a blanket stitch again. Ta-da! You could leave it like this if you wanted a simple log, but I like the added little stump for some whimsy.
Follow the same steps to sew up the little stump, stuff it with more fiberfill and then just whipstitch it onto your log wherever you see fit.
That’s it! You could make your log out of other colors, embroider the faux bois lines on if you’re really brave, or add a few leaves or mushrooms onto your log.
p.s. I swear one day I’ll actually take real photos for blog posts, not just iPhone photos, heehee….one day.