Monday, April 6, 2015

Another Recycled Coffee Can Idea

Awhile back, I posted a tutorial on knitting a cozy and using a Folger's plastic coffee canister to make a knitting bowl. It is a handy size for a small project, and can be tucked inside your purse or suitcase for travel knitting.

While planning a birthday gift for a member of our local knitting group, I revisited the idea from a different angle.  This time I used purchased rhinestones, glitter letters, and duct tape to decorate the canister.

Unfortunately, I did not photograph the process, but here are the basic steps:

  • Purchase glitter letter, rhinestones, super glue, and a sheet of duct tape from your local hobby store.  I used black and silver embellishments to compliment the red of the canister, but many other options are available.
  • Peel off label, and wash and dry canisters.  You may need to use vinegar or lemon juice to get rid of any lingering coffee smell.
  • Cut sheet of duct tape in pieces to cover lid, and any lingering adhesive strip from the can label.  I used a circle cutter to cut the piece for the lid, but you could trace the size on paper, and then cut with regular scissors too.
  • If desired, punch a hole through the lid for yarn to feed through.
  • Add lettering of your choice.  It could be a personalized message, a favorite saying, or simply the words "knit" and "purl."  You may have to use super glue if you choose raised cardboard lettering as I did.
  • Add rhinestones to lettering and duct tape design for flair.  Of course you could also add other stickers, or cover the whole can with duct tape or adhesive fabric.  The possibilities are endless.

 I am thinking of adding to the gift by embellishing a black 3 ring binder in a coordinating design, and including vinyl sleeves for her knitting patterns inside.

Happy Crafting♥

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Gift Crafting for Next Christmas - Hats

Hats are probably my favorite quick knitting project.  They can be mindless stockinette or garter stitch, more complicated with lace and cables, or colorwork patterns.  They can be slouchy, beanie style, tams, or cloches.  And because of their stretchy nature,  one size will fit most heads.  This makes them great for gift giving.

Here are a few recent projects from my needles.

Patterns (top left to bottom right): Cable Rouge, Molly, Sockhead Hat, Graham, Rikke Hat, Wurm, Christian's Hat, Man's Hound's Tooth Hat.  With the exception of the Man's Hound's Tooth Hat, all are free patterns on Ravelry.

Lastly, this is the hat currently on my needles:

It is a colorwork hat by Maria Montzka called Södermalm.

Only 9 months until Christmas.
Let's get crafting♥

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gift Crafting for Next Christmas - Socks and Slippers

Few things feel as good as handmade socks and slippers on your feet.

Show your love to family and friends by knitting cozy and comfortable footwear like those shown above.  I am a new sock knitter, so these are very basic patterns.  The designs used are all free patterns on Ravelry - from top left to bottom right: Two Toe Up Socks on One Circular Needle by Kristin Bellehumeur, 142-40 Lollipop by Drops Design, Simple Garter Stitch Slippers by Handepande, Yoga Socks #153 by PatonsSilver's Sock Class by Kristin BellehumeurMr. Pitt's Socks (aka Dad Socks)  by Kaitlyn Wong.

Only 10 months left until Christmas,

Friday, February 6, 2015

Gift Crafting for Next Christmas - Cowls

This month, I am working to fill my gift trove with a few of the many styles and sizes of cowl designs available.  Cowls, or infinity scarves, make great gifts for men, women, or children.  I prefer their circular design over a scarf because they will not fall off.

Below is one that I've finished recently - the Armonika Cowl,  by Rutast Design, which is a free pattern on Ravelry.*

It is a simple pattern with a lovely texture.  You can make it short (as I did), or long enough to wrap twice around your neck.  I used Madelinetosh Chunky yarn.

The next one will be knit as a gift for my husband in some Paton's Classic Wool from my stash. 

I've started working on another cowl called the Conjunction Cowl by Susie White also on Ravelry.  I am knitting it in two sport weight yarns from Knit Picks Wool of the Andes: Amethyst Heather, and Dove Heather. 

Although this design looks complicated, it is very easy.  Here is what mine looks like so far.

Two other cowls are in my queue which I hope to get to over the next few months. 

I plan to try my hand at some double knitting with the Stacked Triangles Double-Knit Cowl by Tanya Today. The designer describes her cowl as knit in the round making a double thick reversible statement piece.  I will be using scrap yarn from my stash for this one.

Last, but not least, I have ordered Palette yarn in 5 shades of teal, which I will pair with vanilla to make the Leftover Cowl by Wendy D. Johnson.
This coloful cowl is the perfect project to use up leftover yarn in your collection, or a perfect excuse for buying multiple mini-skeins of fingering weight yarn (as I am).  I am knitting this as a gift for my daughter.  It will go with her coat nicely.

Only 11 months until Christmas.
Let's get crafting♥
*Ravelry is a knitting/crocheting/weaving community with an amazing patterns and tutorials.  It is free to join.