Monday, 28 November 2011

Celery Twisted Rib Slouch Hat

I knit this incredibly soft slouchy hat as a Christmas gift for my step-daughter yesterday, she requested this style.

I can't say enough good things about the yarn, Jo-Ann's Angel Hair, which was gifted to me by my good friend in Georgia.  It's like wearing a kitten on your head, honestly. This is a good choice for people with sensitive skin who can't wear pure wool.

Pattern: Nuage, By Marie Sauvagnac Free on Ravelry
Needle: 6mm Circular & 5mm DPNS

See modifications and more information on my Ravelry Page.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Autmn Leaves Shawlette

Here are some not so great photos of a lace shawlette I knit to wear with my Peacoat which has a deep V-neck and needs a rather full scarf to look right, unless I wear a turtleneck.

The wool is by Nashua Knits, a wool and alpaca blend. I knit this within twelve days, I get a little gung-ho when I'm knitting lace.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Felt Sewing Needle Case

I have been sewing since I was a child and yet I have never had a case to hold needles, until today.

Winter Snowflake Pillows

I sewed these pillow covers over the weekend, stitching the snowflakes on by hand while watching TV and wow, hand stitching takes forever.

I'm putting a bit of a how-to after the cut.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Dealing with Damaged Walls the Easy Way

For every one thing I can do passably well, there are ten I can't.  A good example is plastering walls and I have that in common with whoever plastered the walls in the foyer before I moved here.

I can't tell you what a horror show this entryway was about three weeks ago and I truly don't know how I lived with it as long as I did.  


I peeled off the hideous wallpaper that was hiding the really bad plaster job and knew I would have to camouflage rather than repair, and I am here to pimp a wall covering which I am sure has been out for a decade, but I only found out about it when I was googling 'How to camouflage seriously messed up walls.'

 If you too have seriously messed up walls and you can't plaster worth a damn, and you like the look of beadboard, Wall Doctor is probably the way to go.

It hides extensive damage and you can paint it, but I left mine the way it came on the roll.  I can't say enough good things about this stuff.

Here is the finished entryway:

From a bit of a distance, it looks like the real thing which I couldn't install because that is yet another example of something I can't do.  

A closer look: