Friday, April 29, 2011

How to turn a dress into a skirt

I've been looking for a long jean skirt for some time now, but no one seems to carry them anymore. I visited numerous thrift stores as well hoping to find some but could not. A couple of years ago I found this great tutorial on how to turn a jumper into a skirt but now I can't seem to remember the blog addy. If you know of it, let me know. All I remember is that the jumper picture was upside down! lol

Anyways, I did manage to find a nice looking jean dress that I thought would make a nice skirt. And I was right!

Once I found the motivation to cut up the dress, the whole thing took me less than 20 minutes!

First, I cut the dress right where the bottom half started and laid it on the bed inside out.

Then I folded it up and if I had any pins that would have been great, but I did not. Lucky for me, it pretty much stayed where I folded it. I folded it up all the way around which is probably what helped it. (the seam, I mean)

Normally when I've bought elastic in the past, I buy the narrow kind and it always manages to get all twisted inside the casing, so this time I bought the wider style. It was  $.97 at Walmart and said on the package (non-roll) The elastic is slightly bit narrower than the part that is folded up.

Then right before I sewed along the cut edge, I folded it under about 1/8 inch. If you're careful, when you're sewing it, it will catch the frayed part and will be sewed over it. I didn't. and I had to sew it twice. I didn't figure I'd take the first part out since my shirt always covers the top anyway. I didn't sew it completely closed, obviously so the elastic has someplace to go.

Then, I put a safety pin on both ends of my elastic pieces. The package of elastic was almost the size of my waist but I just stretched the elastic where I wanted it. (I don't like things too tight) and made a mark where I would cut later. Then, I just slid the elastic through the opening and the reason I put a safety pin on the other side was so that I wouldn't lose the other half. I went all the way around it and when it came out the other end, I just sewed it back and forth on the machine. (At this point, I was so excited to get it done this quick, that I forgot about taking pictures. LOL)

After the elastic was sewn in place, (and by the way, the non-roll elastic was totally worth it! The skirt has a nice gathered look to it as well. Then, I just sewed up the hole.

And that's all! A finished skirt.

It was so easy!

Update! I found the blog I was referring to at the beginning of this post!! I had the page saved as a pdf and found it recently. Yay!

here it is.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Knitting a beret

So, my neighbor's daughter came over the other day and asked if I'd knit her a hat. Not just any hat but a beret. She is needing one for a school project. So, we looked online forever for a pattern and didn't find one that night but later the next day I found one here. I thought it was a sign since the girl's blog I found is named Hannah and the girl I'm knitting a beret for is also Hannah.  lol

So, I got out some scrap yarn and knit one up. It was good but too big, so then I grabbed some more yarn and knit it up a tad smaller by casting on only 72 instead of 84. It was the right size but had more of a point than what was wanted.

Just when I was fixing to give up, I noticed there was another beret pattern with an eyelet design. I had a feeling that the eyelet beret pattern would be more acceptable since it's so elegant looking and I was right. Hannah's mom loved it!

 By then, I had run out of my brown yarn and had some dark grey and burgundy leftover from a school themed beanie hat. So, I knit it up using that, but the only problem was that Ginny wanted it to have more slouches to it. So, rather than have to buy some yarn (since I used up my worsted weight stash) I simply took it out and made it longer.

I intended to only take it out before the decreasing part but I messed it up and had to take it nearly all apart!

I wasn't sure how much longer to make it, so I just based it off of the first beret pattern and made it 5 1/2 inches just to be safe.

When Hannah tried it on, it fit perfect! Now I just need to knit it in the right color, which is black. I took apart the first beret I made and thought I'd make either the eyelet one up or try a new decrease on the first pattern.

Hannah from the blog wrote me a reply after I asked her questions on the decreasing of the beret. I wanted it to be less pointy. I was super happy that she wrote me back so fast and was so very helpful!

After I knit up the black beret, I plan on taking a few pictures of Hannah wearing it (if she lets me!), and then I'll post a picture on my blog. If nothing else I will just show the back view.

Both patterns are so easy to knit and don't take long. It usually takes me about a week to make a hat and I had four berets done in a couple of days.

Some pictures to share:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How to make golden puffs recipe

Sunday for lunch, I fixed Rosemary chicken. Which is cubed chicken sprinkled with rosemary, pepper, salt and italian seasoning. Cooked in a skillet until done. Served with some brown rice and some beets.

Later that day, I was craving something sweet, so I made some of these. I hadn't made them before but found them in my Betty Crocker cookbook. We both loved them, but ate way too many!

Golden Puffs- (original recipe makes 2 1/2 dozen)

This is the recipe cut in half. And now I know I should have cut it in half further, but wasn't sure how to half an egg.   :-)    It made plenty for us to eat warm with a few leftover, which tasted just as wonderful!

I also didn't have any nutmeg so I just substituted cinnamon instead. We love cinnamon!

1 cup flour
1/8 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 cup oil
3/8 cups milk
1 egg (original recipe called for one egg)

Beat ingredients and drop dough by the teaspoonfuls into hot oil until golden brown. Just do a few at a time. < That's what the recipe said and I ended up doing about 15 at a time. Bad idea!

They cooked up so fast I almost burned them all trying to turn them over fast enough! It would have probably been better had I owned a fry daddy. I just cooked them in about an inch or two of oil and while they turned out delicious, I know they would have cooked more evenly in more oil.

After taking them out of the hot oil and draining them well, I rolled them in powdered sugar. Some I did in a cinnamon sugar mixture, but we liked them better in the powdered sugar.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rag Rug Fringe thought

I was at a flea market today and saw some crocheted rag rugs. I never thought about it before but they had some for sale there that had fringes on all the outer loops. It was really cute! I can't wait now to try and make one with fringe. I've seen the fringe before on the rectangle ones, but not on the round ones. I am planning on making another tutorial for a crocheted rag rug with more pictures on the actual crocheting part of the rug. I'm thinking of a round or oval one. I have so many things I want to make next but I can't decide what to do first!

Until next time!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Knitted Baby Bonnet

Awhile back I found the cutest baby bonnet pattern. I loved the way it looked so I made a bookmark of the page and thought that someday I'd try out the pattern which you can find here. I didn't give it too much thought but the few times I'd look briefly at it, I'd think to myself, "How in the world am I going to make this? It looks way too difficult for my knitting level."

But I'd find it every so often and think about it. I decided it was time to try making it. I knew if I got stuck I could ask someone, whether or not the owner of the pattern, the owner of the local yarn shop who is always answering my every knitting question of the day, or my friend whose house I knit at once a week.

So, I started it on Friday and I knitted it until I got stuck. Out went my emails of questions to J and the owner of the pattern. "What am I doing wrong?" I asked. They explained what they could but I was still stuck.

So, I ripped it out and tried to forget about it. Give it a break. Then on Saturday, I started over again on it. I was about ready to rip out my hair when it dawned on me what I was doing wrong.

When the pattern stated a yarn over before a purl, I realized I wasn't doing a yarn over, but just leaving the yarn in front, thinking that would do the trick. Sure enough, when I got done counting my rows I had the exact number I needed to! Hooray!

I knew the tricky part was yet to come. The pattern called it a Dutch Heel. But I thought, what have I to lose, all I can do is try to do this. And I did it! It was nothing! It was just like when I knitted the baby booties and the round dish cloths. Yes, some of the stitches made me go really slow and I made sure to count each row to make sure I had the right number of stitches. But the hardest part was over, or so I thought.

Then, came the part I was sure I wouldn't be able to figure out. I was already a bit stumped on that last part, but I just kept knitting. I thought to myself, "This sounds similar to when I knitted socks". Picking up stitches that is. So, I just tried to imagine what I thought it should look like based on the pictures and knit away. Sure enough! It worked! And now I'm left with the cutest baby bonnet ever!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Butterfly cloth and balloon animals

I got the dollhouse rugs finished last night and packed into an envelope ready to mail as soon as I find the address! I am really bad about losing people's addresses. What I need to do is invest in an address book and then not lose it!

I finished the purple butterfly dish cloth and mailed it out this morning.

I'm still working on the balloon animals. I thought it wouldn't take as long to make these but it's taking much longer. It's because I'm double stranding the yarn and it's tight and hard to get over the needles. But I wanted to use red and it wasn't the right type weight for the project. I knew if I used it single stranded that it would be see through and defeat its purpose!

I'm also in between working on the hat order. I am about almost done with it. Just an inch left before I have to decrease. I'm really hoping to have a matching beanie done by Monday. It's possible! :-)

Last night, I had planned to watch some television and play some Internet games but I found a radio station called Healing Stream that plays christian music and found that I enjoyed listening to it more than anything. I knit some, scrubbed the walls, dusted, and cleaned the house. Knit some more. I had a really enjoyable night except that Nick was gone. 

Lately I've gotten away from enjoying life and just being content with my lot in life. I feel that I've really started to find my purpose and do what it is I'm supposed to do. Which makes me happy.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Baby shower gifts and projects planned

Going through my yarn stash (and I must say I was glad at this point to have a stash) I found some blue variegated cotton yarn by Patons and knitted three baby sized wash cloths. Found a rubber ducky to go with it. Then I found some green teal colored yarn that I bought a few months ago. It was a thinner weight yarn so I decided to mix it up with some white orlon that I had gotten from a friend. She suggested a prayer shawl for it, but the yarn was not suitable alone for that purpose. Mixed with the green, it worked great! I only wish I had snapped a photo of it beforehand. Oh well. Not like I can't go visit the family and get my picture eventually. lol

I also finished the dollhouse rugs that I had been working on. They took no time at all! They are shown below. The scalloped ones are 3 1/2 inches in diameter and the round ones are 3 inches.

The rectangle one was a pattern I'd found online and made it just for fun as the customer requested round ones. It is hard to tell the size of them but the inside circle of the blue and sage green ones fit a quarter piece.

I was knitting chickens this morning to send to my sister-in-law's three children. I had hoped to mail it out this morning but ran out of time. So, tomorrow they will be sent out. Hopefully they make it in time before they leave for their trip.

Tonight while Nick's at work, I'll be working on the balloon animals and the butterfly dish cloth. If all goes as planned I'll be able to mail out all these projects tomorrow!

I got an order for a Nevada school themed ear flap hat so I plan to do that on Saturday and give it to the guy on Monday.

 While I have a lot of knitting on my list to do, I plan to give the home a good scrubbing in between resting on my knitting projects. I sure don't want a knot in my neck by the time Nick comes home from work. I have been re-evaluating my priorities and needing to make quite a few changes!

I thought I was "ready" to go to the baby shower yesterday, not having been to one in about 12 years. The last time, I cried and felt like an idiot.

Turns out this time, I did the same. Luckily there was a corner I stood in for most of the shower and no one noticed. (I hope!) I just couldn't help but look around and see everyone with their children and think that if things had gone according to my plan, I would have been one of those women standing there with my children. I've always wanted a large family since I was a child.

Listening to everyone talk about their busy filled days made me long for days like that. Watching all the pregnant women talk about their due date and seeing all the ladies holding their babies, it was too much.

That's not to say that I don't like to be around families with children. I enjoy it immensely, hoping for the day I can be "that" family.

And so I'll continue to knit and find ways to be a blessing to others. Anything to keep my mind off of this.

Cell phone zippered pouches

Last week a friend asked me to sew her a cell phone holder that she wanted to give to a friend. So I took out my supplies and started to d...