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Crocheted back scrubber

Here is the pattern I originally found and wanted to make in case you want to figure it out. Then you can show me how to do it! Ha! ha!

This is the one I wanted to try last night. It looked fairly easy and I made one in less than an hour. It was so much fun to make!

I hope she likes it as much as I do. I think she will!

 This is the back view.
 Up close of back view.

I love the nubby texture! Perfect for scrubbing your back with. This is the front side, which actually is the side you put on your back.

Kitchener stitch video link

Here is a great video on learning how to do the kitchener stitch. I have only done it twice so I still need to watch the video to remember how to do it.

I like theknitwitch youtube channel for how to knit things. She has good clear instructions and easy to follow directions.

Hats and socks

Here are the things I've been knitting lately:

The pattern for this hat can be found here. How to knit a basic hat. I used size 7 needles and casted on 72 stitches instead and used the Man hat (pattern below) for the decreasing. Except on every other row, I just knit around instead of doing the rib.

This hat is called the Man hat. And it's a pretty easy pattern to follow. Just two rows to repeat and one of the rows is just knitting across. It is the same pattern as the scarf I made Nick years ago. I casted on 84 stitches on accident. I was supposed to cast on a multiple of 8 so it should have been 80, but I think it will still fit.

Both of the above hats are for pre-teens, and I'm anxious to hear how well they fit since I was unable to measure their heads.

This is the top down hat recipe. I used size 8 needles to start with but switched to size 7's when the pattern called for circular needles. I don't care for how it turned out. It came out too wide and fits smack …

Dry cracked spitting hands

I wrote on here awhile back that I have a problem with my hands and fingers cracking in the winter time. I've tried so many brands of lotions and they all just seem to relieve the pain temporarily.

My latest purchase was buying 10 bottles of Avon Silicone Glove. It used to give me great results but I wonder if they changed the formula or something. Now I'm stuck with 8 tubes! I also can't stand the way the lotion smells. But I put up with it because it worked.

I've got a bottle of  St. Ives Intensive healing lotion in the bathroom but hardly have touched it since I tried...

O'Keefe's Working Hands.

I'd seen it plenty of times while in the checkout aisle, but never paid too much attention to it until I saw the pictures.  Which by the way looked EXACTLY like my hands!!

So, I bought some, tried it and liked it.

It does take getting used to though. It says it's best to put on at bedtime and I can see why. It's not greasy- like they say, but it does leave…

How to do the russian join

I recently learned how to do a Russian join and wanted to share how I did it. I had been shown this technique before but everyone that showed it to me went way too fast and by the time I got home and tried to remember how it was done, I could not do it.
First, you need a needle and the two yarns that you want to connect:

These are a sample of needles in my case. I prefer to use the first one because the point is sharper and it is not as long. 

Thread the needle through the first yarn. It doesn't matter which goes first.  I like to leave the tail piece 1 inch long.

Take the needle and begin threading it through the center of yarn you are holding.

 Keep threading it through until you have about the length of your needle. 

 Next, you will simply pull the needle and tail through the part you just bunched up on the needle. It looks funny like this because I haven't pulled the tail piece out yet. 

 This is what it looks like after the tail piece is pulled out. Usually the hole is mor…

How to sew a fabric balloon ball

Awhile back, I posted some pictures of the fabric balloon ball I had made and said I would make a tutorial of how I did it.

Here's what I did:

I used the gore pattern from Mad Quilter's website. I purchased two colors of fleece material. I like fleece because it doesn't fray. Shown here is 1/2 yard of each color. Total cost of material $2.94
Bag of balloons $.97 for 25 balloons. They are 9 inch or 22.5 cm.

The material is folded so it cuts two. As you can see you can get a lot from 1/2 yard of material. Save yourself the time of pinning by cutting out your first gore and then laying it on the fleece. It won't go anywhere!

You'll need 6 total. I chose to do half of each color. As you can see, I need my scissors sharpened. 
Now, it's time to put the pieces together. I still love my sewing machine that I got last year. 

Starting from one point and going to the next point. I like to use the foot of my sewing machine as a guide. The fleece does have a tendency to st…

Knitted cambridge watch cap

Yesterday, I finished knitting my sixth Cambridge Watch cap as well as a 9 month old size hat of a different design. The original pattern is found here with my changes below. I will post pictures of both hats next week after the recipient receives them.

For the 9 month old size hat, I used Cascade 220 superwash. I had received it as a RAK gift and I like how soft and squishy it feels. Thank you, spinkluddite for sharing it with me!

I knit it on size 10 needles double stranded with a cast on of 48 sts. I tried it with a single strand of yarn but it was too holey for me. Even though it is a worsted weight yarn, I found it thinner than others.

I did a knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for 4 rows then switched to stockinette stitching until a total of 7 1/4 inches was reached. Then, I decreased it: K2 together across, Purl across, K2 together across, Purl across, K2 together (you will have 6 sts left). I cut the yarn 18 inches and pulled through remaining stitches and used the mattress seam to sew u…

How to cut t-shirt yarn into one long continuous strip

Recently I learned how to cut t-shirt yarn so that you get one long continuous strip instead of having to connect each loop together. I had read in the past about how to cut one long spiral strip, but never could quite figure it out until now. I suggest practicing with a grocery bag instead of wasting a t-shirt. (like I did until I got the hang of it!)

I'm getting ready to make another rag rug though I haven't decided how I want to make it yet. Will I sew one? Crochet one? Knit one? Stay tuned because I will be talking about this later. I probably won't start it until the new year since I've got too many unfinished projects laying around. 
Anyways, here's how to do it:
Take your t-shirt and cut off the top under the arms and the edging on the bottom. I gave away those extra pieces to a friend who is making a rug herself and doesn't mind the connecting of strips. Now that I know how to do this, I wanted minimal knots in my rug. Obviously, I will still have to c…

Nick's hat.

I finished Nick's hat the other day along with two others just like it for a friend's 15 year old twin sons.

He wasn't sure what to think at first of the way it had to be folded up to fit, which made me wonder if I shouldn't make it so long. But, I think that's why it fits as good as it does. The yarn I used is from Brown Sheep Nature spun.Worsted weight. The felted pouches I also made were from this yarn and it hand felted so nice and quick! And best of all, made in the USA!

I tried and failed to make the "Top Down hat recipe" for a friend's son.  (one of these days I'll learn to make a gauge swatch first!) It was my first time making a hat "top down" style. It went fairly quick.  I started out knitting it on my size 8 double points, but switched over to my size 7 circular needles in the 16 inch length.  I was a bit worried that the hat would come out too small, but when I switched it over, I noticed my tension went from very tight to n…