Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Silly owner cat beanie

I decided to take a break making pot holders and crocheted two hats for the kitties.
Mittens and Zucchini put it on for a few seconds but were clearly not impressed. Freddie on the other hand... Well, he's getting more used to my craziness.
So, Freddie has become my new model. I bought a special can of treats for him that he gets only when sporting his new hat.
He's so funny! Soon as he sees me get the hat out, he sits still so I can put it on him. Then, he gets a treat! It also helps that he gets to come inside when wearing the hat. I can't take any chances that he'll run off with my precious hat. Lol.
By the way, you can find this hat on ravelry under the title- Silly cat owner beanie.
Try making one for your fur babies. Then take a picture so I can see it on the projects page.
Speaking of hats, my" first pattern giveaway starts next month and it will be of a knitted hat. Stay tuned to find out when the drawing is and to see which one it will be.
Until next time!

Friday, December 13, 2013

How to cut your netting strips with rotary cutter for crocheting pot scrubbers

I needed to cut some netting this week and misplaced my good cutting scissors, so I thought I'd try cutting the netting with my rotary cutter. Why haven't I done this sooner? I may never feel the need to look for my orange scissors again! lol

I found that using my clear cutting square, that I was able to get more strips per yard than just cutting it by hand. There are many different brands of clear cutting squares, rectangles and rulers out there. I chose this brand, Creative Grids because it's made in the USA.

That's it! It was so easy. There are other ways of cutting these strips. One reader shared an idea. Her husband made her a wooden board with grooves cut out of her desired width. Then, she just lays the netting down and cuts along the grooves.

How do YOU like to cut your netting?? Please share by leaving a comment!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Legacy of clean

I got my new bottle of Legacy of Clean soft cleanser today. I was so excited to clean my sink and tub with it. It's not everyday I'm excited to clean! Lol.

I was hoping it was scented like their dish soap but it wasn't. It does have a citrus scent to it though.

It has some nice scrubbing power to it. It cleaned my sink nicely. Tomorrow I will clean the tub.

So far I have been impressed with the cleaners I've tried from this company. But my favorite dish soap is now Lemon Brite from Melaleuca. While I still like the Dish Drops, I prefer the Lemon Brite in the winter time.

We haul our water in jugs when the cold weather is here and the Dish Drops soap seems to work best under running hot water.

The soft cleanser I got today was $6 plus shipping. I'm curious to know how long a bottle lasts for us.

To order a bottle, you can google Nutrilite and see if there is someone in your area that sells it. In my case, my neighbor.

The dish soap from Melaleuca I buy from a friend. I don't know if she is a rep for them, but I would like to know more about that company sometime.

Speaking of Legacy of Clean I have only used two spray bottles worth of tbe cleanser I bought a few months ago. You cannot even tell any is missing. It comes SUPER concentrated. Just 2 teaspoons per spray bottle! It will likely last me a year or longer. I can't remember how much it was.

I really enjoy making my own cleaners when I can and when I can't I try to buy from companies that make for a cleaner planet.

After all, it's the only one we've got.

Until next time!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Finished grandma's favorite dishcloth

I took some time off of the second poncho to make these eight dishcloths for a friend. I tried to make them all the same size of 8 inches, but they turned out different sizes anyhow.
I used a size 6 needle instead of my usual 7 or 8 because she asked that it be of a tighter weave. Usually I knit until I've reached 45 stitches before decreasing.
The first one I made was the large sage green and knit until I reached 55 stitches. I measured it as best as I could to get 8 inches, so I was surprised when it came out 9 inches instead. The second one I knit was the smaller sage green and I was sure that I was going to run out of yarn so I knit it until I had 45 stitches. It came out 7 inches!
My friend said she didn't care what sizes they were so I left it that way, but I have to say it bothered me to do so! So I knit her up two bonus Christmas colored cloths to make up for it and sent her two soap savers.
The blue dishcloths and the Christmas ones were knit until I reached 50 stitches and they came out to a perfect 8 inches. One of the blue ones is actually a combination of two variegated colors. It turned out to be my favorite out of them all. 
The dark green was knit until 50 stitches as well but the yarn seemed thicker so it ended up being 9 inches. :/
All in all I was pleased with how they turned out. I mailed them out today. When I went to mail them, they weighed 11 ounces and I was sure that it was going to cost $7-8 to mail since they felt so heavy, but it was only $3 ish. That surprised me, not that I'm complaining!
Until next time!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

How to sew a tissue holder with pictures tutorial

A friend of mine was on her way over to pick up a tea wallet for her daughter. She loves cats and I had a bit of material leftover from it so I decided to sew her up a tissue holder to match. I couldn't believe how fast it was to sew up.

To make one, you'll need:
a piece of material that is 6 by 8 inches.
8 inch piece of matching rick rack optional
sewing thread or machine

After you cut out your material, lay  it down with wrong side up and fold in 1/2 inch on both the short sides. If you are concerned about the edges fraying, either treat it with fray check or fold it under 1/4 inch and then again. I did not bother.

You can use your iron to press the 1/2 inch fold down, but I just finger pressed it and it worked fine.

Then, sew a seam down the middle of the folds you just made.
The dash marks show where you sew.

After that,  flip it over and fold one end up by 1 3/4 inches. And the other side, fold it up 2 inches.
It will look like this.

Then sew along the shorter sides. I used my pressure foot as the guideline.

Turn inside out and put some tissues inside.

Isn't that quick? I made four yesterday in less than 30 minutes!
If you cut out your material ahead of time, you could make more in the same amount of time.

These make great last minute gifts.

For a variation, if you have some rick rack you can sew a piece along the edge of one side like this before you sew down the side ends.

Until next time!

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...