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Random acts of knitting December 11, 2007

Posted by jeninmaine in Etsy, knitting, sewing, spinning.
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I was trying to think of other gifts I can give the kids that either don’t cost much or are something I can make, and I came up with beanbags. Beanbags are to me one of those staples of childhood and I think kidlet will have a lot of fun with them as will Baby Katy. I don’t know if Kaitlynn will like them (she already has a TON of toys, it’s ridiculous) but at the very least between those and the Tinkertoys I’ll really confuse the heck out of my brother and SIL. “What, no plastic?” No cartoon characters?

I thought about the whole beanbag concept and the more I thought about it the more I liked it so I decided to work up a proof of concept. I have a bunch of coordinated fat quarters prewashed and stashed away for a rainy day that I ironed, cut into 5″ squares, and made some beanbags. OMG they are so cute! I didn’t have small enough beans so these ones are filled with basmati rice, which makes them smell good. They were a bit of work getting them cut and all that but very satisfying. I think I might try to see how much scrap fabric I can use up and perhaps offer them in my Etsy shop, too, sets of four or six with a coordinating drawstring bag.

Then of course I discovered that there are things out there called quilting “charms”, basically coordinated sets of pre-cut squares for quilting. And they make them 5″ x 5″. Being able to avoid the ironing/cutting step would be awesome. I especially love anything in a repro 30s print. Hmmmmmm.

The only other exciting news is that I made a hat. Not the most inspired hat, but it’s exciting as I actually made it for myself (well, the bebeh-to-be) rather than for someone else! Imagine that! It worked up really quickly using some clearance Crystal Palace Bamboozle yarn (55% Bamboo, 24% Cotton, 21% Elastic Nylon) I found a month or so back at the LYS and a free pattern from their website. It’s very cute. Bebeh-to-be won’t be able to wear it until next Autumn as it’s 6-9 month sized, but it’s wicked cute and I love the resulting knitted fabric.

I think the color distribution came out pretty cute:
Bamboozle Baby Hat (by jeninmaine)

I didn’t like the double decreases at the top at first, but now that I can see the end result I like this construction a lot better:
Bamboozle Baby Hat (by jeninmaine)

I stuffed a skein of yarn into the hat to give it a little more definition:
Bamboozle Baby Hat (by jeninmaine)

The hat worked up very quick and I’ve already started on the back of the sweater. Here’s the set in the Circus colorway, which is also very cute:

Let’s see, what else. The dyed roving I got from handpaintedyarn.com is finally fluffy enough for me to attempt spinning…truth be told I hung it up and forgot about it for a long time, but considering it was literally compacted into a plastic bag and then wrapped in packing tape until it was a capsule the size of two of my fists it’s really come a long way. Thankfully the roving is very soft with a decent staple and the colors, while not exactly like the photos on the website, are very nice.

Roving from handpaintedyarn.com (by jeninmaine)

I finished the last of the Old Lady Hair the other night so maybe it’s time to crack into these.

Or I could knit.

Or I could sew.

Of I could keep picking away at my craft room.

Garrgh!

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