Sunday, May 17, 2020

Another (Free) Monsoon

Here’s another redo, this time of a free pattern I offered early on in my blogging.  It's called Monsoon’s Blanket.

It worked so well for our rescued cat, Monsoon, I thought it would have magical, calming properties for all cats everywhere.  Leave it to me to make assumptions, joyfully and unscientifically.

So I made another blanket, a bit smaller, for a good friend's new, but previously somewhat badly used, rescued cat.

This cat reminds me so much of Monsoon.  I'm told she meows a lot, craving attention, but apparently, she also fears it.  She'll purr and let herself be petted for about a second and a half, and then--watch out!  She bites!  She might deign to leap into my friend's lap, but only briefly.  Pick her up, and she wriggles mightily to escape loving arms.

So I made the blanket, and I was told the kitty did lie down on it right away.  I seem to recall being told she even purred, but that may be wishful thinking.  Perhaps she napped.

It has been several weeks, and so far, though she does sleep on it from time to time, this one cat continues to be resistant to the magical healing properties of the blanket.  She still bites.

Of course, it took Monsoon a long time to recover, too, so there's hope.  At least I used up a few leftover skeins of yarn.  Stash shrinkage has occurred!  Maybe I need to make this kitty a bigger blanket.  That could work for both of us!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Mermaid Bling

I took a Guild workshop from Janis Rivera in February, using Laura Heine's fabric collage technique.  I've had one of Heine's larger patterns for years and haven't gotten around to making it, so I jumped at the chance to have some hands-on, in-person instruction from Janis.

I managed to keep going on the project when I got home, determined not to add to my UFOs.

You can't see all the bling on this thing in the photo, but it was a great excuse to play with the hot fix crystals again.

Now this mermaid hangs in my hallway, glittering mysteriously whenever I walk by.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Fat Quarter Infinity Scarves

I've had this free pattern for ages, and finally got around to making several of these scarves about two months ago.  Little did I know how useful they would be when going for a walk these days.

The scarf boasts a double layer of fabric, and with one around my neck, I can drape it over my face when passing someone on the street, and then, when the coast is clear, I can undrape and breathe freely.  Nicer than a mask, as long as I'm not going anywhere too populated, like a grocery store.

There are several versions of this pattern available, and plenty of YouTube videos.  Just type in "Fat Quarter Infinity Scarf" and you're sure to find something that suits.

So easy to make!  I know, I say that a lot, but in this case, it's really true.

I think I need to make more of these.  (I know, I say that a lot, too!)

I'm finishing up a few more "traditional" masks, and several quilt tops, and given that it's getting to be summer, maybe the scarves will wait.

Then again, there's that luscious fabric in my stash, perfect for an infinity scarf....

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

B.C. (Before Covid-19)

Remember when we used to make things just for fun?  I crocheted this project bag from an Interweave Crochet magazine pattern called “Swirling Bag” by Kathryn Merrick (Fall 2009).

It wasn’t too complicated and it was another great pattern for using up scraps, in this case, Tahki Cotton Classic.  Now I need to start another project to put in the bag!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

More Masks

From what I hear, it turns out the hospital can’t use the fabric masks over the N95s after all, but apparently the fabric ones can be sent to some nursing homes and other places where people need some protection.  And now I’m getting so many requests for masks from friends and family, I’m booked as far as mask production.  Still have 9 more in process, but so far, I’ve finished these, some of which have already been donated to the guild:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Free Pattern Link: Missouri Star Fabric Mask

In the midst of the virus madness, I've been grateful to have a huge stash of wonderful fabrics and yarns and so on.  I feel sorry for people who don't have hobbies!

At first I was working on my own projects, in between trying to get groceries and such, which was often an all-day affair.

I kept getting all these emails with links to tutorials on how to make fabric masks, since we have shortages of the N95s.  Most of them looked too complicated for my overstressed brain to decipher.  And at first, our local hospitals didn't want the fabric ones, as they do not protect against the virus, so I didn't feel too sad at not being able to contribute.

But now they are welcoming the fabric ones, wearing them over the N95s to prolong their usefulness.

One of our intrepid quilt guild members sent a link to a tutorial from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star that is easy enough even for me!  Jenny Doan is so great at simplifying things!  Plus I love the cute music they play at the beginning of each of their tutorials.

Here's the first mask I finished, super quick:

Our guild is now collecting the masks, and I deeply appreciate the people who got this organized.  Of course, now my friends are all asking for masks, and I really want to make some for them too, so I have an idea to streamline manufacture (here in my own tiny factory of living room, with one staff member--me).

Finished 3 more!

Here's the plan:  Instead of using scraps, I'm going for yardage.  (Do I have enough yardage?!  Yes.  Yes, I do.)

I'm going to cut a strip 9" wide, width of fabric (WOF) from each of two different fabrics, then sew two seams on either side, the length of the strips, then cut the sewn piece into 6" pieces, with each resulting piece being the face part of a mask.  Brilliant, no?

I'm also going to cut two 2" strips, WOF, for the ties, so I can run each strip through my bias tape maker, thereby streamlining the pressing process.  I don't have a bigger bias tape maker, and the 2 and 1/2" strips I've been using just don't go through the one I have properly.  Might be worth trying to order a bigger one, but in the meantime....

If you watch the Missouri Star tutorial, you will understand better what I'm getting at.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who has figured this out.

Off to sew!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Still Crocheting After All These Years

In case you were wondering, I haven't quit crocheting simply because I'm obsessed with sewing.  I finished this shawl awhile back.

It's mainly double crochet and a few front and back post stitches for texture.

Now if only I liked wearing shawls....  I just like making them!