Aug 26, 2014

Raspberry Jam and a Butterfly

Our current Craft Book Club book is Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I'm making an apron with pockets inspired by the Herland attire and will have a tutorial for you next week. Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw is our next book!

Today I am sharing some Craft Book Club projects from my mother Wendy. She made some Raspberry Jam after reading Anna Karenina. In the book there is a little bit of bickering about whether or not to add water to the raspberries when making the jam; this raspberry jam was made without adding water.

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Her Herland craft is a cute butterfly plant stake! It is made with wire and nail polish! I think I'll need to make something similar to decorate my potted plants. The character Ellador tells how a butterfly made her decide to become a forester.


If you make any Craft Book Club projects I would love to see and share your photos!

Aug 21, 2014

The Letter E

I'm crossing another project off my list of making things from my DIY books! This knit letter E softie is from  The Secret Lives of Letters by Dani Church. I'll probably knit enough letters to make a word by the end of the year, but so far I have this:

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Aug 19, 2014

Zoo Birthday

The surprise felt things my friends and I made last week were animal ear headbands for my sister's zoo birthday party! Here is a picture of a few of them, I forgot to take a picture before the party.

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We hot glued ears around headbands similarly to the mouseketeer costume I made earlier this year. Hot glue was much easier to use and you could add a cup shape to the ears that stay after the glue cools! Here is my sister wearing her zebra ears, this butterfly thought they were wonderful.

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Our day at the zoo started with breakfast; we made and ate some cute "animal foods" (zebra striped mini donuts, some mini frittatas with canadian bacon ears and olive eyes, etc...) while sitting next to the red panda!

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Here are picures of two cute cuddly wild animals we saw to brighten your day, a sleepy fox and a smiling firefox/red panda:

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Aug 14, 2014

Double Knit Cowl Update

I'm about halfway done with this thing! I decided to skip the shamrocks in the middle so the single color portions are knitting up quickly. The "weaving" pattern shows really well, I'm liking it!

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The next time I talk about this cowl it will be finished! Hurrah!

Aug 12, 2014

I made some things out of felt last night. These are secret things that I will share next week, but in the meantime here is a pile of felt:

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Aug 7, 2014

Floral Brooch Thing

I went to a yarn spinning demo/class at the library a few weeks ago and made some yarn. The yarn I made was decent enough to crochet something without too much difficulty. This is the yarn I made:

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The yarn is made from wool roving and is single ply. A local craft shop, Puffy Mondaes, presented the spinning demo and provided the roving and nifty CD and dowel drop spindles to use. Spinning was a lot of fun and I want a drop spindle so I can make more yarn! Since I didn't have much yarn I decided to crochet a little something from one of my DIY books.

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This strange floral brooch thing that I'm not very please with was made following a flower and a leaf crochet chart. I started with only two leaves, but stitched up a few more last night and attached them; I think it still needs something else, maybe another flower in the center. Do you have any ideas?

The patterns are from a Japanese craft book, かわいいニットこもの 帽子・バッグ・あみぐるみ・マフラーetc. (translates to: Cute knit accessories - hats Bag Amigurumi muffler etc.), I happened to get as a free gift with purchase.  I don't have much information on the book since there are only a few things written in English; it is from Olympus Thread, no.2733 of a series, ISBN 9784834727333. This is what the cover of the book looks like:

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Have you ever followed a Japanese knitting or crochet pattern? I really like following knitting/crochet charts, but I like charts of all kinds. Towards the end of the year, after finishing some gifts, I am planning on knitting up another möbius hat; that one accidentally got tossed in the wash and shrunk (the wool I used is excellent for felting).

Aug 5, 2014

Melons

I had the first two watermelons from my garden over the weekend!

Melons
White Sugar Lump Melon
Orangeglo Melon

The two watermelon varieties are White Sugar Lump and Orangeglo and neither were very flavorful so I probably ate them too soon. Another probably-not-ripe-indicator is that the Orangeglo isn't glowing orange. I had them in a fruit salad with a plum, a fantastic tasting peach, and a perfectly sweet banana. These two are the only fruit of these varieties that I will get this year, I have a few other varieties that I am excited to taste, but will wait to pick them.

Jul 31, 2014

Keeping Dracula Away

Last autumn I planted nine cloves of Early Italian Garlic after reading Dracula for Craft Book Club and I now have a lot of garlic!

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Two of the cloves didn't grow, but I have so much garlic now! And it is very strong smelling! I'll be replanting some of these in a few months and am looking forward to trying my fresh garlic! Have you ever grown garlic? I am amazed at the size of the bulb on the right, it's a giant!

Jul 29, 2014

More Double Knitting

I've gotten a little bit further in my knitting:

Double Knit Cowl

There is still a long way to go!

The cowl is looking okay, but I have some knitting complaints to share with you: I'm not sure if it is the stitch size (I should have used smaller needles, the stitches are loose) or the yarn colors, but the shamrocks are hard to make out. The cowl is now a möbius because I twisted it on row two or so and I just noticed. Even though this isn't turning out how I had hoped, I'm not stopping! I will continue to knit this thing until it is finished, because I will not be redoing it!

Jul 24, 2014

Memory Keeping

I made a little scrapbook with photos from the Alaskan Cruise I took earlier this year as my craft for The Giver. Scrapbooks aren't really my thing, I love to look at them and craft supplies to make them, but it turns out I have little motivation to actually do it myself. In the book The Giver, the main character, Jonas, gets his job assignment, The Receiver of Memories, and I figured Craft Book Club is the perfect reason to finally make this scrapbook!

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This scrapbook was made by altering the images only digitally (the next one I make may use adornments). I used a few iphone apps to make my pictures more scrapbook-like:
  • Snapseed - What I use to edit most of my photos on the blog.
  • Over - I used to text and premade artwork to the photos. 
  • Tangent - This app adds textures and shapes over your photos.

Are there any photo apps that you like to use? I'm always looking for new ones to try.

When first starting the scrapbook I had a difficult time choosing what photos to use and what to add to them, but after making a plan (plans make everything easier) I had a hard time narrowing it down to just 40 prints. Some of the prints are just the plain photo, some of the photos I split between two prints (like the Butchart Sunken Garden below), and I added text and frills to most of them.

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Our next Craft Book Club book is Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I picked up a copy from the library earlier this week!