Saturday, December 22, 2012

How To Make Fire Work Leg Warmers

Hola! Again I have an addition to my leg warmer craze. I saw a picture with a pattern online of some like these, but I was out of town when I made them so I didn't have access to the pattern. Because of this, I decided to use the picture I had in my head to just do it, and I did it! Here's what I did:

I used:
1 skein of worsted weight yarn
1 skein (more like half of one) of eyelash yarn
4 Size US 8 dpn's 

Starting at from the ankle up CO 36 sts and distribute evenly onto 3 dpn's and join to work in the rnd
Rnd 1: Work in K1 P1 ribbing for a total of 2"
Next Rnd: Work in stockinette st for a total of 4"
Next Rnd: Change to using the eyelash yarn for two rnds
Next Rnd: Change back to main yarn for a total of 7 rnds
Repaeat the last to rows 2 more times
Next Rnd: Change to using the eyelash yarn for two rows
Next Rnd: Change back to main yarn and work in stockinette st for 4"
Next Rnd: Work in K1 P1 ribbing for 2"
BO loosely or use larger needles

Aren't they darling? They are super warm for these nice snowy days we've been having! Isn't the snow beautiful?!?! It's like a winter wonderland out there! I hope you have a nice holiday season!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ballet Shrug FREE Pattern

    Here I am AGAIN with a knitted project. I don't know what it is about all this knitting, but I sure have been enjoying it! 

I am so proud of this little pattern! It is just what I need for dance, nice and snug, but also warm. 

Here's how to make your own:
CO 27 sts

 k in stockinette st around until piece measures 1.5 in from beg

Thumb Hole:
Begin working stockinette st in rows NOT rnds for 1.5 in

Begin working in the rnd. K stockinette st for the length of your arm

Start working in rows instead of rnds like you did with the thumb hole and continue for the length of your back mine was 17"

Second Sleeve:
Work the same as the first sleeve, thumb hole, and palm

TADA!!! You are done! I hope you enjoy! Let me know in comments if you have any questions.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How To Make GLITTER Shoes

Has anybody else seen all the sparkly everything lately? Sparkly earrings, sweaters, tank tops, jeans, and SHOES! I wanted my own sparkly shoes! So, I decided from an old pair of dirty ballet flats I would make my own and I love them! Heres how:

You'll need some shoes made of any material but patent leather

You'll also need about 2 oz of glitter, Mod Podge (this stuff rocks!), and a paint or sponge brush. 

Begin by mixing together the glitter and Mod Podge. I think I did about equal parts of each. Then, brush the first coat on each shoe. 

I know it doesn't look like much yet. Just trust me.

After applying the first coat brush on the second

Go ahead and let them dry for about 20 minutes or so...

...and brush on the third


Let that dry for a couple of hours, and apply a coat of only Mod Podge to seal in your hard work


and repeat on the other shoe. (By now you can definitely tell that this is not a mess free project by my pictures...) Let your shoes dry completely. I let mine dry over night, and you are DONE! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!


Monday, December 10, 2012

How To Make A Beaded Necklace

I am so SUPER excited about this necklace! I have been wanting one like this for forever, but could never find one I like so... I 100% made my own!

I didn't have any of that fancy wire or crimp beads to do it the right way, so I had an ah ha moment, and used this silver all-purpose thread I had on-hand. So that the finished product wouldn't break, I cut three of the same size pieces of thread and glued them together with a little Mod Podge so they would go through the beads easily. To determine the length of the thread decide how long you want your         necklace, and add 5-8 ins.

String your thread through one side of a clasp and tie with a sturdy knot leaving about a 2-4 tail

String your first bead through the long tail and the left over short tail from the knot

Repeat with the second bead...

...and the third

Continue that last step until there is no more short tail, and keep stringing your beads on the long tail until your necklace is half the size you want it to be finished.

Take your awesome optional charm...


... and string it through the thread. Continue stringing the other half of beads and tie off with the other side of your clasp making sure to leave a little bit of extra string so the necklace rounds and lays nicely. Take the excess tail from the knot, and run it through the last beads.

AND YOU ARE DONE! I hope you enjoy!

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Knitted Birdie

I know I know, I have been knitting a whole lot lately. I promise to put a tutorial up soon, but when I saw this pattern I couldn't resist. Who could say no to that cute wittle face?

I sure couldn't! So out came this little cutie pie stuffed birdie! It seriously didn't take long at all! It is a very entertaining project to see it transform before your eyes. This is a perfect gift for a little one or even a grown up! You can find the pattern here. Have fun (I sure did)!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Knitted Scarfy Thingy and A Happy Thanksgiving

First of all I would just like to say HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope your day is stuffed full of turkey!

On the crafty side of things, I knitted this fun little scarf thingy! It is warm and comfortable at the same time. (That never happens. Right?) You can find this pattern here. It is another Ravelry pattern so make sure you sign up! (If you missed my post earlier about Ravelry you can find it here). Just a note, the pattern calls for a size 15 US needles. I used a size 10 1/2 with a bulky yarn and they worked fine. (Maybe even better :-)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Knitted Ballet Slippers

Okay, I am super excited about these slippers. This is another pattern that I found on the good old internet. Actually I think this would be a great time to introduce the best knitting pattern database out there It is awesome! It is free to sign up and a lot of the patterns are free as well. Here is the link to the FREE pattern I found. Try it out! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Knitted Leg Warmers FREE Pattern

Here is an addition to my recent leg warmer craze! These are simple to make, but turn out so lovely! They are super soft and warm as well. Have fun with 'em!

You will need: 
3 US size 5 DPN's
Worsted weight yarn in two colors
Yarn needle

Special abbreviations: 
MC=Main color
CC=Contrast color

CO 34 sts LOOSELY 
Rnd 1: With MC work in k1 p1 ribbing all the way around and continue until it measures 1.5 in from the beginning
Rnd 2: Switch to CC and work in stockinette st for 5 rnds
Rnd 3: Switch to MC and work in stockinette st for 8 rnds
Repeat rnds 2 and 3 5 more times for a total of 6 MC stripes and 6 CC stripes
Rnd 4: Repeat rnd 2 once more
Rnd 5: With MC work in k1 p1 ribbing until it measures 1.5 in 
Finish: Bind off LOOSELY
Weave in ends and repeat all the steps for the other leg warmer.
CONGRATS!!! You are finished! Let me know if this pattern was helpful.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Crocheted Snood

Okay, I LOVE this cute little bun cover! Here is where you can find the awesome crochet pattern. It is really simple it's mostly just a repeat. I love plenty of repeat! Perfect for a ballet class or everyday activities. Try it out and let me know how it went in comments! Happy day!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Knitted Scarf!

Look what I made!!!! I am so thrilled at this cute little scarf thing! I used this pattern here. It is super easy to follow so hopefully you'll make one too! I used I Love This Yarn's blue tweed. (Or something like that) Let me know how you like it in comments!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How To Make a SUPER Simple Scrunchy

Here is how to make the easiest way to use up those pesky scraps. If you are like me you have small bits of fabric everywhere that just can't be thrown away and it really is nice to find a use for them. Well, what could be better than a cute hair scrunchy for you or a fellow little one?
Here's how:

Cut a strip of fabric 3 in by 15 in

Fold the strip in half length wise and sew the ends right sides together so you have a nice circle

Fold the long edges of the fabric under to the wrong side about 1/4 in and fold the whole strip of fabric in half. Sew it together leaving about an inch unsewn so you can put in the elastic.

 Now, take enough 1/4 in elastic to fit comfortably around your wrist (make sure it is a little bit snug though it can't be to loose) and with a safety pin guide the elastic through the hole and all the way around the scrunchy back through the hole again. Sew the elastic ends together and sew the hole you left for the elastic closed.

That's it! These things are awesome! I have made a ton so far since they only take a couple of minutes. Have fun with yours!