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I love needle felting!

Last Saturday, my sweetie and I took a needle felting class at the UO Craft Center and we both loved it! For those of you who haven’t read my post on the Glass Sampler class, the Craft Center is a wonderful place where super nice people teach you how to make wonderful things!

Needle felting is a lot of fun and it’s very easy to learn the basics. No one in my class had done it before and everyone’s projects looked amazing!

These are just a couple of practice pieces. I started out forming some red wool into a ball, then decided to turn it into an apple. Then I made a rather hairy looking sandwich (maybe not so amazing) to go with it. In order to make the sandwich less hairy and more appetizing, I will need to pack the wool tighter, but that seems to be more difficult with flat shapes like the sandwich, and easier with rounder shapes, like the apple.

This kitty was my main project for the day. Her name is Princess, and she even has her own royal blue kitty bed! I can’t wait to make more cute things with needle felting. I already have lots of ideas for dolls! Of course, as always I have lots of ideas and not much time to work on them. I’m in the middle of about four projects right now that I hope to be able to show you soon!

Cute Kitty Chocolates for My Birthday!

I had a wonderful weekend in Portland with my family, celebrating my birthday, which is tomorrow. This year, because I am resisting growing up, I felt inclined to celebrate with lots of cute, sparkly things! I love making cupcakes in a bunch of different shapes and I recently got a Hello Kitty mold from the Sanrio store, which I was really excited to try out. Instead of cupcakes, though, I decided to make these Hello Kitty Chocolates with sparkly hair bows. (See? Cute and sparkly.) My mom also made me a really cute Hello Kitty cake, here is the link to it on her blog. The cake and chocolates looked great together! I also got some plain ballet flats and red glitter as part of my birthday shopping trip. I am going to turn them into ruby slippers, which I will post later this week.

Sorry I have been procrastinating on my Sally doll pattern. I really have no excuse, other than it is much more fun to do the project than to try and translate my scribbled notes into something that would make sense to another human being.

Anyway, here are the chocolates, I hope you like them!

I got this mold at the Sanrio store at Clackamas Town Center a couple of weeks ago. It was kind of expensive ($13.95, I believe.) Otherwise, it would have been nice to have more than one because it makes very small batches.

White chocolate for the kitties and dark chocolate for the hairbows. Eventually I got tired of switching back and forth so when I was on the last little bit of chocolate I ended up with a couple white hairbows and a couple darks chocolate kitties.

Red sparkle gel from the Joann Fabrics baking aisle. I was really exited about the idea of sparkly red hairbows for the kitties! (They match the shoes I want to make later this week.)

Food decorating markers from the Safeway’s baking department. I was looking for the kind of icing that comes in a small tube and it meant for writing, but they were all out.

I used the yellow marker for the noses. It showed up pretty well on the white chocolate. Unfortunately, the set did not come with a black pen. I tried using blue for the eyes but it didn’t look right.

It turned out that my mom had some black frosting but no decorating tip small enough to make tiny kitty eyes and whiskers. She suggeste putting some frosting in a dish and using a toothpick to draw on the chocolate with it.

This worked very well for packing little dots of frosting into the eyes. Drawing the lines for the whiskers with it was a little more difficult but it ended up looking fine.

These are what the kitties looked like after I drew in the eyes and whiskerts.

The Sparkle Gel had about the consistency of jelly so I used a butter knife to spread it on the chocolates. It was more difficult to control than the other frosting. A couple of kitties got smeared and ended up looking like they had blood on their faces! (Zombie Kitty chocolates, anyone?)

This is what they finished chocolates look like. I was very happy with the way they turned out overall, but they are almost too much work to eat!

Pattern Review: Rampage Fishnet Gloves from “Vampire Knits”

Here is my first project from the book “Vampire Knits,” which I recently checked out from the library. These gloves were fun and quick to make, and quite easy, once you master the double twisted knit (Dtk) stitch. This was a stitch I had never done before but the pattern provided instructions that made it very easy to learn.

My only complaint is that I think the instructions for the double twisted purl (Dtp) could have been more clear. It is just the opposite of the Dtk, so the fact that the Dtk instructions were clearer helped. Overall, this was a fun project and much simpler than it looks. What do you think?

Vampire Fashions

 

Something about winter weather makes me want to just stay in my coffin all day long. Since I can’t actually get away with this (and I’m guessing you can’t either if you’re reading this), the next coziest thing is sitting at home with a nice glass of blood (or hot chocolate, if you prefer) and a good knitting project. 

I whipped this corsette together in the brief gap between Finals and starting to work on my Christmas presents, feeling like I needed something a little vampiric to take my mind of the cold grayness outside. It is not my own pattern, so if you would like to make one too, go to http://marniemaclean.com/patterns/knittysubmission/knitty.html

This is the smallest size but the pattern makes it very easy to adjust for any body shape. You can also make it longer or adjust the amount of coverage in the front. Mine closes completely in the front while the original design was a little more open. I chose black and red for classic vampire colors, but the original design was more white and brown. Of course, you could make this pattern in any colors you like.

Along the same lines, I recently checked out this book from the library:

It looks pretty cool but I haven’t had the chance to make anything from it yet. However, if my current vampiric mood continues it is quite likely you will see some pieces from it very soon. I will keep you up to date so you can see what I make and how it all turns out.

Happy Holidays from a sleepy vampire!

Making Christmas…Making Christmas

For those of you who haven’t already heard me say this like 100 times, I love Jack Skellington and Nightmare Before Christmas. I uploaded my first Jack Skellington pattern about a year ago and this year decided to make Jack a Santa, or “Sandy Claws” outfit, as Jack would say. Now he’s ready to take over Christmas, so watch out!

I will have the pattern uploaded by next weekend at the latest so that you can make your own Jack in time for Christmas. I also have a Sally doll (Jack’s girlfriend, if you didn’t know) lined up for my next project, but I don’t know yet when she will be done.

 

Look, it’s Johnny Depp!…In yarn form

If anyone was cruelly tricked into clicking on this post, believing you would be seeing pictures of the real Johnny Depp, I apologize but what I have to show you may be almost as good. (Plus, you can pick him up and squeeze him whenever you want, which if you tried on a real person, could be considered grounds for a restraining order.)

I found the pattern for this adorable pirate doll in awesome book called “Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards & Fairies” which I highly recommend. There are lots of other amazing dolls in the book too but when I saw little guy, I knew I had to have the book. It was a little more than I wanted to spend so I waited until I had a %50 off coupon for Joann’s and by then it was sold out there so I ended up ordering it from Barnes and Noble and knocking out the cost with a gift card I got for my birthday. The book was worth every penny I would have spent on it.

The pattern was thought out down to the last detail, the doll even has rings on his fingers and beads in his hair. I’m not going to try and sell him because I want to keep him, and because it took me almost two months to make him. It will be awhile before I make another and if I do I’ll probably have to charge a ton of money for him just to make up for the time. However, if you want to make your own, definitely pick up a copy of “Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards & Fairies.”

Fun with repurposing: transforming furniture with paint

I really wish I had thought to take a “before” picture to show you so you can see the transformation. I have had this white wicker rocking chair sitting up in my parents’ room for many years because I knew I would want it some day but until now had no place to put it. Now for the first time ever I have my own apartment and I actually have room for it, so my mom (who also has a post about this project on her blog) and I decided to fix it up a bit to be more my style.

The first thing we did was take it out in the yard and spray-paint it cherry red because honestly, if I had my way, all my stuff would be that color. Then, my mom took apart the old cushion cover (which was white with light pink flowers and piping) and used it as a pattern to make a new cushion cover out of this kind of celestial fabric full of swirls and stars, which I picked out. Of course, the fabric is also red.

Here is the finished result:

Again, this would probably be more impressive if I had a picture of what it looked like before. It was already a nice chair but a new coat of paint and new cushion cover totally changed the look of it. So if you have any furniture that is in good shape but either isn’t exactly your style or just needs to be revitalized, a new paint job is a great way to accomplish that.

Zombie Kitty!

I love Hello Kitty! My mom already made a few mermaid Hello Kitties for Craftivus this weekend (please see details in previous post) so I thought a Zombie Kitty would be fun and cute.

 

Ghost Girl is Done!

Ghost Girl is finally done and available for sale.  I ended up going all-out on her dress and made it a full-length gown with puffed sleeves and ruffles.  I decided to go with all white and am quite happy with the way it looks, I hope you agree.  To make sure it didn’t look boring, I made the bodice and the ruffle on the bottom out of sparkly white yarn.  You can’t really see the sparkles very well in the picture but they look rather nice in real life.  Her lips and the bows in her hair are pink and are the only accent colors other than her black eyes.  I hope you like her!

Ghost Girl