Monday, February 29, 2016

Taking a turn at sewing

This Sunday I finally took time and made the cover to my bullet journal and here is the results




inside front


inside back

Of the 5 fat quarters I purchased, this only took 3 and Ive got quite a bit of left overs of the 3 I used that can be made into pockets or doo-dads on the front if I decide to make another.

I did use a piece of muslin, which I already had and I finally found ribbon I wanted to use for bookmarks. And I used the orange elastic to keep the book closed.

I mostly followed the directions found here: 

I have two pockets on the inside front.  My next one I will use a stiff interface so they are a bit stronger.  The pen holder is a bit too big for what I thought it would be.  It does have a bit of wonderunder in it cause I didnt want to mess with stitching and then turning it inside out.

I used wonderunder for the orange stripe on the front – again being lazy and wanted to get done with all the stitching.

I did do the 1/4-ish inch stitching along the whole edge when all was done.  It was just a bit too baggy and doing the edging removed the excess I didnt like

It was fun and in total took about 4 hrs from start (ironing the quarters) to final stitching.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Make Cover

At least one.

I have a bullet journal I use primarily for work.  Using a simple/basic composition book (quad) as I just cant bring myself to spend the cash for the expensive ones and I hate books.  I can bend the spine on the basic comp book back as many times as needed and can still write in the damn thing.

But it is b o r i n g as hell.

I cant find a cover that is within what I want to spend and a search on the web for DIY covers tossed me in to the deep pit.

Oh the possibilities! I had to create a new Pinterest board for all the ideas I was finding.  This didnt even cover what I found on YouTube.

And off to Joanns I went!

Here is what I picked up

5 fat quarters and elastic.  I could have got more but trying to keep it somewhat simple.



showing finds with my journal

Now to work out in my gray matter how I want this to work.  I would love to have the solid green as the outside but the black of the journal cover shows through.  I may add a muslin backing to the green just so I can use it.  The green pattern use for the pockets of the journal cover and the orange for an extra pocket for notes if needed on the inside, possible pocket on the front cover and to use for the pen/pencil holder on the side.  The elastic is to be sewn on to keep all of this closed.

My need for control means I need to chart everything out before bringing scissors anywhere close to fabric.  Hopefully it wont take weeks/months to get it all figured out.

Monday, February 15, 2016

RCYC 2016 Clue 2

Clue 2 is completed!  Late Friday nite but done


Clue 3 was released Wed and I have hardly worked on it. 

Sat was spent shopping and no knitting.  Sunday was strangely spent doing other things and no knitting

Today I had the pleasure of getting 4 fillings replaced.  Not fun with TMJ but its one of those things Dentists are wanting to get done these days. Spent a good part of my day sleeping (no knitting) then a trip to Joanns to get fabric for a journal cover and more yarn (cause sales people! and no knitting) then getting dinner ready.  In between all this is counting down the time to when I can take MORE ADVIL! (no knitting).

I would like to spend sometime tonight knitting as really is the only activity I can do that lets/causes my jaw to completely relax.

D made a joke this weekend (Sat in fact while shopping) that “oh you have to knit do you” and I answered yes immediately.  Really – it is the only thing that allows my jaw to relax.  Else I am clenching those jaw muscles till they cry.  Even when sleeping I will wake up cause I am clenching that hard.  Thank god for my mouth gard!

So – Find that one activity that will let you relax completely as you cant even count on sleep letting you do that.

Monday, February 8, 2016

RCYC 2016

Socks are on the back burner so I can blast through the RCYC 2016 KAL.

This year its a cowl using a bike ride through Portland, Or as its theme and using two colors of yarn.  Mine is a gray blue and a rainbow-ish blue and both have cashmere.  Sooo soft.

As of this week 2 clues have been released that have 3 different stitch patterns.  I have 1 & 2a completed and started 2b tonight.  Im hoping I can stitch fast (but nice) enough to finish by Wed when the next clue will be released so I can stay on task and finish in time to wear mine to the crawl this year.

Now for the pics!

Colors: Knitted Wit-Oregon Sky and Dream in Color-Cloudy


Clue 1 completed


Clue 2a completed – this was with flash so the second color would show up a bit.  They both have bits of the same blue gray tones.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Socks take 2

I have a toe!


Reduex after the nasty start of yeasterday.  Much thicker yarn and bigger needle and single sock.

I can see that my only main issue from yesterday was missing the one kfb that I really couldnt go back and fix since I had two socks going.  The fact that only 2 rows in and it was looking fugly was ok and it would work all the fugly out in due time – I just needed to give it that. Oh and get all the correct stitches in.

So I will work on this sock and see if I can get it finished.  Work all the kinks out so to speak on a sock that wont get a sock-friend but will be cherished as being First.

For those interested, here is the pattern Im ‘working’ off.

Im not doing M1 but kfb instead. 

M1’s and I have agreed to disagree and stay in our separate corners for now. 

Monday, January 11, 2016


I couldnt wait and tried casting on two socks on one circular needle AND proceeded to miss a stitch in row 2

And my transitions look like shit.

But this is all in the time honored tradition of learning right?

Its why I am playing with large box store yarn and not my Sassy Santa by Knitted Wit or Octoberfest by Zauberball.

So if the yarn Im playing with gets split to hell or breaks its only $6 and not $20.

Bring it on

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy 2016!

Hello and Happy beginnings to 2016!

2015 was a busy year for me craft wise.  It was all knitting all the time.

Starting in Feb a new project with the RCYC got the shawl bug going.  It was during the crawl that I decided to make shawls for giftmas and lots of shawls were made!

In total, including the RCYC KAL shawl (not pictured) I completed 6 shawls.  Wonderful way to battle stress and get relaxed.

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For 2016 I have a couple of shawls for ME that are using the patterns of the last two shawls pictured above, Nurmilintu and Groovy.

And as per crazy I started a new project on 1/1/2016 but I am keeping quiet on it for now as it is a surprize for a special friend and Im not sure where they lurk.

SOCKS – 2016 will be the year of the sock for my knitting learning.  I have a couple skeins that are screaming for Socks to be made from them.  For my Birthday, D drove me to the shops and I was able to get wonderful Twist circular needles so I can do two socks at a time.  Yup – go full out sock crazy or go home Smile