Today, on the last day of my “Make Something Every Day” challenge, I wanted to make something grand, something meaningful to properly commemorate the past month. However, as so often occurred over the last few weeks, “real life” happened and I was left with almost no time to make anything, let alone something “special.” And in a way, that was almost more appropriate. After all, as I said in my January 1st post, the point of this challenge wasn’t to make Something, but to Make something.
So today’s project is another Lavender Sachet, made out of blue handspun. It’s about the same size as the first one I made, but since I didn’t have my project notes for the first one with me, I had to just wing it. (Which, again, is quite in keeping with the spirit of the challenge, that I don’t need every project to be “perfect” or to wait for the “perfect” moment to start one.)
January 31’s project: Lavender Sachet – Blue
My mom is visiting me from out of town for the next couple days, but early next week I will be writing a post covering my thoughts and experiences with my “Make Something Every Day” challenge. I would like to thank everyone who has been reading my blog and keeping up with me the last month. 🙂
One thing that has really helped me with this challenge is the list of quick ideas I put together at the beginning of the month. There have been quite a few days where I was simply too busy to plan a more involved project, or even research ideas for a simple one, so that list has been incredibly helpful. Today was one of those super busy days (I was out running errands from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm today), and while I could have cranked out a couple more little knitted hearts, I really wanted to make something different since I’ve already made those twice this month, so I chose this knitted flower from my ideas list.
The flower used approximately 4-5 grams/9-10 yards of worsted yarn and I used the Knitted Flower Tutorial from Mack and Mabel. I think that it also might be fun to play around with this pattern using different weights of yarn, like leftover sock yarn to make mini flowers.
January 29’s project: Quick Knitted Flower
And since a photo of just a red flower on some white fabric is a bit boring, here’s a photo showing how the cute the flower would look on my notions bag: I haven’t decided if I will actually attach the flower to that bag; maybe I’ll sew a pin-back on the flower so I can take it off and use it on other things too …
Today was a buuuuuusy day but at knitting group tonight, I managed to whip up a couple more knitted hearts like the ones from my January 4th post. I could easily get hooked on making these cute little hearts – they are so fast and easy! They really should be called, “Instant Gratification Hearts” or “I ♥ Instant Gratification.” 😉 And since they use such a tiny amount of yarn – less than 1 gram for both hearts together – they are a fabulous way to use up that tiny bit of leftover yarn that isn’t enough to make really anything but is still just a little too much left to just throw away.
And did I mention how fun they are to make? 😉
January 24’s project: More Knitted Hearts
I have a confession to make: It is now halfway through the month of January, and our Christmas tree is still up. (Hangs head.) However, that proved useful today while photographing today’s project – a lil sock ornament I made using the free pattern Tiny Sock Ornament. It measures approximately 2.75″ long and 1.75″ wide and used about 2 grams/8.4 yards of some leftover sock yarn. I used a brand called “Kraemer Sterling Silver and Silk” which has 2% real silver in it! Perfect for a Christmas ornament, don’t you think?
January 14’s project: Tiny Sock Ornament
I have quite a few random bits of handspun yarn, some spun by me and some spun by either my mom or my husband. I decided that Lavender Sachets would be a great use of these, and would not only use up some rather tricky yarn (considering that most of it is of unknown fiber content as well as superwash-ness – aka will it felt if washed) but it also add a few more items to my gift box, which is at the moment sorely depleted due to Christmas.
But perhaps the best part about making this little sachet is that it forced me to actually use some of my precious handspun – albeit scraps, leftovers and test skeins – which will hopefully help pave the way to perhaps using some of my nice handspun.
January 10’s project: Handspun Lavender Sachets
And a shot of the heavenly smelling lavender inside the sachet before I put the ribbon in:
I’ve been having so much fun thinking about the Valentine cards I want to make with the hearts I’ve been knitting lately. Another idea I had was that it would be really cute to decorate a handmade Valentine with a heart-shaped bookmark, which could then be used afterwards. I used the free pattern String of Hearts to make it. Very cute pattern and easy too.
January 7’s project: Knitted Heart Bookmark
After really struggling to fit in MSED projects this past Saturday and Sunday, I’ve decided that I won’t be attempting MSED on weekends. I’d rather be spending that time with my husband & friends. 🙂
I spent the afternoon taking apart a brown silk skirt from Goodwill (I ♥ Goodwill!) with the intention of turning it into a cowl. I have an embarrassingly large pile of skirts that I have purchased for this purpose but I’ve never gotten around to it, which is why I thought it would be a great project for MSED.
However, I ended up running into some “issues” after I triumphantly turned the cowl right-side out and discovered that I hadn’t made a cowl – I had made some weird sort of sleeve-looking moibus tube thingy!
After consulting my favorite sewing teachers (aka Google and Youtube), I think I know what I did wrong but by that time it was too late for me rip out the cowl and sew it again, so I made these cute little hearts instead, using the Love Rocks free pattern. Okay, I admit that I modified the second heart (the pink & brown one) a bit to make it more “polished.” 😉 And the best part about this pattern was not only did it only take about 10 minutes to make a heart, but it only took about 3 yards of sock yarn! At approximately 1.5″ high and 1.75″ wide, I think they will be perfect for Valentine Cards.
January 4’s project: Small knitted hearts
Even though my planned project didn’t work, I still don’t consider today a failure because I really did learn a lot, not just about about woven vs knit silk fabric, taking apart clothing to upcycle and the physics of sewing cowls. I also learned more about my tendency to procrastinate, specifically when starting clothing-related sewing projects, but in a more general way when starting projects that are outside my comfort zone.
For this past Christmas, I made my husband a hat. It was a perfectly fine and serviceable hat, as well as being exactly what he wanted since he had picked out both yarn and pattern. It was, however (in my opinion) an incredibly dull and boring hat to be his main Christmas present. So I decided to make a couple small surprise gifts for him as well, including a couple knitted mushrooms in honor of one of the interests he acquired this year: gathering wild mushrooms.
They turned out so cute that we decided that I should knit another shittake for our favorite mushroom supplier, Tom of Killbuck Valley Mushrooms, Burbank, OH. We met Tom at the Shaker Square farmer’s market, where we quickly decided that the only thing nicer than Tom’s mushrooms was Tom himself, especially after we had the opportunity to take a tour of his beautiful mushroom farm.
I used the Myriads of Mushrooms pattern as a starting point for the shiitake, but kept adding more and more details to make them more realistic, including embroidered gills, bumps and flared stems. I even
sacrificed used a bit a of my precious Wollmeise yarn for the caps, since the colors were so perfect. Here’s my Ravelry project page for the brown one.
January 3’s project: Knitted Shiitake mushroom
(The shiitake in the upper left with the brown cap is the one I knit today; the grey shittake and teeny brown generic-y mushroom are the ones I knit last month.)
I’ve made several necklaces like this, but since I keep either giving them away or selling them, I didn’t have one for me! I’ve been meaning to make one for myself for a while, but never seemed to get around to it, so I thought it would be a perfect project for MSED. I used the Infamous Beaded Necklaces Tutorial.
I actually struggled all day long with this challenge, which wasn’t really all that surprising after reading some of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. (Something else I keep meaning to start again, since I never finished it the first, or second, time through.) All day long while looking at different project ideas, I kept thinking, “Well, that project is stupid. Why would you make that? That isn’t impressive at all!” or “That project is for yourself – you can’t waste time making something just for you that you can’t sell or at least even enter into a show or something worthy like that!”
Notice a theme? You aren’t good enough to create something nice, and what’s worse, even if you did, you aren’t worthy of making it just for yourself.
Thoughts like that combined with the usual artist’s block that occurs after not being creative for a while (Christmas and family stuff kept getting in the way) equals a complete standstill. I kept reminding myself that the whole point of this challenge was not to stress over making a masterpiece, just about making something.
January 2’s project: Beaded Necklace