Beginners origami


I kinda suck at origami, but I thought I’d give it a whirl. I’m having fun with it, but wasting a lot of paper. I’m learning, gradually. Here are some things I’ve made.

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This is a simple geometric piece from a geometric origami book that comes with the strips of paper already sized. All you do is fold it. It’s pretty easy. I folded the triangles (6 fold strips) and then put them together with smaller strips (4 fold strips). The book has all sorts of amazing different 3-d geometric shapes you can make. I should get it out. Here’s a link to the book.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a simple pinwheel, learning basic folds and stuff. I kinda suck, but its neat looking.

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This is made out of three pieces of paper folded separately and inserted together at the end. It was very simple and only took five minutes, unlike most of the stuff, which takes 5 minutes before I wreck the paper and have to start again.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a kitty, I need to add googly-eyes when I get some, and is folded out of two pieces of paper. It’s a really simple fold. I really need to get lots of eyes to glue to the animals. I think the kitty is cute.

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This is a fox, a fairly simple fold, but took a few attempts, without eyes added. It doesn’t stand up on its own. I’m not that good yet.

 

 

 

 

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An Angelfish. A very simple fold. I should make a big fish tank and fill it with origami fish.

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This is a flapping bird. A bit messy on the folding, but it works out in the end. I love the paper I used. It’s one of the harder folds I’ve done.

 

Enjoy!

Beginning of a dew drop shawl


I started working on this dew drop shawl for a friend and it’s coming along pretty well. It’s definitely a different way of doing the drop stitch. My friend and I are doing a swap, she’s making me a funky bracelet, and I’m making her the shawl. I’m using JC Brett’s marble wool, and it’s really soft and the colours change every couple of inches, but its still mostly blue. Here’s what it looks like on the loom.

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On the loom, the beginning of the wrap

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A close up of the drop stitches.

I’m using the entire ball of yarn and adding some fringe at each end. The shawl will actually be sideways, so the drop stitches will be facing down. I posted the link at the top of a tutorial for the loom pattern and tutorial. It’s really easy and knits up quick. I’ve worked on it for about 2 hours and have a foot and a half of shawl made. I might add some extra garter stitch at the top and bottom when I’m done. So far I’m happy with it. The colour of the wool is a little washed out in the pics. This is what the finished product looks like:

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It’s really pretty. My drop stitches aren’t as long, and it does curl a bit, but that’s part of it. Mine isn’t as lacey, but that’s the look I’m going for. I’ll post updates as I go! GO KNIT!

Stuffed Sea horse how-to, for my nephew


I decided to do some actual sewing today. I made a sea monster for my nephew. I used scrap fabric for the body, and then wrapped it and sewed with leftover jelly rolls from a quilt.

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This is the sea monster half wrapped. First, I drew out the outline on scrap fabric, sewed it together on my machine and flipped it inside out and stuffed it, then sewed it closed.

After that, I took the jelly roll strips and wrapped them around it, sewing them with matching embroidery thread, by hand.

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This is the finished product, without the face being done yet. I want to add a nametag that says “Hunter” (my nephews name) and embroider a face, because buttons can be dangerous for infants.  It’s my first time sewing a stuffed animal, and I don’t sew very often.

Paper craft for my mom


I made this triangle box in origami, something I’m not that great at, out of scrapbook paper. I did cheat and glue it when I had the triangles together. Inside it is yarn and some printed flowers, hearts and a butterfly. The folded pieces are little sayings for my mom. It’s a gift for her for helping me out so much, and I just decided to make the little triangle box for her. Here are some pics.

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Brocade Baby Sweater


I found this pattern in the book “Loom Knitting Primer” that I hadn’t seen in ages, but found in my closet. It uses a mini brocade pattern and looks super cute. It’s for my nephew to be, Hunter. It’s designed for 6 months. I love it. I wish the colour came out better in the pics, but here you go. I was using a denim type yarn. It’s the first sweater I’ve ever made.

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Front

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Current Crafts


Currently I’m working on some paper and yarn crafts. Here’s what I’m doing right now as I watch America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion (and when that’s over, back to House MD on Netflix)

It’s a hexagon blanket for my soon to be nephew, Hunter. My brother just got married to my lovely new sister in law Sarah. They’re expecting for August 14. The shower is next weekend! I have 3 wedges to finish by then. They go by quick, and its an easy knit.

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The blanket so far. It’s so soft! I love working with this wool. On a 31 peg Bufanda loom.

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A close up of the wool. It’s so very soft and comforting.

Next, for my nephew, Hunter, I have a cross stitch pattern I made out of some clip art images. I have to fill in the bottom in the bottom left, which will be a bottle. Feel free to use and edit if you will, just link back to me.

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My custom cross stitch pattern I made using PC Stitch for my nephew. I will be adding a date and weight when he is born.

Next I have my circle sweater I’ve been working on for months. I pick it up and do chunks of it at a time, when I’m not working on anything else. I have 3 large wedges to go. I’m done both armholes (although you can’t see the second in the pic) and have to make and sew on the sleeves when I cast it off. I can see the end in sight! I’m doing it on my 90 peg Cindwood loom, which I love.

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It’s HUGE and finally taking shape!

Last I made a collage and a mood log for myself. I have schizoaffective bipolar disorder and keep track of my moods on it. I’m not much of a scrapbooker yet. I just picked up some more supplies today. I like getting messy with paper and glue and seeing what I can make. My mom picked me up a printer. I love dabbling with paper and seeing what I can do, and it’s a good way to track my moods.

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The outside

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The inside. I made the die (d20) to track how my week went. The closer to 20, the better. I also keep track of certain symptoms. Green is best. Yellow is okay, orange is meh, and red is bad. No red this week!

Here’s a few pics of my pony and I. Her name is Ayla. We have a show next week!

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Cotton Candy yarn


So I picked up some food colouring today and decided to try dying my own roving. It went pretty well.

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I’ll explain how I got to that step.

First, I took out my roving, which was about 50 grams of Shetland. I gave it a careful soaking in warm water with lemon juice (as it’s acidic and I didn’t have any vinegar) and prepared my dyes. I put 25 drops of red into one cup and 25 drops of blue into another cup. I laid out plastic wrap (Saran wrap) on my floor and got a plate and lots of paper towels ready.

Then I emptied the pitcher I was soaking the roving in, and brought everything in and squeezed out the roving until it was damp. Be careful so you don’t separate it. I placed it on the Saran wrap and poured the blue on first, just bit by bit, a couple inches, leaving blank spaces between. Then I filled those spaces with white. Then I squished it down to really get the dye in. I recommend wearing gloves, because I didn’t and my hands are funky colours.

Then I made a “roving burrito” and folded the plastic wrap up, be careful, it will leak, and microwaved it for 2 min. I unwrapped it, dunked it in a pitcher of just cold water (you may need to microwave longer – do it until the roving is hot in 2 min intervals) and clean up, let it sit, and then I squeezed it out. The above pic are the results I got. I let it sit and dry out. I put a towel I don’t care about under it to catch the dripping.

After it dried, I started spinning. Then I blocked it. This is my second time spinning.

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Then after I had that done, the pink was more prominent, and it looked like cotton candy (hence the title) I was pretty happy. It’s amazing how unpredictable, I dyed the rest of the roving rainbow. This is how it came out.

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It’s currently drying. I’m going to spin it in the next few days. I’ll be at my parents for a few days. But I’m excited to see how that spins up! Happy knitting!