Sunday, August 28, 2011


So when Thursday and Friday came up, I was attacked with such a busy schedule, that I dropped the ball. Then the weekend came, and I haven't "cast on" anything since Wednesday.

But yesterday, I re-organized my craft cabinet and saw materials I had been accumulating for projects that need doing and also my small basket of almost-done projects. I made a list of these and came up with 17 projects. Some are very small, like fixing some broken knitted toys that need some mending, and some are bigger art projects. There's one on-going project that I really should just donate 20 minutes of my day to it until I finish. Maybe I'll throw that in too.

So for the rest of the cast-on-a-thon, I'll be sharing these projects. Very few of them are related to knitting, so bear with me!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Just a little round up of the other projects I'm currently working on. I'm getting some knitting time in between all the casting on.

Vanilla Soaker

More of the pinwheel sweater

Halloween Explosion Sock

Cast-on-a-thon Days 9, 10

Day 9: Beginnings of a Caterpillar. I made one last year and Margaret wanted one for herself, so here it is!

Day 10: I tried the sun printing again. I had one tie and one handkerchief I could do. It didn't really have the effect I wanted. I think I should have been heavier on the dye and really pressed the little Luxos into the fabric more. There are only a few slight outlines. It's hard to tell what I was trying to do. This picture is during the sun exposure stage.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cast-on-a-thon Day 8

Hardwood Floor Cleaner!

I haven't mopped our wood floors in weeks (months) because I didn't have a cleaner. So today I made some!

The bottle came from the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse for a quarter. I also bought a squirt attachment so I can apply this solution directly where I want to mop.

The Recipe:

1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
a few drops of Tea Tree Oil
Water to fill the rest of the bottle.

Except for the tea tree oil, I'm essentially putting salad dressing on my floors. Yummy.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cast-on-a-thon Days 6, 7

On day 6, I cast on the Vanilla Soaker (Ravelry link), thanks again to a random number generator. I worked for a couple of hours on it when I realized I was following the wrong directions, in my upset, I frogged it and decided not to cast on anything on day 6.

On day 7 (today), I went back and re-cast on the soaker, as you can see here:


I felt ok with skipping day 6 because I bought more yarn for Margaret's sweater/jacket and I bought some fabric for another project I'm going to do for the cast-on-a-thon. It involves Pacman. And it will be awesome. I need to get a few more supplies for that project, though.

Friday, August 19, 2011

FO: Mouse

For day 5 of the Cast-on-a-thon I let the random number generator decide what to cast on from my queue. This little mouse was the lucky pattern.

Pattern: Marisol the Knitted Mouse (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Red Heart from my stash

Margaret really loves the little mouse and was upset when I told her that the mouse was hers AND Isaac's. They'll figure it out.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cast-on-a-thon Days 3, 4

I didn't start any projects yesterday (day 3). Instead, I continued to work on my new temple outfit. It's finished and I'll put up a picture tomorrow.

Because of the lack of casting on yesterday, I decided that I needed to do something.

So today, after finishing the temple outfit but before the kids woke up from their naps, I mended 2 pairs of McKay's jeans, a pair of his shorts, a pair of Margaret's shorts, and a pair of Margaret's pajamas.

I still have some pants to do for McKay and myself, but decided to put away the sewing machine for now. So I'm counting that as day 3.

For day 4, I decided to make my own deodorant. I've been going deodorant-free for a while now because I used up all my funk butter and didn't want to order more (shipping is horrendous for just a little tin of funk butter!) I used the Instructables Deodorant tutorial (but I decreased the size of the recipe) and the coconut oil, vitamin E oil, baking soda, corn starch, and lavender oil I had sitting around. I had saved my Funk Butter tin, so I put it in there. And it's all ready to use!

I know you're probably wondering if I'm ever going to cast on anything knitting-related. Yes, I am. But this week was sewing-heavy because I had the machine out. I'm sure we'll get into the knitting soon. Like tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cast-on-a-thon Days 1, 2

So I really am going to "cast on" a new project every day for a month. Not all of my projects are knitting, so starting a sewing project or other craft project will count as "casting on." I'm going to have pretty loose definitions of "craft" and "project," too.

Day 1: The second Halloween sock.

Day 2:  My new temple outfit. You can see the patterns cut out for the shirt/tunic here. I'd like to get it done by Thursday for the RS temple night, but children are hampering my sewing time. And my inexperience in sewing is hampering my make-it-look-good-ness. But it'll be ok. I think. I hope.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Summary

This past week, I tried to branch out and do some other crafts I've been planning. I finally got around to getting McKay's ties painted for Father's Day. Here is Margaret painting. I had her take off her shirt to avoid the dye from getting on her clothes. Also, sorry about the blurry-ness

I had this great idea of using red, yellow, and blue and sun printing a start in the center of the red to mimic the Pixar ball. I thought it would be a great way to celebrate McKay's job. Unfortunately, the wind was too strong outside in the sun to keep the stars on the tie (even with buttons weighing them down) and it didn't work. Here's picture before they all blew away.

Margaret used grass and leaves on her tie and they actually stayed and McKay wore that tie to church today. Everyone thought it was beautiful. Margaret is a far better artist than I am!

I still have 1 unpainted tie and 1 silk handkerchief. I'm going to try sun printing again on the other tie, but I'm not doing the star idea.

I also finished a sock! I need to do the other. It reminds me of Halloween, which is coming up sooner than I can think! I need to make Margaret a costume.

I also bought some fabric to make myself a new temple outfit. My other one is 5 years old and has always been too tight in the shoulders. I can barely life my arms in it. I'll keep it around because it's very flowy and works all the way through my pregnancies, but I'm excited to make something myself.

I am behind on listening to my podcasts, but on a recent Just One More Row, a KAL was mentioned on a destashing Ravelry group in which the participants cast on a new project every day for a month. I'm considering doing my own version of that. I don't have enough needles to do 30 projects, so I'd have to finish some- especially the small toy project I have queued. I'd also allow myself to do other crafy projects like sewing or whatever. Or maybe I'll just work on something for at least an hour every day. We'll see.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Startitis Sunday

So once those socks of McKay's were finished, I had nothing on my needles. Can you imagine?! I had to cast on something quick! So I did what I normally do when I have no direction: let gaussian noise decide. I took a random number generator and picked my next project. I'm working on this pinwheel sweater for Margaret. Here's how it is now:

This is a great stash-buster. So far, I've had enough yarn, but now I'm not sure what to do. I need 2 more stripes, but I only have enough of a different color yarn for one of them. It looks like I'm going to need to buy a skein, but I'm not sure what color to go with. Right now my colors are: pink, Christmas red, turquoise blue, pale yellow, and lime green. They look so very bright in real life: very fit for a child. The last color will be a charcoal grey as a nice solid border color, but I'm not sure what color to use for the stripe between the green and grey. Purple won't look good next to the green (it's lime-ier in real life). Maybe orange. Or white. What do you think?

Needing a small project (and being held up by this lack-of-6th-color issue), I turned to this skein of yarn from Lanitium ex Machina. It's purple and orange like I requested. The colors remind me of purple carrots: purple on the outside, orange on the inside. The color sections are short: about 4-6 inches of color before the next. It has the capacity to pool really badly, so I'm trying a pattern from my new book, The Knitter's Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn. There's one sock pattern and I think it'll work for this skein. We'll see!

Friday, August 05, 2011

FO: McKay's socks

Pattern: Regular Guy Toe-Up Socks
 Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks Jacquard in Denim

I started these months ago, but after the first was finished, I had other projects that got precendence (those leg warmers, for one!) I started the second sock on Sunday, finished knitting it last night, and wove the ends in this morning so McKay could wear them to work today. The pictures aren't the best because our place doesn't have the best lighting in the morning.

I used Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off instead of the bind off mentioned in the pattern. One of the skeins had slightly less yarn, so that sock is about a half in shorter in the cuff. Each sock was one skein each. I probably had a total of 1 foot of spare yarn between the two of them.