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Re~Skirt or What to do with Old Jeans

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Finally! A yarnie post for you! I know, I’ve had a lot of family photos and stories to share lately. Time for yarn!!

First, I promised you a while back that I would share how I have been taking my photos as of late. I have had several people ask how to get good pattern photos indoors, without good daylight. So here is my pattern photo corner in my basement.

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I hung a piece of light blue linen from a joist with a few thumb tacks. When I need a table top, I roll my desk chair over, toss a bin lid across the arm rests, and drape the linen over top of that. When I need the dress form, I just stick that in front of the linen. There is very little natural light that comes into this section of my basement. However, there is a large and bright light right there, and it works well for me. I use the close~up setting on my camera, and then just snap a bunch of photos. Having a decent camera helps, though mine is not top of the line…or all that new…but it certainly does it’s job.

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Here is the picture I got from the set up I just showed you. As you can see, it works just fine! I do tend to make some edits on Picasa, but not much.

Now I have a new fun project to share with you.

I tend to wear jeans until they can not be worn any more. Some people wear out the knees first, I wear out the inner thighs. Does this happen to you as well? I’m sure the smaller you are, the less it happens; but for those of us in double digit sizes, this tends to happen.

Old-Jeans

It seemed a shame to toss these jeans into a box for some future use, when I liked them so. And I have been on a skirt kick lately, so I decide it was time to transform them!

Ready-to-make-a-skirt

I cut off the inseam and outseam, cutting on both sides so the seams were totally gone. I then cut a bit more from the crotch area on both halves, so that they would lay flat. This took a few tries as I did not want to cut too much off. I just cut a bit, then laid it on the table to see if it was flat, then cut a bit more until it worked.

Shortened-the-legs

I decided I wanted to put a crochet border on the bottom, so I cut a few extra inches off the bottom. The extra bits were tossed in my “Jean Scraps” box. Those things come in handy! If I had thought about shortening the jeans before cutting them apart I could have cut the bottom few inches off first, then sewn the cut edges shut to make two bags. Just add a strap, a button loop, and a button, and maybe a fringy bit off the bottom, and you have a cute little bag!!

Inset-in-progress

I have some great spring colors of Red Heart Super Saver that seemed just perfect for this project! What you see above is the start of the wedge I will put in the center front, and then I will make another for the center back. I will then make 2 more for the sides that start with a top that is an inch or two wide to account for the bits of the jeans that I cut out at the waist. I am making the wedges knit, and then I will add a lacey crochet bottom. I love mixing my stitching! I will also crochet a belt to go with my skirt.

I will keep posting photos through this project.

rug-in-progress

I am also crocheting a rug with 3 strands of Red Heart Super Saver and other like yarns from my giant bin o’ acrylic worsted weight yarn. I will write this pattern up and share it with you at some point. For those of you who are brave enough to give it a go without a traditional pattern, here is a quickie:

Chain 3, hdc into first chain, turn, hdc, sc, hdc in the first hdc. Then each row starts with 2 hdc in the first st (you can use a ch 2 for the first hdc, or a chainless starting hdc) then sc across, and 2 hdc in last st. For the “fancy” rows: (1 hdc, ch1, skip 1) across, then for the next row, 2 hdc in each ch-1 sp. Remember to increase on both ends! The other “fancy” row is just 2 rows of shell stitch: 3dc in first st, skip 2, (sc, skip 2, 5dc in next st, skip 2) across, both rows, on the second row the dcs are worked in the scs, and the scs are worked in the center of the 5dc shells. You may need to get a bit creative on the ends. I am making 4 rows of sc between the “fancy” rows.

Silly-Blue-Girl

This past weekend we took the girls to Disney on Ice. We got great prices on the tickets through the Girl Scouts. Kyla was feeling the need to be a blue princess ballerina. She was in quite the goofy mood!

Daddy's-Slippers

Every morning I tell the girls to put on socks or slippers before coming downstairs. This morning Kyla got up before me and came downstairs with bare feet. When I came downstairs she was cleaning up her breakfast like this. Silly girl.

Attaching-Patches!

 In really cool and fun new, I have a pattern in All Free Crochet’s top 100 patterns of 2013!

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It is my Owlette Lovey pattern. The sample seen in the pattern (named Owlivia) was donated to the children of the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken, along with many other handmade stuffed toys from the Craft Hope project just after Super Storm Sandy.

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That’s all for now. Time to get hooking on that rug!

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Angela Pattern is FINALLY done!!!

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It is finally here, the Angela knit shrug pattern!

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Look, I even made one for myself!

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This fun knit pattern goes all the way up to a generous size 4/5X.

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And it goes all the way down to a size XS.

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It is only $3.00! There are many photos in the pattern to help along the way. There is also a link to my video tutorials to help you out with the provisional cast on. As always, the pattern can be purchased through my stores online at Ravelry, Craftsy, or Etsy. I love to see photos of your creations, so come on over and join my Facebook group. Don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page as well so you know whenever I have a sale, and other fun happenings!

Oh, one last plug, if you are interested in testing patterns for me ~ knit or crochet ~ join my testing group. I have a few really great and reliable testers, but I would love to find more!

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What’s up, Buttercup?

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Just a quick update for you all before I call it a night. It has been a LONG day!

I had a nice Sunday at InsaniTea. I have been trying to kick this virus/bug/thing that I got from the girls, so I asked Ingrid to make me up some of her special tea mix to take home. Even the name makes me feel better!

Ingrid's-special-tea

If you can’t read that, it says “HAPPY HAPPY FUN TIME FEEL BETTER TEA”

On Friday both the girls were especially proud of the outfits they chose for school, and they wanted me to take their pictures to share with you. Kyla was feeling very pink. She likes to choose a color and go with it head to toe. I am fond of the patterned socks with the cute shoes!

Pretty-in-pink-Kyla

Then there is my little spooky girl. Vada just loves anything Halloween. She wears Halloween clothes year round, and is proud! Some people think I am odd letting my kids pick their own clothes at this age. I think it’s nice for them to be able to express themselves! I do edit when needed. For example, Vada is wearing black tight shorts under her skirt because I made her go upstairs and put them on. I don’t let them go to school with a skirt that is above the knees unless they have tights or tight pants/shorts underneath. I don’t want them to be distracted in school by having to worry about not flashing their underwear. Kids this age love underwear jokes, so why take a chance?

Halloween-or-not-Vada

Remember when I showed you that long~legged doll that we were given with some hand~me~down toys? Well, she is become a favorite of Vada’s. We even had to give her a name. After much deliberation, she has been named…

Buttercup!

Well, Buttercup’s dress didn’t fit very well. It bugged me. Vada is so attached to her, I thought she deserved a dress that fit. So I found some crochet thread in Vada’s favorite colors, and made her a new dress.

Buttercup's-new-dress

Well, that’s all I have in me this evening. It’s been a long day! (5 loads of laundry, built lifts for the bed frame, cleaned the garage a bit, made Buttercup’s dress, and did all that Mommy stuff I do every day) I think my bed is calling…

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Some knit tests and a finished project

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Well I am testing a few patterns now. The deadline for both is February 24th. As always, I am running the tests on Ravelry.

First is a project I have been showing you sneaks of for a while now:

new-knit-ruffle-skirt

This is the Wendy skirt. The pattern is for child small all the way to adult 5X. This one is a child small, made for Vada for Christmas. I have another in the works for Kyla. Sorry it is model~less, but I didn’t want to spoil the surprise! All the test details can be found here.

The next one may be a bit familiar. I didn’t get enough testers the first time around, so I am testing Paula again.

Paula-Poncho-knit

The Paula poncho is in sizes XS to 5X. You can find all the details here.

Crochet-Hook-Case

Remember when I told you I was making something I needed? Well here it is.

Crocheted-Hook-Case

A hook case that rolls both ways to be closed or to give access to the hooks.

Crocheted-Hook-Case

I’m not all too thrilled with the finished project. I am going to have to make some adjustments.

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Once I do, I will have a free tutorial for you!

Vada-has-style

Vada’s outfit this morning was too cute not to share.

Well, we have to run to a Daisy meeting. I hope to have a tutorial (not the case) for you tomorrow.

Nighty~Night

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How is it after 4 already?

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Ever have one of those days? I can look back and see I did a lot, but I still feel like I got nothing done. I want to have everything I have already made posted in my Etsy shop, I want to release my next pattern (it just needs a few photos added in, and the cover page finished), I want to finish the small pile of sale items I have that need to be finished, and I want to get all that into my stop as well. I want to do all this by this weekend, when I will be spending Sunday at a friend’s studio selling items there.

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Yet so far today I have gotten none of that done. At least yesterday I made a case for my patterns.

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It’s made from an old fruit crate that a neighbor had put on the curb to go out with the garbage.

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I also did manage to get about 1/3 of my medieval style aprons in my Etsy shop. I still have a ways to go on that, though.

embroidered-aprons

Yesterday evening we had a bit of a science lesson here.

static-experiments

Those balloons are not up there from helium.

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I showed the girls how to make them stick.

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A good time was had by all!

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This morning Vada showed off her new bed head.

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We drove to school this morning because it was raining, and when I got back to the car after dropping them off, I noticed I had a flat. So, off to Pete’s I went (luckily Pete’s is only a few blocks from the school, and just around the corner from my house.)

I walked in, “Pete, I have a flat.”
“Everyone is here this morning. Where are you going?” (there were a lot of people trying to pick up there cars this morning)
“Exit 135 of the parkway”
*sigh* “Give me the keys and go home, if it’s that flat, I should look at it to see if there’s a leak. Come back in half an hour.” He may seem like a grouch, but he’s really a great guy.

I walked the minute walk back home. OK maybe a minute and a half. I managed to get the dishwasher loaded and going and did a bit of cleaning, then back to Pete for my car.

He couldn’t find anything wrong with the tire. He said they were all low, and it is possible that the flat one may have a very slow leak, but sometimes if they are a bit low when the cold comes they just go flat from the cold. He was a bit more science~y then that, but it was early and I hadn’t had my coffee yet. I grabbed my purse, and he said “Not a word, get in your car and go away.” I really love Pete.

So I grabbed some gas at Pete’s gas station, and off to Daisy leadership training I went. I got a bit lost on the way, but got there just in time.I finally got home at 1:30. I had just enough time to eat lunch, empty out the dishwasher, and get a load of laundry going before I had to get the girls. Then there was homework, and before I knew it, it was after 4 already. By the time I post this it will be time to start dinner.

So that was my crazy day today. Daisy training was fun. I can’t wait to get the troupe going! Maybe after dinner I’ll get some of the Etsy stuff done.

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Ooops, forgot to title this one!

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Celebrate cyber week, and extend small business Saturday by shopping at my on line stores! *plus, I could use some help with the bills ;^)* Use coupon code “Holiday” to receive 15% off your entire order in my Etsy store. ALSO: all patterns in my Craftsy and Ravelry stores will be marked down 20%, there is no way to make coupons for those two sites, so I have changed the prices for the patterns for the course of the sale. This sale will run through New Year’s Day. That way you can take advantage of the sale for Holiday gifts, or you can buy yourself goodies with your Holiday money.

Infinity-Cowls

There are lots of new goodies at JessieAtHome.com. There will be more coming in the next few days as well.

Chain-Infinity-Cowls

These cozy necklace/neck warmers do what you all know I love: mix form and function! I always loose my scarf when I am out, and with these you just double them up for warmth when outside, then drop all or some of the layers for a stylish necklace once you have reached your destination. No scarf searching when it is time to leave, just double back up again and out you go!

arm-warmers

Speaking of form and function. You know I am a fan of Katwise, who inspired my Kat coat pattern. I have once again been inspired by lovely Kat to create these fun arm warmers. Though I love the funkiness of the outside seams, you can certainly turn them about to put the seams inside!

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Lots of flowers in the store, as well.

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On a family note, here are a few of the latest snaps of the girls. Kyla is chasing Vada around the table in the photo above. Kyla is screaming “Hug, I want a hug!!”

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Here is Vada with her toilet paper pumpkin wearing her pilgrim hat. Isn’t her hair cute?

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Today Vada’s friend was having a movie theatre birthday party. Kyla was allowed to go, so Doug took the two of them. I had my yarn day at InsaniTea. Just before I left I took these pictures of Vada wearing the hat and scarf set I made for her little friend.

this-can't-be-good

When I got home, this is what I found in the upstairs bathroom. Vada seems to have a scissor issue.

Vada's-new-hair-back

I did my best to fix it. The back was this short when she was done, with just a few stragglers an inch or so longer. Doug did brush her hair before they went to the party, but didn’t notice it was about 6 inches shorter then it used to be.

Vada's-new-hair-side

She had cut just a bit of her “bangs,” and a tiny piece around her left ear. However, it was enough that I had to cut it all down to even it out.

Vada's-new-hair-front

She was rather annoyed that I “fixed” her work. No, that is not a bald spot, her hair just parts like that, which looks a bit odd with such short hair.

Well, it’s past my bedtime, and I still have a few things to do before I turn in, so I will say good night, my friends.

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Paula Poncho Knit Test!

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Remember my accidental poncho? Well, I named her Paula and her pattern is ready to be tested.
Find all the info on testing this pattern in my Ravelry group here.

Paula-Poncho-knit

Due to the discovery of lice on Kyla on Thursday, we had a lazy weekend at home. Thursday evening included a few hours of me cleaning off the lice, and the weekend was full of lots of laundry  We kept both girls home on Friday, and have been checking them both every morning and every evening. We took them into school early today and they were both cleared by the nurse to come back.

pajama-craft-party

Vada took the weekend at home as an opportunity to wear pajamas none stop, and get crafty.

Vada's-vampire-mask

She made this vampire mask entirely on her own except for the eye holes. She asked for help with that. I also moved up the strap she made, because she had it taped behind the nose, which was a bit low. I was so impressed with her creativity!

Kyla's-pretty-crown

Kyla made this adorable little crown!

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Vada also raided the hair drawer and fixed her own hair. So cute.

attacking-Daddy

Kyla decided it was time for some serious Daddy wrestling  Before she begin, she put on a cardigan. Not sure why, but it seemed to be her uniform.

mmm-chocolate-tea

I had a nice afternoon at InsaniTea yesterday. Ingrid recently got chocolate tea. It is so yummy with some sugar and vanilla soy milk. The only time I drink soy milk is when I use vanilla soy in my tea. It’s really good. You can get little drink box sized cartons. They are shelf stable until you open them, so you don’t have to worry about it going bad and wasting money if you don’t use much.

Oh, and yes, I picked out the chocolate mug for my chocolate tea. I also had chocolate peanut butter cake as well. Mmmm.

Starting-a-new-project

Here is a sneak peak at what I was working on yesterday. This will be a free pattern I hope to post in the next few days.

I also hope to post another test this week for the blue Christmas gift I have been teasing you with for the last few days.

Have a great week, my friends!!!

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