Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Polymer Clay Video Tutorial: Smeeps!

I hope you guys enjoy this one, I had a lot of fun making it!

Here's a link to my channel, until I can set up button for easy access:


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Video: Time Lapse

Here's a fun little video where I finish some DPN holders and pack them up in record time.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Etsy Shop is Live!

I had so much fun sewing the DPN holders for my last tutorial, that I decided to whip up a whole bunch more and list them for sale in my Etsy shop, opened today!

If you don't feel like sewing your own, head on over and have a gander. All of these are fully interfaced on both the exterior and interior pieces, pre-washed, and I added a twill tape ribbon tab so you can hang it up for easy storage or use a clip to secure it to your project bag.

Stay tuned for future updates. Hopefully I will continue to add more DPN Holders in different patterns, as well as notions pouches, project bags (maybe), and possibly even a skein of handspun yarn from time to time.

Happy knitting, y'all!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tutorial: Double-Pointed Needle Keeper

Have you seen these nifty needle holders or "cozies"? After seeing a few pop up on various Instagram feeds and knitting podcasts, I decided to try to make one. Here's what I came up with for my 6-inch double-pointed needles. If your needles are longer or shorter, just add or subtract an inch from the length (8.5 x 4.5 for 7-inch needles, 9.5 x 4.5 for 8-inch needles, etc.)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: approximately 7 x 2 inches

2 pieces of fabric 7.5 x 4.5 inches: one lining and one exterior
2 sets of snaps (I use KAM snaps)
snap press
optional: label & fabric interfacing of your choice
1/4 inch seam allowance

 First, I interfaced my exterior piece, then, with right sides of both pieces facing, sewed one long side of my rectangle. Press open your seam or press to one side.

If attaching a label, now is the time to do that. I put mine on the lining piece.

Now, sew down the other long side of the rectangle with right sides facing. Next, line up the two seams and press.

Sew across one short side the entire length, backstitching when you start and stop. On the opposite side, only stitch down your exterior fabric, stopping just past the middle seam as indicated in the picture below. Be sure to backstitch here.

Use your iron and press in the side with the turning hole 1/4 inch. This will make your life easier in a few minutes. 

Now, clip your corners and trim seams. Turn right side out through the opening and press.

Hand-stitch the side opening closed. You could use your machine here, but the hole is so small that it takes no time at all and looks much better this way.

It should look something like this when you're done:

Turn the lining inside  and press.

Use a pen to mark where the snaps will go. I used disappearing ink, but it really doesn't matter since it will be covered. I marked 1.25 inches in from the side, and 1/2 inch up from the bottom.

Use your awl to punch holes in the fabric where you marked.

Apply snaps with a snap press. I used size 20 KAM snaps with a KAM snap press. This is a pretty reputable brand, used by most cloth diaper makers. These are easy to find on Amazon and Etsy in all the colors of the rainbow. You can also find similar snaps at most big box craft stores, though the selection is much smaller.

Insert your work-in-progress and enjoy keeping your work nice and tidy!

If you use this tutorial, please tag me on Instagram (@thenomeknitter) or use the hashtag #thenomeknitter
 I'd love to see what you make!

Edited 4/13/16 to add:

Since I posted this tutorial, I have made literally hundreds of these little DPN holders. One tip I have is to cut the lining fabric 1/4 inch shorter than the exterior fabric. Your lining piece would be 7.5 x 4.25 for 6-inch needles. This helps the lining snug up inside a little better. I also recommend applying interfacing to both pieces, my favorite is Pellon SF101. Happy sewing and knitting!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Minor Sweater Surgery: Fledgling Featherweight

This year, I've decided my goal is to knit and spin through all the yarn in my stash before I buy anything new. First thing on my list is to finish any unfinished objects hiding out in my closet. Last May I started knitting the fledgling featherweight by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot. This little cardigan was top priority as little people grow rather quickly, and who knows how much longer Sadie will be able to wear it. I knit the size 2, and the pattern is sized from age 2 to 12 years.

I put it away months ago when I only had one sleeve cuff and the collar band left to knit. I was frustrated because I didn't like the way the cuffs were knitting up. It was so sloppy and uneven and I was dropping stitches all over the place. The gauge was so loose that it was difficult to easily fix mistakes, or see them for that matter. I knit the body of the garment with size 6 Addi Turbo Lace needles which seemed to work well with the looser gauge the pattern requires. The problem happened when I switched to my Clover bamboo DPNs (double-pointed needles) to knit the sleeves in the round. You can see from the picture above a distinct line on the sleeve where the stitches begin to look a lot sloppier than the rest of the garment, especially the cuff ribbing.  

After washing and blocking the cardigan, I realized there was only one solution: re-knit the cuffs. 

I picked up stitches in the row directly below the ribbing.

I cut off the bind-off row and carefully unraveled back to my needles. This was not easy as the yarn, Malabrigo Lace Merino, is extremely sticky, especially after washing it. I then reknit the cuff with size 3 DPNs from Knit Picks in their rainbow wood. I used fresh yarn to knit these as the yarn I unraveled was felted and fuzzy and no longer very pretty. Not a big deal as I had plenty of yarn left. 

Huge difference, and I'm much happier with the result. 

Both cuffs re-knit with the waste yarn I cut off.

Oh, what a difference 3 needle sizes makes. It also had a lot to do with the slickness (or lack thereof) of the different types of needles. I have to say that at this point in my knitting journey, I definitely prefer nickel-plated needles to wood. Knit Picks rainbow wood needles aren't bad as they are a lot slicker than some of the plain bamboo ones out there. 

Great fit on my 28-lb 2-year-old. 

Yarn is Malabrigo Lace Merino in Damask Rose.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I was going to wait until I'd finished knitting this Sockhead hat (free pattern on Ravelry) before posting this, but at this rate, I figured I'd go ahead and post or I never would. I'll try to add an updated picture once I finish. 

I used Jacquard Acid dyes and Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering yarn.

I have to give credit to djinnj of YouTube. I watched her video Dyepot Confidential, which gave me the idea. She also has an Etsy shop, Light Brown Hare, where she sells her hand-dyed yarns. 

First of all, I mixed my dye solution. I used 1 teaspoon of dye powder per 1 cup of water. The colors I  used were: Sky Blue (621), Yellow Sun (601), Fire Red (618) and Jet Black (639). I used white vinegar to set the dye. 

I used an old medicine dispenser to measure out the dye solution using ml. 

I twisted the yarn into a 2.25-yard skein and left it like this during soaking and also during the first step of the dyeing.

1. I added 20 ml of yellow to the dye pot.

After applying the yellow, I gently squeezed out the water, untwisted the skein, and retwisted it so some of the un-dyed yarn was exposed. 

2.) I added 16 ml of red. In my notes, I wrote this was too much, maybe half this amount would suffice. Probably because the dye water never turned clear. Because of this, I changed the water before adding the next color. 

I removed the skein, squeezed it out, untwisted, then I gently tied 3 slipknots.

3.) I added 30 ml of blue to the pot. 

My pan is shallow, and the water doesn't cover all of the yarn.

After removing the yarn from the blue pot, I squeezed it out (gently, of course!) untied the slip knots, and retied it into a single overhand knot. 

4.) Finally, I added 30 ml of black to the pot. I wrote in my notes maybe 20 ml would have sufficed. Always better to add less in the beginning because you can't take it away later. 

As you can see, not all of the yarn is submerged. I honestly can't remember if I stirred it a bit or left it this way. 

Before and after the addition of black:

That's how I did it. Cheers!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Finished Object: Eole for Girls Cardigan

Earlier this summer, we visited Guthrie, Ok and made a stop at the local yarn shop, Sealed With a Kiss.

They were having a sale.

This tub was filled with knitted samples, all discounted. Some gorgeous stuff in there. Can I climb in?

The bench outside the shop.

I got to browse the shop while he kept the little one occupied.

I found some discontinued yarn that was 70% off, so I bought a toddler's sweater's worth, and a sweater's worth for me. It's 100% wool, 8ply, DK weight. This should be a hard-wearing wool that won't pill easily. The only downside of buying a discontinued yarn is that if I run out, it will be really hard to find more. I bought all the remaining Lilac and Grey balls that they had left.

Four months later, I cast on the Eole for Girls cardigan.

It has the cleverest design; I love the unique increases on the sleeves, with its windmill pattern.

The sweater is finished with an I-cord bind-off around the entire edging. It took some fiddling with a lot of different needles, but I managed it.

Here it is finished and blocking.

And on my happy little model.