Saturday, November 14, 2015

sweater alteration

the sweater

I got a few more items from Aunt J  that  love but need to alter.  This sweater with the beautiful dark red color is one of them.  The problem is the little upside down v shape in the front of the hemline.  when I raise my hand to brush my hair out of my eyes (which I do a lot!) my belly shows. If I was 20 years younger (and 20 pounds lighter) it may not bother me so much.  But as it is...

the lace
I've been wanting to work with lace for a while now.  I'm turning 40 in a couple weeks and I've noticed my tastes have changed.  I'm trying to dress like an adult (my husband's words, not mine).  So I thought this might be a good opportunity to do so.  I couldn't find a wide band of lace at our local WalMart so I had to make some.  Knitting is tedious and time consuming so I decided to crochet it instead. I wish I had thread that matched the color of the sweater but I didn't so I used white.  White goes with everything, right? I found the pattern for this lace on Pinterest, which linked to this page.  I wasn't sure how much to make, but I wanted to possibly go around the sleeves to tie it together so I made more than I thought I needed.  It's a good thing I did!

I used the crochet thread that I made the lace with to sew it by hand to the inside hem of the sweater.  I used a small yarn needle.  It doesn't have a sharp point to snag on the threads and it has an eye big enough for the thread to go through easily.  First I turn the sweater inside out, then I slightly stretched the fabric before inserting the needle through 2 little threads at a time then back through the lace. I probably shouldn't have done that because being the hem of a sweater, it won't be stretching at all so the lace didn't need to have room to move.  If I had left it alone I may have had enough left over to go around the sleeves like I had planned.  It turns out that I had exactly enough to go around the bottom!

finished! you can see that "V" now

I wasn't planning on a ruffle, but I do like it as it turns out.  I think a tiny bit of skin still shows, but I'm much less self-conscious about it now.  Yesterday I wore another of Aunt J's sweaters and it was cut a bit high also.  I'm working on another strip of lace (my own design this time) to put around the bottom of it.  Do you alter your clothing?  I'm rather new to this but I'm having loads of fun!



Wednesday, November 4, 2015


I have been wanting to make a Morbo from Futurama for quite some time..  My husband likes him and I like doing things for him.  I've made him a few stuffed amigurumis, but guys don't like a lot of stuffed animals as a general rule (at least in my experience) so I thought I'd make a blanket for him.  From this graph I created this blanket for him.  It's small, just enough to cover his lap, but he likes it.  I'm pretty pleased with it myself. What do you think?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Rubik's cube throw instructions

Materials needed: H hook, around 1 skein each Red Heart yellow, orange, red, blue, white, green (shades of your choice) and around 2 skeins black, yarn needle

Gauge: 7 dc and 4 rows = 2 inches

Finished size: appx 44" x 60 "

Make 9 of each color:
With block color, chain 23. Dc in 3rd chain from hook. Dc in each chain to end.  (22 dc)
2. Ch 2, turn. Dc in each dc to end.
Repeat row 2 until you have a square (I made 9 rows, but I could have made 10 because if you look closely, the color blocks aren't perfectly square). Fasten off at the end of last row.

Turn, Attach black to corner with sl st. ch 3. 2 more dc in same corner.  Dc in each dc across, putting 5 dc in corner stitch.  Turn work 90° to work along side of block. Put 1 dc around the top row's dc, then put 2 dc around he end of each row till you get to the bottom row.  Put 1 dc in bottom row's dc. Put 5 dc in corner. Turn to work across bottom of block.  Dc in each dc to end. 5 dc in last stitch, turn to work along edge. Repeat first edge , but put 2 dc in beginning corner. Join with sl st, fasten off.

With black, sew blocks together.  You may decide to mix up your blocks like a scrambled Rubik's cube. If you do this, I'd love a photo!  When all blocks are sew together, go around outside edge with black using dc (5 in the corners!) just as you did for the color blocks.

I also sewed a sheet to the back of mine because I made it for my son and he dislikes afghans or "blankets with holes" so I wanted to make him more comfortable.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wisconsin Badgers graph

I haven't made this one myself, it was a special request graph and I'm hoping to get a finished photo of it when the customer finishes it. If you'd like a copy of the graph send an email to with your request.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Detroit Lions graph

Please email for your pdf, no charge!
 Completed project not made by me.  Thanks for the photo, Elaine!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pattern tester wanted

Forgive me the camera phone photo! I made this for my niece's birthday in November and would like to post the pattern for sale but need a few people to test the pattern for me before I do. Any takers?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oklahoma Sooners graph

This is a graph made by special request to be a 3 x 4 ft throw.  Using a J hook and 1 sc per square, this should be quick to work up!  Let me know if you try it, and I'd love to see a finished photo if you do.

If you would like the pdf of the graph, send an email to with your request and I'll get it to you! The photo here is shrunk so it won't print out properly (blogger does that to photos, not me!).

*Tip: work this graph from the long size to avoid all the color changes in the lettering at the bottom occurring in the same few rows.  Lettering like this makes lots of tangles when you do it all at once.  Much more user friendly to work it from the side and finish the S before starting the O, etc.

Good luck and have fun!