.......I know I haven't posted a papercraft item in quite sometime. If you email my sister Sue, she will give you the exact amount of days since my last post. I have been knitting.
Photo from Caron Website
I started knitting a cardigan over a month ago and after knitting for hours my neck began to hurt. I have severe issues with my neck that often result in cervicogenic headaches (very similar to migraines). I did consult with my surgeon and he said knitting was okay.
I am making the Sophia Cardi found online HERE. I am using Caron Simply Soft, color Ocean 9759, less than $3.50 per skein at Walmart. Ocean is a deep teal, teal is my new favorite color!
I am a little bit of a perfectionist and have had to take out a number of rows. I finally figured out that if you put markers between each pattern set, it is much easier to find your mistakes. I also have taken hints from the Big Book of Knitting and from this great website Knitting Help which demonstrates all aspects of knitting. I just hope I used the right tip in the right location.
This pattern uses the Horseshoe and Broken Rib stitches. The front sides and back are made as one piece. I changed the pattern in a few places. Instead of three stitches for the bottom hem and front edges (both left and right), I added two addtional stitches. I used the Seed Stitch instead of the Garter Stitch for the borders.
I have finished the front and back and have begun knitting just the back section. The left and right front stitches are on stitch holders. Hopefully someday, I will finish this and it is nice enough to wear outside my house.
Did you ever have a job description that listed a number of responsibilities and the last one was "Performs related duties as assigned?" My job description as a senior secretary at Kent State University included that description. This was one of my assigned duties.....
WAIT FOR IT!!!
.....turn a bus into a boat.
This is what happens when your employer knows you can sew. Under this ship is an ENTIRE BUS! This boat float was made in the mid 1990's.
I was responsible for:
Creating the pattern
Tracing the pattern
Sewing material to metal frame
Praise the Lord they didn't make me dress up as Gilligan.
I worked in the Campus Bus Service Department. Every other year or so, we gutted the inside of a bus that was no longer usable and created a float for the Homecoming Parade.
Our first float was the magic lamp from the movie Aladdin. We paper mached a bus that was wrapped in chicken wire - what a mess that was. We also created space shuttle and diner restaurant. Phew....glad those days are behind me.
I am often inspired by the many women (mostly women) that share their talents to everyone via the internet. I have created a few tutorials in Adobe PDF and know how much time it takes to create on tutorial. I have not attempted to even make a video to post to YouTube. I use a customized search on YouTube and look every day for videos created with Stampin’ Up! tag lines. I stumbled on these videos this week and I had to create a planner for myself. I decided to make mine an all-occasion planner rather than a Christmas planner.
Check out these two videos by Michelle Suit to see the step-by-step process to make the planner. I did not come up with the planner idea and they are not my videos. Please take the time to “Like” the video and post a comment for Michelle. Videos: Part 1 and Part 2. Please refer to Michelle's video for an explanation on how to put the planner together.
Stampin’ Up! Products
Tangerine Tango cardstock
2 pieces, each measuring 8 1/2" x 11 (Score at 5 1/4" and 5 3/4" along the 11" length)
2 strips each measuring 4" x 1 3/8" (the final measurement after using the Scallop Trim Border punch is 4" x 1")
Flower on envelope
So Saffron cardstock
2 pieces, each measuring 5" x 4 (Score at 1/4", 1/2", 4 1/2" and 4 3/4" along the 5" length and score at 1/4" and 1/2" on one of the remaining sides (I constructed my pockets differently than Michelle)
Front panel embellishment - circle
Old Olive cardstock
Front panel embellishment - scallop circle
1 3/8" circle
Whisper White cardstock
1 1/4" circle
Haiku Designer Series Paper
5" x 8 1/4" to cover the panels. (I covered four panels)
3/8" x 8 1/4" to cover the spines
4" x 1/2" for trim on pockets
5" x 2 1/4" to cover the legal pad (Score at 1" and 1 1/4")
5 1/2" x 4 1/4" to cover envelope
1" x 12" for front panel medallion embellishment
Tangerine Tango and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set
Scallop Trim Border and 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches
Flower Burst Embosslit die
5/8" So Saffron grosgrain ribbon
Multi-purpose Liquid Glue
Envelope - A2 size (5 3/4" x 4 3/8")
Scallop circle die (3 1/4" diameter)
Circle die (2 3/4" diameter)
3/8" coordinating ribbon (similar to Old Olive)
Low-temp hot glue
5" x 7" legal pad
Velcro dots (I placed these behind the legal pad instead of adhesive)
I haven't taste tested these - that is my husband's job. I found the idea on the internet (of course) - they would look better with pretzels shaped in a circle, but my local Walmart didn't have them. Rold Gold does make a bagel pretzel that is in the shape of a circle, I might just have to try them.
Preheat your over to 250 degrees. Place pretzels on a cookie sheet (I am using parchment paper as a liner) and place one Hershey Kiss in the middle of the pretzel. Bake for three to four minutes - don't leave the room. I baked mine for 3 1/2 minutes.
Remove from the oven and gently place one M&M in the middle of each kiss. The kiss will spread out; patience will give you a better looking Kissed Pretzel.