Fall has arrived in Oregon and there’s a chill in the air. My hands get cold easily so I made this mouse muffler to keep my hand warm while I’m surfing online this coming winter. If you live in an especially cold climate you can line it with fabric to make it even warmer.
For those of us who are afraid of real knitting because, you know, it takes forever and it’s so easy to mess up. There is a way to create something with the warm, inviting feeling of something knitted without most of the cons that come with doing it yourself. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it: arm knitting. This technique uses your own arms as the “needles,” creating large loops that generate quickly and seamlessly. This is great project for a cold, Netflix-binge-watching day when all you want to do is be productive while sitting on your butt.
I love blankets, but why do they cost 30 bucks a pop? I bought a beautiful one from Target that was my first apartment warming gift to myself, but the lovely, chunky, ombre blue and white knitted throw quickly became my kitty’s absolute favorite thing in the apartment and I lost ownership of it forever. Now it sits on the floor of his favorite hiding place, covered in his fur for the rest of its life. So I decided to make one that was sort of similar using the arm knitting technique, and I’m really happy with how it turned out!
I have too many t-shirts. My t-shirt drawer over flows with a multitude of colors and baggy fits that I never actually find time or the occasion to wear. My mom has constantly over the years asked me to toss some of these shirts out to create space for clothes that might actually see the light of day. Unfortunately for my dresser, I’m much to sentimental and practical to just toss out a t-shirt. Instead of wasting these memories and fabric I’ve been on the search for something to do and create with my old t-shirts. One craft trend that has emerged and has given my old t-shirts a new purpose and a new life is t-shirt yarn. There’s a number of options for this new medium of yarn and I’m excited by the possibilities I have found so far.
This cute bag is great for your local farmer’s market and great for re-purposing an old t-shirt. The project only takes four different materials and looks like a fun and easy project to whip up. The t-shirt yarn makes for a perfect material for this project as it will stretch to fit your items.
Want to make a special present for that beloved furball in your life? While this cat bed won’t guarantee your can’t won’t nap all over the house (mine loves sleeping on my computer) it will give your cat a special place to sleep all her own.
Want to knit like a Viking? Recently I had the pleasure of researching nalebinding for a school project. Nalebinding, also called Nalbinding or Viking knitting, is a fiber technique that predates both knitting and crochet. Egyptian socks from the 4th century were made using nalebinding. The Vikings also used nalebinding to create textiles and now you can too.