Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Green Cleaning

I've recently been giving alot of thought about the environment (mostly b/c of the BP business that's been in the news lately), about my carbon footprint and just being more "green" in general. I rarly use those plastic bags you get @ the grocery store anymore; I've got alot of knitted market bags. When I do have plastic bags, I use them as trashcan liners and to pick up poop when I walk Poochie. I figure, why buy bags to pick up poop when I can get them for free from Walmart? I've knit the Everlasting Bagstopper from knitty.com quite a few times; mostly out of cheap-o kitchen cotton like Lion Brand Cotton, Peaches n' Creme and a few balls of Rowan Cotton Tape I had lying around.

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(Rowan Cotton Tape, about 5-6 balls, unknown color, US13 needles.)

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(Lion Brand Cotton, color Purple, about 1.5 balls)

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(Peaches n' Creme Cotton, color: Fiesta, 4-5 balls)

I also knit a few Swiffer covers....

Swiffer Cover1

Swiffer Cover2

I used some leftover colors of Peaches n' Creme I had lying around the house.

I've also been making my own laundry detergent from a recipe I got on the internet. I'm hoping to just do my part in helping the environment and also making myself feel good by knitting, sewing and crocheting.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Doggie Bed

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Originally uploaded by Sinnomen1977
Poochie's dog bed is complete (except for sewing in a zipper) and he seems to like it!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lace? Lace? Who's got the lace???

Even tho I've never worn a shawl and very bad @ following charts; I cast on the Shetland Triangle Shawl. I learned quite a few things with this project....

1. How to follow a chart

2. Provisional cast-on

3. Double decreases

4. Using life lines

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This is before blocking....before I did the bind-off.

I also learned that although I didnt think guage was important in a shawl/scarf, etc it is. Because it is quite possible for a shawl not to fit. I used sock yarn (Noro Kureyon Sock in color S102), size US 6 needles and a crap ton of stitch markers. It was looking a bit small on the needles but I thought a severe blocking would fix that. Apparently not. I dont know what happened; I think I may have to pick out the bind-off and the edging rows and knit a few more repeats of the body chart.

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This is it blocking...

In other crafting news, I've been sewing a bed for my doggie, Poochie. I knit a large, pillowcase sized square out of Lion Brand Wool-Ease chunky on size US 13 needles. I cut the pillowcase in half so I'll end up with cotton fabric on one side and knitted fabric on the other and sewed it up on 3 sides. Maybe I can even insert a zipper? We'll see!