Friday, May 23, 2014

Knitted Hair Bows

Hands down, knitting these little bows, has to be my favourite project so far. It involves my biggest stress reliever activity : knitting, and especially uncomplicated knitting. I remember from a very young age, I could fill my hours doing nothing but knitting. The end result however wasn't  much, as all I wanted to do was knit straight lines. And if someone asked what I was knitting, I would simply say its something for my pet cat Kitty.

These bows are simpler than what I have ever done. From the scrap yarn, I knit small rectangular pieces(all rows purl), as shown below.

Then pinch it from the center and tie a thread around the middle. As simple as that.

On the back, either glue the clip, or stick it in through the center thread. From experience, glue works better, especially if the bows are worn by kids. As soon as my daughter realizes she has a bow in her hair, she wants to check it out immediately, and so the pulling begins. In such cases, glued clip holds better.

For variety, I tried another set with Seed stitch(R1 : knit one, purl one stitch, R2: purl one , knit one). And for the center, instead of a thread, knit a narrow string in a contrasting color.

Hope you get some ideas from this to use the left over yarn.

Update: I finally got a pic of Miss M modelling with one of the bows.

And soon she realizes that there is a bow in her head, and the pulling starts.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mason Jar Terrarium

This Friday was the last day of school, and we decided to thank the teachers at my son's school with these Mason Jar Terrariums. Both my kids had fun assembling these.

Except for the succulents, we had all the material from the Dinosaur Terrarium that we made 3 years back. We followed the basic directions of the terrarium as mentioned here. Kids enjoyed hunting for the moss in the yard for the project, which we added in addition to the Hens and Chicks succulent. 

I added a garden twine to hang the mason jars. Followed the directions here for hanging with twine.  To make the twine secure around the jar, I used E6000 glue.

For our own home, we made 2 planters out of it along with the terrarium, for the kitchen window.

 Thanks to all the wonderful teachers out there!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Peasant Dress


I think all my posts can start with: 'I am finally back with another post'. It might seem like I am not upto much these days, but the truth is, I enjoy working on my projects so much more than blogging about it. This brings me back to thinking, why I started this blog hmm.. 

Between this post and my last post, I have worked on so many projects, but its too late(or boring?) to post about most.  But I will definitely be back with my son's 5th Birthday post soon. Between multiple laptop crashes, and switching to PC from MAC, transferring of pictures(not complete), mixed with my laziness, it keeps getting postponed. 

Probably I need to explore on how to blog from my iphone, while directly uploading pics from it. So many steps eliminated. 

Anyway, back to the original topic of this post. A peasant dress for my little monster.She is growing up super fast. With summer here, I am sewing a lot of simple dresses for her. What could be simpler and cuter than a peasant dress. A pillowcase dress? But that's for another post (if I ever get to it).

I followed this tutorial from sewmuchado. I had earlier used this tutorial to make a dress for M while I was pregnant with her. Here is a picture of M when she was just few days old in her peasant dress. Those days are a blur now.

I wish time would go by little slower so I could enjoy each stage of my super strong willed girl, a bit more, oh and sew (and maybe blog) tons of more dresses for her. 

Happy Sewing!
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