Green Stockings Craft & Design

October 24, 2013

Pattern Journal: Keener Boots

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Yarn: Bouquet Polar Bulky Wool (Spinrite Yarns); 113g/4oz; 100% Wool (Made in Canada); Dyelot 9/20 (dark royal blue); yardage unlisted (Ravelry listed as 80yds)

Needles: 6.5mm or 10mm (6mm recommended to give 3.5 stitches/5 rows to 1″

Gauge, unfelted:

6.5mm: 2″ = 5 stitches, 7 rows

10mm: 3″ = 6.5 stitches, 9 rows

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October 19, 2012

I’m Not Sure About This Hat

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When my parents brought my sister (age 12) and me (age 15) to England for a few weeks in the summer of 1997 (I think? The 90s are already blurry), the giant novelty plush hat was very much in vogue. My sister bought one with a giant union jack on the front of it, and I think it’s probably still hanging in all its black velour glory in her bedroom at my parents’ place. Well, to be honest, shape wise, it looked like this:

The Tip Top Topper crochet top hat from Lion Brand

The Lion Brand website says “This whimsical hat is fun for everyday or for your Mad Hatter Halloween costume. ”

With the STEAMPUNK! of everything, I can imagine displaying this hat in black or brown (not blaze orange), and on a guy wearing a waistcoat, not on a lady who’s wondering why she’s wearing it. And if you wanted it to be a Mad Hatter hat, wouldn’t you go with something that looked more like a recognizable pop culture Mad Hatter hat? I will concede that the hat is the same colour as Johnny Depp’s hair.

I wouldn’t make it in blaze orange, and I don’t think I’d ever wear it a peacock blue blazer thing, but I kinda want to make one!

October 11, 2012

Halloween -20 Days!

Filed under: Crafting, Events, Nerdliness — Tags: , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 6:39 PM

Not to freak you out, craft land, but there’s only 20 days until Halloween!

Now, there are certainly people who take Halloween more seriously in a crafting way than I do – but, you know, they also decorate for Valentine’s Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Easter… I have a box full of Christmas that gets pulled out on December 1st (or earlier if I can sneak it past Bear), but I don’t think I would be permitted to store a box full of any other holidays (not without getting rid of some of the yarn stash, anyway…). I have seen wicked Halloween décor (pun definitely intended!) across the interwebs, but since it’s just Bear and I at home, and it’s enough of a challenge to keep the house from blowing up from the clutter as it is, any Halloween décor gets saved for handing out candy at my parents’ place.

I actually bothered to join Pinterest (I’m Green Stockings there, too!) specifically to plan my Halloween décor for handing out candy. My sister and I (ok, really, me, but I did a great job of roping her in!) had a massive Halloween display every year, complete with a grave yard and a giant black garbage bag bat. Now all of that has gone the way of the dodo (styrofoam tomb stones only last so much time (+-10 years) in the shed under the porch before they disintegrate completely). Now it’s my hubby and I giving out candy this year, and next we’ll have a wee one in tow!

Our Halloween theme last year was the Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons (an obscure reference, I know, but I’d love you forever if you squeed just then!) Last year the décor consisted of a paper sign on the porch, and my dog in a green sweater. Let’s see if we can’t improve on that this year, shall we? You can see my whole Halloween Inspiration pin board here

Simple ideas that I’m definitely going to replicate:

Window Silhouettes
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199704.0

Thanks to Craftster.org user Knickertwist for this cool idea! My parents have great windows for this, and they’re along the walls that are rarely decorated (my parents live on the corner of the street – the side with the door also has the front yard, so Halloween décor gets clustered there, which is actually the side-street side of their house). Having the window lit up on the main thoroughfare side of the house will be a great addition. Of course, my silhouette design will be a dragon!

Faux Wax Drip Candles
http://stirizsisters.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/toilet-paper-roll-candles.html

Design DNA brings us this awesome tutorial for flame-free wax drip candles, made from toilet and paper towel rolls and hot glue, and with a battery operated tea light in the top. I love this idea, though I’m not super sure how well they will appear in the dark outside – but there always seems to be a point when we move inside and the kids come up the steps to the door, so maybe we’ll have a cluster outside at the door.

Torture the Dog with a Dragon Costume, Costume
http://www.petkaboodle.com/products/items/770/Dogzilla-Dinosaur-Dragon-Halloween-Dog-Costume.htm

This is a costume that’s sold, not crafted, but I figure I can probably manage something like this… I don’t know how well I’ll manage it in the next 20 days, but the dog needs a better winter coat than we’ve got (right now we’ve got a single layer polar fleece cape-like-thing

December 4, 2011

The Christmas is coming! The Christmas is coming!

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It seems very bizarre to have done a bunch of Christmas crafting supply shopping today with Bear, since it literally felt like March outside.  There were puddles and patches of not-quite-green grass all around.  Bear wore his sandals (with socks, I’ve given up) and a sweater, and it’s 8 degrees (Celsius) outside!  On December 4th!  In Montreal!  In Canada!

As usual, this will be a very crafty Christmas for us, and I feel very proud of myself that I actually started the Christmas knitting some time in November.  I posted my Christmas gift list on the Craftster 2011 Christmas to do board (you can read it all here, unless you are related to me and therefore are not allowed to look in case you spoil your Christmas surprise!)

So far, my favourite tutorials for the holidays this year are: Mount Gigantic’s Corrugated Coffee Cup Cozies, and Civil Bitch’s Flying Spaghetti Monster Ornament

April 11, 2010

24hr Make-Along, Day 2

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I made my archery bracer today! (Go-go-gadget, archery gear!!)

It’s purdy. One of the stitching lines is very crooked 😦 So now, I have a quiver, a bracer, and still no glove… notice that I’ve not yet done the hardest, most fail-able task on my list for this weekend?

2.5hours for the quiver yesterday, 3hours this evening on the bracer = 5.5hours total, 6.5hours remaining that I am to put in tomorrow on the glove. I spent a lot of time today on my first bike ride of the year! I went to the sewing notions store for leatherworking tools and thread, and the wind on the way back was arresting – the whole trip took longer than it should have, ah well.

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