Salihan Crafts

Need help sewing in sleeves onto your sweater?

I’ve got a cheap and easy solution to help you seam your knitted sweater pieces together. I’m very sure someone has thought of this idea before but I have not come across it in any book or blog recently. So I thought I’ll share it here.

Well, ever heard of Knit Klips? They are clips that help you align your items together before sewing up. Cool product but quite expensive for my minimalist budget. So I bought a pack of 8 small butterfly hair clips for $2 instead. Cheap as chips!

Seaming up tools

I aligned the sleeve opening to the armhole and used the butterfly clips to hold them in place. As you can see, using the butterfly clips makes realigning easy peasy. You can tweak to your heart’s content without having to undo any sewing.

Clip edges together

Then I just sew the edges into place, removing the clips as I get to them. For seaming the sleeves onto the jacket, you can’t go wrong with the mattress stitch. This Knitting Help video is excellent if you’re not familiar with this finishing method.

Seaming using mattress stitch

And that’s it! Here are my sleeves sewn onto my almost finished jacket. I have the collar to knit and buttons to sew on. The next step is to pick up stitches along the neckline. Does anyone have any tips to ensure my stitches are evenly spaced and I have the right number of stitches at the end?

Sleeves sewn on!

P.S. That’s right ladies. I’m wearing my pajama top underneath my half finished jacket! The sheepish face should give you a clue that it’s the end of the day and smiling is not feeling natural anymore. Zzzz…

P.P.S. If you like my happy green sewing-up needle, I have them at my shop here. Lots of new products recently added! Plus, free shipping worldwide. Yay!

P.P.P.S. Get those WIPS finished this weekend. You’d thank yourself for it later. Happy sewing! :)

Charlie’s Firsts

My baby eclectus parrot, Charlie, has had quite a rollercoaster ride the short few weeks he’s been with us. He’s still settling in and so are we! I’m still getting used to preparing food for him and getting him to come out to play. It’s a new experience for all of us!

Here are a couple of videos showing the exciting new things he has been up to. The first one is of him making a big mess while having dinner at the dining table. The second video is of his first shower!

Video 1

Video 2

We are seeing an avian vet today to give him his first check-up. Exciting!

On the knitting side, I have almost, almost finished knitting the second sleeve on the ribbed jacket! I also have a lot of other news to share with you and I will reveal them through the week. Stay tuned!

Kiwi Giveaway

Would you to win these cute New Zealand goodies? There’s NZ fabrics, chocolates, a tomato sauce bottle and a tea towel. What more can a girl ask for?

Pop on over to cute and crafty Kiwi at Heart and leave a comment. Open to all. Yay!

Good luck! :)

Organic Hot Water Bottle?

Since the snuggie didn’t get much support in the last post, I’ve decided to go organic and use my darling cat as a hot water bottle to stay warm. I’m carrying her around like she’s a celebrity pooch in Hollywood. Like, she’s my BFF, you know. :P

Cuddly cat

Oh and if you drop by during the day, please excuse the dressing gown and flanelette pajamas. I thought I’ll just stay in them all day since they’re warm, cuddly and soft. If I’m not going out, I’m not getting changed. I may carry my pet around, but it’s not really The Hills here!

Baby, it’s cold inside!

It’s cold! My house won’t warm up and neither will my fingers and toes. I had the heaters on during the day and wore fingerless gloves indoors! Outrageous! It’s the coldest winter in 3 years and boy, am I feeling it today. So much so that I have been seriously contemplating buying a snuggie!

Should I? Shouldn’t I? Hmmm…

I know I can make one. But seriously, why would I spend months crocheting this…

Image and free pattern from Coats and Clark

… or knitting this?

Image and free pattern from Bernat

Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should. Right? It will be warm again when I finish it! Although I must admit that the knitted snuggie does look pretty cozy. No no no… Must resist… must resist…

How about you?
Are you pro- or anti- snuggie?
What do you think of those handmade ones?

P.S. Knitting party went really well yesterday! But I forgot to take pics and was too busy chatting about fibre that I didn’t do much knitting. I’ll try to take pics next time though.

P.P.S. I compensated for loss knitting time yesterday and spent a good few hours knitting today. Happy to report that I’m halfway through my second sleeve. Yay! Hope you had a great weekend!

Party Time!

I have a few girls coming over for some knit and natter on Sunday. So I brought home some yarn from work aka Ecoyarns for us to fondle and oogle over.

I brought home some organic wool, cotton and alpaca. Deliciously soft, of course.
Organic cotton and wool yarn

There’s also some gorgeous hand dyed yarn. Such yummy colours!
Hand dyed yarns

I didn’t forget to include the more exotic yarns as well – stainless steel blends, natural silk, linen and even sock yarn blended with crab and shrimp shells!
Unusual yarn

We’ll be doing some spinning so naturally there will be fibre to play with. Oh what joy!

In case you were wondering, I will be serving food and drinks as well. Eye candy doesn’t really give us energy to knit, crochet, spin, chat and be merry. ;)

Hope you have a cheerily knitty weekend too!

P.S. Ecoyarns do ship internationally if you’re suddenly tempted to buy some.

Progress is painfully slow

A month ago I told you about my ribbed jacket I was planning to wear this winter. I thought my knitting was on track to get it finished by the start of June. Well, it’s almost the end of June and the jacket is still not finished!

Ribbed Jacket WIP

I have just finished one sleeve since the last update and starting the second one. Progress is slow for two main reasons:

  1. Regular measuring really breaks my flow. For the sleeves, I have to increase every 3.5cm so I’m constantly checking to make sure that I’m adding stitches at the right length.
  2. Reverse stockinette is not fun on circulars. I feel like it just rips the joy out of knitting in the round. I’m purling and purling and yes, more purling! Grrr…

On a more positive note, the sleeve fits nicely and the reverse stockinette is an interesting look.

I’m making sure I’m knitting a bit every night because I really want the jacket finished. I’m so tempted to put it aside but I’m close to the end and I’m too much of a control freak to let this thing get the better of me!

What projects do you have lurking around that are tormenting you slowly?

P.S. I’m behind on replying to comments. Life has been busy this fortnight! I will get them all done by the end of the week though. Thanks for the comments and keep them coming! They brighten my day! :)

Hello! I’m Charlie

Hello! I’m Charlie.

Hello! I'm Charlie

This is my mummy. She is as green as me most of the time.

Charlie loves me :)

I have a furry brother. His name is Olly. He doesn’t pay much attention to me.

Charlie & Olly

I have a sister too. Her name is Ifa. She is very nice. She tried to kiss me today but I didn’t want to be kissed by my sister! Eeewww! We sat together at the window though.

Charlie & Ifa

I love eating grapes. They are fun to pop with my sharp beak.

Charlie loves grapes!

I ate so much fruit and seeds today. I feel happy when I full. Do you know what I do when I’m happy? Have a good listen…

If you can’t see the video, click here to watch on YouTube.

Night night!

Oh hang on.

Mummy said that she’ll be talking about knitting next week, whatever that is. Bye!

We have a baby!

A baby parrot that is. Meet Charlie. He is a 15 week old eclectus parrot and he has just joined our little family. :)

Charlie in cage

He came to us in a very unusual and extraordinary way.

My elderly neighbour, who claims to be close to a 100 years old, was standing on his front porch on Monday afternoon. He told us he was waiting for a delivery. Even though it was a public holiday, he insisted that this delivery will arrive very soon. He had just bought a very big bird, he said, the biggest in the pet store!

We laughed and waited with him. A stationwagon pulled up and there was a bird cage that filled the entire boot space! The delivery guy, Alex, carried out a smaller bird cage with a gorgeous green parrot in it. We oohed and aahed, cooing over this very large baby bird. We helped carry the large cage into our neighbour’s house and Alex put the parrot into the cage. Surprisingly, the parrot was rather calm!

“If you want to give the parrot away, give it to us ok!” I said teasingly as we were leaving. Undoubtedly, I felt a little concerned about how my elderly neighbours will go looking after a baby parrot. Parrots live very, very long life and are not low maintenance birds.

On Tuesday night, we had a bizarre phone call from our neighbour. He said, “I have good news for you! I want you to have the parrot! You are the best neighbours I’ve ever had and I want to give him to you!” My husband, Richard, was in shock and insisted that it was silly to give us such an expensive gift. The parrot and cage had cost our neighbour over $1200!

But our neighbour had made up his mind. The next day, the parrot was ours, on condition that it will never be returned to him. For the 3 years we have known our neighbour, he has given away a purebred burman kitten, 2 cockatiels and several expensive furniture. He said it’s his nature. He likes to spend money and give the things away!

Charlie! :D

So Charlie is our new blessing. We had several different birds in the past but they weren’t right for us and were rehomed.

Charlie, however, feels right. We fell in love with him at first sight. He is brave, intelligent and docile. He has quickly accepted us as his new flock. He had spent the last few hours on the sofa with us while we watched tv. He chatters a little and then dozes off when the room gets quiet. Charlie doesn’t seem too bothered with the two cats and they are getting used to him too.

It’s nice hanging out as a family after only 2 short days together. I’m so happy my baby boy has settled in so quickly. It’s like he’s been with us for years.

Cats & crochet…

… often do not mix.

I think Olly prefers knitting. ;)

P.S. The video on how to tunisian crochet can be found here. Happy crocheting!

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