Pom Pom!

I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my Christmas charity knitting. I made a pom pom tonight after dinner. It’s a good project even when you’re bleary eyed, sleepy and tired.

Pom pom making

I swear the pom pom looks better in real life! I was just too lazy to walk down to the garage to use my light tent. I’m almost asleep. Maybe I’ll dream about sleeping on a soft, fluffy pom pom… zzz…

Fun tutorial to make pom pom: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/pompom.htm

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Sexy Easter Bunnies

Did anyone else get naked and put on just their aprons and bunny ears this Easter?

Lincraft Easter Display Window

I think the window display artist had way too many adults-only chocolate eggs while he/she was dressing these craft shop mannequins! Who knew that crafting could be so sexy!

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Two ways to reuse your bath puff

My bath puff always comes loose after a few weeks and I just end up buying a new one. It seems such a waste. There must be ways to reuse or recycle the bath puff.

Used bath puff

I unravelled one that was destined for the bin. The centre cord that held it together just needed a little snip and the whole thing came loose very easily.

Bath puff pulled apart

There was nearly 2 metres of tube netting in that one puff! No wonder the bath puff doesn’t fray after washing. It’s a tube! Duh! It just comes loose and looks like a ball of mess.

Tube netting from bath puff

I’ve seen yarn sleeves made with a similar netting. They are sold as knitting/ crocheting accessories to hold centre-pull balls of yarn.


Photo from Ozquilts.com.au

I snipped a small section of the tube netting and stuck my pretty red yarn cake in it. Voila! One yarn sleeve!

Yarn sleeve

My only concern is that when the ball gets really small, the netting will be too loose for it. I think the netting can be cut lengthwise and the edges re-sewn (or crocheted) together to make a tighter tube if that happens.

Anyway, I still had a lot of netting left. So I cast on 6 stitches with the largest needles I own, which is a pair of 12mm needles, and began knitting in plain garter stitch.

Knitting up pot scrubber

I knitted till I ran out of netting and cast off.

Loose ends

I wove the ends in with my fingers and reattached the hanging cord. Ta-da! A “new” pot scrubber!

"New" pot scrubber

Now for the test. It’s a good thing I didn’t do the dishes last night. 😛

Pot scrubber in action

It aced the pot scrubbing test but how will it go getting machine washed? I threw the pot scrubber in the washing machine for a wash with some tea towels. It survived that too with just some of the ends coming loose. I just wove them back in with my fingers again.

So there you go! Two ways of reusing a bath puff – make a yarn sleeve and knit up a pot scrubber.

Yarn sleeve & pot scrubber

What do you think? More ideas welcome. 🙂

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My Craft Space

I have organized my craft space and I’ve kept it clean and tidy for a few weeks now. Hard to believe that my new system stood up against overly enthusiastic stash enhancement shopping sprees and even more yarn acquisition from a generous friend and the dabbling of yet another craft hobby and most importantly, “I’ve-got-a-great-idea-that-I-must-do-it-right-now!” moments!

Computer workspace
Ifa, my female cat, pretty much lives on the printer. The only time she gets up voluntarily is when I’m cooking or eating or when it’s her dinner time. I normally kick her out of the room halfway through the day so that she can get some exercise.
My computer workspace

Craft workspace
It’s so good to have a table just for my sewing and crafting. The white board and stackable storage boxes helps keep me on track and in check. Cats have learned to keep off this area, otherwise, Mummy goes psycho!
My craft workspace

Store related containers
Two of my 50 litre containers hold my store related materials, stock and yarn. My thinking is that if these boxes are overflowing, I’m not selling enough products quickly enough. Time to re-think a few things.
Store related containers

Yarn stash
The largest of the containers is 57 litres and it holds all my stash yarn. I really can’t afford to have any more than this much yarn. I don’t have the space or the money to let this grow any bigger. I have enough stash yarn to keep me knitting and crocheting for at least one year! Although, I will make allowances for free yarn. I’m not that silly!
Stash yarn

ECO-FRIENDLY & ORGANIC YARN FOR SALE
I would like to talk more about this in detail next week. But if you can’t wait to enhance your yarn stash now, CLICK HERE to grab a one off deal from my shop. 35- 50% off!
Yarn for sale

Knitting WIP
I have Shawl Collar Vest [pattern] and Feather & Fan Comfort Shawl [pattern] on my needles now. I am almost finished with the vest and I’m obsessively knitting it every chance I get.
Knitting WIP

Crocheting WIP
These are hot off my crochet hooks. I’m just waiting on a delivery to put the finishing touches on them. Watch this space for my new Christmas crochet pattern. Coming very soon!
Crochet pattern WIP

Did you like the voyeuristic peek into my craft room? I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours. 😉

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Make a Head-turning Corkboard in 30 mins

This daggy corkboard is in desperate need of a makeover. It’s in Richard’s corner of the office and its terrribly boring.
Corkboard Before Makeover

30 minutes of crafting later… Look at the difference!
Corkboard After Makeover

Here are the materials I’ve used:
1. Ikea fabric remnant
2. Dressmaker scissors
3. Staple gun
4. Upholstery tacks & hammer (optional)
1. Materials

Step 1: Place corkboard face down onto wrong side of Ikea fabric. Cut fabric to size, leaving a 2″ allowance all around.
2. Cut Ikea fabric remnant

Step 2: Trim corners to reduce bulk when folded.
3. Trim Corners

Step 3: Fold fabric along the edge of the corkboard and staple into place. Staple the opposite side that you’ve just done and keep fabric taut by pulling it tightly before stapling. I stapled the long side egdes first, then the top and bottom edges.
4. Staple fabric to corkboard
4. Staple corners
4. Staple all edges of fabric to corkboard

Step 4: (Optional) Lightly tap the upholstery tacks along the edge of the corkboard. To stop the paint from chipping off the tacks, cover the head of your hammer with fabric or felt and use a rubber band to hold in place.
5. Tap in upholstery pins

Now proudly display your corkboard in the room of your choice.
Corkboard After Makeover
Corkboard After Makeover

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