Wednesday, October 5, 2011

DIY: Bird Skull


I've started a new collection of skulls.  There is a shop "Southwest Shapes n' Designs" in the Poconos Bazaar that sells beautiful jewelry and these skulls.  


I decided to try and extract a skull myself.  My moms loyal minion Dinker's aloud me to have this lovely specimen.  I boiled it.


I submerged the skull in peroxide over night, then left it to dry in the sun the next day.


I also took its feet.

The end.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Baby blanket

I posted about it before when I was just a little less than half way done with it but I finally finished the baby blanket for my nephew! 


See ya later!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quick and Easy Gloves


After posting about my new favorite hat I decided to make a pair of snazzy gloves to go with it! 
They hardly took any time at all and where very easy.  I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn, one ball was enough to make the hat and these gloves and still have some left over. :)



On U.S. size 10 1/2 dpns CO 25 sts (for medium sized hands)

Row 1-10: Knit
Row 11: K11, pm, m1, k1, m1, pm, knit remaining sts (11)
Row 12 & 13: Knit

Row 14: k11, m1, k3, m1, sm, k
Row 15 & 16: Knit

Row 17: k11, m1, k5, m1, k
Row 18 & 19: Knit

Row 20:  K11, m1, k7, m1, k
Row 21 - 24 knit

(top of thumb gusset)
Row 25: k11, BO 9, k remaining sts (14)

Row 26 - 29: Knit
Row 30: BO
:)


For smaller or larger hands you may want to subtract or add sts to the CO depending on your size.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Hat :)


This is the first hat that I've knit that I can honestly call a success!  I've knit other hats following different patterns all of which claiming to be super easy and yet none of them worked out right for me.  This pattern really was super easy and fast!  I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn, so it's nice and soft, and so comfy. :)


I'm so happy with how this piece turned out, it fits great and I love how it looks.  The pattern is from Bohoknits:  "Mountain Nights Toque."  She has a list of free patterns on her blog and also some for sale on Etsy.  Her "Wilted Warlock Hat" also looks like something I must try. :)


Coffee approves. 

See ya later!
 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Baby Boy!

My brother is going to have his first baby and it's going to be a boy!  I am knitting him a blanket.  I would have liked to have been done with it before the baby shower but I've been working a lot and haven't had enough time.  But I'm definitely going to make sure it's done before he's born. :)


I found a great pattern on the Lion Brand website: Diagonal Pattern Baby Blanket
It says to use 3 balls of Homespun, which is sooo soft, I love working with it!  I chose the color "waterfall" and I'm still on the first ball, I have a lot of knitting to do. :) 

See ya later!
♥♥♥

Friday, April 22, 2011

Recycled Denim Pouch



As I mentioned in the previous post I have a tutorial for the pockets of the jeans I turned into denim yarn!


1. You will need the bottom hem of your jeans (the cuff). The back pockets. A zipper, I used the one from the jeans. 
2 & 3.  Optional, cut out the small pocket inside one of the front pockets.
4. Sew the smaller pocket onto one of the back pockets.


5. Add the zipper, make sure it is facing up.
6.  Place the cuff of your pants before sewing up the sides, this will be your wrist strap.  (I put the strap ends side by side rather than on top of each other to make it easier to sew.)
7.  Sew up all the sides.
8.  Finished!

Happy crafting!
And, Happy Earth Day! :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Alternative Yarn (#3): Denim yarn



The last post for Alternative yarns I wrote about t-shirt yarn and that inspired me to look else where in my old clothes for yarn.  I decided to try making yarn out of an old pair of jeans.  Another great recycling project and a way to give new life to something old! :)


1. Cut off the legs of the jeans at the thigh so they're even at the top.
2. 3. & 4. Cut all around the leg creating one continuous piece however thick or thin you want, I did about half an inch wide. 
When you get to the bottom hem of the leg (the folded part) cut that off, but save it for later along with the back pockets.  I have another project I use them for and will post a tutorial for it later this week. :)


Wind up your "yarn" into balls...


... and create!  I'm knitting a rug with mine.  I bet denim yarn would make a cool tote bag too! :)

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Alternative Yarn (#2): T-shirt yarn


T-shirt yarn is an awesome alternative yarn!  You get to use up those old t-shirts and create something new.  It's also a great way to recycle!


I knit this pouch with t-shirt yarn also using fabric from the t-shirt for the lining.  I added a zipper and a removable wrist strap.  The strap is a simple crochet chain. :)

There is a great tutorial on CraftPassion.com for making t-shirt yarn.

I definitely recommend giving this "yarn" a try, it's fun, it's something different, and it will make a great project for the upcoming Earth Day!

See ya later!
♥♥♥

Monday, March 28, 2011

My First Treasury


I just created my first treasury on Etsy!  I have a new obsession with the lotus flower so I featured lotus flower items.  Be sure to check out this collection of wonderful lotus creations and feel free to let me know what you think of my first treasury. :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Oops


I apologize for having a plant post so close the last one, but there's been an accident. :(


The heavy blinds in the window fell down and landed on my plants!  The jade plant, the African violet and the hawthoria succulent (pic above).  The succulent got the worst of it.  The African violet only lost a leaf and the jade plant got a little bent but I fixed it with some string and it's already better.  I'm realy hoping the succulent pulls through.  It's feeling a little soft right now.


I also bought a new plant yesterday!  It's a Pink Polka Dot Plant.  It's so cute, I love it.
So far I read it needs a moderate amount of light, damp soil, and an occasional misting, but I'm still doing research on it.  Anyone have this plant?  Any tips? :)

See ya!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award


Lookie what I got! :)

(rule: first give thanks and link back)

Jennifer from jennizart.blogspot.com has presented me with the stylish blogger award!  Thank you so much Jennifer! 
Be sure to visit her blog and check out her beautiful paintings!

(rule: 7 facts)

Here are my 7 facts:
1. All the dogs I've ever had had names that started with a C, and it was a complete coincidence.  My dad pointed this out to me a little while after we named Coffee. :)

2. I learned to play guitar and piano.

3. I looove toe socks, they're super comfy!

4.  I like to ice skate.

5. I'm on a never ending search for honey almond scented products.  I can't seem to find them any where and if I do find it, it's never right.  I don't want honey almond and goats milk, or honey almond and lemon.  I just want Honey Almond! :p

6.  I have cat allergies.  I can be around them without reacting but if I hold or pet them I start sneazing and my eyes get itchy.

7. My favorite season is Autumn.

(rule: pass it on)

I am passing on the award to these terrific bloggers!


I will message these bloggers just as soon as I post this. :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

African Violet & Hyacinths


I got a new plant on monday, it's an African violet!  I had to get rid of the dieing cactus, it was finished.  I found a helpful website for taking care of it, theplantexpert.com.


The hyacinths are starting to grow back!  I love them and I can't wait for them to bloom, they smell sooo good!


There are a few of them.  I know for sure some are purple but I think I also had some pink, they were from last spring.


See ya!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Knit Shamrock Pin


For St. Patrick's day I made this cute shamrock pin and tutorial. :)
I used Red Heart green yarn, U.S. size 8 knitting needles, a pin, glue, and a tapestry needle.


1.  Knit two 3 stitch i-cords.  One 6 inches long, the other 8 inches long.
2 & 3. Coil the 8 inch i-cord at both ends and sew in place using a tapestry needle.
4. Coil the 6 inch i-cord at one end leaving a "stem" at the other end.


5.  Sew the pieces together.
6. Thread your needle through the center of each coil to the outer edge and back to the center, pull the yarn tight to create the indentation in each leaf then tie off the yarn.
7. Glue a pin to the back (The side all your little knots are on from tying off)
8. Wear and enjoy!

Happy Knitting!
♥♥♥

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tumblr

I joined Tumblr the other day, come join me! nuckinfutsknitter.tumblr.com

I love snail mail and right now I am eagerly awaiting a few packages so here are some great mail pics I've found:




I can't wait for my packages to get here! :)

See ya later!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

facebook


I just created a facebook page for Nuckin' Futs Knitter yesterday, be sure to click the like button and keep up with all the shop and blog updates! :)


♥♥♥

Monday, March 7, 2011

Plant Update



In the last plant update all the plants were doing fine and the cactus was at a stand still.  But now the cactus isn't doing so well.  Part of the top is turning brown and all the pricklies are soft.  I haven't done anything different so I'm not sure why it's doing this.



The other two plants are doing fine and I will be adding a few more plants to my little window garden soon! :)

See ya!
♥♥♥ 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cork Board


I got a big new cork board!  I drilled it into the wall myself and almost lost a thumb, woo hoo!  I just wanted a big plain board for this area but here are some tutorials for some really cute ones!


2. Revamped Picture Frame Tutorial: Cork Board with {Funky} Push Pins

Check out those great tutorials!  I am definitely making some push pins for my cork board!

See ya!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bows and Coffee Cozies

Just a quick shop update! :)

♥ Bows ♥

♥ Coffee Cozies ♥

I've added two new things to Nuckin' Futs Knitter on Etsy!  Bows and Coffee Cozies!  I just started knitting these and I love it.  They are so quick and easy, I can't wait to make more!  I have some up now and will be posting more later this week. :)

See ya later!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Alternative Yarn: Plarn


I love to find new and different ways to spice up my knitting, one of those ways is to use alternative yarns.  Today's alternative yarn is Plarn: plastic yarn.  Using plarn is a great way to use up all those plastic shopping bags you get.


How to make Plarn:
1. Start with one bag, make sure there aren't any tears.
2. Fold the bag in half, then fold it in half again.
3. Cute off the top part with the handles and cut off the bottom part.
4. Cut the bag into strips.  I cut one inch strips when I'm knitting on U.S. size 8 needles and I cut three inch strips when I'm knitting on U.S. size 13 needles.


To link the strips together follow the pictorial above.
Tips: 
*Be sure not to cut your strips too thin so they don't break when you tighten the knot (pic #8).
*Don't knit with aluminum knitting needles if you want to preserve their color.  I tried knitting with aluminum knitting needles and the plarn rubbed off some of the color.
*I found that knitting plarn on wooden needles is much easier.  Be sure to wax your needles it makes the whole project much smoother.  I just use a piece of Reynolds wrap wax paper.


Different plarns:
1. Rose scented plastic bags.  I found these bags at a dollar store and I love them, they smell like roses!  I knit them into a coin pouch.
2. Garbage bags.  The garbage bags create a slight vinyl look, I made some into wristlets.
3. And of course, shopping bags.  I knit some into a wristlet.
4. In this pic you can see the difference between the one inch strips and the three inch strips.  The purse was done with three inch strips on U.S. size 13 needles.  The coin purse was done with one inch strips on U.S. size 8 needles. 

Happy knitting!
♥♥♥