Pattern:Louie the Lovebot For: a very late Valentine’s gift Yarn: gray Caron Simply Soft and blue from my mom’s yarn closet A first: A few firsts actually! 1) the double stitching for the heart, I decided inertia was too ambitious, 2) jogless 2 row stripes (thanks to KnitDarling), 3) knitting a toy with 2 circular needles 4) binding off with 3 DPN, 5) Binding off with the kitchener stitch. Magic! So beautiful! I think that’s all the new things I’ve learned :)
Yesterday was the annual American Sewing Guild luncheon of our local chapter. Since April I’m the website manager (it may be temporarily under maintenance by the host), updating the site regularly with news items. Probably more often than my own blog, oops.
40 zippers for $5. I should have been 10 for $1, but I miscalculated and paid $5 instead of $4. No biggie. Not sure what I’m going to do with all these zippers, but I just couldn’t pass up the bargain ;).
All above fabric and notions for $5 total. Most items are a good 2-3 yards a piece. Last year I only bought this piece of fabric for $1, this year I scored better :).
Some fleece remnant strings that the cats absolutely love. Guaranteed hours of fun! They look so tense, because I was pulling the string and they had to hold on tight.
And last but not least, this lovely foam lady for $5. She’s a bit large chested for me (understatement), but her hips are my size, so I’m currently trying to reshape her boobs. A work in progress! Any suggestions on why she has a shoe string attached to her bosom?
Pet bed #1 and pet bed #2 are still very popular, well actually mostly #2.
#1 is definitely a bit too small for optimal comfort and after each washing (every so often) Pumpkin and Spike need a lot of encouragement to start using it again. Spike mostly uses it for kneading and they actually prefer sleeping on the floor in front of it over actually sleeping on the bed :-/.
Pet bed #1 (on the left) wasn't reshaped yet in this picture, making it look exceptionally small. Please excuse the mouse hanging in front of the camera :)
Pumpkin and Spike have been trying to share pet bed #2 (the pink one), but it’s more like an uncomfortable twin bed. So I put pet bed #1 in the cat house and decided to make pet bed #3 :). I picked up some flannel at JoAnns (2,5 yards at $3,29/yard) a little while ago and decided to make the bed 150% of the original size. That would be the same size as pet bed #2 (queen size). Would…yes, because pet bed #3 turned out huge, more like an actual king size bed! I must have done something wrong with seam allowances, I’m guessing?
Of course Spike was the first to jump in... Pumpkin wasn't so easily gonna give up on his favorite sleeping spot *rolleyes* (we tried correcting him, that makes his naughty behavior actually worse)
Now Spike, king of his pillow, likes showing you how you can optimize the use of a king size bed :)
But…it only took a few hours, before they found each other again. Brotherly love, awww ! :)
(I must be a boring photographer, because they kept yawning on camera!)
Tutorial:A cat house by Sewtakeahike Material: quilting cotton and Pellon Peltex heavy interfacing(71F) For: Pumpkin & Spike! Cost: around $22 in total :-/. $13,50 for 4yards of heavy interfacing (that was the 50% discounted price) and about $8 for the quilting cotton Broken needles: 1 Special techniques: impossible sewing, stuck with my head in the house while sewing up the roof panels (see pictures) :p
They love their pet beds, but sometimes they just want to lay covered, instead of being out in the open all the time. So this little house seemed perfect for them :).
The pattern is quite straight forward (I did alter the dimensions because P&S are so big!), I mean, you can easily see from the picture how it’s made, but attaching the flooring and the roof panels was just nearly impossible. I had to sew it up while standing, so I had better control over the house going in the right direction! I just didn’t have enough space behind my sewing machine, so the house ended up riding against the wall. I had to bend the interfacing of the house in every possible position to get the seams sewn. I was a bit worried there that bending it so much would decrease the stability of the house, but it all worked out just fine.
I also had a ‘hard’ time finishing the house, because every time I tried to pin the panels, while sitting on the floor, a little monster would get in the house and make himself comfortable. Aaargh! :) I guess it’s the biggest compliment I could get, though :D.
Originally I wanted to add detailing to the front door and perhaps a bell and name plate, but I couldn’t come up with a good idea, so I decided to leave the front panel like it was. I can always iron something on later.
Here’s some pictures of the cute monsters in their new home! :D
I was surprised they found it enjoyable and comfortable at the same time to sit together. Perfect! ^v^
Dutchie living in Texas and loving it! I started sewing in 2011, and knitting and crocheting late 2012. I need to start sewing clothes for myself, because at 5'10" all those cute dresses in stores are just uncomfortably short and look ridiculous. I blog about stuff I make, but very infrequently.
My Dutch name is best pronounced [neenka], but neenkster is my nickname given to me in grad school :).