I like to have a little project to work on in the evening while I sit watching TV. We are currently watching ‘Damages’ with Glenn Close on Netflix. While it is a compelling drama, I need something more to keep me from falling asleep. So while rummaging around, I found this hand spun wool that I have had in my closet for the past 20 years or so. I decided to make a pair of felted wool slippers. Since I want to keep track of the complex story line of the show, I did not want a complicated pattern. In fact, the pattern that I chose is so simple that I first learned to knit these slippers when I was 8 years old. I used size US #13 needles and a double strand of yarn. These are so easy that all you need to know is how to knit and how to purl. If you can cast on and cast off too, you can make a slipper in an hour or so.
Yes, the slippers went fast. I was able to pay more attention to the show than to what I was making. I made the Men’s size L so that I could shrink them and make them felted. They were pretty ugly but I soldiered on thinking that once they were fulled, they would magically become charming and beautiful. Next day, I dumped them in with the wash and put them in the dryer with some towels. They shrank but I had to wash them 2 more times to get them to fit. They looked a little better but not much…
Ugly or not, I rarely give up on a project. I am stubborn that way. The slippers were very thick and warm but also very slippery. I now needed to figure out a way to make them less dangerous. I decided to put a leather sole on their bottoms. I had some deer skin and spent the next 2 evenings sewing the leather by hand onto each slipper. They were becoming uglier by the day. I snaked a lace around their tops to make them stay on my feet. I thought about making some felted flowers or something to try to cute them up but well, I think I’m better off letting well enough alone. They are warm and they are comfortable but not much else. Sometimes, things can get ugly. Happy knitting! – Peg
Bokeh photos have been all over the place this season, and I’ve been obsessed since my mom taught me how to take one of my tree over the phone last week.
My first attempt at bokeh went well, and it’s actually quite easy to do:
I like the ones with small objects in the foreground, like the one above, or the elf in the post below. Set your f-stop to a low number, 2-4 works well, and focus on the tinsel or elf, or whatever. The small lights from a christmas tree in the background get all blurry and produce the desired effect.
If you want only blurry pretty lights, set the focus to manual, keep the same low f-stop, and focus on the space in front of the tree.
Some of my favorite bloggers have tried it out!
Decor and the Dog
Peas and Crayons
Centsational Girl has a great tutorial on taking great holiday photos, including BOKEH!
And last year, we even featured a happy bokeh santa on Just About Home!
Ever have one of those weekends that are absolutely filled with fun and not filled with productivity?
I had one of those. I had a great time at a few parties on Saturday, but when it came to doing some crafty things on Sunday, it was a big FAIL.
Well, you live and learn.
It started out great with a successful trip to Goodwill to get rid of all the old junk that was filling the office, and a trip to Michaels for all the supplies I needed for the jump start on holiday gifts I was going to make.
But the curtains I sewed were not the same length. They’re hanging up anyway.
The slippers I wanted to sew would fit a doll, not a real adult.
I lost motivation to make the candies I had planned.
My jump start turned out to only be a somewhat crafty weekend. I’ll try again later.
In the meantime, I have to come up with some fun ideas for a gift for the Lovely Package Exchange, hosted by the lovely Oh Hello Friend blog. My exchange partner is Lea from the Collect Collective, which is perfect, because who is easier to shop for than a collector? Yay!
Did you have better luck on projects this weekend?
PS. I’m off to Minnesota tomorrow. I heard there’s snow, which I haven’t seen in about two years! Happy Thanksgiving to all, and here’s hoping I stay warm!