Refashioned Dread-wranglers

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It’s summer and I love to keep my hair off my neck when it’s hot out. I am sure a lot of you do, too. To top it off, i have dreadlocks, they seem to be even hotter than “regular” hair. So I tie it up a lot, or have my locks in a bun. Well… t gets boring fast if that’s all you do, so I figured a few headbands are in order. One still has to tie the hair up in a pony tail, messy bun or other up-do, but the headbands make it look different and fresh and fun. One can use a bunch of things for such hair bands. Anything from the obvious Bandanna to vintage scarves and lace shawls, or ribbons. hand made ones are the most fun and can be pretty price conscious, in a pinch. (I usually want things when I don’t have the cash in my budget to actually buy them. Does that sound familiar to you too?)

I do have vintage scarves, but a girl wants options, no? So I went through my stash to figure out how I can make these things for myself. I have a BUNCH of T-Shirt material, that I scavenged from our own old Shirts and from thrift-shop and yard sale buys. I use them to make all kinds of things, as you have noticed, if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time. Now they get turned into hair bands! (I like to call them Dread-wranglers lol) I already have ONE made. Out of striped T-shirt fabric. I love stripes!!! Honestly? This one was just the leftover from another project. It went on my nerves, as it was left out after the project was done and all the stuff put away already. So there it was and I glared at it and then it hit me: Tie it! I just cut it open (since it was still a loop) and ted it around my head and VOILA! It was close to perfect!

It goes around my head once, crosses in back and then ties. I am looking into making more just a wee bit longer, so I can wrap them twice and then tie it. I also want a few wider ones. Why not, right?

If you want to make your own:

Measure your head, then measure the T-Shirt (or fabric you want to make the wrap out of. I like T-Shirts, since you don’t have to sew anything) Make sure you have twice the head circumference, plus about 20 inches for tying (approx. 10 inches of tie on each side, or longer, if you want to tie it in a bow, rather than just a double knot). Find a T shirt wide enough to give you that measurement by only cutting off the bottom part. If you want both sides to look alike, cut off the hem of the shirt as well.

It’s best to find a T-Shirt without side seams. I don’t mind the seam in t, but if you can find one with out a seam, it will give you a continuous strip of material and some people might mind the look of a seam in the middle of the wrap. Take the T-Shirt and measure the desired width of your head wrap up from the hem to the underarm and mark it, then make a straight cut right at the mark. Take the resulting loop and cut it open on one of the side seams, Presto. Done. If you like you can make the |tie| parts pointy, but I like them blunt.

In the top picture you can see the uncut section of T-Shirt, the loop, in the light blue and the striped fabric is another T-shirt already cut open. I did cut away the entire seam, since I didn’t like the way it looked hanging off the end lol.

One could go and get yardage for this project, but where is the fun in that?

You don’t have to tie them, you can just tuck the ends and make it stay that way. Use a few bobby pins to hold the wrap on your head, if you feel it’s not secure enough (mine stay on just fine….) and go have fun in the sun.

So with a few of these I will be good for the rest of the year, or will I????

Honestly? Did you think I could go without a knitted one in my collection? NOPE! So I am working on one right now as well.  I love it. here are a few pictures of it, fresh off the needles. Very lacy, very cute, very stretchy! The yarn has elastic in it! How great is that?  I let you all know when the pattern is done and out.

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If you make any of these wranglers, let me know! Send me pictures! I want to see them! <3

Wishing you a great summer!

Hugs,

Bridgett

 

Some more hand sewing

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My daughter and I volunteer at the local Food Bank once a week. (We have done so for 4 years, then took a year’s hiatus and now we are back, baby!)One really nice lady there usually takes all the aprons (Used to sort the produce) home and washes them. Just because she is sweet like that.

She always took them in big garbage bags. Not at all the look. So we made her a bag. It worked great, because the t-shirt bags are nice and stretchy and fit all the aprons.. Sadly, one day it was gone and she had to use garbage bags again. So we set to work and made her a new bag.

Reverse and regular applique. All made from old T-shirts. I did have to embroider over a tiny hole though, but I think it is WAY better than a garbage bag ;)

Oh, and I got a pair of socks done as well!

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Knitting and crochet gone high tech.

One of my friends has told me about a knitting app she uses. It is called the knitting buddy and I thought I check it out and let you know what I think.

I went today and downloaded the free android version (available here) of the app to my colour Nook.

It installed in no time at all and is running right now perfectly fine, without any hiccups so far.

The interface is simple and it is really easy to understand and use.

From what I can tell so far, it is designed to keep track of your knitting projects on the go. It pretty much has the same features as your Ravelry project page. You can put in the project name you want to give it. There are drop down menus for the  status (current, completed, planned, on hold, or frogged), the category, and what craft you are making it in.

Further more there are spaces for what yarn, yarn weight, yarn colour, colour number and dye lot, yardage, needles, gauge given in pattern and your gauge, care info, website/pattern link and pattern adaptions. As well as three lines for notes.

You can add keywords and a start and finish time, just like on ravelry.

Now is where it gets different. This app has the added bonus of a row counter and it will also track the TIME you spend, knitting on any given project tracked in the app (if you want to, you can turn that feature off).

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Further it offers a needle and crochet hook log, so if you have this app on your phone or other portable device, you will always know just what sizes you already have, or need more of. It will let you check if the needle in question is in use, so no more guessing, if it is stuck in a project, or if you lost it. As well as a list of standard needle sizes in metric, US and UK measurements.size chart

It offers needle size charts and the standard abbreviations for knitting and crochet (just in case you hit your head and forgot them ;) lol), as well as a tab for yarn standards with links to the craft councils standards and ravelry’s standards, as well as an easy list to check right off the bat, if you don’t have wifi.standards

It has a ruler function (inches on one side, cm on the other), which actually can come in QUITE handy.

It also sports a flashlight function. SUPER HANDY, if you knit in a dark car on a road trip and drop a needle, or a stitchmarker. (Hey… I HAVE knitted in the dark, in the car, on a road trip… who hasn’t????) Sadly my device does not support that function, so I cannot tell you how bright the flashlight is.

 

Then there is the stitch calculator. This function is still in beta. I have given it a whirl. it will calculate basic decreases and decrease repeats for you. Not sure if I like it, to be honest. It is VERY BASIC. it only makes sure you don’t decrease or increase at the end of a row. I guess it might be good for someone not too comfortable with “winging it”, or if someone just hasn’t done that many decreases. I personally can do without this function.  However, don’t forget this function is still in Beta. This means updates and improvements are to come.

And last but not least: there is even a game built in the app. Now, those of you that know me, also know I SUCK at these games…. so I didn’t really go for it. (I did give it a half hearted try and will let my son and daughter have a go at it later).

 

All in all it is running well, not taking up too much room on my device. (I have NO idea, if there is a Mac version available.) I think it’s a great little app for people with small phones, or other devices they tote about daily anyway.

There is a “pro” version of it, for $2.99. The only difference I can see, is that the pro version gives you a screen-orientation lock and you can customize the look of the app.  It’s free, try it out, you won’t lose any money if you don’t like it, or never use it. There are a few other apps out there for free. As I have time, I will get them and see how they all compare and which one I like best. So far, this little app is really fun and easy to use and definitely worth a try.

 

 

 

I won’t lie to you….

It is cold outside.

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Despite the freezing temperatures and the wind around here, I went outside, to show you decent pictures of the (*&^*%&$&^*^ skirt I finished today.

DSC00347Let me explain: I have always wanted to make my own clothes, despite the fact, that I lack the sewing gene. Every now and then, I drag out an innocent bit of fabric and mutilate it beyond recognition.

I blame my friend Callie for this travesty entirely. She gave me, ME ! , this beautiful fabric a few days ago. I just had to sew something with it. Right.Away. You can understand this, can’t you? There is resources in the house! One simply cannot let them go to waste! So, out came the patterns and the sewing machine and my daughter offered to help. NOTHING can go wrong now.

Bwahahahahhahaha…..

Well. I don’t think I did tooooo badly on this one. This is not one of my specialty, elastic-band-held-up-cinched-at-the-waist-5-minute-easy-peasy two seam skirts. This was done PROPERLY. With a yoke and a zipper and a hook and eye closure.

What I learned the last two days:

  • When a pattern tells you to sew one thing first, then the other, it typically means it.
  • I suck sewing ROUND edges.
  • Stay-stitching is NOT for suckers.

Don’t look too close at the yoke, it’s my first one. Don’t look too close at the bottom hem. I lost all patience when I got there finally and “winged” it. Thankfully, I have a good eye and that means the hem is mostly the same width all the way around. I can live with it. The zipper buckles a bit, but hey, It’s my first one in a skirt. Given that we did all this without even owning am ironing board, I am rather proud of us. You try to iron something cylindrical on a flat surface!

In the end, my daughter and I got it done and now I have a great new skirt. Now I need more coffee and maybe a piece of cheesecake. *looks at in house baker, aka daughter*. What was the first “proper” thing you ever sewed?

Oh and I also finished a hat. :)

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Cold feet, warm heart.

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It’s still cold here. Warm socks are all the rage and handknitted socks are loved by my entire family. The next pair was for my husband. He wanted the same design as I made for our son. Our daughter got the green ones, with the white colourwork border around the top, if you can remember. I made a pair of “Valentine socks” for the shop with a pattern to be released on the 14th and now I am knitting on two more pair for myself this time. One in a beautiful, foggy, variegated grey/purple and one will be a bold RED variegated. I can’t wait to see them done. One short one and one long one. NO pictures yet, of the socks for me until they are done, though.