Crocheted Hats

One of my latest projects is crocheting hats. There is a faith-based substance abuse rehabilitation program that my small faith group has adopted as our charity of choice. It is a men’s rehab group and quite a few of them actually attend my church. I decided that I would like to make enough hats that they can all get a new one in the Fall. My end goal will be to have at least 60 hats made.

Crochet Hat #2 & #1

Hats #2 and #1

The very first hat that I’ve ever made in my life is on the right. I used a free pattern that I found on one of the yarn manufacturer’s websites. I used Ice Yarn’s Saver in the color ‘Turquoise’. This yarn is really nice. It’s a #4 worsted and is about the same size as Red Heart Super Saver, though MUCH softer.

The second one, on the left, was made using another free pattern and Loops and Threads Impeccable in the colorway ‘Mirage Gray Varg’. This is also a #4, but isn’t quite as full as the Saver. I’m not sure if it’s due to the pattern or the yarn, but this hat is a bit rougher than the first one. It’s also bigger. I’m not sure what happened as I never checked my gauge. I figure that there has to be at least one guy in the program with a big head, right?

Speaking of gauge…

I received an email from Lion Brand with a screaming deal on their ZZ Twist yarn.

Lion Brand ZZ Twist

I picked out colors that I thought guys would wear. I was slightly disappointed when this arrived because the skeins were so small. I obviously had not paid attention when ordering because I was getting these for $1 a skein! That’s a STEAL as these are usually around $5 a skein. This yarn feels like it’s more a #3, but I thought I would give it a try.

This time I found a pattern for a beanie in one of my crochet magazines and stitched it up. Again, I didn’t swatch and that’s what caused my issues.

Gary in a Crocheted Hat

It actually fits Gary pretty well. So you know that it came out a bit small. When I finished it I laughed and then I put it on to show Jay. He said, “I didn’t know you were going to make a yamaka, too.” I didn’t get a chance to have him take a picture of me wearing it, which is too bad because I look really ridiculous. I’m going to weave in the ends and give it to a children’s charity.

After the incident of the shrunken hat I did some calculating and realized that the ZZ Twist is almost exactly half the size of the yarn that was called for by the pattern. I didn’t want the yarn to go to waste as I had specifically purchased it for hats. So, I got out a second skein and am holding it double.

Crocheted Hats #4 & #3

You can see the difference in the second beanie that I made (different pattern) using this same color of yarn. I will just hold it double for all the rest of the hats. I want to use acrylic yarn so that I don’t have to worry about guys reacting to wool, and also these guys probably will be getting them sweaty and dirty. The easiest yarn to wash is acrylic so they should be all set. As long as I continue to make them the correct size!

Crocheted Hats 3-12-20

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More Machining for the CNC Router…

We are going to play the game that Jay really enjoys; he takes the pictures and I post them on my blog with whatever random explanation pops into my head. I didn’t ask him for any specifics so I’m purely going by my limited knowledge and what I see in the pictures.

If you remember, I mentioned a while ago that Jay is machining his own parts to make a new spindle holder for his CNC Router.

CNC Router 3D Holder

(This is the old/current 3D printed version.)

I just recently found out that all of the parts I’ve been posting are not for his giant CNC Router. Nope. They are for the medium CNC Router.

Original Shapeoko Frame

He basically had to make everything, except for the aluminum rails and the bed, from scratch. He originally started out working on the spindle of his big router, but somehow it turned into parts for the medium one. *sigh*

I suppose that’s similar to how I can go digging through my yarn looking for a certain color, but by the time I emerge I have suddenly kitted up three other blankets. So I guess I can’t fault him for being temporarily veered off the path.

All of the pictures I am about to show you are for the medium CNC Router.

MachinedCNC 2-1

Full disclosure: I’m not sure what the point is for some of these pictures. Like this one, for instance. As far as I know, I didn’t have to draw lots for anything so I’m not sure why we are seeing four straws at different lengths.

MachinedCNC 2-2

Wait a minute… they might be for this stepper motor. Although, if it tries to stand it’s going to be off-balance with the really fat stubby leg. It kind of looks like our neighbor’s dog who only has three legs. He can only run circles in one direction. Let’s hope this router will be able to run circles in more than one direction!

MachinedCNC 2-3

I understand now! The short stubby leg is actually what drives the screw that gives the carriage the Up-Down motion. This is not to be confused with the Uppie-Downie sander…

Small Tools Bench

Let’s see what else Jay has going on this machine.

MachinedCNC 2-4

Lovely… It’s breath-taking (I have no idea what I’m looking at…)

Since there are no other words to describe that piece, let’s move on.

MachinedCNC 2-5

My first guess is shims. Or futuristic gum. It could go either way with Jay.

MachinedCNC 2-6

Oh, wait! We have another clue! They are being clamped after having EXTREME POWER glue used on them. Wow. I hope those clamps can contain all of that power! We better move on before one springs loose and shoots our eye out.

MachinedCNC 2-7

1.1000 inches

MachinedCNC 2-8

.9495 inches

MachinedCNC 2-6

Power: EXTREME!!

What do you do with all of that extreme power???

MachinedCNC 2-9

Apparently you mill out seepage holes. I mean, come on… if you try to harness all of that power you’ll just end up burning out fuses left and right.

MachinedCNC 2-10

I think those drainage holes should be sufficient. After all, you want it to retain some of the power. We just can’t have it at the EXTREME level. It’s more of a MODERATE POWER at this point.

MachinedCNC 2-11

Feel the burn!

MachinedCNC 2-12

Wait a minute. Why did Jay make six pull tabs for pop cans??

This is just too much! Between the EXTREME POWER and now the pull tabs I think I need to go lay down. I’ll continue with his machining escapades in a later post.

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“Stand”-ing Room Only

A few weeks ago Karen, Jay’s mom, was rearranging her study. Jay had to go over and help with some technical difficulties regarding her computer, but while he was there he offered to make her a stand for her lamp to sit on. I can’t recall what happened to what it was currently sitting on. Either way, a new piece of furniture was needed.

So Jay designed and built a small stand. Then I finished it. I didn’t get any pictures of it in bare wood. Sorry. Here it is after I stained it with a medium stain:

Karen's Stand Parts

This was a new design for Jay and he gave it a little bit of flair.

Karen's Stand Legs

He gave the legs a bit of a curve and then routed the edges. I think they turned out really nice. After the pieces were poly’d and assembled it really looked nice.

Karen's Stand 3-2-20

This is a bit more stylish than what Jay has done in the past. Each project is a chance to try something new.

Karen's Stand 2 3-2-20

It’s a bit stork-like.

Karen's Stand 3 3-2-20

The top looks streaky because the last coat of poly was still wet when I took the picture.

Speaking of finishing, though, I was so excited to find something new for my area. I guess that it’s technically not new, but you know what I mean.

Michaels Paper Rack

I was very excited when I found it. I had gone to Michael’s to look at yarn and while I was waiting in the check-out line I spotted a couple of these racks with $5 price tags. There was a 8″ x 11″ and this was 12″ x 12″ (I think). I scooped it up and brought it home. Do you know why?

Kerry's Sandpaper Rack

I thought I had taken a picture of the mess this area was before getting this rack. I couldn’t find it so you’ll just have to imagine it piled with different grits of paper. I was going to buy a magazine rack to do organize my sand paper. I just never got around to it. Now all I have to do is label the different grits. How exciting!

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Baby Blankets for Pauline

I couldn’t post these earlier because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise. Now that she’s had the baby and is using these, I can show you what I made for Pauline.

When Pauline told me that she was going to have a little girl due at the end of February I instantly started thinking about all the things I could make for her. Then I put on the brakes and decided to start slow. I was almost hesitant to make blankets because nowadays some mothers won’t use them at all due to the threat of SIDS. Other people just don’t like handmade/homemade items (although, Pauline isn’t one of those).

Lion Brand had a screaming deal on their Cute As A Button chenille yarn and I couldn’t resist.

Cushy Blanket

Please excuse the lighting in the picture. In the dark dreary days of winter it’s hard to find any time with natural light, and this was the best that I could do before sending these out.

This blanket isn’t very big, but it’s really squishy! That chenille yarn makes it extra soft and very dense. I thought that this would be a great floor blanket.

Cushy Blanket Detail

See how dense and squishy it is! This will easily protect her delicate head while laying on it, plus give her a little room to roll around.

It was a free pattern (I think on Premier‘s site). I had wanted to try making a corner-to-corner blanket and this was the perfect excuse. I think it turned out really nice.

I had asked my coworkers, one of which has very small children, what was the best gift they had received for their babies. One said burp cloths (which I’m in the process of making now) and the other said lacy blankets. Her kids still carry theirs around and even if the blankets cover their faces they can still breathe. With this in mind I searched around and found an interesting pattern that I wanted to try. It came out of one of my Crochet World magazines.

Yellow Lacy Blanket

I was a little disappointed with the size when I was done, but I think it should be a nice size to be used in conjunction with the car seat. And the pattern was very interesting.

I resisted the urge to go out and buy yarn specifically for this since I’d been given a ton of baby yarn about a year ago.

Yellow Lacy Blanket Detail

Even though I knew the baby was a girl I couldn’t bring myself to use pink yarn. I wanted to use blue. I love blue so I think the baby will as well. I didn’t use blue, though. Instead I played it safe and went with this soft yellow. My younger sister had a yellow baby blanket that she dragged every where and that’s all I could picture when making this one.

Pauline and I have been best friends since 1st grade so my mom also sent some gifts.

Babe Multi-Color Blanket

I thought this was really pretty. It even has blue in it!

Babe Multi-Color Detail

I’m not sure what pattern she used, but it looks like a mile-a-minute pattern to me. Christa from The Secret Yarnery has an easy tutorial for the mile-a-minute design, including a shawl that I want to make.

My mom also quilts and I thought this blanket was absolutely adorable.

Babe Flannel Quilt

It’s small, but I think it would work well in the car or on the floor. It’s made out of flannel and is very soft.

Babe Flannel Quilt Detail

Since I don’t quilt I’m not sure what this technique is called, but it reminds me of the chenille-styled pillow she made me years ago (which is actually starting to fall apart because I’ve been using it a lot lately).

This is all that I have to show for now. I will have more in the future because I have thought of other things that I want to make for Pauline’s baby and my other friend’s baby (due at the end of August). So you better settle in because we’ve got lots more baby stuff coming down the pike!



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Finished Woodworking Projects

If you’ve been following my blog then you know that we’ve been working on Holy Water holders.

Holy Water Holder

Jay made 65 of these. And I painted all of them.

This was the first group:

Painting Holy Water Holders 2-2-20

Then the second group:

2nd Batch of Holy Water Holders 2-12-20

I used two coats per side to make sure the coverage was good.

I think they turned out okay.

Holy Water Holder Finished 2-16-20

Nothing fancy, but that’s what you get when your description is vague and nobody can decide what they really want to do.

Then a few weeks ago I asked if you knew what this drawing for Jay was supposed to be:

Calendar Holder Drawing

Do you think you know?

Here’s what it looked like in bare form:

Calendar Holder Side 2-2-20

Any idea at all?

Calendar Holder Fron 2-2-20

I’ll give you another clue. I wanted it for my desk at work.

Calendar Holder Finished 2-12-20

It’s my page-a-day calendar holder! When I tear the pages off I can put them in the bottom to be used as scrap paper. The plastic “stand” on the back was almost worthless. I spent more time trying to get it to actually stand than anything.

Isn’t it cute?

Calendar Holder Side 2-12-20

It doesn’t have to be gorgeous. It just has to be functional. And it works great!

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Project Linus Blanket #29

Project Linus Blanket #29

Project Linus Blanket #29 1-28-20 Rainbow Bright

“Rainbow Bright”

Interesting, isn’t it? I almost called this “Now in Technicolor!”

I had purchased some Cakes Aran from Ice Yarns that I thought would make a great blanket.

IceY Cakes Aran Grn-Trq-Bl-Rd-Yl 7-16-19

This is a self-striping yarn so I fully expected a look similar to what I have in this blanket. It’s a good thing that I’m not very particular because the stripes were definitely not all the same length. Some colors ran longer than others, but I didn’t care. In fact, you might be able to see where I added the white in the middle of a row or two. I figured that if the other colors were ending in random places then I could start the white randomly as well. This minimized the number of ends I had to weave in.

Project Linus Blanket #29 Dye Marks

This yarn stitched up very nicely. The one thing I didn’t like, however, is the appearance that some of the colors rubbed together before the dye was dry and set. You can see it a lot in the yellow stripes.

Project Linus Blanket #29 Color Splotches

Overall, though, I was pleased with the yarn. If I put in another order with Ice Yarns I will consider adding more of these. I was able to get around 20 rows out of each cake, which is right in line with the amount of rows I get from other #4 worsted yarns that I use for my blankets.

Luckily, I had a quality check done and it passed with flying colors (pun definitely intended!).

Project Linus Blanket #29 QA Inspection

It received the Bob stamp of approval.

Speaking of blankets and Bob’s quality checking, I have another blanket that I’m working on and would like an opinion.

Cathedral Rose Window Afghan 2-18-20

This is called the Cathedral Rose Window Afghan and is supposed to look like the stained glass window that was in the Notre Dame Cathedral. I am using a different variegated yarn than what the pattern called for, so I’m getting a bit of a different look. Since it was early morning I don’t have the best light in this picture, but it gives you an idea. This is only about 1/3 of it. I was originally going to make it for a friend, but I’m not really impressed with how it’s turning out. I might end up keeping it. Or, if any of you see it and would like it, let me know. Maybe once it’s complete it will look better. Or if it didn’t have a gray cat sitting in the middle of it. When I laid it down he thought that was the automatic invitation for him to try it out. Silly cat!

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Bathroom Closet Finished!

It feels like it took FOREVER. It got to the point where I didn’t want to walk through the living room at all.

Bathroom Closet Guts

It was just… messy.

I was going to leave the inside primed and not paint it, but then I decided that one more layer of protection wouldn’t hurt.

Bathroom Closet Painted 1-31-20

I know. It looks white. But it’s a slightly warmer white, if that makes sense. I bought special bathroom/kitchen paint that is suppose to handle moisture better than regular paint. It also has some kind of anti-mildew stuff in it. It was not cheap!

Bathroom Closet Painted 2 1-31-20

Luckily I was able to get it tinted to a color similar to what I wanted for my sewing room. Thus I will be using this paint in that room when I get to it. I was going to buy paint for the sewing room anyway, so now I definitely won’t have to worry about mildew growing in there, either.

I managed to get all of the shelves repainted.

Workbench 2-2-20

While I was doing that Jay made the new frame for the closet.

Bathroom Closet Frames 2-16-20

I asked that he make it with a peg system so that we can move the shelves around as needed. I really wasn’t sure where I wanted them, so being able to move them whenever I get the itch really makes me happy.

And Jay was happy because he made quite the mess while drilling the holes.

Drilling Holes Mess 2-16-20

Finally, after one coat of primer, they were ready to be installed.

Bathroom Closet Frame Installed 2-18-20

This side was able to be anchored to the wall, but the other side wasn’t. There’s only one sheet of drywall there so any screws or fasteners would be visible. It’s okay, though. The weight of the shelves will keep it in place.

Bathroom Closet Floor 2-18-20

I used the vinyl peel-and-stick tiles for the closet floor. Whoever built this closet did not own a tape measure because the stupid thing is not square. It’s kind of a trapezoidal shape so the tiles look really bad when you see them in person. I just keep reminding myself it’s only a closet floor. I did have Jay put a threshold down to at least finish it off a little. As you can see there still is not molding in this part of the bathroom either in or out of the closet.

I also had Jay help me hang some of those DampRid bags at the top.

Bathroom Closet DampRid 2-18-20

I really hope they help draw the moisture in so that we don’t have to worry about mildew again.

Finally, it’s finished!!!

Bathroom Closet Finished 2-18-20

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