This time these jute scrubbies are…. coloured! I have 4 colours to choose from – red, green, blue and a sage green (I think that’s my favourite!)
I have had all the jute scrubbies tested – some liked them more than others but it was down more to what they were used to rather than any issues with how well they worked. Men seemed to find them a little small, so I will sort out a large option too.
They were tested on dishes, floors, baths, countertops, painting easels, tiles, pots and pans… you get the idea. They worked well, washed up easily (I sometimes put mine in the dishwasher if there isn’t going to be a towel load that day) – the first one I ever made is still in use almost 5 months later.
One of my testers also found that they were great for exfoliating her legs before she shaved them too! I’ll be adding a round shape for those, but I have the oval and rectangular ones in that Etsy listing right now.
They are gentle on non-stick pans – one tester commented that she loved hers as the cheese that was baked onto her pan came off but didn’t get stuck on the jute like it would on a plastic scrubbie. Like the natural jute scrubbies, these are also compostable, washable, and recycleable – the perfect eco-friendly product!
I made a few more drawstring project bags – next up will be some zippered ones; there’s a few more drawstring styles I plan on trying. I do have to sort out zippers, which means deciding what I want to make with which fabric and then not changing my mind. You don’t look up “indecisive” in the dictionary and see a photo of me, no, not at all….
I made a couple of large red, cream, and brown drawstring bags – they are lined in cream fabric but 2 different ones. They are the same size as the mustard ones, but are in a heavier fabric.
Then there are 2 purple reversible project bags made from a light cotton fabric – one is dark purple with large light purple starbursts and the other is light purple with dark purple starbursts. Each side has drawstrings – use the dark side for light yarns and the light one for dark yarns.
I tried a new design – boy, do I need to pay attention more! It’s not a hard pattern to follow – no curves, nothing to miter or anything but I took forever to make them because I kept making silly mistakes and having to unpick and resew. To be fair, I usually don’t follow a pattern so I’m not used to it and whizz along until, ooops, time to get the seam ripper out. I also added in a lining, which adds all of 2 steps to the pattern.
This one’s a lime green cotton with a Liberty MacIntosh Roses lawn fabric. I haven’t sewn with a Liberty fabric before and it’s a little more slippery than I thought it would be. The zip is cream and the pocket is large enough to hold some notions, a small pair of scissors and a folded up pattern. The lining is cream cotton.
These 2 use the same main fabric – a kelly green cotton, and then the accent fabric are Summersville Fabrics: black houses, libraries and cars/buses and the other is a green with small houses and trees. They have either black or green topstitching and dark green ribbon to close. I think I like the black one better – which do you prefer?
Some of these are already listed in my etsy shop here. If you prefer Ebay, they are also listed here.
and here’s the first one – Mustard & Black.
The others will get listed over the next couple of days.
I plan on making more fabric items this year and I started with this lovely knitting/crochet projectbag. It’s made from high quality quilting cotton and lined in cream cotton. There’s black grosgrain ribbon pulled through an abstract black & white quilting cotton to close it, and it will hold 3-4 skeins of fingering yarn + needles/hooks and notions. I have enough fabric to make 3 but after that, no more. So kind of “Limited Edition”…. 🙂
It’s listed in my Etsy shop here and I plan on having more join it soon. What do you look for in a knitting bag – pockets for notions? Do you prefer a zippered bag, or a drawstring with a toggle on it? How about fabric — funky, elegant, cheerful? Give me some ideas!
I really get used to using a yarn sometimes – and these yarns have been around for over 5 years, so it was a bit of a shock when I went to order more rainbow acrylic yarns for boobs and the colours I use weren’t available anymore. I sent off an email to the yarn company, but it seems that this yarn is discontinued and what I have left is all I can get.
So…. I had to find another rainbow yarn – or 3. Ice Yarns didn’t have any suitable at the time, so I looked elsewhere. Sirdar has a yarn that’s exactly like the first rainbow yarn I use but it’s 20% wool and a lot more expensive. Boo. I have enquired about being a stockist but I haven’t yet taken it any further as they have salesmen that you have to order through instead of actually just ordering online.
So I kept looking and a few months later, I saw a new rainbow yarn on the Ice Yarns Website. It’s heavier than the other Ice Yarns rainbow yarn by a fair bit but I decided to order it anyway and adjust my pattern. I managed to get a new boob made with it fairly quickly once it arrived with only minimal adjusting of the pattern which was a bonus.
I don’t often talk about my anatomical knits. Mostly because some people get very embarrassed when I tell them what I’m knitting when I’m out in public – but not children, interestingly. They always want to know “Why?” And I tell them as much as I think they will understand – or the adult they are with is comfortable with me telling them.
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I make crochet breasts and have made hundreds. I do occasionally get requests for modifications to my pattern – some I won’t do, some I can’t and some I don’t have time to make to the buyer’s timeline. (The request at the beginning of my Christmas rush for 3 knit alimentary tracts fell into this category). The request below didn’t fall into those categories.
I had a buyer in the US ask if I could modify a crochet breast to add a simulated tumour inside it. It took several tries to get it right, and even then I wasn’t sure. I sent it off to the buyer and then another one off to an IBCLC I know who is also a nurse. Both were impressed, so I guess I got it right as my IBCLC friend said: “I think you have nailed it. It is really good. The lump is not obvious unless you palpate the breast and women are told to use the flat of their hand and not finger tips to do this. If you do it that way you do find it but you have to be thorough which is what women need to be when looking for lumps. Got my husband to try it and he found the lump too.”
You have to palpate the breast to feel the “tumour” just as you would if you were self-examining your own breasts. I didn’t make it easy to feel because usually tumours aren’t easy to feel in a real breast.
It’s shorter and has a cardboard insert to press against while you palpate to find the tumour. It’s made from the same ever-popular pastel rainbow yarn and high quality polyfill as with my other crochet breasts.
Most of my anatomical knits are used as medical teaching aids or models – they don’t break, are washable and you don’t have to worry about handing them to all and sundry when teaching. You can find this Crochet Breast with Tumour in my Etsy Shop, Anatomical Knits by LGD.
Blocking, what’s blocking, I can hear some of you ask. Especially if you have visited to look at my recipes…. Blocking is magic. It transforms a crumpled up a used tissue-looking piece of knitting or crochet into a fabulous piece of lace, cabling, plain stocking stitch hat/scarf/cowl/sweater/whatever that no one would be embarrassed to wear.
Sometimes the transformation is subtle, sometimes it looks like it’s not the same piece at all. There are whole threads on Ravelry.com about blocking, how-to do it and the results in photos… lots of photos….
This is an example of crochet. Not my crochet, I got this vintage crocheted table runner off ebay. It’s original measurements were 14″ x 22″. I think it was also ‘tea-dyed’ as when I washed it, a lot of colour came off and there are now some paler patches. I wonder if it was white, but was dyed after a tea-spilling accident?
When I washed it, I put it in a bowl of body temperature water, with a tiny bit of Eucalan, a non-rinse hand detergent. Then I swished it around a bit and left it in the water to soak and relax the fibres. When I got back to it a couple of hours later (usually I soak for 20 minutes) the water was tea-coloured and the crochet runner was lighter – not a lot but noticeably. I squished as much of the water out as I could then rolled it up in a towel and squeezed it again. Then I laid it out on my blocking mats (I have to get some that don’t have holes!) and began pinning out the middle 8 motifs.
This photo shows 7 of 8 center motifs pinned out. I started pinning like a clock face at 12,3,6 and 9 then pinned in between pulling the motif into as circular a shape as it would go. Then I moved onto the next one. There are about 20 pins for each motif.
This shows one corner pinned and stretched out. I pinned all 4 corners first, then started pinning from each corner towards the middle of each edge. I found that the middles would stretch more than the corners so tried to pull out the middles enough, but not so much I ended up with a piece with bowed out edges. You can see how much the crochet has opened up!
This is just a close-up of one corner.
The piece completely pinned out. I actually had to go out and buy more pins as I ran out even before I finished the center.
It stretched out to 17″ x 27″ and I suspect I could have stretched it out more. There are some ends of threads I’ll trim that have popped out because of the blocking, I don’t think it had ever been blocked. I’m not quite sure yet what I’ll do with it, I might sell it as is, for a photo prop layer, or I might sew it onto a little velvet blanket for a mini-bed prop…
Is it *that* time of year already? Time to think about Halloween Items in my etsy shop! I guess so….
So what do I have for Halloween? I have Trick or Treat Bags! Whichever you prefer – cotton tote bags, or crocheted cotton bags… take your pick! Either are perfect for your scariest or prettiest toddler to take out trick or treating. The large crocheted Frankenstein one is often used as a book bag too! These have been very popular the last couple of years! If you’d like one, check out the photos, there are links to each one in my etsy shop at the bottom of the photos.
Pick your favourite and tell me why in the comments!
I have these crochet mannequin heads listed in my etsy shop in white and black and last week I was contacted about making 2 in another colour, ‘natural’. When queried, she meant an oatmeal/light tan colour. These are used as product photography props for 6-12 month hats. I have made other sizes, but have to refine them.
So I knew where I could get an oatmeal colour yarn quickly and set up a custom listing for the customer, and bought the yarn when I was picking son up from school. I had to adjust the pattern as it was for a heavier yarn – more increases, more rows, smaller hook size but not a difficult re-write…
I think I’m going to list this new colour in my shop, and then offer the patterns with kits with the corresponding black/white/oatmeal yarns… but first the crochet mannequin heads themselves!