Posts from the ‘Hobbies’ Category

Origami Tweet

I’ve been playing with my origami paper for the past few days. I just finished a little bird that I thought turned out particularly cute and wanted to share. I folded him with 6″x6″ origami paper and he turned out to be about 2″ tall.

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Drawing Again

I’ve been drawing again. This little fairy was done with prisma pencils, and the woman’s face was done with copic markers. These are three new marker colours I got with piggy bank change (I just love my piggy bank change) I thought it would be fun to carry three or four colors around with me to do tonal work. These are the same colors that copic sells with there sepia set for just that purpose. I liked the colors, but I didn’t want everything that came in the set… Or rather I didn’t want to PAY for everything they have in the set. So… I just bought the pieces I actually wanted.The markers are… Sepia E37, Sand E33, and Brick Beige E31. If any of you are interested.

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Rubber Bands

Here’s something fun I’ve recently discovered. Rubber band looms. The one I have is called a “Rainbow Loom”. I chose this one, because out of all of the ones I looked at this one is the most versatile. Not only can I expand the length and width by adding a second loom (something you can do with other brand looms as well) but I can change my loom set up from offset pegs to in line pegs. I haven’t yet found another brand that allows that. I also like the clear pegs. It makes it easier for me to see wich rubber band I need to hook. Rubber band looms are actually considered childrens toys, but I’ve never let that stop me before. I have no problem letting my inner child play. With that being said here are a few things I’ve made. Video instructions for all of these things can be found on Youtube. Just type in Rainbow Loom and all sorts of fun projects will come up for you to do. 🙂

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The first rubber band charm I made.

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Baby Duck, Candy Cane, and Poodle Charms.

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Bracelets I made following along with youtube videos.

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Pink and white poodle I made following along with a youtube video.

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This is what my Rainbow Loom looks like.

Split Rings

Spent the weekend doing shuttle tatted split rings.

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Mattel Knitting Machine

I managed to get a 1974 mattel knitting machine from ebay and it works beautifuly. My R.A. has REALLY been bothering me a lot lately and the crank knitter has not been bothering it at all. I’m one of those people who needs to constantly be doing something with my hands (I start to get stressed out if I don’t. Crafting enhances my calm.) and R.A. can slow that down quite a bit. I can see myself using this little cutie a lot. The one I bought still had the pattern book with it, so it was a really lucky find. I’ve been making the “puffs” or “granny circles” that are in the book. They are supposed to be sewn together to make something larger. They are basically a knitted version of the yo yo’s that people make out of cloth.

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Project Book

Project Book

Martha Stewart Loom

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I recently sold a stuffed animal I crocheted and used the money I made from it to buy my daughter and I each a Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom. I’m loving all the different looms I can make with it. It feels sturdy in my hands when I use it. I also really like that I can use large gauge or small gauge pegs. I always hated the fact that I couldn’t use a single strand of worsted weight yarn with my Knifty Knitters. I CAN do that with the Martha Stewart loom. So far the only thing I’ve found about this loom that is a bit bothersome is that when I’m using my small gauge pegs some of them want to wiggle loose. On the up side though I figured out a little trick to help with that. At the bottom of the peg. The end that inserts into the loom… the pegs have a gap in the center… If I use something (coin or back side of a butter knife) to widen the gap a little  on the ones that are doing that, it has been taking care of the problem. Other than that, it’s been a nice loom to use and I’ve really been enjoying it.

Cheer Leader

I totally forgot to show you the cheer leader outfit I knitted! This pattern is from the fun to knit doll clothes book. Like most of the patterns in the book it was simple to make, but still very cute. 🙂