Saturday, January 11, 2014

Another Arm Knit Scarf


Another two arm knit scarves made with Simply Maggie's arm knitting tutorial, similar to this one I previously made. I used two skeins of Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn in the color Claret to make two scarves, one slightly smaller than the second one since there was less yarn left over and I cast on fewer stitches to begin with. The first one brown scarf that I made was a little thick so I went for about I cast on only 9 stitches instead (comparison shot at end).

Close up from Joann's website

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DIY Twisted Headband

Largely inspired by this excellent Say Yes to Hoboken Turban Twisted Scarf tutorial and a Forever 21 elastic headband, I made a twisted headband with an elastic back. I used a fat quarter from Joann's (with leftovers remaining) and 1/2" elastic.

 I folded the fabric in half and free-handed a template to cut out four identical oval shapes.

 Next, I sewed the pieces right sides together with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a gap on the side to turn them inside out.

Crossing the two pieces and pinning the ends together. I sewed a small line across each end to connect the folded halves together.

 For the elastic across the back I made a small tube about twice as long as the elastic piece which ended up being about 5 inches (based on rough measurements after seeing how long the rest of the headband was on my head). 

The rectangle measured about 2"by 10".

For the elastic, I used a safety pin to guide the elastic through first. I sewed one end down to the main part of the headband in a triangular shape and did the same to the other side securing the elastic as well.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mini Spice Rub Gift Jars

For a quick and simple Christmas present, I made a small collection of three spice rubs for my dad using recipes I found online (after extensive research for the best rated recipes). 
For the containers, I cleaned out old baby food jars and painted the rims of the lids with nail polish, adding paper labels to the lids and sides.
Links to the recipes: Grilled Shrimp, Grilling Dry Rub (Hugh's Dry Rub), and Barbeque Spice Rub (Johnny's Spice Rub) (the more red colored spice jar).