Yarn Love Challenge Continued…

Oops, I missed sharing with you guys for a week!

Day 13 – Selfie
I didn’t feel up to a real selfie, so instead I shared embroidered doll selfies of Matt & I.

Day 14 – Yarn Love
My yarn love has to be Knit Picks Palette. The 150 colors make is perfect for designing color work.

Day 15 – Family
Some of the family of creatures I’ve knit for Matt in the years we’ve been together.

Day 16 – Happy Color
Red is my happy color. I wouldn’t want it everywhere, but I do love a pop of it.

Day 17 – Fiber Friends
A few of the fiber friends who live in my craft room.

Day 18 – Grateful
I’m grateful for a husband who is ok with his living room being covered in my knitting projects.

Day 19 – On the Go
Knitting on the go at the MN Knitters’ Guild annual tea party.

Day 20 – Handmade Home
Of few of the many pillows I’ve knit and sewn for our house, as well as, the blanket I knit for Matt as a wedding present.

Day 21 – Library
Since I tend to create my own patterns, I don’t have a huge crafting library. I do, though have a nice collection of what I consider reference books to help me design.

Day 22 – Currently Wearing
It is not cold enough for most of the things I’ve knit, but my Alzada shawl is just right.

Day 23 – Throwback
My San Francisco knitting group from back in the early 2000’s. I’ve knit with a lot of people since, but this was the best group ever.

Day 24 – Favorite Tip
I love using the short needles many people use for socks for knitting mitten thumbs and cabling.

Day 25 – Routine
It is very routine for me to cast on a new set of mittens. I’ve made so many and have so many more planned.

Day 26 – Newest Stash
My latest stash is one you have seen on here, it’s the Lettlopi I bought in Iceland in January.

Just two days left to go!

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More Yarn Love Challenge

Continuing on my Yarn Love Photo Challenge…

Day 6 – Mistakes
I am swatching a color work design for a pattern submission and had to start over because I worked it upside down! I am brave starting over while drinking wine.

Day 7 – Stripes
I like to work and design in #stripes whether it is stripes of color or stripes of things like snowflakes.

Day 8 – Where I Craft
This is where I craft in the living room of my loft overlooking downtown Minneapolis. It is bright and sunny in the day and cozy at night with a fire in the fireplace.

Day 9 – Tools
I think these might be some of a knitter’s most important #tools. I feel like I’m always asking people what they got for gauge.

Day 10 – Oldest Stash
This is probably the oldest thing in my stash since I have tried to giveaway everything I don’t think I’ll use. It is a ribbon yarn I got to knit Kyoto 14 years ago! I never finished that sweater….

Day 11 – Travel Projects
I thought I’d be doing some travel knitting today but that fell through, so instead here are the project bags I take when traveling. Two are Doctor Who, one is made of a dish towel I got in Sweden and the dala horse one was a gift.

Day 12 – Progress
I was struggling with creating a pattern to make prize ribbons for a State Fair yarnbombing, but today I finally made progress.

Tomorrow I’ll share the pattern for these ribbons.

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Yarn Love Challenge

Are you a knitter on Instagram? Are you doing the Yarn Love Challenge? It certainly seems like a big chunk of us are!

Basically, we have been give prompts for each day in February and asked to post a photo around those prompts. We are only six days in, but it has been a lot of fun to see where the prompts take different people. I’m learning a lot about the people I follow and meeting lots of new ones too.

Here are my first five posts…

Day 1 – introduction Live in Minneapolis, MN, but have also lived in San Francisco, CA. Grew up in Port Huron, MI. Married to the fabulous Matt for 10 years. No kids or pets. Knitting for about 30 years, but I also love to sew, embroidered and other various crafts. Mittens are my favorite thing to design and knit. Hate to do housework! Love to travel the world with my husband and always bring back souvenir yarn. Brave enough to post this selfie on a no makeup day!

Day 2 of the is closeup. This is the yarn I am knitting a cardigan for myself with. It is a blend of Icelandic wool and Thai silk called Einrum.

Day 3 – currently making This is the cardigan I am knitting for me. Every year I say I am going to knit myself a sweater & this year I will do it!

Day 4 is speed. I am not at all speedy when knitting in the round with three colors on double points!

Day 5 of the is community. This is my group on Ravelry and they are my biggest cheerleaders. They give me confidence and inspiration to keep designing everyday. I also love how much they help and cheer on each other.

You can follow me on Instagram, @just_crafty_enough, and see all the challenge photos by searching #yarnlovechallenge.

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #26 Round Up

Here we are at the last round up for Iron Craft. It has been a wonderful six year run! Since this was the last challenge we told the crafters to go ahead and make whatever they liked.

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Kat – Just Crafty Enough
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
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Kathee
Mittens
QAMom
Lace bookmark.
Ros Clarke
Iron Craft Joy
Lindsay
Technicolor Throw Blanket

Thanks again to everyone who has been involved for one challenge or twenty-six a year!

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge 26 – Monogrammed Glasses

For this last Iron Craft challenge we could do whatever we wanted. I used it as a chance to do a project I’ve been wanting to do for awhile, monogramming some glasses with etching cream. Why did I wait so long do this? Well, it’s because the glasses I wanted to monogram are actually the jars our local grocery store’s mustard comes in and I had to wait for Matt to finish up the mustard!
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
This was such a simple project, but I love the finished look. They really don’t look like a DIY at all (or mustard jars for that matter). I have three done and am just waiting for the fourth one to be emptied.

The trickiest part of this project was finding the stencils in a font I liked. The stencils I used are the Plaid/FolkArt Peel & Stick Painting Stencils. They are a bit like the Colorforms I played with as kids, though a little stickier. They say they are reusable up to 20 cleanings. I was really happy with how well they stuck, even on the third one, and the sharp edges I was able to get.Both JoAnn and Michael’s carry them, but both had different fonts and designs.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses

Monogrammed Glasses

Supplies:

  • clean, dry glasses
  • ruler
  • non-permanent marker
  • peel & stick stencils
  • small paintbrush
  • etching cream (I used Martha Stewart’s.)

1. Use the ruler and marker to mark where you want the stencil on your glass. This is especially important if you are doing more than one glass and want them to look the same.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
2. Place the stencil on the glass. These stencils are a little stretch, so make sure to stick it on straight and not distorted. Press down all over with your finger, paying special attention to the edges of the letter.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
3. Use the small paintbrush to fill the stencil with etching cream. You really want to make sure it is on thick. Be careful not to getting etching cream anywhere else on the glass, you can wipe it off right away if you do.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
4. Let sit the amount of time your cream calls for, mine was 15 minutes.

5. Without removing the stencil, wash the bulk of the cream off the glass under warm water. Remove the stencil and wash the glass to remove any remaining cream.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
Clean and dry the stencil to use again and move on to the next glass.

My etching cream says the glasses will now be top rack safe in the dishwasher, though I bet the etching will last longer if they are washed by hand.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
I think these would be a fabulous gift. I’ll need to remember it for the future.

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #25 Round Up

With all the shopping going on this season we asked the Iron Crafters to make something using only things they already had. We only had a few crafters join in during this busy season, but one went over the top!

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Kathee #1
Pine cone ornaments
Kathee #2
Hat ornament
Kathee #3
Wreath ornament
Kathee #4
Santa favors
And Kathee #5!
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Just Crafty Enough – Kat
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 25 - Ottomna Slipcover and Throw Pillow.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 25 - Ottomna Slipcover and Throw Pillow.
NY Star Cards
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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #26 – The Last Hurrah

This is it the last Iron Craft challenge of 2016 and, I hate to say it, but the last Iron Craft challenge (for awhile anyway). It has been a wonderful six year run. That is 182 challenges, since in the first year we did one a week! But all good things must come to an end and I feel like it is time for Iron Craft to take a break. I have not been able to commit as much time to it over the last year and I feel that same energy from many of the members as well. We have gone from challenges have 30 projects to many just having 2 or 3.
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We have met some of the most amazing and supportive crafters doing this project. I especially want to call out some of those who have been with us since the early days, Dr. Russ (our best cheerleader!), Tawny B, Ros Clarke, Line Labrecque, and my MIL Kathee. All of you who participated made this project worth doing and really pushed me to broaden my crafting skills.

So for this last challenge, we want you to make whatever you want. I’m sure there is a project you’ve been thinking of doing, but never had the right challenge for it. This is the chance to get it done and show it off.

Reveal day is Tuesday, January 3rd. Please only share in progress photos before that day. Tag photos with IC1626 and IronCraft.

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge 25 – Ottoman Slipcover & Throw Pillow

This Iron Craft challenge was about using things you already had in your stash. This was good timing for me because I needed to sewing up some items for my sister reusing an old duvet cover and cushion cover. She wanted me to turn them into an ottoman slipcover and large throw pillow.

The throw pillow was easy, I just cut the appropriate sized pieces from the duvet cover to fit a large pillow insert I had bought awhile back. I made it even easier and used one of the seams from the duvet as a seam on the pillow, so I only had to sew three.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 25 - Ottomna Slipcover and Throw Pillow.
The ottoman slipcover was a little trickier. She had given me the old slipcover to use as a guide and a cushion cover that was the exact size to fit the top of the ottoman. I while back, I had even bought the blue coordination fabric to go with it, but everything sat in my craft room.

First I used a seam ripper to remove the bottom of the cushion cover. This let me see what I had to work with. Then I cut lengths of the blue fabric for the skirt until I had enough to go around the whole cushion, plus 12 inches extra for each corner box pleat. I seamed those lengths together and hemmed them all to the right length plus the seam allowance to sew it on.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 25 - Ottomna Slipcover and Throw Pillow.
(I don’t have and ottoman so show it to you on, so here is just a corner on my chaise to give you and idea of it.)

Sewing it on was a bit tricky as I had to make sure to get right up to the edge of the piping to make sure to catch it too. Luckily, I had the right foot for my sewing machine to do it! Also I’d never done box pleats before, but they were easier than I expected.

I think this project turned out pretty good and I’m happy with the way it reused the fabric my sister had.

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #24 Round Up

For this challenge the Iron Crafters were asked to create something that was shiny and/or bright. Shiny seemed like the popular way to go!

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Tawny B.
Iron Craft #24: Shiny and Bright
Kathee
Shiny and bright
NY Star Cards
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Just Crafty Enough – Kat
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 24 - Pine Cone Trees

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #25 – Using What You’ve Got

I don’t know about you guys, but this time of year can often feel like all we are doing is spend, spend, spend. So, let’s give our wallets a break with this challenge and make something with things we already have around the house. You can make whatever you want, but do not buy any new supplies. Bonus points if you use up non-crafting items too!
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Reveal day is Tuesday, December 20th. Please only share in progress photos before that date. Tag photos with IC1625 and IronCraft.

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