Monthly Archives: July 2013

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Litterbox

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I moved recently and the only place to put the litter box was in the dining room. I got a covered box to replace the litter tray I was using. The covered box wasn’t working for one of my cats. She was too big and the box was too small. She would stand in the litter box and pee on the floor. I had to go back to using the litter tray. No one wants to look at that in a dining room so I devised a way to hide it.

basically attached a strip of fabric with a gap in the front to a cheap Lack table from IKEA. I used scraps from a curtain I hemmed and sewed on some velcro strips. I attached the velcro to the table with a glue gun. The table is cheap enough that I don’t care if the cats damage it. This was a pretty inexpensive project. The table was $8, the velco was $3, and I already had the rest of the supplies

This might be the first sewing project I have attempted recently where my sewing machine behaved. I usually have some extremely unpleasant long arguments with sewing machines, but not this time. Maybe I have threatened it enough times. Maybe it has lulled me in to a false sense of security. I don’t know if I should be afraid of my sewing machine next time I use it, or if I should take up quilting.

Sock it to Me

I am working on a my first pair of cuff down socks. The Steampunkery Sock kit from Holiday Yarns. I have only ever knit toe up socks. I have made enough toe up socks that I have figured out what my favorite toe (Judy’s magic cast on) and heel (the slip stich heel) are. The Steampunkery socks are not toe up. Holiday Yarns is at almost every fiber fest in my area and after frequent trip to their booth I caved and bought the kit. The pattern looked fun to knit and everyone at the booth is always  super nice.

I have been knitting these socks and the cable pattern is also pretty complex. It is the most complex cable pattern I have attempted. I realized that I didn’t want to get to the heel gusset and make a mess of it. So I cast on a cuff down sock in sport weigh yarn.

sport socks

I cast on Wednesday and I am already working on the instep and gusset. I had to rip out and reknit the heel a couple times but this is a practice sock. If it ends up fitting I might even knit the second one! Pattern is Just Yer Basic Sport Sock by Alyson Johnson. Pattern is well written and easy to follow. The yarn is Knitpicks Felici Sport in my favorite color combination (red and grays).

Moar Gloves

I finished another pair of fingerless gloves. My hands get cold easily so I want to have several pairs to leave in my bags and other strategic locations. I think I am going to knit two more pairs – one in black, and one in light gray.

It’s a pain trying to take pictures of your own hand, so Cyd helped me model them:

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I don’t think she likes them that much, they are a tad too big for her. These ones are going to be good for layering, I can wear liners under them. The pattern is Axis and the yarn is Bluemoon Fiber Arts BFL sport. I used a thinner yarn than the pattern calls for, so I added a real button band.

Winter is Coming

It’s day 5 of a heat wave and it’s too hot to be outside. The attempted natures walks of yesterday did not end well. Staying inside in the air conditioning meant I had some time to finish up a couple of projects. I finished up a hat and pair of fingerless gloves.

Hat is knit from my own improvised pattern, yarn is Blue Moon Fiber BFL sport color way Drucilla.

Pooled hat BMF BFL Sport

The only thing I had to do was weave in the ends. It took about 10 minutes of effort. Basic pattern is CO 90, join. K2 P1 for about an inch. Knit 4 inches (hat is now 5 inches long). Place markers every 10 stitches and decrease.

Gloves are Fruit Loop Gloves in Madeline Tosh Sock, color is Tart.

Fruit loop gloves in Madeline Tosh sock

I started these last summer in Montreal, and I only had the thumbs to finish. Pattern modified to make them fingerless. I learned that it is really hard to take a picture of your own hand. Yarn in the picture is for the next problem that I am going to cast on.