That’s my mountain dulcimer taking up seat number 5… 🙂   I saw several DIY PVC guitar racks being talked about online, and the one thing I noticed, besides that they’re ugly, is they really minimize the space they take up. We have 5 ukes, and a banjolele, though one uke is of the flying V body style so it won’t work in this, and while I have nice, pretty wooden stands, they take up quite a bit of space. And today I really wanted to build something, so here’s what I did. Approximate Finished Dimensions 18″ high x 28″ wide x 16.5″ deep Purchase List 2 x 10′ 1/2″ PVC pipe ($4.16) 14 1/2″ PVC pipe T fittings ($4.76) 6 1/2″ PVC pipe caps ($1.38) 11 1/2″ PVC pipe 90° elbows ($4.40) pipe cutting tool ($7) glue (optional and I only used to to glue the main sections together in case I want to disassemble it in the futureand store it flat) ($6) How to Prepare You will need to do a lot of cutting. Here’s the breakdown of how many, how long. I only used 15′ of the pipe total. 5 x 1.75″ 7 x 3″ 10 x 4″ 6 xRead the rest…

I haven’t posted in a few weeks but I’ve been busy with my crochet, some knitting, and I started a new craft last night. Let’s start at the beginning though. Let’s start with my Mickey blanket which I was only able to finish with the help of a really nice fellow yarn crafter who mailed me a few yards of the orange yarn I needed to finish. I didn’t want to buy a whole new skein of yarn for just 8 or 10 yards worth that I needed. The #mickey #blanket is finally finished! My orange yarn fairy came thru and sent me just enough yarn to finish and my scraps were just enough to stitch the blocks together. I’m pretty sure I know where this one will end up too! #crochet #crafting #madebyme #redheart #yarn A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Jul 4, 2015 at 6:22pm PDT I’m still not 100% sure what I’ll be doing with the Mickey blanket, but I suspect I will be gifting it to someone in the future. After that, I started a new blanket, and while I’ve done quite a bit on it, I want to make it bit enoughRead the rest…

After exactly 6 weeks, I finished my second crochet project ever, my Granny Ripple blanket. This crochet blanket is just big enough for our queen sized bed. My original plan was to do 4 repeats of the rainbow but it turned out that 3 were enough. Aside from my foundation chain being too tight and it making my ripple a bit wonky on that edge, I had no issues with it and it turned out super well! A few suggestions were made about my foundation chain issues such as using a technique to use actual stitches for my foundation instead of a chain (forget what its called) or to go up a hook size when chaining. I’m trying hard this weekend to finish my knit blanket so I can move onto my next project- I want to do a pink and white baby blanket using the leftover white yarn from my knit blanket, and the rose colored yarn of the same type I got super cheap off of Amazon. Hopefully sometimes Monday I’ll be posting photos of my finished knit blanket too!Read the rest…

I got the idea in my head a few days ago that I needed to knit myself some slippers. I saw several patterns I really liked, but after reviewing several of them, I realized I have no idea how to read a knitting pattern that’s written as a diagram. Then I found this patter, the Parkspin Slippers by Joan Janes. The instructions looked really simple, the slippers are knitted flat in one piece, and I figured there was no way I could mess them up unless maybe my gauge was off or something. Because slippers matter that the size is right, I did knit a gauge swatch and found with the yarn I was using (a black based bulk buy yarn from Joann’s that looks like some assorted neon colors puked on it. I think it was a regrettable purchase when I saw how it knit up, but Mattie loves it.) knits up the stitches in the right width when I used I think it was size 10.5 or 11 needles, but the length was a little short. I ended up doing a few more rows then the pattern called for in the first part of the design to getRead the rest…

Friday I decided to work on a project using the scant remains of a skein of yarn I had. The knitting bug has bitten me hard to say the least but I’m having so much fun with it! This yarn was the leftovers from my very short lived attempt at crocheting, and it also made up some of the stripes (about 1/4th of them) in my practice scarf. There wasn’t a lot left, so I decided to make a preemie-sized baby beanie with it. Apparently I judged the size of my project well because there was literally only about 18″ of yarn left after I finished it! It turned out really well and I’m quite pleased with it. I’ve added it to my shop for purchase , so you can see it by clicking the link above. I plan on doing another one Saturday while Mattie is out with his dad and probably while he is playing video games or if we watch TV. Its such an easy project to do and doesn’t take a lot of effort to do it. I did need some help is figuring out how many stitches I needed to cast on as well as the sizeRead the rest…

Simplicity 9723 features a dress with two styles of skirt, and a jacket. At PatternReview.com, two people have reviewed this pattern and they have had mixed things to say. One, its extremely historically inaccurate. Two, there have been various issues with the pattern, which I was glad I read about before getting started. The bad comments were almost enough to make me search for another pattern to use for Halloween (yup this is the basis of my Halloween costume this year!) but in the end I decided to go with it and make corrections as needed. I spent a small fortune on fabrics for this project and so far I seem to have overbought across the board but the fabric allowances given on the envelope back are given for multiple pieces of the costume together-  there is no measurement given for just the jacket, its the jacket and skirt together. This left to me guessing at the amounts needed and at this point I have an extra yard+ of silver pleather as well as a good 1.5 yards left over of the black poly-cotton broadcloth. The jacket is done in a bright silver metallic pleather with a reptile texturing toRead the rest…

  Another Pinterest find, this babydoll negligee is too cute with all the ruffles and light, fluffy layers. You can find the directions to make this here, and her instructions are very easy to follow. This uses 8 pieces total, and 5 of them are just strips of fabric to make the ruffles. Chiffon is inexpensive and most of us have some soft ribbon around to use or the ties, so this is would make a gorgeous low-cost alternative to store-bought (and pricey!) lingerie. I’d call that a win!Read the rest…

I was browsing Pinterest (I have such mixed feelings about it but occasionally I find my way back to it) and looking for free sewing patterns. I came across some really cute ideas, but so many are not suited to my body type, or would take a lot of scaling as the patterns were only available in very small sizes. Then I saw this. This jacket has the prettiest draping and the shape is interesting given the way the seams run. Its made out of a stretch knit fabric, and I definitely want to make one for myself before winter comes. The jacket is made from three pieces of fabric and the only pattern you really need is a few measurements form your tape measure. Here’s the link! Its from a few years ago but I absolutely love it.Read the rest…

Back in October, I sewed View B from Kwik Sew 1425 out of a wild pink and black knit that I loved. I decided this Wednesday evening to sew up View C, which is identical except for having a cross-cross detail on the back. I did make a few minor changes to the pattern, and I will list them off. I added a band to the bottom hemline. I laid my pieces out and planned to make the shirt a few inches longer when cutting, then I spaced out and cut it as is. The band was added to the bottom hem to both add length, and I first ran elastic through it, which I ended up pulling out because I just didn’t like it. I hemmed the neckline and sleeves edges rather than use the binding method suggested by the pattern. This was due to finding that the fabric I used, while stretchy, was not stretchy enough to make use of the binding strips as I cut them. Instead of re-cutting them a few inches longer, I just hemmed the raw edges instead. I added 6 criss-cross bands instead of just the required 2 pieces. I may have gottenRead the rest…

Since my order I put in to fabric.com finally came in on Monday, I washed and dried my new fabrics this morning and got to work printing, cutting, and taping the pieces for this free pattern at Be My Goth. I’ve had this pattern bookmarked for ages but was on the fence about actually making it. When I saw the fiery red-orange crochet lace on clearance I knew that was going to be what I made it with. I already had a yard of dark grey rib knit in my stash from another project I’d bought for, so that was set.   The pattern has three pieces- front, back, and the sleeve cuffs, but I made a few changes to it as I went. I cut the largest size, but did not add the seam allowances as instructed. My crochet lace has quite a bit of stretch, and I’m not sure her pattern was designed for a fabric with stretch in it. She doesn’t mention stretch in it anyway. I tried it on and found the neckline to be too wide, causing it to fall off of my shoulders, so I gently rounded over the corners at the edges ofRead the rest…