Monday, February 25, 2013

Sometimes treasures find you....

I love old furniture. When my Uncle went into the nursing home, my cousin gave me the furniture in the house....after I found out he didn't want it that is. You see, most of this furniture belonged to my grandparents. It's a good thing my Uncle was a pack rat because he had wonderful things that he had kept alive and well during his lifetime. For me, it was family furniture and it had historic and sentimental value. And yes, Pinterest gave me umpteen ideas on how to refinish all these lovely pieces.

Of course having quite a few pieces to refinish hasn't stopped me from hitting the second hand stores or the pawn shops. About three weeks ago, I left my husband at the chiropractor's for his appointment and ran across the street to the Pawn Shop. Of course I found a couple of pieces and told the owner I'd be back with my husband. Well, after his appointment, my husband was in no shape to go treasure shopping and so we left for home an hour and a half away.

Today, we were back in the city and that Pawn Shop was at the top of my list. I really went back for this cute little rocking chair but I had also looked at this unusual fold down table that was really unstable and had seen better days. My husband looked at the table and told me it would be a beautiful piece once re-glued and stabilized with new hardware. The pawn shop owner told us the table was a gate leg table and upon looking closer, I finally saw it's real potential. It was certainly made of good wood as the darn thing was heavy! My poor little rocking chair had a couple of really poor paint jobs. Originally, it had been varnished and then it had a bright blue coat of paint on top of that and then some poor soul had painted it dark brown on top of that but had not primed it first and so in the places that it had been scratched, you could see the bright blue.

Luckily, the owner was looking to clear out the old furniture as he had sold out and the new owner did not want to sell used furniture, which was a shame. We got a good deal on both pieces and brought them home in our SUV.

 The table is missing a leaf or maybe two, but my husband says that once we know what kind of wood it is, he can fabricate some leaves to fit the table if we want to extend it. If only this old furniture could talk! It just needs to be stripped to see what kind of wood it is!
I love the wood worked pattern on this old rocking chair! It's low to the ground, but has no arms and from what we can see, never had any arms! The rockers are in mint condition so that means it hasn't seen all that much use.

More projects on my hit list for the summer and fall...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blanket is finished with a few modifications...

I'm not sure what it is with me and patterns, I know how to read a crochet pattern but the last two patterns I've made, there have been modifications to them made by me. The knitting part of the blanket went off without a hitch but the crochet boarder, well, I had to reduce the amount of single crochets drastically.

This is my finished blanket with the crochet trim, still needs to be washed. I love how it turned out. 
 This is a close up of the boarder I did on the underside. The single crochet I did between the knitted rows turned out beautifully and stabilized the blanket edges really well. The pattern called for two single crochet stitches in each space between the rows and that was way too much, made the blanket edge really bulky. Of course the yarn I used is super thick and works wonderfully with the Knifty Knitters. Even with only one single crochet per space, that became bulky also and so then when that happened, I'd skip a single crochet stitch in one of the spaces between the rows. I then totally skipped the shell edge that was called for, the blanket already looked wonderful!

I can't wait to mail it!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Still loving my KK looms

This is a special baby gift for a great niece or nephew. I've been working at it for almost a month and I'm just over the half way mark. I don't always have time to create hand made pieces, but this winter, I am determined to finish this beautiful soft blanket for the new baby. 

I used my long blue KK loom and worked it around. So what you see in the photo is only half the width. This is not a double sided blanket. The edges of the blanket will be stabilized with a crochet boarder. The yarn is a luxuriously soft yarn by Bernat called Baby Blanket. It's really lovely to work with. Here is the link:

Baby blanket pattern

If you look closely, the knitting is nice and even and the knitting just feels sooooo soft. I love how I can pick up my looms when I'm relaxing after a long day at work and just create something so beautiful. I'm always on the hunt for new looming patterns with easy to understand instructions. Of course Youtube has lots of wonderful how tos and Pinterest is also a great resource. 

I'm so glad I picked up these looms!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My crocheted flop

I have been pinning on Pinterest like mad. So, I took out my crochet hooks and decided to create myself a new pair of slippers. This is the pattern I chose:

Slipper pattern

I bought the cotton yarn, had my Youtube handy for the short videos on how to crochet the stitches that I use to know how when my mom taught me. It's been a few years!

I navigated the pattern really well. I was pretty proud of myself! As I was creating it, I thought that the slipper was huge...but I often panic for I told myself to relax and finish it and then try it on. Holy smoly!

Dh told me, don't put a flower on it, it should fit me. Yeah, really? It slipped off his foot too. I made a Medium size...or so I thought...but it's actually Monster size. Real funny. I wanted to leave a comment on the pattern page, but there was no place to do it. 

Nice pattern...if I was an elephant!

 Back to the drawing board!