December 21, 2011

CraftLife Episode 19 – A Merry CraftLife Christmas

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , at 6:12 pm by treacleandinketsy

It’s time to cozy up to the fireplace, roast some chestnuts, and crank up the Christmas carols.  ‘Tis the season to be jolly!  I hope you are enjoying this holiday season, and have the opportunity to be with the ones you love… and maybe get in a little knitting time. 🙂

I was very excited to be gifted by Adam with two tickets to see Jim Brickman in his Christmas tour. What a fabulous concert! He was also joined by singers Anne Cochran and Ben Utecht, and electric violinist Tracy Silverman at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX.

Haven’t purchased your 2012 calendar yet? How about the 2012 Calendar of Hope from Fitter Knitter. The proceeds from the sale of these calendars benefit Army of Women, who seek to go beyond finding a cure for breast cancer, and focus on finding the cause.

I’ve been putting in a lot of work on Adam’s Dovahkiin Gamer Gauntlets, knit out of Sublime Lustrous Extrafine Merino DK. One gauntlet down, one to go! I’ve also been lamenting the very hairy state of the Casual Rugby Pullover from The Easy Learn to Knit in Just One Day, which I knit from Lion Brand Homespun. Any ideas about how to remedy it’s current furry condition? Leave me a comment below.

The “Merry Knitmas: Holiday Favorites for the Knitter” 2-CD set may really be a possible gift option, but if it were, it would feature knitterly holiday tunes like, Let Me Knit! Let Me Knit! Let Me Knit, A Knitters 12 Days of Christmas, Fleece Used to Baa, and We Wish You A Merry Knitmas, among many others.  And of course, feel free to join in and sing along with Christmas Knits.

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the Christmas classic “Jingle Bells”)

Christmas Knits

Christmas knits, Christmas knits, Christmas time is nigh.
I hope you planned your knitting well, and started in July.
Gloves and mitts, socks that fit, scarves and sweaters, too.
Lots of warm and wooly things made by me for you.

Digging through my stash looking for that one last skein.
I’ve finished half a sock, need more yarn that’s the same.
I’ve made it half way through – a little left to go.
Heel flap, that’s done, and gusset, check. Kitchener up that toe!

Christmas knits, Christmas knits, Christmas time is nigh.
I hope you planned your knitting well, and started in July.
Gloves and mitts, socks that fit, scarves and sweaters, too.
Lots of warm and wooly things made by me for you.

A day or two ago I cast on a new shawl
With cables, fair isle, lace, intarsia blocks and all.
I’ve lots of gifts to knit with Christmas my deadline.
Will someone tell me what to do to buy me some more time?

Christmas knits, Christmas knits, Christmas time is nigh.
I hope you planned your knitting well, and started in July.
Gloves and mitts, socks that fit, scarves and sweaters, too.
Lots of warm and wooly things made by me for you.

CraftLife is taking a winter break, and will return in February, 2012!

October 17, 2011

CraftLife Episode 15 – Bound To Be Creative

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:08 pm by treacleandinketsy

I caught Christmas trying to sneak up on me this week.  What was I thinking, getting distracted by all of the lingering hot weather?!  The truth is, it will be here before we know it, and it looks like “full steam ahead” for me until the end of the year.  Even though by schedule will be bursting at the seams, I will do my best to keep to a regular podcasting schedule if at all possible.

Already behind on your Christmas knitting?  Have no fear!  Make a virtual tacky Christmas sweater for everyone on your list!

If tee-ball doesn’t pique your kid’s interest, and violin lessons aren’t working out, how about Mutton Bustin’ for a change?

October is half-way over, but Treacle and Ink is still Going Pink for breast cancer research. All sales made during October will Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Need a comedy improv fix? Here’s a bunch of “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” videos. These bring out Adam’s over-the-top laugh. 🙂

I really enjoy using the traditional anniversary gifts list as a guideline to help me get creative with anniversary gifts.

The Holden Shawlette, by Mindy Wilkes – DONE!

My current sweater deconstruction will (hopefully!) result in a few pairs of French Press Felted Slippers, by Melynda Bernardi.

I am so excited to be attending Ysolda Teague’s “The Perfect Sweater” class offered by The Woolie Ewe!

The Pocket Sandwich Theatre is presenting the 30th consecutive year of Ebenezer Scrooge, a musical based on the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol”. I’m very pleased to be able to participate in the capacity of Music Director.

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the song “B*tch” by Meredith Brooks)

St*tch

I knit a lot today
At the office, in the store,
And the subway.
I smiled at you, but you look at me like maybe I’m a great big oddity,
Some strange mystery.
Yesterday you spied
What I was doing, and you flagrantly implied
I did not look like what you think a knitter looks like.
Will this always be my fate?
It’s time to educate you,
And set the record straight.

‘Cause I stitch, I’m a mother
I’m your sister or your brother
Hand-knit items, I make many
I just might be your Granny
I’m a Las Vegas showgirl
I rock the CEO world
I am anybody that you’ve ever known

So take my sticks and string –
Put them together, I can make most anything.
Baby booties, scarves, and sweaters, or a life-sized knitted royal family
So what, if I decide to make
A toilet paper cozy?

‘Cause I stitch, I’m a mother
I’m your sister or your brother
Hand-knit items, I make many
I just might be your Granny
I’m a Las Vegas showgirl
I rock the CEO world
I am anybody that you’ve ever known

So if you think you’ve got me figured out
You’ve got another think coming
I think it’s cool you try to relate
But I am anyone at all

‘Cause I stitch, I’m a mother
I’m your sister or your brother
Hand-knit items, I make many
I just might be your Granny
I’m a Las Vegas showgirl
I rock the CEO world
I am anybody that you’ve ever known

Yeah I stitch, drive the carpool,
Coach some football at the high school
Funky hip-hop I devour
Sing opera in the shower
I’m a gamer, I wait tables
I help where I am able
I am anybody that you’ve ever known

October 3, 2011

CraftLife Episode 14 – Don’t Patonize Me!… Well, Maybe

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , at 10:25 pm by treacleandinketsy

A good friend of mine and I had the great fortune of spending a month in New York City, doing an independent study for credit toward our Theatre degrees.  Before we left our hometown and headed north of the Mason-Dixon Line, I made a tee-shirt that said, “Actor For Hire” in big, bold letters on the front.  While this tee shirt did not lead to any acting employment during my time in the Big Apple, it did lead to inquiries as to where others might purchase one like it.  I guess I wasn’t the only one looking for paid work as an actor.  This week in the podcast, we’ll be taking a look patronage in the arts, the good parts and the not-so-good parts.  I’d love to hear what you have to say about it!  Leave me a comment below.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if all actors stopped working for free?  I did, in this blog post.

The Treacle and Ink Etsy shop is officially Going Pink!  100% of the proceeds from all sales during the month of October will be donated to Susan G Komen for the Cure.  Please enjoy a browse and pass along the link.

It was very nice to have Adam back on the podcast!  I’ve missed him lately as he has been enjoying much football in his man cave.

Pumpkin Premie Hat, modeled by my Snowball mic

In addition to the premie hats, I am still hard at work on the Holden Shawlette.  The end is near!

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin)

Don’t Worry, Knit Happy

Here’s a little sock I knit,
Stitched it together bit-by-bit
Don’t worry, knit happy
With every stitch, something could go wrong
Don’t think about that, just sing this song
Don’t worry, knit happy
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Ain’t got no needles so costly and nice
Your less expensive ones will suffice
Don’t worry, knit happy
Sometimes you will drop some stitches,
And some of the wool gives you the itches
Don’t worry, knit happy
Look at me, I’m knitting happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Give me your Ravatar.  When you worry I’ll draw a smiley on it.

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo

Ain’t got no coin, ain’t got no cash
That’s okay, you can knit from your stash
So don’t worry, knit happy
‘Cause when you worry, your gauge gets tight
And makes your knitting to look affright
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Now here’s a little sock I knit
Try it on and see if it fits, like good little knitters
And don’t worry, knit happy
With every stitch something could go wrong
That is why you should sing this song
And don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

October 25, 2010

How To – Stool Cushion

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 4:49 pm by treacleandinketsy

The smallest of the matching tables that I used in the Man Cave was just the right size to become a foot stool.   Once I painted the table, I put together a quick and simple cushion to tie on top.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Enough fleece to cover your size stool

Fiberfill

A sewing machine or needle and thread  (To be quite honest, you might even be able to use fabric glue instead of the needle and thread if you wanted to go super simple.)

Step 1:

Using the top of the stool as your guide, cut out the two pieces of fleece that will become the top and bottom of the cushion, making sure to allow extra around the edges for the seams.  My stool measured 15″ square, and I cut 16″ square pieces.  Since I wound up sewing a 3/4″ seam,  I should have probably at least cut a 17″ square.   As you can tell in the finished piece, the cushion still wound up being a little too small.

After you cut your two squares, cut 8 strips of fleece that measure 12″ long and 1″ across.  These strips will become the ties that attach your cushion to the stool.

You can adjust the length of your strips depending on how tall or short your stool top is.

Step 2:

Lay one square of fabric face-up on the table.  Arrange the strips as shown in the picture, making sure to cover the corners of the square.  It doesn’t matter how the strips are layered in the middle of the square.  The important part of this arrangement is how the strips meet up with the corners of the square.

The corners are the most important area.

Here's a close-up on a corner.

Step 3:

Place the second square face-down on top of the first, matching the edges.  Pin the fabrics together around the edges, making sure to secure the ties well.

Step 4:

Beginning in the middle of one of the sides, sew all the way around the square until you make it back to about 4 or 5 inches away from where you started.  Secure your thread, and then turn your cushion right side out through the hole.  Your ties are now on the outside, hanging from each corner.

Step 5:

Stuff your cushion with the fiberfill, and sew it closed by hand.

Close it up.

And that’s it!  This is a very easy project that can be completed in under an hour.  Now, all you need to do is tie the strips around the legs of your stool, and you’re ready to sit back, prop up your feet, and relax.

Kick up your feet. You know you want to.

October 22, 2010

A Little Spray Paint Goes A Long Way

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 7:29 pm by treacleandinketsy

In my last post, I showed you the Man Cave makeover that I did for my 49ers fanboy hubby.  Today, I just wanted to share a bit more specific detail on how a little spray paint helped turn trash into treasure!

We had a garage sale recently, and after I decided to do the Man Cave, I went rummaging through the garage sale leftovers.  You know that if it didn’t sell at a garage sale, it’s really at the bottom of the barrel.  Then again….

Here is a silver and gold touch lamp, and two end tables that are part of a three-table set.  Each table is smaller than the next, so they can nest underneath each other.  I decided that the smallest and largest table would work best for my purposes.

Just add a little San Francisco 49ers colored Krylon spray paint, and voila!

I covered the entire lamp and the tops of the tables in Cherry Red.  Then, I sprayed some gold metallic paint lightly over the red lamp to give it a speckled appearance.  I used the rest of the gold to paint the metal frame and legs of both of the tables.

As you can tell, the smaller table was turned into a footstool.  I’ll be covering a How-To on the footstool cushion in my next post.

If there is one thing that this project taught me, it is that I am no spray paint pro.  I had drips here and there, especially on this bookcase:

There are quite a few drips on the sides, and an uneven texture to the back panel.

…and on the shelf:

Most of these drips are on the back. The gold hardware came out nicely, though!

But, all in all I think it all turned out okay!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  It’s amazing what a few cans of spray paint can do.

October 20, 2010

A Man Cave Makeover

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 10:28 am by treacleandinketsy

Since our very first anniversary, I have gone by the traditional gift list for inspiration on what to give my hubby each year.  The first year it was paper, the second was cotton, the third, leather, and the fourth was flowers.  This Friday will be our fifth anniversary, and the traditional gift for year five is wood.

So, here’s what Adam unwrapped yesterday:

Why did he unwrap it yesterday, you ask?  Well, this sign is intended to go with his brand new man cave that I have been working on.  I got it finished yesterday, and decided that I couldn’t wait until Friday to show it to him.  🙂

We have this little 7′ X 7′ unfinished room off of our garage that is temperature controlled, but that hasn’t been used for anything but storage.  Adam had commented a few times that it would be the perfect room for a man cave.  Here’s what it looked like before:

Check out that exposed fuse box. That's got to be some kind of fire hazard, right?

Not too much to look at.

And

here’s what it looks like now!:

Can you tell he's a 49ers fan?

Every king needs a throne.

This shelf was perfect for hanging some of his jerseys.

What Man Cave would be complete without a TV?

As you can see by that last picture, this “unfinished” room comes without baseboards.  We are renting right now, so I did not do anything with the structure of the room… well, except closing up that fuse box.  Don’t worry, there is now a metal box covering all of that wiring behind the flag.

The best part is, a good portion of the items in this room are things we already had, so that really helped to cut down on cost.  It’s amazing what a few cans of spray paint can do.  I’ll get into a little more details on some specifics in my next few posts, including a “How To” on that super simple stool cushion, so stay tuned!

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