Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Slytherin SanDisk cover

I love my little SanDisk it holds my Audio books that I listen too and some music as well.

It is tiny and holds so much but I did not have a cover for it and wanted to make something that would keep it from being marked.

I belong to a Team on Sparkpeople.com that is Hogwarts based, yes we are all adults with families and jobs and some are retired but we all love Harry Potter and Hogwarts. Sparkpeople.com is all about Healthy Living and they have teams you can join to give you support as you get fit and shed the unwanted pounds.
In the Hogwarts team we are in the  Hogwart Houses of Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. We have various activities that include Creativity, Reading, Journaling, various exercise themes and learning to create meal plans and how to incorporate housework into your exercise plan. It is based on Hogwarts and has Terms and we also have some Role play which is great fun. Does it work? well for me it does I have lost 14 pounds since March 2015. and for me that is brilliant as I am making lifestyle changes rather than following a set diet.

I am in Slytherin House, last term I was in Ravenclaw, we change Houses so we can get to know new people in the Hogwarts team.
So I decided to make something for myself that shows my support for my House and is useful and made this.
The pattern is here
Ipod case

It is easy to make and I completed it in an evening I made the snake by making an I-cord. 

How to knit Icord

My I cord was made by casting on 2 stitches, I made the head like this once my Icord was long enough to create a nice snake I increased by knitting front and back in the first stitch and the second stitch. then I knitted the second row just as you would normally on straight needles.

Row 1 KFB in both stitches
Row 2 Knit
Row 3 KFB in first stitch knit to last stitch KFB
Row 4 Knit
Row 5 K2tog knit to last 2 sts K2tog
Row 6 Knit

When you end up with 2 stitches on the needle cut the yarn so you have a long length of yarn and using a darning needle thread the stitches onto the needle and pull tight sew in the ends.

You now have a snake add some red thread for a tongue and glue on some tiny goggle eyes and sew the snake to the cover.

This was an easy project and fun to do, I made one for my friend who is also in Slytherin House and has helped me find free audio books to download.
This is her case
You are never too old to have a bit of fun in life. These hold the SanDisk and the earphones easily so they no longer get tangled up and my SanDisk is always safe.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Early knitting for Christmas

Yes Christmas knitting has begun and I have one scarf done and one on the needles.

This is the first scarf completed

This is the pattern close up it is such an easy pattern to do and knits up so quickly.

I had some yarn that I liked but was not keen on how it knitted up I also had two lots 4ply yarn ( 1 yellow, 1 white) that I wanted to use up, so I wound all three yarns together to create one ball of yarn. This made the yarn a Chunky or Bulky yarn.
I found this pattern on Ravelry

Grandma's Curtains Scarf 

 To complete the scarf I did a single crochet row all the way around to neaten the edges. I also added a fringe and knotted each strand of the fringe so it will only fray up the  knot.

This is the second scarf that I started using two strands of yarn held together one is multi coloured yarn the other a pink. Again I wound it into one ball so it is easy to use.
The pattern is here
 One row lace scarf

Using  10mm needles the scarf grows really quickly. I have been knitting whilst listening to an audio book of H.G Wells war of the Worlds and it is already 32 inches at chapter 13.
I will have this scarf finished this weekend making two scarves done ready for Christmas.
Then onto the third which will take longer to knit as it a different pattern 

The Manly Scarf 

There are two versions of this scarf and I will be using version 1 the scarf will be for my Brother.