Friday, January 20, 2012

Pretty Crafty Home Indeed!

I recently (thanks to Lucy 'InTheSky'!) Discovered Cherry Heart's blog and her Pretty Crafty Home Project and had to join in. Here is the nutshell of this project taken directly from the wonderful Miss Sandra's blog:

If you're doing something crafty to improve your home, make it a more pleasurable environment to be in and look at then, it qualifies. If you can thrift and recycle your way there - so much the better!

Hopefully she doesn't mind me taking the quote directly from her blog - she just states it so well! Since this completely meshes with the way I am trying to move in this world I joined in immediately. I just wanted to give a shout out about it so if anyone else is interested in this they can go have a look and see if it's for them too.

In the spirit of the group, I recently started going through some of my knit items and asking myself if I wear them - and if not why? Can I "fix" the item so it moves into the "wearable" circle? Does the item need to be repurposed? Donated? My first item was a hat I made a couple of years ago that I rarely wear because the hat is a little too pointy on top and a little to short on the sides. (Top down construction.)


Here is a picture from just after I made it. You can see it sits just a LITTLE too high on my head and there is just a little too much pointy going on up top. Not terrible - but enough where I didn't really want to wear it too often. (Sad.)

So recently I gave it a good soak and then stretched it over my mannequin head to dry for a few days. End result? Less pointy on top and I gained about a half inch in length. Suddenly it's REALLY wearable!


Please excuse the bad mirror pick. I have not yet trained Emma (the awesome Dog) to take pictures of me. I wore this hat all day today and it was comfortable and I did not feel like a gnome! Sweet! I intend to go through all my knit items with the same viewpoint and will hopefully end up with a more useable hoard of knit goods!

8 comments:

Suebanna said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Train that dog! lol naa your pic isnt that bad.

LiteraryLadybug said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I know right? Emma seriously needs to take a photography class! ;) And thank you. :) Have a great weekend!

Inthesky said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You have made a good start with this concept, I am a little slow off the 'Starting Blocks'. That is a great hat, it looks warm too. I have got a shocking hat I made, way too big. Maybe rather than not wear it at all I should at least wear it in the dark!

Knitting Nix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well done you you crafty goddess :)That hat looks great now, very wearable indeed!

LiteraryLadybug said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think the really cold weather we have here right now helps make me want to clean and attack house projects. It's too cold to go out so I start attacking things that are making me nuts to look at! :) The hat was knit with Alapaca Chunky - although it's kind of scratchy so I almost wonder if it got a little felted or something at some point. It's not pettable like most alpaca seems to be. :( Still - It kept my head warm yesterday! WIN!

Thank you again for the tip about the Pretty Crafty Home crew. It's motivating!

LiteraryLadybug said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you! I am happy to have it spruced up and wearable now. It's always sad when something you knit and are excited about just gathers dust for years, so I am happy to be reclaiming!

Sandra (Cherry Heart) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks so much for the shout out! (And I don't mind in the least that you quoted me!) I love that you're re-assessing your knitted goods. I don't know how many hats I've knit to end up not wearing!

S x

LiteraryLadybug said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love knitting hats and have a ton of them. I think part of the sorting process for me is to really look at them and ask myself why they aren't one's I wear and if I can make them into something I wear. I should really be doing that with all my clothing - not just my knit hats. One step at a time though! :)

Glad I didn't step on your toes with the shout out and the link. I just love the idea of this - so I want to share! :)

Have a wonderful week!
~Jen

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