Thursday, April 28, 2011

Felted Pants Almost Done!

Here are the felted pants, almost done!

You can read about my previous progress with these pants here:

For the entire project I used Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool Natural color, 2 skeins (though I didn't use the whole second skein). For the legs I knit 1 over 2 stockinette stitch on the red round loom for 134 rows per leg. For the torso I knit 1 over 2 stockinette stitch on the long blue loom (using both corner pegs). To start, I knit off 3 rows on the 8 center pegs, then I knit off the entire loom for 64 rows.

I arranged the three pieces together,

then sewed them together. They measure 12.5" x 30.5".

After knotting every tail, I turned the pants inside out,

and felted them in the washing machine for 5 minutes, checking to make sure they didn't shrink too much. Finally I carefully wrung them out, shaped and blocked them. I knew once I felted them that the curl caused by the stockinette stitch would tighten up and flatten out, so I wasn't really that concerned about it. I also "guessed" that the shrinking process would straighten out the top of the pants also. I figured whatever the shrinking didn't fix I could fix when I blocked and shaped them.

I shaped and blocked them a little more after taking this picture. After felting they now measure 9.75" x 26.5". They won't truly be complete until later this year, when my daughter tries them on and I alter them for her size. At first I was going to add some felted flowers to the pants, but they look nice the way they are without any decoration, so we'll see. I'm thinking about adding an elastic lining instead of a belt, though a nice ribbon belt would probably work too. Once I fit and alter them I will add a light fabric lining on the inside so they won't be scratchy, and try not to panic if she spills anything on them. I can always make another pair!

Friday, April 22, 2011

An Easter Cross

My second Easter project this year was something I had planned to do last year, but I couldn't find the right frame last year. I had made the cross with lily in 2010 (see ) . This time I found the frame I wanted at Michael's Craft Store, and it was 40% off! A 9x20 shadow box. It came with a black velour backing, which I had no intention of using. The cross I had made didn't look good against the black, so I decided I would get some fabric the cover it up. I finally decided on a green fabric with a textured vine print on it, which matched quite well with the color of the cross.

I cut the fabric and wrapped the backing with it, using some archival document repair tape to secure it to the back of the backing.

I also used the archival tape to attach the cross to the fabric. Next I created a little Scripture card to go underneath the cross

(I am the resurrection and the life. - John 11:25). I printed it on a blank business card that I had, and used glue dots to attach the card to a piece of foam core, which I cut out around the card. I then used archival tape to attach the card to the fabric.

Finally I put everything in the frame, and it was done! I was happy with how it turned out.

Happy Easter to one and all!

Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns

I was thinking to myself, what could I create on the loom that would be different than the usual Easter bunnies, chicks, eggs, and lamb projects? And then it hit me: how about hot cross buns? I don't recall having seen them knit before, so why not give it a shot? So here they are, fresh from the oven:

A sweet treat, just in time for Easter!

I just made up the pattern based on how I thought a knitted hot cross bun might look. I used the Knifty Knitter green straight loom with the corner pegs in, casting on all pegs with a 1 over 2 stockinette stitch. I started out with some leftover cream colored yarn to make the sides of the bun. I knit off 5 rows, snipped the cream yarn, then began a combination of the cream yarn and Loops & Threads Impeccable Worsted Topaz yarn. I kept the cream yarn on 9 pegs at both corners of the loom (including the corner peg) and used the Topaz for the rest of the pegs. The Topaz is the top and bottom color of the bun. I knit off 60 rows like this and then snipped the Topaz so I could knit off 5 rows on the entire loom of just the cream yarn.

Once I cast off, I carefully thread Topaz yarn through the inside of the brown stitches to create the different bun sections.

Then I sewed together one side of the piece. I cinched the Topaz yarn a bit that I had threaded through the stitches and knotted it. Then I turned the piece inside out and stuffed it with batting. After shaping the piece, I sewed the other end shut.

I then knit 5 I-cords using some white yarn I had around, and carefully sewed them to the top of the piece. Voila!




I will try this pattern again, and next time I plan to use less cream yarn on the corners so that more of the brown bun will be showing. And the bottom could even be a lighter color yarn than the Topaz. I had thought about adding a few specks of raisins and fruit to the sides and top, but decided against it. When I try the pattern again maybe I'll add it just to see how it would look.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Loom Knit Felted Pants Part 2

Here's the latest progress on the pair of pants I'm loom knitting: So far: two pants legs, and I'm working on the torso using all the pegs on the blue straight loom, 1 over 2 stockinette stitch. This is still an experiment for me, and I hope it will work out. I won't know until I put everything together and felt it. I feel pretty good about how it's turning out so far. Someone suggested that I line the inside of the pants to prevent them from geing scratchy, which is an excellent idea. I will start shopping for some extra soft fabric to line them with. But the only problem is I just glanced at the calendar today and I noticed that Easter is next weekend already! Where did the time go? So I will post my two Easter projects next week, and then post the finished results for the pants the week after Easter. Plus, next week I'll be posting a portion of an interview I had with someone who is a loom knitting phenomenon! Hope you'll check it out!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Felted Pants and other things

Now that I've learned how to felt, I'm going to try something a little ambitious: I'm going to make a piar of felted pants for my daughter! I'm using the round red loom for the pants legs, and I'm using fisherman's wool natural color for the yarn, since I got such great results from using it to loom knit a pair of felted mittens. So far I have knit one pants leg using a 1 over 2 stockinette stitch for 134 rows:

It measures about 20" without the curls at the end. It's too late for her to wear them this season since the warmth of Springtime is finally kicking in. I'm trying to estimate how much I think she might grow by next season, and allow for the shrinking process during felting. I've already started the next pants leg, and I'm making up the pattern as I go along, so if it doesn't come out quite right I'll try again and make corrections. Hopefully they won't be too itchy for her; the mittens I made for someone else weren't itchy at all. Once the pants are felted I plan to make some little felted flowers to decorate them with.

As a result of being given the Stylish Blogger award (thanks to Sharon of Sharon's Eclectic Retreat blog), I would like to present 7 things you probably didn't know about Loom Dude:

1. I enjoy rollerblading and ice skating when I get the chance.

2. I am a great cook (most of the time).

3. I like watching the Weather Channel (even before they started having more variety programming).

4. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

5. I used to make my own ice cream when I was a kid (using an ice cream maker).

6. I have more creative projects than I have time to do them all!

7. Magenta is one of my favorite colors.

That was fun; now tell me one thing about you!

P.S. - I added a bunch of new blog links to my website at Click on the links page and take a look!