The Finishing Touch

Remember my mesh t-shirt I made a while back? Well, I wore it once and then tossed it in my repair bin. Not because it fell apart when I washed it, but because I didn’t like the way the bottom looked.

It was constantly riding up as I wore the shirt, plus it just looked unfinished as a raw edge:

So I decided to do something about it. I picked up stitches across the bottom at a ratio of 4 in every large space (I think it’s a chain 3 space?) and 1 in each small space (between two single crochet stitches).

Then I knit that in a 2×2 rib on size 4 needles for about an inch, bound off with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off, and wove in the ends. Basically a 30-minute project that gives the piece the finished look it was missing.

Being 100% cotton yarn, the ribbing doesn’t actually hold anything in place. The extra inch seems to help in not feeling like the shirt is riding up all the time, though. Or perhaps that is thanks to the jeans I was wearing holding onto the new waistband. Either way, I’m liking the shirt much better now. Amazing how much difference something so small can make.

Am I Making This Easier?

I’m currently using my “both sides at once” technique to make three scarves at a time. Because, in my brain, I’m only having to do the row once, rather than doing it six separate times.

Not only does this lead to very full needles, but things can get a little messy. Try as I might to keep the strings nice and untangled, like this:

it usually looks like this in a matter of minutes:

Which means I am having to stop and untangle them every few rows just to keep going. I’m probably not helping myself as much as I think I am by doing this. In fact, I know I’m not. But I have the delusion that this is making me be able to get everything done quicker. So I’m going to keep believing it wouldn’t just be faster to do this one at a time. Even though it most likely would.

Yummy DIY: Rugrats Bouncy Ball Cookies

After watching this Nerdy Nummies episode, I have been determined to make Lego Piñata cookies.

Unfortunately, I’ve been having a ridiculous time trying to find rectangular shaped cookie cutters. They were completely sold out at Michael’s this morning, so I finally just let the baby decide what shape our cookies were going to be and what shape we should put on top. He picked circles for the main cookie and stars for the topper, so what popped into my mind was Tommy’s bouncy ball:

I still made all four colors of the cookies:

(See, I’m even watching the Nerdy Nummies playlist in the background.)

And I set the out in groups so I could alternate the colors.

Unlike the original ball, I tried not to repeat any colors in each cookie. Due to my inability to divide the dough correctly, I ended up with three cookies worth of blue and yellow, but only two cookies worth of red and green. So some colors got repeated.

The filling suggested in the video is mini M&Ms, but we found candy covered sunflower seeds to go in the centers of these instead. I just didn’t take any pictures of that part.

The two cookie cutters I used to make the center cookies were really close in size, so the center rings were a bit flimsy:

(Hey, is that the O from the Nickel-O-Zone? Anyone else even remember that? Just me? Yeah, pretty sure that’s just me.)

To fix them a bit, I put the cookie cutter onto the baking sheet and sort of pressed the O back into the right shape so it would fit well in the middle.

I don’t know that any of the kids I’m feeding these cookies to would get the reference if I explained it to them, but I’m sure there have to be at least a few people out there who still get it. 🙂