Bottlecap Magnets

Previously meant to be necklaces, as evidenced by this four-year-old post. Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago, these were started for that shared shop. But I didn’t know about making things with resin back then, and couldn’t figure out what it was I didn’t exactly like about them.

Recently, I decided I would like them much better as magnets than necklaces. I also decided to fill them in with resin, which made them look more like I originally wanted.

I also redid the pictures for the centers. Originally, I had cut out the picture with an X-acto knife, but the pictures got a bit lost against the background color. So this time I decided to leave the white background.

I’ve put them into these sets, which you can find on my Etsy shop. The April20 coupon code is still good through April 30, 2016, for 20% off.

Shades of Purple

There’s a purple theme going on here lately. That’s perfectly fine by me.

Remember my Self-Striped Heart Gloves? I found another skein of the yarn I used, this time in purple.

There’s the same yarn-over heart on top and bottom.

These kind of gloves are really good for tasks that require the use of your fingers. Like using a smartphone, or typing.

You can buy this purple version by clicking here. They are made from 100% Microfiber Dralon and you can machine wash and dry them.

Flowers In Your Hair

I made a bunch of flowers at one point last year, intending to use them in headbands. Considering the giant plastic bag of them in the yarn basket, I never got beyond the first step.

The good news is that I had a ton of coordinating ones on hand when I decided to make barrettes.

The actual barrette (space for hair) is 2 inches, while the edge-to-edge measurements of the flower part is 4 inches long by 2.5 inches wide and measures about half an inch thick. There are two blue flowers side-by-side with the purple flower on top. I attached the flowers by wrapping purple embroidery floss around the flat edge of the barrette and sewing the flowers on with it.

Want one for your own hair? Buy Here at my Etsy shop. Only $3 apiece.

Keeping It Clean – Washcloth Pattern

I LOVE cotton knit washcloths. I love making them, and I love using them. To me, they get dishes cleaner than regular washcloths, plus they can pick up more messes around the kitchen. And I make plenty of messes around the kitchen.

I’ve made washcloths many different ways, but I think I like this straight knit version the best. It knits up quickly and works really well with self-striping yarns. Plus, you can create whatever pattern in the center you want, like this heart:

Want to make one? You’ll need a pair of size 8 knitting needles and worsted weight 100% cotton yarn.

*These instructions are for the plain cloth, but you can create your own chart for the inner pattern in whatever design. The inner part is about 38 stitches by 54 rows.*

Cast on 46 stitches. Knit 3 rows.

Row 4: Knit 3, yarn over, slip 1 stitch, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over,* yarn over, knit 2 together* repeat to last 6 stitches, yarn over, slip 1 stitch, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, yarn over, knit 3

Row 5: Knit 3, purl 19 stitches, increase 1, purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Row 6: Knit 3, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to last 5 stitches, slip 2 stitches knit wise and knit together, yarn over, knit 3

Row 7: Knit 3, purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat rows 6&7 until piece measures 1 inch less than desired length (for mine, I ended at 9 inches).

Repeat row 4.

Knit 3 rows, increasing 1 in the middle of the first row only. Bind off. Weave in ends.

If you just like using these washcloths but don’t want to make one yourself, I offer them in many colors on my Etsy site.

If you make one and post pictures, let me know! I would love to see other versions.

What kind of household items do you prefer to make yourself instead of using store-bought? What colors or patterns would you like to see in a washcloth?