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Embroidery? Well, okaaaayy…

12 Apr

Some silly someone-or-other put all the embroidery kits at Michael’s on clearance last week, and since my hurty fingers were looking for something to do other than crochet, I picked up a few kits and got to work.

Not bad for my first attempt at needlework, eh?

 

It was a total cheater pattern – the design was stamped on with some sort of washable blue ink – but I figured no one would really begrudge me some cheating on my first attempt, right?

 

 

A better mommy probably would have ironed these before taking pictures of them, but since the very first thing that’s going to happen to them is that they get vomit on them, I opted to forgo the ironing in favor of, well… not ironing.  Also, I don’t really know where my iron is right now.  Also, I think ironing is stupid.   I stayed home the day of President Obama’s inauguration (because ZOMG DC traffic on inauguration day = seriously don’t leave your house) & thought I’d save Husband & I some money by washing and ironing all of his work shirts instead of taking them to the cleaner.   I’m still feeling a bit traumatized.  Maybe I’ve subconsciously hidden the iron so I don’t ever have to iron anything ever again… Hmm…

We’ll see how my stitchery holds up after the nine or ten thousand trips these little guys will likely make through the laundry, but for now I’m calling my first attempt at embroider a win!  Hooray!

 

Enviro-Kitty Got Me Thinking

9 Mar

Since Nina’s been so in to saving the planet lately (and also since our old laundry sorter was very anti-kitten), Husband and I recently upgraded our flimsy, mesh laundry hamper to a fancy woven one (which is decidedly more kitten-friendly).

No, this isn't Nina, but it is an example of why mesh bags are decidedly non-kitten friendly.

Poor Nina spent many an evening attacking our meshy laundry area, getting her tiny claws stuck, then crying pitifully until we came to rescue her.  I don’t have any pictures of it because frankly, it seemed mean to take a picture of a poor, scaredy, stuck little kitten instead of rescuing her.  Plus, the camera always seemed to be in the other room.  Humpf.

The problem now is, what do I do with this?

the bottom of our old hamper

the bottom bit of mesh from the old hamper

I kept the three sorting bags – they’ll be good for sorting laundry on trips (and decidedly better than the pillow cases I currently use to organize trip laundry).  The plastic tubing, which was cracked and taped back together in several places anyway, we recycled, leaving just this bottom bit mesh to deal with.

So, I channeled my inner enviro-kitty and poured myself a glass of champagne.

yep! thats one of my happy bead wine glass charms!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Drinking champagne has absolutely nothing to do with being an enviro-kitty.  Kitties probably shouldn’t drink champagne, actually. Champagne is only for adult human enviro-kitties, kk?

So.  Here’s what I did:

1. I folded the meshy mesh in half.

2. I sewed up both sides with my trusty embroidery needle and some scrap yarn.

3. Then, because that’s how I roll, I pretended my stitches were a foundation chain, got out my trusty J hook, and double crocheted up both sides of the bag.

4. I added some handles, which because of the already existing loops in the mesh, I was able to string through the top of the bag, and ended up with this:

practical, but not very pretty...

5. And, since I had a bit of yarn left over, I added a groovy little flower.

And… VOILA!  I  now have a lightweight little bag to carry produce in!  Hooray for no more plastic produce bags!

Enviro-Kitty is proud of me, as evidenced by the fact that she’s sitting on my desk, watching me write this post and purring.  YAY!