Finish Object Friday: Football Craft

Sorry all it isn’t a fiber art, but it is a finished object!

Between our Superbowl Party on Sunday and my students’ current love of football, I felt a sports- themed craft was the way to go. My search (“Superbowl crafts”) on Pinterest yielded some cute ideas but this one really caught my eye.


These looked cute, cheap, and easy to make!  I didn’t have any small cans lying around, but I did have some empty coffee tins waiting for the day to be up-cycled.

Whit’s Football Toss Tutorial

Materials: 1 empty coffee can, two flexible drinking straws, masking tape, scissors, a large piece of brown construction paper, a white crayon, mini footballs (I purchased mine at Party City for $0.59 each)

Making the Football Canister

1) Start with a clean and dry coffee canister.

2) Measure the length of the coffee can. Cut a piece of brown paper to the length of the coffee can.

3)Wrap the paper around the can and secure the seam with masking tape.

4) Draw one long vertical line and several shorter horizontal lines to create the football laces. Your “football”is done.

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Making the Upright Poles

1) Hold your two straws together (parallel to each other) with the flexible joints at the top. Cut about 1.5 inches off the bottom  of the straws. *Do not cut the end that has the flexible joint.*

2) Bend the flexible joints on both straws  so that the two straws look like a capital T. Tape the straws together.

3) Now you will construct the top portion of the upright poles. Place a small piece of straw perpendicular to one end of the top of the T shape. Tape the joint. Repeat on the other side.


4) Tape your upright poles to the back of the can.


Are you ready for some football?! Kids (or adults) can take turns tossing the mini footballs into the container. The person with the most “touchdowns” wins.

Happy Friday!


Wedding Knits

Well if getting engaged is code for “Tell me ALL you wedding day plans right now!” then I am in in full engagement mode (haha).Among the many questions I  have been asked is, ” So what are you knitting for your wedding?” To be honest, I am having some reservations about making things for my wedding day [insert gasp here]. Let explain the reasons why not. 1) I am mostly likely getting married in the summer in the Northeast USA. Therefore, it will be hot. So no shawls, sweaters, or caplets needed. 2) If I have to knit several items (i.e., gifts) I may lose the desire to complete them all with all the other things going on.  3) As for a whole wedding gown: I don’t have the patience to knit or crochet a wedding gown. Knowing myself, if there is one mistake ( no matter how small) I will be fixated on it. it is a lot of pressure to knit a garment that will be photographed and remembered by everyone I know. However, I can’t help but admiring these dresses though.

Well I logged into Ravelry this morning. Guess what some of the featured items were….Wedding Knits. Is this a sign that I should change my mind? A little research later and I discovered the possibilities are endless. There are everything from knit bouquets, to veils, to purses… *sigh* A girl can get overwhelmed with all potential knitting projects.  Good thing I have a year and a half to make a decision. 🙂

Has anyone knitted and/or crocheted items for their wedding day?

What I’m Working On

My feet have been cold recently, so I rummaged through my stash and started a pair of simple socks. The yarn is fingering weight so they shouldn’t be too hot to wear in California.
Yarn: Knitting Fever Painted Desert in Medium Orchid (100% Superwash Wool)
Needles: Size US 2
Pattern: Simply 200 yds or less socks
Difficulty: Easy
Skills to know: Judy’s magic cast on, heel shaping


Finished Object (FO)Friday

Hello all!

Here is the latest  off my needles. A friend (hope she doesn’t see this post!) is turning 30 so I sent her a cute knit to celebrate this momentous occasion. Picking a project was a little tough as she lives in Southern California and currently it is 70 degrees there. I ultimately picked a cowl as it isn’t too huge and/or bulky. And besides it does get “chilly” at night in California.

Project Profile:

Pattern: Broken Rib Stitch taken from the pattern  Graham by Jennifer Adams.

Yarn:Cascade 128 Superwash Merino Wool in Sapphire Heather (100 grams)

Cast On: 126 stitches

Needles: US Size 10 circular; Cowl was made using the magic loop method


One thing I discovered was the great pattern that forms on the back side of the broken rib. You can really see it with the lighter color yarn and larger gauge. So this cowl has the extra benefit of being reversible! IMG_5290[1]


In other great news, I got engaged this week! The boyfriend (now future husband) popped the question on a lovely hike on the Costal Trail in Marin County, CA. It was amazing! I am super excited about our future nuptials and spending my life time with him. I am so excited that I have taken to making cheesy Instaframes documenting our engagement 🙂 (haha) Wishing you all a Happy Friday!



Fun at the Zoo

My friend is about to move to Los Angeles, CA. 😦 I told her to pick one activity here in San Francisco that she would like to do before she leaves. She chose the San Francisco Zoo. So we hopped on the train for a little adventure. The weather was great and I had spectacular company.


Zoos are interesting places. On one hand, animals are intentionally held in captivity and caged. Is it right for Polar Bears  to live in San Francisco?  Yet, zoos provide assistance and rehab to many animals in trouble. Check out this rhino with no horn! Could it defend itself in the wild?

Despite my mixed feelings about the zoo, I really enjoyed my experience. I learned about new animals and got to rediscover classic ones. My top animal of the day…the Anteater. Who knew they were so creepy looking!

Notice my scarf? I finally had a chance to wear my Rainbow Bandana Scarf that I made last year. I almost forgot how much I love the yarn. I think I need some more rainbow variegated yarn in my future.

Heading Down a Forgotten Road

Happy Monday all!

I have finally gotten around to taking pictures of my newest beret! The pattern is Selbu Modern by Kate Gagnon Osborn (free pattern on Ravelry!).  It has been a loooooooong time since I have done any strand color work. Lately, I have been seeing tons of color work patterns on blogs and in magazines. Inspired by others, I chose to head down a road that had been a little forgotten.

With any skill, if you don’t practice it frequently it gets rusty. My brain was feeling a little foggy, so I hit the internet to refresh myself on strand color work. I found this great tutorial  on By Gum, By Golly by Tasha. She has done a great job really fleshing out this technique. Tasha highlights two of the main things that cause wonky looking color strand work: carrying the yarn and tension between floats.

For carrying the yarn,  I used Option #2 for holding my yarn (one strand Continental style and one English version). After a little practice, I noticed the two hand method got me across rows a little faster. Yay! However, realized about half way through my work that I was not holding the main color and contrast colors in the correct hands. Therefore, only me and those of you with expert knitting eyes will note my color dominance variation. Not that big of an issue in the long run. I can live with it as the other option would have been to restart the entire pattern.


Tasha also had some great tips on keeping the tension in balance. The tip that resonated with me was no to scrunch up your stitches (something I do all the time) on the working needle. This made a really big difference. My floats were the right amount of loose, which kept the piece from puckering.


from By Gum, By Golly

Well two weeks, several tips, and many glasses of wine later, I finished my Selbu! As you can see I had some tension issues with the contrast color toward the top of the hat. But overall not too shabby.

What were you working on this weekend?