Cabbage Butt Printed Journal

I've been a little obsessed with garbage lately! Before I throw anything out, I ask myself "is this something I can print fabric with??"

When I went to throw out the butt of a napa cabbage a few weeks ago, I answered "yes" to my little internal question. To Jake's dismay, I tucked the garbage back into the veggie drawer and insisted that it not be thrown away.

I dug it out last week to make this gardening journal cover. I thought a cabbage butt would make the perfect design for my green thumb swap partner, MissingWillow.

I used linen fabric in a natural color and green fabric paint to make this. I did try acrylic paint as well and found that the resulting color wasn't quite as bold. To do the printing, I covered the cabbage in a thin but thorough layer of paint. I stamped it onto the fabric and while holding it steady, pushed down and all around to try to get the stamp as even as possible. I repeated this randomly all over the ~1/2 yard of fabric I was working with.

Maybe it was a little gross but leaving the old cabbage in the fridge for a while seemed to remove some of the moisture and separate the leaves which added more definition to the print.

I complemented the printed fabric with a strip of light green solid cotton before sewing the journal together. I also used my trusty alphabet stamps to spell the word "growing" on a piece of twill tape. 

I had fun putting this together and adding to my list of garbage that makes a good stamp! I have a whole pile of garbage in my craft room just waiting for a new life as fabric stamp.

Hope you're having a good week!

The Belated Cowl

Back in July, I met a friend and fellow Craftster mod near Pt. Townsend for a crafty weekend. I visited a local yarn shop near our resort and picked up Malabrigo Booklet 3 and a few skeins of Cascade 128 yarn. As soon as we arrived, I put on my pjs, poured a glass of wine and got started knitting this cowl.

I wanted to finish it quickly so that my friend, Mary Ann, could wear it as soon as autumn arrived. Despite good intentions, I didn't actually finish this belated cowl until today, just 7 months later :). At least there are a still a couple months of cold weather to look forward to around the Pacific Northwest!

I sewed the buttons to the end of the cowl because I liked the idea of wearing it like an infinity scarf or unbuttoning it and wearing it like a normal scarf. The jury is still out on whether or not that was a good idea. If they were sewn on the side, it would probably be easier to wear as a cowl. Fortunately, buttons can be moved :).

The pattern included a fair amount of cabling but was otherwise really simple. The pattern repeat was easy to remember so I didn't have to stare at the chart the whole time.

This baby is getting sent off tomorrow! Hopefully better late than never :).

Oh Beehave! Bubble Wrap Printing Tutorial

I had originally intended to make a "Bee Mine" hoop for Jake's Valentine's present but I channeled Austin Powers instead and went with "Oh Beehave!" It's ridiculously silly but at the very least, it makes me giggle!

I used a fun and simple printing technique to make the hive on the background fabric using bubble wrap and fabric paint. 

I applied a moderately thick coat of fabric paint to the bubble wrap using a broad brush. I tried to avoid too much paint pooling in between the bubbles. I also tried using a roller but it didn't seem to get the paint into the nooks and crannies quite as well as the brush. 

Once I had the coat of paint covering an area large enough for my hoop, I flipped the painted bubble wrap onto the linen fabric. 

I gently rubbed the back of the bubble wrap to get the paint to cling to the fabric. I found putting a book on top and then pressing down helped to apply even pressure. 

I carefully pulled away the bubble wrap and voila, instant bee hive!

After letting the fabric dry for about an hour, I used a disappearing ink pen to write out "Oh beehave!" in the center of the print. I used 3 strands of DMC and a running stitch to dash the letters, giving them a buzzy look. I wish I had a used a full strand of floss to help the letters pop a bit more. 

I embroidered on the bee using felt and added a few final stitches to finish off the hoop. 

I was thinking this technique could also be used for making a snowy background or cobble stone or maybe a bubbly ocean fish scene! It was so easy and a fun way to use what otherwise would have just been thrown away!

I have a good sized piece of bubble wrap that has ~1" bubbles. I may try printing with that as well! It could result in a fabric that would make a cute tote or other accessory. I'll keep you posted if I try. 

Have a great week! 

New Year, New Yarn Giveaway Winner!

It's time to give some goodies away! I meant to announce a winner yesterday but I was hosting a knitting brunch for some friends that turned into brunch, lunch and dinner! We were having to much fun to stop.

13 isn't usually considered a lucky number but it is today! Congratulations to Carol from Beads and Birds, the winner of my New Year, New Yarn giveaway! I'll be in touch to get you your yarn and new book, Carol!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Stay tuned for a Valentine's tutorial that I'm working on.

Leaving Cowl

At some point in late fall or early winter each year, my knitting switch is flipped. I crave new yarn, new patterns and a cozy blanket to knit under for hours...and hours...and hours and that is just how I've been spending my time the past couple of weeks.

This cowl is one of the results of my recent knitting binges. I made this for my Aunt who is a wonderful knitter. She has always encouraged and supported my yarn hobbies so I was happy to create something for her.

The pattern is called Leaving Cowl and it's available as a free download on Ravelry! I used Knit Picks Galileo yarn for this. It has great stitch definition and is so soft and silky. It's great to knit with and wear!

Don't forget, I'm giving away 4 skeins of Galileo yarn so be sure to enter for a chance to win!

The pattern has two different edge options, picot or seed stitch. I chose to do the picot edging because I thought it looked a bit more delicate. It does create a heavier band though so it's a little floppy. This may not be the case if you were working with a heavier coarser yarn.

Happy knitting and good luck to everyone who has entered my New Year, New Yarn giveaway! I'm really excited to share this yarn with you.

New Year, New Yarn Giveaway!

Hello Friends!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter and a crafty gift or two. We had a great Christmas and a very happy New Year at the Lime household. I also had a marvelous birthday mixed in with all of the other holiday goodness!!

I enjoyed a bit of time off of the cyber-grid but I missed you all and am excited to start another year of crafty adventures.

To get things kicked off right, how about a new yarn giveaway?? I recently discovered Knit Picks Galileo Yarn. It's a lovely sport weight wool/bamboo blend in rich colors that is soft, shiny and a dream to knit with.

For this giveaway, I'm offering 4 skeins of Galileo yarn in any color(s) of your choice!

But that's not all! I'm also giving away a brand new copy of the book, Literary Knits, 30 Patterns Inspired by Favorite Books.

To enter, just leave a comment below sharing one of your crafty goals for 2013. If you are a follower, leave 2 comments and double your chances.

I'll be picking a winner next Friday, January 11th!

This giveaway is open to anyone and everyone. If you are a no-reply blogger, please be sure to leave a way for me to reach you.

Raise your knitting needles for a toast to a crafty 2013 filled with new supplies, new projects and new friends! CHEERS and much love!!