Hat + scarf = harf…That can’t be right

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The Facts

Fabric: fleece from stash

Pattern: Simplicity 1795

Year: recent

Notions: thread

Time to complete: an afternoon

First worn: not yet

Wear again? Possibly next winter

Total Cost: I have no idea

Quite some time ago, I promised Mr. UncommonGeek that I would make him a hoody that resembled a recognizer from Tron. Since I have no experience sewing sweatshirts, and I am trying to use fabric that I already own (but do not currently own any suitable sweatshirt type material), this has proven rather difficult.

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(This is the tag from one of the fabrics used in this hat. Notice the date. I have had this fabric since 2010. Slowly but surely I will use all of the fabric in my stash.)

Then I came across the YouTube video that Sewing Nerd! that showed how to make a Mortal Kombat inspired hooded scarf. You can watch it here: http://youtu.be/Hkz4T8ikDrM

I showed the video to Mr. UncommonGeek and he immediately saw that I could make a hooded scarf that looks like a recognizer. I wasn’t 100% sure how to make the pattern that she uses. I have tried to make head wear in the past and it has not turned out well at all. Then I remembered that I had a copy of Simplicity 1795. I bought it awhile back because I am kind of a sucker for cute accessories. I figured that since spring is almost here, why not make some winter accessories.

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Since I have not made this pattern before, I decided to make a test one to see if it would work for what I need. The pattern went together pretty smoothly, but I found that the scarf part is super short. I feel like a t-rex when I put my hands in the pockets. I definitely need to lengthen the scarf ends for the final product. This means that I need to make another test hooded scarf to make sure I have the right pattern for when I make the final product for my husband.

Here is the finished product. I used my octopus that I made recently as a model.

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Happy Sewing!

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Snow and snow men

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Blowing snow. Drifting snow. Snow that is recorded by the foot. A light dusting of snow. Snow and ice and arctic chill.

Still with me? Good. While I dream about leaving for someplace tropic and never coming back, here is a simple way to create snowmen using socks, stuffing and pipe cleaners.

I made these after Thanksgiving, but before Christmas. I used them to decorate my desk at work. Since the holidays are over, I took them all down. Now there is snow on the ground and in the forecast. The temperatures are verging on (and breaking) record lows all across the country.

I’m thinking that I may need to place these snowmen on a place of honor to appease the gods of snow and winter so that the icy grip of winter may be reduced down to a gentle handshake of winter. Should my offering not be enough, I beg you dear reader, to make your own snowman offering. If enough of us do something, Winter may become sated and decide to release us to spring a little early.

Fabric: socks

Pattern: self drafted

Year: current

Notions: thread, beads, pipe cleaner

Time to complete: about 20 minutes per snow man

First worn: N/A

Wear again? N/A

Total Cost: All materials were from my stash, so $0.

Find a sock that has lost its mate. Or start with a pair of socks to make two snow men. Decide if you want to make a snow man that has two sections or three. I found that making them with two sections was easier to make and the arms make more sense in their placement.

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I cut the sock so that the toe becomes the head. Then I cut another section for the main body. Next, I sew up one of the ends of the body piece. Then I stuff the body piece with as much stuffing as I can fit. I use polyester fiber fill because that is what I have on hand. Other online tutorials suggest using rice, beans, or sand.

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Once the body section is filled with the stuffing of choice, I closed the top of the body section the same way that I had closed the bottom. Then I fill the head with stuffing, closed up the opening, and then attach the head to the body.

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The arms are made from one chenille stick per snowman. I started by folding the stick in half and folding each end until it resembled a hand of some sort. Then I wrap the stick around the snow man.

The finishing touch is adding eyes. If you really want to make your snow men unique, try adding more to their faces. A smile is traditional and basic. Eyebrows and a frown or a snarl embodies the facet of Winter that I feel has been growing increasingly stronger ever since the end of December.

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If you have fabric scraps, you can also make a hat and scarf for your snow man. If you are a Calvin and Hobbes fan, you can recreate the snow men scenes that Calvin created. I’m feeling pretty lazy, so I just stopped at giving them faces.

Happy sewing!

Week 2 – Accessory

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The Facts

Fabric: I used Lion Brand Heartland 153 Black Canyon and size 10 needles

Pattern: Jayne’s Hat from Instructables- modified (http://www.instructables.com/id/Jaynes-Cunning-Hat/)

Year: Recent

Notions: None

Time to complete: I didn’t keep track

First worn: January 2014

Wear again? Gosh, I hope so.

Total Cost: about $5 for one skein of yarn, plenty left over for use in another project

I made this for Mr. Uncommon Geek so I could try out the Jayne hat pattern. I think he has worn this hat once outside of our apartment. This is certainly the winter for extra layers so I hope he will be able to get a lot of use out of this hat.

There isn’t really much else to say about this hat. It is a pretty basic pattern. The hardest part was trying to figure out how to change the pattern while using straight needles and not circular needles. There really doesn’t seem to be many options for hat patterns out there that don’t involve either double pointed needles or circular needles.  I got a pair of circular needles for Christmas so I can try them out when I do finally get around to making the cunning Jayne hat in the yellow, orange and red colors.

Happy knitting!

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