Author Archives: Kristy gd

A new blog design!

I’ve made a few changes to the blog.  It’s something I planned from the beginning, but I didn’t want to get too caught up in the coding without actually creating content so I started here on first.   I’ve known all along that I really want to be at instead of so I could have more control over my blog.  I hope you follow me there. I have finished designing the blog the way I want it and moved my blog over to I’ve asked them to move over my followers to the new wordpress blog, but you can do it yourself as well by going through to the new link and re-subscribing.  Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for reading so far!

I’ve posted two posts on the new blog so far:

DIY Gallifrean blinds

Dumbledore Socks hours 12-14

So head over to the new blog and let me know what you think!


Web Inspiration: Silhouette

Today’s web inspiration comes from a new acquisition of mine: a silhouette cameo.  If you haven’t heard of the silhouette yet, you are in for a treat.  The silhouette is a mix between a printer and a die cutting machine.  It works with your computer to cut out pretty much whatever shapes you want.  They do have pre-designed shapes you can use, but you can also design your own.  I have a few special posts coming up this weekend about my first uses of the silhouette machine.

In the meantime, here are some inspiring projects to show the variety of creative things you can make!


Handmade by Paula: Mini Greeting Cards

Note Cards from Handmade by Paula

Aren’t these cards just adorable?  Changing the color and the greeting is such a simple way to add variety to a note card pack. I also really like the matching envelopes.  So pretty!


Mouse Pad Makeover

Mouse Pad Redo by Seasoned Home Maker 

This mouse pad is so effective and easy to do.  She just used the silhouette to cut the fabric to size and then adhered it to the old mouse pad.  Awesome!


Silhouette Decorative Wall Border

Silhouette Blog decorative border

This wall border made from vinyl would look really cute in a child’s room.  I would imaging you would want to keep the flower flat though, as kids tend to grab at things and I bet these flowers are just the right height for pulling!


Cupcake Project: Cupcake Wrappers

Cupcake project’s cupcake wrappers

There are so many really awesome paper wrappers for cupcakes, and all sorts of holiday ones as well.  I can’t wait until I can find an excuse to make some cupcakes and pretty them up!


The Miller’s: labeled jars

Ok, so this is something I really want to do.  The Silhouette can work with any installed font on your computer.  Yes, you read that right, any.  The idea of labeling jars like this is such a simple thing to do and really looks good.  Plus, it would make it easier to tell the difference between bread flour and regular flour.  Awesome!


The Silhouette also cuts fabric.  There are kits to dye fabric, cut stencils, set rhinestones, land etch glass.  If you want to see some more inspirational silhouette projects, check out my pinterest board here!  I’ll keep adding things as I come across them, as you do with pinterest.

Look forward to my own silhouette projects soon!



The Knitting Hour: Dumbledore Socks Hours 7-11

Hi all!  Guess what, I didn’t scrap my work and start over this week!  I don’t know why that’s so exciting for me, but it is.  Just a few notes to add to the project.  I did a gauge swatch at the beginning after I switched yarns, and the gauge did appear to be correct.  I have also taken the socks off the needles and onto a piece of scrap yarn to see how they were fitting, and everything feels great so far.  Ready to see some tangible progress?  Here goes!

Hour 7: Getting to the heel.


I don’t know why I took this picture from this angle.  Maybe it was to show that I went back to working with two needles again?  I don’t know, but it’s weird.  So, sorry about that.  After another hour the sock was long enough that I felt it was time to go onto the heel.  I was a little worried that the pattern was having me make the sock too long, so I moved onto shaping the heel a bit early.  I am hoping that this was the right decision, but since I’ve never knit a pair of socks before, I could be in for a disaster going forward.  I am hoping for the best.  When I hit the edge of my heel, I switched back to two needles so I could work the heel and leave the top in tact.  I plan to switch back to a single circular needle when I’ve finished the heel.

Hour 8: Starting the heel.


First of all, look at how the sock is now forcing me to photograph it length wise.  It makes me happy.  Figuring out how to knit a short row heel was somewhat difficult for me having never done it before, as you might have guessed from this week’s tutorials.  It took a little while for me to do so, which is why you don’t see too much progress during this hour.  But, I eventually figured it out and here you can see the first few rows of the heel.

Hour 9: More Heel


Nothing too special here, just a few more short rows.

Hour 10: Going back towards green


Truth be told, this photo is from between hour 9 and 10.  However, it shows a pivotal point for me.  This is where I hit the half way point of my heel and started heading back towards working the non-heel part of the sock.  Yay!

Hour 11: Finishing the Heel


Woot, the heel is done!  I’m ready to switch back to my green and work on the upper part of the sock.  Yay!  I’ll probably pull it off the needles again after a bit to try it on.  I also need to decide just how long I want to wear it.  I usually wear low cut socks, but this one won’t work so well that way.  And I do wear longer socks in the winter.  It’s Minnesota, it gets cold here.  I am hoping that at this pace I can finish the first sock in the next two weeks.

I think I addressed this in my Crafting Hour post, but I wanted to take a moment to say that I hope these hourly posts inspire you to try something new.  Part of the reason I want to do them is to show people that even if they can only craft in small chunks of time, you can still be productive and create things that make you happy.

Speaking of happy, what types of crafts do you do to wind down or get away from the world?  I like to try everything, so I’m always up for something new!

Tutorial: Knitting short rows

While this is part of a series of posts for knitting through the back loop, it isn’t really effected by back loop knitting.  It was, however, very confusing for me to figure out.  This is due, for the most part, with my unfamiliarity with knitting terminology.  I used Pearl Hunter’s YouTube video for short row heels to help me out.  I highly recommend going there if videos are your thing.  Me, I need step by step photos, so I’m creating my own.  And of course there is the added benefit that by writing this tutorial I need to understand it better myself.  Also check out my tutorial for Judy’s Magic Cast on for back loop knitting.

Knitting Short Rows: Adding Wraps

1.  Knit to the end of the row, leaving one stitch on the left hand needle. (Of all things, this confused me more than anything else.   I didn’t realize I needed to leave a stitch there!)


2.  Pull the working yarn from the back to the front.


3.  Slip the loop on the left needle to the right needle.


4.  Move the working yarn to the back.


5.  Slip the loop back onto the left hand needle.


6.  Turn the work so that the right hand needle is now the left hand needle.  Purl until there is one loop left on the left needle.  Bring the yarn to the back, slip the loop from the left to the right, bring the yarn to the front, slip the loop back onto the left needle, and turn the work. (This is almost exactly the same as before but for the direction the yarn is being pulled).

7.  Continue this pattern, knitting or purling until you reach the last unwrapped stitch and wrap and turn using the method above.  To keep track of how many wrapped stitches you have, I use a marker that I move to separate all the wrapped from unwrapped stitches.

Knitting Short Rows: Working Wraps Back In

Eventually, you will want to expand the number of loops you are using and add the wrapped stitches back in.  For socks, it appears that you continue wrapping until your row is in thirds (1/3 wrapped, 1/3 center unwrapped, 1/3 wrapped).  To work the wraps back in so that you are once again using the entire row, use the following steps.

1.  Knit until you reach the first wrapped stitch.


2.  Pick up the back of the wrap stitch with your right hand needle.

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3.  Slip that stitch onto the left hand needle.


4.  Knit the stitch you just place and the stitch just behind it together (the one that the wrap was around).

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5.  Turn the work.  Notice that your working thread is on the left hand needle.  This will not do, we need it on the right, so slip the first stitch onto the right hand needle.

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6.  Purl till you reach the first wrapped stitch, pick up the wrap and slip it onto the left needle, purl together, flip the work, and slip the first stitch to the right.  Continue in this manner until all your stitches are being worked again or unless otherwise directed by your pattern.

Are there any knitting techniques that have stumped you?  Or any tricks you could offer?  Let me know in the comments!

Tutorial: Judy’s Magic Cast on for back loop knitting

Judy’s Magic Cast on is pretty much magic.  It allows toe-up sock knitting without a seam at the toe.  You can find a good tutorial of her method on Knitty here.  The first time I did it I did get an ugly seam, but I quickly realized that’s because I knit from the back loop as a habit.  So, I did some trial and error and figured out how to knit the cast on so that it wasn’t an issue for me.  Curious about knitting and purling from the back loop?  Check out my knitting tutorial about those techniques!  I also have a tutorial about knitting short rows.

1.  With your needles in your left hand and the points facing to the right, loop your yarn over one of your needles with a long tail.


2.  Twist the yarn so that your tail goes to the top and your working end goes to the bottom.


3.  Place your second needle below the first and pull the tail down, over the bottom, and under the top.  Your tail is still up and your working yarn down.

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4.  Pull the working yarn up, over the top, and under the bottom needle.  The working yarn is pulled downwards.


5.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have cast all your stitches on.


6.  Knit the top row through the back of the loop using either double pointed needles, two small circular needles, or one large circular needle with the magic loop technique.


7.  When you get to the bottom row, knit through the front of the loop for this row only.  Since the magic cast on technique creates a twist in the lower row of stitches, this will correct that twist.


8.  Continue knitting through the back stitch or following whatever pattern you are while knitting and purling through the back stitch.  Check out your lovely hidden cast on seam!


Tutorial: Knitting and Purling from the back

Today I thought I would do something a bit different for my tutorial.  Instead of doing a single tutorial that follows a craft from front to end, I thought I would share with you how I knit and how I’ve adapted some knitting techniques to fit my style.  Knitting and purling through the back is a valid technique, but from what I can tell it is usually used to create a design instead of as a main technique.   I also hold the yarn ball in my right hand, I hope that’s not too weird.   These posts are in part for my own reference as well.  There are plenty of really good video tutorials, but I have a harder time finding photo tutorials.   I like photo tutorials better because I don’t feel like I’m trying to keep up with the video tutorial.  Check out today’s posts on Judy’s Magic Cast on for back loop knitting and Knitting Short rows as well!  I’ve used some larger needles and a lighter thread, so hopefully you can see it ok.

Kitting the back loop

1.  Make sure your working thread is to the back of the needle.


2.Push the right needle through the back part of the loop.

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3.  Loop the thread over the front of the right hand needle and then back to the right.


4.  Pull the right needle through the loop on the left needle and to the front without dropping the loop on the right.


5.  Drop the loop off of the left needle.


Purling through the back loop

1.  With the working yarn in the front of the work, use the right needle to pull the back part of the left loop forward.


2.  Loop the working yarn over the top of the right needle and then pull it back to the right.


3.  Pull the right needle back through the loop on the left needle.


4.  Drop the loop off of the left hand needle.


There you go, knitting and purling through the back loop.  I’m also adding Judy’s Magic Cast on and short rows for knitting through the back loop.  I may end up adding more of these, but I’ll try not to take up a Monday tutorial unless I have several.


P.S.  Sorry for the lack of Craftermath this week.  Knitting needles and yarn don’t leave much behind, especially when I was only doing such short tutorials.  This is the closest I could come, though to be honest I didn’t try too hard.  No need to make a mess just for a picture!


Web Inspiration: Blog Inspiration

Before I dive into this weeks web roundup, I want to share some inspiration from my very back yard.  I looked out into my “garden” today, and there was a second flower!  I had some spiderwort blossom earlier, but it didn’t hold for very long.  I also have a single purple cone flower that’s hung on for most of the summer.  But today, one of my prarie onions bloomed!  It looks like some of the others will soon as well!  I was so excited that I ran outside with my camera to take a picture for you.

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Ok, now onto web inspiration.  Today I thought I would share with you some of my favorite blogs.  These are the people I mentioned in my first post that write so well I feel like they are my friends.  But if I showed up at their house, they would probably think I was some weird stalker chick, which wouldn’t be good.  It”s their blogs that have inspired me to start my own.  These are not all craft blogs, however I hope that you will visit each and every one of them and get some inspiration from one of their many posts.  I know I have a long way to go with this blog, but I’m glad I’ve started it.  In alphabetical order, I present to you my favorite bloggers.  Each title links to their home page and I have chosen a post for each blog to send you to as an example of their work.  Enjoy!


Epbot was probably my first introduction to a blog that makes you feel like you know her.  Jen is also the creator of Cake Wrecks.  On Epbot she writes about the things she loves, which includes (but is not limited to): steam punk, cosplay, book reviews, video games, crafting, and pretty much anything geeky.  She is currently on sabbatical, but promises to return soon.  As a link, I am sending you to her most recent tutorial, Down the Rabbit Hole, where she shows how she made this gorgeous steam punk leather rabbit mask.  Go Jen!

Epbot's rabbit mask tutorial

Evil Mad Scientist

Evil Mad Scientist is a blog about electronics.  It’s pretty cool.  They don’t post as often as many of the other bloggers I follow, but they also run their own electronics store and do lots of other cool things.  And when they do, it’s always an interesting post.  Among other things, they create their own machines like the eggbot, a machine that engraves or paints on eggs.  Pretty cool!  Recently they finished up a kickstarter for their watercolor bot which, as you might imagine, paints with watercolors.  They are all about diy electronics.  They also post about vintage electronic parts they come across.  Occasionally they will post really informative information, like how to understand what resistance is.  I highly reccomend them for anyone who is interested in those crazy people who solder their own circuit boards and stuff like that (*cough cough me cough*).  Below, please enjoy a link to their post about vintage chemistry manuals!

Evil Mad Scientist: Vintage Chemistry Manuals

The Flog

The Flog is/was a video blog that Felicia Day did where she talked about pretty much whatever she wanted and tried to do pretty much anything she wanted as well.  Right now they say they are on haitus, but I hope she brings it back.  Felicia is an extremely creative and talented person who works in acting and directing, is internet famous (whatever that means) for being a seriously geeky girl, and is all around awesome.  Her current big project is running and creating content for the Geek and Sundry channel on youtube.  In her flog she learned to blacksmith, did prop creation, cooked/baked food such as Dragon Bread, learned how to do yo-yo tricks, and so forth.  Currently she blogs an occasional show called “Co-optitude” where her and her brother Ryon play video games from when they were kids and they didn’t have a console.   If you have the time, I suggest you watch one of my favorite flogs: Felicia Day and Colin Fergusson (From Eureka!) crochet.

Felicia Day and Colin Ferguson crocheting

Shoes and Craft

Shoes and Craft is written by Marcell Mrsan.  He is a master shoemaker.  He talks about his experiences teaching and making shoes as well as puts up some instructions for shoe making.  Occasionally he teaches shoe making in person, and I would dearly love to attend one of those.  It would be awesome to actually make my own shoes at some point of time.  One of the things that I really love about this blog is that it gives an insight into how a master craftsman works.  I could go on more about that, but let it suffice to say that I find people making things in general to be fascinating.  Below, please find a link to his flip flop tutorial.

Shoes and Craft Flipflop Tutorial

The Thinking Closet

Ok, so truth be told, The Thinking Closet is the blog that closed the deal on my own ambitions.  The work she does is just lovely,  and the fact that she’s only been blogging for about a year convinced me that I could do it too.  I have thought about this before, but was worried that no one would be interested in what I had to say because there was so much chatter already out there.  But, after reading her blog, I realized that that’s not what it’s about.  Writing something and putting it out there is the first step.  As long as I provide good content and provide an interesting environment for others to participate in, it’s ok!  Anyways, this blog is mainly a craft blog.  She does some really cool sewing projects for infants, though I have none of those, and has a huge love for the sillhouette cameo.  Yeah, one day I will have one of those.  Now is just not that day.  She was married before the days of pinterest (as was I) and is currently sharing some of the things she did for her wedding.  Don’t worry, you’ll get a glimpse into my wedding soon enough (paper flowers anyone?).  The Thinking Closet also found it’s way onto my blog last week with her fabric filing.  For her blog, I thought  I would send you to her most recent tutorial: Animal Placecard Holders.   I know a few people who would get quite a kick out of this (and one that would love a giraffe version).!

Young House Love

Young House Love is DIY house blog.  They pretty much blog about everything they do around their house, and it is super inspirational.  Their design aesthetic is awesome and the personal touches and family feeling that you get from their writing make me looking forward to each and every post.  As for house work, they have taken on everything from replacing a part of the deck, striping the deck, paint, custom built-in bookshelves, you name it.  They also talk about things like their design decisions and what it is they look for when deciding what to buy for different projects.  Below, you can read about their most recent bathroom change, replacing the faucet, and see how far they’ve come with their “temporary” bathroom remodel (paint, light fixture, mirror, pictures, and faucet).

Young House Love Bathroom re-do


Wil Wheaton is last only because he starts with “w”.  He’s a pretty big deal in many of the circles I travel, but he’s also very inspirational to me.  He is also the host of Tabletop over on Geek and Sundry, a show that gives you the basics of how to play a game through actual game play.  His blog is another one of those that follows his own interests.  Most often he talks about what is going on in his life, gaming, conventions, or the like.  I like to read what he writes, and he continues to write it, so read it I shall.  One of the things that I love about him is his interactions with the fans.  Another thing is his love for learning I will send you to this post of his about why Discovery Chanel doing a ‘documentary’ about the current existence of the megeladon (a now extinct species) is such a horrible thing.  If he didn’t already have my respect, this would definitely have gotten it.

Wil Wheaton

There you have it.  Some of my favorite blogs and my inspiration to make this blog the best place it can be.  What are some of your favorite blogs?  Are there some that I’m missing and should be following?  I’d love to hear your suggestions!  Also, don’t forget to join me on Monday for my next tutorial!