Friday, 25 March 2016

Crazy crayons

Anyone with young kids will likely know how many broken crayons you'll accumulate! Rather than throw them out I've collected them over time and last week I finally got around to recycling them into new crayons.

First, I took all the papers off, I had mostly been doing this as I collected them but there were a few I missed. I then broke them into smaller pieces and put them into a mini muffin tin, using cases to make it easier to pop them out. I sorted them by colour but you could mix them.

I then popped them in the oven at 130 C for around 5 - 7 min. It may take a bit more time if you have bigger pieces. Just keep a watch on them until they've completely melted. Once they were done I took them out and let them cool and set. This didn't take long as they were small, maybe 20 min.
Once cooled I popped them out of the tin and peeled off the cases and we have new crayons. 

As the crayons are non-toxic there's no need to have a tray specifically for crayon melting use (although that's fine too!), a good scrub in hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher and it's good for food use again.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Fabric scrap art

A few weeks ago, Mr A, Miss S and I had some fun with a bag of fabric scraps I had left from some recent sewing projects.

The first project we did was to make pictures of their initials to hang in their room. I cut the letter out of some heavy paper and let them loose with the PVA and fabric scraps. They covered the entire letter and then left them for a few hours to dry completely.


Once they were dry I trimmed the edges and glued them down on some backing card.

The PVA worked well but the paper I used wasn't heavy enough and puckered a bit when it was wet so much with the glue (4 and 2 year old don't do things by half!). I just used a glue stick to glue the letter to some white backing card and weighed them down under some heavy books and they straightened out fine. Now I just need to frame and hang them. 

The next time we took out the fabric scraps it was to make mothers day cards for my mother and mother-in-law, a birthday card for my mother and an engagement card for my brother and his fiancee  (congrats D and S!). This time we just used a glue stick to glue down the fabric onto the paper, trimmed the shapes once they were dry and glued them onto backing card. Lots of glitter was added later too, and I'm still finding that all over my kitchen!
I forgot to take photos of the finished birthday and mothers day cards but here's the engagement card.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Cozy Toes

I've just released a new pattern. Cozy toes is a pattern for some booties/house socks perfect for keeping toes warm on chilly days (and nights!). The pattern is written for 5 sizes from baby to adult L in worsted/aran weight yarn so they knit up quick! They're a nice introduction to sock knitting before moving on to fingers weight sock yarn.

They're knit from the cuff down with a slipped stitch heel flap giving extra cushioning and wear. The design features an i-cord tie to keep the socks on wriggly baby and toddler toes but is an optional addition for larger sizes.

Gauge: 22 stitches to 10 cm in stocking stitch
Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S,  Adult M,  Adult L)
Foot circumference 37.5 (40, 45, 50, 52.5, 55) cm
Leg and foot length is adjustable.

The pattern is available from my Ravelry store here.

Thank you to Leeanne, Diane,  Heather and Pat for testing ☺.

  Happy knitting!