Friday, April 17, 2020

Hang Tough

As anyone with a crafting addiction knows, after a few years, you have a tendency to generate lots of leftovers, like bits of yarn, leftover yardage, etc. that I never have the heart to throw away.  Because one day, that scrap of elastic just might come in handy!

Last year, I decided that it was time to use up some of my yarn scraps.

Back in the days when estate sales were still happening, it was rare to find an older home that didn't have at least one or two crochet covered hangers lying around.  The yarn is usually rather lurid in color, and they have a tendency to smell rather funny from sitting in a closed closet for years and years, but I figured I would try to make some of my own.  Basically, all you need are two crocheted (or knit, I suppose) pieces equal to the length and width of your hanger.  The two strips then get crocheted together around the hanger, or a single length is folded in half around the hook and then crocheted together along the bottom edge.

The stitch choice is up to you, as is the embellishment.

This particular style of hanger is called "crescent" or "crescent shaped."  They don't seem to sell them in the United States anymore, but there are British companies that sell them if you don't have any on hand.  The shape is really quite nice since they don't create those unpleasant shoulder bumps that have to be steamed back into place.

And the layer of crochet keeps slippery fabrics from falling off the hanger.  Think of these as the original "velvet" hangers.

These are quick and rather addictive.  I used to make myself a covered hanger for each of my finished garments with Lion Brand Chenille and a standard plastic tube hanger.  I don't bother with that anymore, but I think that I actually prefer this style of hanger, and the look of the crocheted cover.  And as a bonus, a few more of those little balls of yarn taking up space in my sewing room have magically turned into a very useful item.

[Two of the patterns that I used as a reference are "A Happy Hanger How-To" and "Floral Hanger Cover"]

Monday, April 13, 2020

Feeling a Bit Dotty

Just checking in, because it has been quite a while since I felt any motivation for blogging.  

And it's been a strange few weeks, to say the least! 

While I have been fairly productive (although the level varies from day to day), I have not felt the urge to go through photos or post to this blog.

But I decided to jump back in.

Do I feel confident that posting consistently will resume sometime soon?  Probably not.  But I am going to try to get back in the swing of things.

I find that posting to Instagram is much easier for me these days.  But it's the lazy way out, and I do like to have a record of my finished projects here.

When this began, I knew I had enough project materials to keep me busy for quite some time, so being forced to stay home did not seem like a horrible imposition since I had plenty to occupy my time.  What I didn't expect was missing the routine of going to work.  And even when I am not missing the office, I know that Valentino is.  He definitely misses that extra interaction (and the extra treats from co-workers!).

In the mean time, I am getting a lot of unfinished and abandoned projects completed, going on a brisk daily walk by myself to clear my head, and spending lots of time with my pup.

I hope everyone is doing well.  Stay healthy!  And happy sewing, knitting, reading, lounging on the couch, or whatever it is you are up to these days.

Dress:  Made by me, Vogue 8685
Shoes:  Nina "Serena"
Earrings:  Judith Jack