I cheated

Yes, I must confess that I cheated on my yarn diet.

I wanted to make a new felted purse and use up some gifted yarn at the same time.

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I even swatched!

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5 inches by 5 inches on the left.  4 inches by 4 inches on the right after hand felting.

Only I don’t have enough yarn to complete the project.  I’m making up the pattern as I go and I thought I just might have enough yarn when I began.

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Two balls of yarn knit and one to go.  It’s not going to be large enough for my liking.

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The back is plain.

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007-bottom-001The bottom is 5 x 15 inches.

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The bag is 7 inches tall…so far.  the purse/bag will shrink at least 20% according to my swatch.  The swatch was felted by hand and I will probably do this in my washing machine so it will shrink faster.  Not as much control but results in a denser fabric.  And did I mention that it’s faster?

Well, I found that Lopi yarn is still made just not distributed by Reynold’s. No guarantees that the color (light ash heather 0054) would match exactly as they would be different dye lots.  So I bought two balls each of ash heather (color 0056), heather grey (0057), and dark grey heather (0058).

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My plan is to gradually start working in the next darker ball of yarn then add each color going from light to dark.  I will keep the zigzag in the lightest color for contrast and continuity.

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My other option is to rip it all apart and begin over with the darkest color on the bottom and transition to the lightest color at the top.

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Which would look better?  Go from light at the bottom to dark at the top?  Or have the dark on the bottom and to light at the top?

Or am I over thinking this project and just go with what I’ve done?

An easy fix

In my previous post you saw the broken top of a hanging shoe holder. This is how I repaired it.

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All the materials were found around the house.  And by house, I mean the basement.  Didn’t have to but anything for this fix.

We (and I mean me) saved pieces of the hardwood flooring we had installed in the last decade.  Those pieces have come in handy over the years.  Some pieces are damaged such as the tongue was split or the piece was too skinny or narrow on one end but were saved anyway.  So I dug through the dwindling pile and found two pieces that were almost the correct length of the shoe holder.

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One piece was about an inch too long so I cut it with a hack saw.  We (and I mean me) need a circular saw and a chop saw but that’s beside the point.  Gotta use what’s available, right?  I sanded the rough edges.  Didn’t want anyone to get cut or a splinter in their hands/fingers once it was in place.  The finished side of the flooring is facing down.

I found some small pieces of pine also left over from another project for the cross-pieces and cut them to the width of the shoe holder.

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Drilled holes through the cross-pieces to prevent the wood from splitting, down through the broken plastic and into the piece of flooring.  The cross-pieces were close to the hanger part as that would get the most pull when hanging.

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Since I only had ten screws, I just used one cross-piece on each side of the hanger.  I might get more screws for more cross pieces for each end to make it more secure.

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Ta-da!

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The finished repair.  Not pretty but it works.

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Coat closet redo

I did it.

The coat closet, that is.  It’s organized!  I don’t want to go out on this cold, snowy day to get the finishing touches so it’s not 100% finished but it’s done enough.  I’ll show you the what I’m talking about later.  First the before pictures…

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This coat closet is beside the door that leads to the garage.  It’s the door we use 99% of the time so it made sense that we keep our coats and shoes here.  We don’t wear our shoes in the house.

See the shoes on the floor on both sides of the closet doors?  Those are my “go-to” shoes.  Mr. Aitch’s shoes are next to the refrigerator by a bench that you can just see the edge of at the bottom of the photo.  Some of his shoes are stored in the bench but these are overflow.

Now you see why those shoes aren’t inside the closet.

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Top shelf left to right: old motorcycle helmet, box of my hats, two motorcycle helmets, motorcycle cover, Mr. Aitch’s random hats.  On top of those boxes are baseball caps.  Sorry for the blurry photo.  It was a dark day and not enough light.  My bad for not using the tripod.

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Hanging coats row left to right: Three winter coats that either don’t fit or were left behind by our kids, two shoe holders that need repaired, an array of motorcycle clothing (chaps, vests, jackets and liners), light weight coats mixed in with heavy winter coats.

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And on the for right are two long winter coats.  One has a few moth holes near the botton so I “intend” to cut it off, re-hem it and wear it.  If that doesn’t happen in 2017, it will be donated.  The other long coat belongs to Mr. Aitch.  Sadly, it doesn’t fit any more.

The floor is cluttered with: a yoga mat, step stool, a cardboard shoe holder, boxes of toboggans, more shoes, motorcycle rain suits, boots, my bowling bag, and drycleaning plastic bags.

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Both shoe holders need repaired as the plastic insert in broken in half.  The orange one isn’t as bad.  How I wish they made these to support real shoes but I know I can fix it.

Now for the show!

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No shoes on the floor outside the closet.  Yes, I still have my angel hanging on the wall.  She’s a winter decoration so I keep her up until March.

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The top shelf might look messy but it’s organized.

 

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Cardboard shoe holder moved to the top shelf.  One to three pairs of shoes fit in the cubbies.  The plastic bags help keep the dirt and dust off the shoes.  I might replace the plastic bags with fabric ones.  Not a top priority right now.

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The two motorcycle helmets we do wear are next and a backpack sits on top if them. Those cardboard file boxes are the perfect size for our helmets.  The box offers protection and a flat surface above acts as a shelf.

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The motorcycle cover (in the silver bag) slides between the helmet box and the wall.  The coats we kept were rearranged. Mr. Aitch’s coats are to the right of the orange shoe holder (winter to light-weight) and mine are next in a similar order from heavy to lighter.  The motorcycle jackets hang next to the wall.  Once the seasons change again, we will rearrange the coasts so they are easier to grab.

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The floor is home to the yoga mat, my bowling bag, the small stool and our motorcycle and winter boots.  The rugs are remnants that don’t match nor fit well but they protect the hardwood floor.  When we get new carpeting (fingers crossed), I’ll cut a piece of the old and replace this conglomeration.

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Our leather motorcycle chaps and jacket liners hang against the wall and the motorcycle rain suits in the red bag sit between the boots and the wall

The grey hanging shoe holder has gloves, hats, gloves, hats, hats, hats, sandals, and my two pairs of go-to shoes.  The orange shoe holder contains mostly motorcycle stuff: gloves, neck gators, bandanas, helmet communication chargers, and a couple of hats that didn’t fit in the grey one.  I love the drawers that fit inside the shoe holder.  I picked those up at IKEA a few years ago when they were discounted.  The red doesn’t match the orange but I don’t care.

We got rid of seven jackets/coats (Goodwill), one motorcycle helmet, and many, many pairs of shoes/boots, plus trash.

 

I think it looks pretty good.  We even have room to hang guest’s coats.

The one thing that I didn’t address is the baseball caps.

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My plan is this.  I don’t have any extra shower curtain hooks and as I said before, it’s too cold and snowy to go out and buy some today.  I will need another over-the-door hook to hang the cap holder so it will hang high on the inside of the door won’t interfere with the coats.  When I find them and make the hat holder, the closet will be finished.

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