I <3 YouTube

No, really.  Not only is it a great way to find music–let’s say I hear a song, if I can figure out the title, I can find a video and then video of other songs by same band.  WIN!  Not only can I see humorous clips of comedians I love.  Not only are there a million cute and/or funny kitty videos…

But when I can’t figure out how to do something in my crafting, YouTube always comes to my rescue.  Let’s go back in time to when I was working on that shirred shirt.  I had a rough start of getting the shirring to work.  So I went to YouTube. This video, plus a little more troubleshooting, and I was on my way.

Today, I ran my head into a wall over a knitting technique. I was to increase the stitches, and the text in the book wasn’t making sense at all. Popped over to YouTube, typed “k1fb” (which wasn’t the abbreviation in the book, I found that after a little Googling), and came up with this–a video that practically saved my life.  Sadly, embedding is disabled for this video.  It’s probably fine, though, because I feel like the only knitter in the world who didn’t know how to do that.  Of course, I’m obviously not, or this video wouldn’t exist.

Lastly, the other night The Hippy and I were baking a new bread.  Neither of us had ever seen or had Fougasse, but the recipe sounded good (garlic and cheese, how can one go wrong?).  Looked at a couple pictures of baked Fougasse loaves; I told the Hippy it looked like they cut the dough; he told me it looked like they joined pieces together.  YouTube to the rescue!

In short, if you’re even the slightest bit creative, YouTube is an amazing resource for learning new techniques. Huge props to everyone who has ever posted a tutorial on YouTube! I love you all! And, also, to the people who post kitty videos (it’s worth dealing with the darkness at the beginning).

January 25, 2010. Tags: , , , . crafting life. 1 comment.

Hitting the slopes

I don’t ski, but if I did, I’d be ready!  Sat down today and whipped up a pair of snow pants.

I decided to make these because I love to ice skate and I love to go sledding.  They are warm, warm, warm!  The outer layer is waterproof windbreaker type fabric.  The lining is sweatshirt fabric.  In between those is a layer of Thermolam.  I’m prepared!  And look how great they look with my dirty winter coat:

I used a trusted PJ pant pattern and basically made two pairs of pants: one was the windbreaker/thermolam, the other was the sweatpants.  Stuck the sweatpants inside the windpants, wrong sides together and serged around all openings.  Folded edges over and added elastic.

I actually need to open up the waistband again at some point and shorten the elastic.  I’m not sure where on my body I measured, but it apparently wasn’t my waist.  I also left the cuffs open on the legs in case I wanted to add elastic later.  Not sure that will happen since the elastic was a bitch kitty to get in the waist.  All those layers made it slow going…

I had thought about making these pants reversible.  Once I decided to put the thermolam inside, however, I decided that I would probably never wear them with the sweatpant side out.  Which is a shame, because it’s pretty darn cute!

Let’s just hope that if I fall while skating, I’m the only one seeing stars…..

January 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , . handmade, pictures. 6 comments.

Sharing the Awesome!

I’ve got quite a few blogs on my RSS feed, and I’ll be honest, I’ve grown tired of some of them. What an awesome thing, then, to have something pop out at me and make me excited about blogs again.

Foooor Instance…..

Magazine Bow from How About Orange

If you click on that picture up there, you’ll be taken to How About Orange‘s instructions for Magazine Bows.  I’m honestly not sure how I missed them the first time around, but the topic came up again today when she posted pictures of bows someone else had made with her instructions.

I haven’t made any yet, and–unless I’m super lucky and don’t forget–I may never get around to them, but I would sure love to have these on the presents I have to wrap in the future.  They might even detract from the fact that I do a really crappy job when it comes to wrapping presents.

January 12, 2010. Tags: , , , . blogging, handmade. Leave a comment.