Personalized for School

We are just a few days from school starting up again, and I for one couldn’t be more excited. Sure, I love having my son home for the summer but I’m always happy to have him back at school and everyone on a regular schedule. I love hearing about what he is learning, and I also love having my time to myself again. 😉

As I mentioned a couple of times, I got myself a Cricut Explore Air 2 on Prime Day. It is essentially a little CNC machine that I can use to cut vinyl, cardstock, window clings, and a bunch of other materials. It has opened up a whole new world of crafting for me (and also necessitated the purchase of a bunch of new craft supplies…) We decided to make good use of it and personalize some of my son’s new school supplies.

Hedgewars pencil box

We decorated a simple pencil box with a character from a video game that he loves to play. The image was converted for me by a lovely lady in a Facebook group.

Hedgewars pencil box

My skill at lining things up needs to be improved, but I think everything looks pretty good for a beginner. 😉 This image came from the Hedgewars Wiki.

Water bottle with controller

We added a controller image to his water bottle, as well as his name on the other side. This image came from Cricut’s own design library.

And, I also broke out the embroidery machine for the first time in ages to make a new patch for his backpack.

Miners Union patch

With cool school supplies like this you know it is going to be a good year. 😉 🤞

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So Nice I Made it Twice

Knitting is different from needlework in a lot of respects, gauge being probably the most important . You can do your needlework on a piece of fabric that has more threads per inch than the chart calls for and you will still get a lovely finished project. But if you don’t make gauge when knitting, you usually end up with something that doesn’t fit. What’s even more annoying is when you do make gauge and still end up with something too small.

Small Creepers Hat

Small Creepers Hat

This is the Creepers All Around hat that I knit for the little man this past weekend. I got gauge and knit the children’s size. It is too small. Now, the little man has a bean that is a bit big for his age, but this hat is way too small. It is toddler-sized or maybe even infant-sized.

So, I knit it again.

Larger Creepers Hat

Larger Creepers Hat

This time I did the adult size, but adjusted the height of the hat to be more inline with the children’s instructions. The yarn is Paton’s Canadiana Solids in colour Cedar and Bernat Satin in colour Ebony. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry.

Both Creeper Hats

Both Creeper Hats