No Sew-sational

Adventures in No Sew Blankets

Hola Intertubers!

How goes your month? Mine has been filled with excitement and days off. I’ve relished in the ability to lounge. There was once a time when I was not able to lounge, but I trained hard and I am proud to say that I have taken my lounging to the next level. I’ve been known to sit on the couch, knit and play video games. Isn’t being boring and lame the best on occasion?

Anyhoo, despite my crafty nature, I’ve never made a no sew blanket. Why? I figured, my ability to sew negated my need to make a no sew blanket. Also, the fringey bits seemed fugly and lame. So I avoided them for just about a decade. Then Mr. McCluckin’ destroyed my dreams of never making a no sew blanket by asking me to help him make a no sew blanket.

Nevermind the man foot in the background, that's a finished blanket in the foreground.

Nevermind the man foot in the background, that’s a finished blanket in the foreground.

My love for that masculine chicken melted my distrust for the no sew blanket trend. I hopped on the bandwagon just to help that big lug. His boss at the Sprocket factory requested no sew blankets to donate to hospitals. Apparently wee babies require warmth and blankets sometimes come in handy. So we wandered to the craft shoppe and purchased a yard or two of fleece. That night, by the glow of the television, we cut and tied our way to blanket heaven.

Showing off his mad blanket tying skills.

Showing off his mad blanket tying skills.

Hooray for us! Hooray for those soon to be warm babies! Hooray in general! Whelp, that’s my tale of not sewing a blanket. What did I learn? Well I still think the fringe is fugly and I don’t plan to make any of these blankets ever again. So the moral of the story is, sometimes you just gotta take one for the team and make some babies warm.

Oh my! The night sky is ablaze with the craft-mergency signal! I must go, there’s some sort of craft-tastrophe afoot. Last time I  answered the signal’s call the first lady was caught in a web of rickrack. Luckily I was able to walk her step-by-step through the untangling process. Soon enough she had herself a lovely loaf of rickrack to show off to all the other first ladies and queens.


Henny Penny

Periodical Update

Good evenfall to you Masters of the Interwebs,

I have been up to my eyeballs in hot buttered rum lately. This is of course the latest trend in beauty regimens; pickling oneself in liquor until deliciously pruney. I must say, I don’t mind smelling of rum and butter. It makes me more attractive to sailors and toast aficionados.

Besides bathing in booze, I’ve also been trying to clean up around the old hen house. You see, Mr. McCluckin’ and I have it in mind to sell our digs. Hopefully we’ll have it on the market in the next month or so. If you are in need of a home in pretty great condition, please let me know. I will consider all offers as long as they are accompanied by a cookie bouquet.

I'm wearing my fancy pants in this photo! Watch me make a pillow on season 6 of Sew it All TV.

I’m wearing my fancy pants in this photo! Watch me make a pillow on season 6 of Sew it All TV.

As you know I work for Ye Olde Periodical and it sucks up most of my crafting time. Right now I am prepping to appear on my second episode of Sew it All TV. The first might be airing near you, my first episode is 612. I make a decoratively stitched pillow. It’s hilarious and also terrifying. If you have Sew it All TV in your neck of the woods, and see me, let me know what you think! I think Iowans will be able to watch the episode in late November. So lucky you, Iowans!

My position at Ye Olde Periodical has afforded me this fabulous opportunity. I’ve also met crafting super stars like the Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo and Brini Maxwell. I’ve recently had my first byline come to print. I have about 7 projects on the horizon that will also be featured in the coming 6-9 months. It’s been a wild rascally year since I arrived at Ye Olde Periodical and I think it’s safe to say I’m enjoying myself.

How can you gain from this you ask? Well, one I’ve learned so much about sewing and editing and that knowledge is probably trickling down to you (eventually). Secondly, here’s a free pattern! I made a serger cap back in April and it will be published in December (most likely). In the meantime it’s here for you to enjoy. Note: the hat band on the pattern is a bit snug. You should measure the circumference of your head, add 1/2″ and then make that the length of the band. The crown seems fine to me, but in case you have a rather large gourd on your shoulders take your head circumference, divide it by 6 and add 1/2″ then use that as the measurement for the bottom flat line of the crown pieces.

For now I must bid you adieu. I am being hailed by a bellhop, it might be time for my nightly orangutang wrestling match. I need to stay in shape don’t I? I have a busy job and blog to keep up with; besides it’s terribly good for the liver. Sleep tight or have a recklessly adventurous day (choose one closing sentiment, don’t be greedy).


Henny Penny