Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy Galentine's Day, you noble DIYer! + Free Printable

The best of BFFs

If you still need to wrap some Galentine's Day gifts for your besties, I've got you covered.  Here are some free printable gift tags with 8 of the best Leslie Knope compliments you can give your girlfriends.  Just click on the link below the image to download the PDFs from Google Drive.  Tags are for personal, non-commercial use only.


Galentine's Day gift tags (set #1)

Galentine's Day gift tags (set #2)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Free Printable: 5x5 All You Need is Love

I'm guest blogging again this week over at Blissful and Domestic, and sharing a new 5x5 print for Valentine's Day!  Come check it out <3

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Free Printable: Christmas quote

Cobberson & Co for Blissful and Domestic - free christmas printable

Last week I was a guest blogger for the lovely Danielle over at Blissful and Domestic and shared a free 8x10 Christmas print.  Check out my post on her blog, and download your print for a little last minute holiday decor!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Free printable - Handspun With Love yarn label

Cobberson & Co.  Handspun with love free printable gift tag

Good news handspinners - I have a new free printable Handspun With Love label just for you!  

Cobberson & Co.  Handspun with love free printable gift tag

I printed out my label on kraft scrapbook paper (using the best quality option on my printer) and then backed it with a floral sheet of scrapbook paper that had a vintage vibe.  There are thick black borders on each side of the heart that you can either choose to include or cut off, depending on the look you are going for.  I chose to cut them off, since I didn't think they added anything to the floral background.  

Cobberson & Co.  Handspun with love free printable gift tag

The font I used for the word Handspun has a distressed, vintage feel to it.  The fading on the H is not your printer doing something weird - it's supposed to be like that :)

Cobberson & Co.  Handspun with love free printable gift tag

The side of the label has places for you to write in the yardage and weight of the yarn

Cobberson & Co.  Handspun with love free printable gift tag

as well as care instructions and fiber content.

Cobberson & Co.  Handspun with love free printable gift tag

Just fold/ cut the ends to the correct size for your skein and tape the label closed with a fun piece of washi tape.  

Cobberson & Co.  Handspun with love free printable gift tag

And that's it!  Download the PDF here.  Printables are for personal, non-commercial use only. Enjoy and happy crafting <3

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sneak peek of Handspun with Love gift tag!

Cobberson handspun with love free printable gift tag

Just need to photograph the brand spanking new Handspun gift tag in action and it will be ready for you all this weekend!  Subscribers will receive the download link in this weekend's update, so be sure to sign up to have it sent to your inbox.  Printables are for personal, non-commercial use only.  Hope you love it <3

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The one where your handknit gift is accidentally destroyed...

Five years ago, before my nephew was born, I felt like it was time to tackle an insanely complicated and awesome baby gift for him that was not a hat or sweater or normal baby blanket.  I ended up going with the Sleepy Monkey Blanket, a reversible stroller blanket full of crazy color work and constructed with steeks.  If you've never tried steeking, it's pretty much the organic chemistry of knitting, known to strike fear into even the most experienced knitters, but super exciting and fun if you just go for it.  You basically spend weeks knitting the blanket in the round, sew (with a sewing machine) a couple lines from top to bottom with sewing thread and then CUT the blanket in half so it's flat.  

Anyway, it looked like this when I was finished:

front of sleepy monkey blanket

back of sleepy monkey blanket

dual side action

And I was super proud of the finished blanket, and even prouder when my SIL held it up for everyone to see at her shower.  

The fate of the blanket was not a good one :)  After my nephew was born, he got some use out of the blanket, until one day he did his baby business on it.  Like any other parent with a poopy blanket, my SIL threw it in the wash.  Unfortunately when she pulled it out afterwards it was the size of a washcloth.  I didn't find out about this until my nephew was like 3 years old and I remembered that I hadn't seen the blanket ever at their house.  Even though it was destroyed, and I was pretty sad about the whole thing (knitter's grief - is there such a thing?) it made me really happy to know they had actually USED and loved it.  I wouldn't have even thought to use it for something other than decoration.

I posted the short version of this story on FB, and I think it's something every knitter can relate to.  What gifts have you made and later learned of their untimely demise?

Monday, November 3, 2014

When there's no time to craft

Back in August, I told you about my boys asking me to knit them up some Harry Potter robes. Shortly after starting, my first grader decided he wanted to wear his robe as his Halloween costume, which seemed pretty awesome and a way to get a huge head start.  So I took my sweet time the first month, knitting a few rows here and there, thinking I've got this, no big deal, there's still like two months to go before Halloween.  Then work suddenly became insanely busy and for a few weeks, all I did was wake up, go to work, come home and make dinner, work, go to sleep, repeat.

During those weeks, two things happened.  1.  My first grader asked me every day if I had finished his HP robe yet.  Every day I said no, but I promised him that it would be finished in time for Halloween.  I rarely promise anything to the kids, because I never want to break my promise to them.  But I was pretty confident in my ability to finish this robe, and he REALLY loved that scarf that I made him last year, so I knew he'd be so happy with his mom-made costume.  And 2.  Those few weeks of zero creativity were excruciatingly long and depressing.

I don't know about you, but if I don't have a chance to make something, anything, on a given day, I get ridiculously antsy.  That's probably why I love knitting the most- you can turn mindless relaxation time (which we all need, right?) into productive time.  Watch some tv, end up with a sweater.  

Once those few crazy weeks ended, I kicked my knitting into overdrive, because omg, that was a LOT of stockinette to tackle with only a few more weeks until Halloween.  Every spare minute after the guys went to sleep was spent working on the robe.  I started taking my knitting bag with me everywhere, getting a few rows in during lunch, or on the ferry.  

One week out from Halloween, and I was in a panic.  I had the entire back finished and half of the front right section, which meant I was still missing both sleeves,one and a half front pieces the hood, plus everything had to be sewn together.  But I couldn't break my promise- I was finishing this robe on time if it killed me.

For the rest of the week, after we came home and ate dinner, I worked on the costume until I fell asleep.  Then suddenly Halloween was the next day and I was still missing a whole sleeve and hood (which I made the last minute decision to forgo, since it wasn't a critical piece).  I stayed up all night making the sleeve and finally sewing everything together around 3:30 am.  The costume was finished at 6:15 am, and have never felt so proud of any project I have ever made. 

It may not have been the most complicated project, or had the most intricate patterning, but I was able to keep my promise to my little guy :) He was so happy and proud to wear his robe to school for their Halloween parade. 

Pattern:  Wizard Robe from Charmed Knits
Gryffindor Tie:  Harry Potter Tie
Wand:  Our own chopstick ;)
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