Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sometimes life gets too hectic to create

So I've gotten some emails from you guys wondering where I've been hiding out (thank you SO MUCH for these, btw) and it's nothing super exciting.  I've been pulled in a bunch of different directions and it has honestly left me with very little time to create.  One of the big problems, if you can really call it a problem, is that I started working out three months ago.  On one hand, I feel great, but on the other hand, it has cured me of my insomnia and so I'm no longer up half the night making stuff.  

The other thing I'm struggling with, as many crafters are, is just trying to do too many projects at the same time.  I'm trying to knit stuff because knitting is my first love, learn a bunch of new crafty things, and I just got a new Silhouette cutting machine that I'm getting the hang of.

I have a couple pictures to share since the last time I posted (yes, they were on on my FB and Instagram accounts, so my apologies if you've seen them already):

March(?) - I finished up Stefanie Japel's Boyfriend cardi:

cobberson japel boyfriend cardi
My friend asked me why I look so mad in this picture.  It's because I dropped
 the  phone about five times trying to take this - selfies are hard, apparently.  

This was a super fast, very fun knit, but the only part where I got into trouble is when I connected the button band to the rest of the body.  If you've ever made a top down raglan before, you know that the top of the front sections my the shoulders tend to not come down in a perfect V, there's a little corner that sticks out.  I couldn't pick up the button band stitches in a way that eliminated that corner, so there is a little bulge there and it just won't lay flat.  Not a huge deal, but definitely something I'll try to avoid in the future.

April - I've been getting a little time in here and there for embroidery, but to tell you the truth, I'm not sure I really have the patience for it.  It does look so cool, but I'm soooo slow. And I keep losing my needle threaders...

cobberson sleater kinney modern girl embroidery
*Lyrics taken from Sleater Kinney's Modern Girl

I'll finish the last letter and a half eventually :)

May - I finally unpacked my new Silhouette Cameo, and made a few stencils.  This thing definitely has a steep learning curve.  If you are wondering why I haven't cranked out a ton of stencils (or anything else yet), let me tell you about what happened the first weekend it was out of the box.

So I unpacked the machine and went through what I thought was the whole set up process - installing the drivers, installing the software, registering the machine, etc.  It's all set to go, and I decide to go to sleep and pick it up the next day by cutting my first project. 

I get up, go right over to the machine and I'm so excited to get started.  It's not working.  The touch screen on the Cameo just says, "working,"even though it's not, and appears totally frozen.  I google the problem and it seems to be the drivers.  I update the drivers and the software and it's still stuck.  I shut down the machine, the computer, unplug everything and restart a bunch of times.  Nothing.  

I am freaking out at this point because this is not a cheap machine, and I am having anxiety about calling customer service because we've all had those nightmare call center situations.  I had no other options, so I try the chat window on Silhouette's site.  The rep emailed me a list of instructions and said try this, and if it doesn't work, let me know.  I go through the instructions, which had to do with resetting the ports on the computer, and it still doesn't work.  So the rep calls me within about 10 minutes and we try everything to fix this issue.  

It turns out that the problem is that when I unplugged the Cameo from the wall, I didn't unplug the adapter cord from the machine itself.  There must've been a little juice left in the cord, just enough to prevent the machine from resetting.  Once I plugged both ends of the adapter back in, the touch screen was back to normal and I was ready to go.  

Seriously, I have never received such great service from any company, and this was on a Saturday afternoon.  The rep stayed with me on the phone for about 45 minutes and was determined to fix the problem right then and there.  And she was super nice!

Anyway, once I was up and running, I started experimenting with cutting stencil film.  I made every possible error before I got a good cut.  I had the blade turned up too little and it didn't cut the film at all or even touch it.  I had the blade turned up too much and CUT THROUGH THE MAT.  Ugh.  Then I had the stencil film upside down so the words were all backwards.  There were a bunch more.

Finally I ended up with a decent cut and stenciled my first shirt:

cobberson knitter grrrl

Looking pretty good!

So that's pretty much it.  What are you guys working on this month?

*There are some affiliate links in this post, but I did NOT receive anything gratis.  All opinions are my own, and the links are all for stuff I bought and loved*

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?
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