Making Home Homey, Part 2

Bathroom:

Knit and Crochet Washcloths

Immediately after our move to the new apartment, I was hesitant to pull out any of my big knitting projects, especially while there were boxes needing to be unpacked.  I decided it might be a good time to try a few of the washcloths I had seen on The KnitPicks Blog.  These made good little traveling projects, so many were made on the bus or away from home, and many are "rough around the edges". 

I didn't always use the cast on number given in the patterns, since I was using worsted weight cotton for them, and many patterns called for finer yarn.  I mashed together leftover bits from each ball of yarn, so there was nothing left over.  It makes me happy to see these little rolled up cuties in my bathroom.

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The basket is almost full now, with all of them in there.

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Click an image below to see the pattern in Ravelry.  All of nine of them are free, and all are from the KnitPicks Blog, other than Purl Soho's Log Cabin.

Slant Dishcloth by Stacey Winklepleck

Slant Dishcloth by Stacey Winklepleck

Slant Dishcloth by Stacey Winklepleck

Citrine Washcloth by Hannah Maier

Zickzack Dishcloth by Stacey Winklepleck

Firefly Dishcloth by Holly Klein

Double V Dishcloth by Hannah Maier

Log Cabin Washcloth by Purl Soho

Sophia Spa Cloth by Jenny Konopinski

Sophia Spa Cloth by Jenny Konopinski

Sloped Lines Dishcloth by Jenny Konopinski

Jazz Age Washcloth by Jenny Catchings

I think The Jazz Age Washcloth is my favorite.

Handmade in every room:

(even if it's not knit or crochet)

Now that the bathroom is taken care of, I can legitimately say that hand made items are prominent in every single room at my new apartment, and I'm darn proud of that.  The bedroom is totally thanks to my mom and dad.  Mom made our quilt, curtains, wall hanging and a mini table runner.  Together, they made our black faux-leather headboard. 

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Here's a peek at the quilt.  In the next picture, you get a better view of the awesome quilting in the shape of musical notes and treble clefs.  The curtains, wall hanging, and mini table runner were made with the leftovers, so they're all matchy-matchy.

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In the living room, there's a music covered lamp shade and some curtains for the bottom parts of our little bookcases, completely inspired by Pinterest.   I covered this paper lampshade with old sheet music and antique matte mod podge.  I used tacky glue for the trim.  Mom provided the idea and the supplies.

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Below, you can see a mini wall hanging Mom made me back when I was in college, which is well before she had any idea I'd be moving to New York.  You can also see one of the curtains I made for the bookcase.  There's a matching one in the opposite corner of the room.

Have I mentioned I was a music major? 

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In the kitchen, we have a cross stitch that I made as a wedding present for my husband and a beautiful wall hanging my mom gave me at my bridal shower.  We were married at the Portland Head Light in Maine.

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For me, these are the things that make home feel homey.