A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Doo, doo, doodle.....oooh.....

Today, for a complete about face, I thought I'd share with you what I've been making (knitting, actually) lately.  These are simply called doo-dads.






They are actually a type of pincushion, and don't
really look all that exciting when you first see one.
However...
I am totally in absolute like with mine and
I use it every single day.
It sits beside my chair in the living room and is a depository for my small pair of scissors, a crochet hook (for when I, inevitably, drop stitches with my knitting, a large eyed needle for weaving in ends, and various and assorted other little 'necessaries' that tend to migrate south into the chair cushions if I don't anchor them down somewhere. I know it's perhaps hard to see from the photo, but the areas between where the yarn colour changes are actually open so leave room to store larger things (like an additional pair of scissors).  I've made a few for friends and they too are seemingly delighted with their uses.  Simple, quick to make and an invaluable tool.

The free pattern can be found HERE.    The only change I have made with mine is to hie myself out to the hardware store and invest in some large metal washers (in the case of these approx. 2 1/2" across).  I loosely stitch one to the bottom of each doo-dad and then cover them with a layer of felt.  The washers, although not necessary, add weight which helps to keep them from toppling over easily. 

4 comments:

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Clever idea darling! I'm always searching for my scissors and needles. Of course there's no guarantee that I would ever put them away!! I guess that I'm just a messy girl!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great pattern MA. Love it! Can't wait to show you on Wed.
Sue

karen said...

these are fab!!! so very cute

Cazz said...

Great idea. Will be making myself a couple of these.