Fruitcake Knits

A sporadically updated blog that encompasses many creative activities

So I’ve started sewing….

Lately I’ve ventured into the world of sewing. It’s been so nice to have a few things that are sized to fit ME – not some arbitrary “one size fits most” person. For clothing, all I’ve attempted so far has been skirts and sports bras, and I’m hooked. Dangerously enough, Golden D’Or Fabric Outlet is close to me, and has rooms and rooms of amazing fabrics to feel and smell and buy. Just take a look at some of the rolls of baby flannel they have!

The other projects I’ve been working on have been t-shirt blankets. The original idea was a baby blanket, but I drifted more towards blankets for the moms to celebrate the babies. And I’m a bit embarrassed to post some of these pictures, because I know I’m a complete novice. My friends are thrilled with the gifts, but out here on the interwebs, I know that many sharp eyes will see all my flaws.

The first one was for a former co-worker:
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And a picture of the back if you’re interested.

The shirts I picked have specific meanings for us; I didn’t realize when I put it together that I’d be unhappy with how the designs aren’t actually centered within each piece.

The next one I took a different approach:



And, the back.

Clearly I’m experimenting with a lot of things along the way!

So, faithful readers, any tips or ideas that I should be considering?

Comments (0) May 13, 2014 @ 9:25 pm |

Peacock’s Tail update

Gotta love doilies for portable knitting! The Peacock’s Tail doily, started last spring, is coming along nicely. The expanding feather-and-fan pattern took a while to catch on to – it can be quite counter-intuitive to me. I’m at row 80 of 126, which in the circular knitting world translates into only about 40%.

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Whenever I knit on such tiny needles (1.5mm), my hands get used to it – and I can’t pick up any other knitting without feeling like I’m using baseball bats. So it seems that, unless I start socks or something, I won’t be able to do any other knitting until it’s done! Do any of you have the same issue?

Comments (2) January 17, 2014 @ 2:07 pm |


Do y’all recall knitting graffiti, or yarnbombing? Proud to say that the first well-known knitting graffiti movement originated in Houston – because really, when you’re a knitter in southeast Texas, what else are you going to do?

This is my small-scale take on yarnbombing. Very small scale. It’s car antenna-sized.

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Meet Mr. Cactaur. He’s an acrylic i-cord cactus and loves to hang around on the antennas of vehicles. The guy on the right has been around for about four years – one of the finest tests of the durability of Hobby Lobby’s cheapest acrylic yarn! And today is your lucky day – I’ll walk you through how to make one. The first thing to do is to assemble the supplies.


We’ve got an appropriately saguaro-shaded yarn – again, the most durable acrylic you can find. Red Heart was meant for this! Double-pointed needles – anywhere between a US 4 and a US 8 should be good, it’s not like gauge matters here. Chenille stems if you’re hoity-toity or pipe cleaners if you’re old-school, googly eyes, and pom-poms… and, of course, the hot glue gun, scissors, and a tapestry needle to weave in your tails.

Now that you’ve amassed your craft supplies, time to get knitting! Cactaur is a simple man. Knit a 5-stitch i-cord about the length of your hand.

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You might as well knit a bundle of them; these guys are easy to make in bulk. Then… impale the poor bloke on a dpn!
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Here’s where you build his arms. If you’re a saguaro purist, you may want to give him more arms, but I am more amused by an anthropomorphic cactus screaming his face off on a car. First thing, slide a chenille stem through a single stitch.


Then you fold it in half and slide it through another stitch. Twist the ends of the chenille stem together.

Then you twist each half into a tight arm and point it up. Imagine little Cactaur flexing his muscles!

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Last thing you do – grab your hot glue gun and fix up his face!


That’s the Cactaur in a nutshell. Next time I finish a batch and yarnbomb a parking lot, I’ll add some fresh pictures of the cactaur in the wild!

Comments (1) November 22, 2013 @ 6:47 pm |
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