Kanteen Carriers

On top of Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park

In honor of the boys’ first trip to Acadia National Park (only two hours away — how have we not made time for this before?!?), I made the boys and their friends carriers for their water bottles using the tutorial for an upcycled water bottle sling that Betz White created for the last issue of Petite Purls (Spring 2010).  I thankfully had quite a few outgrown pairs of cargo pants laying around here, even though I’ve given away quite a few already!  They were destined for Goodwill or a summer garage sale, but are now these super-cool drink carriers!

We have Kleen Kanteen water bottles, so I modified the pattern slightly by making it a little bit taller and cut out 10″x13″ rectangles.  The kids loved them!  My one other suggestion would be to add some sort of fleece sleeve on the strap as my younger son complained that it was digging into his neck a little bit on our longer hike on one of Acadia’s carriage trails.  I’ll probably take the time to add that before our next hike.

Hiking on carriage trails near Jordan Pond

Since you only needed a small rectangle for the lining, I was able to just use scraps that I had laying around.  I did buy the twill for the straps for a whopping $7!  And for those who are wondering, it probably only took me about 2.5 hours to make four of these, and that counts sewing on the decorative gold button that J picked out since he wanted his to be “different.”  We watched the weather, and went on the one day of April vacation that had the best weather.  We really lucked out.  Hardly anyone was there, the Park Loop Road was fully open, and the weather was gorgeous.  If you haven’t made time to visit the first national park east of the Mississippi, then you really need to find time for a Maine vacation.  Definitely a treasure!

Little Hunters Beach

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Felted Knitting Needle Case

Felted knitting needle case from Warm Fuzzies

Felted knitting needle case from Warm Fuzzies

I have been thinking about making the knitting needle case from Betz White’s Warm Fuzzies: 30 Sweet Felted Projects for awhile.  My good friend’s birthday was a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be a perfect gift!  I used a nice wool sweater that I had picked up at Goodwill awhile back.  It was gray with a pretty orange border around the cuffs and bottom.  So, I tried to incorporate that into the design.  The project in the book has a sunflower embroidery, but I used the nest/bird embroidery that was featured in the family photo album project.  Inside is some cream, butter yellow, and orange 100% wool felt from my stash.  It came together very easily.  The directions were great and I had no issues at all.  It was a bit difficult to sew the bottom of the pocket just because of all the layers – sweater and two layers of wool felt.  I had to go over part of it a second time, but it looked fine.

Inside of case, used a decorative stitch on the flap

Inside of case, used a decorative stitch on the flap

Inside of case

Inside of case

Front of knitting needle case

Front of knitting needle case