Bushwood Workshop Refit 2013

workbenchRecently, the Bushwood workshop got a refit. We hadn’t had much time over the past year or so after buying the house to do much, but I’ve been wanting to get back into the swing of my favorite hobby. Once the Craft Room project was completed, I was able to get back into my shop and clean it up. I refinished the workbenches with hardboard and plain old paste wax, and wrapped the edges with SYP (southern yellow pine). I tidied up and threw out old junk that wasn’t needed. I made a window. I put my tools away and made some cabinets and other things.

It’s a work in progress, but I’m satisfied for now.

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American Girl Doll Bed

So Christmas 2012 (this past Christmas), my wife and I were lucky enough to be able to get our daughter an American Girl Doll by way of our wonderful ex-next door neighbors in our old hometown.

My wife asked if I could take an existing plan from Ana White who is a fairly well known DIY blogger and crafty woman from Alaska. Her plans are usually very simple to build and use inexpensive hardware and supplies.

The plan specifically was this one: http://ana-white.com/2011/08/doll-bunk-beds-american-girl-doll-and-18-doll

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I had a bunch of Sapele (read more about Sapele here) sitting around the shop, and it was very easy to size the lumber I had down to the dimensions I needed. I finished it in roughly 1 weekend’s worth of time, plus a little extra for finishing. I used two coats of Tung Oil to make the grain stand out (Sapele’s grain is just plain beautiful when finished with oil).

My wife finished it off by making a custom sewn bed set for both bunks, and even made quilts for the dolls as well.

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My customer is one happy little girl.

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Entire gallery of images is here: https://picasaweb.google.com/107602759139677368610/AmericanGirlDollBed?authuser=0&feat=directlink

The Captain A Hat

With the leftover yarn I had from my last hat project, I decided to do a Captain America “A” Hat, modeled from the movie during the WWII scenes. I did a 100 stitch flat knitted hat on #7 metal needles using Dark Horse Fantasy Yarn from Crazy Girl Yarn Shops. With this project, I had to use intarsia, so I got to learn that as well. Once the hat was complete, my wife helped me learn how to seam it up and then finish off the strings left over from the intarsia.

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The Captain Hat

And now presenting, The Captain Hat! Based on the same pattern design as the Harry Potter beanie (see Astromech Companion post), I did a 104 stitch-around-sized hat on #8 wooden needles using Dark Horse Fantasy Yarn from Crazy Girl Yarn Shops. My wife, m0mmacat, had to assist me in the last portion as I’m not that good at doing the decreases and color changes necessary to complete the star pattern. It was modeled from the shield design that Captain America wields.

I think it came out just fine.

Ravelry Project Link

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The Astromech Companion

My wife purchased a skein of yarn for me as a birthday gift from Haldecraft entitled Astromech Droid. After not much deliberation at all, we decided a knitted cap would be a good second project choice. From the pages of Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter, we chose the House Hat pattern.

My wife helped me learn the longtail cast on, and I swatched a sample to measure to ensure accurate stitch counts.

After the swatch was done, I cast on using #6 wooden needles and did 96 stitches. So far, the ribbing is complete, and I’m starting my knit rows to build up the top of the hat. I’m looking forward to the end, even though it’s May in Florida. Where the heck am I going to wear a wool hat this time of year?

Here’s a link to the Ravelry project page.

Update 05/28/2012: The Astromech Companion is finished!

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