If you’re like me, you love pets, but you don’t like their hair and dirt all over the house. I wanted a solution! I looked at pet barriers in specialty pet catalogs; however, I didn’t find any tall enough to keep cats secluded to an area. Cats can climb or jump over almost anything.
Since I couldn’t find what I wanted, I started searching for materials that I could use to build my own pet barrier. I went to Home Depot and found everything I needed to build this 57.5″ tall x 135″ wide pet barrier.
If you want to build a pet barrier for your home, here is what you’ll need:
- Measuring tape – measure the area where you want to add your barrier. Remember, you’ll want the barrier to stand on its own; the total width of the pet barrier has to be larger than the width of the area you’re covering. You want a “folding screen.”
- Trellises – these come in varying heights, widths, and patterns. Find what will work best for your project. I wanted something the cats could not climb through or jump over. I purchased 6 trellises that had legs.
- Jigsaw – I used the Jigsaw to cut the legs off of each trellis. The blade has to be longer than the width of the leg.
- Screwdriver – a power screwdriver is best. The job will be completed more efficiently with a power screwdriver.
- Hinges – I used 3 hinges to attach one trellis to another. You want enough hinges to keep the pet barrier standing and make it easy to fold. Also, you want hinges with at least 3 holes (for screws) on either side of the hinge. This will ensure that the hinges won’t pull away from the trellis.
- Slideglides – I have wooden floors; therefore, I wanted something that would make it easy for me to adjust the pet barrier and protect my floor. After sawing the legs off each trellis, I added two slideglides to the bottom of each trellis panel.
- Curtain hooks (used to hold back curtains) – I used these to hold the entire screen in place. Cats are smart. They quickly learned that they could push open the pet barrier with their noses or paws. I had to outsmart them and this solution worked. I attached the curtain hooks to wood molding. I could have attached them to the wall as well. If I had done that I would have used wallboard anchors.
Once you have all of your materials and tools, you’re ready to build your pet barrier. It’s not complicated! The most important thing for you to do is make sure you attach the hinges as I’ve illustrated below. Don’t make the mistake of putting them all on the same side.
As I said earlier, I used 3 hinges to attach one trellis to another. I concentrated the hinges more toward the center rather than putting a hinge at the bottom, one in the center, and one on top. (You can kind of see this in the image at the top.) I used the measuring tape to distribute the hinges evenly across the entire pet barrier.
Well, that’s about it! I wish you success in your effort to build a pet barrier. It’s worth the time, money, and effort – your house will be cleaner and that will give you more time to yourself.
My kitties have a kitty door to the backyard and they run in and out of their special area all day long. I’ve heard no complaints.
I finally finished my socks and the knit sock pattern I’ve been promising.
I hope my instructions will help knitters who haven’t knitted a pair of socks now get a pair underway.
In terms of comfy,
machine-knitted socks can’t compare to the feel of a hand-knitted pair.
You’ll find a list of
materials along with the instructions in the downloadable pdf. I’ve also included some pictures in the
The pattern will also be available on Ravelry if you’d like to add it to your Ravelry library.
I’ve suggested in the pattern that first time sock knitters review videos on the various stages of sock knitting before getting started. It would also be a good idea to read the pattern all the way through before beginning. You might also want to take a look at this post.
Please let me know if you come to any bumps in the road. I’ll do my best to direct you.
I’ve been looking for free knitting stitches patterns that I can work up into a pattern for a cowl. I found the following patterns which I think are very interesting. I wanted something a little out of the norm and challenging enough to hold my interest.
It’s not that I need another project. I have six going at present. I’m trying to finish up a knitted sock pattern that I want to bring public. I’ve finished one sock and I’m halfway through the other. The pattern is written and will include pictures. Be looking for it! It’s a pattern that will be perfect for advanced beginners who want to knit a pair of socks for the first time.
Also, coming soon is a triangle-shaped scarf made from sock yarn. I’m making it to match this hat. My other four projects are still in the early stages.
Here is your guide to the knitting stitches above:
- Cable and Twist Stitches
- Lace Knitting Stitch #35
- Tilting Ladder Pattern
- Lace Knitting Stitch #28
- Lace Knitting Stitch #25
- Bubble Wrap Stitch
I think for a cowl, I prefer #3 and #4. I do like the bubble wrap stitch though. It would be great for knitting a baby blanket.
Crochet socks patterns are difficult to find; well, let me rephrase that; attractive patterns for crochet socks are difficult to find. I’ve scoured the Internet to find FREE patterns for crochet socks that I think are pretty and practical. I found seven patterns. I hope there is at least one here that you like!
Free Patterns for Crochet Socks
Here is your guide to the crochet patterns above.
Note: you may need a Ravelry or Lionbrand login to access a few of the free patterns.
A. Polka Dot Popcorn Socks - Decorative and festive!
B. Sonny’s Socks - Very practical and okay to hide behind pants and shoes.
C. 146-39 Lisbeth – Socks in Fabel - This is a pair you’d want people to see. They’d look cute with Mary Janes.
D. Heart and Sole Socks - I bet these could be crocheted in a jiffy. Practical gift.
E. 120-37 Socks with stripes and lace pattern in Alpaca - Showy and good for everyday.
F. 120-35 Socks in Alpaca - I think this pattern would be good for an everyday wear sock.
G. Cozy Crochet Socks - Another great pair for everyday and with just the right amount of flair.
After you look at these clever honey bear bottle crafts, you’ll never throw out a honey bear bottle again. The thought of plastic in landfills and floating in our waterways gives me the shivers, that’s why I really like these recycling crafts projects.
I think these are all beary good ideas!
- Honey Bear Bottle Bubble Favors - what a great party giveaway.
- Gold Leaf Honey Bear Bottles – these are pretty enough to keep for yourself, but wouldn’t they make a nice gift?
- Honey Bear Bottle Lamp – it gives off soothing light, perfect for a baby’s room.
- Honey Bear Candy Favors – another great party giveaway
- Honey Bear Get Well Kit – yes, this isn’t a recycled bear, but I thought it was a good use of a new one. If someone gave this gift to me, I’d perk right up!
- Honey Bear Bottle Opener – use the honey bear as a mold to create something practical. Maybe you can use this idea and mold bears for some other purpose. Garden bears?
April Fool’s Day is just around the corner. It’s not really a day one thinks to celebrate in any particular way, other than playing a few minor jokes on friends and family. Why not make it more celebratory? There’s a jester hat pattern below ready for you to knit, crochet, or sew for yourself or someone else. Have a little fun, why don’t you?
Here is a guide to the FREE patterns above:
- Jingle Jester Baby Hat (knitting)
- Silly Court Jester/Elf Hat (crochet) – Ravelry link
- Fleece Jester Hat (sewing)
- B14-28 Hat (knitting) – Ravelry link
- Jester Hat (sewing)
- Jester Hat (crochet) – Ravelry link
Need a few harmless practical jokes to play? Here’s a few I’ve culled from the WWW.
- Add a few drops of green or red food coloring to a carton of milk.
- Superglue a few coins to the sidewalk or any spot that has a lot of people walking around.
- Go into your spouse’s closet and steal one of each of their shoes. Watch them frantically try to find a match.
- Balance a small disposable cup of water on the top of a partially open door and then wait for the splash.
- Purchase some realistic-looking insects and place the creepy crawlers in ice cubes, socks, shoes, food, etc.
The point is to have fun without being mean or doing harm. Use your imagination!
Well, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to crochet for summer. Here are six summer crochet patterns I like. I’m a big fan of Linda Permann’s designs; three of the patterns below were designed by her. I hope there is a pattern here that you like.
I’ve listed links below to the crochet patterns.
28-9 Cotton Smile Vest
Chanson En Crochet
Orchid Lace Top
Pretty Petals Top by Linda Permann
Traveling Tank by Linda Permann
Gidget Tee by Linda Permann
I’m eager to crochet something in red, and I really like the Gidget Tee. I’ll have to think about what colors to choose for that pattern. What do you plan to crochet before summer arrives?