Thursday, January 2, 2014

A is for....Acetaminophen!

I know, it's an odd one. But as I looked through my ami patterns, and attempted to start on some of them, I came to realize I really didn't want a knitted toy airplane, or to figure out if this pattern for an anemone would actually work out (the notes within the pattern say it may not be accurate, so...?)

And then, there it was, the perfect thing. Something I'd thought of making before, but hadn't, and something I could see me displaying on a shelf somewhere - giant versions of a little pill that is mostly harmless, but can make your day so much better if/when you need it.

the knit version can be found here
the crochet version here
or, for a comically large version in crochet, I give you the Pill-O

Happy yarn-play!

photo of finished objects added after-the-fact

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

wanna do it again?

I've been ogling some of the ami patterns I've got stashed away in binders, laying loose in various places, and tucked away in project bags with the half-started remnants of projects long abandoned, and I've been thinking that I really want to make some of them.
I was just going to pick up a few, knit/crochet a couple that escaped me when I did my epic Year of Ami.

But then, I thought, maybe it's time to do that again.

Do it as a series on the blog.

Next thing you know, I was pulling things out of binders, thinking alphabetically, and starting to choose my next ami project.

I'm thinking, this year, I'll be smart about it, do the knit ami one week, and the crochet the next (or flip that) instead of doing both in one week, and having to do the alphabet twice, which, frankly, wore me out a bit by the end. (Okay, maybe not. Maybe it was still loads of fun by years-end. But it was a lot of work, and now that I'm more advanced in my knitting skills, and I knit things like socks and sweaters and such, I may not want to spend quite as much time with the toys. Maybe.)

Ground rules:
Patterns will all be free, found on the internet. (Sometimes, I will make up my own. When I do, I'll write them up and post them.)
We'll work through in alphabetical order, but I may, at times, apply artistic license; renaming things when I need to.
I will do one of each, knit and crochet. Each letter of the alphabet will have two weeks.
If I'm not able to finish, I will still start the next item on the appointed day.
This year starts and ends with a Wednesday, so I'm going to go with Wednesday for the launch day each week.
Because I've done this before, I'm going to restrict myself to patterns I haven't yet tried.

I'm open to suggestions! If you're following along, and you have seen a pattern you want to try, or need some help with, let me know, and I'll see if I can work it in.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Finished Objects 2013

Once again, my list of finished objects, in reverse order of when they were completed, with slight variation for those times when I made multiples, which were sometimes completed somewhat later than the original item.

In all, I'd have to say this was a good year, completion-wise. For myself, I made 11 major items of clothing, 5 pairs of hand-knit socks, 7 pieces of neckwear, and one pair of mittens. And one of the pairs of fleece socks were mine, too.
I fell one piece short of my goal of making an average of one major clothing item per month for myself, but I'm okay with that, since I also made many, many things for family and friends.

For the coming year, 2014, I plan to keep to my goal of 12 major items of clothing for myself (those for the rest of my loved ones happen as they will - they always do), and add to this a resolution to finish more projects than I start. Since I've got quite the stash of items cut out, ready to be sewn, and another healthy stash of half-finished yarn-based projects, I think I can make this one work.

Here's to another year of successful creative endeavors!

  • bite-free bed bug (k)
  • Catching flutterby mitts (k)
  • Gingerbread Union Suit (s)
  • pink & orange stocking (s)
  • 2 pr pj's for nephews (s)
  • pj's for little one (s)
  • 3 pr pj pants (s)
  • 2 knit dishcloths
  • 1 crochet dishcloth
  • 12 pr fleece socks (s)
  • Spooky Cables socks (k)
  • mini invaders cozy (k)
  • 2 Teeny-Tiny snowmen (k)
  • Warmity-Warm-Warm Mittens (k)
  • Fleece socks for Twin1 (s)
  • PJ top & pants for Twin1 (s)
  • Tiny Pumpkin Pie (c)
  • Yorick scarf (k)
  • Rock Creek Cowl (k)
  • Punkin Hat (k)
  • Socks for Mom (k)
  • Hood for Heidi (k)
  • Dead Fish Hat for Daniel (k)
  • Wily Fox jacket for Daniel (k)
  • 3 snake friendship bracelets (k)
  • Keeping an Eye(ball) on You (k)
  • Pickled Lightning cowl (k)
  • fairisle boot toppers (k)
  • tiny volcano for John (k)
  • poppycock socks (k)
  • 3pr earrings
  • 12 skully stitch markers
  • little pumpkin (k)
  • 5 candy corn cuties (c)
  • crispy boneyard shawl (k)
  • bee stripe socks for sis (k)
  • Nibble Nibble socks (k)
  • Ren Faire costume (s)
  • warm & cozy sweater (k)
  • rooster pants (s)
  • black/brown/grey knit top (s)
  • white crinkle knit top (s)
  • grey & white striped knit top (s)
  • bearfoot socks (k)
  • cuddle crush cowl (k)
  • Halloween shadow box (p)
  • mobius cowl (k)
  • caramel trim sheer blouse (s)
  • sheer blue knit top (s)
  • Bumble Daisy dog sweater (k)
  • Patriotic summer wreath
  • smaller drinks doily (c)
  • heart & home applique towel (s)
  • 4 packing cubes+ditty bag (s)
  • plain drinks doily (c)
  • super-hero mitts (k)
  • 5 more pence jugs (k)
  • 2 sunshine pence jugs (k)
  • baby love sweater (k)
  • tiny baby booties (k)
  • little daisy pal (c)
  • it's all relative socks (k)
  • li'l bit bat (k)
  • fading stripes baby sweater (k)
  • pale pink baby sweater (k)
  • plushie deathstar (c)
  • baby waves socks (k)
  • sneaker slips socks (k)
  • hot pink eyelet baby socks (k)
  • ici bebe beret (k)
  • Paris is for bebe's sweater (k)
  • dog sweater for Daisy (k)
  • plush-pin (c)
  • baby jays socks (k)
  • Hoodie for Pearl (k)
  • Softly Pale baby sweater (k)
  • paleo baby sweater & hat (k)
  • can't get enough baby sweater (k)
  • yoga legs legwarmers (k)
  • dino diapees & wipees case (s)
  • fair(l)y warm mittens (k)
  • so many babies! baby sweater (k)
  • pj pants for bestie (s)
  • pj pants for twin1 (s)
  • gingerbread & holly applique towel
  • star & holly applique towel
  • Yet Another baby sweater (k)
  • Variations baby sweater (k)
  • Cabbage Envy Scarf (k)
  • 3pr bunny slippers (k)

  • (k)=knit, (c)=crochet, (s)=sewn, (p)=painted

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    sheer caramel

    You know that blouse I was telling you about in the last post? The one I said I got excited about wearing every time I thought about it?
    Here it is!
    (excuse the terrible lighting, please. my photo-taking ops are limited)

    See, I really did get right back in that sewing room and work on it, just like I said I would.

    I LOVE IT!

    It took ages, because there was a lot of hand sewing involved - on the placket, the cuffs, the collar. Normally, when the blouse fabric isn't sheer, the reverse sides of cuffs and the like don't get such a clean finish. I usually just sew the band on as one piece, and serge off the edge. Structurally sound, and nobody sees it. But this, I had to fold under and stitch in place, to maintain the look of the sheer fabric banded by satin.
    The satin is heavy enough that I could have done without the interfacing, I think.

    Sadly, I already had to mend this. The left side seam shredded itself at some point during the day, and I ran right home and patched it up. This sheer fabric can be delicate sometimes.
    (I say "patched" because that's what I actually did - used a scrap of the fabric to patch over the frayed section, and then sewed that into the side seam. Really the best idea when you have a fabric that tends to fray, because sewing it back up, which generally means your seam is deeper than before, therefore making your blouse slightly smaller, it's just gonna rip itself out again.)

    Pattern is NL6621 (discontinued)

     
    I think this will require hand-washing. Not a huge deal, but it might mean I wear this less often.
     
    Also, I think I need some reddish-pink pants to wear with it. The beige look okay, if a little boring. I went out looking for fabric, but so far, nothing that's just the right color, except some faux-suede, which seems totally wrong, since this blouse weighs practically nothing. (The collar weighs more than all the rest of it put together.)
     
    It's perfect for the hot weather we've been having this summer. And I feel like it's a flattering silhouette for me.
     
    I have plans to use this sleeve on another blouse, so I was doubly motivated to get this done. I needed to know if I really do like this sleeve before subbing it in.

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    I Sewed Something! For Me!


    It's been an age since I last sat down in my sewing room to do anything but alter or mend.
    Or, at least, it feels that way. It's been hot, is my latest excuse. I don't have central air at home, so I tend to retreat to my much cooler, oh-so-inviting basement rooms right-quick after work.

    Anyway, Thursday night, for some reason, I felt I could brave the heat and sew for a few hours. (Note to self: move sewing room downstairs.) Earlier in the day, I'd been in there to do a quick mend before work, and as I idly noted to myself that I still had blue thread on the serger (from an alteration), I felt I'd best think about what blue things I might have in my queue*. I pulled out a sheer knit top I'd cut out way back when, and propped it up on my machine, to remind me.

    (I'd actually been more excited to sew up this sort of caramel colored sheer blouse I finally cut out last weekend**, but I was trying to be practical, use the serger as-is, instead of changing the thread.)

    So, instead of settling in to watch some Netflix in the cool of my basement family room, I trudged back up the stairs and sat myself down in front of the sewing machine. I thought I'd go mad if I had to change the needle, so I left it. It seems to have worked out okay.

    I reminded myself to check the fit of everything before I serged off the seam allowance. Had to let out the sleeves a bit, for my less-than-slender upper arms. Other than that, this is as the pattern was printed.

    I'm pretty pleased with myself.

    I was sort of using up fabric, and testing the pattern, seeing if I liked the look of it; but also, I liked the idea of this fabric in this sort of shape.

    I think the bustline is fairly flattering, so, I think it'll be worth making for myself again, in some other fabric.
    Fabric was purchased too long ago to remember where. Pattern is Butterick 5185, which is out of print now. (Sometimes, it just takes me a while to make something...)
    It must be noted that the "knot" and the "waistline" are really much more empire than shown on the pattern. This means that the slit is above the waist, so even non-sheer fabrics might need an undershirt. (Too bad my photos don't show the hemline. I was doing a selfie using the timer, and there are only so many places I can take pictures without a tripod, so, this was as much of the top as I could get.)

    *When I figure out what I want to make, I put it all in a gallon Ziploc, pattern, fabric, buttons, etc. so it's all together. When I cut it out, I put it all back in the baggie so I can keep it clean and together until I sew it up. I have a healthy stash of these little "kits" near my sewing machine, so I can sew whenever the mood strikes. 

    **Every time I thought about that blouse, and the fabrics, and how they were going to look together, and the buttons I'd picked out, I got all excited and wanted it sewn up already. It wasn't even cut out, but still I got excited - so I finally forced myself to cut it out, which took forever because it was all sheer and/or slippery fabrics. It's my next sewing project, I swear, and it's gonna be awesome!

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    pin this!

    Sometimes, you wake up in the morning, and you think, 'Today, I want to make that huge crochet push-pin.' So you do.


    Made using this free pattern.

    Modifications: I used magic ring to start, and my staggered increase (and decrease) rounds. Naturally, I couldn't have stood myself if I'd had to make up separate parts and sew them together, so this was made all in one piece, from the top of the head, to the tip of the pin.
    Wasn't even fiddly to do it that way.
    (For decreases that are practically invisible, I use this technique.) I end off, at that pin-point, with my nice finish.

    Yarns: Vanna Baby in Little Boy Blue, Vanna in Silver Blue

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    BUNNY SLIPPERS!

    (I had to wait to post this until my brother received the package)

    I MADE BUNNY SLIPPERS!


    I love them. I wish I had a pair. I want to make more.

    They are knitted and fulled/felted/shrunk in a hot water wash.

    They took practically no time at all to make, and they are so easy.

    Pattern is Hopsalots. Yarn is Wool Pak New Zealand 8-ply. I bought the yarn together with the pattern from Paradise Fibers (one of my favorite online yarn shops).