staples and sundries

I was recently gifted (under somewhat odd circumstances) a gift card for $25 at our has-everything local store. This gave me permission to stock up on that stuff I “need” (rather than project materials). So here’s my haul:

* 1 pack Schmetz universal needles
* 1 packSchmetz denim / jeans needles
* 6 class 66 bobbins (tired of winding contrasting thread on half-bobbins)
* Olfa 45 mm rotary blade (i want to marry my rotary cutting stuff)
* Nonce dark fabric marking pencil (anyone knowing the best marking methods out there – let me know!)
* Dritz seam-ripper (goodbye to my faithful “Brownie”)

Total: $21.27

This leaves $3.73 which should be enough for a zipper (super-secret gift for Kelly). Desired next purchase, to the tune of $15 or so: cork board to hang in my sewing room.

cunning!

Can I just out myself as the world’s biggest geek?


Of course, I’m not – not really. I mean, I was hardly the first girl to decide I *needed* to make a Jayne hat (as evidenced by this blog, various fan sites, the craftster thread, and other LJ stuff I’m too lazy to post). However, once the urge hit me it was like a fire in my loins that needed to be quenched.


Don’t try this at home. The knitting part, though, that’s easy. Rather than hunt all over town for the right yarn, needles, etc I purchased the kit at wearwithstyle.com. A few days later I got the pattern, needles, yarn, pom-poms (premade – I would rather punch myself in the face than make pompoms!), stitch markers, and darning needle in one package, wrapped up tidy and lovely.


Bad ass ‘tude – just another service they offer.

christmas presents, part 1

Now that the cat’s out of the bag on Christmas gifts, it’s time to post some of them. Here’s a little felt mouse posing along with the co-creator of said felt mouse – made at the Open Art project at Belltower Art here in PT:


You’d think she did it all herself, but mostly she just picked out the project, the colors and materials, then proceeded to try to be as annoying as possible while I frantically sewed.


A closeup. I crotcheted the tail! It turned out pretty badly but I was jonesin’ for coffee and didn’t care at that point.

And my handmade doll for my brother:


He’s soft and cuddly. I made this based off of (read = “blatantly ripping off from”) this little guy from nerfect.com.

my obsessive projects

This is the mix tape / hat I made for my sister’s care package. She is going to Spain for a month so I thought I would send her a care package that wasn’t too heavy to carry along:

Here is Sophie is modeling the hat because she’s so sassy:

I really hope my sister likes it, but if she doesn’t – I still had fun making it.

This weekend I also finished Nels’ hat from Little Turtle Knits (please forgive fatness and sleepiness in child):

loops

I bought this pattern today. It is quite rad! Meanwhile, my sister’s hat has one horn left to complete… Unless I want to send her a deformed unicorn hat, instead of a li’l devil one!

And I started on a hat for Nels in Brown Sheep’s Lambs’ Pride worsted (of course), color periwinkle. I am ashamed to admit this, but I’m going to make him a matching winter bunting of sorts. Here was last winter’s bunting, which I think is possibly the best thing ever sewn for a baby:


What’s not to like? It’s like having a bear cub, without the carnage.


My husband drew this picture of me knitting on Saturday. Gee, can you feel the love?

knittin’ like a bitch

Featuring


… the Kittyville hat from Stitch ‘n Bitch on my favorite kitty (my child on left – duh!):

Knit with:
BS Lamb’s Pride worsted in Old Sage ($8)
Size 8 16″ circular & dpns
Finished with little green pumpkin beads on the end, $2.50 apiece and totally an impulse buy!

How do I modify an adult hat pattern to a toddler size? Well, that’s simple. Just start by making the hat as if for yourself. Knit with needles one size up to obtain gauge, but then knit so tight it STILL remains too small for my adult-sized head (23″).

That was knitter sarcasm, BTW.

For the record, with a little blocking this hat would fit me fine. But I actually like a fairly loose fit, and it was skullcap-tight. I am a little amazed at just how tight I knit. The project calls for 7s, I used 8s, and we still have what you see here.

By the time I was done with the body of the hat, I knew it would be a Sophie hat. So I modified the earflaps to be shorter. I knit the earflaps as instructed up to Row 4. Then instead of going on to Row 5 (seed stitch) I continued with the same pattern as Row 4:

(K1, k2tog, sead st to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1)

Until you get to 4 sts, then continue on with the rest of the pattern. For the ears, I only PU 10 sts, not 12.

Otherwise I knit the hat the same as the adult pattern!

hobo bag


Check Out My Phat Hobo Bag.

The tutorial for this li’l treasure can be found here at craftster (my new favorite place!). The crafster tutorial and ensuing versions of the bag speak for themselves and I won’t repeat the directions, but I will post my directions for the ruffled snap-closure pocket – sturdy and cute – that I embellished mine with.

These instructions will yield a 5 1/2″ wide by 5″ tall pocket. Use 1/2″ seam allowances.

Cut out the following:

What to cut
to make a fabulous pocket.

From pocket fabric:
1 strip, 6 1/2″ by 1 1/2″
main pocket piece, 6 1/2″ by 6″

Interfacing:
5 1/2″ by 5″

From contrast (for ruffle):
1 strip 12″ by 2″

Don’t forget – 5 1/2″ of 3/4″ snap tape.

Fuse interfacing onto WS of large pocket piece, leaving an even 1/2″ allowance on all sides.

Finish one long end of small pocket piece (6 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ strip) by zig zag. Sew snap tape on to RS of this piece, making sure to place snap tape clear by 1/2″ from all sides. Sew other side of snap tape onto appropriate location on body of purse (duh!).

To make ruffle – I have a cool ruffle trick taught to me by Pam from the sew-whats-new forums! First, fold ruffle piece lengthwise, WS together. Press. Take a piece of floss or fishing line and zigzag OVER the floss on the raw edges:

My *bombastic* ruffling trick…

Pull floss, ruffling the ruffle piece to size – about 5 1/2″, remember? Pin ruffle to top of pocket with RS together (raw edges matching). Baste 1/4″ from raw edge, making sure ruffle does not extend into 1/2″ SA of pocket. Pull out floss / fishing line.

Sandwich the pieces so that the RS of the strip and the RS of the pocket are facing one another, with the ruffle in between:

Pocket Sandwich.

Sew top raw edges with at a scant 1/2″. To finish top edge of pocket, sew 1/2″ at sides like so:

A half-inch seam allowance on top & sides o’ pocket
(before clipping).

After you sew this seam, clip close to the seam allowance on the top part of the pocket, then turn right-side out. Push out top corners, press top and edges, and mitering bottom corners. Pin to purse body – on top of snap tape – and topstitch, ending with a triangular reinforcement stitch.


Closeup of pocket closure.

Finish bag a la tutorial and..

Voila!

ufo post


What am I making here?
Let me give you a few hints: kitschy, kitchen-y, plus now that I’m looking at it, I’ve included the pattern in the picture. Anyway, I’m making birthday gifts for two women who don’t read my blog. I don’t think.


Soon, I will be in the mood to start knitting again.
Re-blocking some hats this evening. The one on the left is from this last winter; only the second thing I have ever knit. Turned out great – not one extra or dropped stitch – and is even more fabulous on a head. Sadly, the tassels wrapped around one another irrevocably when I washed the hat today so they were mercifully amputated. I’ll have to add some new ones. I hate making goddamn tassels. I’d rather knit an entire hat. Somebody spare me the trouble and mail me some good, homemade tassels!