Posted in knitting, sewing, tagged blue moon fiber arts, fabric, knitting, patchwork, project bag, sewing, sock yarn, socks that rock, zipper on December 19, 2010 |
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I’ve been busy this past month. My aunt gave me her sewing machine and I’ve had all sorts of fun making small project bags for my knitting friends. I found the patterns through a new sewing site called My Sewing Circle. The site was designed to be similar to Ravelry in that you can keep an online notebook of your sewing projects, link your projects to the fabrics you used, search for sewing patterns and join online sewing circle groups. If you sew, I recommend signing up! My username is handknitsbysusan, so friend me!
I started off my little sewing adventure by making the Sock Sack pattern by Terry Atkinson. I really had fun with this pattern and made 5 bags, mixing and matching different fabric from my stash with new fabric I bought from Loom and the Quilt Patch. I learned how to sew zippers too, which really isn’t difficult. The next pattern I made was the Reversible Patchwork Bag by Ayumi Takahashi/Pink Penguin. I found out I really enjoy patchwork and have loads of ideas for other patchwork stuff I can make. Especially if the patchwork project involves orange woodgrain fabric, if I can buy more of it somewhere…
Cheryl game me this lovely yarn from her stash for Xmas that I’ve been coveting every time I went to her house. It’s an exclusive colorway called My Wild Irishgirlie from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in medium weight. Socks for me, I think.
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Posted in knitting, sewing, tagged alpaca, drops pattern, fabric, Joel Dewberry, orange, project bag, scarf, sewing, woodgrain, yarn on December 12, 2010 |
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Yes, I’m still here. I’ve been busy knitting and sewing holiday gifts. Lots of projects done, a few more to finish. The drops scarf for my boss is finally finished!
Pattern: 108-4 a – scarf by Drops
Yarn: Wool and the Gang Sugar Baby Alpaca (100% baby alpaca)
Needles: size 4 US
Size: approx 7.5” wide and 61.5” long
My yarn is heavier than the suggested yarn in the pattern, so I cast on fewer sts (55 sts). I then worked 3 garter sts at each edge instead of 5. After working the first row, I had a total of 43 sts (3 garter, 37 chart, 3 garter). I worked chart M.1A once, M.1B once (not twice), and M.1C once. After I finished the M.1 charts, I realized I didn’t have the correct stitch count for chart M.2 since I started the scarf with fewer sts. I poured over my stitch dictionaries and decided to use the Palm Leaf Chevron stitch from Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, p. 277. It worked well, I think.
This scarf grew immensely during blocking. I didn’t take a formal measure before blocking, but I would wager a guess that it grew at least 15″ in length.
Another item I made recently actually contained the drops scarf while it was in progress. I sewed a small project bag with this totally cute fabric I bought from Loom.
The fabric is from the Child’s Play with Kate & Nate collection by Sheri Berry Designs. The outer Girl fabric came in a panel containing alphabet blocks. The inner fabric (from the same collection) is called Ditzy Mushrooms. It has an allover pattern of little mushrooms and dragonflies. Love this fabric! I just had to get the “Y is for yarn” on one side, obviously. :)
And one last thing. If anyone knows where I can get more of this fabric in orange, I will be eternally grateful:
It’s by designer Joel Dewberry from his discontinued Aviary collection. It’s the Woodgrain orange. I can’t seem to find this fabric in orange anywhere for sale online. *sniff, sniff* Hopefully Loom still has some in stock. I’ve used it in a few projects and have determined it is the best fabric ever. I even dreamed about it 2 nights ago. Seriously, I’m obsessed.
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