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When it comes to sewing, I’m usually all talk and no action. A few weeks ago Markus reminded me that two years ago I had this great plan to sew new cushions for our kitchen chairs. Uh yeah, I’ll get right on that. The following week Markus again reminded me about the cushions and said if I didn’t want to make them, he would be very happy to do it himself. He then pointed out that his method would involve a swingline stapler and some duct tape. Right, I’m on it!

So without further ado… Cushions!

I really like the pear print- it reminds me of 1970s fabric. Although the print on this fabric doesn’t match the funky square patterning of the kitchen tiles, the green, yellow and brown match somewhat. I find this to be especially nifty, mainly because I didn’t plan it at all. Awesome retro cushions are awesome.

And this month’s synesthesia socks? They are coming along nicely. I hope to be finished in a week or so with pics to follow.


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My friend announced that she is expecting a baby girl, and I immediately knew I wanted to sew her something using really wacky fabrics from my stash. I think the fabric choice is perfect, don’t you?

I followed a nice tutorial for the bibs which can be found here: Chickpea infant bib pattern. They were fairly easy to sew, even with the curved edges. I backed the bibs with some cream colored terry cloth fabric and stitched on snaps by hand. I didn’t follow a tutorial for the burp cloths. I simply cut rectangles of the print fabric and cream colored flannel, stitched the right sides together, then turned them right side out and top stitched around the edge. They turned out to be approx 19″ x 11.5″.

My friend is also a knitter, so I made her a Two Kates knitting bag, again with some awesome fabric. I say, if you’re going to sew, make it pop. (Sock yarn not included, just a prop).

Next up, I’m thinking about sewing the cover skirt from Brett Bara’s new book Sewing in a Straight Line. Perhaps I’ll use some of my light green woodgrain fabric. Best. Fabric. Ever. I even have the perfect buttons, too.

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Now that the holidays have come and gone (despite the fact that we still have our Christmas tree up and will leave it up until April, probably), I guess I should finally post photos of some projects I made and gifted.

My friend Cheryl gave me some gorgeous Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga! yarn in the colorway stink bug…

…which ended up becoming Ysolda Teague’s Orchid Leaf Shawlette for my Mom.

This Karabella Aurora 8 yarn that I bought at School Products in NYC…

…became the Urban Necessity Gloves for my brother, henceforth know as “the slap-chop mitts”. Because “flip-top” was just too difficult to say.

Some lovely fabric I bought at Loom Exquisite Textiles and the Quilt Patch turned into a patchwork shopping tote for my SILs. This is the Jumi Einkaufstasche, so named after the recipients. Patchwork on both sides, boxed corners, lined, approx 16″ tall and 16″ wide, not including straps. I designed this myself and I’m pretty stinking pleased with it. (click for larger photo)

You can never go wrong with orange woodgrain fabric.

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Over the holiday break I acquired some really pretty fabric. My wonderful husband went to Loom and secretly bought me the remaining orange woodgrain fabric (yay!) along with some other fabrics I’d been obnoxiously obsessing about. My mom and I went to the Quilt Patch in Tecumseh, MI, and I bought these:

I couldn’t resist the owl fabric because it was just too cute. The blue and white Michael Miller fabric was discounted so I snatched up the remainder of the bolt. And the leaf fabric? I plan to use it in a log cabin quilt along with my prized woodgrain fabric. I made a mock-up of one of the log cabin squares using leftover scraps from my knitting needle cases:

This square turned out about 12″ x 12″ which seems a little large to me. I’ll probably make another mock-up with narrower strips but keep the center square the same size. I really like the off-center style and will probably do this for all of the blocks, varying the placement of the center square each time. I haven’t yet decided how to piece the blocks together, but I figure I can decide that after I assemble a stack of blocks. Any thoughts?

I’ve also set a personal record for the fastest knitted sock. I knit this beauty up in less than a week. I’m still in shock! Let’s see how fast I can finish up the 2nd sock…

Thanks to Cheryl for the yarn: Socks That Rock medium weight in colorway Wild Irishgirlie. The pattern is slightly modified from the Skyp Rib Socks by Adrienne Ku which is one of my favorite sock patterns.

Here’s hoping for a productive year of knitting and sewing!

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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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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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Today Cheryl and I went to Loom Exquisite Textiles in the Strip district. This is the coolest fabric store. Seriously, they carry the cutest, wackiest, most colorful fabrics I’ve ever seen. Prints of owls, Cat in the Hat, shirtless men in Santa hats, maps of Paris, rockets, squirrels (which I successfully did not buy), garden gnomes, wood grain, and comic strip characters, plus some low key stuff, too. You name it, they probably have it. And the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Their fabrics are a bit more pricey than at a big box store, but hey, you can’t buy these kinds of awesome fabrics at a big box store. After about 2 hours of browsing, these lovely prints found a new home. It looks like I was really into the pinks and oranges…

Cheryl bought some gorgeous Amy Butler laminated cotton to upholster her dining room chairs.

In addition to the sewing projects I want to make, and to add to my flurry of holiday knitting, I’ve decided it’s about time I knit something for my boss. She knows I’m a knitter and would probably appreciate something handmade. So after a long and arduous search through the billions of patterns in the great and powerful Ravelry, I narrowed it down to this scarf by Drops. I’ll be using this beautiful baby alpaca yarn from Wool and the Gang. It truly is the softest yarn I have ever used.

I’ve got enough projects to keep me busy for a long while…

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