Tuesday, April 15, 2014

knitted boot socks #2

I made a second pair of boot socks from the pattern in Made by Hand. The feel of this yarn is more rustic then the red pair and it has tiny flecks and slight color shifts in it.

A few flowers have begun sprouting in the garden. These two were the first ones.

Monday, April 14, 2014

hello kitty top

Sorry for the absence on the blog recently. I had a terrible virus that had me in bed for a week and on top of that a foot injury. The good news is that I am again healthy and Spring is really here! Little things have begun to sprout in the garden and I have lots to catch up on.

I added this sweet Hello Kitty/Liberty of London top to the shop this morning. The fabric came from Japan and was a limited edition which I am told is now sold out. The fabric was stuck in the postal system for so long I thought I would never get it but, after 2 months it arrived and I cut into it to make this top which showcases Hello Kitty tending to her garden in the Spring. It could just be the perfect top for a girl 3-4 years old!

Friday, April 4, 2014

laurel by colette patterns

This is my second dress using Laurel. I chose a slightly different version,one without pockets. The first one was made with a floral print and this time I used a chambray fabric that has an incredible soft hand. The pattern was cut and sewn over 2 days and I wanted to wear it as soon as it was done. I chose to use a shorter zipper then the pattern calls for which I like better. This is moderately simple to sew though getting the details just right takes a bit of patience. I like to hand sew the hem and all the seam bindings to the back. These little details look much nicer hand sewn.

The fabric gets a bit rumpled like a linen when wearing it which I don't mind in a casual dress.

For a bit of fun I'll share some of the music I listened to while sewing this:
The Clean, Stereolab, The Who, White Hassle, Elephant, Frank Sinatra.

Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, March 31, 2014

broken dishes quilt

I had this quilt top done in October and just got around to finishing it last week. It is machine quilted and I used the same linen blend fabric for the binding.

The pattern is from the Purl Bee though I changed it up a bit and made mine larger.
Some more details can be found here.

Sewing the blocks is always the fun part for me and I also like hand sewing the binding to the back at the end. It's the middle stages of quilting I am not overally fond of. Unless, I am handquilting with sashiko stitches and thread because that is my favorite type of hand quilting. Perhaps I would feel differently about machine quilting if I had another sewing machine that handles it better then mine does.

I have so many in the works projects so finishing up something big feels extra nice and is one way to make more space both in my craft room and in my mind.

It's all ready to take a spin in the washing machine to get fluffed up a bit..

It may be Spring on the calendar but I'm still piling the quilts at night.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

liberty of london bloomers

Two new baby bloomers went into my Etsy store recently both size 6 months in Liberty of London prints. Perfect for the upcoming spring and summer and for us folk in my corner of the planet you know you can't wait! This type of garment is wonderful for this stage of development when they are just beginning to get a bit mobile. They are very comfortable as well as beautiful and can be both outerwear and/or covers under dresses.

wabi pattern

A new hat for me.

I dyed this merino wool with walnut some months ago and it came out this warm pink/brown shade. Not a color I feel could be achieved with anything other then natural dyes. I like it a lot. The pattern, Wabi. As I was using a thinner wool mine is a bit more fitted then the designers.

mae shawl

Mae Shawl knit in Quince & Co. Tern yarn, color: Stonington. I knit the small size Mae. I wish now I had gone for the larger size. This pattern was nice to knit starting from the bottom up with the edging and then working from the charts. Though it can be worn from either side I like it showing the reverse stockinette which gives more texture to the piece. I need to bring out the lace a bit more with another blocking.