Posts Tagged ‘sew’

finishing up

In the past week or so, most of the projects that I’ve been working on have come to a delightful end.  :o)  So now I get to share.

First of all..the afghan!  Oh, the afghan.  In all of its blue, circley beauty, the afghan is finished.  And it came out of the washer even better than it went in.  It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever made (and the best, according to Dave).  Behold.

The socks..the oh-shit-how-come-no-one-told-me-that-this-brand-of-yarn-runs-short-on-yardage-before-I-knit-such-a-long-leg-and-made-it-nearly-to-the-toe socks.  After ripping back quite a bit and starting over from the heel of the first sock, I have finished them with a bit of yarn left over.  (For the record, I would have totally run out if I’d continued my previous course.)

I also finished my first shawl!  :oD  I am completely in love.  It’s made out of cotton/rayon, so it will be perfect for warmer fall/spring days.  Lace is fun, and I’ll likely be knitting more of it in the future.

And finally..I made a new summery purse out of One-Yard Wonders!  I won the book in a blog contest over at Junie Moon back in December, and I’m glad I finally had the chance to sit down and sew one of the patterns.  (Good thing, too, because it’s way too hot to carry around the brown leather bag I’ve been using.)  If you haven’t been over to June’s blog, you really should; she’s always doing something really creative, and she’s a Tucsonan to boot.  June, if you’re reading this..thanks again for the book!  :o)

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Can you remember the last time you finished a project and said to yourself.. “holy shit! This is the most awesome thing I have ever made ever!!” ? I can. It was yesterday. Behold!!

It’s a laptop sleeve!! ..and I am pretty positive that this is the most well made sewing project I have completed to date. Observe how it fits my laptop with condom-like precision. Don’t you love that lovely leaf pattern?

Better yet, how about the (no I am not joking) DINOSAUR lining?!

Somehow, between all of the italics and exclamation points, I am sure you can find a way to understand how damn excited I am about this project! If you would like to make your very own, the pattern may be found here. You’ll bet I’m looking into other Sew, Mama, Sew! tutorials in the future. :oD

By the way, these shots were taken at Greyhouse, my new favorite coffee shop in town. They have paper straws. I am still in awe.  (..and, of course, the coffee is great.)

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gearing up

I am fully prepared to make something awesome.

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sewing without direction

Yesterday, I took it upon myself to make use of the fabric scraps that came from my PJ pants FAIL. I decided upon a wiener dog softie and did a bit of experimental sewing/pattern making.

It didn’t turn out how I expected it to, but I learned a lot from the process, and I have the next iteration cut out and ready to be sewn! I’ll just give all of my practice pieces to someone who will love them despite their imperfetions..

Happy Monday! :o)

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FO parade

It has been WAY too long since I flashed some actual knitting around here, so may I introduce my most recent completed projects?

..awesome Noro socks, made from this pattern/guideline, completed in March.

..a dishcloth, made from this pattern in Sugar n Cream cotton.  Just as a little backstory on this one, a friend at work taught me how to knit with the Continental method (I’m normally an English knitter).  This cloth was the first thing I’ve knit Continental-ly!  I really like it, but I don’t foresee it taking over as my main style anytime soon.

..a purse!  I finally used my sewing machine to make something.  It sews amazingly well.  The pattern is free online here (watch out, it goes immediately to download).  Hopefully I can get back to it and make something else useful soon.  The PJ pants I attempted last weekend were a mega bust.  I was really sad.

..a fabulous pair of socks made with the Hedgerow pattern and Perfect Day Yarns Ode to the Sea.  LOVE!

..and some cute/EASY catnip mouse toys for my friend Renee’s kitties!  :o)  Pattern’s here.

I have obviously lost my blogging mojo for quite a while.  I have some projects I really want to start/finish, so hopefully it will return soon!

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hooray for december

Today I’m back in Tucson..back to doing homework, grading, and stressing about finding a job/graduate school/whatever else there is to stress about.  You know, back to my real life?  I really appreciated the break, but the thing about breaks is that you never do the work you think you will with the free time.  Of course, this makes the break better, but it also makes the days following the break that much worse.  Ah, well.

I forgot to show you the awesome graduation gift Renee brought for me!  I also, incidentally, forgot to give her the gift I brought for her.  smacks forehead I guess I’ll just have to mail it!

Dang, this girl knows me.  She’s not even a knitter!  Outrageous.  I can’t wait to read the book!  I’ve heard so many good things about it.  And the crochet pattern book is adorable!

Look what else followed me home..

I have a sewing machine!  It belonged to Dave’s mom.  Isn’t it lovely?  I can’t wait to try it out.  :oD  His dad also sent me home with a bunch of acrylic yarn, and I have NO idea what to make with it.  I’m thinking afghan, amigurumi, or maybe a sweater for Snake..not that she would wear it

So..I’m sure you’ve noticed that today is the last day of November and the last day of NaBloPoMo.  It’s been fun, but a lot of days, I just don’t have the time to post (and some days, I don’t have anything to post about).  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading me daily this month!  I’ll try to continue posting often.  :oD

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So I did end up using that tutorial to make another zipper bag..and it turned out slightly better than the two I made on my own. However, who cares? I just finished the most amazing purse in the history of the world.

The most amazing purse in the history of the world

This is it! Yes, it’s a dinosaur purse. Roar.
A view of the inside

Here’s a view of the inside. I found this great dinosaur print material in my mom’s stash, and I added a little pocket for chapsticks, mirror, etc. :oD I AM SO EXCITED!

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thanks, internet

So after all of my pain and suffering (hair-pulling, brain-racking, etc.) in making my first two zippered pouches sans pattern, I found this online. It’s actually really similar to the second bag I made, but I think that it’s going to help a lot. I’m going to attempt it tomorrow!

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zip this

So for the past two days, I’VE BEEN SEWING. I’ve gotta be honest; I thought it was going to be a lot easier. (No offense meant to any sew-ers out there, of course.) I mean, I’ve made simple things before and they turned out pretty well, but zippered bags are freakin’ ridiculous. I’ve tried two different techniques (above), and I’m really not that satisfied with either. I’m going to be trying another today or tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes.

My sock, on the other hand, is looking great. I think I’m losing the ladders. It only took me a sock and a half for that to happen. Pff. In any case, I will soon have a pair! ..and I will wear them and it will be fantastic. :o)

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