Thursday, February 24, 2011

Simplicity 9825

I had this piece of stretch poplin in my stash, and I thought I should jump on the animal print bandwagon before it left town :-) I have made Simplicity 9825 a couple of times before, so this was a quick project:

Since I was in the mood for immediate sewing gratification, I didn't line it. This was an enjoyable afternoon spent at my sewing machine :-)




Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gap-inspired Infinity scarves

Although the weather today here in Michigan is a 'balmy' 49 degrees F, that wasn't the case a couple of weeks ago. And I think the entire nation is aware of the nasty weather that Chicago experienced, where my two daughters live. These infinity scarves crocheted out of 2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick were just the thing for the sub-zero temperatures:



These are so quick to make, that I ended up making four total. Two of them found their way to Chicago, I gave one to my son's girlfriend and I even kept one for myself! Free pattern can be found here.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Ottobre 05-2010 Knit Dress

I hate to admit it, but I've been subscribing to the Ottobre Woman pattern magazine for quite some time now, but have never sewn anything up! I think tracing the pattern off was a little daunting, but I had this cute, beefy cotton knit from Fabric.com that was calling out to me to be a comfy knit dress, and the May 2010 issue had the perfect little dress (pattern #10):




It fit right out of the box...the extra 1/4" I added at each side seam "just in case" wasn't needed, and I may take a little more in, we'll see. I used fusible stabilizing tape (LOVE that stuff!) around the neckline and at the hem. What you *won't* see close-up is the rather sloppy job I did with the pintucks at the front neckline. I should have place some stabilizer behind where the tucks were sewn, since it was hard to sew them straight with this knit. I made this up as a wearable muslin, so I left them in as is...didn't want to rip out that knit fabric which I think would have made it all look worse :-)
I'm wearing this at work today with tights and my ballet flats.....so comfortable! It would look really cute with boots too :-) I plan to make this one again.



Thursday, February 3, 2011

Knitted BOM from Sweet Pea's Yarn Shop

The picture below (before blocking) is of my finished 2010 Block-of-the-Month afghan sponsored by my local yarn shop, Sweet Pea's.
We did not choose the yarn colors, but did get to choose either pastels or jewel tones. Both were pretty, but I liked the pastels best. We knit 3 panels in blocks of four and then joined the rows together. I used a knit-on edging to finish my afghan, something I had not done before. The yarn used was a heavy wool worsted (#5) from Brown Sheep called Shepherds Shades, and it is very soft and squishy! It was fun to meet once/month to visit with the other ladies in the class, and to see what's new in the yarn shop.



 I signed up again for the 2011 BOM, this time knit in one color using a hand-dyed wool and mohair blend yarn from Red Barn Yarns. I chose a lovely light blue called Pacific Rim, as seen here. Included with the patterns for the BOM are directions to make a lovely wrap, since there 'should' be enough yarn left each month. Some of the knitters in the class say that it will be close, so we'll see how that all works out! I've yet to finish the block for January, but plan to work on that this weekend :-)