Friday, May 1, 2020
Wow! How has it been a year??? A summer of fun in the sun, followed by months of fun in the rain and snow, and here we all are, during the crazy time that is 2020.
Once upon a time, back in November, Erica Sufka offered a test knit for her pattern, Winter Blooms Mini, and I signed right up, knowing I had other things to knit and sew, aha!!! But it worked out, as it's one of my daughter's favorite sweaters! Camden loves her cabled sweater, and honestly, the pattern was a relatively quick knit, whipped up in Hazel Knits Lively DK in the colorway Blueberry. You can likely see the line where I changed colors, as I apparently chose NOT to alternate. I have no idea how I fell into doing that, as it was back in November of 2019. At the time, Camden was 9.75 years old, and I knit the size 8, as I figured the chest size would better suit her, and it did!
Fast forward to last month, when Erica announced she was starting a test knit for Sage Blooms, a cardigan version of the same cable pattern - yay!!! Again, I knew I should be doing other things, but it was so pretty, and Camden was totally in the market for a new cardigan, for real!! In this case, the pattern runs down the back, and it has a nice band around the sweater, no buttons added! The version I knit up is a bit on the long side, aha; I'd temporarily forgotten Camden is somewhat short, and it's one of those cables where you have two different stopping point choices. I went with the full chart repeat, rather than halfway down, when I should have done the reverse. Because of this, I ended up knitting the sleeves long. But... I sadly thought I'd knit the armscye long enough, and I didn't. For this reason, the sweater might not fit as long as I'd like it to fit her.
But! On a happy note, Camden picked the colorway, Glacier, on Quince and Co. Osprey. I purchased the yarn from Twisted, a local yarn store I am sad to see closing (though I think they will continue the on-line shop). I'm not a pale blue kind of lady, but it's her thing, and it's so lovely! I loved the yarn a lot, but something to keep in mind with this aran-weight yarn is that it's a dense aran weight, so, at the gauge, it bothered my hands on the needles I needed to use. I love the fabric, but whew.... my wrist and hand hurts, thinking about it, aha!
Legit - you need BOTH patterns!!! Why??? You need them because you get to work with two different yarn weights and enjoy the pattern twice!!! Erica includes number counts, which I always love, and the chart is an easy one!! And I promise that if you have a kid/grandchild in your life, along with too much yarn in your stash, then these are the patterns for you!
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
This is me: Let's buy that yard of white fabric I have needed for over a year so that I can finally get down to business on Camden's Broken Herringbone quilt.
Also me that same night: Wow! Thank goodness I happen to now have a yard of white fabric so that I can ALL OF A SUDDEN whip up a quilt for Elissa (of The Rarest Bird!!!), my friend!
My second quilt is officially a gift. I surprised her with it yesterday, and I'm so glad she loves it! I don't recall if blood, sweat and tears were involved in the making of it, but wasted fabric, rust stains and cussing were!
I figured it would at least be easy enough to use the Audrey Hepburn panels she had given me - turn them into a basic rectangles quilt. I sashed each panel, having to rip out when I misplaced the wider vs. the narrower strips of white, and then I had to figure out where I wanted the mini panels to go, and I went with the sides of the quilt so that I wouldn't end up with a crazy long and narrow quilt. In doing that, I also had to rip out and then buy more white fabric, but the math wasn't too awful, aha.
The only other near-fatal accidents with this quilt involved not making the backing quite enough. It was wider than the top by about 6 inches, but it BARELY met the length of the top, and that was a bit scary, as I kept moving the top around to match the backing underneath the batting, not wanting to warp the top, clearly, but wanting to stretch it as far as I could.
Lastly, when I ironing, I knew I was temping the fates because when there is water/steam involved with an iron, it sometimes lays down a rust mark, but I REALLY wanted to get out the pink pen marks (by the way, I love that pink pen, but it's a wash-out, not an iron-out; use Frixion pens in your quilting!!) without washing it. Anyway.... you see where this is headed. I lost my ever-loving mind and threw that quilt in the washer, knowing that the open seam where I had sewn the binding on would likely fray quite a bit in the wash.... and it DID. After washing and drying, I then had to go back and re-sew some of the binding where it had frayed too close to the seam line. That wasn't awesome, to be honest.
|The only really flat photo of the front|
And so.... days in the life of!
|She has a thing about cleaning threads out of chair wheels....|
|Birthday posters for Meagan!|
|Finally starting to hang our art from The Rarest Bird!|
|Helping make Vegan Snickers Pie!|
|For cousin Helen!|
|Second day this week of their camps!|
|Tiberius wanted an army helmet, of course|
|I just keep making MORE bags!|
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The Sorrento Dress by Little Lizard King offers both a circle skirt and gathered skirt option, and I sewed up one of each - though in fabrics opposite to what I intended, aha.
I had originally purchased the lovely purple bird fabric from Joann Fabrics (you have heard me say it a million times - I just do not generally like the fabric quality they carry, but this quilting cotton felt like a great quilting cotton, and while I wouldn't always recommend quilting cotton for this type of dress, it works well and is a dress for a kid, so, not a big deal to me) and had planned to whip up the circle skirt version. THEN, while at Modern Domestic one day, I saw the gorgeous black flowered print on a tube and had to have it. It wasn't expensive, and it was wide fabric, so, I didn't need much.
After both fabrics were washed, dried and ironed, I realized that the bird fabric wasn't wide enough for a circle skirt, and I was then tragically worried I didn't buy enough black fabric to make a circle skirt in lieu of that.... This story ends well, though - yay! I had enough black fabric, and I just turned that into the circle skirt version - and the birds into the gathered skirt. (The best part, though, is that Joann Fabrics carries two versions of the birds, and I had actually purchased both and meant to use the other purple shade, LOL! So, I will use that for next year's version, maybe!)
The dress is crazy easy to put together for such a cute little number. I will say, though, that I MUCH PREFER circle skirts over gathered skirts, especially when the gathers are made on a quilting cotton. It just creates too much bulk. As for the circle version, I did lengthen it to what would be a size 9, and the circle skirt I also lengthened, though apparently not as long, and it's a full 1.25 inches shorter, I think. I'm a bit bummed about that, as it's obviously short and would be better if it was longer. Either way, both are crazy cute, and I just love them THIS much.
The only outright change I made was in under-stitching around the top of the bodice, rather than either doing nothing or edge-stitching. I prefer a clean finish but also wanted that lining to stay in place. And not a huge deal, but to me, this is important: when straps are involved, I usually try to remember, after the whole thing is sewn, but is still inside-out, to stitch across the straps again in the seam allowance, for extra strength (as the original basting stitch is sometimes cut off).
On another note, I didn't go by measurements for the pattern. With other patterns, I usually look at measurements and sew either her size or a size up. I sewed a size 8 in this case, and it is SO gappy in the bodice. For the second version, the purple dress, I sewed a size 7, and it looks much nicer. No big deal, I figure, as she'll easily wear it next summer, too, and we'll just use a camisole under it for now.
Anyway, great dress, and everyone is correct when they say you DO need to make this! Don't wait!
Some time in the life of....
|Fun day at Fort Vancouver!|
|You know... water slides at gymnastics ;)|
|They desperately wanted one camp night in the back yard... and were high on it|
|Such a happy boy, LOL|