Monday, April 13, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Guest Projects (from Grandma)

One of my daughters is learning to sew.  She loves all aspects of sewing - picking out fabric, learning the stitches, choosing patterns, the notions, all. of. it.

My Mom has been helping her along with special 'sewing days with Grandma'.  For Christmas my Mom gave her this fantastic tutorial and a box of filler.  A couple days into the new year she had her very own bean bag chair!

As you can imagine, the other three girls begged for one too.  I took the girls to the fabric store to choose and purchase fabric and each beanbag turned out so unique and different.  All four were sewn by my Mom and daughter.  The fourth beanbag (not properly photographed) is the red/light green one in the background of the third photo.

here's that bird fabric again!

The other project my Mom recently finished up are polar fleece front-pocket pullovers for each Granddaughter.  They are warm, snugly and an all-time favorite for each girl.  Thanks Mom for your hard work, creativity and generosity!

Monday, March 30, 2015

FO: A hat and a pillow

I finished up the selbu modern hat, just in time for the last dip in the temperatures this spring in Wisconsin.  We are slowly starting the climb into warm temperatures and it has now been a few days since I've worn a hat.  I'm excited for summer to arrive!

I modified the pattern slightly in that I used a different cast-on.  This second photo is a close-up of that work.  The tubular cast-on is fantastic - a nice stretchy rib to keep the look uniform and fit snug.

I also wanted to more close fitting hat (less tam and more toque) so I dropped one pattern repeat around.  Thus I only did seven repeats around instead of the recommended eight.  I have not yet blocked the hat, instead opting to let it stretch on it's own.  I think the fit is just perfect right now and I don't see any puckering in the stranded knitting that I am concerned about.

The other object I recently finished was a quick pillow.  This is a practice pillow - to learn how to make piping and put together a folded pillow cover that was relatively snug fitting.  I just sort of winged the construction but used this incredibly detailed and informative tutorial to make the piping.  All the material is left over from a project my Mom recently completed for our girls that I will post about next.  DH is not thrilled with the bird, or bright turquoise color and says it looks like something that could belong in our non-existent vacation home in Florida (haha).  It is bright, I admit, but it is growing on me.  I think I'll keep it around for awhile.

Friday, March 20, 2015

WIP's: Hat, socks, 2 sweaters

I have a pretty hefty backlog of knitting projects on the needles at the moment.  The oldest is probably my Hitofude cardigan which I am slowly making progress on.  I got stuck at the waist increases - and deciding whether I should modify the pattern at all or knit it as written.  I think that I have settled on a plan forward.

The hat you see above, Selbu Modern, is almost finished by now!  I only have the crown decreases to go and I'll post about my modifications and the final hat when I am done.

Also in the basket is an Icelandic-inspired sweater made with yarn brought back from Iceland from a family friend.  The color work and pattern are from Grettir (Jared Flood), but the shaping and final measurements are from CustomFit.

I also have completed one of these awesome green striped socks.  Just need to find the time for the second (and unfortunately I missed completing them in time for this St. Patrick's Day celebration).