Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

Halloween Costumes!

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Anaabel from “Extra Yarn” and Lady Bug Girl. Excuse the muddy shoes, they could not help themselves.

Lawrence fixed the issue with the memory card, and as a result of all the drama we are sorting the images into files by month/year, so things are going to be so organized! I mean, sorry that the halloween pics are 2 weeks late but yay for getting organized.

So I really slacked this year, but this was because what the kids wanted was super easy! Cara wanted to be Ladybug Girl and I just didn’t see a reason to make these things from scratch. The leotard, tutu, and wings/headband set are all from Amazon. Fiona wanted to be Annabel from Extra Yarn. This is such an amazing book, but only 2 people knew what we were talking about! The costume was as easy and black/white/gray striped clothing and a sweater. I looked EVERYWHERE and I could not find yarn the looked anything like the yarn in this book, so I dyed some yarn from Knit Picks using Kool-aid and I am thrilled with how it came out! I based the pattern on the One Night Sweater but I cannot remember what I did exactly. I know I held the yarn double and used US 17 needles. I knit it with still damp yarn in the middle of the night before her halloween party at school on 10/30, because I am a responsible adult. It is a bit too short because I forgot how tall she was, and a lot too short because it shrunk when it dried all the way. I bought a little doggy for Fiona and made a sweater so she could have “Mars” like Annabel does in the book, and so of course Cara needed a little basset hound to be Bingo. The kids went to 2 parties on Friday, as well as trick or treating on Saturday. They had a great time, and ate way too much candy before the “Candy Fairy” swapped it out for a small treat.

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My super fancy costume.

I was extra super lazy for myself, I went as Elizabeth from The Paperbag Princess. Surprisingly, a lot of people didn’t know who I was either! I used a giant leaf bag, a cut up sheet of glitter card stock, and a headband. This was a lot of fun, and fortunately it didn’t rain during the times I wore it (I did go costumeless to the school party, and went late to the Friday night party because the weather was so terrible!)

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My little paperdolls!

I thought it would be fun to show off the costumes from the last 2 years (since I have been going through costumes anyway) and so last year they were paper dolls. Super easy, made out of poster board, these were a lot of fun to make (and wear, so I’m told.)

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Little Faeries!

Last were these little hand made faeries! I made the tutus from the book Little Things To Sew. More info on the crowns here and the wings here and here. All of the patterns are from the book Woodland Knits which is SUPER ADORABLE!

Halloween is a favorite time of year for me, and honestly this was the first year where the kids really got into with their own costume ideas, and their own anticipation. I look forward to many more years of seeing their creativity and personalities bloom.

My Marion Cardigan

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Okay, so sorry you have to see the same dress as earlier, this is what happens when you own, like, 3 dresses (the other 2 didn’t go.) Soooo, this is my Marion Cardigan, and I can tell you for sure that this will not be my last knit designed by Andi Satterlund. She is pretty talented, and her small seems to fit me perfectly. I love the look of cropped cardigans because they not only look cute with dresses (my preferred garment choice) but they also don’t ride up, which is a serious problem I have with anything that hits me at the hip (unless it is huge, of course.)

The yarn is Cascade 220 in “Turquoise” and I love this yarn. It is so soft and squishy, and even though it is 100% wool, I don’t find it very hot. It also absorbs, uh, moisture? So that is nice. I found the buttons on Etsy at The Bling Bazaar and I really feel like they make the sweater pop. Love it!

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This was my very first cable project, and I am quite proud of it. Honestly, the pattern really holds your hand through the whole thing, and if you can knit, purl and understand basic shaping, you can do this. VERY straightforward knit.

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Look at the sleeve detail! I love things like that, how it isn’t simply ribbed but has cables incorporated! These things make for a fun knit. If you want to see more details then you can check out my Ravelry page for it here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

The “500 Days of Summer” Sundress

You guys! I made my first dress! Alright, so this dress has been done forever, to be honest, but I just had the most awkward time getting pictures. Still, it is so exciting to have something that actually fits my body in a way that is even remotely flattering. Seriously.

The name was picked because I was trying to get it done in time for the kick off of season 4 of Project Sewn. I didn’t make it. The theme was leading ladies, and although I had already planned this outfit before the theme was announced, I did find this inspiring image from one of my favorite films. And so it was named.

The pattern is the Lonsdale Dress, made in this Lisette Cotton Poplin that I got at Jonanns. It is on a deep sale right now too. I really loved this pattern because, being drafted for pear shaped girls (which in this case means having a generous half circle skirt) I was able to make a straight size 8, and not worry about grading for my significantly larger lower parts. I did do some little modifications, I took in some gaping by the underarm and I did a small sway back adjustment following the tutorial here. I am actually thinking now that I should have shortened the whole bodice and done an FBA, but I couldn’t tell that by the muslin, I needed to be actually wearing the dress for a little while in order to see this. It is still the best fitting dress I have ever owned. So there is that.

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I followed the sewalong almost exactly. I french seamed throughout, turned and stitched the front of the skirt, bound the back seam, and hand hemmed it with contrast seam binding. The only real change I made was the zipper insertion. I originally hand picked it, but the zipper showed too much for my taste. I then did a hand picked lapped zipper.

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I know it looks like the zipper is in backwards… but it totally is. This was a conscious decision, since my left arm is more flexible than my right, and my husband (official zipper helper) is a lefty. I had to mirror the directions because none of the tutorials had them facing this way.

See this goofy model like pose above? Yeah, that was an outtake. I would never knowingly pose like that. Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of the least awkward pictures. So, why should you guys reading print get anything less awkward than the individuals who see me in person. Seriously though, I am considering vlogging my makes, so you can see them in motion, and so I don’t have to pose. You have been warned.

All in all, I am very happy with this dress! I plan to make another one at some point for sure. What is that pink thing around me, you ask? Why, it is my Amalthea Shawl, details can be found here.

Oh man you guys, nothing is better than clothes that actually fit.

Spring Dresses and Sweaters

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Bad Blogger! Bad!

Okay, okay, so it took me a while to get back. I confess, as ridiculous as this sounds, that the blogging part is harder than the “do cool stuff to blog about” part. I know that sounds insane, but… truth.

Anyway, enough about the difficulties of blah blah blah, I know you want to see what I promised… that trifecta of knitting, sewing, and adorable children…

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I always keep my promises… eventually.

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Oooooh! The cuteness!

The pattern is Oliver + S Tea Party Sundress. This was a fun sew, and I think we will be seeing more of this pattern… oh yes.

Details!

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Okay, that’s not a detail shot, but I love it…

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And of course, the dresses don’t cramp their style.

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Warning, sweater cuteness!

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Okay okay, some flat shots for the garment nerds.

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Of course, I took pics of the inside (side seams turned and stitched, front and back seams pinked) but, um, I remembered to take the inside pics after they were worn… so… just know it looked neat. I don’t remember off hand who designed the fabric, so if anyone wants to know, tell me and I’ll dig up the selvages.

The sweater info can be found here for Fiona, and here for Cara.

Adorableness!

WIP Wednesday

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All right, I’m back!

I didn’t plan to take such a long break. We have been doing well, back to our old rhythm, but i just needed to get back into the habit of posting.

I’m so naughty.

So, while I get back into the grove, what better way to start than with a simple WIP Wednesday post, yes?

So, I am knitting a BFF Cowl, and this is the link I am going to be trading away. I really love the yarn. Love Malabrigo. Love love!

This is one of my favorite stitch patterns I have ever done. Look at the pretty seed pods!

I am reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It’s a special super long anniversary addition (but of course). This is one of my favorite books, but it has been a long time since I read it. Do it you guys.

I will be back tomorrow with pictures of the girls, sewing, and more knitting. It’s the ManicPixieDreamMom trifecta!

I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

PS, that lurid green background is my couch, and I swear it is much nicer looking in person!

WIP Wednesday

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So, this sweater is finally starting to look like a sweater. I hope to have it done soon. It has been very enjoyable, but I may have promised that it be done by the weekend. While Cara is perhaps too young to hold me accountable for such things, Fiona is not. She is asking me every day if I am done!

Fiona has asked to read Alice and Wonderland, and I am quite enjoying myself. I have not read it since college. What a lovely book to revisit!

I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

Weekending

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Another picture heavy post! Our weekend was lovely and lazy (I am paying for that now with all the last minute sewing and crafting I am doing!) Made a signifigant dent in the sweater, went to the park, and read our new favorite book. I did sneak a picture of our finished eggs. I was not so thrilled with how they turned out (the perfectionist that I am) but Fiona discovered them, and has been placing her wood eggs inside and “cracking her eggs shells.” So, if the kids love them, then I love them. I will be taking them back for an egg hunt, but they will remain a park of Fiona’s play kitchen.

WIP Wednesday

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I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

Still knitting my Lila[c]loud for Cara. I hope to have it done this week. As for what I am reading? It started out as Fiona’s latest obsession, but it turns out I have been reading my favorite Winne The Pooh stories to myself on my own. (I am, of course, fighting the urge to reread Harry Potter for the *mumblemumble* time)

I am also working on something else… oooh, so excited!

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WIP Wednesday… and Tea Leaves!

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A new project… and a new book! How exciting.

The sweater is Lila[c]loud and my ravelry page can be found here.

I am enjoying the pattern so far. Had a bit of frustration with the lace (all my own fault) but I am coming along nicely now.

The book is Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider. I have had this book for a few months, and I have leafed through it many times, but I am now going through the whole thing, using the checklists, trying to simplify. It is a very enjoyable read.

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I also finally finished my Tiny Tea Leaves and Fiona just loves it. Technically I finished it last week, but I didn’t have time to post last week (read that as “didn’t have time to take cute pictures”) Fiona and I have picked out some adorable buttons on etsy, so I guess it isn’t finished until they arrive and I sew them on, but I count it as done.

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Once again I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

WIP Wednesday

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So I am still working on my Tiny Tea Leaves and I have to get a move on, because I have not even started on Cara’s sweater and Spring is almost here! Oh my! I did set aside the sleeves, and have made significant progress on the body. It looks like a sweater now! This picture is a bit truer to color than the last one, but it is not quite so pink in real life. I will keep on with my quest for true color. I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

I am also still reading The Sweet Far Thing, and to be honest I am maybe 10 pages further in then I was last week. This is a very exciting update to be sure! As you can tel, my massive amounts of leisure time are allowing me to knit and read continuously…

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