Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Sewing

I did a little sewing for Christmas and thought I'd share it here.

Simple skirts for the kids. Isaac's favorite animal is the hippo, so he got a hippo skirt. And Margaret loves Pokemon right now, so she got a Pikachu skirt.

Classic gathered skirt pattern here.

And then we bought an Ikea unit to use as a dress up wardrobe. I made the curtain from some blue corduroy fabric with applique stars I bought from a thrift store.

That's it for sewing this year.


Pattern: Easy Knitted Bacon
Yarn: Peaches N Creme in Peppermint

The pattern for this has you changing yarn colors every other row, but when I looked at my yarn stash, I realized that this white and red variegated yarn would do the color changing for me, so I skipped that whole thing and just knit some garter rectangles. And now the kids have knitted bacon to cook in their play kitchen. Easy peasy!

Kicking Bag

I made this with the leftover skein from the acorn socks. It's just a bag. To put a baby in. I'll share a better picture once we have a baby to put in the bag.

Pattern: Kicking Bag for Babies
Yarn: Ty-Dy Socks Dots in Seafoam

Friday, November 30, 2012


Pattern: Dinosaur Jr.
Yarn: Red Heart

This was a baby shower gift that I needed to make up quickly. The yarn was some acrylic I had on hand. Everyone at the baby shower loved it and thought it was pretty darn awesome.

My camera lens must have been smudged!


Pattern: New Ancestral Christmas Stocking from Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines.
Yarn: White- Encore Worsted, Green- Cascade Superwash 220, Red- Berocco Vintage

I made stockings from this pattern a couple of years back for my husband's cousin. But my friend Amy wanted a couple of stockings so I made them again! This time the green is brighter, but I'm not sure you can tell with the lighting. It's been rainy here lately and getting good light has been troublesome.

The green was slightly thinner than the other yarns, so that gave me some gauge issues. But the blocking did wonders for the the colorwork!

Monday, November 05, 2012

FO: Purple Purse

This was my first experience with felting/fulling. I've already shown the first couple of pictures in a WIP Wednesday post. But the contrast in size is so striking I wanted to share them again. That is the same paper (8.5 x 11 inches) in each picture, except in the second, the kids cut a little jag into it.

And the finished piece with bamboo handles. It's a great little bag. Very hardy. I may line it with fabric, not sure if I feel like it. And I haven't decorated it yet, so that might still be in its future. But it's a nice bag!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WIP Wednesday

It's been a while since I've done a WIP Wednesday. I have only one WIP and the knitting is done! In fact, the fulling is done!

Before fulling (using my chin to hold it up because my hand is taking the picture):

Next to an 8.5 x 11 inch paper:

After fulling:

I still need to shave the bag, add handles, and decorate. I'm not sure how I want to do the decorating. I have to go through my supplies and see what there is. I have a pattern for a felted rose I could use. Or just a ribbon bow. Or buttons.


I started this back in June, lost a needle, found a needle, and finally finished it!

The bookmark yarn and pattern came from a kit that doesn't say much as to what kind of yarn it is at all. The pattern says the main stitch pattern is called "Swiss Fan" from Barbara G. Walker. The pattern also has the Monarch Knitting website on it, so I'm guessing it was bought from them. It was de-stashed to me in May from someone at church.

Not yet blocked:


Post-blocking with a tassel!

Post-blocking, truer-to-real-color picture:

This was another project that I had started when I was not feeling productive in my life and figured, "Oh, I'll just do a kit since I already have the pattern and yarn for that," in an attempt to jumpstart my knitting mojo. Now maybe having a pretty bookmark will mean my reading mojo will kick back in.

Monday, October 22, 2012


So after I finished those socks, my next project was Halloween costumes. My kids kept changing their minds, but eventually settled on "mermaid" and "pumpkin." I got the fabric for the mermaid costume and orange pumpkin shirt for less than $25 at the discount fabric store down the road. Margaret specifically asked for a purple tail and I found the best "scale-like" fabric ever.

The back:

It's shiny scale fabric with tulle for the fin part. She requested the halter neck, and since that was easier than straps, that's what I went with.

The green scarf is from the dollar store. It's supposed to be "seaweed." We also colored her hair blue and green- it just didn't show up well in these pictures! I also bought supplies to make a crown, but the sea glass was too heavy to stay on her head or allow the hot glue to keep it together.

Isaac wanted to be a pumpkin. I made his tunic shirt from some orange linen. McKay cut out the face and I sewed it on. When it's no longer Halloween, I can remove the face and he'll have a nice orange shirt.

I did knit the hat, though. The pictures aren't the greatest, but oh well! I
Pattern: Pumpkin Hat and Leaf
Yarn: Red Heart

I made sure to wash the hat before he wore it at the Halloween party- much softer!

I'll try to get better pictures this weekend at another party. And maybe on Halloween itself. I'm glad I'm done with the costumes, though!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Acorn Socks!

I finished these a week and a half ago and sent them out to the recipient about a week ago. I'm assuming she has received them already and so I'm now posting them.

Pattern: Acorn Stash Sock
Yarn: Ty-dy Dots Socks in Seafoam.

Finishing these socks was filled with drama including buying more yarn, getting the wrong yarn, and having to buy more.  But they are done! 6 months later...

The colors are a light blue with green and orange specks. The drama involved with these socks will be documented on my Ravelry project page.

These went to Katie. I hope they fit her. There are little acorns on the sides, so that's cute.

Monday, October 01, 2012


This was the project I started once I finished the shawl. I needed something quick to make up for that long project.

Pattern: Popcorn
Yarn: acrylic in my stash

So this is another addition to the kids' play kitchen. I was afraid knitting all those little popcorn pieces individually and then sewing them onto the toy would be finicky and troublesome, but it went a lot faster than expected. I could have added cardboard pieces to the walls of the popcorn tub for shaping, but decided against it so it can be thrown into the wash easily.


Pattern: Melman the Giraffe
Yarn: Some mint and brown Red Heart from the stash

I have been doing a lot of stash knitting lately. This giraffe was for a friend who is expecting in a little less than a month and went in with her breastfeeding basket I give to new moms. Instead of knitting the nose separately and sewing it on, I knit it onto the head. Less seaming! I finished this Friday and forgot to get a picture, so this picture is copyright Tiffany Hancock, the recipient.

Produce Bag

I made this back in August and never took a picture of it. This was another "random number generator" projects. The yarn is just some destashed-from-someone-else crochet cotton thread that I would never use up otherwise.

Pattern: Knitted Produce Bag
Yarn: Crochet Cotton from stash

This isn't the best picture, but it's not really the prettiest thing to knit either. We already use cloth bags for our groceries (and by January, our county won't allow grocery stores to give away plastic bags). So going to a knitted produce bag for the few pieces of produce we get at the store (most is from our CSA), was pretty logical. I actually like the colors here for some reason.

The pattern was great for social knitting: simple lace and stockinette in the round. I worked on it mostly at parks and church.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

FO: Panoramic Stole

Pattern: Panoramic Stole from Coastal Knits
Yarn: Red Heart, Baby Wool.

So... This yarn came to me from my husband's aunt who was cleaning out her basement. I didn't know what to do with it, so I just matched it up with a pattern and figured, hey, why not?!

I wasn't expecting it to look good, and I only was able to do two thirds of the pattern, but I think it's big enough and actually pretty nice. It'll be a good thing to add to my "Sell at the Berkeley Christmas Fair" box.




Blocking is magic.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Catching Up

It's been almost a month since I've blogged! You'd think I haven't been knitting... but I have! I have a shawl that is blocking as I type.

I also have a kerchief from July that I finally got around to taking pictures of.

Pattern: Kitschy Kerchief from Stich 'N Bitch
Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina. In some green color. The yarn came to me by means of a friend destashing, so it didn't have all the information.

And in August I made these barefoot sandals for my brother's wedding this past month.
Pattern: Goddess Barefoot Sandals
Yarn: DMC Floss, color 796

Also, in fun news, I started a knitting podast. It's called Just Another Bay Area Knitting (JABAK) Podcast. The Show Notes page is here. I have only one episode up right now, but will be recording the next one this weekend. I even have an iTunes feed! Ravelry group and more fanciness to come- I'm waiting on a response from a graphic designer to see if I'll get fancy banners and buttons and the like or if I have to do those myself.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lace Ribbon Slouch Hat

I needed a project to use up the leftover yarn from my skirt as well as something to do on the BART when I went downtown for the Circling the Wagons Conference. I was hoping this would finish off all the leftovers, but there is still enough for a baby hat or wristlets or something.

The pattern is supposed to be really slouchy, but I guess my gauge wasn't quite right and it's only kind of saggy. If you have a big head, it might work as a beanie.

I'm trying to decide if I want to keep it or donate it to the local craft fair this December. Proceeds go to the Berkeley Women's Shelter, so it's a good cause and I don't think I need extra hats at the moment.

House Quilt Square

This week while Margaret had a friend over and Isaac napped, I put together the quilt square for my quilting group. Actually, Isaac woke up while I was working on it, but happily played with Margaret and friend and so I got this done.

It's a house. Everyone is making a house and then the quilt will be a little neighborhood of homes. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lettuce eat Watermelon

Pattern: Green Leafy Veggie
Yarn: Acrylic I needed to use up

This kale/chard/spinach leaf (nor sure what it is!) uses up a lot of yarn. A lot. And it's huge and not to scale for the kids' other food, but oh well. They'll get plenty of pretend greens.

Pattern: Watermelon Slice
Yarn: More spare acrylic

And this watermelon slice is tiny, but the kids love it.

Steamy Wristlets

Pattern: Victorian Cabled Wristlet
Yarn: Cascade 220, washable

In my attempt to use accessories, I made these wristlets. I'm not sure how often I'm going to get to wear them since during the next heavy-jacket-season I'm going to be too big for my heavy jacket (which needs lots of mending and repair anyway).

I used this red for some knitted Christmas gifts a couple of years ago and needed a small project to use up the ends.

We definitely need to buy a new DSLR. My iPhone camera isn't really cutting it.

FO: Brown Sweater

I started this a few days before the Ravellenic Games and finished during the first week.

Pattern: Almost Seamless Pullover Sweater
Yarn: BFL wool, hand dyed yarn from

I bought the yarn at a thrift store and the etsy shop isn't active anymore. I think it was this sale.

It's mostly brown with lime green and pink throughout. I wasn't sure what to do with it, but it's pretty gender-neutral. The pictures don't do it justice. There are more yellow-tones in the yarn than shown here.

I made the 18 month size thinking that was the largest size I could knit, but I have lots of yarn leftover. I probably could have made the 24 month size.

It needs blocking and it'll be one of my few baby pieces that requires washing by hand.