4/28/16

A Flock of Larks

Well, maybe four larks does not a flock make, but still…  I've a growing stack of tees made from Grainline Studio's Lark pattern. (Three more have been added since taking these photos!)  This basic pattern comes with various neck and sleeve options…  I made my first v-neck and tried the scoop, but the boat-neck is my favorite.  Only a couple small adjustments were needed to perfect the fit for me.  I've been pulling out knits from my stash to add to my flock.  The Branch Stripe fabric is my own design (available here) and the other three were thrifted…  I'd been saving the amazing owl fabric for so long.  Happy to finally be able to wear it!

Lark Tee x 4

Lark Tee x 4

Lark Tee x 4

Lark Tee x 4

Lark Tee x 4

Lark Tee x 4

Lark Tee x 4

4/3/16

My First Socks

I'd been wanting to attempt socks for a while, but was trepidatious… It all looked tricky to me, with so many heel, toe and other options. Eventually I just had to settle on a pattern and go. (Plus a little friendly "sock challenge" didn't hurt.) Turns out socks aren't as complicated as I thought. Especially starting with knitted socks in Made by Hand, a simple, clearly written pattern with good photos. Anyway, I suspected that I'd enjoy knitting socks and boy was I right. I'm already halfway through the second sock of my second pair and I can't wait to finish so I can start another! P.S. This is really cruddy yarn, so I'm not even going to mention what it is. Ha.

First Socks

First Socks

First Socks

3/31/16

Black-Brown-Blue Floral Blouse

Here's a new top I made using my favorite vintage blouse pattern (McCalls 7425 from 1964).  I've used this pattern twice before (sailboats and black bows) and the only change I made this time was to add a little extra length to the back hem.  It's really lovely in this flowy floral rayon (from Joann's).  I'm tempted to try a popover version of this pattern using something from my vintage stash…  The hardest part is deciding which fabric!

Black, Brown and Blue Floral Blouse

Black, Brown and Blue Floral Blouse

Black, Brown and Blue Floral Blouse

Black, Brown and Blue Floral Blouse

Black, Brown and Blue Floral Blouse

3/29/16

New Fabric: Little City People & Bunny Tumble

Just received swatches of a couple new designs and I'm very happy with both. These were originally done in watercolor and it's pretty amazing how crisp and bright the details and colors are.  Little City People and Bunny Tumble are now available in my Spoonflower shop!

New Fabric Designs: Little City People + Bunny Tumble

Also, here are a few original fabric pouches recently added to the Etsy shop:

Plant Bits Pouch

Mini Cloud-Puffs + Doodletown Pouch

Cat Eye Bow Tie Pouch

Doodletown Pouch

3/24/16

Bloomsbury Baby Sweater + Bobble Bonnet

Hmmm.  Maybe it's time I finished this post… This sweater and bonnet were a 1st birthday present from my niece last October!  It was a while ago, but I do remember really enjoying making the sweater.  In worsted weight yarn it knit up really fast.  I think this pattern looks cute on babies, but even better on older girls.  I'd definitely like to make another.  Pattern / Yarn

Bloomsbury Baby Sweater + Bobble Bonnet

Bloomsbury Baby Sweater + Bobble Bonnet

Bloomsbury Baby Sweater + Bobble Bonnet

Leftover yarn (I had just barely enough!):

Bloomsbury Baby Sweater + Bobble Bonnet

Why are bobbles so adorable on babies?  This bonnet turned out super-cute.  I used silk-alpaca yarn so it's soft and luxurious.  For such a little knit, it took a bit longer because of the bigger bobbles.  It would be fun to make another version with smaller bumps like the subtle ones on the Diode Hat.  (Bonnet pattern).

Bloomsbury Baby Sweater + Bobble Bonnet

Bloomsbury Baby Sweater + Bobble Bonnet

Bloomsbury Baby Sweater + Bobble Bonnet

3/9/16

New Fabric: Cute Rodents

These funny rodents are looking around for something to gnaw on.  Now available as fabric and wrapping paper in my Spoonflower shop.  I ordered a couple yards of modern jersey and I can't wait to sew some baby things for little friends and maybe even a t-shirt for myself!  Click here to see more colors and sizes.



Rodents / Gnawers Fabric

Rodents / Gnawers Fabric

3/4/16

Sydänmaa Mittens

More knitting!  I made a pair of mittens, my first, and I really really like them.  I used this free pattern and Drops Nepal yarn.  These were pretty quick and easy to knit and they fit my hands perfectly.  The only change I made to the pattern was casting on 4 less stitches for an extra snug cuff.  I just added them back in before the cable part began.  Wearing these I think I can put up with (a little) more snow.



Sydänmaa Mittens

Sydänmaa Mittens

Sydänmaa Mittens

2/22/16

Diode Hat

Here's a hat I've probably already worn more than any other I've knit for myself so far. I love the snug/warm doubled brim and tiny bobbles. The pattern is Diode by Erica Knits and I used Drops Alpaca. Thinner yarn and a lot of ribbing made it not the quickest hat to knit, but it was way worth it.

Diode

Diode

2/11/16

Three Grayscale Tees

A few long-sleeve tees I made for myself recently.  Pretty basic, but it's nice to have some knit tops that fit well with sleeves that are long enough.  I was nervous to make the placket on the black one, but it turned out pretty well, teeny bones all lined up and everything.  I got a wee bit fancy on the dark grey tee by making a slightly scalloped edge on the neck rib with one of the special stitches on my machine.  I used McCalls M6747 with some alterations (took out the center back seam, too).  Definitely need to make more of these!





Handmade Knit Long Sleeve Tees 2





1/26/16

Our Space by Tiffany

If you were hoping for a tour of our apartment, you're in luck. Photographer and friend Tiffany Bolk came for a visit and took some wonderful photos of our space and treasures. Check out her post here. Below are some of my favorite shots. It was fun to see what caught her eye!

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