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Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Socks!

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OK, so I asked for sock pattern/technique ideas, and while I loved your suggestions, I realized that I had gotten the Fish Lips Kiss Heel directions a couple of weeks ago.  There was a thread on Ravelry a while back about great patterns, and this heel technique kept being mentioned.  I figured it was worth a try (and only $1) so I bought it.  At the time though, I was in the middle of the Crazy Rainbow Socks, so I couldn’t use it immediately.  Then yesterday I realized that I could try out this heel on a pair of plain vanilla socks!

I grabbed some self striping yarn (Biscotte & Cie Felix in Brillantine) because I thought that would keep me amused in the stockinette stretches, got some cardboard, a ruler, and pens and started working through the directions for the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  Since I’m knitting the socks top down, it will be a bit before I actually get to the heel, but I’ve made my foot template (which caused a surprising amount of excitement from Mickael and Caleb), and I’m ready to go.  Here’s a link to my Rav project page if you want more information about the socks.

I do appreciate all the sock suggestions you gave and I’ll definitely keep them in mind for future socks, but I wanted to get started on this and see if it really is all everyone says it is!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Another Project Crosses the Finish Line

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I’ve finished my Crazy Rainbow Socks!  This was an interesting pair of socks to knit, completely different from any other pair I’ve done.  I think the pattern went well with the yarn though.  I’ll have to go stash diving later today and find yarn and a pattern for my next pair of socks.  I’ll also be checking out the suggestions made in yesterday’s comments.  I’m still open to suggestions if anyone wants to chime in!

Here’s my Rav project page with all the details.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More Sock, More Crazy

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I’m cruising along towards the toe of this second sock now!  This has been a fun, sock knitting adventure; completely different from my usual way of knitting socks.  The finished sock is fun too!

Since I tend to always have a sock on the needles, I’ve been thinking about what socks I want to knit next (seeing as I’m almost finished with these).  I haven’t really decided and I’ve got a little bit of everything in my sock yarn stash (variegated, semi solid, self striping).  So, I think I’ll turn to you, the blog collective and ask!

Any favorite sock patterns?  Any sock knitting techniques you’ve recently learned that made a huge difference in your socks?  Any socks you’d like to see knitted but are slightly afraid to knit yourself and you want me to be a guinea pig?  Let me know, maybe I’ll knit a pair of blog socks!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Stick a Fork in The Babette, Because It Is Done!

Yes, it’s all finished!  Friday evening I completed the final round on the border and after weaving in the ends and lightly blocking the border to keep it from rolling, The Babette is finished!
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I found a very simple picot edge using single crochet and chain stitches to finish the border.  It just wasn’t looking finished with the double crochet borders.  I’m really happy with the way it looks, because it definitely looks finished, but it doesn’t distract from the middle of the blanket.
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I learned something about myself in making this blanket:  join as you go!  I’ll try to keep that in mind on future projects.
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Here’s a shot of the entire thing (please pardon the legs of the table I stood on to get the picture).  The borders added about 2 inches to each side, so the finished size is about 37 inches wide x 45 inches long.  It should work nicely for a lap blanket with Max.  I’m thrilled to have it all done!  Here’s a link to the Rav project page if you’re interested.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Something Different (But Not New)

Almost one year ago (three weeks short of one year, to be exact) I made this bag.  I had stumbled across the free tutorial online and thought it would make a nice bag and a nice test project for Ruby Mae (my treadle machine).  Well, it worked great for both purposes and I got to know my new old machine and I got a great bag.  The bag works really well, and even though it doesn’t have any top closure (one could be added easily enough), it still feels pretty secure because as it curves around my body as I wear it, it closes itself.  It’s also a nice size for a project or two, or a few magazines or whatever.

Yesterday I made two more bags from the same pattern!  The original plan was to sew them at the same time, assembly line style, but then I realized that I needed different colors of thread for the two bags.  (Sometimes I might need more caffeine than I actually get.)  Once I figured that out, I got them sewn up pretty quickly.  I didn’t use Ruby Mae this time, I used one of my Pfaffs because I wanted the ability to back tack to secure a seam.  On the bag I made on Ruby Mae, I just knotted off the ends by hand.

Once again, I added a pocket (cut 8.5 inches square, sewn with 1/4 inch seam allowances) and interfaced the main fabric for stability.  I took my time turning the bags this time and despite the interfacing and pocket, they were easier to turn than last time.  I must have let the bag get all bunched up last time.  The only other change I made was to topstitch along the edge of the entire bag after turning and pressing.  I’m not sure that this adds any structural benefits, but I like the way it looks.  The pattern is easy and straightforward to make and sewing, from start to final pressing took just under an 1.5 hours for each bag.

Want to see them?
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The first one is a fun, large floral print which I thought would be really cute for just about any outfit.  (I got the fabrics from MadTosh Crafts last week.)  You can see the pocket on the side as Fifi models it for us.  I positioned the pocket 1.25 inches down from the raw edge of the top of the bag (if you’re interested in adding a pocket and wondering where to put it).  The pocket is nice and big, and deep enough that my iPhone feels safe in it.
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I lined the bag and pocket in a lime green multi colored print that picked up the colors of the floral.

The second bag is a little different.  I got this fabric from Spoonflower.  If you’ve never heard of Spoonflower, I’ll tell you a little about it.  You can design your own fabric and have it printed or you can pick out designs other people have done and have them printed.  They have about a dozen different fabric bases they’ll print on, from polyester knits, to silk crepe de chine, to heavy canvas.  I had my choices printed on Kona Cotton.  It takes about 2 weeks to get your fabric after you order because they print on demand for each order.  If you order one yard, they print one yard.  If you order 10 yards, they’ll print that.  It’s a very fun way to get fabric.  Here’s my second bag.
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The main exterior fabric is Sherlocked.  I loved the quotes from the first two seasons of the BBC Sherlock.  Here is a closeup of the fabric.
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The pocket fabric is Sherlock Wallpaper Fabric.  I had to add the smiley face of course, but chose to skip the bullet holes.
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The lining of this bag and pocket is some fabric I picked up at Hobby Lobby that coordinated with the other two prints.
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I doubt this is the last time I’ll sew this pattern.  It’s a great pattern and a cute finished bag!  Anyone else have a favorite bag pattern they’d like to share?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Once More, Around The Babette!

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I’m almost done with the borders for The Babette!  I’ve done two rounds of the plum and three rounds of the medium pink color.  I’m going to do one more round of medium pink and then The Babette will be a Finished Object!  I think I’ve decided how to do the final round.  I was debating between just another round of double crochet or doing something different, but simple.  As much as this blanket has going on in it (lots and lots of different colors as well as different sized blocks), I don’t think a complex border is the right choice.

I can not tell you how excited I am to get this project all finished!  Max has already started burrowing under it while I work on it.  He knows what it is: a big, pink, cat warmer!  Surprisingly, though, this is not my oldest Work In Progress.  There is another one or two in the depths of my stash closet.

What’s your oldest Work In Progress?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trillian Again

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This week has started with morning errands and appointments.  That’s meant no blog, but I have gotten a few more inches worked on my Trillian.  I’m kind of starting to pay attention to how much yarn I have left (I have to have enough to work the lace on the edge), but I’m not to the point yet where I have to really worry about it.  That probably makes no sense at all, does it?  I think what I’m trying to say is that I’m getting there.  I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there.  Also, I haven’t had any caffeine yet this morning.  (I’m sure you’ve already figured that out though.)

I have already had an adventure though.  This morning Logan made himself useful on our run.  He stepped up and defended me from a threat!  Logan is 99% marshmallow and has hidden behind me in the past when he feels scared, but when I was threatened this morning, he stepped up and went after them.  Yes, there were ducks on the sidewalk this morning and Logan chased them away!  I was so proud of him, I praised for the next half mile!  It’s true, you are safer when you run with a dog!

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