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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New Pictures!! Summer dresses for Lainey * cute flowers and polka dots on: July 17, 2007 10:03:15 PM
**Just adding one of the pictures I got of her wearing the pink dress and another dress I made for her that actually fits her now.. if you look at the bottom I added rick/rack to the bottom edge after I tried it on her







I recently have sewn some dresses for my 9 month old niece, the second one will probably not fit her until next summer but I still wanted to make it

The first dress is from Newlook 6578, I find these patterns really difficult to understand sometimes, but this pattern was soooo easy and only like 5 steps, I highly recommend it
The panties are from another pattern, this one doesnt include them

I did my own embroidery on it, this is my first time with real embroidery, I got the idea for the flowers from an episode of "uncommon threads" and then just added the stems

I had many of you vote on a button for me, and a majority said to use pink and green, well I decided on pink, one reason being thats what I originally wanted and two that I thought I would make another dress using more green embroidery and then using the green buttons for that dress

anyway on with the fun part, pictures


I had a lot of trouble with the machine made buttonholes so close to the seam, it kept getting stuck, and then one hole ended up a wee longer than the other, I also used vegbee's tip for using a craft knife to cut the hole open instead of a seam ripper, wow what a difference, practically no fray at all compared to the seam ripper.




I saw these shoes at target yesterday and had to get them for the dress

Here is another dress I made, Butterick 5020, I accidently bought the wrong size pattern for my older niece so I just used it to make a toddler size, I believe this is probably a 2T size

This will be good for next summer, I just loved the polka dots







Ill get some action shots for you girls this weekend, Im flying home for the weekend to see Josh Groban in concert and of course to see my new niece Addison born July 16th!!! yay another girl to make clothes for!!

Here is the other dress I made

12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I need a vote I cant decide on a button :0) on: July 10, 2007 12:37:38 PM
Please help me decide, I have no idea I love them both!





http://moosieknits.blogspot.com/2007/07/i-need-vote-on-button.html
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / ooh Im so excited, first time embroidering a dress, ?washing on: July 09, 2007 01:16:12 PM


So I am working on this super cute dress for my niece, I am so excited and doing my first embroidery project.

The material I used for the dress is a very very thin material I acutally double up for the dress, I decided to do the embroidery before I sewed the hem so I can put it in between layers, so when I sew the hem it is enclosed and not exposed on the inside

The material is very thin, when I wash it will it be okay, should I only hand wash, and should I be using any kind of stabilizer to make it more sturdy.

Im new at this and I'd hate to do all this work and have it fall apart
here are some pics and I have more details on the pattern on my blog ... http://moosieknits.blogspot.com/2007/07/my-latest-little-project.html


14  California / California: South / Amy Butler or similar fabrics in LA/Santa Monica area? on: June 10, 2007 07:15:53 PM
tried searching online but Just wondering if there were any stores near west la, santa monica or anywhere near there that sells Amy Butler fabric? or anything similar, Joanns just isnt doing it for me, thanks for any help  Smiley
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting Accessories Set ... Needles / Holder / Markers...with added tutorials on: June 10, 2007 06:09:51 PM
I just added my tutorials onto my blog if your interested http://www.moosieknits.blogspot.com
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So like many I wasnt sure where to post this, since its partially sewn, but it is all knitting related so I hope I posted it correctly

This is a little set I worked on for my sister's birthday, Ive been working on making needles for a little while now and only just started making markers and I LOVE them, so quick and easy to make, and well I had to make a holder for it all.

I got the fabric at Joanns a month or so ago and havent done anything with it so here is my first FO with the fabric. 

I looked up numerous tutorials on making stitch markers and found these to be the best

and after many attempts at perfecting the homemade knitting needle, I think I have found a way to make them most efficiently.

I had so much fun putting this together, there are two slots in the holder so I plan to make her another set of needles

Thanks for looking!!! I always look forward to feeback  Cheesy



link for a slightly larger view http://s130.photobucket.com/albums/p270/mahkev/Knitting/?action=view&current=rhondaset.jpg

tomorrow Ill try to post more pictures and info on tools I used on my blog
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Socks And A Berry Cute Hat on: June 09, 2007 10:58:21 PM
I just finished my last I think of the gifts for my Sister-n-Law who is due in July
I have a post of all the stuff Ive sewn here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=174638.msg1798723#msg1798723

but for the knitting board I would like to show off the matching socks and super cute hat I made, for the socks I used the two tone pattern in "Debbie Bliss Simply Baby" and used a generic pattern for the hat adding in little seeds as I went.  Everything is knit except the leaves are crochet

The green yarn is Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino and the pink yarn is Lion Brand microspun, surprisingly pretty much the same to me, same gauge and same feel, makes an awesome substitution, comes in lots of great bright colors, only a little more splitty than the DB



17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Diaper bag, burp cloths, blanket, changing pad & Knit socks for baby due in July on: June 05, 2007 12:47:21 PM
Here are some items I made recently to mail to my sister-n-law.

I mostly sewed for her, I leave a lot of the knitting presents to my sister who knits since she appreciates them the most

1. diaper bag with pockets inside for diapers, clothes, and a cell phone pocket, handles are double thick grosgrain ribbon with interfacing in between
2. three reversible burp cloths, using fabric from the blanket and one with green dragonfly print on one side and left over pink towel fabric on other side
3. Diaper changer, cherry print on one side and the pink towel fabric on other side, with pink grosgrain ribbon ties and two large pockets on cherries side for diapers and wipes
4. double sided blanket with pink satin binding, from this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83388.0
5. handknit socks just to throw something knitted in there.

I am also included a little drawstring bag for the big brother with a felt animal I made and some finger puppets I bought

Here are more picturs of the diaper bag http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=171842.msg1762322#msg1762322

Thanks for looking hope you like it!!!




link for larger pictures
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p270/mahkev/Jessicas%20Bag/Jessicasbag.jpg
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p270/mahkev/Jessicas%20Bag/dylansbag.jpg
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bright and sunny Diaper-esque Bag on: May 22, 2007 12:21:58 PM
Here is something I came up with these past 2 days.  I orginally wanted to just make a simple tote, with a bottle holder stretchy on the side, well without a lot of planning it turned into a very large tote, with two bottle holders, and well I think I like it

This is a gift for my sister-n-law who is pregnant and due July, I maybe wished I would of kept it scaled down a little in size but it can carry a lot of stuff now, so in the end it may be better or more used

I used a home decorator fabric from the clearance section and lined it in plain brown cotton, the straps are made from grosgrain ribbon.

there are four pockets inside, one is for a cell phone, Im still rather new at sewing so I definitely did not want to do a zipper  Cheesy 

okay enough talking, now I need some feeback






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new pix with bag filled and ready to ship

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Weekend makeover - new headboard and bedskirt on: May 16, 2007 11:00:01 AM
My husband and I spent the weekend making a headboard and I sewed the bedskirt

We got a really awesome decorator fabric 50% off for the headboard, it crinkles a little so it sometimes looks like wood, but its a really cool fabric, and then did the whole plywood, foam batting fabric stapled over and bolted it to the metal frame

I had an old bedskirt on the bed but with the lifts it was never long enough and didnt match well with all my bedding, so I ended up getting some twill that was on sale only because it was the color I wanted, and I sewed a bedskirt with 5 pleats, 2 at corners and one in middle of each side and used a flat sheet to sew it to under the mattress, I sewed all the brown fabric together first, with the pleats even, with only one seam in middle of foot side, then attached it all to the sheet in the middle, I fudged the corners a little, when attaching it,  Im sure there is some great way to do it, but I didnt know how so I just sewed it on however I could and it looks fine, I took it in about an inch in so you dont see the white sheet. I am so proud of my sewing I totaly made it all on my own and I think its fab.

so here is a before and after shot, I still need to find curtains and nightstands, I cant find any big enough and tall enough that I like yet, so it'll have to wait, and I may just sew the curtains, since I dont want to pay a big chunk of money and that way I can find the perfect color

I think I want to add some blue in there, not sure, any suggestions would be great!!



here is somewhat of a close up of the fabric


20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Bouquet - Just mailed for Mother's Day (LALA Scarf) on: May 11, 2007 10:37:38 AM
Well Its actually a scarf/shawl, The LALA scarf from "Greetings From Knit Cafe" to be exact.  http://www.knitcafe.com/store/kits_lalascarf.html


I got the idea of a bouquet from another Persons Site  http://rainyday.squarespace.com/display/ShowJournal?moduleId=84720&categoryId=92883 who also made this, I just mailed it out wednesday, The body of the scarf took me less than 2 days to knit but the picot cast off on the bottom took me a week, but I am so happy I finished it in time and I have enough yarn left over to make 2 or 3 more

I used Rowan Kidsilk haze (the suggested yarn) and size 10 straights, Ill post more about it on my blog (after she receives it)

This was my in progress post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=166810.0

Here are some pictures! Hope you like it!


Larger View http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p270/mahkev/MothersDay-Scarf.jpg
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