I received a really cute teapot pincushion from sheepBlue in the IYP and then saw a pattern for one in a quilting catalog I received in the mail. I decided I had to give it a go, and this is what I came up with:
I think it's pretty cute, but it has some imperfections. The spout needs some refining, as does the lid, but it will work as a pincushion, so I guess I'll keep it and make another one for a friend! Thanks for looking!
After playing around with a drop spindle I got from MullersLaneFarm in Shop the Swap, I got the fever and have been collecting fiber like a mad woman. I asked for a spinning wheel for my birthday and got an Ashford traditional -- it's beautiful! These are my very first plied yarns.
This was plied with itself. I got the fiber from SewMamaLady. She called the roving "Watermelon."
This was also plied with itself. I got the fiber from lapoli in the STS appreciation swap. I can't find the label name of this beautifully dyed fiber. It was a lovely yellow and green -- their combination resulted in an occasional blue look which I love! I have a lot to learn and there are lots of "problems" in these yarns, but I sure had fun making them!
I've been stitching up a storm lately and these are the results:
I used charm packs to start with and cut 5 inch squares into 2.5 inch squares. This was probably the trickiest part! The black, white and red bag is my latest and incorporates a front pocket. I think it turned out great! Both bags have interior zipper pockets and pockets to hold a phone, pen, etc.
I may still add a key fob do-flinky. The strap for the bag without the front pocket is made from 2.5 X 1.25 pieces stitched together, interfaced, then stitched into a long "string." These bags were great fun to make!
I have been working on this bag forever and even contacted the pattern's author for help, but it was worth all my struggles. Once I understood the pattern (my fault, not the author's) this bag was a fun knit! Onegroovyday inspired me to make this bag for her for a personal swap -- she has been waiting a long time!
One of the best things I ever made, according to my sister-in-law, was buntings for her twin daughters. Since they are now 24 going on 25, I have no idea how I put them together. All the nieces and nephews want them for their babes in arms, though, so I let Elizabeth talk to me from her book "Knitting Without Tears." Her modular sweater was the perfect pattern to adapt:
(Sorry about the sideways photo!)
I used Woolease from Lion Brand - warm but washable! I don't know if it will actually pan out, but the cream colored bottom is designed to pull out and the bunting converts to a sweater for a 2 - 3 year old. I will probably end up steeking the bottom of the blue, too, if we actually do this.
I used Fiber Trends pattern to knit up a hedgehog! Not only was this project more fun than making mittens, he is beyond cute:
After felting him, I went out and bought supplies to make more of these. I wish there weren't knitting projects promised to others so I could get started on the next one! I love the white eyelash against his tawny "fur."
I made a backpack for the tree swap for hannahbear and my daughter immediately requested the same item except in green and purple! She even sent me the yarn! Here are the results:
I lined it with sections of a cotton towel I purchased at World Market. There are a couple of pockets, to accomodate cellphone, measuring tape, wallet, etc and plenty of space for a bottle of water or whatnot. I used a pattern from Patons http://www.patonsyarns.com/pattern.php?PID=2160.
The strapping was not adjustable in the pattern. I'm not sure what I did is any better, but here is a picture anyways -- I used D rings and velcro. As you can see, I altered the bag a bit in other ways as well-- I am always fooling about with something just because I can. Thanks for letting me show it off!
I've been working on a bag pattern for the "make a purse from this stuff" swap and finished a prototype yesterday. It's not expertly stitched -- and has many flaws, but I am posting pics so my swap partner can get an idea of what I came up with (and what I am and am not capable of!) any other comments are welcome!!!!!!!!!!
Blurry picture number 1 to give you an idea of the shape: