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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fun Socks and a few other pairs on: July 18, 2008 04:48:26 AM
I had been eying this pattern for awhile and finally decided to cast on. I used less then 1 skein of Noro Kureyon sock yarn, which I won't be purchasing again.

I made quiet a few modifications to the original pattern. It's listed for a longer foot then my US sized 7.5-8 and I still had to lengthen the foot, changed when I did decreases, changed the heel and toe as well as the under foot. If you have ravelry I have notes on there as to what I changed how and where.

Cast on: late evening July 9th
Cast off: early am July 18th
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock
Colorway: s180
needle size: 2.25mm (us size 1)
yardage: 346 yards
fits size: us woman size 8

You can see a shadow on the top as they are a little large around the calf and ankle and if I made this pattern again I would modify it further.

These are a modular sock very structured when finished and there isn't a lot of give so they appear larger then they are when off the foot.

And just for fun the original skein to show the colors on the skein and how they came out on the sock as I didn't work the colors on purpose to be each diamond, I just followed the pattern and it happened due to the long color repeats in Noro.

Let me know what you think

Then here are 2 other pair I finished off in the past couple of weeks

For my husband
Cast on: June 10th
Cast off: June 16th
Yarn: Panda Silk
needle size: 3.25mm (us size 3)
yardage: 230 yards
fits size: us mens size 11

And these I started a long long time ago and never finished so picked back up sock #1 and finished off sock #2 a week later.

Cast on: October 2007
recast on: July 2nd
Cast off: July 8th
Yarn: Panda Cotton
needle size: 2.75mm (us size 2)
yardage: 340 yards
fits size: us womans size 8

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Perfect Sock Bag ~image heavy~ on: June 23, 2008 06:10:53 PM
So I knit amongst other things and am always looking for the perfect project bags for what ever I am making. If anyone is involved in SOS they know a lot of people are making socks right now. I was too late for sign ups so I'm just a supporter (and teaser) so made myself this!

[img width=500  there's a lot more info on my blog about it all and more pics. I'm in love with it though and glad it's finished!

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First Hand Spun on: June 14, 2008 03:05:08 PM
We went to a local Spin In today and one of the fin sheep owners taught my youngest son (11) how to spin on a drop spindle in about 15 minutes. More details are on my blog if interested but he made a little over 5 yards of plyed fin wool yarn that came out very nice for a new spinner that had never even lifted a spindle before this.

Here's his first official FO

Then he came home and spun some more which he is now waiting to ply with itself how she showed him

You can go see his free goodies he got today on my blog and pictures of the animals that were like the ones the roving came from.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / A Bag with a Plan on: May 24, 2008 09:05:57 PM
So I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in joining in a bag swap. Unlike ones where you make a bag to fill this would be all about the bag itself. I'm thinking of a few options here:

Either state out right I like say photography and can never find the perfect camera bag. I need something padded to protect my equipment and here are the dimensions on my camera, lens etc. Then let your partner craft away.

Or more what I'd like to see is you offer a few things like I like to do photography, knit and go to the beach. So you can include dimensions and possible requirements like I need a bag that flips out to a beach towel but will also transport my lotion, ipod and water to the beach and hold up to sand. Your partner could then chose from one of your "project specific" bags and create that for you. So its still a surprise in the end which you end up with.

anyone interested?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Massive Cabalage! on: May 13, 2008 03:54:26 AM
I'm so excited I can finally post this!

This is an afghan I made for the recent make a friend swap and sent off from NY State USA to Victoria Australia to my new friend there! She finally received it and snuggled up with it so now I get to share!

a close up of color and texture. It was done on size 10 needles using Bernats Twist in teal twist (which really looks more like turquoise and brown then any kind of teal)

The pattern is available free here  http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=2809

I ran into the display at the store and that yarn fell in my cart, the free rip off was on the side and I knew it was just meant to be!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ATC Bag on: April 20, 2008 02:20:32 AM
I made this for a recent swap and so happy my partner received so I can now share!

This is the ATC bag I made her with 3 liners to change out the back ground behind the ATC's and also to keep them safe inside the bag. With matching handles to go with each liner

this is a closer pic showing the cards (don't mind them I'm not an atc maker) but the card holder is internal so no stitching is felt on the outside of the bag.

and this shows the inside with it all lined and zipper closure on top.

It was fun to make and play with the clear vinyl and figure out how to make it so the cards could be easily changed but kept protected and all.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Really quick to knit headband on: March 02, 2008 04:30:14 AM
While I am suppose to be studying for midterms (instead I've been crafting, making tutorials, baking and cleaning the house) I decided I needed a new warm head band to brave the cold this week to make it to the tests!
I saw this pattern and figured it was perfect for my needs. The one alteration I made, besides using Bernat So Soft instead of the recommended yarn, was I worked from 21cm to the beginning of decreasing over 4 purls instead of 5, then did the reverse shaping taking that into consideration.

Here it is:

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Broomstick Lace meets Noro Scarf on: March 01, 2008 06:23:28 PM
So part of my New Years resolution was to try a new yarn each month.

Well I was at the LYS and have discussed with the owner a few times my dislike of Noro. I love the colors but find the yarn itself scratchy and a PITA to work with at times. However, I decided I had to try some to cement it's fate in my mind. The colors are beautiful but I still don't think I'll be rushing to Noro anytime soon.

Here is what I made though. A simple scarf in broomstick lace using a US E hook and a US S hook for the loop portion.
I used 3 hanks of Noro Sakura in color no 4. I have maybe 12 inches left so used almost 399 yards to create a 76 in long scarf.

let me know what you think.

*it was on clearance so that helped me decided to try it as well because was still $8.95 a hank*
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Nolita knock-off bag~ Now with Tut on: February 29, 2008 04:34:02 PM
I have been eying this bag for a bit and wanted one so finally decided to take some left over material and give it a go!

Here is my first Nolita Knock-Off made from 3/4 of a yard of upholstery weight fabric and 3/4 of a yard of lining fabric I had around. I'm so planning on making more of these it came out I think great for my needs.

the bag all closed and just finished off (I cleaned off the marking pencil before using it)

side view

inside all stuffed with a pair of socks I'm working on and all the supplies

a better picture to show the welted pockets on the flap and interior

comments? suggestions?

Ok here is what I came up with I hope it's clear enough and everyone can follow along
Nolita Bag Knock-Off

3/4 yard fabric for outside
3/4 yard fabric for interior
1 yard fusible interfacing-keep scraps for the pocket assembly
about 20 inches 1/2 elastic

Create a paper template

I created 4 paper templates:

26.5 inches x 20 inches - cut 1 exterior fabric, 1 interior fabric, 1 interfacing
8.25 inches x 20 inches - cut 1 exterior fabric on fold (fold should be along long edge or you can cut 2 pieces and sew them together-this is the interior elasticized pocket)
8 inches x 9 inches - cut 2 exterior fabric, 2 interior fabric, 2 interfacing
4.5inches x 16 inches - cut 2 interior fabric
Now using the last template (4.5x16) cut 1 piece 4.5 x 18inches and 1 piece 6.5 x 16 inches for the welted pockets

With left over exterior fabric cut 2 strips 37 inches x 2 inches. You want to end up with 1 piece 74 inches in length or longer if you want longer straps.
So you can cut more and attach together but keep it at least in 2 pieces for sewing and turning (72in or more is too much to turn at once you'll go insane)

Assembly: I like to get the hardest out of the way first so you finish with just easy sewing
Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of the exterior fabric that measures 20x26 and the 2 pieces that measure 8x9 and set aside.
Welted pockets:
Here is a great tutorial that will show you how to insert a welted pocket so much better than I can

On Mine I took the interior section that measures 20x26 and placed it on a table top the 20 in end at the top

I measured and marked the piece as follows
measure 1/2 inch from top and draw a line across for seam allowance
measure 1/2 inch in from right side and mark a line for seam allowance
measure 4 inches down from top and mark a line across - this is the bottom of the top flap where the side pocket will be to hold long needles
Now measuring from seam allowance marks
On the top right:
measure down 3/4 inch and in 2 inches and mark a spot
measure down 2 1/4 inches from that dot and make another dot
Connect the 2 dots to have a line that measures 2 1/4 inches long
On the left
Measure over 1/2 inch and mark for seam allowance
Measure over 1.5 inches from left side and 1 inch from line marking end of flap and mark a dot
From the right
measure over 1/2 inch and mark for seam allowance
measure over 1.5 inches from the right and 1 inch down from line marking end of flap and mark a dot
Connect the 2 dots to have a horizontal line measuring 16 inches

Take scrap pieces of fusible interfacing and iron them onto the back directly under where these lines are drawn...this is a step in the pocket instructions linked above

Follow the instructions for inserting the pocket but stop before attaching the pocket itself

Once you have the welting done on the pocket you now need to insert the zipper.
Put your zipper foot on your machine if you have one and follow basic zipper procedures I won't list here
You can opt to do different closures like Velcro, buttons or anything else.
Here is an instruction set showing how to do a welted pocket with a button closure instead

Once you have the closure you like now attach the pockets using
1 - 4.5x16 and 4.5 x 18 inch pieces for the long pocket on the top flap
1- 4.5 x 16 and 6.5 x 16 inch pieces for the horizontal interior pocket

GREAT! Thats the hardest part of all this!

Now take the piece you cut on the fold that is 8.25x20 when folded
If you cut 2 pieces just sew them together at this point along one 20 inch edge
Now fold so right side is facing up and bottom edge is even and sew a little over 1/2 from the folded edge down to create a casing for the elastic
Insert the elastic pinning it to one end then pulling through to the other.
Pull elastic so the piece gathers and the top measures about 16 inches.
Sew the ends of the elastic into place

Now turn the piece right side together with long ends matching up and sew along the exposed 20 inch edge without elastic leaving the sides open
turn right side out

On the lining piece with the pockets at the top of your table
go to the bottom of the piece and mark 1/2 seam allowance up from the 20 in edge

measure 7 inches up from this mark and mark again across the bag (this is the bottom of the front of the bag)
take the elastic top pocket you just made and pin it here so that the top of the elastic matches up to the 1/2 seam allowance mark
stretch the top so you can pin it from side to side
Now match the nonelastic edge up to the 7in mark on the liner and pin across the bag

Setting your machine to a zig zag stitch top stitch across the nonelastic edge securing it to the lining

Leave pinned across the top but you can remove the pins holding the bottom nonelastic portion

Now take one of the lining pieces 8x9 inches
Pin the 8in side to the side where the open ends of the elastic pocket meet the lining
Pin across the bottom allowing for a 1/2 seam allowance on both sides
pin up the next 8in side
repeat on other side of the bag. I didn't take a great picture of this but did on the exterior so this is what it should look like (only in lining fabric)

On one of the bottom edges you want to leave an opening about 5inches wide to be able to turn later so just don't sew the entire bottom of one side panel

Now sew along the 3 edges on both sides (leaving that opening on one) and your lining is finished

Take the 2 inch pieces and sew them along the long side. Then turn right side out
Sew the ends together making one Big O at least 72 inches in length
you can see that here where I pinned them on

Pinning on the straps
Find the center bottom of the bag like this
On the exterior fabric mark your 1/2 seam allowance around the entire outside of the piece
No measuring in from this seam allowance
from the top edge mark down 3.5 inches and run a ling across the bag (this is the flap)
from the 3.5 in line measure down 7 inches and run a line across the bag (this is the back of the bag)
from that 7in line measure down 4 inches and run a line across the bag-Star this line so you know it's the center of the bottom of the bag
From that 4 in mark measure down 4 inches and mark a line across the bag
from that mark measure and you should have 7 inches left to the next seam allowance mark (this is the front of the bag)
Now side to side measure 10 inches in from the raw edge and mark
do this in a few spots along the length and mark a line running the 26 inches down the center

Now look where the horizontal stared line intersects with the vertical line down the center. This is where we start to pin the straps on
measure 9 inches to the left and 9 inches to the right of the center and mark
go up and down from these marks making more marks 9 inches from the center vertical line
this is where the strap will sit
Now you don't want to sew the strap onto the flap portion or onto the entire side panels
From the seam allowance on the bottom measure up 2.5 inches and mark that this is where you want to end sewing on the strap
Measure down 2 inches from the 3.5 inch line (the flap) and mark this is where you want to finish sewing
now pin down the straps like in the picture above and top sew them onto the bag just working across the line where you want to stop on each side

Now pin the exterior sides on just like you did the interior sides

Sew around all 3 pinned edges on both sides leaving no opening this time

Now the exterior is assembled.

If you are going to add magnetic snaps do so now, you can also use Velcro at the end or sewn on snaps at the end, or get fancy and add button holes and buttons if you like

I added magnetic closures by doing the following

On the front panel of the bag where the straps are I measured 1inch up from where the straps was no longer sewn on and marked this as the position to add the closure
On the lining piece you need to add the other portion to the flap part of the bag where the long skinny pocket is
I measured in from 4.5 inches from each side and 1 inch from the top and added the magnetic closure (make sure they line up on your bag before cutting and sticking them in)

Now leaving the exterior piece like this

place the lining right side facing into the exterior piece.
Pin all raw edges together along flap, down sides of flap, top of the sides of the bag and along the front of the bag
Sew this all together turning the corners well and leaving no opening.

Once finished find the opening you left on the lining piece and turn the whole piece right side out
Make sure to poke and get the corners straightened out and all
I then pressed my edges to make sure the lining stays inside and such
then I top sewed on the same edge I just sewed all the way around.

And you are finished.

If theres any questions I know this was long but once you do it you'll see it's not that hard and is done in 2 pieces like this so theres not a ton of assembly.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simple Pencil Case on: February 25, 2008 12:29:51 AM
I was told today (after the kids have been off from school for a weeks vacation) that one child needed a soft sided pencil case for Spanish class. The teachers here have very specific requirements for each class and this is her requirement. If said child didn't bring one it it would affect their grade as one quiz is to have parents sign the slips and make sure all the tools are compiled.

So said child will be making up to me for not telling me until bedtime the day before heading back to school...but, it was an excuse to make something with some scrap supplies. So I came up with this:

It was 2 pieces of scrap fabric I cut down to 9 inches wide by 12 inches long. Just sewed the top and bottom of the fabrics together while they were right sides together, then turned leaving the long ends unsewn. This made it so I could sew on a zipper without worrying about folding over an edge. Inserted the zipper, which was salvaged from a shirt or pants or something sometime in the past. Then I zipped it almost all the way closed, turned it so the lining was out and simply sewed up each side making sure the zipper wasn't on the very edge but not quiet centered.

Then I turned it all right side out, pressed it down and sewed about 1inch in from the end opposite the zipper. Then I could insert 2 eyelets, that I got from a recent swap, spaced so they will slip over the rings of a standard 3 ring binder.
And, now he has a soft pencil case for school tomorrow, his grade is fine, and he owes me a favor (yeah I know that won't happen)
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