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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New skirt for my daughter on: March 18, 2008 06:43:08 AM
I was browsing through my (long) list of tutorials I have saved on my computer looking for a quick project I could make before I had to prepare dinner yesterday.

I came across the easy skirt tutorial via Two Little Banshees and got it done from start to finish in an hour.

I somehow managed to cut my elastic a smidge to big so I'll have to fix that (hence the pictures of her sitting down).  Anyways, the strawberry fabric is actually a vintage pillowcase I found while thrifting last summer and the red is some that I've had in my stash that I've been wanting to use up here and there.  (It's the color of red that is bright and almost makes your eyes bleed so I want to use little bits of it in different projects).

She was painting when I took the pictures

I want to make some more for her because it does look really cute on her.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hat for my daughter on: January 26, 2008 03:43:45 PM
I had originally made my daughter this hat here for her but somehow I managed to lose it when we went to the mall the other day  Roll Eyes .  So, being that it is extremely cold weather here in Ohio and hats are a must, I knitted her up another one.  I didn't use any pattern and just sorda winged it.  The yarn is Knit Picks Shine Sport in Crocus and the white stripes are some Bernat Baby yarn that my Mom gave to me a while ago.

Casted on 80 stitches on size 5 circular needles and worked in 2x2 ribbing for 1"

Switched to size 6 circular needles and knitted the rest of the hat for 7" (to make sure it came down over her ears.

Then just k8, k2tog around, knit 1 row even, k7, k2 tog, k 1 row even, etc. until I had 8 stitches left.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First time sock knitter - Got a question! on: January 04, 2008 05:37:23 PM
So, the only reason why I learned to knit was to knit socks.  My "learn to knit" anniversary is almost about and I am just now knitting my first pair of socks.  Being that I've never knit socks before I don't know the "how's and why's" of the different things you do to knit socks.

Case in point:
I'm knitting my 3 year old a pair of socks (figuring starting small to see if I even like it and it's a small sock project to tackle) and I picked the Child's Rainbow Sock from Paton's Pull Up Your Sock booklet.  Everything is going great in fact and I don't even have that ladder when you knit on DPN's. 

My question is this (and it's just out of curiosity):
For the heel flap, the pattern says *Sl1, k1* repeat from * to *  Next row Sl1, purl across.  I'm just curious as to why the pattern has me do this.  Is it for reinforcement purposes?

For bragging rights, here is my progress as of this afternoon.  I got alot more work done and am working on the heel flap now.
14  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Wavy Gravy Scarf for my daughter on: December 31, 2007 05:06:21 PM
I made my youngest daughter a scarf and still needed to make my oldest a scarf.  We went to JoAnn's Friday and they had their Lion Brand Jiffy yarn on sale for $1.99.  So, she picked out the yarn that she wanted and I got to work.  Super easy, super fast, and was fun.  She absolutely loves it.  The only thing that sucks is that (for some strange reason) it's not snowing here in Ohio and isn't exactly "scarf" weather.  Maybe me making it will bring on some snow.

Enough babbling and onto the pics.

The color is Salem

Her wearing it (don't mind her messy sweater, we just got done eating dinner when I took the pictures)

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas door knob thinga-majig on: December 18, 2007 10:53:40 AM
I made this for my daughter to give to her teacher.  I had all the material on hand so didn't need to truck out in the snow to buy anything.

Used felt for the base, then took scraps of cotton and linen.  Handstitched everything in place and added a little embroidery for the star. I had some christmas-y bias tape so I used that for the ribbon to hang it on your door knob.

Up close of everything

Then for the backing, I had my daughter write 2007 Love, then her name and I then embroidered over it. (Which doing this led me to think up some other cute projects involving her drawings.)

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / when bad fabric happens to good people, but I redeemed myself (img heavy) on: December 10, 2007 09:53:10 PM
So, I was in the mood to sew a top that was quick, easy, but cute.  I fell in love with Simplicity New Look #6729.  Not sure why, I just loved the different looks on the short sleeve versions.  So, while I was at Walmart I realized that I had absolutely no knit fabric in my stash, so I browsed and found their infamous $1.00/yd fabric.

Now, maybe I shouldn't have solely based my decision on the fact that it was $1.00/yd., or the green shade (I have a fetish with green now) or the weird texture but I wanted to get it.

Let me introduce you to the fabric from hell!

A cotton/poly blend that not only did the fabric keep catching on my feed dogs (with major snagging occurring) but it was also a pain in the a** to work with. Oh, and to add salt to the wound, this top had been hanging there like that for about 2 days and I swear it keeps getting saggier and saggier.

However, I kept trucking forward with my project that way I could work out any kinks and make changes for future projects to come from this pattern.

I feel as though one way or another I redeemed myself with a second fabric that I chose.

(I have to stitch down the overlaying part, it keeps folding over on itself, also, please don't mind my hair, my youngest was sleeping and I was bored so I decided to do pincurls)
I love the fact that I can wear my favorite black lacey cami under it as well because it's a little too low cut for me.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simplicity 4589-View E (First "real" garment) on: December 04, 2007 07:29:17 AM
I know that this pattern has been around for quite sometime and being that I've had said pattern since this past summer, I thought it was 'bout time to get off my toosh and make it.  This is the first garment I've ever made for myself and I have to say that I'm now addicted to sewing clothes.

I'm happy with how it turned out (even though I hate the fusible interfacing part) and the only problem I had was getting the neck band to go in correctly. I'm going to make more tops from this pattern and am thinking a knit fabric for my next one.

Fabric I picked up from good ol' Salvation Army and wasn't sure how to hem the sleeves so I just added bias tape.  Added bias tape around the bottom too because I was happy with the length and didn't want to actually hem it because then it would show off my child bareing tummy.

The neck band actually lays nicely when I wear it, I was just too lazy to iron it after I made it.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Casting back on stitches on: November 26, 2007 07:20:50 AM
I've started the Fulled Lopi Tote by Hello Yarn.  It's worked from the top down and you bind off stitched for the handle then cast them back on to continue knitting.  I'm at the point now where I need to cast back on the stitches and after a few attempts (I used the cable cast on method) it just doesn't look right to me.  There's a big wonky hole in between where I had my stitches and where a casted them back on.  I tried looking for the video on knittinghelp.com but can't seem to find it right now.

Can anyone please help me with this?  Huh

Thank you in advance!  Smiley
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hats for my girls on: November 11, 2007 11:06:19 AM
I decided that this winter (being that my knitting skills are getting better) I needed to make my girls their winter hats.  After browsing for the perfect pattern that was easy yet beautiful I came across the Lace Edged Woman's Hat pattern via Headhuggers.org

Yarn is from Knit Picks.  For my oldest daughter (on the right) I used Shine Worsted in Blush and for my youngest daughter (on the left) I used Shine Sport in Crocus.  I adjusted the pattern a bit for my youngest because after I completed my oldest daughter's hat, I tried it on her and it came down just a little bit to far.  For my oldest daughter I just stuck to the pattern and knitted up the small size.

This is my first time knitting hats and, while I found it really easy especially the DPN part, I'm not thrilled with the little "peak" at the top of the hat.  Does anyone know how to get rid of it?  Or is it just normal for hats to do that?

 Smiley Thank you for looking!  Smiley
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shimmer Chevron Scarf for my daughter on: November 06, 2007 09:10:40 PM
I decided that my family needed to be decked out in knit and crochet wear for this winter and this is the first one I've completed so far.  Still have some hats and another scarf for my oldest daughter to do.  I started it last week and just finished it this evening.  The pattern is from Straw.com and is their Shimmer Chevron Scarf.  The yarn is Caron Simply Soft from my stash because my 3 year old absolutely loves purple.   Originally it was suppose to be all purple but you couldn't see the zig zag effect so I added in some other yarn from my stash (I think it's Bernat Baby Coordinates, my Mom gave it to me a while ago with no ball band).  I used size 8 needles to give it more of a softer drape. 

I didn't get any pictures of her wearing the scarf because she was asleep when I completed it.

I wrapped it all up so I can give it to her as a "gift" when she wakes up in the morning.

Thank you for looking!  Smiley

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