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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Spring/Summer Bag on: April 27, 2009 08:07:12 AM

I was in the market for a medium-sized brightly colored bag, so I decided to make one using McCall's M5599, style b. The bag is the perfect size and shape, in my opinion-- large enough to carry around books, lunch, and a small knitting project, but not enormous and bulky.

I like this fabric because it's summery and the neutral colors match with just about anything. On the inside, it has a silky chocolate brown lining with pockets.
I've been using the bag for a couple weeks now and I'm really happy with it so far.

I left out the interfacing-- which I never have and always forget to buy-- as well as the cardboard insert in the bottom. I'm still debating whether this was a good idea or not; although this makes the bag washable and allows it to be squished into a ball or folded into a small square, it probably would look better if it were more structured. I did double the material on the straps and the bottom for reinforcement.

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / First Baby Outfit on: August 21, 2008 01:09:06 PM
My good friends from college are having a baby girl thats due in late October (possibly on my birthday, or Halloween!). The baby shower was last weekend, so I decided to make a little outfit for the baby.

For the sweater I used the Baby Shrug by Debbie Bliss pattern: http://www.allaboutyou.com/craft/Knitting-pattern-baby-shrug/v1 and Debbie Bliss cotton DK yarn.

My only complaint about this pattern is that it ran very big. I planned for this to be a summer outfit, so I followed the instructions for a 6-9 month baby, but it looks like the sweater would better fit a 5-year-old. Thankfully the parents are both very tall, so perhaps I can hope for a big baby.

The yarn, however, is absolutely fantastic. Light, soft, and breathable, it was a dream to work with and I got lots of compliments on the color.

Uncharacteristically of me, I used a pattern for the hat and romper (McCalls M5648). I was very happy with how these pieces came out; the hat was especially easy and cute.

The fabric has some history behind it, as it was used to decorate my room when I was a baby. My grandmother gave me the leftover material which there is quite a lot of when I decided to take up sewing. Isnt it adorable?

And finally the bootees, made from the very popular Saartjes Bootees pattern and more Debbie Bliss cotton. These were insanely fun to make and only took me a couple nights. I couldnt get a good picture of the buttons, but they have little ducks on them.

Here is everything all bundled up and ready to be delivered:

This was my first time making baby clothes, and I really enjoyed it. I love how tiny they are, and how fast they knit up, and its a great opportunity to use cute fabrics that no self-respecting adult would be caught dead in.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Asymmetry and Extraneous Zippers on: April 24, 2008 05:52:25 PM
Made from two shirts: one grey and one black. Also two colorful zippers from my zipper stash. The blue zipper opens up a little pocket in the front, and the yellow is being used as a strap.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / When a workout top isn't working out on: April 14, 2008 11:00:30 AM
Made from a racerback workout top and one of those long rectangular scarves they have near the registers at A.C. Moore.

The workout top was so tight that I could barely breathe in it-- perhaps it's a sign I should have been using it for its intended purpose?-- and cutting off the straps made it a lot more comfortable.

I like the textural contrast of the braided scarf in front and the soft loose scarf cascading down the back.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First Sewing Project (Now with Tutorial Link!) on: April 09, 2008 07:08:08 AM
Well, technically it's not my first, but it's been years since I've used a sewing machine. Last weekend I acquired one-- a beautiful 50-year-old Singer-- and spent an evening playing around with it. This is what I produced:

Before: Cheap t-shirt from Forever 21, and a ratty old scarf (not pictured).

After: A sexy new top!

Edit: I made a tutorial! Let me know if something is confusing.
You can find it here: http://cindc.wordpress.com/2008/04/11/tutorial-for-t-shirt-recon/
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dog Hoodie on: February 15, 2008 10:07:11 AM
A Christmas present for my sister's dog-- she finally sent me a picture. I made the mittens too.

Pattern: http://www.thedietdiary.com/cgi-bin/chart_dog.pl (Web Generated Dog Sweater). For the hood, I scaled down a pattern in Stitch 'n Bitch.

Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Norwegian Star Earflap Hat on: January 30, 2008 07:17:27 AM

Pattern: http://tiennieknits.typepad.com/tiennie_knits/files/norwegian_star_earflap_hat.pdf

Yarn is some Patons merino I had leftover from Christmas presents. Lined in fleece for extra warmth.

More photos on my blog: http://cindc.wordpress.com/2008/01/30/fo-norwegian-star-hat/[/url] and on Ravelry (username engineergirl).
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Arsty Coat Rack on: January 19, 2008 09:42:19 AM
This was a hastily-done project, as I was in need of a place to hang coats after my freestanding coat stand broke (note to self: dont buy furniture from CVS. Especially when its on clearance).

I just got one of those unfinished wood pieces from A.C. Moore, removed the hardware, painted it chocolate brown, decoupaged it with art postcards, and screwed the hardware back in. Its a little sloppy, but it does the job and looks pretty.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dog Mittens on: January 11, 2008 08:36:56 AM
My own pattern, based on mittens my aunt made me and my sister when were were little girls. Yarn is Patons Wool Merino.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ribbed Keyhole Scarf on: December 27, 2007 07:17:04 AM
This was a Christmas present that I started last year. The ribbing was so tedious that I never got it completed. I picked it up again, decided to make it a shorter keyhole scarf, and got it done in time for Christmas this year. What a relief!

The yarn is Karabella Aurora 8, which is expensive but so worth it.
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