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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Favorite Knit Hat on: October 10, 2008 12:49:25 PM
I have been obsessed with this pattern lately. I have made six hats with it in the last two months. I think I got it out of my system now though, after knitting two of the same yarn.
Why? Well, I bought this lovely handspun to knit a hat, but sensibly thought I had enough (four!). So I tried some stitch patterns for a scarf, which was hard, because the yarn was rather uneven. I settled for seedstitch, got about half into one of the three skeins and than realized it was not enough to make a nice long scarf. The yarn is too sturdy for a neckwarmer and the bag I started look odd too.
So... back to Soulemama's (and my) Favorite Knit Hat it was. I made a hat and had half of the yarn left. So I made another one. I'll give that one away. A girl can have too many hats, especially too many that look exactly the same (and match my car, but not my coat) .

On to the pictures (never mind my messy hair, I need to learn to braid it tighter);

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fun little farm quilt on: September 11, 2008 06:06:34 AM
When I cleaned out my fabric stash, I tried to keep only stuff that I planned to make something with.
I had a little problem with some vintage childrens fabric though. I loved it so much when I bought it. The farm print was so cute! But it was an odd piece and it had some little holes in it.  I also had a pillowcase with a farm print. Nothing I could really use, so it was on the back-to-the-thrift-store-pile. 
But when I saw those two together I pulled them out of that pile again, added some white towel-cotton (english? - in dutch its called badstof) and some linnen and decided to make a little quilt of those. I cut out the nice pictures, framed them with the cotton. made a backing of the pillowcase and the linen and used the rest of the linen to frame the whole quilt. I binded it by folding the front over and handsewing it in the back. The quilting is simple, just lines around the pictures.

This really was fun to do! Its not perfect, but I think its cute.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered bag on: September 08, 2008 11:09:48 AM
I made one zippered bag before, but I cheated on that one. It had a dividing zipper, so I could turn it the way I would a normal tote. That's not recommendable, by the way, because the zipper keeps coming apart and is hard to put together when I want to close the bag.
My mother asked for a zippered back for her birthday, so I tried one more time. It took me a long time and in the end I kind of reinvented the zippered pouch I have seen many tutorials of. Oh well, it went well and my mother likes it. I think I can make more this way.

I can't take credit for the nice embellishment, that was already on the fabric.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fun quick projects on: September 08, 2008 11:01:08 AM
After finishing a big crochet blanket I wanted some easier projects.

I had this fluffy, sparkling yarn in my stash for a while and it worked real quick. I like the colors together (the light blue was a scrap from another scarf I made two years ago).

After that I tried a simple hat without a pattern:

When that worked out, I decided to try Soulemama's pattern.

I liked making that so much, that I started another one. I had to recalculate the stitches a bit, because this is thinner yarn:

And I made a matching neckwarmer:

Next on the needles? I still don't feel up to big projects, so I think I'll make another one of those hats...
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Giant Grannysquare on: September 08, 2008 10:49:54 AM
I started this to get rid of some of the ugliest yarn in my stash. I just kept doing round after round until I didn't have enough left to do another round. I did add two other colors, to make it a bit more interesting, but I still don't like it. It's an odd size too, about 55 feet inches square. But there is a lot of hours in it, so I wanted to show it to you guys anyway.

One good thing about this though: I realized I did not want to make something else just to get rid of the ugly stash, so sorted everything and donated everything that I didn't like to a thriftshop. Half of it was gone a week later. I hope it was bought by someone who really liked it...
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The little bag that could... have been on: July 03, 2008 09:05:09 AM
I have been making lots of bags, and I love it, but I'm never really satisfied with them. I didn't even post the latest batch of them here. But this one... I really thought I had a good one. One that other people would like to have (or maybe even pay for...).

I like the vintage fabric, I like the combination of colors, I did a nice zipper, good pockets and straight stitching.
But... than I ironed it for the last time. I knew my iron wasn't really clean, but it never stains. However, now my iron scraped the zipper puller, that was under the fabric... And made an ugly stain, that won't come out!
So I messed up. As usually...

Bright side: now I get to keep it myself. And I love it!

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Operating a vintage sewing machine on: May 29, 2008 12:10:35 PM
I bought this vintage manual sewing machine at a thriftshop last week. It was a bargain, only 5 euro, but I intend to really use it. In our small home, my electric machine is bugging the others members of the family when I try to sew when one of them is watching tv, or working (DH works from home). I thought this would be the solution, since it's really quiet, but still better than handsewing.
I tested it as soon as I came home and it made good stitches, so I know it works. But when I later tried to thread it again and actually make something I seemed to have forgotten how to thread it... It just keeps skipping stitches. This way I will have to return it to the thriftshop (no room for just showcasing big things like this either) and I will have to keep planning my sewing when nobody else is home (which is rather frustrating at times)...

Is anyone still using a machine like this? Can anyone tell me how to thread it? How do I test if the tension is okay? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

The machine:

Threading seen from the side:

Threading, different view:

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Organizing the hall on: May 29, 2008 10:59:01 AM
When my dh knocked over our shoestorage system (Ikea Trones, which we just stacked on top of eachother because we don't want to drill in the tiles) again this morning I finally got myself to rearrange some things here. The shoes have moved to a place where things will not be knocked over that easily (and there will hopefully be some screws in that wall to hold it up soon) and I set my self sewing the organizer I have had in my mind for months.
It turned out quite nice. I used some vintage kitchencurtains as base fabric and sewed on some of my vintage pillowcases as pockets. I'm not happy with the way it hangs (the sides are straight, but they look all wonky), but I think I stuffed too much in it (I still need to do some decluttering)  Wink. Maybe I'll add some sticks to the sides to straighten it.
Anyway, no more knocking over the shoe storage!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 99 grannysquares... on: May 19, 2008 07:12:49 AM
...and still it's an oddsized blanket (it's kind of lap- or cribsized). But I'm out of that yarn which was why I started this project in the first place (bought it to knit a sweater, but it turned out too unevenly spun- really cheap though). Also I'm really good at making grannysquares now  Cheesy.
I joined the squares on the right side, which could be seen as the wrong side to do that, but I thought it would give the whole thing a nice texture. I started doubting myself about halfway through, but I like the finished look.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bedquilts - hopefully learning from my mistakes... on: April 08, 2008 12:30:55 PM
I'm not really proud of these, but I thought I'd show them anyway.

I started these quilts way back in september. They were supposed to keep us warm during winter, replacing our very wornout sleepingbags (we use those as blankets) but things were not as easy as I thought.

Heres what went wrong:
- the fabrics were too stretchy (I did try that before buying, but when I cut it into strips it seemed to get stretchier), and not in the same way, so things went kind of wonky, especially on the logcabin design.
- I dont own a quilting foot or even a walking foot, so quilting was really hard. I couldnt keep the back without ugly wrinkles and Im not completely in the dents also (sometimes a bit next to it)
- I used extra thick batting, which will keep us warm, but was not a good idea craftwise, especially without a quilting foot.

It took me so long, because I got frustrated, tried to fix things only to make them worse etcetera. But our sleeping bags are really falling apart and I thought it would be a waste to throw all my work and the nice fabrics away. So last week I pushed through, ignored mistakes and finally finished them. Yay!

The first I finished. I pinned the whole thing, but you can see clearly the fabrics did not stay where they belonged. Also I have a big problem doing random piecing.  I dont like the way the orange is in a big block right there.

This is supposed to be a logcabin, but I should have organized those fabrics different, since now it looks like an hourglass. I cunningly tried to disguise the wonkiness by pretending I made the bed, but you can still see it
I basted this one thoroughly so the quilting acutally went a bit better, maybe it would even have gone great if it hadn't been so wonky.

I do like the way stitching in the dents makes a pattern on the back though.
So Am I put off from quilting now?
No Way, I love it! (Yes, these were my first.)
But Im going to buy a quilting foot for my machine, use proper (at least non stretchy) fabrics and thinner batting the next time

Thanks for looking!
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