Category: crochet

weeks 364-370

Well, I’ve been busy. Kiddo is still doing online school and his birthday was last Wednesday. I’ve been chipping away at projects but it’s hard to focus on any one thing.

I thought the velvet suit would be finished by now but messed it up completely after altering the armholes, so the sleeves needing some fiddling with and attaching them. Each time they do not fit, because I am overthinking it, so just gave up and bought more fabric last night to redo parts of the jacket because the fabric is starting to get snags from the wear and tear.

Sewing sleeve and it not fitting
Resewn sleeves that didn’t fit

At least the pants only need the inside waistband and lining attached then hemmed.

Matching velvet pants

Remember that dress I was struggling with? I think I might turn it into a coat because the front is ugly.

Floral dress with lining still attached

The lining is its own separate dress now. I want to attach some tulle under the skirt half.

Dotted green dress

Because it’s see through, I’m making a matching slip dress that can be worn under or alone. Need to overstitch around the straps then hem the bottom.

Matching dotted green slip dress

While attempting to make a crown for Dylan, because he turned ten, ended up making two crochet collars.

White lacey collar
Yellow crochet collar

The actual crown was lace over crochet over ribbon. I sewed the ends together and voilá.

There are other little things I’m doing but mainly focused on these for over the past month.

weeks 354-356

So…it’s been a while, and, if you’re going to use spray paint then use a proper mask, because I learned quickly I’m not smart and was having a hard time breathing for about half an hour because of it. Also why the heck is Rustoleum Aged Metallic Vintage Gold not easily found locally? It’s a pretty shade of gold and had to finish the painting portion with a different gold and slightly messed it up.

I’ve been wanting a wee tray table that can be moved around. The two empty frames were on my wall. I actually tried to strip the red paint off one but it didn’t come off and actually like the shade it became after it was sprayed. The red paint came off the crisscross fencing bit way easier. Thing is I just wasted my time using the Citristrip and should have gone ahead and just sprayed everything in one go. It took several days to figure that out. Also, with all painted projects, waiting is the worst.

The handles aren’t attached but the frame and crisscross bits are attached, although I haven’t fully nailed in some nails as insurance in case the E6000 needs a bit of help. It doesn’t but couldn’t hurt. The darker gold is on top and the frames and I plan on painting the sides before attaching little feet for the underside. It’s sorta meh as it is but I’ll finish it when I actually have the wood parts for the feet.

Partial crisscross fencing inside frame and both painted gold

Another painting project was deciding what to do with that 17” wood circle. I coated both sides of the wood circle with matte medium then one side plainly with black gesso and the other also with the same gesso then layered colours over it. Need to put a shellac or something over it then stick a handle in it because I also want to use this as a tray.

Painted 17” wood circle

The crochet project is ongoing. It’s simple mesh and probably going to end up as a shrug.

Striped crochet project

That lace shrug I wanted to alter is finished. It was sitting in a drawer in parts. The ties aren’t even with one side higher than the other. The sleeves are much shorter and used most of that lace to cover the raw edges.

Brown lace shrug

And there’s a pattern I’m drafting. I realise I need to make myself coveralls so there’s no worry about getting messy and having acrylic paint or mineral spirits stains on my shirt. So drafting it has started. Yes that’s Winnie the Pooh fabric. It’s not enough to make a muslin but just need enough to get an idea of what to do.

Pattern drafting

weeks 344-346

I’ve mostly been focused on one huge project and wanted to be able to show it off in it’s entirety. Is the red velvet suit completed? Nope. Pants aren’t done then I want to top stitch everything, so everything lies flatter. I’m hoping to actually be finished by next week. Not bad considering it’s been almost two weeks since I sucked it up and cut out the velvet pieces on May 5th. I thought the velvet would be the hard part but tweaking the lining or having the lining ruffle while sewing them together is making it take longer.

The blazer part is pretty much finished. It needs a button or two, and a bit of a top stitch. It somewhat shows but didn’t iron every step, just the interfaced bits you don’t see. It fits perfectly although I had to keep tweaking the armholes because my shoulders insist on being wider than everything else on my body.

Red velvet  blazer without closure

I bagged the lining and my handstitching needs work.

The pants need the waistband finished and the zipper side of the pants seam needs to be fix so the dip isn’t obvious. Also, the hems need to be fixed. I kind of want to do what was done on the sleeves, where I attached an extra interfaced part, so the lining wasn’t going ‘oh hey guys’ but unsure the length to make them. I don’t wear heels unless they’re in boot form, so will most likely make them just past my ankles. By the way, the pattern directions was to put on the interfaced side of the waistband, before attaching the zipper, and it’s way easier to put in the zipper before bothering with the waistband.

unfinished red velvet pants

I finished using up the yarn my cousin bought me and it’s like a wee rug. My counting was all over the map and the top is much wider than the bottom.

Striped wavey rug

Leftover bit made a fluffy pom-pom.

Yarn pom pom

I’ve been wanting another flower bouquet so started making them out of leftover lining fabric for the the suit. (Still have enough velvet and lining fabric to make a simple skirt.) Need wire in order to do the next step because they’re currently like this.

ribbon flowers without stems

weeks 341-343

Time is just a construct by now, only marked by Dylan showering every night and remembering to shower every other day. Days are mostly filled online, struggling through emails, and an Autistic kid struggling with having his schedule messed up, while weekends are mostly online streaming concerts.

I’m trying to finish off as many sewing projects as possible. Also procrastinating on cutting the red velvet for the suit.

multicolour striped shirt

I told my dad he could go through one drawer of fabric to use for facemasks. In that drawer was this one and immediately wanted a tshirt. So I drafted a pattern for a super roomy shirt and this is the end result. Some bits aren’t sewn perfect but, nonetheless, am currently wearing it. Should have made the sleeves a bit longer as they’re around the elbows.

Lace and lined with velvet cape

It looks jacked up but it’s done and just wanted it done. Should have sewn it then turned it inside out.

Back of red and white apron

I didn’t take a picture but changed the pink apron and the straps cross in the back. This other apron still needs the snap closures.

Front of floral shirt
Back of floral shirt without buttons
Slight idea of what the floral shirt without buttons

I found the pieces of this shirt in one of the current projects bin and sewn up part of it. I need to pop in the buttonholes and attach some buttons then fix the hem and it’s finished. Not sure if I’m going to affix the bow since the buttons are to be worn at the back so probably will make the bow detachable so it could be worn on each side.

Oh the bit I’m crocheting.

Two yarn striped whatever this is

This is the progress on that project. The bottom row has bobbles but everything else is basic counting.

week 336

I’ve run out of the main yarn and unsure what yarn to do the sleeves in, because I’ve run out. The top folds down to make a small collar and it’s cap sleeved. It’s a bit of an origami top but fits rather nicely. Originally, it was going to be open in front but didn’t feel like making button bands. Yarn is gorgeous and it’s a discontinued Deborah Norville cotton-silk.

Front of cap sleeved top using multicolour cotton-silk yarn

Leftover of that yarn. Not sure what to do with them. Earrings? Closure? Embellishment for another project?

Leftover multicolour cotton-silk yarn

Made another beret and tinkered a bit with embellishments. Front bits need to be tacked down because the tops are floppy. Also want to stick a flower or two, slightly tucked behind the front. I’m not a milliner but practicing is still fun.

Red felt beret with red cut out embellishments attached in front

weeks 334-335

Spent most of last week sewing a bag for my niece and it came out so wonky. She didn’t mind. It was more she was around and wanted it finished before she left. The mesh was supposed to be on the outside but kept turning it inside out backwards, so it stayed that way. It just looks awful and it’s embarrassing but she loved it.

Insides
Front

Didn’t get much embroidery done.

Bit more embroidery added to canvas

Lately, my focus has been finally deciding on what to do with this. It will be a cardigan with another yarn as the sleeves and collar, and possibly edging all around. But right now just have the oversized back and one front finished. The yarn has gone from knitting to crochet back to knitting and it will be crochet. First row is hdc/htc but the rest are alternating hdc/htc and then going into the stitch below and front loop of next stitch, and hdc/htc that stitch. Not sure if that’s clear.

week 330

Making this dress has been such a pain to get it in the state where I’m completely happy with it. I’ve finally reached that point where the skirts need to be hemmed and it’s completely finished. It looks wider and compared a pullover shirt and it’s just the way it looks. Need to attach something so the dress doesn’t keep falling off the hanger.

Unhemmed lace dress

The cape that sat on a hanger in the closet is nearing completion, also. Need to finish sewing up the collar and put the bottom on it, then cut the ribbon apart.

Gold cape

Continued crocheting this wee thing. I have no idea what it will be so assuming it’s a shawl at this point. It’s too thick to be a scarf.

Orange and variegated striped shawl

Have no idea where this is going but experimenting with shades of green, using blue, yellow and light pink

Green swirls on green paint

I’m still getting more practice stretching canvas and the corners annoy me. Need to spray them with hot water. Would hot water affect the dyed one? Probably.

two stretched canvas

Oh and I finally opened the resin and made this, as an experiment. Used dried old flowers which will eventually lose all its purple and become yucky brown. I need to sand it all over but doubt it will become glass clear. I used the correct measurements but it was around 15C and wasn’t careful about the bubbles forming. Also I sprayed a leftover packaging for banana clips with the mold release spray twice and still destroyed it because I got excited and removed it an hour earlier than I should have.

Resin piece

weeks 322-324

This blog is turning into the Once a Month project, geez. Not sure why I haven’t been blogging weekly, but it probably has something to do with wanting to do other stuff than looking at a blank laptop screen. Haven’t done much writing either.

One weekend was spent crocheting a long red circular scarf, and finished it quicker than expected. Planned on taking photos wearing it along with various people with me, but didn’t get that far.

Black scarf on left, Red crochet scarf on the right

I’ve made progress on a few other things.

The orange vest needs the button placket done, and have put them on straights.

Using up all the purple yarns in my stash, and some grey to make a top. It’s top down, with the top crochet then the rest is knit.

I counted the stitches and it’s 312 for sleeves and main body.

Purple yarns,  minus the grey yarn

Oh a few more rows of moss stitch (on an odd numbered row) on the blue pullover, so about three inches done. Two more inches before stockinette stitch.

Then there is this future scarf. It will include knitting and crochet. It’s stockinette until that yarn is over then switching colours, then repeat for the other side.

Oh, and I got fabric for a future suit. The outside will be a dark red, while the inside is a heavily pink coral taffeta. I have so many sewing projects that need to be finished ASAP but still want to start this as soon as possible. My goal is a gorgeous dress and this velvet suit; at least one by Valentine’s Day and most by my birthday in April. Still need to buy interfacing and lining for the dress.

Coral two tone taffeta and dark red velvet fabrics

I did a bit of baking over the past weekend and plan on making more next weekend. Just have to remember to buy more Molasses. Icing biscuits has become a bit easier. There is this baker who is local, that basically told me, don’t follow the directions on the Wilton container, but mix the confectioners sugar and meringue powder together then add the water and mix until stiff peaks, then add tiny bits more water, this isn’t including the gel colouring, according to whether it’s for outlining or flood icing.

Badly iced sugar wreath and fish shaped biscuits

weeks 320-321

I’ve come down with a cold this week and it sucks, so posting this from the phone, while forcing myself to rest, although it’s impossible to sit or lie there and do absolutely nothing.

Made a wide cowl, or infinity scarf. Black yarn is a pain to work with but luckily it wasn’t also laceweight mohair or alpaca. I want to make a mohair sweater and add pearls then add a layer of tulle at the bottom but have so many things that need to be done before getting anywhere started on my dream sweater. Don’t have the yarn or any other material for it.

Black crochet infinity scarf

Some progress on the orange vest. Few more rows before binding off for the top, of the second front part.

Orange vest, second front progress

Had some time on my hands and decided to knit a simple scarf with that yarn I got the other week. I originally had it on straights but just reached for a circular pair and just doing regular stockinette

Simple  stockinette stitch scarf

Made another fascinator although it doesn’t exactly lay flat on angle against my head. Still have a load of ribbon flowers that were never used, so attached grey ribbon flowers to a felt base. Should have steamed the base so it was more rounded but it still looks nice.

Selfie with grey fascinator.  So many freckles on my face

weeks 318-319

So, I’ve been having issues keeping up with weekly posts because there are so many things that need to be done that don’t involve staring at a white screen. I’m sorry about that but lately, I’ve not been okay and distracting myself.

The big canvas is waiting, after four layers of gesso applied, but I’m unsure where to start. It’s hanging on the wall on thumbtacks waiting to be painted, because there is no other space to keep it. Areas are taped off but haven’t gone further than that.

blank canvas primed with four layers of gesso and taped up

In the meantime, I’m experimenting with paint and just doing awful small scale work and nothing’s really working. Even though if you really like colours and try to mash them together, there is no guarantee the end product will be good.

These two for example.

I love the green one, when it was just green, but the yellow brown on it makes it look horrible. Maybe if I stick gold glitter all over the poop yellow it might be better but the more I look at it, the more it’s horrible.

two canvasboard: left has yellow in the top half, the second one has green and yellow shapes, the yellow is over gold marker which came out brownish
yellow, pink, blue shapes that make no sense together

The one that started off promising is just as bad. I keep adding on to it in hopes it would look better, but gets worse. The blue lines are tape and have been removed but it’s just poo. How does one destroy canvasboard?

The black bit in the yarnbowl has grown a few more rows, but still looks the same.

That’s what’s mostly been done these past two(ish) weeks.

Started again on the orange vest or cardigan. If there is leftover yarn, I’m going to knit a hat for Dylan.

finished orange front panel and back for vest or cardigan