Some days where I’m productive and multi-tasking, some days where it’s a struggle to accomplish anything unless I’m sitting down and completely focused. Every week.
Last week was my birthday and have a couple huge parcels arrive, that a certain boy got me. Or not got me. I don’t know. Bit confusing at the moment as he refuses to claim he did it, even though the package arrived with the receipt inside and his name is on the BILL TO bit.
The one involving yarn was a huge WEBS order he made.
I feel I’m getting closer to finishing a few things.
The coat is ready to be sewn together, then have the lining sewn and attached.
I spent part of today making fabric covered buttons, which is a tedious thing to do, but feel it needs to have buttons. I’m not very good at making buttonholes so not sure if I’ll use them for anything other than decoration, instead of practicality.
(There is no picture of them but they’re 1 1/8″, or 28.575mm, and covered in the green tablecloth fabric.)
Some leftover of the lining fabric and it somehow came out this shape, even though I originally had it planned to be heart-shaped. The white is from one of the tops I’ve split apart.
Made a bow-tie, and if you open the bag, it’s the same fabric. These are without the snap buttons.
Dylan wore the bow-tie for his Spring Picture. Sorry not sorry that he didn’t enjoy wearing it for the brief time he had it on.
There is a fabric that was a former crib sheet that has been prepped to be used for a bunch more bow-ties.
This top looks weird as of this moment, and just winging it, but the sides and sleeves might be something else. It looks nice but not wide enough to wear it, if I were to close the sides as they are now.
I just wanted this done and it looks terrible. Do like the knit part but not sure why it ended up with a triangular top.
I’ve been a bit scattered this week and have been hopping from project to project.
(Sorry for the semi-blurry pictures. Taking pictures haphazardly with a regular camera in bad lighting isn’t the way to take pictures.)
I’m making progress on the green coat.
I don’t have enough interfacing, and not sure what to line the coat with, but the main pieces are cut. I actually have enough fabric to make one or two more pockets and a small zipper purse.
I’m not sure if it was mentioned last week, but used a jacket pattern in my stash and extended the length of parts of it to make a coat.
I’ve finally decided to do something with these shirts that are just sitting around, either in my closet or in a pile, and started today to take them apart, to use bits and dye them and use them all together to make a tunic or dress. For the skirt, I want to use a shawl I kept dying and want to remove the dye and redo the colour. It will be various shades of blue, since one piece is already blue. Or might incorporate pieces into the dress I keep putting off making.
I’ve started on the second sleeve but don’t have enough to finish it, although I get the feeling I do but it will affect the dormant knitting striped pullover.
So, that purse, which am tempted to turn into a flap bag, because I’m too lazy to locate another metal frame, had extra fabric so made this. It doesn’t have a closure yet, but it turned put quite nice. I wanted to add a zipper top to the lining but the zipper part turned out inside out then when I went to fiddle with it, the pull came off, so just did away with it. I should have two flap on top and made that a zipper top, but didn’t think this one out thoroughly.
I don’t really factor in time getting lost when it comes to some projects, but oftentimes I should.
I made a Hans Solo costume for my great-nephew, and wanted to be done with it sooner than the day before Halloween. Except, my son broke the soap dish in one of the bathrooms, so spent a weekend and a day fixing that. Fixing that pushed back the time I was allowing myself to get it done.
I had almost half a costume the night of my brother and sister-in-law’s party, but luckily they had a backup. (Last weekend was filled, also, as my son is born right before Halloween, so between that Halloween party and his birthday party, I didn’t get much done. Sunday wasn’t full of accomplishments, either.)
Everyone loves the costume. All I see is the parts where I could have done better. I didn’t make the boot covers big enough. The elastic waistband wasn’t done right. Stitching was horrible. I embrace my mistakes usually but when it’s done for someone else, I care what the end result is going to be, and this was completely sub-par work and really embarrassing.
But, I figure it will only be worn once or twice, so longevity isn’t a factor here.
Along with not giving myself enough time, I procrastinated and spent time on this. It was finished the day after, on Halloween morning. It’s a big enough purple and pinkish striped lap blanket.
I reused that yarn for the oversized cowl and it looks like a small amount, compared to the other colours.
At some point, during these two weeks, the project using the Mandala yarn was just sitting in the corner, so I decided to take it off the needles and crochet a bit of it. I want to do the same exact to the second ball and attach them on the wider side.
House 2 looks weird and somehow I ended up with a pumpkin or squash. So, I’m calling House 2, The Squashers. I didn’t make the pillowform full enough, but eh.
Moving on, I have started House Three. Not sure the end result but this one will be more rectangular than the other two.
And, I added a small amount to the weaving.
By the way, I’m just going to put this here, but I bought my son’s costume.
He didn’t like wearing it until I told him he needs to wear it so he can get candy. We only went to about ten houses, in the neighbourhood, and at each house, he insisted I go with him, after I tried to pass him the bag where he put his candy.
Having an autistic child, he couldn’t say Trick or Treat and spent a lot of time just looking inside people’s homes, fascinated with door frames and such, when people would open their door to give him candy. He also went to more houses than last year.
Also, I think since we were close behind a couple and their three kids, when the guy took a picture of one of his kids, Dylan and I might be in that picture.
After so much frogging, I finally was able to settle on something I liked for House 2.
It’s not perfect and I’m going to add something to outline the lighter blocks, but this is the first “wall”. Yes, I did mess up when adding the second colour but no big whoop. Just have to remember to mirror it when I repeat for the other “windows”.
I plan on having four windows on two sides and the thinner sides will all be that red.
Haven’t decided on the roof yet.
For some time now, I had a load of pom poms in a plastic bin, after making them from leftover bits from previous projects, using the lazy method, as in using the Clover devices to make pom-poms. I can never make them full enough with the fork or cardboard methods.
So, while watching DVDs–Actually, just Shrek 2 and the pilot and half of the first episode of I Love Lucy, before my son shut it off and demanded dinner–I attached them to the empty rug pad. And ran out after the green, white and grey ones. Slowly in the process of making more and finishing this rug. I need to make more reds and blues and purples.
Not sure if I’ll give it a proper trim as the messiness looks quite nice. Just need to fill in holes, after popping on a “last” pom pom on the bottom or top left corner.
Making up pattern pieces for a dress is hard, if you have never done it before. I’m so used to changing up already made patterns that I wanted to just start from scratch.
Not the first time to admit this but math can escape me. Like to the point of calculating things more than once then getting confused because none of the times end up with the same result. In my case, it’s measure four times, then measure again, then cut. None of this Measure Twice, Cut Once. With knitting and crochet, you can frog and start over, but fabric, you cut it once and you’re done.
(Just a funny anecdote but I bought more muslin this morning and the lady cutting it had to recut it when she was about to give me three yards when I asked for four. So she wasted three yards. I would have totally been fine if she had just cut one more yard and added that to the three she already cut.)
I made the pieces after drawing out the measurements on muslin. I actually had sewn the front and back pieces together and they were the perfect length, but a bit tight. I could breathe easily but want it a bit looser. I didn’t add any darts and it didn’t seem to need one. Funny enough that I thought it was perfect after adding an inch all around for the seam allowance and ended up with a seam allowance of 3/8″, which is almost a centimeter. The front is perfect, except have to add for the shoulder seams, but want to add to the sides of the back piece. I need to fiddle around with the pieces a bit more before I am willing to cut into the fabrics.
And, yes, I labelled it according to which fabric I’m using, in my various sketching of ideas. So, some pieces are labelled A, and some are labelled B. Until I can come up with a name for it, it’s going to stay labelled that way.
Finally decided to use this yarn from Lionbrand. I only have two cakes and want to make a pullover. Will it happen? We will see.
Yes, I pulled from the bottom. Wasn’t paying attention and also cast on 80 stitches onto a size 11/8mm circular needles but, since then, moved it to a 10.5/6.5mm on a purl side. I could probably close this but want the front middle something that hasn’t been decided yet.
I want to experiment with making cables which I’ve never done before but want to save that for when the yarn is all one colour.
Okay. I call it a suit because the fabric matches. The skirt and jacket are finished.
Had to remove some of the binding from inside the waistband because it was too thick while trying to push the top of the snap through the fabric. It got to the point, in my frustration, I started to pick the waistband apart but ended only resewing the inside of the waistband, as there wasn’t complete separation of the two.
Not sure why handsewing the buttons to the top of the pockets made them look askew but I’m guessing because I didn’t attach the pockets on the same exact level.
Finally attached the snaps to the front of the jacket. It’s too late to fix the pocket flaps but they aren’t awful.
In case, you needed to know how to attach the snaps to the clothes.
YouTube tutorials and these:
Sometimes using a hammer makes you feel like you know what you’re doing. Operative word being ‘sometimes’.
By the way, the pants I had made that fit are low rise and feel like they would slide off at any moment, so will probably need to buy a belt to wear them.
That being said I frogged one project and just ended up stopping continuing on another.
The shawl was not working, so I frogged that yarn. After using both straights and circular needles.
Spent two days of trying to start knitting socks.
It took several tries but each time didn’t look or feel right.
So it became crochet socks.
It looks horrible but the start made sense. I frogged the whole thing and will try again at another time.
The one that was sitting in a bucket for a longest time became another cowl.
I crocheted the edges before seaming the short ends together. I like how it looks but should have made it longer so it could be wrapped around two or three times.
Also, it should have been the same yarn in two different colours, so it’s more noticeable with the stitches switch.
So, I’ve gotten ambitious and have decided to make myself a dress, and not using a pattern and actually drafting the pattern myself.
This is what the front will look like.
The back will have a rectangle in the upper part.
I’m finally using the cloud fabric and fabric B will be white velvet. The skirt will be a-line and I do want a lace underskirt.
This is the second time drafting the front top. I did take into account that shoulder to shoulder and base of the neck to my waist is square, at both 17 inches in length (about 43cm), but did not really take into account other measurements. It doesn’t look like I made the lines straight but I will redraw the lines if the need comes up.
I also added an inch for seam allowance, because I figure that’s wide enough for now until I get the pattern pieces exact and use the 5/8 seam allowances which seems to be the norm.
Actually should have started with the skirt, but rather get the slightly more complicated bit out of the way. Actually, none of it is complicated but getting the measurements right is making me overthink it.
I’ve also just put the letter A on them, so it’s just easier for me. If I ever do come up with a funny enough name, then I’ll write the name on the pieces.
I measured myself yesterday and my measurements are shrinking. My shoulders are still the widest part of my body. 40-34-41 and my shoulders are 43 inches. How they shrank four inches, I have no idea. In metric, that would be 102-86-104 and my shoulders are 109cm. And, yet, I feel like I’ve gained a lot of weight.
I found a rug pad and will sew in all the pom-poms sitting in a bin into it.
Oh. I also frogged the yarn for the crochet pillow. I will also redo that in crochet but need to actually sketch out where the “windows” will go.
Is the Jorinde jacket finished? No. Because the snaps are not applied yet.
However, remember when I said there were pants that matched with it, using the same fabric? I tried to put on the pants and it was so tight in the crotch it wouldn’t budge.
So, it became a knee length skirt.
It took a while to figure out what sort of zipper closure I wanted and just put the zipper back the way it was.
Unfortunately, I didn’t apply the waistband smoothly and it’s not perfect in front.
I didn’t have any leftover grey fabric to line the skirt so used the same one that I had put on the shoulders of the jacket. Had to do it several times before the lining was big enough.
I did the waistband so badly but it doesn’t look entirely awful. The insides look nice at least.
Those needs snaps and they’ll both be finished.
House 2 project wasn’t making me happy so I frogged it. The middle especially.
So, I began again and in crochet form. So far, this small bit.
The striped red jacket is pretty much done.
I like how I keep promising myself my next project will be purple and I can’t stop making items with red yarn.
Oh. I don’t know what I will call it but the Teacher Blanket so far. I haven’t made this week’s two rectangles.
Two a week for every week in session, and one for every week there’s no school.
I’m nearly at the finish line to the Jorinde jacket being done. It’s pretty nice, even though I would change so much if I were ever to do it again. Just need to apply buttons, and I’m putting heavy duty snap buttons, rather than the self fabric ones I had sitting around for it, originally.
The pockets took forever. I have no idea what I kept doing wrong but kept sewing the living side of the pocket the wrong direction but it took way more tries than I thought necessary.
Once that part was to my liking, I finished both pockets and then stitched all around.
The cuffs turned out wonky because I didn’t adjust them, so at the same point, they sort of fold over. I just turned up the cuffs and not an issue.
After finally getting the living in the right direction, I had a raw edge when I attached the top to the main body.
Yes. I know there’s a hole one side but it’ll be on the inside, and only I can see it.
It’s not perfect. And, you can see all the previous stitching on the bias tape but it just adds to it.
I tried it on and it fits quite well.
The stitching is all wonky but don’t care. This was before I fixed the cuffs, collar and the bottom hem. Had hand sewn the collar but it came undone while attaching the lining.
It looks all pretty now. Good thing about the lining, is it won’t stick out when I have it on.
It doesn’t look even in front but it is and just needs buttons, but it’s pretty much done. It’s not as crisp without the interfacing but still like how it looks.
Thing about selfish sewing is it doesn’t have to be perfect, but if I was doing this for someone else, I would care more about the funny bits.
There are matching pants but not sure if they still fit. Need to fix the waistband for the pants after trying them on.
I’ve already decided my next project.
It will be house two.
Cast on 45. Then did a quick calculation and my math was slightly off, but from stitches 10-15 and 30-35, starting on the second purl side, the “doors” will be placed. It’ll be 14 inches high and not sure the width. The four doors will be on two sides, while the other two will be three doors.
It’s not this one but really want to make a wee knitted dollhouse, where you can open one side and not sure how to manage that, so it’s still in the planning stages.
I want to start making knit houses on commission but not sure how to manage that either. Also, need to get the shop up and running. I have no idea why I keep stopping myself from actually doing it.