Saturday, February 27, 2016

A new scarf

This project took a lot longer than I anticipated. I started it before Christmas. It was intended to be a Christmas present for my mother. Well, it missed the Christmas deadline, became a birthday present (she has a late January birthday) and now it is finished, at the end of February. Alas! I think my biggest problem with it was two-fold. It was just complicated enough so that I had to pay careful attention to what I was doing, but not complicated enough to be interesting. Does that make sense?


The finished design is beautiful, I love what the pattern designer did with it. I only mean the process of making it was dull. What didn't help (the second part of the problem) is that I kept forgetting what row of the pattern I was on. I use washi-tape to keep track, but the rows knit so quickly, I didn't always move the tape to the correct line.



Despite that, it is now finished. The yarn is Palette in the Clover colorway. The pattern, Garden Gate, is by Jennifer Krueger and can be found here (ravelry link).



I changed the pattern by not doing so many repeats and adding a gorgeous handmade rosewood button (purposely off-center) so that it can be used as a cowl.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vegan Chocolate Spice Cookies


This is my favorite cookie recipe.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Spice Cookies
1/2 c. Canola oil
1/2 c. Sugar
1/4 c. Maple syrup
3 Tbsp Non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 1/3 c. Flour
1/2 c. Cocoa powder
1 Tsp Baking soda
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ginger
1/8 Tsp Cloves
2/3 c. Chocolate chips (Trader Joe's sells vegan chips)

Mix dry (except chips) and wet ingredients separately, them combine. Add chocolate chips at the end. Drop by the spoonful on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for ten minutes.

Yum!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

More pillow covers

I am having a fun time making pillow covers. It doesn't take terribly long and is super rewarding.


This is Waverly's Norfolk Rose design.



This is one of my favorite designs by Cath Kidston. I also made the euro shams behind everything are 100% linen, in a blush pink. I  didn't make the standard size cases- they are antiques/vintage cases that I've had since I was little. The duvet cover I scored after pouring over online listings for linen duvet covers online. They are so expensive! This one is from Pottery Barn that I got second hand for a super price. It is awesome and I would recommend a linen duvet cover to anyone, despite the higher price.



I went through huge lengths to try to get a photo of the pillow on my sofa, ha! I temporarily rearranged the whole room just to get the sofa where the lighting was decent. The sofa was actually in front of the bathroom door. I was sort of horrified when I sent K to the bathroom to wash black paint of her hands and the sofa was blocking it. I would have taken black paint on that...badly.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Make your own easy zippered pouch


I make these all of the time. It is super easy- a  pleasantly gratifying project. The pouches are fully lined; it can be a little tricky to figure out on your own, hence the tutorial.


First choose coordinating fabric that you like. You will also need a zipper. I chose this super cute Cath Kidston floral canvas and Free Spirit lining. Both are available on Etsy.


I like to use the zipper as a guide for cutting out the pouch, Make the lining about one inch longer than the main fabric. The pouch can be any size that you like as long as it is a rectangle.


Iron the top of the lining fabric over about 3/4 of an inch. This will make it much easier to atatch it to the pouch- do not skip this step!



Sew the top of the main fabric to the zipper, then iron the wrong side up.


Now you will be glad that you ironed! Place the lining fabric over the zipper and sew along both sides. If it is a little uneven at the sides, don't worry- you can fix it in the next step.


Now, turn it inside out and sew around the perimeter, leaving the bottom of the lining open. Leave the zipper partially open so that you can turn it right side out again. It is also a lot easier if you start each seam at the zipper- that keeps it from shifting and... inevitable seam ripping.


Now turn it the right side out. Fold the lining in and sew it closed. I don't mind the seam being visible because it is in the inside of the pouch.


Tada! Wow! It changed colors. That is because the picture I took came out very badly and I didn't realize it until after sundown.

I use these pouches all the the time. My kids even use them to store crayons (for car rides) and little toys.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

EveryBaby Sweaters


Christmas is coming! I don't think my sister-in-law follows my blog, but if you are reading this, Michelle, don't look! 

Any who, I used the EveryBaby Cardigan pattern by Melissa Labarre. It knits up so quickly! I made the first in a little over a week (with many days of no knitting) and the second in about three days. It goes quickly because it is made with worsted weight yarn. 



This is 0-6 months, made with Madeline Tosh's colorway Fragrant. The yarn was initially meant for my other niece, who is a teenager, but when I ordered it, I thought it would be less pink.  Oops! A happy mistake, indeed.



The second is much more difficult to photograph. The yarn is in it's natural color. It is hand-spun. I did make some shortcuts to the pattern by reducing the amount of moss stitch. It has a natural shell button.

I am working on a new project (cables, this time), but am not a fan of how the yarn is looking. I am thinking about frogging it back and starting over with better yarn. I have to make up my mind quickly, because it is a Christmas present!

I visited Holy Myrrh Bearers Monastery today and they gave me two skeins of Icelandic hand-spun (!!!) and large samples of several different fleeces to spin. The nun who gave them to me is so sweet- and so in-tune with her flock! She has those sheep so well trained. The bags of roving came with little notes of what sheep each came from- so sweet. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Persephone Scarf

I just finished my first lace project: the Persephone scarf. I bought the yarn from Eat Sleep Knit at the All American Council (for OCA Orthodox churches) in Atlanta, Georgia. The yarn is a dreamy blend of wool and silk bManos del Uruguay Fino. The only modifications I made from the pattern (except a few annoying mistakes) was that I made it a little longer (5 repeats instead of 4) and I sewed the edges together to create an infinity scarf. It took several weeks, but would have been much shorter if we didn't buy a house and move while making it. 


I  love how it matched my knitting notion's bag.


It was so exciting to see the lace grow.  Unfortunately, I had to frog so much of it back that it felt like I knitted the first repeat twice.



As a side note, if you are using a chart, marking it wish washi tape is the way to go! It is easily removable and doesn't loose it's stickiness.



My friend and I were unofficially racing to finish first. She was stalled with running out of yarn and needing to make an order, while I was stalled by moving. It was fun that our colors looked so good together.

Ten points for Gryffindor if you can find the mistake. 


I decided to connect the edges and turn it into an infinity scarf. I wear my scarves like that 100% of the time anyway, so it works out a lot better for me. There was a time when I swore off infinity scarves because they were so popular. I also did the same thing with ballet flats and pumpkin spice. Now they are all some of my favorite things. Ha. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Epistrophy Cardigan

I started this cardigan in the spring. I had high plans of finishing it within two months, ha! It took about eight. It certainly could have been less, but I got bored and set it aside for quite a few weeks in the summer.


I posted this on my Instagram a few days ago, so if you follow me there, this is old news.


The pattern is Epistrophy, by Kate Davies. I love her designs. All of the decreases are hidden in the diamonds. It is knit from the bottom up, with a yoke. It features a beaded rib. The whole thing is knitted in the round, with a steek, then (horrifically) cut.


The yarn is the Wool from the Andes Worsted Merlot Heather and the contrast is a heathered black. I bought it last year at their annual yarn sale, so the cost was about $30 to make, I think. The yarn IS scratchy. I am not in love with the yarn. I might try soaking it in conditioner, but I am too impatient to let it dry because I want to wear it everyday.

And now for a cellphone photo history of its making. I usually avoid posting cellphone pictures on the blog, but I so rarely have my big camera out to take daily progress pictures, I decided to post them:



Knitting the button bands
It was scary to cut open! I first had to sew several reinforcing seams down the from with a sewing machine. 
I loved the colorwork; it  was my favorite part.

I should have spent more time knitting in the hammock.

Kate and I knitted at the All American Council in Atlanta. I got a lot of the sweater done that week.

The sleeves felt somewhat evil.

The cuff of the sleeve.

Working the body.


Ha, this was probably from March.

The beaded rib of the bottom band. I think this was my third try because I kept messing it up.


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