My Dear Jane Journal
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Above is an apron for my niece. My model was a little reluctant.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I could not find one... so I made one. A small stove that does not take up all the room of a big play kitchen.The stove is made of Plastic canvas, felt, re-cycled pillow stuffing, self cover buttons, and a little paint.
This is the first thing I have sewn in over a month. I hope to get several gifts finished this week and get back to sewing a couple times a week.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I found the Fitted Ribbed Turtleneck pattern in the Leisure Arts Leaflet, “It’s Your Time Sweaters for the Real You!” by Suss Cousins. It is also in the book "Hollywood Knits" by Suss Cousins.
Changes I made to the pattern included; working in the round from the bottom up, adding four stitches to the Large size to make it x-large, and changing needle size while making the collar to get the puffy looser look.
I also borrowed from the public library " Knitting Without Tears" by Elizabeth Zimmermann. This helped a lot in making the sweater seamless.
While working on it I was constantly afraid it was going to be too small. The knit 1, purl 1 ribbing was very deceptive. It turned out very comfortable. And is the main piece of my Halloween costume. But I think I will be wearing it quite a bit after that.
The yarn is Bernat Softee Chunky, Hot Orange(less than 6 skeins). Most of sweater was knit with US 9 needles. The collar was knit using US 9(5 inches), US 10(5 inches) and Us 10.75(7mm)3 rounds and the bind off).
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I am knitting an orange turtleneck. I have been working on it about a week.
I want to be able to wear it on Oct. 24th, I am busily knitting away.
I took me an entire day just to finish the first sleeve.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Cactus Pincushion Tutorial is located in my Picasa photo album. Just click on the image below.
|Cactus Pincushion Tutorial|
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of the tutorial. If you make one please share a picture. I would love to see it.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Originally uploaded by flibbertigibbetbunny
A quick crochet project Idea I had this morning. This one I made using Red Heart Super Saver in Pink Camo. I think the next one I make will be with a no.10 crochet thread.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
...Or a puzzle.
I had two queen Size flat sheets from the clearance aisle and needed to cut out two capes. One in an Adult medium the other a child's size 3. The puzzle was to cut out all the pieces for both capes and still have all the grain line going the proper direction. I am happy to say that I did get all the pieces to fit. But the sewing will have to wait until my back recovers from the pinning and cutting.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
The dress was finished except for the Zipper. But I have the opening all fixed and awaiting the Zipper. and it is much easier to get on and off.
No sewing today. I am having a Yard sale. So I started knitting my second ever pair of socks. I Started the Through The Loops Mystery Sock Knit along on Ravelry.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I am making progress, but it is going to have to be modified. I made one size larger than Myra's current dress size and it is really difficult to get on and off over her head as constructed. So before I add the skirt I need to decide how to add a zipper to the back. There is a seam down the back of the bodice but no seam in the back of the skirt. so...
Have I ever mentioned I hate Simplicity Patterns? I am starting to think they don't really test the instructions or the final product. and I Hate how they mix the instructions for the different views all together. And the fact that what kind of pieces to cut is very inconsistent. One piece says interfacing, another says tulle, and a third informs you that tulle is used for the interfacing. aack!
(Last year one one of the shirt patterns I used neglected to put the cuffs in the cutting layout. and it said cut two on the pattern piece, when you really needed four!)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I crocheted a tiny basket. (I showed this before without the pattern information.)
27-G741K Mini Basket
by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd)
I knit an unoriginal hat.
An Unoriginal Hat
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
and a My Melody hat. The motif for My Melody came from a Japanese crochet book. The rest of the hat was totally made up.
I Started on the Halloween costumes for this year.
I also decided to remodel my bathroom closet. It needed it! The 30 inch deep built it was just to hard to reach all the stuff in the back.
It has a proper door now and soon some shelves.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Teddy Bear crayons! Made from recycled crayons.
Idea found through The Crafty Crow. here
I used an ice tray for the bear shape. Only it was not silicone. I ended up cutting apart the individual bears and melting the crayons in my crayon maker, then pouring them directly into the bears.
This involved a little problem solving. I had to improvise a funnel system to get the melted crayon into the mold without spilling most of it down the front of the Crayon making machine. ( I had already altered my crayon maker so I can open it before the melted wax cools. My kids don't use this machine. They have another that still stays locked until it is cooled.)
This takes a lot longer than putting the whole Ice tray in the oven but I could not find a silicone tray so...
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The pattern is Tsantsa by Beth Khan
I did do some crochet for the locks of hair, instead of the cast on method in the pattern.
I stitched up several ribbon cases for my double pointed needles. I think I did at least a dozen of these little cases. I will have to make up a few larger ones for anything over a size 6.
I came across a little photo tutorial of wire and bead rings. I gave it a try. Fun! although the one on the left might be a little too chunky.
I have been chain stitching the green ones together for a girl size poncho.
Today I must make my apron for the Sassy Apron Swap. Yes I am almost out of time. I need to have it in the mail on Saturday. I am also still working on getting caught up on the Dear Jane quilt along.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Noah requested a Sea Turtle. It seems that everyone but him had one. His only requirement was that it have wiggly eyes. i don't know why he thought of the eyes. None of the other turtles here have wiggly eyes.
The turtle itself is two different patterns combined. The shell from one and the body from another. The Buttons were a new idea I added. The are sewn on with a heavy craft/button thread and also served as how the shell is attached to the body. He does not have a lower shell, I will have to work on adding that to the next one.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Originally uploaded by flibbertigibbetbunny
As part of the surprise prize ( that I gave away last month) I knit this hat. and Now that Robin has received her package I can share this photo with you.
I used a free pattern I found here
Yarn used: Yarn Bee Mosaic Twist ( I forget the colorway.)
Needles: Us 11 (I guessed what size instead of looking up the translation for the needle size.)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
This was made for the "Salad Bar" Challenge Summer 2008, on the Silly String group, on Ravelry. Although I was not a full participant, (getting my list from another member of the group as part of a swap) I thought this looked like great fun. And it really was fun to make up this creature.
Head: fangs, beak, pointy ears, open mouth, tusks, visible tongue,
body: wings, scales, dragon tail
Extremities: legs bend backwards, pincers, flippers for feet
Extras: Glasses that serve as the eyes, shoes, and a “Mario” hat.
I think he was being purposely difficult.
I Just went with the list and whatever inspiration occurred along the way. I worked on it until inspiration stopped and the project seemed to be saying "I am done." I did not work in the tusks or scales. My son says the variegated legs look like scales.
Monday, August 4, 2008
I think I must be procrastinating on my Dear Jane quilt. I hope to get back to it as soon as school starts. It will be much easier to work on those tiny quilt block with fewer interruptions.