Monday, April 21, 2014

Mail Sack

Mail Sack

Before our NYC trip, I wanted to make a new bag. My super tote got me through winter but it's looking rather sad now. I really like cross body bags and I've been wanting to try the Pink Chalk Fabrics Mail Sack for practically forever. I was in a rush and put this bag together the evening before our trip. If I'd had more time I would've picked different fabrics. I like the typewriters, but I think my choices could've been more inspired. I do like the addition of the solid strip between the exterior fabrics.

Mail Sack

I made the smaller size and lengthened the strap to fit me. Originally I was going to make the larger version, but now I'm glad I didn't because this bag is the perfect size. I interfaced with SF-101 on the lining and Annie's Soft and Stable for the exterior. I should have pieced the exterior together and then cut the soft and stable the same as the lining piece rather than cutting IF for each piece separately. the foam stabilizer is quite dense and bulky. I found it kind of annoying to work with, especially when turning the straps, but I do like the body and stiffness it provides. I would use it again, but next time I would try to minimize the bulk as much as possible.

Mail Sack

For mods, I inserted a magnetic snap, which I now think was unnecessary. I also made my own pocket to fit my cell phone. I've learned over the years that I don't use the larger divided pockets at all. I added a keyring to hold my keys so they don't get lost.I also didn't have enough lining fabric for the straps so I had to piece in small bits of the yellow letters for the interior of the strap. i actually think it adds a nice visual touch. If I were to do it again, I'd probably add an exterior pocket like the one on the super tote. i found it super convenient to hold my sunglasses and things i need in immediate reach. i miss having it on this one.

I think this post has talked me into making another mail sack. with just a few more tweaks and more creative fabric choices, it'd be the perfect bag.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Equus Quagga

Equus Quagga

It's weird how it works sometimes. These mittens were one of the first things I ever designed, back in 2010. I responded to a call for a book and was thrilled to have my design accepted. then 3 years later, the book finally came out. and now after another year, I am finally able to offer the pattern as a single download.

Equus Quagga

Equus Quagga is knit in a fingering weight yarn and is fully lined, so these aren't the fastest mittens to complete. but once winter comes they will be very toasty and warm, especially if you use a luxury yarn like cashmere or angora for the lining. The sample uses a heavy laceweight MCN yarn and a basic sock yarn from Squoosh and the two layers together are a nice weight without being too bulky.

Equus Quagga

This is one of the more challenging patterns I've written. As I figured out from having to layout the charts for the second time, the zebra pattern is fairly irregular and you'll need to pay attention in order to follow it. Also the hands are mirror images of one another, so there is a separate chart for each hand. Fortunately the palm chart is more intuitive, so you'll get a break on the second half. plus the thumbs and the lining are easy peasy.

The pattern comes in 2 sizes and you will find it in my Ravelry store and on Craftsy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Daisy takes Manhattan

Daisy at Radio City Music Hall

We had a fun and eventful time in New York City. Daisy was terrified at first, but by the end she was walking like a pro. At one point we were getting stopped literally at every block by someone wanting to tell us how awesome she was. We also got Hank Azaria to smile at us in Central Park. I can't seem to get anybody to care about that story, but we were excited about it.

We were visiting my husband's family and birthdays and new babies were involved so i made some stuff. unfortunately i don't have good pictures b/c i waited until the last minute (of course) and there just wasn't time. i worked on the very last thing in the car and finished it in our hotel room the evening we got to Manhattan.

Pembroke vest for my nephew #knitting #petitepurls

My nephew got a Pembroke vest from DIC classy. I knit the 12 month size and as always, I ran out of yarn. I used a tiny bit of Berroco Vintage to finish the collar. I sewed a pair of quick change trousers from my favorite narwhals fabric and some michael miller dots.

I also made a stripey raglan hoodie for my nephew out of madelinetosh vintage and berroco vintage. the picture doesn't do the colors justice. the madtosh tart and baltic look really nice together. i'd use this color combo again.

Little geranium for my new niece #briarrose #madebyrae

For my new niece on the way, I made a Little Geranium top in Briar Rose and a Wee Liesl cardigan from Wollmeise Twin. Both patterns are sweet and reasonably fast. I want to make another version for my other niece later this year.

for some reason i always forget how long it takes to knit. even though they are kids clothes, i had to work really hard to get everything done in time for the trip. and yet no matter how many times i remind myself not to procrastinate, i'm sure i'll do it again.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Q2 FAL Goals

Finish Along 2014

Time to make a new list for the Finish Along 2014. I did a decent job with my Q1 list, but the sewing/quilting pile suffered b/c of my sewing machine woes.

WIPs and UFOs

  1. Yay
    Kaleidoscope: I didn't get to this one in Q1. I'd really like to finish it this time.
  2. Wonky Bee Round 3
    wonky bee solids quilt: I got all the blocks back for my quilt ages ago. I was holding out because I really needed a design wall in order to figure out the layout. well, now i have one. so no more excuses.
  3. Just red and blue left #scraprepublic #quilting
    scrap volume: i still only have red and blue left to piece. This one really nicely put a dent in my smallest scraps. I'd like to finish it and make a wallhanging for my bedroom.
  4. Day 8: Challenging
    Spicy's 2nd quarter socks: I have one finished furlough sock that i knit about 2 years ago. i just need to finish the second. yes, sadly enough i get tired of knitting my own patterns sometimes. i don't have a pic of the socks in progress, but you can see what they look like from the first pair i knit.
  5. Postage stamp #quilting
    Leaders/enders quilt: i have about half of my scrappy 16-patches finished. i should really devote some time to it and get it done.
  6. Yay sewing machine, back in action #xandplus #scrappyblockswap
    X & + swap blocks: i really need to get these done by May.

New projects

  1. 3.8 oz superwash merino/cashmere
    Spin a pound of fiber: These are the superwash merino/cashmere batts that I've been working on. I'd like to spin at least a pound of fiber this quarter. That's only about 4 skeins or so--should be doable.
  2. do. good stitches blocks
    do. good stitches bee quilt: May is my turn to be the quilter. I've already planned out what I'd like to do, but it'll stay secret for now. The picture shows the April DGS blocks I just finished.

I have a few other projects that I need to finish this quarter but they have to stay off the list.

Monday, April 07, 2014

scrappy trips for do. good stitches

do. good stitches blocks

This month for do. good stitches, CosbyGriffin asked for scrappy trips blocks. Thankfully they were easy and fast to make. This color scheme is not one I'm normally drawn to, but I really like the way these blocks look. One of these days I might have to make a quilt from these colors myself.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Zebras, etc.

Equus Quagga

I've been sick again. my poor sewing machine has been neglected, though I did start my bee blocks last night. I just realized that we're going to NYC next weekend and all the stuff i had to get done before then actually really needs to get done very soon.

I got the rights back for my Equus Quagga pattern, so expect to see a single pattern download available in the near future. the sudden 8 inches of snow I woke up to last weekend really paid off, though i sincerely hope it was for the last time this season.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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