Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Knit Socks & Elephant

Socks I knit for my husband. Made with Knit Picks Essential sock yarn.

I knit this elephant from a book called Knitted Wild Animals. There are 15 cute animals to knit. I made this elephant and then asked my grandson what animal he wanted. Without seeing the book, he said "giraffe", So I am currrently making the giraffe. He also wants the snake after seeing the book. This photo shows his trunk tucked up and the photo below the trunk is down. I gave this elephant to my daughter, and she is giving this elephant to her friend Dee's daughter that is having a birthday party this weekend.
*Update on the elephant: My daughter told me that my grandson loves the elephant and couldn't give him up to his friends. He couldn't wait for the giraffe and snake to be made and he told my daughter that he needs the elephant. Amber said he slept with the elephant last night. Well I'm glad he likes the elephant so much. We'll see what happens once he gets the giraffe.

Trunk down.

Back view.

Profile with trunk tucked up.
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Socks I knit

I knit these socks with self striping yarn. The yarn is a sock/fingering weight yarn by Serenity (Deborah Norville), which is a really nice blend of wool, bamboo and nylon. The bamboo makes the yarn soft and has a drapey quality.
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Sewing Supply Caddy


I designed and made this sewing caddy myself. I wanted something to carry supplies with me when I went to my applique and other quilting/knitting groups. I added an exterior pocket with an applique.


This is how it looks all opened up. I made 8 zippered pockets that I designed like those pencil pockets for notebooks. I used a mesh fabric instead of using plastic, so you can still see inside. I added beaded zipper pulls that I made too. The fabric pockets weren't as sturdy as those plastic pencil poickets though, so I sewed some snaps onto the pockets and snap them to hold them in place while it's being carried upright. I  also wanted to use fabric so that it would last, rather than using plastic gallon or quart size Ziplock bags, that would eventually get holes in them and need to be replaced.

Closer view of the pockets.
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Knit Jacket

Front of jacket.

View of back.
This jacket was all knit in ribbing. Starts off being knit like a long scarf that you sew up on both sides to create the sleeves. Then it's picked up and knitted all around in a double ribbing, then a single ribbing. Looks very odd until you put it on and then this amazing jacket with the collar appears like magic! I found this pattern online for free, but I can't remember where. If you want the pattern, you can email me and I can email the pdf to you. Pin It Now!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

House Quilt I donated to Japan

I made these little house blocks all from scrap fabrics I had (from a Debbie Mumm book), and hand blanket stitched around the applique hearts. I used a polyester fusible batting for the first time and I didn't like the batting at all. It only stayed fused in the center, but all around the edges the quilt top and backing pulled away from the batting. I didn't care for the loftiness of the poly batting either. I am donating this quilt to charity. It's being sent to Japan. Then it's back to using good cotton batting for me!
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Diagonal Madness Quilt Finished!

It's done. I finished sewing the binding on yesterday.

Close-up.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Quilted Runner

Runner I made for my son's bookcase. All Asian fabrics.

The back of the runner.

Close-up.
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Knit Then Felted Flower-Shaped Bowl

This is the results of the knit and  felted flower-shaped bowl after felting in the washer twice. Scroll down about 5 postings to see this before it got felted. Not as good as I thought it would turn out, but maybe it was the yarn I used?
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