Monday, December 26, 2011

Armchair Sewing Caddy & Yarn

I made this armchair sewing caddy for my sister. I wrapped it in a pink & green paisley print totebag I made. I posted the photo of the totebag earlier this year in this posting: http://patchouli-moon-studio.blogspot.com/2011/07/beach-bags.html
She sent me this beautiful skein of Alpaca variegated yarn. Oh so soft! I am going to knit a scarf with this yarn.
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Knit Socks & Yarn


I knit these purple socks for my friend Susan for Christmas. No matter how I photographed it the royal purple color of these just didn't come out in a photograph. They look more blue, but they are really a beautiful shade of purple. These are an acrylic/nylon sock yarn.

I also knit these socks for Susan too. They are a variegated self-striping yarn in blue and green. It's a wool/bamboo/nylon blend sock yarn.

Oh and look what Susan mailed to me! Now I can knit some socks for myself with this great-looking sock yarn in those yummy Kaffe Fassett colors. Wow so many colors in one yarn, I can't wait to see how they knit up. The green ribbony-type yarn I had never seen before. If you pull the green yarn out width wize it looks like those fishnet stockings I remember wearing years and years ago. Lots of possibliites for using this yarn. I wonder how it will knit up? Can't wait to try it. Thanks Susan!
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Dress Form Pincushion

Last month was my birthday and my friend Bobbie made this pincushion for me. Isn't it great? It's mounted onto a champagne glass that's upside down. I suppose I could pour champagne in it and drink from it, only I couldn't set the glass down :0)
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Sewing Machine Covers

I love the Ladies Series from blogger Carol at Mama CJT (http://mamacjt.blogspot.com/) that I made 6 of the ladies and then made them into 2 sewing machine covers and a serger cover. I used one lady on each side of the covers. That way I can just grab one and place it over my machine and not have to be concerned with which side is the front side. I asked Carol for her permission to post these on my blog and she mostly graciously agreed. So please check out her blog to see the other ladies in the series. There are over a dozen ladies, so I had a hard time choosing just 6.
One side of my larger sewing machine cover.

This is the other side of the cover above.

This is a cover for my serger and I also made a serger litter bag to match. The tool organizer I made before ever deciding to make the covers, so the binding on that is a yellow and orange stripe. This lady looks a lot like my own mother! Even my daughter said it looked like Grandma.

This is the other side of the serger cover.
This is the cover for my computerized sewing machine.

This is the other side of the cover above.

Close-up of the lady on the above cover.
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Wall Quilt For a Friend

A friend of mine lost her very best friend to cancer this month. Angela is having a hard time coping with her death. I made her this small wall quilt to help cheer her up.

I added embellishments such as French knots, beads, buttons and silk-like flowers.

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A Trio of Zippered Bags

I made 3 zippered make-up style bags from fabric that I had quilted. I had quilted a long strip to originally use for the side of one of the sewing machine covers that I made, but I had calculated the measurement a few inches too short. Never fear I can put that quilted fabric to good use and hence enough fabric to create 3 bags.
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Knit Vest Using Prickly Pear Dyed Yarn

I knit this vest using the bulky weight yarn that I had dyed with prickly pear cactus a few months ago. This was the second dyeing with the cactus juice, resulting in a lighter pink shade that the first dyeing. The first dyeing resulted in a dark color.
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Knit Tee Shirt

I knit this tee shirt out of a light boucle yarn. It's very light and drapey. The pattern called Lazy Days Tee Shirt, came from the book, Saturday Style: Casual Knits for Weekend Wear, by Doreen L. Marquart.       
 
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White Elephant Gift

My daughter needed a white elephant gift for work. She asked if I could knit one of those knitted beards with a hat that she's seen online and this is the result. She is giving this to a young male co-worker who has red hair. I hope she gets a photo of him wearing this so I can see how it really looks.

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Tie Dyed Tee Shirts

At the end of summer I had dyed buckets of tee shirts, fabric and felt. Here are just 2 of the tee shirts that I dyed.
It took lots and lots of tiny rubber bands to make this one.

This is the back view of this shirt. The front is nearly the same, but this photo turned out better.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Flannel Pajama Bottoms

I made these for my daughter.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

New Camera

I got this new camera last week. My old camera broke the hinge where the batteries are inserted and so I couldn't use the camera anymore. I researched Consumer's Reports and this Cannon was the top rated camera in the point-and-shoot variety. I like that it uses 2 AA batteries. For me that's a plus, but some people prefer the lithium batteries. It takes great photos and easy to use and so much quieter than my old camera, which sounded like a sick moose whenever I turned it on :0) So from now on my photos will be taken with this camera. I wonder if anyone will notice a difference? (The mug rugs below was taken with my old camera). I do have some photos I can't post yet, since they are gifts I made for friends and family. So you'll have to wait to see those. I am really liking this new camera a lot!
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Mug Rugs

I made 18 mug rugs using batik scraps for the front and whatever scraps I had on hand for the backing and binding. I gave these to the ladies in my UFO group. They didn't all fit in this photo.
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