October 30, 2009

Pink pigs

I made another Dewdrop Handbag, this time for my sister for her birthday. I love the way it turned out.

The Echino fabric is perfect for this bag as it has a sturdy weight and crisp hand that give the bag structure. I included fusible interfacing as well. It's one tough little bag!

When edge- and top-stitching there were times when there were several layers to sew through which would have been difficult without my trusty walking foot. I love that thing! Absolutely indispensible.

I wanted the bag to be deeper than the last one I made so it could hold more. To achieve this, I cut the pattern in half horizontally, separated the two halves by two inches, and then pinned and cut.

I totally love this fabric and have several more prints that I'm looking forward to using.

Have you made something with Echino?

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October 25, 2009

Fall (or stashing season)

We've had some rainy, cold, windy weather here and I've got handknits on the brain. I mostly concentrated on sewing during the summer but with the leaves turning, the mercury plummeting, and Christmas 62 days away, I find myself poring over patterns and hankering for hanks.

I visited The Needle Emporium in Ancaster to pick up some new yarns. The shop is like a candy store, so jam-packed with yarn I felt giddy. Once I managed to compose myself, I bought some lovely autumnal yarns.

First up, this delicate Silky Alpaca Lace by Classic Elite Yarns (70% alpaca, 30% silk).

I bought the other yarns with a purpose in mind, but this FeltedTweed by Rowan (50% merino wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose) was a total impulse buy. I LOVE it. I will probably make myself a nice wrap with this.

Good old Cascade 220 The Heathers (100% wool) will combine with some 220 already in my stash to become a new pair of mitts for me.

I hope to design a cowl using this super bulky Big Wool by Rowan (100% merino wool).

Bought any new yarn lately? What projects have you got lined up?

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October 17, 2009


Socktoberfest is a month-long celebration of socks and I'm celebrating by joining the Through the Loops Mystery Sock Knit-along!

Every week during October, Kirsten of Through the Loops will post a new clue in a free sock pattern; first the cuff, then the leg, the heel, etc. You don't know what the sock will look like until you've knit it! It's exciting to see the pattern emerge as I knit.

I thought I'd use a nice fall colour for my socks. I'm using Spud & Chloe Fine Sock in Clementine which is 80% superwash wool and 20% silk.

If you're on Ravelry, you can join the KAL group here.

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October 11, 2009

Halloween craft round-up

Halloween's around the corner and there are a ton of great crafts out there to help get you in the spirit. Here are a few of my favourites:

Zombies and Monsters: embroidery patterns for sale at Sublime Stitching
Image: Sublime Stitching

Spooky packing tape transfers: a tutorial from How About Orange...
Image: How About Orange...

Sugar Skull Pincushion: hand and machine embroidery patterns for sale at Urban Threads
Image: Urban Threads

Knitted eyeballs: free pattern from Mary Jane Mucklestone
Image: Mary Jane, Midge and Mink

Polka-dot Pumpkins: an eHow.com tutorial
Image: Lolo-B @ eHow.com

Day of the Dead Dolls: free pattern from Knit1
Image: Knit1

Las Calacas Danzantes: free pattern from The AntiCraft
Image: The AntiCraft

Spooky portraits: a tutorial by Sweet paul
Image: Sweet paul

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October 9, 2009

Lavender Sachet

I made this from a great book I recently bought......

It's a sachet filled with lavender flowers. The pattern calls for a striped fabric that you then cut into matching squares and sew together to get this diamond effect. I used some Heather Bailey fabric that I had leftover from my Buttercup Bag.

The book is The Impatient Patchworker by Jayne Emerson and I love love love it. Jayne uses gorgeous combinations of Rowan fabrics and the projects are all relatively small and quick to make. I was surprised when I found this book in the shop because it's from 2006 but I hadn't ever heard of it before.

I'm going to use my sachet to keep moths away from my yarn. I haven't had a problem with moths yet (touch wood) and I'd like to keep it that way!

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