She Sews: Gift for Sister

When the zippered pouch bug hits,  it’s hard to make just one. So I whipped up another; this one being a gift for my sister.

Progression
Started — December 21
Completed — December 21
Duration — 1 day = 0.1 weeks

Pattern Info

I’m still using the same basic zippered pouch pattern. This one finished at about 7.5″ square. I added a decorative loop to it. It is ribbon from the baby tag quilt I made recently.

I did try something new that I think I will do from now on. When top-stitching the zipper, I used a different color in the bobbin. White in the bobbin to match the lining and turquoise on top to coordinate with the outer fabric. I think the pouch looks nicer having the thread inside match the lining. (First photo shows what I mean.)

Fabric Info

This fabric was part of the fat quarter bundle I bought for making the last zippered pouch.

Photos

thread inside matches the lining fabric


7.5″ square, having started with fabric 8.5″ square

 

She Sews: Gift for New Mom

By now, most know that I love making these little zippered pouches. It was the perfect thing to add to my board book swap package for the new mom.

Progression
Started — December 16
Completed — December 16
Duration — 1 day = 0.1 weeks

Pattern Info

I can’t remember anymore which directions I’ve been following for these pouches. Once I made a few of them, I easily remembered how to do it. 🙂

Fabric Info
Fat quarters I bought to coordinate with the tag quilt for this woman’s baby
100% cotton

Photos 

fun print


plain white inside

 

WIP Wednesday

I have not done a WIP post in a long time! I have one very old project and one new, exciting project on the needles. I still have not finished the Melisandre socks I started back in, erm, March. The sad thing is they are very nearly done–I think I only lack an inch or two on the leg of the second sock, plus the cuff. I hope to finish them by the end of the year.

However, if I complete my new, exciting project by its fuzzy, self-imposed due date (end of November), then I just might get the socks done soon after.

Speaking of the new, exciting project, here’s a little peek.

progress...

progress…

This is a pattern I’m designing (and I say that loosely because I don’t have intentions of publishing it or anything), and I’m working out the kinks as I go, so I’m not ready to say too much about it just yet. My hands are nearly buzzing with excitement to work on this, but I can’t now because I snapped one of my needles. I have another set of tips ordered (nickel-plated, this time!), and I am hoping they will get here soon. It’s really cruddy to just get going on a new, exciting project only to have something like this happen that forced you to put it down.

Maybe I should work on those socks while I wait for my new needle  tips to arrive…

She Crochets: Amy’s Blanket

I really love how this gift turned out. I think the colors are perfect for the recipient, and I really hope she likes it. 🙂

Progression:
Started — May 25
Completed — November 7

Pattern Info:
Heirloom Afghan by Darla Sims
Leisure Arts #555, 63 Easy-to-Crochet Pattern Stitches

Many of you may recognize this pattern as the one I used for Mom’s Blanket. This time, I wanted a decently sized lap afghan, so I only worked 35 of the 63 pattern squares. I cherry-picked the 35 based on (1) how solid the block finished (minimizing lace blocks) and (2) how easy I remembered the stitch pattern to be. I chose 11 squares to be off-white, and 12 each to be strawberry and burgundy.

In the end, I worked the last burgundy square in off-white because I did not have enough burgundy to make it. Besides making fewer squares for a smaller blanket, my only other modification was to work only one round of the border. I ran out of off-white and did not want to purchase an entire skein for just one round. The blanket finished at about 42″ by 62″ (3.5 ft by 5 ft).

Yarn Info:
Caron Simply Soft
100% acrylic
Strawberry, 1.94 skeins = 611.1 yds used
Off-White, 2.96 skeins = 932.4 yds used
Burgundy, 1.96 skeins = 617.4 yds used
Total, 6.86 skeins = 2,160.9 yds used

This is the same yarn I used for my mom’s blanket. I like this yarn because of its sheen, softness, bright colors, and stitch definition. I don’t like this yarn because the slippery nature makes the ends/tails difficult to weave in securely. I really like this particular pattern worked in this yarn–I think the shine of the yarn gives the pattern a modernity it otherwise lacks.

She Knits: AG Outfit

full outfit; stylish, no?

full outfit; stylish, no?

A certain little girl has a birthday coming up, and I thought it would  be fun to make some clothes for a certain 18″ doll she owns. After checking with her mother to make sure she still plays with her doll, I found some great patterns and set to work. I finished this entire outfit in just four days. Who knew knitting doll stuff could be so fun?!?

I made all of these items with yarn leftover from previous projects, and I happened to have all the finishing items needed as well.

Instead of creating a post for each little item, I’m just going to sub-divide this post.

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AG Cabled Vest
This is a really cute vest with a cable detail in the middle. Honestly, the construction was quite complicated with many ends to weave in, but the result is quite cute. The original pattern has bobbles in the cable, but I hate doing bobbles. So I replaced them with some clear plastic faceted beads I had in my craft supplies. There is a sewn-in Velcro closure at the back.

Pattern Info:
American Girl Cable Waist Vest by Kristen Renneker
Ravelry

Yarn Info:
Valley Yarns Longmeadow
dark blue
60% cotton, 40% microfiber
1.04 skeins = 121.7 yds used

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AG Flouncy Skirt
I found this pattern while working the cabled vest because they were designed by the same person. This was simple to knit with fairly easy finishing work. The lace at the bottom gives it the “flounce” and elastic at the waist will keep it on the doll. I used some shimmery yarn I had leftover that I thought would look nice with the blingy beads on the vest.

Pattern Info:
Lacy Flouncy Skirt for American Girl Doll by Kristen Renneker
Ravelry

Yarn Info:
Red Heart Shimmer
ivory
97% acrylic, 3% metallic
0.31 skeins = 86.8 yds used

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AG Mittens
Every fashionable doll needs accessories. I just couldn’t pass up this pair o’ itty bitty mitties, so I knit them with some leftover sock yarn. They were very, very fiddly to knit (the thumbs are so tiny!), but I’m happy I did.

Pattern Info:
American Girl Mittens by Hazel Rose Spencer
Ravelry

Yarn Info:
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal
pearlescent tonal
75% superwash merino, 25% nylon
0.06 skeins = 27.7 yds used

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AG Purse
I enjoyed making these little things so much that I just couldn’t stop there. One more accessory. Just one. 😉 This is a little purse/shoulder bag I crocheted to be just the size for the itty bitty mitties to fit inside. I added a blue border around the top buttoned flap and opening and knit a 3-stitch icord for the strap. Then I embroidered a flower design on the front with some brightly colored leftover sock yarn. Very fun. 🙂

Pattern Info:
improvised by me

Yarn Info:
Bernat Baby Sport Solid
white
100% acrylic
0.1 skeins = 107.7 yds used
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Valley Yarns Longmeadow
dark blue
60% cotton, 40% microfiber
0.04 skeins = 4.7 yds used