Archive for March, 2008

Show off: Pear Sophie

felted bag

I used the awesome Sophie pattern for this bag – a very fun and easy felting project. I have done this before with Cascade 220, but used Patons wool for this one. I must say, the Cascade felts a bit nicer, but I’m still happy with the outcome.

To embellish the bag, I whipped up a fabric yo-yo and sewed on some buttons.


Yo-yos are so fun and simple to make — also a great way to use up leftover fabric scraps.

felted bag 2

And here’s a pic of the Lemon Sophie I did last year.

lemon sophie


March 31, 2008 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

Show off: Midnight Cardigan

Hurrah! My cardigan is finally done, and looks good to boot! I wasn’t sure if it would fit (it seemed too long in the sleeves and too short in the body) but blocking really helped and I am happy with the final product.

cardigan 4

The pattern is from The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits. To be honest, this isn’t my favorite book, but the patterns are very easy to follow (truly written for the beginner). This is knit flat and then seamed together. I don’t mind seaming, and even like it sometimes, except for fitting sleeves into armholes. I hated that part and that would be the messiest part of this finished sweater. I will opt for raglan in the future.

I also ran out of blue yarn, so I did the neck and button bands in some leftover gray. I actually like it better this way; I like the contrast. Also, while I did knit buttonholes I didn’t have any buttons around that I liked with this sweater. Instead, I pinned it closed with a vintage (lucite?) brooch and I think it gives the overall look a little something extra.

cardigan 2

Most importantly, it fits, it’s warm, and I like it! Not too shabby for a first cardigan, eh? Molly likes it too…

cardigan 1

If you notice all the cat hair stuck to the wool, this would be why. Thank the gods for lint rollers.

March 17, 2008 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

Sewing success

At yesterday’s Philly Knitters SnB, I was admiring the sock knitting pouches of our hostesses Sarah and Krista. There are some really cute drawstring bags on Etsy that are the perfect size for sock WIPs. But I thought I’d try making one myself first…after all, I do need to be sewing more.

I found the greatest tutorial online, and I am so (sew) happy with the results. I had all of this stuff laying around in my sewing stash, so the bag didn’t cost a dime.

sock knitting bag

I love the crazy lining fabric.

sock knitting bag 2

It is a bit wee, but can hold one sock in progress and ball of yarn. Next time I will make it a little larger (and yes, I will be making more of these).

sock knitting bag 3

Try it out for yourself via the happythings blog.

March 16, 2008 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

When yarn makes you smile


I recently started another pair of socks, just a simple rib pattern from the awesome book Getting Started Knitting Socks. (I highly recommend this book for anyone new to sock construction.) I picked up a skein of this yarn from my LYS having never used it before. I liked the combination of blues, ranging from dark navy to medium royal to bright turquoise (with a variegated strip in between). I didn’t realize until I started knitting that it formed perfectly balanced skinny stripes on the leg. Fabulous!

sock wip

Now I just need to make sure I don’t get a case of second-sock sydrome. One of these days I will learn two socks on two circs. But first I need to knit a pair of socks that actually fit!*

*My last pair came out just fine, except a size or two too large 😦

March 12, 2008 at 3:24 pm 1 comment

On a more positive note

My cardigan is 95% done! Finally! All I need to do is block the darn thing and add buttons. Blocking is sort of a procedure at my house, because Molly always wants to lay down on every project – no matter if it’s on the floor, the bed, the living room table. She’s persistent…just try keeping her away! Here she is laying claim to the sweater after I finished the seaming.

molly helps me seam

I don’t mind the whole seaming process; I actually sort of enjoy it. EXCEPT for fitting sleeves into armholes. I think from now on I will try to stick with raglans.

March 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

Much to my disdain

I had to frog the beginnings of a sweater today. Talking with my friend Anjeanette (who is one of my knitting role models) over the weekend, I realized that it’s just not going to work out. The sweater is clearly too large – even more obvious when I lay out the sweater and look at it compared to a sweater I own. So I ripped back and will start over today on my lunchbreak.

So we go from this:

too big sweater

To this:

back to square one

I’m looking forward to starting again and getting it right this time!

March 11, 2008 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Color uncertainty

feather and fan

I purchased this yarn over the weekend and thought it would be very springy and Easter-y. Indeed, it is. However, I’m also thinking it may be a bit too …kid-y? …bright? …obnoxious? Maybe it’s just not suited for the feather and fan scarf I have started. Colors this loud might be best as socks?

feather and fan 2

What do you think?

March 11, 2008 at 1:22 am 3 comments

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