Monday, April 26, 2010

How long does it take..

..for a wannabee-seamstress to sew a pin cushion? You would think that the answer would be, umm, about ten minutes, right? Wrong. The correct answer, in my case, is about two months. How utterly embarrassing. I started to make this in February, right after school started, and I just got round to finishing it today. But at least I finally have a pincushion that I can wear on my arm, whoopdedoo. Now I need to make another one, for my other pins. So if I start now, I should have it finished by the time we go back to school in August, right?

Anyway, here's the finished pin cushion
The darling oldest fruit of my loins asked me why I put skulls on everything? I told him he was just jealous, because he'd love skulls on all of his stuff too. :)

I sewed a simple elastic band on the pin cushion, so that I can easily get it over my wrist. It's not the prettiest thing, but it does the job.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Let me introduce

the first items of clothing I've made for the school store. I absolutely love how these turned out, but good grief all the pain and anguish we've gone thru this week to actually get these finished in time. This was a group project, there were four of us in my group, we all made the same clothes, just in different sizes. And I do believe that we were just a wee bit too ambitious when designing these, because they really took a long time to make. We got to start the sewing on Monday, and the clothes should have been finished by Wednesday, and we had to spend two extra days at school in order to get our clothes done. And we're talking abou two items of clothing, a sleeveless hoodie and a pair of jeans. I kinda wish our teacher had told us to rethink our designs and make simpler versions of them, but, like I said, they look great now that they're done, so I can't really complain. Well, I can, because we really did have a way too tight schedule in making these, and that's really not our own fault. (oh, by the way, I've had a wee bit of wine before writing this, so please excuse me for maybe being incoherent in places..)

Annnywaaay, where was I.. Oh yes, the clothes I've made, here's a photo of the set we made (I didn't really have much to do with the designing of the items, I was at home with a sick kid when they had made the designs.)
I'm soso happy with how these turned out, even if sewing them was a pain in the, you know, butt. Here's a photo of what the big table in our classroom looked like today when we were starting to draw up the "product cards". Luckily we were the only ones there, because we were kind of spread out . :D
And to finish off for today, some close-ups of the clothes

Friday, April 9, 2010

Just wanted to let you all know..

that I got my biopsy results today, and I can now say that I do not have breast cancer! Yay, weee, wahoo, and all that! :D I would like to thank everybody for your support and prayers and warm thoughts, it has meant a lot to me. Big hugs all around!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Yay for instant gratification projects!

If there's something I love in this world, it's knitting projects that just about knit themselves and get done in notime. Like this hat, I cast on for it on Sunday, knit about twenty rows or so, tried it on the tiny one and realized that it was way too small. So I frogged it and cast on a few more stitches. I didn't have time to knit for more than a few rows, so I had to continue the next day, and yesterday I was done. And now the tiny one has a new hat. It's still a bit too chilly for her to wear it, as the yarn is a cotton blend.


The yarn is Cotton Kapok DK, by Sublime Yarns. It's wonderfully soft, altho quite splitty. Knitting this honeycomb stitch pattern was a bit annoying, because the yarn kept splitting. But the result is nice. :) You know, I could make myself a hat with the same stitch pattern.. Hmm..

I didn't realize that my decreases at the top ended up looking like a flower, until I saw the tiny one wearing the hat. But it kinda does, see
And finally a couple more photos, just because the tiny one is so very cute. :)

And one more from the side, here you can see the stitch pattern a bit better

Saturday, April 3, 2010

I finished the kneehighs, wahoo!

Ok, so it took me almost two months (!!!) to finish them, but now they're done. Done, I say, DONE! And I love them, I do, I really, really do. I have no idea when and where I'll wear them, but at least I now have a pair to wear when the mood strikes me. :) Actually, now I need to finish the skirt I'm making, so that I can wear the kneehighs paired with the skirt. (And then I need to make the second skirt too, so that I'll have two skirts to chose from.) And after all this blabber, here are the socks
See, aren't they cute? :) Let's pretend that nobody notices that my calves are very thick, and that I really should have added a few more stitches at the top. But at least now they stay up. And I've noticed with my other Noro socks that the yarn stretches out a bit, so it's just as well that they're a bit tight now.

I used 145 grams to make these, so I have a little over half a skein left. So I could easily make a pair of kiddie socks with the leftovers. Altho I was kinda thinking about making a hat.. We'll see what I end up using the leftovers for. But see, aren't my kneehighs cute? ;)
I realized the other day that I've forgotten to show you the finished pair of striped sockies I made for the tiny one, and they've been finished for weeks now. I really should have made them a bit bigger, both wider and longer, but they'll do. I can always make another pair. :)
Maybe now I need to knit something else than Noro striped socks?