Thursday, May 27, 2010

Crappy, crap, crap photo

Kinda pretty dress tho. This is the dress that I made for school, a girls dress made with a linen-cotton blend fabric. It was horrible to make, the fabric went all horrible and wavy when I ironed it, but luckily the end result is ok. Altho it looks all crumpled even if I put it up on a hanger right after ironing it. Anyway, the photo is very, very bad, because it's taken with my phone camera, but you still get an idea of what it looks like. (And I'm hoping that we can use the school studio to get better photos next week.)
And a close-up of the belt fastening.
So I'm hoping that this dress will help me pass my test. :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

From idea to FO in four days

I have my first skill-test-thingamagee (I really have no idea what it's called in English, it's "opinnäytetyö" in Finnish. It's a test at school where we prove that we've actually learned something.) at school next week, and we got a little surprise on Monday, when our teacher told us that we're getting an extra assignment that we have to do before the real test. Well yay, because the test itself isn't stressful enough.. Anyway, our assignment was to design and make a bag by Tuesday. We had two days to design the thing (actually, we had to draw up three different bags, our teacher chose which one we had to do) and four days to sew it up. I've been working on mine all weekend and just finished it. I still have to get it ironed properly, but I'll do that at school tomorrow, the equipment at school is better. :)

Anyhow, here's my design (please keep in mind that I can not draw), the most difficult one of the three that I drew up.
And here is the finished product
(Actually, now that I compare the pictures to eachother, the drawing looks better. :O ) I am happy with the end result tho, I spent a couple sweaty hours sewing it. I'm especially happy with the zipper, it wasn't the easiest thing to sew, but I did it. :)
Now I just have to hope that the teachers evaluating our work like it too. :)

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Dunno if I can ever get it to work, as it's kinda old and kinda broken, but if I can't fix it, then at least I'll have an old pretty wheel sitting in the corner. :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Taking a picture of a skirt..

..while you're wearing it, isn't the easiest thing ever. Trust me, I know. and here are some pictures to prove it. :)
I still need to sew the hem, make some kind of waist band and sew in the zipper, but I can already tell you that I'm in love with this skirt. And I really need to finish it now.

Monday, May 10, 2010

I have a new woolly hat

And just in time for Summer too. Hah. My husband asked me what the point is in kintting a wolly hat, when Summer is just around the corner, shouldn't I knit something a bit more "user-friendly". Oh, stupid, stupid man. He doesn't understand that when you see a pattern, fall in love with it, then you must immediately knit it, no matter what season it is. What can I say, he's a man and he doesn't knit. Nobody really expects him to understand anyway. And the pattern? I told you about it earlier, in this lil post right here. Well, now it's finished, and I love it! It took me a week to knit it, but that's just because I'm bloody lazy.
Ha, taking pictures of your own head is such fun! Here are a few more pictures just to prove how fun it is. Haha, my nose looks huge in that first pic. :D
And then I realized that huh, I could just put the hat on the head of one of the children running around here, taking a picture would probably be way much easier. And then I woke up and realized that the boy, whose head I put the hat on, can't sit still for even a fraction of a second, so all the pictures were blurry. Plus he kept making silly faces for the camera, like so: :)
Pattern: Skid by Stephen West (ravel it)
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Cadmium and some unidentified white yarn..
Needles: umm, methinks I used 5mm's..

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Big pile o' paper

Who believes that this pile of paper might actually be transformed into a skirt one of these days? I'm having a minor gush of disbelief myself.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Oh look, she knits!

Once upon a time, I bought this colorful yarn from Katia, called Bombay. (Seen in this post right here, if you just scroll down a bit.) And then I just about forgot that it existed, until I saw this post from 50 villapeikkoa. I started thinking about what I could make with the yarn I had, and finally settled on a tunic-type-thingy for the tiny one. It is worked in the round, from the top down. I made the yoke in garter stitch, because I think it looks fun in variegated yarns. The body is then knit in stockinette, and I decided to add a picot hem. I pondered between a garter stitch hem or this picot, and settled on the picot. I think it looks cute. :) The tunic ended up a bit too big on the tiny one, but she'll grow into it. The only problem that I actually have, is that the sleeves are too tight, I did the binding off too tight, so I have to undo the bind off on both sleeves, and do it again.
I added buttons to one side of the yoke, but those are really just for show, because there is no need to open them to get it over the tiny one's head. And I just now realized that I don't have a close-up of that.. Oh well.. You can kinda see them in this pic.
There are four buttons, eventho you can only see two of them in the pic.
I also started something new today. I saw the Skid hat on watch stephen knit, and I just had to have it. I hardly ever start knitting on something right after getting the pattern, but this time I did. Now, admittedly, I haven't gotten very far yet, but I've only worked on it for about twenty minutes. I'm making it in Malabrigo and some other yarn that I can't even remeber what it is. Here's my huge progress. :)
I'm also working on making a pattern for a skirt for myself, based on this skirt.
I'm using black fabric, because white skirts and me, we just don't go together. I'm not even trying to make an exact match, I'm just making my own version of it. :) Here's my brainstorming (or brain melting, as the case may be) area, I've spent quite a long while there today, trying to figure out which piece goes where, and what part should be what size.. And then I got a bit frustrated, and had to go out for a long walk. Luckily there are loads of helpful people on the internet who are willing to help when you get stuck. :)