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Purple Haze

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I recently picked this (and a few other skeins of purple yarn) at my local thrift store. I had never thought of looking for yarn at a thrift store, but apparently it is a gold mine for scrap yarn, needles and vintage patterns. This skein was packed up with my other purple skeins and cost about a dollar and a half total. This yarn in particular was interesting to me, mainly for it’s interesting name (“Haze”) and then for its intriguing fiber content:

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Wow. Good thing I’m no yarn snob. I am looking for the perfect crazy, ironic vintage pattern to use with yarn for a birthday gift for a friend who loves purple.

On another note, I added my stash to Ravelry! What a wonderful resource for knitters and crocheters. I can finally keep track of projects and yarn all at one, well-organized place. Hurray, Ravelry!

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March 28, 2008 at 2:23 am 4 comments

My Mom

I thought I would share this beautiful sweater my mom made for me last Christmas. I have yet an occasion to wear it, this being hot, hot, Texas, and the sweater is quite warm Well, Fall weather is finally here and I can not wait to bust this sweater out! My mom put a lot of time and effort into it, and it really shows. It is absolutely beautiful.

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Here is a close-up of the detail on the sleeves:

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It is knit in Knit Picks Elegance, which is 80% Baby Alpaca and 20% cashmere…sooooo soft. My mom taught me how to knit when I was 7 or 8. I used to love making things, even back then. I stopped knitting for nearly 10 years, until about 6 years ago I picked it up again, with the help of my mom. She is a super good knitter, and now we exchange patterns, tips and more. She helps me out a lot, even though she is 2,000 miles away. Any time I encounter a problem in a pattern, she works through it with me on the telephone!! That is some good parenting, right there. Well, I hope you enjoy my Christmas sweater. I am finishing up a few more projects today, that I will post tonight.

October 30, 2007 at 3:09 pm 11 comments

Life always gets in the way…

…of crafting. Sorry I’ve been away. Busy with school, and other menial life tasks. I have found a little time to sneak in some sewing, and I am always knitting something while I watch TV at the end of the night to unwind. I recently finished knitting these little gloves from Knitty. I used the recommended yarn, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. A lovely yarn, it only takes one skein of yarn, or in my case, a little bit over one skein. I extended the glove to make it longer for those colder nights, but if you follow the pattern exactly, one skein of yarn will do it! That means these glove only cost about $7 to make, and about 2 hours of your time. They make an excellent gift, as well.

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I will be knitting a couple more pairs of these babies for friends and classmates.

I am also working on a lovely quilt (that’s what you see in the background!) for my etsy store that I recently opened. There is nothing there yet, but I intend to choc it full of handmade goodies, including this lovely, queen-sized quilt…

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It’s made with the most deliciously soft burnt orange “suede”….I would like to keep it for myself. I will post a photo when it is complete!

Lastly, I am working on a couple new jumpers for Fall, with this pattern:

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It is the easiest pattern I have ever worked with, I think I whipped this gem up in under an hour! It was a teensy bit too large for me, so I have some altering and finishing to do, and then, another post with photos. Promise.

October 17, 2007 at 4:27 pm 2 comments

See? I still make stuff…

Yes, I know. I’ve been away for a little while, not my intentions but that’s what happens sometimes. The good news is I have a few new projects that I’ve finished as I enter week #2 of my Wardrobe Refashion. I am happy to report that I have not purchased any new clothing, however, I did break down and buy some new fabric….oh well.  On to my projects!

I made a simply short jacket with kimono style sleeves from this pattern, view A:

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I thought I would really love it, made up in some steel blue corderoy fabric.

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I have not finished  it yet, I still need to hem the edges and add a button at the collar. It didn’t take me very long, although the directions could be a bit more explicit. I don’t love the way it looks on me; it is just super baggy (that’s the style, Erica…) so I may play around with it a little more.

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Secondly, I made a dress from this pattern:

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Yes, of course I know that isn’t a dress pattern, per se, but I just did a few simple changes and voila! A new dress:

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Details on the changes: Very simply, you extend the hem line from the bodice to any length you desire. I added 9 inches to mine and it hits me right at the knee.

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Make sure you cut both your front and back pieces to the same length. Then you can finish the pattern with the normal instructions. I love this pattern! I am not so crazy about this particular fabric pairing with this dress, but it fits well. I would love to create a knit dress with a different fabric for the collar and sleeves. This pattern is really adaptable and is a great purchase. I can’t wait to make something else from it.

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Close-up of bodice

One last thing! I knit a handbag from a Knitting Daily pattern (if you haven’t signed up already, what are you waiting for?). I chose Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Rose. It was only around $5 for two skeins and I didn’t even use all of it! The bag knit up rather quickly, seaming and lining took about 2 hours. Although the pattern called for knitting needles instead of binding off, I decided to do the latter and attach a vintage button for closure.

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Things I would change? I would make the handles shorter, make the bag wider and shorten this as well. It is really roomy, though! I can’t wait to use it…

To line a knitted bag, I just measured some fabric (you will only use about 1/4 of a yard) with my knitted bag piece comme ca,

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And then press down the top edge to conceal any raw edges:

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And then handstitch it into your bag. Tres simple.

I know this post is just overflowing with photos, but here is one more. My new fabric purchase, Amy Butler Nigella. This print is HUGE and I have 1 1/2 yards from a 64″ bolt, plenty to do a number of things, but what should I make?

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On a last note, I need a new digital camera. xo.

October 8, 2007 at 7:56 am 6 comments

Wardrobe Refashion

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I’ve gone and done it. I’ve joined the Wardrobe Refashion Blog (it starts tomorrow) and I’ve committed to 6 months of not purchasing any new clothes and instead, making them myself. This is going to be good for me, since as of late I have become a shopaholic. (Having a clothes-horse of boyfriend does not help.) Here is my pledge:

 “I, Erica, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 6 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoated, recylcled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings! Signed, Erica.”

In addition to that pledge, I am making a personal pledge NOT to buy any additional patterns, yarn, fabric or other craft supplies UNLESS it is absolutely necessary to the completion of a project. I have so many unused patterns, fabrics and notions that I have not used and it is my goal through this to use all of what I currently have on hand. In addition to this, I intend to clean and reorganize my craft space and to sell or trade any fabric and notions that I cannot find a use for. Whew! That’s quite a committment. Wish me luck.

September 30, 2007 at 10:35 pm 1 comment

A solution for my knitting…

If you’re anything like me, you constantly have WIP and skeins of yarn hanging around the house getting in the way of everything.  Plus having two adorable kittens who love to eat yarn does not help matters. My solution was simple: I found a small basket that closed like a briefcase from Thrift Town for $3.00.  I decided that it needed to be lined to keep from all my lace-weight yarns from snagging on the edges of the basket. Here is how I went about it…

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I measured the insides, top and bottom to determine what size my lining was to be.

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I then added approximately 1/2″ to allow for the pressing under of each side ( you could also serge the edges if you were so inclined). Then I cut my pieces of cute fabric for the lining to the measurements.

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Press under 1/4″ on each side of fabric, like so….

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Then stitch with a contrasting or complimentary thread color along each side on your machine and press seams with warm iron. knitbasket3.jpg

I then layed each piece in their respective sides and stitched a few anchoring stitches through the weaves in the basket:

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I added a pocket to the top to keep all my little knitting notions in, which is completely optional of course…

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Et, voila! It took me less than 30 minutes to complete and fits 3 or 4 projects at a time, fully protected from my kittens.

Oh, did you notice my new Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles? I got them about a month ago and they are seriously my new favorite thing. 10 pairs of circular knitting needles with various lengths of cords and extenders. For around $50 this is the best deal ever! Treat yourself and get yourself a set.

September 26, 2007 at 7:14 pm 2 comments

Fitted Knits Project #1

Fitted Knits Knitted TshirtI bought this book about 2 months ago after falling in love with all the lovely projects and beautiful photography. All of the patterns are very easy to understand and easy to make – especially this one! It took me about 2 weeks to complete and I had no problems. I want to make a few more in different colors! I used a wool/cotton blend for the main color and a Pima Tencel for the border.

Although the pattern suggests using a metal clasp for the top closure, I opted to use a couple of vintage buttons instead! I am happy with the results and am in the middle of completing two other projects from the book.

September 14, 2007 at 9:38 pm 1 comment


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