update on Mrs. Bale

May 3, 2014 at 9:17 am | Posted in projects, sewing | 2 Comments
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After an extensive search of the Ravelry pattern database, I found two scarf patterns that I like and that I think are similar to the lace of Mrs. Bale’s sweater. So I am making one of each!

Mrs. Bale #1 is from this pattern (with a few modifications): http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/best-friend-scarf. I am using some bright golden yellow linen thread that I got for Christmas.

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Mrs. Bale #2 is from this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/manchester-scarf. I am knitting it with a collection of wool scraps that I had been saving to dye, but S saw them together and said she liked the colors, so I said I would make her a big fat scarf for next winter.


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The second pattern is shaping up to be a little more similar to the inspiring sweater, but I am happy with both of them and I can’t wait to see them when they’re all finished and blocked.

Also here are some gratuitous pictures of two zipper pouches I made recently. The lawnmower one I made for my dad’s birthday and the triangular one is completely pointless. I just wanted to use that fabric and zipper, but I didn’t plan ahead before I started sewing it, so it turned out rather imperfect. And also, what do you put into a triangular pouch?

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a snail

May 10, 2013 at 2:07 am | Posted in sewing | Leave a comment
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I had some leftover goat and giraffe fabric from making zipper pouches for christmas presents. So I made a snail.

He is visiting the potted plants. Maybe he will go in the mail and visit baby Lewis next.

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Then I felt like sewing some more. I have been trying to make myself go to bed earlier, but I am rarely successful. Sometimes when I am sewing, I get sort of lost within all the fabric and ideas and I lose track of time. It’s so satisfying to make something and have it turn out well, and I just want to do that over and over again. Plus there was still a little bit of giraffe fabric.

So I made another zipper pouch.

And then I had this light purple zipper that I wanted to use. So I found a scrap of blue and purple patchwork fabric that I somehow acquired leftover from someone else’s project. And I got very excited because I decided to make it into a pouch with a bright orange tie-dye lining. Because I think orange and purple are quite lovely together. The orange is a happy surprise when you open the pouch!

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I am in love with the purple-orange and it is one of my very favorite pouches that I’ve made so far.

So then I took pictures of everything. It is 3am, and I am writing this blog post. I could have waited and uploaded the pictures later. But I didn’t.

Extreme close-ups because why not?

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Maybe I will manage to go to bed earlier tomorrow?


Three dimensions!

March 27, 2013 at 12:42 am | Posted in sewing | 2 Comments
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I have had a very successful sewing day today.  With my current work schedule, I only have one day a week where I don’t have to go in to either of my jobs.  Working two jobs is tiring, and I don’t have as much energy for being crafty as I would like to.  But today was my day off and I had both time and energy, a rare combination.  One of my coworkers recently brought in a bag full of sewing patterns that she was getting rid of, and I had taken a couple of them home.  One of those was a pattern for some cloth hats.  It has actually been quite a while since I followed an actual sewing pattern that comes in an envelope with the brown crinkly tissue paper and everything.  So I sat down and gave it a go!  It was a complicated three-dimensional object and I really wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it was totally fine.  It actually turned out hat-shaped!  I don’t want to post a picture of the hat because I don’t want my sister to see it until I give it to her, so here are some pictures of other three-dimensional sewing instead.  More zipper pouches, because I am now addicted to making them, but I’ve been trying different shapes.  The yellow one is a box, and the blue/green one is a triangle.  They’re sitting on top of the pattern pieces I made to create those shapes.

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There was a blog post I found that helped me figure out how to make this type of three-dimensional pouches, but now I can’t find it again.  Argh!  I will definitely post the link if I can track it down.  In the meantime, here are some other links to a variety of pouches that inspired me.  I want to try some of the quilted ones next.

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