Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A trio of knitted socks

Making some progress toward my goal of 15 pairs of socks (though still more likely it'll need to be 15 individual socks). I've got 3 recently finished pairs to share today. 

First, this pair of navy stripe socks. I used remnants from other projects. Worked the socks toe-up with short row toe and heel, and used continuous helix-style 1-row stripes. I'm keeping these socks for myself. Neither of the yarns used contain nylon, so I'm curious to see how they'll wear. 

Next up, these lovelies, the Columbine Peeks pattern by Cat Bourdhi, knit from KnitPicks Felici self-striping yarn. Simple pattern, plus fun yarn--these were a joy to knit and worked on these primarily while in Europe. These are heading for the gift pile. 

Finally, these which I've dubbed Jade Leaves (Falling leaves pattern plus jade colorway yarn). Followed pattern but used a short row heel. Planned to keep these but they turned out just a smidgen too tight, so into the gift pile they go!

These are pairs number 2, 3 and 4--only 11 more to go ��

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday night sewing: baby carrier stuff sack

In preparation for our upcoming trip to Europe, I decided the baby carrier *needed* a stuff sack...ha! Pulled out some old home decor weight ikea fabric, and a bit of complementary orange, did some measuring and sketching, and made this little bag. 

Overall, I'm very pleased with the result. I used my serger to finish all the raw edges inside, which makes me feel good, funnily enough. I wish the handle wasn't as long, but otherwise it's just how I envisioned. And now the Tula can be safely ensconced when not in use. :)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Nap time sewing: toddler sunglasses case

Erin loves sunglasses. And putting things into/out of other things. So I'm counting on this little sunglasses case with dollar store sunglasses to provide some entertainment on our upcoming trip. 

Used flannel scraps from some receiving blankets I made way back when. And I love any excuse to use my Kam snaps!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Another pouch!

Just made another little zipper pouch, using the Open Wide tutorial from Noodle Head (http://www.noodle-head.com/2012/06/open-wide-zippered-pouch-diy-tutorial.html) but using different dimensions to suit my materials. Used reproduction prints pulled from the stack my aunt sent me for my birthday a bazillion years ago, pulled 4 prints that coordinated with the purple zipper.

This pouch could easily accommodate a small knitting project. I used a 9" zipper, cut my rectangles to 9"x10.5", with a 3.5" boxed bottom depth. I have two more sets of fabrics picked out to make more of these. :)

It feels a bit silly to get so much satisfaction from this project, but alas, I love it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

A wee zippered pouch!

Used some scraps and a fun bright pink zipper to see up this little zippered pouch. Not sure why, but I'd been feeling intimidated by zippers! This was the perfect little project to wipe away those nerves. 

I referenced this tutorial on the Purl Bee (http://www.purlbee.com/2014/04/18/mollys-sketchbook-simple-lined-zipper-pouches/). My pouch measures about 6.5"x6.5". It's now a home for Erin's finger puppets. :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A little project bag

Finished a pair of socks today (blog post forthcoming) and pulled out some self-striping yarn for a new pair. And then I decided that I needed a new project bag for this pair of socks. Naturally. 

I totally winged it, and am pleased enough by the results. The bag is petite--appropriate for a sock project, but not much bigger than that. (Note to self: I used 8"x16" rectangles--go bigger next time!)

Just another wild Saturday night chez birdabouttown! Used some fun stash fabrics. 

Sewing project #3!! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

FO: Piece A Cake dress

I made a super simple dress for Erin! Used a free pattern from Anna Maria Horner (Piece A Cake baby dress) and for fabric, an old sundress of mine. Simple raglan sleeves, gathered neckline. Easy peasy. The largest size is only 12 months, unfortunately, so I just did a shallow bottom hem. I may consider lengthening the pattern piece for the body to make it longer if I sew this again. This was finished in just two naps (my unit of time of choice). 

Second sewing project for #15in15. Trying to get back on track!