I got the idea in my head a few days ago that I needed to knit myself some slippers. I saw several patterns I really liked, but after reviewing several of them, I realized I have no idea how to read a knitting pattern that’s written as a diagram. Then I found this patter, the Parkspin Slippers by Joan Janes. The instructions looked really simple, the slippers are knitted flat in one piece, and I figured there was no way I could mess them up unless maybe my gauge was off or something. Because slippers matter that the size is right, I did knit a gauge swatch and found with the yarn I was using (a black based bulk buy yarn from Joann’s that looks like some assorted neon colors puked on it. I think it was a regrettable purchase when I saw how it knit up, but Mattie loves it.) knits up the stitches in the right width when I used I think it was size 10.5 or 11 needles, but the length was a little short. I ended up doing a few more rows then the pattern called for in the first part of the design to getRead the rest…

Thursday Mattie’s Dad and brother came by for Thanksgiving dinner. We had tons of food, good things to drink, and lots of pie for dessert. Normally I am all for them visiting, but after five hours of the TV volume being really high, I ended up retiring to the bedroom, and shortly after slipping out to Michael’s to take advantage of their holiday shopping Thursday night sale. They had a 30% off everything coupon, and a lot of the store was marked down as well. I looked up the regular prices of things after I got home, and I got out of there with what normally would have been $53 worth of stuff (yes, I know they are over priced) for $29. What did I get? All sorts  of stuff. I walked out with…. 2 strands of beads, reg price $3.99 at 60% off 2 5″ x 5″ stapled canvases, reg price $7.99, 70% off 5 2 oz blocks Sculpey III clay, reg price $2.79 each, 16% off for buying 5 some weird plastic rings to use at stitch markers in my knitting, reg price $2.99 2 skeins Bernat Softee Chunky yarn, reg price $3.29, 31% off plastic 6″ embroideryRead the rest…

Friday I decided to work on a project using the scant remains of a skein of yarn I had. The knitting bug has bitten me hard to say the least but I’m having so much fun with it! This yarn was the leftovers from my very short lived attempt at crocheting, and it also made up some of the stripes (about 1/4th of them) in my practice scarf. There wasn’t a lot left, so I decided to make a preemie-sized baby beanie with it. Apparently I judged the size of my project well because there was literally only about 18″ of yarn left after I finished it! It turned out really well and I’m quite pleased with it. I’ve added it to my shop for purchase , so you can see it by clicking the link above. I plan on doing another one Saturday while Mattie is out with his dad and probably while he is playing video games or if we watch TV. Its such an easy project to do and doesn’t take a lot of effort to do it. I did need some help is figuring out how many stitches I needed to cast on as well as the sizeRead the rest…

I did a lot of sewing the last few days, but unfortunately, I can’t share the most exciting parts of it with you yet and that’s driving me crazy. I stitched up my prom dress for Joann’s party in November with only a few weeks to spare, plus I whipped up a really quick capelet using my leftover dress fabric, plus some other stuff in my stash to line it. I will show you the capelet though, as it doesn’t give away anything about my dress except color and fabric. I based the capelet off of McCall’s 5006, view G or H, but I only went as far as cutting out the fronts and back piece using the pattern and ignored the rest. I had a few small pieces of black velvet ribbon in my stash which I used for the ties, and I used some gold satin that I have no memory of buying from my stash to line it. Its one of those fabrics I want to use up to get rid of it, but can’t think of many applications where I’d actually want to wear it. I also made a small gold clutch, and am going toRead the rest…

What I did on Tuesday… in pictures. I did a few other things as well Tuesday, like separating my buttons roughly by color, and today I’ll be deciding what to do with another small box of patterns I dug up in my craft room while I was cleaning up, as well as finishing up the twin to the comic book purse, cutting out my cousin’s daughter’s tablet case pieces, and working on re-doing my friend’s Kindle case that I screwed up. I also may be making a clutch from a new pattern I just came up with, but not sure yet. At the very least I’d like to do some cutting for future sewing.Read the rest…

My friend Joann asked me to make her a new purse a few weeks back, and we made a trip to Joann’s fabric store to pick out what we needed. It took a while, but finally decisions were made and we had four fun fabrics, two for each side of the purse. Of course it took me way longer than it should have to get it down because of a multitude of things going wrong (bobbin not winding correctly and continuously breaking, I sewed a few pieces together backwards… )but its finally done and it turned out really cute!   Depending which side is out, and which way its turned, its like having four purses in one! There are four pockets, two inside and two outside, and there’s enough room inside to hold quite a bit of stuff without being a monster. I have one of these I made for myself that I use most of the time and I love it even after a few years. Its also completely reversible. If you’d like to make your own version of this purse yourself, just let me know! You can buy a copy of the pattern for $5.00. You’ll need aRead the rest…

I’ve been spending small bits of time sewing since you saw me with the brown top, but what have I been working on? I’ve been using up scraps left over from other projects! I’ve also ripped two past-made items apart and re-sewn them in a neater, nicer fashion. I will be working on doing that to a few other items this week as well, starting with a purse I sewed a few years go in much too much of a hurry and did a sloppy job of cutting it as well. Here’s two of the 6 new items in my shop as of today! There are now 7 faux-ties in my shop in various colors and patterns in the Accessories section, and probably will be a few more added in the coming days. Faux-ties are $4 each. I’m trying really hard to use up some of my larger scraps to some degree, though I know I will still have plenty to send to my friend Donna in a few short months. There is one other plastic bag dispenser in my shop as well- a pink one, both of which sell for $8 each.   The purse I mentioned above hasRead the rest…

I told you I made something else with that fabric I used on the skirt, right? The scraps I had left over were big- way too big to toss out, but small enough and oddly shaped there was no way I could make anything big out of them. Remembering this purse pattern that I drafted myself (I’ll be adding to my shop for a few dollars soon if you’d like to make your own) uses about 1 yard of fabric and can be made with 4 fat quarters, I decided to see if I had enough left in big enough pieces to make one. As you can see here, I obviously had enough fabric, and the cool thing about this purse pattern is its completely reversible, and only takes about an hour and a half to make. Its super easy and super fast!   I have one of these purses I made for myself several years ago, and I still love it. I get a ton of compliments on it when I have it with me, and people always ask where I got it. :biggrin:   One of the things I like best about this purse design is it sitsRead the rest…

I’ve been working on my UFOs the last few days trying t finish them up. What’s a UFO, you ask? A UFO is an Un-Finished Object, something us crafters probably deal with more than most other folks. In my case, I’ve only got a few, but its more than I want to have and my goal this week is to catch up and get all of them finished! Most of my UFOs are clothing-related. I had a dress I attempted to make abut 3 years ago. I gained weight. I realized almost every piece of it was cut wrong. I gave up with it half constructed and threw it behind my sewing table where it sat until Thursday. I had a skirt I cut the pieces for in September. It also sat, collecting dust, and not getting anywhere near done. I finished it on Friday, and despite having lots of buttons (my personal sewing bane) I made it through easily and pretty quickly. I had a bathrobe (technically not a UFO because I never started on it) that I planned even before the second skirt. I cut and finished it on Saturday, and it turned out lovely! I love it!Read the rest…