Hand-spun Shawl

Participating in Jennie’s Make2Along for her Tiny Paper Foxes podcast has really helped me to prioritize my projects and put them into an order that makes sense.

I wanted to finish up this shawl project before the yarn for my Chuck pullover by Andi Sutterland came in the mail from Quince and Co.  So, I did.

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The body of the shawl is my hand-spun Merino and silk using fiber from Electric Sheep Dream in the Anne’s Journey colorway. The lace portion is knit in Dream in Color Classy in Amethyst Ink.

I wanted to use every yarn of my hand-spun, which is a worsted to bulky weight. In order to do this, I kind of made up what to do. I just knit the body like you would start any semi-circular shawl, then joined the Dream in color when I ran out of hand-spun. To make up for the difference in yarn weights, I did a knit one, yarn over pattern on the first row of Dream in Color yarn. Then I knit about three rows of garter stitch and began the Elm Leaf border from the Ocean Spray Shawl by Galia Lael from Knitty Winter 2011. shawl 002

Over all, I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. As my spinning gets better, I should be able to spin a more consistent and thinner yarn. Maybe enough for a whole shawl one day. Happy knitting!

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Christmas sewing

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I have been sewing some zipper bags for my friends for Christmas. The pattern is a mix between an Amy Butler bag pattern and a tutorial from Noodlehead. Each bag has a coordinating lining and a thematic zipper pull charm.

At first, I was worried that blogging about this project would ruin the Christmas surprise, but then I remembered that my friends don’t read this blog. Silly me, no one reads this blog. It is my internet soliloquy. With visual aids. Happy sewing!

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Ginger Jeans Muslin

According the Heather Lou, of Closet Case Files, I am now a sewing ninja! These photos are awful. My son took them when he really just wanted to get back to playing Lego, but the second set I took using my tripod were worse. Those crotch wrinkles were from me having my hands in my pockets. Not a good pose for showing off a sewing pattern…

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I wore these all day today and they are very comfy. I need to add back pocket rivets because I like to put things in my back pockets and I don’t want them to tear. I just need to find my awl. (That is not something I get to type often!)  I am not sure how they will wash and wear because they are made from the cheapest materials that I could lay my hands on. They were my learning pair of Gingers. My next pair will be my lasting pair (hopefully).

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Pockets are too low, but just look at that top-stitching! 

Now, how ’bout that Fraser Sweatshirt by Sewaholic?  I LOVE it and it did not take me two months and many specialized materials to make (sorry, Gingers,  but you are high maintenance). It took me half a day and that included printing and taping together the PDF pattern. I see more of these in my future!

Ginger Jeans – The Real Deal

My wearable muslin pair of Gingers is almost finished and ready to wear. The waistband was way too big, so I need to take it out and remove a wedge from the back of the pants, then reinstall the waist band. After that, the legs need to be hemmed and we are ready for business. I don’t wear belts, so I won’t install belt loops.

For my ‘real’ pair, I ordered Theory Indigo Stretch Cotton Denim from Mood. I threw in the matching Gutermann thread because I have never used it before and want to see if I can tell a difference between it and the Coats and Clark thread that I normally sew with. I ordered grey top-stitching thread, a jeans zipper, jeans buttons, and rivets from Taylor Tailor. These are going to be a high class pair of Gingers, ya’ll. I plan on putting some sort of art deco design on the back pockets.

The best thing about my ‘slow sewing’ experiment so far is the ability to use really high quality materials because I am taking about 2 months to produce one garment. We’ll see how long I can keep up this kind of restraint!

Lolo Hat by Brooklyn Tweed

Yesterday it was almost a hat, today it is a little too much of a hat. This is Lolo by Brooklyn Tweed from Wool People Fall 2015. This hat is knit sideways and the brim widens out to make little ear flaps on each side. The construction of this hat is genius. I had the best time knitting it and was able to use up some precious Madeline Tosh leftovers from my (unblogged) Outlander Mystery Knit Along Shawl. I highly recommend this hat, even though it totally does not suit me.

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I have a little head and this is the smallest size offered, so obviously I have a child sized head on an adult body. Also, am I the only one thinking this looks like what the astronauts wear under their helmets?

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I will reknit this using a smaller needle size and slightly modifying the pattern to produce a smaller hat. I think that will be a more flattering hat that will still keep my ears warm. This one will go in the donation pile.

hat 002Some highlights of this pattern are the applied i-cord edge, the shaping of the crown of the hat, and the graceful curve of the ear-flap portion. I know, graceful and ear-flap don’t get much press in the same sentence very often, but in this hat it works! Just not for my tiny head.

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Someone with a normal sized head will really appreciate this hat come winter!

Ginger Jeans – First Fitting

My Ginger Jeans are minus a waistband, but otherwise ready to try on.  The fit, so far, is pretty good. They are about 3 inches too long and about 2 inches too big in the waist. I am not crazy about my pocket placement either, but all of these things can be fixed in my next iteration.

I think that I can nip in the waist a little when I install the waistband, and before I cut my next pair, I will follow Heather Lou’s tutorial for fixing gaping at the waist. I used the full seat adjustment from the same page before I cut this pair of jeans because I am aware that I have a full seat. This has not been new information since I was called ‘big butt’ in the third grade.

This week I plan on installing the waistband, button, and rivets. I think that will be the most fun part of sewing jeans, using a hammer!  There have been many times I have wanted to take a hammer to my sewing, but never for a productive reason.

I am really enjoying taking my time and paying attention to detail as I sew this pattern.  The result will be a wearable muslin that will probably look better than my current pair of jeans. Happy sewing!

Ginger Jeans – Fronts and Backs

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I LOVE topstitching! As soon as that golden thread goes onto that denim, it just looks like jeans. I had some tension issues around the fly, but a quick needle change and I was back in business.

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My bar tacks could do with a bit of practice, too.

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So much fun to zoom around those back pockets with big, yellow thread! I am apprehensive about the fit, though. I just need to do the inside seams and side seams and I will be able to try them on for the first time. I should get to that point before the weekend is over.

Then, I will just have to add the waistband and hem the legs and I will have a new (muslin) pair of jeans! Too cool.  Thanks, Heather Lou for a fun pattern.

Myrna by Andi Sutterland

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I am not making a rude finger gesture, I promise!  I just feel so ladylike in this sweater, that I wanted to hold my hands in a dainty way. It FELT like a ladylike way to arrange my hands. Just another example of my perception at odds with my reality!

However, I do like how I feel in this knit. It goes great with my high-waisted skirt from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. I love the way it fits, and I forgot to photograph the key-hole in the back, but it is very sweet.

Jessyka from the See Jane Make podcast was the inspiration to cast on this cardigan. She is knitting one herself, or was knitting one before her home flooded. (Wishing you a speedy renovation process!) She has got me totally hooked on Andi Sutterland patterns!

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This pattern was a relatively quick knit that will be very wearable in my current wardrobe. The short sleeves make it a perfect transition piece and will be easy to wear under a coat. I still need to stabilize the button band, but I don’t have any ribbon that matches on-hand right now. The buttons were a gift from a friend who found them in an antique store. All-in all, this sweater is a win! Happy knitting.