Thursday, December 21, 2006

The day draws near...

OK, so I don't know about you, but Christmas panic is settling in.

I just felted mom's fuzzy feet slippers last night, but they have to go another round in the wash as they are still too big. I still haven't decided what to do about the soles yet. I found a couple that cover the whole bottom and a bit of the sides, or I was thinking about cutting up some scrap leather I have and using that...I guess I'll have to figure that out soon!

I stayed late at work Tuesday night to use our big meeting table to cut out the material for my dad's night shirts. Well, I couldn't find my fabric scissors, so I ended up using ones that totally suck to cut material. It took me an hour just to cut out all the pieces! I also couldn't find the interfacing...After a hunt at home, I did manage to find enough interfacing to use on one nightshirt, but I have yet to cut it out. PLUS it's really hard to make a gift for someone you share a working space with. Mom says just to tell him it's for the boyfriend and maybe he won't notice...probably not :)

This is the reason I didn't get any sewing done on Tuesday...



The Dredlock Bag is finally done!



a top/side view...I actually sewed the zipper and strap with the machine :)



Here you can see how I squared of the bottom for a slightly more manly look...



And a little peek inside!

I used a heavy duty YKK zipper because the last one I got for my first bag kept splitting. It turned out to be way longer than needed, but the sturdiness is exceptional. When I hand sewed the side seams on top I sewed the rest of the zipper down the side of the bag. All in all, I think it turned out great. Now to present it to my customer!

And I finally got around to starting (and understanding) the vintage fan purse.



You can see it with the pattern. I don't know if I'm just used to knitting patterns, but sometime crochet patterns seem like they're in another language or something LOL.



A close up of the stitch detailing. Once I got the hang of reading the instructions with the help from my friend things went much more smoothly. While this isn't a Christmas gift, I did promise to make this purse for a September birthday (yeah, a little late!) I ordered handles from kpixie along with some magnetic snaps. I tried to go through the company in the book, but they didn't seem to have the same handles that were in the picture, so I just went with something similar.

OK, tonight I'm hoping to finish up some shopping and get some more progress done on the rest of the gifts! I hope everyone has a happy holiday!

>^.^<

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Progress!

OK, so I've been in a frantic kinda rush to get gifties ready for all...

First up, for momma...


Fuzzy Feet from Knitty. These felted slippers (obviously pre-feling at this stage) are a really fast knit. I completed one Sunday afternoon and finished the 2nd one over monday and tuesday. We live in an old house that's really cold, so hopefully these will keep my momma's feet toasty! I hope to felt them by the weekend and adding leather patches to the bottom for traction.

For Dad I'll be sewing some flannel night shirts. He loves these things so much and they're really hard to find in the stores, so I know he'll get a lot of use out of them...

For the boy's mom I'm making a small black purse from a pattern book she bought me called Crochet Bags!: 15 Hip Projects for Carrying Your Stuff out of black nylon. The book has some interesting ideas, and LOTS of ugly ones...I guess it wouldn't have been so bad if most of the samples weren't made in a pea soup green color...oh well...I'm swatching for that now.

And finally I'm making this for myself...


So far it's about 1/3 of an Eye Mask from Knit Picks. The shine worsted is fuzzier that I thought it would be but is knitting up nicely. I think I'll fill it with rice and lavender...something to soothe me after the hella stressful days I've been having.

And a note to Miss Scarlett...am I your secret pal? Not that I know of, but you never know...Yes, I have seen NIN 5 times live so far :)

Until we meet again...

>^.^<

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

whirlwind

So last month to now has been a whirlwind...so many things happening, so much work do to, and not enough time to knit or blog! I promise I'll do better this month! I am really trying to get on track :) But now that I have a new 24" iMac @ work, things will go much more smoothly! I just wish I could take this baby home with me...

so on to the blogging!

After much red tape from the PO, I finally got my SP's package out last month. There are so many damn rules and regulations surrounding the PO and their services, I think I'll just use FedEx next time and avoid the hassle.

SOooooo about the dredlock bag (Kathy I know you're curious!)

I got the pattern from IndiKnits, but it is no longer available due to low demand. I actually had to drive about an hour just to pick up the pattern in the first place, but I hear Amy might be making it a free pattern, so keep an eye out!

Here are some pre-felting pics...




And after only one run through the wash cycle (I am pleasantly surprised) the Wool of the Andes from KnitPicks felted up beautifully!


here it is blocking...


an artsy closeup


And a close-up of the strap.

I took a few liberties with the pattern as this was my 2nd dredlock bag. I added a flap to the bottom to make a rectangular base. The strap was worked with two strands of wool to be more manly, as this bag was made for a boy. I also picked up stitches at the top and made another flap to square off the top. I'll have more photos once I pick up a zipper and get everything put together.

And on the knitting front, I've been S-L-O-W. The post-thanksgiving weekend I whipped up another pair of Sweet Mary Janes for a friend's x-mas gift. If only every project knit up as fast as these!


I'm going to add puff paint treads to finish these off.

And the Christmas knitting list get a little smaller. I have a pair of Fuzzy Feet to make for mom, and I haven't decided what else to make for others yet...man, I'm going to have to do more shopping thatn I wanted, but to save myself some post-work stress, it'll be worth it. Now let's just hope I get that Christmas Bonus!

until we meet again, hopefully sooner than later...
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