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I sewed a thing to wear! I don’t often make things like this – it’s a time issue, sewing is not portable like knitting. But this was a great project to continue to learn how to use my #serger and #coverlock. The pattern is #laundrydaytee by @lovenotions (psstt… there’s a way to get this pattern for free!). The fabric is a rayon/spandex blend from @joann_stores. . . . Some good things about this project: ?? good shape ?? nicely written and formatted pattern ?? looks flattering ?? fabric color is lovely and hides a multitude of sins and stains ?? tons of use of serger and coverlock. TBH, I finally figured out my coverlock with this project. . . . Some bad things about this project: ?? the stabilizing tape in shoulders is too itchy for me to wear. I just can’t. Lasted 15 minutes (Dritz Stay Tape) ?? doesn’t fit well at top – too big. Armscye too deep. Neckline too deep and too wide. Shoulders too far apart. Slips off my body. I likely need to make everything above the bust a size smaller. ?? hated the rayon/spandex blend. Hated working with it, don’t love wearing it, either. I realize I like a sturdier fabric. . . . #sewing #sewersofinstagram #tshirtpattern #brother1034d #brother1034dserger #brother2340cv
I’ve been having a little bit of work done on my website (and please let me know if you come across anything wonky), and so, in the meantime, have been mostly posting on Instagram. If you aren’t on Instagram already, I highly recommend it. I think it’s a great platform to connect and talk about crafting. As the popularity of blogs continues to wane, it’s Instagram where I end up spending most of my time connecting with other crafters.
And so, I posted the pictures of the last two projects I completed on Instagram – a knitted stuffed toy, Little Giraffe, and the August installment of the Cozy Blue Stitch Club.
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Look at that sweet, sweet face! I don’t often knit stuffed toys, but wanted to make one for a little boy due to be born in a few weeks! I love how this giraffe turned out! . . . Pattern is “Little Giraffe” by @susanbanderson, knit using @berrocoyarn Vintage in Gingham and Mochi. I didn’t modify the pattern, and he came out about 13.5” tall. The pattern was excellently-written, by the way, as you would expect. . . . #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #stuffedanimals #berroco #berrocoyarn #berrocovintage #littlegiraffe
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Almost a month behind, perhaps because those chain stitches took such a loooong time (and ate up a ton of yarn – I had to buy a second floss!). I painted the hoop copper – love it. I love how such a cheap and quick investment makes such a HUGE difference! I’m going to wait ‘till the October shipment to decide whether I want to do September (birds) or October first ?. . . . #cozybluestitchclub #embroidery #modernembroidery #embroiderersofinstagram #embroiderersofig #sunembroidery
Pattern: Livie sweater by Carrie Bostick Hoge. I mostly followed the directions for the 8th size (6y), but with my gauge being different, it’s a little bit smaller than the specified finished measurements.
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Fuchsia (51176). This is one of my favorite Vintage colors – I’ve used it twice before (Wee Levenwick, Hexathrow). Another favorite color is Blue Moon (51191) (Silverfox Cardi, Odessa). I used just a tiny bit more than 2 skeins for this sweater.
Needles: the sweater is mostly knit on US 7 needles, with a predictable 5 spi and 7 rpi gauge. Some of the garter was knit on US 6s, and the sleeves were on US 8s because they were knit in the round, which is tighter for me than stockinette knit flat. The gauge measures the same, so I think that trick works for me!
Finished dimensions: 26.5″ chest circumference, 9″ from cuff to armpit, and 13″ shoulder to hem (it’s a cropped style).
The sweater is a little bit roomy on Sonya… or you can say she’s just living her best preschool BlanketLife, all cozy and warm and wrapped up! She loves the big button, which has an intricate purple design that proved difficult to capture in a picture. If you knit this sweater, I would recommend that you try it on to figure out button placement: I didn’t get it right just by looking at the sweater and estimating, really had to have Sonya try it on.
After recently completing the Satsuma Street stitchalong, I decided to branch out a bit and try other types of embroidery. A few friends suggested checking out the Cozy Blue Stitch Club, and it seemed like the perfect thing – small, not too pricey, and in a way, open-ended, with the possibility of interpreting the design in so many different ways.
I signed up in May, but June’s shipment wasn’t quite my style, so I didn’t stitch it. But July’s was a beautiful sunflower with some other smaller flowers and grasses, and I loved it immediately!
In this one small design, I was able to try out a bunch of different stitches, including backstitch, whipped backstitch, Leaf Stitch, Cretan Stitch, Chained Feather Stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, link stitch… I used Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches and the DK Stitch Dictionary to look up the stitches (both purchased from the “used” selection on Amazon – and both in perfectly serviceable condition!).
I mostly worked with two strands of floss, except the sunflower middle, which is four strands. I stitched through the sampler cloth and a piece of linen (from a forever-ago UFO), as recommended. Mostly this was no problem, but there were some puckered bits in the middle of the embroidery that may have come from stretching the two fabrics slightly differently.
Knowing that I have more of these pieces coming my way, and that I didn’t want to spend $$$ each time to get them framed professionally, I bought a 6-pack of 7″ embroidery hoops on Amazon, and followed this tutorial to finish the back of the embroidery work. But first, I painted the hoop a happy yellow, which I thought went nicely with the aqua color of the fabric. The hoop is now hanging on a Command hook in Sonya’s room.
I must thank Huggie Hugs Rudolph and CPK Poodle “Adoptimal” for modeling for me, LOL! I didn’t want to stick those booties on them for fear of stretching them out, but I think they’d fit perfectly, too!
The noteworthy thing about these 2 hats and 2 pairs of booties is that I carved everything out of one skein of Berroco Vintage! That’s amazing!
Patterns: hats are Little Pip’s Acorn Cap by Kyrie Mead, and booties are Baby Hausschuhe by Ines M. I mucked with the stitch counts and gauges for both in order to make a set to fit a newborn, and another set to fit a 3-month old (ish).
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in “mocha,” precisely one skein for all these pieces! Vintage is my go-to yarn for all baby projects.
Needles: US 5 and US 7 throughout.
If the hat looks familiar, it’s because once upon a time, toddler Sonya had one, and looked so adorable in it!