making my own napkins and loving it

i’m not like the other girls
December 28, 2008, 1:18 am
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but i’m not a robot either.


updates and such
December 24, 2008, 5:04 pm
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okay, so as promised, i’ve taken some pictures of various craft projects that i’ve been meaning to post.  i’ve also been embarking on new projects, which i’ve also taken pictures of, so i’ll also post them.  also.

first:  the scarf for the walrus, to keep him warm and stylish while he philosophizes.  it’s a basket weave, in a really beautiful deep red-orange alpaca wool (blue sky alpacas, to be exact, sport weight, in scarlet).  i love the basket weave, because it’s complicated enough that you have to pay attention and don’t get bored, but repetitive enough that it’s hard to lose your place.  now i want to knit everything in this weave.


second:  the dog bed, which i think i mentioned in an earlier post.  this project evolved on somewhat of a whim, when i saw some cute dog-inspired patterns at joann’s.  i had some polar fleece left over from my quilt, so i figured i’d make a little doggie quilt.  the quilt turned into a fully reversible dog-bed made to fit over the foam bed my parents bought for the stinkbag.  it was definitely one of the more challenging projects i’ve done, just because i didn’t have any sort of pattern, and the polar fleece had to be cut and pieced together in order to get it the right size and shape, and then i had to figure out how to attach it to the reversible quilt without having a ton of ugly seams hanging out.  so here it is, with a matching dog collar:


the collar is the same material as the other side of the quilt, and i was able to embroider tank’s name and a little picture, thanks to my new christmas present!!!


finally:  yes, it’s been a busy season for crafting, and you’d think i’d want a break after so many little projects, but i’m just so excited about my machine, that i can’t keep myself away.  so i decided to go ahead and make the “apple a day lunch bag,” which is a pattern i picked up at spool, my favoritest place on earth (at least the center city, philadelphia, zone of earth).  this was my first experience with fusible interfacing, and let me tell ya, i’m a fan.  here’s my final project, posed seductively next to its mother:


now i just need a job that i can take my lunch to.

merry christmas to meeeeee!!!!
December 20, 2008, 11:09 pm
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once again, i’ve been a neglectful blogger.  the phillies scarf that i described in my last post was finished last night, after a few tries at a “P” that satisfied my perfectionist tendencies.  i should have taken a picture of it to post here, but i was already in a hurry to finish it so i could present it to its recipient.  i also knitted a beautiful orange scarf for a certain walrus, which was also gifted last night, sans photo.  maybe i’ll carry my camera with me tonight so i can post some pictures soon.  i’m also beginning to think i should keep pictures of my projects, just to have a record for myself.  wouldn’t it be nice to look back one day and see all the things i’ve done?  alright then, a new resolution has been made!

the sweater still lies on the back of the couch, where it was two weeks ago when i wrote my last post.

but there is happy news, people!!!!  christmas has come early to the square called newtown, and yours truly is the proud new owner of a singer confidence 7470, picked up at a bargain price this afternoon!  thanks to moms (and pops) for that one.  let the sewing begin (or continue, if we’re gonna get technical)!!!

i promise to post some pictures soon.

frustration abounds
December 4, 2008, 2:19 pm
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it’s been an embarrassingly long time since my last post, and much has changed.  first of all, the sweater.  i embarked on this project knowing there would be setbacks, and rows to unknit, and so forth, but let me tell you, i didn’t realize how disheartening it would all be.  i set out one fine saturday afternoon, all nestled on the couch with my yarn, a sleepy cat in my lap, a u of michigan football game on in the background.  how lovely, i thought, to be knitting myself a sweater.  how easy to learn these simple techniques for increasing stitches, making buttonholes, and shaping the bust of the sweater.  fast forward to a few days later, when i got to the body and the fancy shmancy gull lace pattern.  i won’t go into details, but let’s just say i misunderstood the pattern and a few rows later had something like 120 extra stitches on my needles.  hmmmmm.

i decided that since it was still so early on in the process, it made sense just to start over.  i looked upon it as an opportunity to improve my technique, neaten up my buttonholes a little, reflect on the process.  so off i went.  everything went wonderfully.  stitches were cast on, measurements were made and double checked.  never had buttonholes been so beautiful.  never had a collarline looked so clean and shapely.  never had a gull lace pattern emerged with such ease and grace.  after only a week, the body was complete!  huzzah!!!  i had a bust, and a body, and snazzy holes where the sleeves would go!    now that it was off the needles, all that was left was to try it on and get a sense for how it would really look once it had sleeves.

here i pause.  you can probably guess why.

the thing is ginormous.  it fits me perfectly in the bust, but the arm holes are huge, and the whole body swings out like a bell at least three inches from my waist on all sides.  so i look like a giant green knitted bell.

what to do?  i contemplated finishing the sweater and giving it away to somebody else, but my mom even agreed that it was a little too big for her to wear, and i don’t know anyone else who i would want to give a sweater to that could actually wear it.

so right now, the sweater lies on the back of the couch, simultaneously mocking my inexpertise and pleading with me to give it another chance, just one more.  i’ve agreed, but first i need some time.  to recover, to reflect, to reenergize.  then i will go back and knit the small size, and perhaps even remove a repeat or two of the pattern from the body.  and one day, one day, i will have my very own sweater to wear proudly.

in the meantime, i’m knitting a phillies scarf for a friend of mine.  i’ve designed the logo, calculated a stitch pattern, and taught myself to do intarsia.

the "p" begins to peek out

the p begins to peek out

victory will be mine!