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November Birthdays

12 Nov

Two young family members have November birthdays and so I decided to make some handmade gifts.

First, the 3-year old wanted a bag to carry toys around in. After some consultation with my SIL, I decided to use some Heather Ross Far Far Away fabric and coordinating solids to make a bag with some fussy cut unicorns. I looked and didn’t find anything I liked as far as a pattern so I’m making it up as I go, though it’s heavily influenced by the QAYG Guild Bag (though with all different sizes). This is my first time doing QAYG and it’s definitely fun. I did a little (bad) FMQ on the unicorns and the wavy lines were done with the regular presser foot. Here are shots of both sides of the bag and both sides of the lining (the lining is inside out at the moment in preparation for assembly). The color is more true in the first one – oh, the perils of taking photos in my basement at night.




I’m very close to being done; I just need to make the strap and then the final bag assembly. But since Davy gave me a wicked cold and I’m still feeling crummy from a night tossing and turning I’m going to do the smart thing and finish it when I’m not exhausted and prone to making dumb mistakes.


The 8 year old is very into Harry Potter and requested a stuffed animal so I’m making an owl to look like Hedwig. The pattern is a free one called Obligatory Owl, and details of yarn etc are on my ravelry page. I just got the eyes yesterday so I still need to knit the beak, feet, and do the assembly but we’ll call this one 80% done.

Also, this guy is now less than a month from being 2! How time flies… (slightly blurry because I promised him a cookie if he’d pose for a photo and he was REALLY EXCITED about the cookie. Which he barely nibbled)



Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

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Flashback FO post – Baby Ogre hat

19 Jul

I wrote this originally when I first made the hat, nearly a year and a half ago, but it’s too cute so I’m still going to share.



First off I will say that I had a ton of hats for Davy when he was an infant. Knitted, crocheted, stuff I made, gifts, as well as a bunch of cotton knit hats that came with various outfits. He hardly ever wore them, even though he was born in December, because he rarely left the house – no daycare since Gregg stayed home with him for the first year, and it was such a bitterly cold winter that Davy and Gregg pretty much stuck to the house where a hat was too warm.

But. I saw the Ogre Babies! pattern and had to have it. The pattern is sized for a newborn and has you using worsted weight yarn with size US3 needles for the body; I used size US4 with worsted weight and it fit him great when I first made it as a 3.5 month old (though he was a long, skinny baby). I think we were still able to put it on his head at a year, though he was in a “no hat” phase and immediately ripped it off. The best part is that I had the yarn on hand already in the perfect color, so it was a great way to use up some scraps. The ear bulbs were a bit fiddly but not too bad, and I think they look pretty perfect.


It was also a very fast knit – I think less than a week, and I was not exactly getting a lot of knitting time at that point! Definitely recommended.

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Progress and frankenbatting.

07 Jul

I have made some progress over the long weekend. Since the fourth was Fri (which is our usual knit night), I had an impromptu get together with a knitting friend on Thursday. We chatted and had a good time and I made it to the heel of my Turkish sock.


I also got some decent sewing done. I finished the quilt back finally (no photo since it looks pretty much the same as last time, just with borders on the sides).

And I repaired a mistake on the front – I don’t think I’ve shown the front before so here it is:


Here’s the oops. I cut one of the squares too small while trimming and just used it making sure it was an edge piece. Not sure what my logic was. So I went back, ripped out the seam partway and added a strip of background along that edge. Not very pretty but hopefully it will be somewhat hidden by the binding, or I might use it as a spot to label the quilt. I would have remade this if I had the fabric but I didn’t, and I’d already messed up making the squares and had to trim them down a bunch.
I also made some frankenbatting out of a bunch of scraps. I did two smallish pieces so I can do some practice FMQ before tackling this quilt. And because the quilt top is an odd size, I had to lop off one side of crib sized batting and sew it to the other to make it square.


I make sure both sides have a freshly cut edge (they pull out of shape easily), put them with edges touching but not overlapping on either side of my blind stitch foot (I also have an edge stitch presser foot that would work – to my untrained eye they look almost the same). Zigzag on widest setting and go. I would be concerned on a project that was going to be tied or very widely quilted but for what I’m doing it should be fine.

I also finished my hexies, got them appliquéd to some fabric and added some fusible fleece. Now I need to quilt the panels.



This is the only project I have on a real deadline so even though I made good progress on the quilt I doubt I’ll work on it this week. The plan for the hexies is to echo quilt following the shape of the appliqué using my walking foot.

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WIP Wed – 2 x 2

02 Jul

I have 4 WIPs to show off today, 2 quilty and 2 knitty. First off, I am almost done with the pieced back for my charity baby quilt!

The only thing left is to add the left and right borders. I’m really happy with how it’s looking – I might like it better than the front.

I’m also plugging away on my first paper piecing project – 2 strips of hexies I will appliqué to a bag. One strip is done and I’m partway through the second.



In knitting, both my current WIPs are future Christmas gifts. The first is a simple sock good for working on in the car. Not sure who they will go to but they are a good color for most of the womb in my family.


The second is a sock I’ve been planning to knit for several years (and have had the yarn in my stash for some time). Stranded color work, but one of the yarns is a self striping with longish repeats. I know who these are for!


Details on the socks-in-progress can be found on my ravelry page. I’m composing this post from my phone so hunting down the info for patterns and yarns is a bit of a pain.

I’m hoping to get the quilt back finished so I can at least baste and hopefully start quilting over the upcoming long weekend. I’m itching to try some FMQ!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday!


FO – Gregg’s Musketeer Socks and more Quilty WIP

19 Jun

I finished a new pair of socks! It only took about 3 months (sheesh!) The first photo is the best closeup of the pattern while the second is a truer representation of the colors – there are some greenish and purplish shades of brown in there but they are not as noticeable as they appear in the photo.
 IMG_6027 IMG_6025The pattern is the Porthos sock, a free pattern from a set all named after characters from the novel The Three Musketeers. The yarn is STR lightweight, in a rare gems “Earth” colorway I bought during a mill-end sale. I have more details, including my mods, on my ravelry page for the socks. Gregg really likes the pattern, color, and feel of the socks so this is a big yay since some of the socks I’ve made him have not fared too well (I’m looking at you, Araucania Ranco socks that claimed to be superwash and have felted all the details away).


I’ve also been plugging away on blocks for the back of my charity quilt. I think I’ve hit a bit of a wall – I’m basically done and just need to come up with a layout, but the teensy HSTs (they are 1.5″ unfinished) are giving me trouble. I’ve tried a few different layouts and I’m not thrilled with any of them. Part of the problem is that I’m limited to what I have – I have used every last little scrap – and that I would like a rectangular block to play off the rectangular mod mosaic block.

I think this is roughly the layout I am going to go with. The corner blocks are (mostly) 12.5″ unfinished so I need to bring the smaller blocks up to size. I’ve never done a pieced…anything like this, with negative space. So the plan is to bring the blocks to the same size and then work on filling in the spaces between. I need more of my background fabric as well, but since I didn’t like working with it I want to buy the minimal amount I can. And since I’ve been getting up between 530-6* to sew and I’m not quite awake enough for complicated math in the morning, that part will have to wait until I have some evening sewing to do.


*Not intentionally, but that seems to be my default wakeup time lately. I’m nice and I let Gregg sleep in until Davy wakes which is usually between 7 and 715

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