Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Monday, August 13, 2012

Peplum Love

We all know how fashions always comes back....the 80's icon is back, baby!  I'm seeing peplums everywhere!  I loved them back in the day.  They are flattering on all figure types, hiding that tummy, accentuating the can you go wrong?  Welcome back!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Try something new!

 A friend gave me 5 t-shirts and a challenge to make some bags for her... I've heard about the making yarn from t-shirts before but never tried it. I went on YT and watched GLAMPYRE do her thing. So I went from this...

to this
I folded the shirt in almost in half (as you can see at the top portion of the picture).  I made 3/4" wide slices through the top fold but not the lower fold.

 when I reached the armholes and sleeves I just cut through top and bottom layer (all the way through the bottom fold)

after a few more cuts, stretching and winding up the "yarn", I was able to make 3 bags. 

Simple knitted bag with garter stitch detail at the top,
beaded handles and snap closure.

Pleated clutch with zipper closure and sparkly button

Crocheted bag with leather inserts and magnetic closure.
Faux bamboo handles

The top 2 are knitted on size 13 needles, and the bottom one is crocheted with a K ndl.  There is no pattern, I just made it up as I went along. It went lickety split, I did them in a couple of days. Hand sewing the lining was the "hardest" part.
I was neat going out of my comfort zone and stretching myself a bit.  Would I do it again?  Hmm... ***glancing over at ever expanding stash***....

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lots of knitting going on and pictures are coming.  But have you heard of MySewingCircle?  It's a site like Ravelry but for sewists!  Yeah, I know!!!  Sqeeee!!!  I'm already on!!! 

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy New Year!

"It's a new year and there's gonna be new rules around here!"
I quote my mother in law every year, just so I can get to my DH. Hmmmph, I bet the new year looked a lot like the old one after awhile. Well I don't know about new rules, but I'm looking forward to some interesting,exciting times. It's gotta be better that 2011, right?

I figured since Mochahantas is busily painting everyone's portrait, I would sneak in a post of my first finished object of the year...

Mon Raspberry Beret (more like strawberry)

As of today, it was dry enough to brave the frigid weather.  Talk about night and day, brrrrrr! I made it up as I went along, which is why it's fits so swimmingly, ugh! (nothing a coupla Bobby pins can't fix.)

Here are the particulars:
Pattern:  I started from the center and increased 6 stitches every other row.  I ran out of yarn so I only have a 1/2"-3/4" rim.  I'll probably rip out the rim and redo the edge for a tighter fit.  Scrap the aforementioned Bobby pin solution.

Yarn: 1 skein of Cascade Venezia  and a US10 needle.

Review: Love the yarn, it's so soft and has a slight sheen.  HOWEVER, it pills something horrible (yes, already). Probably won't buy it again ; (

Mochahantas has just declared she needs "sumpin' else to eat"! Yes sa boss sa! ... I gotta go!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Writers' Block?

It's not like life doesn't keep rolling along, or that Mochantas isn't still up to her antics, because it does and she is. I wondered about what my post would be about after such a long hiatus. Should I throw up a bunch of pictures of what I've sewn and knitted? Do I go on a rant on how my right brained, visual learner boys struggle in a left brained learning system. Do I confess the sin (well ok maybe not a sin) of buying a boat load of yarn that was just toooooo hard to resist and post yarn porn(lol). I struggle...with everything it seems. So much of my life right now is heavy, emotionally. I just don't have the je ne sais quois, the vouloir to speak of anything cogent. Not now, I'm still in the womb of it all...maybe birth pangs more accurately describes it. I am blessed however, to have enough distractions in life (Thing 1, Thing 2 and Mochantas) to remind me that there is a bigger life on the outside, and that this too, shall pass.

So for y'all visual people...

Shopping is definitely not genetic...I hate shopping. Mocha is such a shopaholic and "needs" sumpin everytime we go out! I've started praying for her husband.

Started making bags again...

Just a taste, sorry to tease...

Blessings to you for Christmas!