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Deadline: June 1 approaches

In community challenges, crochet, events, knitting, sewing, stash busting on May 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Last call for those who may be interested in Making for Makers, discussed here.  The deadline to private message me on Ravelry with your email and to complete the entry form on the Secret Santa shuffler is approaching.  Intake for this cycle will be shut down at 11:59pm EST on June 1, 2014.

Sew Perfect

In designing, knitting, sewing on May 4, 2014 at 7:59 am

I was just wondering to myself how to improve my sewing and better incorporate it in my knitting. I thought about my fall sweater Hettie, and the ribbon I placed on the buttonbands. I thought about this because although I love my sweater, I didn’t 100% love how I sewed on the ribbon trimming on the buttonbands. Because I love the aesthetic of the ribbon and I know I’ll be using it again, I wanted to know how to do it better. Behold the miracle of the internet and I found this blog with very clear instructions with very professional looking results. What I would do differently from this blogger/sewer extraordinaire did though, is probably put the ribbon on the wrong side of the button band instead of the right side, although I have seen sweaters withe ribbon the way demonstrated. I also found this great video tutorial.

I hope that you will consider this finishing touches on your handmade knits. Enjoy!

Captain Hook

In finished projects, knitting, sewing, stash busting on April 13, 2014 at 10:56 am

Aye, aye dearies!

You see, I’m not much of a sewer and especially not by hand.  But if there is one thing I know, it’s to pay attention to detail.  The smallest detail makes the biggest difference.  When it comes to my handmade items, no matter the frustration and the time consumption, I do it.  Ribbons, buttons and hook and eye closures are amongst the features that make my handmade pieces that much more special.  They serve a functional purpose but also add aesthetic.  I love coordinating colors and not necessarily matching, just for that extra pop.

Today, I am that much closure to finishing my Fall project (well, now Spring sweater). I’ve had some set backs, but I’ve bounced back. It took me 2 days to put in the ribbon trim; 2 hours to tack down the hem and about 1 hour to sew on a pair of hook and eye closures.  I’m not sure that I felt defeated that I would have to hand sew so much of this project, but I was definitely up for the challenge.  Sewing hook and eye closure was a bit tricky (and a first) for me, but I found a great video to help me and I made my own adjustments according to my needs.

My hand sewing skillset undoubtedly and admittedly requires more finessing, but I am more than willing to work on it.  I am well pleased with myself and these results.  I was just beside myself when I saw how beautifully the fit of the sweater was; the perfect placement of the hook and eye and crispness of the ribbon were astounding!

The last leg on this project, it putting on the buttons, weaving in some ends and sewing the corners of the hem. I am done!

Toot, toot!

Swants Tutorial….Yes please and thanks

In knitting, sewing on November 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

So I’ve been following West Knits on Instagram and he has been posting these swants that are truly amazing! “What the heck are swants?” you ask. Well, they’re sweaters upcycled, repurposed and reinvented into sweater pants. The best thing is that you don’t have to knit the sweater and then destroy it!The best bet is Goodwill or other thrift shops in your area. Wool or other natural fibers are best for the job.

How amazing would it be to have a sweater warming up your tush?! I need to make a pair! It’s perfect winter wear. Get those seeing machines or serger cranking( they can be handsewn too, don’t worry)!

I’ll say that wearing swants is not for the faint! They will be something to talk about! It’s a fashion statement, you can be sure of that! I’m excited!

Make your swants here.


Photo Challenge Day 25-27

In community challenges, knitting, sewing on October 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm



I made both project bags as prototypes. I was also trying to become one with my sewing machine. I think I did a good job. One is a humbug bag and the other, a drawstring bag. I’m not sure how to freestyle quilt on the sewing machine, perhaps someone has suggestions / tuts?

Day 26: MUG & Day 27:CHAIR


Ok, this mug is not necessarily my favorite but I think it’s cute. I also haven’t found love and don’t think I ever will. I don’t even know the people who got married. I just went with someone. I remember at this wedding I was starved to death. Horror story.. . Let’s just say that the food served all had faces… Literally.

Now, although you can’t see this chair in its entirety, it’s a wing back chair. I searched high and low and even went to the wackest borough in NY (take a wild guess where that is!). But I eventually bought this off Craigslist and I had it reupholstered. The plastic is for the animals. I had to reupholster it twice because the cats were being naughty. This is my knitting chair in the living room (I also have a knitting chair in my bedroom).

Long overdue :
Donated squares by salpal1(coralesque color) row and Cynthia (pink).

Sock update : I didn’t have them made, but I did find my lost socks. The sock monster was me! Lol I found like 9 pairs! Smh.

Following Fiber Factor

In sewing on June 20, 2013 at 5:00 am

If you don’t know about Fiber Factor, you should! Shame on you (just kidding)! This is, in essence, a Project Runway for knitters. It was first heavily advertised at VKL NYC in January 2013. I’d considered entering, but I’m just getting my feet whet.

There are a few challenges but no one gets eliminated (as far as I can tell), just a winner is declared and off to the next challenge they all go. The contestants get about a month to complete the challenge and have to vlog about their thoughts on the challenge and what their intentions are.

Check this video out of contestant Laura (I’m really feeling her concept and loving the ombre effect!) :

It’s not too late to begin following, they’re only on Challenge 2! For more information on Fiber Factor, click here.

Maybe next year you (maybe me too) will swatch and not watch The Fiber Factor!

The judging of Challenge 2 begins Friday 6.22.13. Check it out! I also read somewhere that they are holding the contestants patterns on Ravelry, though not for sale at the moment but being worked on.

On consignment

In sewing on June 19, 2013 at 4:00 am

People say that the right connections are everything. I didn’t really believe in that until it happened to me. I thought these sort of things only happen in movies and fairy tales. All it took was one day ; one conversation. It was most unexpected gesture and I am grateful.

Lessons learned :
1) Make genuine connections with people ; don’t use people.
2) Ask for what you want, the worst that could be said is no.
3) Publicly display your particular skill set. Know your strengths and build on that.