Posts Tagged handmade
My daughter wanted to be Princess Twilight Sparkle for Halloween this year. I was determined to make her the costume.
First off, who is Princess Twilight Sparkle? She is the main pony in the latest generation of My Little Pony (called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic). My Little Pony is seriously an awesome show. I do not know which one of us enjoys it more! The theme song is the first song my baby boy ever recognized. She was a unicorn, but in the last episode of the most recent season, she became an alicorn princess. An alicorn is basically a unicorn with wings.
I sewed the dress at my mom`s house using her sewing machine. I am not really one who sews so this is a Big Deal for me. I had my mom on hand for any mishaps. Luckily there were not too many, and they were mostly sewing machine related. I sewed the whole thing myself. I proudly brought the dress home and it was way too small for a fabric with no give. So off to my mom`s house the next weekend to sew a second dress. I did everything but the hem on this dress because I was running out of time and had to go home and make supper.
At home I cut a cutie mark out of felt and used my rudimentary hand sewing skills to attach it to the dress. I also made the yarn wig and tail and sewed the tail on the dress.
The tiara and ears were store-bought. The wings were ones from my daughter`s stash of fairy things.
My daughter was so excited to wear this to daycare today which makes me so happy because it is the first awesome Halloween costume I have made for her! She also believes I can make everything. Last night she decided she wanted me to be Princess Celestia (Twilight Sparkle`s teacher and mentor) and her Daddy to be a crab. She thought I could knit us both these costumes in time for today. I love that she believes I can do everything!
I hope I have not taken on more than I can chew, or knit. I have decided to knit Christmas gifts this year (and some birthday knits).
This is my Thistle scarf by Tin Can Knits. They are having a KAL from September 15 to November 15 so I thought it was the perfect time to knit this scarf! I managed to get my hands on 2 precious skeins of the March 2011 colour from Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club! It is Purple Label and the colour is called Clover. The Purple Label is an incredibly soft fingering weight composed of 70% merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon. It is for someone who loves the colour green.
I am also making a Fino Circle Scarf for someone this year!
I was originally going to make another Thistle with this yarn but one of the skeins was not subtly variegated and it looked terrible (and that is me being polite). The recipient likes circle scarves and I can easily knit this while watching swimming lessons and ballet class and I can knit it on the bus when I go back to work (EEP). Because the skeins are too different from each other, I have decided to put a subtle stripe in this but alternating the skeins every 11 rows. I think I like it. I hope the recipient does. It is made from Manos Del Uruguay Fino which is a single ply fingering weight which is 70% merino and 30% silk. It is so soft and drapey. The one suggestion I have if you are going to knit with this is DO NOT USE A CENTRE PULL BALL. Take the yarn from the outside. It catches and gets stuck on itself like nobody`s business. I bought this yarn at Wolseley Wool, they had a lot of beautiful colours when I was in the store but I was looking for a more neutral colour.
My final project that I have started is a Fairy Mist Cowl.
This is the only project so far where I bought the skein first and then had to find a pattern. I got it in the Tanis Fiber Arts OOAK sale in September. It is a Pink Label called Turnover and it has beautiful pops of teal and purple and grey and a lot of other subtle colours. I do not have a fancy enough camera to capture the beauty of the yarn. The colours are perfect for the recipient but I had to find a pattern where the yarn and the pattern do not compete with each other. I also had to find a pattern that has more interest than just plain stockinette stitch because there is only so much of that I can do!
I have more Christmas knitting planned! I hope I can get to it all!
Are you doing any Christmas knitting?
I have been busy knitting this month.
I have a Snowflake for my daughter that needs a placket, buttons, and ends sewn in.
This is knit out of Berroco Vintage DK in Dewberry which is a bright pinky/purple colour and a cream or light brown colour that I think it called mushroom. If you have any button recommendations for buttons for this one or the one for myself, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I’ve been looking but haven’t found anything yet.
I made a Milo for the baby to wear this fall/winter.
I love the Milo because it is a great piece to put over anything and goes with anything. We walk to daycare and it can get VERY cold here so any bit of extra warmth is always welcome! I had almost exactly enough left from my Dewey to make this. There is just tiny bit left.
I did my first test knit. I made a pirate pig for the baby, my daughter wants one now!
It was fun to test this pattern! It is well written and has a stuffing technique I have never used before that I love! I am going to use a version of it for all future toys I knit. And! This is the first time a project photo of mine was used in the pattern page!
And here is the final product of the Dewey I made for the baby.
I love how this looks on my boy! This pattern was supposed to be knit in a fingering weight but I converted it to a DK weight for a faster knit! If you are interested, please look at my project page for notes on my calculations. I love how wide the neck is. I love the cable. I love the yarn. I love every but the sleeves. I with I gave it more ease at the armpits.
Here is the Dewey in action at the cottage on the July long weekend! The baby cannot stay still now!!! He sure keeps me on my toes because his favourite things to play with are things that he shouldn’t be playing with!
I’ve worked hard on making new and exciting listings for my Etsy shop.
I’ve got some new spring colours of fingerless gloves and more to come in the next few days. These gloves are so soft and cozy, everyone who touches one immediately comments on how soft they are! They are perfect to wear in the spring for bike rides, for busy parents who need free fingers but want to keep their hands warm, and for people who love to use their iPhones, iPods, blackberries, etc. They are also awesome to wear when the weather starts getting warmer and they turn on the air conditioner in your office so your hands don’t freeze while you work on your computer!
I’ve also listed new spring or summer scarves with more styles to come! These scarves are made from fair trade handspun yarn from Nepal and India. The banana fibre scarves are also vegan friendly and eco-friendly because it is made out of a renewable resource. Please read my first post on banana fibre. Despite the name, the recycled sari silk is made out of entirely new fabric. The recycled sari silk is scrap fabric left over from making saris. This means that these scarves are also eco-friendly because you are preventing this material from going to landfills.
I’ve also fixed up the pictures for one of my favourite cowls in my shop. Not to pat myself on my own back too much, but one of my Etsy friends thought that it was a completely new listing! This cowl is so long that you can wrap it around your next 3 times when it’s cold outside. Because it is so stretchy and long, you can use your imagination and wear it any way you can think of! It would also be a perfect blanket like shawl to keep at the office in those cold air conditioning months!
The biggest challenge I have as a knitter is to knit items that are not meant for fall and winter. I am excited to announce that I am working on some new designs for listings in my shop that are not season dependent! I hope that these new designs work out as great as I am envisioning them in my head so I can introduce them to you ASAP!
I’ve also got my first set of business cards and they are so beautiful! I’d love to start sharing them with you!
This scarf is loose and airy, perfect for wearing in the spring and summer! It is a gorgeous shade of teal. And the best part? I knit this scarf our of fair trade handspun banana fibre. That means that by wearing it, you are helping women in Nepal work towards a better life for themselves and their families, and you are wearing an eco-friendly renewable resource. This yarn is actually made from harvesting the bark from banana trees. You will not believe how soft and silky it feels.
I needed a bit of a boost this weekend after adjusting to waking up before the crack of dawn, and being away from my little girl all day. It came in the form of being on the Etsy front page in a stunning treasury by the wonderful Rolling Hills Vintage! She included my taupe mobius cowl in this treasury.
What makes this cowl special? It is made out of very soft undyed fair trade wool that was handspun in a women’s collective in Uruguay! You are stylish, keep warm, and be globally conscious all at the same time when you wear it.
I love knitting. I love other people’s knitting. I love Etsy. Here’s some of my favourites!
Can you believe that this gorgeous shop has less than 20 sales? I am in awe of the beauty of this shop. If you see something you like, I recommend that you buy it asap because everything in her shop is either a one of a kind piece or a limited edition! Irene is a fashion design student and if her shop is any indication, she has a great career ahead of her!
Here is another beautiful shop that, surprisingly, has less than 20 sales! This shop is very diverse and fun with its offerings. It also offers one of a kind, unique, and original designs so if you see something you love, you better buy it right away! The designer is also a knitting instructor at her LYS in Pennsylvania. Her designs are inspired by nature and are completely beautiful.
The third shop I was going to feature is on vacation and then I remembered this beautiful shop! All of the lovely items in this shop are handknit by Sunhee Bang. She is an awesome fashion designer who has already embarked on a great career. You can learn more about her at her website. I absolutely love the chunkiness and warmth of her scarves and hats on Etsy.
Do you know of any awesome knitting shops you want to share with me?
This is a quick note to announce that one of my items was on the front page of Etsy for the first time EVER! It was at 5:00 am EST so there weren’t too many shoppers around then o it didn’t sell but I got a bunch of shop and item hearts I would have not gotten otherwise!
I also had a treasury I made on the front page of Etsy this afternoon!
Autumn is finally in the air, for the second time! Here are some of the things I love about autumn:
- corduroy. I will never wear cords in the spring or summer. I break them out in autumn. My preferred cord is a thinner wale word (I just learned that word 3 years ago) in a faded black/dark gray colour. This clutch from MilkandHoneyHandbags on Etsy pretty much says it all…if only it were a skinny pant!
- red leaves. Where I live they are more rare. Most of the trees turn yellow or a depressing brown. I have a lovely clematis on my back fence with all red leaves right now which makes me happy. They are pretty similar to this wonderful photo by RedLeafGallery on Etsy
- warm plaids. I bought a beautiful purple plaid coat 2 autumns ago. It got very cold here very fast so I didn’t get to wear it much. The following fall, I was pregnant. I am excited to finally wear it again! I can’t find any pictures of it online and of course, there are none of me wearing it so use your imagination and then make it 50 times more beautiful and that is my coat!
- cardigans. Being a knitter I love cozy and warm cardigans. This cardigan by knitsbyjessie on Etsy is pretty much my idea of perfection. If you want to get me a Christmas gift, this would be it!
- the smell of winter coming.
- fall food: soups, casseroles, baking, anything that I don’t like to make when I am too hot in the summer!
- making a Halloween costume! I you would consider how I make costumes upcycling because I usually go to value village, buy some random clothes and make a costume from it! This year, I am going to be a werewolf hunter who turned into a zombie. I look forward to seeing all the costumes at the social I am going to!
What do you love about autumn?