winter wrap-up

I’m hoping winter will be gone for good shortly! I’m not against a brisk spring but I’ll be fine waiting until next winter for snow and temps below freezing.

Today is a beautiful sunny day in the 50s so I feel like I should get these wintery knitted things out of the queue.

First up is the flip-top mittens I’d posted pictures of (partially finished) on my Facebook page a few times. I started them over Christmas and finished them about a month ago. I’m really happy with how they turned out and think they’ll be getting a lot of wear next year.

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I thought the flip-top part might mess me up, but it really wasn’t bad. Underneath, the edge is finished nicely.

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With the rest of the super soft Heartland yarn I made a standard hat with 1×1 ribbing to match the 1×1 ribbing on the mittens. I used circular needles and am over dpns for hats now as it went so quickly!

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Recognize the yarn for the scarf? I made another scarf out of it earlier this winter and used the rest of it plus another skein to make this infinity scarf.

My boyfriend’s family was asked me if I was making an infinity scarf when I was working on a different scarf over the holidays and I realized I’d never made one! This yarn was perfect for it, plus it’s such a bright happy color for winter.

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To make the infinity scarf, I knit a long scarf 2×1 and sewed the edges together at the end.

I’d like to give a shout out to Lion Brand Yarn, my unofficial sponsor. Both yarns I used are theirs, as is the free pattern I used for the mittens. Hoping to get away from yarn and into sewing for spring soon!

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winter buntings

I’ve been wanting to make a Christmas bunting for two and a half years. Now that I’ve finished a couple, some please tell me that the trend is still going!

Last Christmas, I got some things together to make a Merry Christmas bunting. The word Christmas is pretty long though so when I finished it a couple weeks ago all I had was the Merry, but the important thing is the sentiment of the season is conveyed in green and red. Maybe I’ll get to “Christmas” in a couple more years 😉

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M-E-R-R-cat…

I just sewed green and red triangles together, put some bias tape across the top, and cut out some felt letters and zig-zag stitched them on to the triangles.

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So simple it should have taken me way less time to complete!

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While I was at it, I finished the “Snow” bunting I’d been wanting to make as well. Still could hang that one up this year as another winter storm warning is rolling through Kentucky tonight…

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I sewed three layers of white broadcloth together for these since the white was sheer. To add some pizzazz, I cut out snowflake shapes and sewed them on with the letters.

I’ve started getting back into blogging a little this year with the occasional spring-like day being a good motivator. In the past couple weeks, I’ve also read blogs for the first time this year. I was expecting to see dozens of missed posts from all of my favorites, but instead I saw a lot of “sorry I haven’t been blogging much this year.” So it isn’t just me!

I did buy a couple of patterns to make myself some clothes recently, the Simple Blouse pattern from Running with Scissors and Pattern Parcel #1 which contains some very popular internet patterns like the Lady Skater Dress and the Ava Dress by Victory Patterns at a super crazy discount. Now to find some fabric… Any suggestions?

baby outfit and something for mom too

I completed another round of sewing for Emily last weekend. She welcomed her daughter Grace about two months ago, and it took me this long to deliver the goods on a baby present. I knew what I was going to sew and cut out the pieces weeks ago, but finally sewed them together this past weekend.

Both were made from thrifted adult clothes that now have new life as a baby outfit.

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I knew I want to make a peasant dress from this fabric from a thrifted skirt I got back in Alabama. The fabric is a bit tricky as it was cut on the bias and is very shifty, but it came together without too much trouble. (I made a purse from the fabric before.)

I made a couple of baby peasant dresses from thrifted sheets before for charity, but I think this is my new favorite.

I added a little something extra to the hem with the leaf stitch on my machine. I wanted to do some really pretty embroidery as the fabric is perfect for it, but opted not to since I also wanted give the dress to Emily before Grace outgrew it!

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The dress seemed so small after I finished it, but when I went to see Grace I realized she was still pretty small. I think she’s already growing too fast for Emily though!

The second part of the outfit was actually finished first. I took a plain brown t-shirt that I decided I wasn’t a fan of in its original state and made a pair of knit pants for the baby. I used the existing hem of the shirt so no hemming! The pants were so easy (I’ve made several pairs now) and should be super comfy for Grace.

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The last item I threw in the bag was adult-sized. I’ve made this cardigan pattern before and figured it would be an easy piece to wear for a mom with adorable girls who are two months and two years old.

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The fabric is a slinky knit from fabric.com. I had to do a bit of maneuvering to get all the pieces out of one piece of fabric (notice the perpendicular stripes on the lower front panels), but look how nicely I lined up the stripes at the sleeves!

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It was so nice to finally meet Grace and to hang out with Emily again. Can’t wait to see a picture of Grace in her new outfit!