So I have been on this t-shirt tunic/dress kick as of late. The nice thing about them is they keep one’s backside warm during the winter months. Then, come spring, you can just wear them as dresses, I suppose. Well, anyway, I thought I would mix things up and change the neckline. I found a pattern for a shawl collar in a Sewing Pochee magazine I picked up in Japan last fall and superimposed that over my basic tunic pattern. I had this weird sweater knit fabric I got at Fabric Depot a couple years ago, and that seemed ideal for this. I am not really used to this style of neckline, so I find myself constantly fiddling with it. Other than that and the lack of side pockets (I was simply too lazy to put them in), it is pretty comfortable and easy to wear.
2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
Mix everything together and spread into a greased 8″ square pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 min (do not overbake!). Let cool completely before digging in (trust me on that. You won’t get the awesome dense chewiness if they don’t cool)
Surprise! I finished a sweater! I know, it is practically unbelievable.
I had this sweater in my stash for several years. It’s that Needful Yarns London Tweed. It is super soft! I started knitting something with it, but then I went on my extended knitting hiatus. I’d been wanting just a basic, no-nonsense pullover, and this seemed like the perfect yarn for it. I got the Raglanify app for my iPad to try out. I must confess that I did not have high hopes for the app. It just seemed too simple or something. Well, I was WRONG, because it churned out exactly what I wanted! The fit is pretty much spot on. The only adjustments I made were to the sleeves (for anyone curious, I added a few stitches to the sleeve and then decreased more stitches than were called for. I should have tapered the entire sleeve, but I was too lazy to rip out the whole sleeve, so I just went halfway and called it good). I will definitely be using this app again.
Anyway, it might not be the most exciting sweater, but I am pleased with it. Next I am planning to make Shellseeker in crazy clown sweaters. I am anxious to start swatching, but I have to do my nails tonight. It is challenging to prioritize.
I stopped knitting for a couple of years for some reason. I would like to blame the dog, since she had a habit of sitting RIGHT next to me, which made knitting awkward and my arm sore, but about a year ago she stopped getting on the couch (she is getting too old and weak to get up there). I have some other excuses, among them just sheer laziness and wanting to sprawl on the couch and veg out, and then there was the newfound nail polish obsession, which interferes with knitting time.
Anyway, I seem to have a renewed interest in knitting again, which I am happy about. I am working on a boring sweater right now, but I also just finished this hat. It is for someone with, supposedly, a monstrously large head. I have my doubts, but I hope it fits and that she likes it.
The pattern is Gretel by Ysolda Teague. I used KnitPicks Swish Bulky, which is much bulkier than the yarn called for, but I figured it would make a large hat for the large head. It did. The stuff knit up very nicely, even though I screwed up the pattern at some point. The yarn is very soft and yummy, plus I did that tubular cast-on, which is pretty great and so wonderfully stretchy.
Anyway, there you go. Oh, and my friend’s daughter, Paulina, reminded me that I should post to the blog, so this one is for her.
My mother had been harassing me for quite some time about making her some pillowcases. I don’t know why she can’t just go to Macy’s like other people and buy some. Kidding. Anyway, I had forgotten what nice instant gratification one can get from sewing up pillowcases. Really, you only need a yard of fabric and a couple of minutes. One of the cases I made was from Chico Hayasaki’s collection from Kei Fabrics. The fabric is very light yet buttery soft. Peter was very jealous of the case, so I made him one.
I wrote these instructions eons ago, but they still work! I should know, as I had to refer to them to make the cases!
Heyyyyyy, so I have been doing a bit of sewing. I’ve been trying to “style up” a bit lately, but I realized that I am incapable and unwilling to stray too far from my comfort zone, so I decided that maybe I should just stick with what I like (comfortable, practical stuff, preferably in stretchy and warm fabrics) and just do something slightly different with them. I found this heavy, organic French terry at Rose City Textiles and made up my own pattern. I basically just took a T-shirt pattern and added on. The fabric is quite heavy, so wearing this does sort of feel like wearing one of those X-ray vests they have at the dentist, but you know, I kind of love those X-ray vests, so I am happy with the tunic.
Before I made this one I made a sample out of some vintage polyester. I’m not quite sure how to identify it. It isn’t double-knit because it is on the thin side. Did they ever have something called single-knit? It is also NOT stretchy at all. Anyway, IT IS AWESOME, and I love it. It feels like I am wearing some sort of plastic shield. Peter cannot touch it because it grosses him out. I find it is an effective wind barrier. I’ll take a photo of it one of these days.
I started this Spud & Chloe “camp hoodie” a couple years ago. I finished the entire body and was halfway up the hood when I just, well, stopped knitting. I’m not sure what happened, but I just didn’t feel like knitting. That lasted a couple of years. I now seem to have gotten some knitting mojo back. I don’t know how long it will last, but I am hoping it sticks around for a while!
Anyway, I finally managed to finish the hoodie. Unfortunately, I am not all that happy with it. It doesn’t really fit me very well, and I think it looks poorly knit (maybe because it IS poorly knit). Maybe I will like it better after I have thrown it in the wash (and I CAN throw it in the wash because I used KnitPicks Swish that is washable). One good thing is it is really quite warm. I really love KnitPicks Swish. It is super soft and cozy.
For years now I have been in search of a good, basic, button-down shirt pattern. I even worked rather tirelessly on a custom pattern in a sewing class only to discover I didn’t like the way it fit. So, I am trying again! This time I used a blouse pattern from an old Pochee magazine. I made it as is, but it was too big. I added some darts in the back and took in the sides a little bit. I added front waist darts, but they looked ridiculous, so I removed them. I am mostly happy with the pattern but think I still need to modify it. It has armhole darts, which are supposed to add a little something-something to the boobally challenged, but they do nothing but add weird creases in the fabric, which you can see. So, I think I want to eliminate those darts and have the front be all flat, like my chest. Har har.
So, the fabric! I have a nice stash of the beautiful fabrics by my friend (and amazing designer) Chico Hayasaki, so I used one of those. The fabric is by Kei and is amazing. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t make cotton like this. It is buttery and soft yet crisp at the same time. It is magic!
Here’s a question for you–how are some women able to wear these gathered, loose-fitting, tunic-y tops and not look maternity? I am attracted to these gathered shirts, but I don’t think Clinton and Stacy would approve. Regardless, let’s focus on the positive, one of which is that this is Hello Kitty Liberty of London fabric, and it is lovely! I made this top from one yard of fabric! I used a pattern from a great Japanese mook called I Love Liberty Print (ISBN 978-4-408-63261-2). The pattern was even more billowy and maternity than it is here. I had to bring it way in! It is really comfortable and perfect for hot days. I just need to kind of hold in the sides so I don’t look pregnant.
My sole reader was bugging me about not blogging, so here you go, Carolyn! So, I don’t know about you, but I am always searching for the Perfect T-shirt Fit (TM). Unfortunately, I can be a bit finicky, and what is perfect one day may not be so perfect the next. Anyway, I decided I needed a comfy, not-super-fitted T-shirt, so I made a pattern based on a T-shirt I have that I really like. I used some leftover fabric (some cotton blend) and used the flatlock on my serger, and voila. The shoulders are actually a bit big, so I sized the pattern down a little bit for the next attempt.
I got a new sewing machine–an industrial machine by Sailrite–so my jeans experimentation should continue if I am not too lazy.