Showing posts from November, 2015

Better late than never

Ok... I was a tad ambitious when I so confidently claimed that I'd have my niece's quilt done by the end of August. In reality, I just finished it this past week. I had the whole week off for Thanksgiving because I somehow had a bunch of vacation time to burn, so I made sure the adorable pink and grey quilt was on the top of my to-do list.

And here it is!

Of course, it needed my signature matching tote bag too!

I took better process pictures of how I construct the simple box totes this time. Here's a quick picture tutorial:

I don't have a picture of how to make the handles. And that's because I haven't figured out the best way to do it yet. This time I tried sewing a little sleeve to fit right around the batting, then stitched the batting to one end and attempted to turn the whole thing right side out. What a mess. The batting twisted and turned until I mashed it smooth. Bah.

I love to pin the handles to the faces of the bag before sewing the lining in. It make…

Cozy Cabled Legwarmers

Remember those cute knitted booties I made last fall? Well, my friend Jamie loved the cable pattern, and asked me to see if I could translate that pattern into some leg warmers for her. She's a personal trainer, so she wears a lot of fitness leggings (like... all the time. They're all really cute too), and thus would like a pair of legwarmers for winter. This conversation happened last fall... and I'm finally getting around to finishing them up... a year later.

They're actually pretty simple. I'm knitting them flat on straight needles, and plan to secure them up the sides with a bunch of cool buttons.

I started by casting on 60 stitches and knitting a 2x2 rib for about 1.5 inches, or 8 rows. I then increased to 66 stitches (increasing in the center of  each cable). It took me forever to figure out what the heck I had done on the first one when it came time to making the second one... so I ended up unraveling a good three pieces of ribbing because nothing was turnin…

Dr. Seuss' Lorax Quilt

Holy cow! I just realized that I never posted finished pictures of the Truffula Tree quilt! Silly me...

I got this little quilt finished up just in time for my last hair appointment (like, literally the night before) so I didn't have a whole lot of time to photograph it before giving it to my stylist for her sweet little girl.

I brought it to work with me hoping to get some time over lunch to bring it out and find some cute places to set up some pictures, but that didn't happen. I had to run around like crazy after work and snap a few here and there... so pardon the lameness of my photos! At least I got a few of the whole thing, front and back, and some of the detailed stitching.

I'll see if I can get a few photos of it in the baby's room tonight! We're having another craft night, and I guess that would be an ideal time to do it!

"Grandpa" Square Support Ribbon Afghan

November is Men's Health Month... also known as "Movember".

Sometimes life is just really unfair. One of the kindest, most generous people I know was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer-- the founder and shareholder of the company I work for. All of us who work in his family of businesses are saddened to hear the news. He truly is a great man, and we're all sure he'll pull through this fight just fine. After all... karma is definitely on his side.

I had the idea to round up anyone at my company who can crochet to make him a blanket or something for Christmas, and present it to him at our annual holiday party. I was able to find five ladies, and we decided to do granny squares (or "grandpa squares" I guess... he's only 57, but he is technically a grandpa).

Originally, I thought we'd just make up a bunch of 8" squares in random patterns and stitch them all together, but as a group we decided that an image of a blue ribbon would be kind of…