Monday, February 28, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I have supplies for the first baby blankets...
Better get started before the babies actually get here!

Monday, February 21, 2011

This post looks like feet

The Tennis Anyone socks are done!

I finished the 2nd one last night while we were watching Iron Man.

So while I do not have Second Sock Syndrome, I have Weird Pair syndrome, because yet again, the 2nd sock came out weirder and lumpier than the first, despite the fact that I used the same pattern, same dimensions, same foot for measuring.


Friday, February 18, 2011


So there's been some progress on the crochet projects:

The 2nd tennis sock is almost halfway done. By the way, I swear, the other one DOES stretch and I don't just have freakishly short feet.

There are a few more inches on the Luna sweater! I can definitely tell this one is going to take a while. I'm getting the hang of some of the special stitches in it, but it's still very time consuming and I'm not quite up to normal speed with them yet. I'll have to find some good light soon and try and take some pictures where you can see the pattern stitching stand out.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Sewing Kit

I belong to the sew_hip and craftgrrl communities on Livejournal, and every once in a while I see the "hey, I'm just starting out, what do I need?!?!" posts.

These are a few things I think are essentials to have if you're going to sew. None of these items are super expensive, and are easy to store in a cute little zippered pouch or small box.

  • Needles - these come in different styles, but as long as you can thread it and it's sharp, it should do.
  • Thread - a spool each of black & white threads are a must for sure. If you know you're really partial to certain colors for projects, get those too.
  • Tape measure - a flexible one, so that you can measure pretty much anything from yourself to the pillow to the cat.
  • Seam ripper- for deconstructing or pulling out mistaken stitches to do it over.
  • Good scissors - Fiskars are a good brand. But whatever you get, keep them with your sewing things and DO NOT USE THEM FOR ANYTHING ELSE but fabric or thread. You think I'm kidding, but I'm not. Nothing ruins good scissors faster than using them for paper or letting the family use them for everything else.
  • Pins and pincushion - the first is a must, the second is safety. It's easier to pick up a tomato than a bunch of tiny pointy things that fell out of a box you dropped.
  • A thimble - if you're going to sew by hand, you may occasionally need a little oomph to get your needle through uncooperative fabrics. A thimble will ensure that whatever finger you're using will not get punctured by the back end of the needle (ouch!).
  • Liquid fray stopper - there are a couple of brands available. Essentially it's just really diluted glue-like liquid. If you're working with fabrics that ravel a lot, this can help stop that while you're trying to work with it. A tiny bit of white glue or clear nail polish can also do this job, but it's very thick.

In addition, if you've got a machine, make sure you keep on hand extra bobbins and spare needles. If you snap your last needle in the middle of something that needs to be done TODAY, well, you're kind of screwed, unless you live really close to a store with notions.

Good luck, new stitchers! It'll be a journey full of fun and fabric.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Crochet Toolkit

It is true that the only things you really need to crochet are a hook and yarn. However, some things make it easier to finish up projects. Below is my list of things that every crocheter should have.

  • Hooks- well duh. I suggest (at least) one of each in sizes from D to at least K, so that you'll be prepared for any project you want to tackle.
  • Yarn needle - big and blunt, usually plastic. This makes weaving in yarn ends much easier.
  • Stitch markers - for some projects with shaping or colorwork, you may need to mark your place. There are tons of kinds of stitch markers out there to use, from handmade bling to plastic rings. You don't have to be fancy or expensive with these (I use paper clips, myself).
  • Yarn snippers - I keep around both a small pair of scissors and one of the Clover yarn cutter pendants. If you do a lot of travel crafting, the second will come in very handy.
  • Tape measure - doesn't have to be fancy or excessively long. Helpful for swatching and checking length of projects like socks.

See, it's a short list! Short but full of very useful things. Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Still kickin...

I find that when I start a project, I find about 12 other projects to start. Isn't that called Startitis?

So I didn't find a whole lot of time this week to crochet, but last night I did manage to put another inch or so onto the back of my sweater.

I also started looking up baby blanket patterns, because a lot of my friends are expecting this year, and there's going to be plenty of babies around that need crafted stuff. :)

THEN I saw the beds my friend made for her kitties, and she gave the link to the pattern for that....

So I haven't started all of these yet, still trying to coordinate some yarn choices. But I want to. And someone left a yarn catalog in the break room at work the other day. Enabling much????