30
Aug

FO: Boat Mobile

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, gift, sewing

Did anybody guess that the mysterious WIP I posted hints to on Monday was a boat mobile? It was a pretty tough one. In fact, making this thing, I was a little stumped myself.

boats

Jon’s brother just had another baby and I promised I wouldn’t make a big, time consuming gift. That lasted about five minutes.  I guess cruising Etsy got the idea of making a mobile stuck in my brain. Jon’s brother is obsessed with fishing so he loves nautical themes. (I’ll take a moment here to admit to the selfishness of giving a handmade gift. While putting lots of time and love into the things that I make for others is very very important to me, nothing beats that rush that you get when the giftee unwraps what you’ve made and likes it!)

I originally wanted the little fishes to be caught on the string by their mouths like some tiny people were fishing them out of their tiny boats but I think that’s a little morbid.

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I picked up a pack of fat quarters in different blues at Purl Soho. I did a really rough template for the boats and just started cutting fabric and figuring things out. I ended up sewing all of the sails to the boats by hand. The more I worked on these boats (and by that I mean laying on the floor in front of my sewing machine wondering aloud, “How do I put these together!?”), the more I realized that I am nowhere near as good at sewing as I am at knitting. Sewing is terrifying and unwieldy and I am clumsy and backwards.

That being said, I think the whole thing turned out well and I’m especially pleased with the little anchor.

Putting this all together was a lot of fun. I like to think of myself as a crafty girl but I’m rarely gluing and repurposing things in the projects that I make on the regular. I hot glued cotton masonry twine to the inside of an old embroidery hoop. I like how the twine looks like mini ropes. I threw together some macrame to hang the hoop. I must admit that I never learned macrame when I was in camp. It’s so fun! I’ve been missing out. I decided to use figure 8 knots (and a dab of hot glue, naturally) to attach all of the pieces.

All in all, I’m happy with this guy. I definitely need more practice sewing.

Do you think garments are easier to sew than toys? What am I doing wrong?

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26
Aug

Guess This WIP

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, sewing, wip

I’ve been working on so many secret projects recently, I can’t tell you how hard it is to keep all of these things under wraps! I thought it might be fun to just put out some hints.

All I can say is, this is a sewing and hot glue kind of project. It’s something I’ve never made before. And it’s full of stuffing. Here are some photos:

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Any guesses? I’ll have real photos of the whole FO later this week!

ps. Speaking of secrets, check out my post on the Holla Knits blog to find out more about my design for the upcoming collection!

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31
Dec

Year in FOs

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, blog spotlight, design, DIY, embroidery, FO, gift, holiday, knits, KYC Presents, life, new york city, photos, pillow, press, sewing, skirt, socks, style, sweater, tie, yarn

This was a huge year for Knit York City. I am so excited to be here and move forward and I love sharing my work and my life with you guys. It’s not only been awesome to get feedback and help with my questions, but I feel like putting my energy into this blog has inspired me to spend more time making things. Looking back at all of the pieces I made this year, I think this might be my most productive year yet. It’s certainly been my most adventurous and I have all of you to thank for that!

I knit a lot of socks this year. All of the socks I made this year were my own design which is pretty awesome!

triangle sockTriangle Socks
Crux Socks
Loft Socks
Hanukah Socks

I taught myself how to sew. It got off to a rough start but I managed to make a skirt and an adorable little kimono.

sewing skirtFirst Skirt
Kimono

I also practiced my long-forgotten embroidery skills on a wedding present for one of my best friends and a tie for Jon to wear.

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Tie

I also made a few sweaters this year. I certainly didn’t make one every month but I am quite pleased with the ones that I finished. I really fell for Amy Christoffers’ new patters and I made one of them for a KAL. And I got to meet her this year!

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Maxfield

And, of course, what somehow became my most notable knit of the year: The Hamburger Sweater. I love the reaction I’ve gotten from this knit.

hamburger sweater 3

On top of everything else, I started a video web series (don’t forget to subscribe!) and I’ve had so much fun meeting so many awesome people. I can only thank my friends again (and again!) for helping make them possible. There will certainly be more episodes in the new year and hopefully I can fulfill my resolution to edit them faster! (It’s been tough with everything else going on so I’m calling in the reinforcements!) Get excited for that stuff.

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I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished this year. I am so proud of myself. And knowing what projects are in the works for the new year, I couldn’t be happier. While I don’t want to set any specific goals for what I make next year, I do want to make more! I will be happy if I keep working hard at it all, keep my fingers busy typing away and shooting videos and clicking needles. I bet that there will be twice as much to talk about by the end of 2013.

What did you make this year? Did you make a lot of sweaters? What are your goals for the new year?

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31
Aug

PATTERN MODIFICATIONS

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, design, DIY, sewing

I just wanted to share a little about the pattern adjustments for the little kimono that I posted last week. I crossed my fingers and made a wish and I think it worked because it seems to fit!

(I’m also taking the opportunity to use this post for WIP photos since I was keeping the whole project under wraps before.)

 

The pattern is for a newborn. But I loved everything about it so I had to make it. I love the Japanese influence and the shape and I also liked that it looked pretty simple to execute since it’s only three pieces. (My favorite part of crafting is making things that are pretty basic look really difficult and expensive.)

Here’s how I enlarged the pattern: First of all, I still have a knitting mind which thinks that I should just adjust the gauge for a bigger shirt! Wrong! Second, I do not have access to a baby that I can use for measurements or adorable viral dance videos. Therefore I went onto the Google and found that the chest measurement for a 12-18 month baby is about 20 inches. (It would be wonderful if someone with more baby experience could confirm this for me for future reference.)

 Warning: Craft Math ahead…

The back panel of the shirt measures 8 1/2 inches so the chest circumference of the shirt is 17 inches. I found the difference between the 12-18 month circumference and the newborn (20-17=3″) and then found what percentage that is of the large shirt (3/20=15%). Then I photocopied the pattern onto legal paper at 115%. I have a vague memory of someone telling me I could do that to make patterns bigger. Well, you can. I just said you could. (Read: I am not an expert.) I think I settled on 125% to give myself some more room for seam allowances and growth.
Overall, it turned out pretty well. It was a good place to try out a pattern adjustment since it was so small and the shape is pretty simple. I think with all of the challenges, I feel much more confident.
Do you adjust patterns often? Does it make you nervous?

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24
Aug

FO: Baby Kimono

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, design, DIY, gift, sewing, style

Last week Jon’s nephew (who received this blanket when he was born) turned 1! He is practically a real person now. I thought I’d try out my new sewing skillz (with a z, yes) to make my little boyfriend a birthday present.

This was my second sewing project after the skirt and I challenged myself here but I think I’m really starting to get the hang of this sewing thing! Big pats on the back to myself.

The pattern is the Purl Bee’s newborn kimono. I made some adjustments in terms of size (obviously, he’s not a newborn anymore…more on that in another post) and I tackled a French seam for the first time (it wasn’t perfect but that’s life!). The bias tape was a bigger challenge than expected but I like how it turned out. And it took me four times but I sewed a snap on for the first time. Those little bastards are tricky.

I love the organic fabric from Cloud9. (I think I bought a 1/2 yd more than the pattern called for since I was adjusting the size and I was terrified I’d cut something wrong!) Two of Jon’s brother’s favorite things are fishing and Japan so the sail boat kimono was perfect for his son.

Not too shabby for a beginner, huh? Any tips on size adjustments? Isn’t sewing for babies fun?

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