Posts Tagged ‘hand made’

08
Apr

New Pattern: Olivia Hat

Written by Sarah. Posted in FO, hat, knits, life, photos

Last month I got the urge to design a hat pattern. I don’t know what came over me but I wanted to work something up and go for it. I had grand dreams of writing up my sock patterns and sizing them and releasing them properly, too. (That didn’t happen but never say never.) I immediately went out and bought yarn and I worked on for a weekend, basically non-stop. And although that doesn’t sound like enough time to spend on a new design, I was pleased with the result. Francesca was nice enough to give it a whirl and here it is!

olivia

 

This is my first hat pattern! It’s a chunky, whimsical design with a folded brim and bobbles. I hear that chunky knit hats are going to be a big deal next winter. The Purl Soho Super Soft Merino comes in colors that are perfect for spring, too, or for cheering up a dreary winter. Pom poms are optional but I made one from some stashed Tosh Merino.

olivia 2

 

I’ve actually been nervous to release this. That anxious voice in the back of my head thinks that everyone will hate it (it almost feels like something a kid would wear but my old roommate said that I dress like Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine) or no one will want to sit next to me in the cafeteria. That being said, I’ve been tired of knitting my own patterns and not putting them out there for others. Just like my hand warmer pattern (and another upcoming project for Kollabora!), it’s a fun challenge taking the barely legible doodles and notes that are good enough for me and refining them so that others can follow them and not think that I’m crazy.

Other than that, I’ve been wearing this hat since I made it and I really love it. It is pretty much made of happiness.

You can purchase the Olivia Hat pattern here on Ravelry. I’d love to hear what you think about it and see your version.

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26
Oct

By Hand Magazine

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, cooking, DIY, embroidery, food, knits, recipe, sewing

Have you seen this new magazine By Hand? The first issue just came out and wow, I am in love. I read about By Hand before it was published at the Juniper Moon blog a few months ago and I have been eagerly awaiting it’s debut ever since! They were selling some really fantastic fundraiser t-shirts. (I bought one. I mean, how could you not?)

The magazine is not just focused on knitting (although there are patterns!), it is about the whole handmade lifestyle! There are sections on cooking and growing, sewing and embroidery. I am so excited that that this publication exists!

Big kudos to the team. I can’t wait for more! Buy a copy or read a digital version on their website. And buy a cool tee! How can you not?

Have you read By Hand? What do you think?

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24
Oct

FO: Wedding Tie

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, style, tie

My favorite part of Katie’s wedding (besides the romance and wine!) was seeing all of my friends together, all grown up. We are a big group and we are unbelievably close. We are all successful and adult-like and therefore we have all moved around the east coast to follow our dreams. Of course, when we get together, it’s like we never spent months apart which is fantastic.

As everyone was getting ready for the ceremony after a morning of splashing around in the hotel pool and causing a ruckus in the biggest Target I’ve ever seen (all par for the course for us), I started to get all misty seeing everyone in their grown-up suits and dresses, getting ready for our first friend wedding. Here we all were, we had changed in age but we hadn’t really changed over the years.

The moment really came to a head for me when Jon was putting on his tie. It had become a group effort because I knit the tie, mostly in the car on the ride down. But, of course, I had run out of yarn and my efforts to block it an hour before the wedding using the hotel iron had been for naught. So we enlisted my friend slash haberdasher Lam to help us squeeze every inch out of the tie so that Jon could wear it. The other boys scrambled around offering their own spare ties and sunglasses and style tips. And my ladies love him, too! Staying uncomfortably close to my favorite girlfriends, making fun of Jodie for her steady diet of Lunchables and string cheese, and gossiping with the bridesmaids about high school drama.

Seeing my long-time bros help my man get ready really made me verklempt! So much love!

The pattern for the tie is from the Purl Bee. It’s super simple if not unbearably repetatitve. The yarn I ran out of is Lion Brand’s LB Collection Baby Alpaca. After wearing it to the wedding, I picked up and knit straight black for another 4-5″ to make a more complete tie so he could wear it to another wedding! Love is in the air, am I right? It looked a bit more comfortable.

Jon looking dapper, me looking like it’s time to take off these heels!

The knit tie is totally awesome. I think knitting should be part of every aspect of my life so knitted accessories are a MUST

Tie 2.0 at Jess and Matt’s wedding. Note the pinwheel.

Ok, actually, my favorite part of the wedding was when we did the hora to “Take Me Home” but that’s story for another post…

Ever knit a tie? Tedious or terrific?

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13
Aug

FO: My first sewing project!

Written by Sarah. Posted in sewing, skirt, style, summer

Dear Knitting, I have not forsaken you. I still love you! I’m still here.

Let me back up a little. Remember that time that I said that I was terrible at sewing and ironing was really turning me off of the whole process? Well, I finished the skirt that was such a challenge. And, I must admit, the finished piece doesn’t look like a mess. In fact, it doesn’t really concede much of the struggle I was going through. And I could twirl in it.

I showed it to my grandma for inspection and she said that my seams weren’t too crazy and that it looked nice for a beginner. I take her word for it! She’s a pro. (She also gave me a resource book and some good tips for getting more comfortable behind the machine.)

Anyway, as promised, here are some photos of my first sewing project!

I paired the skirt that I made with this amazingly adorable Kate Spade shirt (it was a splurge but on sale so I went for it!) for my friend Katie’s bridal shower (everyone had to wear something white). It’s really fun pairing something I made as a newbie with a piece of designer clothing.

As I said before, sewing a skirt was a great jumping off point for me because it was quite uncomplicated (although I managed to screw it up, of course) but resulted in something that I could wear and show off. It wasn’t a tote bag or a pillow. It was something that I could add to my wardrobe which was very motivational for me.

The fabric is La Femme by Melissa Crowley that I bought at Purl Soho. I love the pattern. I don’t love that it feels so stiff. I think a few washes with some fabric softener will do the trick and if that doesn’t work, it’s time to put a lining in. (Adventures!)

I’ve been working on two other projects since the skirt. (More on that soon!) I’m really enjoying it, more than I thought I would. And I like the idea that I’ll be able to manipulate a sewing pattern perhaps with less trepidation than I would a knitting pattern. I’m pretty excited to say that, while I have not in any way, shape, or form given up knitting, I am embracing my new hobby.

As far as ironing goes, though, the jury is still out.

What’s the first sewing project you made? Were you scared? How did it turn out?!

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