Sunday, February 26, 2006

London Beanie



Now I kinda want one for myself :) And there's plenty of yarn left so I could easily make another. Perhaps I could make it with the main color red so Dan & I aren't twinsies.

This took me two evenings to do. The finish required dpns, which I don't think I actually used correctly but it still worked and I think he likes it despite the flaws.

Pattern: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hats/london-beanie.htm
Yarn: Cascade 220 aran weight black, Knit Pics Wool of the Andes Red, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Cloud

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Hello Knitty Pillbox Hat

My first knit hat

Tonight I finished knitting my first hat. It's a pillbox style with a bulky black and a thinner hot pink yarn knitted together. I thought I was going to run out of the black yarn at the end (yes, I have a big head) but have about 16 inches left :) Ignore my pale, no-makeup look here, I've been home with some kind of stomach bug:



Pattern from helloknitty.com
yarn used:
Rowan R2 "fuzzi felt" black
Karabella "aurora 8" merino wool color 24 (hot pink)


Dan's hat is next, once the yarn arrives. I found a good cheap mailorder store.

Thinking about going back to bed, ugh.

Project Snakeskin

Curtains, that is. I made 2 pair of curtains for our bedroom out of dark red snakeskin-print PVC. I think these are gonna be tres sexy once installed in the bedroom but I need Dan's help to put up the curtain rods. So in the short term, here's one set hanging up on the living room window hooks:

They look shiny like a shower curtain here but they're really much more matte, it's just the flash kind of distorting things:


Closeup:


It'll be a huge improvement over the natural canvas Pier 1 shades we've had since moving in 8 or 9 years ago. Those poor things are coated with cat hair (Punky's in particular because he used to like to hang out in the windowsill) and the pull cords are broken. These should repel pet hair and can be washed if necessary. I also enjoyed sewing with PVC fabric. I thought it would be more difficult but armed with a Teflon presser foot for the machine and quality thread it went really well. I'd like to make a skirt or a simple dress out of this kind of material.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

DVD player tote

My portable DVD player that I won finally arrived. I love it. I love gadgets and this thing seems truly light and easily portable (unlike my laptop, which is heavier and requires alot of extra stuff packed with it). I took it to work today to show Michael since he didn't believe that I really won something good. But I figured it should have some sort of case or bag to keep it from getting scratched and battered inside other bags. So tonight I made a little tote that's lined with fleece and has some inner pockets for the power cord, remote, earphones, etc. The wide angle lens makes this look like a big bag but it's really just about 10X12:

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Warmup jacket

Yesterday I made a warmup jacket. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. The whole idea was to learn and try sewing techniques I haven't done yet, and with this I installed my first zipper, made pockets, attached ribbed cuffs, collar, and waistband, and used facing. Yes, it does look a bit like a kids' pajama top or a Star Trek costume due to my color choices:



Too bad I didn't secure the top of the zipper well after I chopped 4 inches off; after wearing this around the house for half an hour the zipper pull came right off the top! Not sure how I'll fix that, I've kind of jammed it back on for now but it doesn't match up at the bottom.