Monday, January 21, 2013

A Busy Three Weeks

               Pin Cushion

Trace the desired pattern pieces onto the butcher paper.
 So I decided to take the cover off my sewing machine, fully intending to finally finish the PJs I've been working on for a while. But then I went to the Tigard library and found a really cute book full of patterns. So I chose a pincushion to sew and decided on a red, black and white color scheme. Since I couldn't cut out the patterns in the book, I used the butcher paper method to copy them. If you have never tried the butcher paper method I heartily recommend it for copying patterns. Butcher paper has a light coating of wax on the back.

Trace the pattern pieces you need and just iron the paper onto the fabric, Once you have cut out the pattern you simple peel the paper off the back and you are ready to sew. Just be sure to iron the paper onto the back or you might end up with a slight coating of wax on the front of your project
The cut out pieces 
A fussy cut motif
 This method is ideal for fussy cutting pieces, allowing you to perfectly center a design or motif.

The completed project
 Here is the finished project. Usually I would give you the information on where to find the pattern but there were several problems with this pattern that lead me to not recommend the book. First, the instructions and pictures did not match up. It would say to make a seam and reference a picture that didn't illustrate the directions. But the biggest problem was that the pattern itself was flawed. I cut out 8 of the body pieces but only ended up using 7 and even then I had to do a lot of resewing. So while the finished project is cute, it is not worth the hassle.

Finished Shawls

Here are the shawls I was working on last time. I still need to give a slight press to the hem on the white shawl but on the whole I think it turned out nicely. The green shawl is ridiculously wide. The picture shows the back with the front wrapped almost completely around.

Angele's shawl
The lace weight shawl


200+ yards of handspun
 This is a blue face leicester/silk blend that was a dream to spin. I bought it at Flock and Fiber (see previous post for link) at the Dicentra booth. They are one of my two must visit booths at the festival. She always has the best colors and her fiber always spins up beautifully.

Blocking the socks


These are a pair that I started before Christmas. The pattern is from my very favorite sock knitting book, Knitting on the Road. Every sock I have made from this book has turned out beautifully. I have no idea where I bought this yarn but this photo doesn't really show the beautiful blues of the yarn. I'm not sure who will get these socks as they turned out a little small for the intended recipient. If I were to make them again and wanted to be sure they would fit one of my sons, I would omit the decreases in the pattern.

Close up of the twisted rib pattern

This yarn is quite fine, even by fingering standards. I changed my mind three times about the pattern I would use for the socks. I also went down to size 1 needles to get a fabric that I was happy with. This pattern is called Conwy.

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