Showing posts with label knitting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label knitting. Show all posts

Friday, December 12, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Girls in White Dresses

This is going to have to be short today because I just cast on a Christmas project and I am such a slow knitter.

In Monday's post I said that I used Edelweiss Pattern's Liesl's Party Dress patter to make my wedding dress. I did not add the lower sleeve puff and I lengthened the skirt. I went to a seamstress to have it fitted because I only started using a machine a few years ago and am just not confident enough to make any important alterations yet.  I had some pictures on a camera card of constructing the entire dress but I can't seem to find them right now! 

This is the full dress before I put in the zipper and without the pearl bead sash. It was so much fun to sew and to see the whole thing come together. I had just guessed at the amount of fabric I would need to lengthen the skirt and I was so surprised when I ended up having the perfect amount with enough scraps left over to make a ring bearer pillow! 


This is just before walking down the aisle. I was trying to pin a broken pendant with an edelweiss flower to my bouquet when my mother snapped this picture. My veil is home sewn as well. Just a couple yards of 108 inch wide tulle and about 8 yards of satin ribbon. My mother in law gave me some pretty silver and pearl combs that I used to hold the veil in my hair. The metal combs didn't hold securely enough to make me feel like the veil wouldn't fall off, so I also ended up using the plastic comb from my mother's wedding veil that she had worn 30 years earlier when she got married at the same church.


I really need to thank Katrina of Edelweiss Patterns who made this beautiful dress pattern (And perhaps even Dorothy Jeakins, the Sound of Music costume designer.) ;) Cheryl, the seamstress who fitted and hemmed my dress was so sweet and full of lots of encouragement and tips for my future sewing!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Shawl I Tell You What I Think of You?

You don't mind if I recycle a picture do you? I'm STILL working on this. 


I knew I was slower at knitting than crocheting, but this is just ridiculous! I'm still working on the Glitz at the Ritz shawl pattern. The instructions are fairly straight forward and understandable for someone like me who doesn't really do all that much knitting. Thank goodness for YouTube tutorials on knitting stitches! It's very pretty so far, from what I can tell, even though I did give up on counting stitches at a few spots. If I'm not mistaken, the first time you count what's on a needle you should have 217 stitches!! Remember, this is sock yarn... That's 217 tiny, skinny, little stitches that you have to count!

I am determined to see this project through! I'm on the star lace section now. I just have a feeling not every stitch is going to line up where it should. I guess that's some motivation to keep working on it, just to see if it all actually lines up. 

Well, that's what was on the needles this week!
Did anyone get the title reference to a deleted song from The King and I (1956)? ;)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Knitting, Comparatively Speaking

God is quite  crafts(man?). He made everything! Sometimes when I knit or crochet I start to think about that. It's pretty cool that God knits too!

Probably the most famous verse that mentions God knitting is this one:

Psalm 139:13  "For you created my inmost being;
                         you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Not only does God knit, He is also a potter

Job 10:9   "Remember that you molded me like clay.
                   Will you now turn me to dust again?
                  Did you not pour me out like milk
                  and curdle me like cheese,
                  clothe me with skin and flesh
                  and knit me together with bones and sinews?

Isaiah 64:8 "Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
                    We are the clay, you are the potter;
                    we are all the work of your hand.

And Jesus, God's son, who was fully man and fully God learned the trade of carpentry.

Knowing what it takes to knit a shawl, or a stocking, or a hat, it is amazing to think of all of the work God put into creating the universe, and the even more specialized work he has put into each person in the past, present, and future on this planet!

Even though the verses that refer to God knitting or molding clay are essentially describing God creating something and not literally using yarn or clay (though he did create Adam from dust) I still think it's amazing to have been blessed a talent that is, in some small way, similar to the way God does His work. 

Knitting, for a person, is something that takes patience, the right tools, and carefully following a pattern in order to turn out right. Often I will make a mistake and have to rip out row after row or even start over again. Sometimes I'll even get tired of a project and it can sit on a shelf in my closet for years before I pick it up again! 

I am so glad that a perfect God is in control of His creation. He doesn't make mistakes and he never gets tired of working on us.  Sometimes, in our sinful nature we will make a mistake, and God so patiently and lovingly will unravel us to the point where we see that we need Him to do the work, and we need to follow his pattern that was perfectly planned for us from the beginning of time.




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This and That and a Fun Event Starting Thursday!

I FINALLY updated my Etsy shop with a few more items. That is certainly not an April Fool's joke! Please, go over and take a look! The Wizard of Odds and Ends on Etsy

I always feel so unprepared when Tuesday finally rolls around. I still have not started taking notes during the week on what I will be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays. I think that was part of my new year's resolution too. Let's see, I did a little knitting and a little sewing this week.

Currently I am working on this Glitz at the Ritz shawl for my friend's birthday. I'll have to get to work on that as soon as this is posted!! I've still got quite a bit left but the pattern works up pretty quickly. Though I'm sure some more seasoned knitters could have it done in a flash!
Here's what I have so far:


I also recently hosted a giveaway on my Instagram for one of my Peter Pan collars! That was a lot of fun! The winner was silent_miku another crocheter. I love looking at photos of her  amazing work! I think I will definitely have some other sort of giveaway sometime in the future! I was absolutely amazed when I realized that nearly 300 people viewed the Wizard of Odds and Ends Facebook page!! So, so, so thankful for each new view!  Hello to those of you who may be reading my blog for the first time! Thank you for reading, to the regular and the new viewers!

As for the sewing endeavors, I took in the sides of knee length denim skirt that was ridiculously bell shaped. It still is, but not nearly as bad. Thank goodness I still have all my fingers intact and bandaid-less because that little project took place around 2 in the morning on Sunday. It was getting late once I had made up my mind what outfit I wanted to wear to church, which included said skirt that I had only worn once because of the awkward shape. I placed one of my favorite skirts over it and pinned along the edges. The finished result is still slightly more flared than I would prefer, but at least it's an improvement!

The second article of clothing that I took in a bit was a medium men's shirt that none of my brothers wanted. I liked the brown pinstripes on it and that it was a good tunic length for me, but it was still very baggy looking even with a belt around the waist. I can't give away too much. What I can tell you is I will be wearing this shirt Thursday through Saturday for the 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways event which is being hosted by Boyer Family Singers, Bramblewood Fashion, Creations By Callie, and Fresh Modesty. Go check out their posts and join in! There's also a hashtag for instagram so you don't have to have a blog participate!




Hope you've all had a good week! If you're interested in viewing any of my other social media pages, link are located just above the title of this post! Check back on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for my posts in the 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways event!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sock and Awe

Well, one sock is coming along nicely. I'm on the fence about this whole knitting socks thing at this point after frogging the equivalent of about 1/4 of the project and still having another sock to make after this one. I WILL finish them! I have promised myself that. I've got a few weeks to go before they really need to be done.

Next on the agenda: the case of the missing Etsy updates. Yeah. Work, weather, equipment, etc. have all decided to no longer work in my favor for the time being. I'm still trying to get my "gimmick" though. That one product that is what I make. Of course there will still be other handmade and vintage items listed, but I want to have that one thing that I can tell people, "This is what I do. This is my shop. I would love for you to take a look!" ---Classic movie reference: This feels very much like Jimmy Stewart as Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story when he was looking for a certain sound for his band. He didn't know what it was, but when he heard it, there was no mistaking it.---

Here's sock nĂºmero uno btw. In order starting top left going clockwise. I'm sure you could tell.:



That's basically all I worked on all week. Yeah. It's taking that long to knit a pair of socks...to knit ONE sock.

Okay, I should proceed with extreme caution in saying that I will post a blog on Friday. I have no name for the Tuesday posts yet, but I think Favorite Things Friday may stick! Very general, yes, but we shall see where this goes. I am hoping to finish up my Carrie Underwood Sound of Music reviews. I had two more parts to write when my notes went missing in action. I just found them a few days ago behind the cover of one of my books. Coincidently that book is "Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie." By Julia Antopol Hirsch. I was doing research.  :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lame is the Name of the Game

Ready, set, go:
Well, the weather hasn't been nice enough to get decent pictures with my not-so-decent camera of my newest items for Etsy or of the fat quarter skirt I sewed. I did have a nice day though.

My friend of 12 years and I try to get together at least every other month. We used to live a 5 minute walk from each other and since I moved we're now a half hour drive apart! Today we got together and spent most of the time in the car chatting away. We went into a specialty yarn store that I had never visited before. Most of the price tags made me feel like I need a different hobby. 

As we were leaving the cashier asked us if we had found anything. I said I was just looking because I'd never been in there before and had no specific pattern in mind so ALL that gorgeous yarn was pretty overwhelming. I felt like I was being watched and like I was stashing yarn under my coat because an ample portion of my arm knit scarf was sticking out at the collar. I felt silly for wearing it in the store but I told the woman what it was and she asked to see it because she'd only heard of arm knitting before and had never actually seen anything that was arm knitted. She called her friend over too look and said, "It's actually knitted, look at this!" Which gives me the feeling that she was skeptical about arm knitting and assumed, as I did at first, that it couldn't really be knitting and was just another one of those yarn crafts that was called knitting by people who didn't know what knitting was. (Forgive the snobbish sounding air there.)

My friend and I them made our way over to JoAnn Fabrics to quell the urge I now had to knit a pair of socks. I justified buying a $10.00 skein of Lion Brand Sock-Ease yarn by allowing my friend to pick the color and deciding that handmade socks would be a wonderful birthday gift. She always gets something handmade. It made me smile when I had to move cowl I made her for Christmas out of the passenger seat in her car before I could sit down. 

Now, back at home, I'm sitting on my bed and typing away with a double pointed needle, 64 cast on stitches, and a skein of Sock-Ease. There's also a messy trail of yarn on my pillow. I prefer working from the center of a skein but I always have trouble neatly finding the center. Does that happen to anyone else?


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes....and Hands and Arms

This has been a fun week. I'm slowly but surely finishing up the Gargantuafghan. Autocorrect just fixed that word for me because I unintentionally switched two letters! I've been typing it a lot lately. The measurements with the boarder completed are 52 inches wide by 84 inches long. A whopping 7 feet long!! I'll have to compare that to my old blue one I made about 5 years ago. They're pretty close in size.



This past week two Items have been taken off of Etsy and frogged. Rippit rippit... (Did I use that correctly?) I had two hand crocheted, literally, scarves made from bulky yarn. They were so soft but just so so so ugly. I took the listings down and turned them along with the rest of my super bulky stash into a super plush mat. Not quite as puffy and ugly looking as the scarves were and it is indeed so so so soft!



I've also been watching the Olympics more than I thought I would be this week. Usually I sit in my room and craft while watching some classic film. Somewhere between Japan and Russia figure skating  I decided to watch a video on arm knitting. I expected it to be dramatically different than traditional knitting just because it seems like nearly any yarn craft that doesn't actually use hooks or needles often times is referred to as some sort of "knitting" even when it really isn't. However, arm knitting is what it says it is. I made this out of homespun yarn because I have a TON. Then I made another one to sell on Etsy. You might have guessed by now that I'll be updating Etsy very soon for spring. Follow me on Instagram via the tab above for some sneak peeks of items before they're even listed on Etsy!



Last but not least. Have I mentioned my serger here yet? I purchased one on sale a few weeks ago. The sale plus the employee discount made it well worth the buy. I was so sick of zig zag stitches and fray check, though they do have their place. I've still got a lot to learn, but these finished edges look so nice! I might have to start wearing my clothes inside out! Well, maybe not.



Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Deck the Hauls

I somehow miraculously ended up with all of Monday off, which after Black Friday and Saturday was a more than welcome break. I spent the day out on an impromptu  thrifting trip. We hit Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Savers. Here's the picture again that I put up on facebook yesterday.



The most I paid for any item was $7.99 for the gray cardigan in the top row. It's 100% merino wool so I'm hoping it will be nice and warm for the winter because I am always, ALWAYS cold.

My favorite buy is the incredibly glarey Lanz of Salzburg nightgown all the way over to the left. It doesn't even look like it was ever worn and all I paid was $4.99! They go from 45 to 60 dollars from Vermont Country Store! I also like the denim maxi skirt. I had been looking for one for a while. I had planned to cut a triangle out of the bottom on the front and back and sew in some of the floral fabric from the skirt on far right, but after I tried on the skirt I kind of liked it just plain.

The black article of clothing, on the bottom toward the right, I had thought was a skirt. It was hanging with the skirts and was nice and light and flowy, but since it was a dark color I thought it would transition nicely through the seasons. I got in the car and was admiring it and suddenly realized it was a pair of culottes and will soon become close friends with my sewing machine. 

The green scarf is going on Etsy, along with another item I purchased at an antique store recently. (wink)

In other news, I'm sewing together the 30 something(?) out of 365 squares that I managed to finish into a crazy afghan. Think crazy quilt, but crochet style. In all honesty, I take on huge projects when I am having no inspiration whatsoever for anything else and then part way through them inspiration hits and I move on. It's like a brainstorm for my fingers. You know how teachers had you free write before an essay to see if you could come up with any ideas to build off of? My big projects=Free write assignment.

And I also taught myself how to cable knit. Not too shabby, huh? 



Well, I guess that's basically it for this week.
Autocorrect just told me "that's spastically it" I consider that statement accurate.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Knowing and Sitting.

...in other words, knitting and sewing. That is what I actually did mostly this week. In fact, this week I learned how to knit with double pointed needles! Oh YouTube, how I love thee. I'm attempting to finish that project by Christmas,*knock on wood* so no pictures yet. 

And the sewing. I really like working at JoAnn Fabrics. There was some really old fashion looking striped floral fabric I had my eye on for a couple of weeks. I loved how it looked but I had no idea what I could make with it. I didn't want to get a yard or two for my stash because the point of this job is to save money, not spend each paycheck at my place of employment.
Well, this week I also happened to watch some DVDs of The Waltons. When I saw Olivia Walton's apron a lightbulb went on in my head and my next day at work I bought myself one yard of the floral fabric!

I made a half apron at first, but then after looking at google images I realized that hers is a full apron but folded down in a lot of scenes, so I pulled out the rest of the fabric a couple of nights later and added a bib. I ended up with just about a 9 inch by two inch strip of fabric left over!  I'm very pleased with the end result for not having used a pattern. I alternated the floral pattern in the fabric for the pocket. I liked it that way rather than matched up like the Walton one. 

The bib puffed out a bit at first do I made two little pleats a couple of  inches in on either side. And the neck strap joins with a button.



These pictures are the result of 2am dress up immediately upon completion of the apron attempting to channel 1930s fashion/Olivia Walton. I amuse myself very easily. That outfit is way too dressy for an apron!
Next sewing project: vintage house dress. (Sad but true. I have a pattern that I bought on sale for $1 and I think I can alter it pretty easily!)
Here are the moderately embarrassing photos...



-- I had a number of Etsy listings expire two days ago, so some of those should be back up within the week.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

One More Time...

Well, I guess I'm going to blog about what I really do now. I've tried music, posting links to my favorite songs. I tried to post one a day that fit my mood or whatever was stuck in my head. Last post will be a year ago on Thursday. Next, I tried posting about drinking tea. One flavor for every day. Yes, I wanted to try 365 flavors. But I'm not really a tea-holic or whatever. I like it...just not that much, not 365 days much.

I'm going to be a little less ambitious with this blog. It's just about crafts, drawing, knitting, crocheting, and what not. Things I post on my Etsy shop and things I just make for me. I don't know what it will be like exactly...like a diary of my joys and frustrations of making something or a library of tutorials...we shall see. I don't expect to post every day, but at least once every couple of weeks at the least *knock on wood.*

Just for starters, the link... I'm still in the process of getting everything up and running again:

Wizard of Odds and Ends Etsy Shop