Friday, November 21, 2014

Finished Hat

I finally finished my first cabling project last night. It is for Katherine. 

Her hair!!

Honestly, I was hoping it would be adult sized, haha. I find it amusing that I can cable, but still can barely determine what size it will be when finished. Gauging is still a mystery for me even though I have read about how to do it. 

I highly recommend this pattern. Remember, I only learned how to knit about two months ago. Seriously, cabling looks hard, but it really isn't. 

Cell phone photo!

I took my friend's advice and made the chart color coded. It made a world of difference.

My camera's settings still mystify me. This hat is really the purple color as shown in the other pictures. 

The design is so lovely. I will definitely try this pattern again. I made lots of mistakes that are hard to see in the photos, but believe me, they are there!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My first Yarn Along

Hooray! I have often wished that I participated in Yarn Alongs. Sadly, though I have been knitting quite  a lot over the last few weeks, alas, I have not been reading much of anything. I recently read about an interesting book from a couple of sources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I think the long title is ironic since the book is about living clutter-free. Hmm.

Any who, I have just started reading it and like it a lot. The author uses an interesting method for determining what to keep and what to throw out: Does this item give me joy? Obviously, there are some things that fall out of this category, but when you really think of it- even a broom- can cause joy (I get happy AFTER I have swept and the floor is clean. Does it give joy to have more socks than what is needed and have a jammed drawer in the process? Probably not. In addition, I think we must be careful not to live for the sake of pure happiness, but, still- it makes a good point. The book also points out that most people are happier when their lives are freed from too much stuff.

And what have I been making? I am on my first cabling project now. It is a hat by Brooklyn Tweed. I was surprised at how simple cabling really can be. It made a huge difference getting a pattern that was written in plain English rather than being needlessly abbreviated. Here is the Ravelry link if you are into this sort of thing.

As you can see, my cables are not perfect! Still, it is a great learning project.

*I used an affiliate Amazon book for the link. I swear, I did not make this post for that purpose. I just thought of it while I was writing and decided to add it since I can.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I decided, after getting sick, that Facebook is getting to be a ridiculous time waster; consequently, I decided to learn how to knit. There were other reasons too. I have been swooning over the most darling knit projects that I see on Instagram and other lovely spots on the internet.

So, after watching several you-tube videos, I started. My first hat was cute, but too small.
Worsted weight, size 9 needles.

This is my second hat. In reality, it should be the fourth or fifth hat because of how many times I pulled stitches out to start over again. I didn't mind though, because I like (so far) knitting for the sake of knitting. It is so soothing.

Irish Aran Homespun, size 4 needles.

This is my second project. It is a good deal harder to stitch with smaller needles, but I still like it. I haven't ripped massive amounts of stitches yet, though I have somewhat of a foreboding that it is still to come.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fabric hoarding pays off

I found a new addiction. These zippered pouches are the most satisfying way to use all of the designer scraps that I have been hoarding. I am thinking about making a tutorial for these. Would anyone be interested? It is quite simple- a great project for beginners. 

These are for sale in my Etsy shop..If you see something here that is no longer available (I never listed the Tardis pouch, but I can easily make you one!), feel free to message me for a custom order. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

We've moved!

I am getting back to sewing now. We moved about three weeks ago- back to our home state. Our house is mostly unpacked. Really- all of it is, except my husband's office which is in a dreadful state. The reason why is that we need new bookshelves. My brother is making them for us- I am excited about that. Until then, the room's door will be firmly shut when company comes.

We live on a lake! This picture is a little fuzzy (phone picture), so you can't see the lake outside very clearly. I will say that in person, the view is amazing. I can watch boats go by very frequently. The lake is much bigger than it looks in this photo. It is a long lake, though were live where it is rather narrow.

My sewing room (!) is a dream. It isn't much to look at yet, but it is so nice having an area devoted to sewing, so I don't have to sacrifice my kitchen table anymore. I've already been sewing a lot. I have several orders to finish. They never stop.

Our new parish is great. I used to talk about a lot of personal matters on this blog, but decided that I would rather keep my privacy since I was frequently getting new traffic from sewing posts. If any of you have been following long enough to remember- my husband is an Orthodox priest (Christian, not Jewish- though he is half Jewish :) ). We moved from our beloved monastery because he was assigned to a parish. It is in the foothills of the Adurondacks, which is my favorite part of NY.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The last Washi top for a while

Phew! It has been a busy few days!

We are moving to Upstate NY in a couple of weeks. Fr. Matt is going to be the priest at a parish there. I am excited about it, but also quite sad to leave our beloved monastery.

Any who, this photo was from a project before the craziness began. I had to finish an order for a little girl's dress, so I cut this out while I was at it.

I think it is my favorite fabric of all time. It is a cotton linen blend from South Korea.

South Korea has completely won my heart for beautiful fabrics.

I can't say how much I want to make a tablecloth out of this. Haha

Well- time to do more housework!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Another Nani Iro Double Gauze Washi top

I can't help myself.


Double gauze is so soft and comfortable to wear. It is perfect for summer.

I have found that there is somewhat of a trick to sewing double gauze. Mostly, it sews and cuts like any other cotton. However, if you don't give generous seam allowances, the fabric along the seams will likely begin to fray- more than standard quilting cotton.

Shirring the back is surprisingly easy as well. You only need to load the bobbin with elastic thread. 

I just bought some dreamy floral linen. A huge part of me wants to make another Washi top with it, but I am starting to worry that it may be too many, haha.
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