Archive for January, 2007

Making your own Labels

I order two rubber stamps to make my own labels…one for general crafting/sewing/cardmaking and one for knitting.

Good thing I got the serger, right? LOL


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New Toy

After helping a co-worker to get the threading right on her Singer UltraLock yesterday, I asked myself, why did I get rid of my Singer serger years ago…about 10 or more years past? Well, it was tempermental, a pain, nothing like my Bernina 1630, collecting dust and taking up space.
I sold it for about the price of purchase, having only tried to use it a handful of times. Who knows if the lady that purchased it did the same.
Well, yesterday, watching Marj go zippity-do-dah on her machine had me driving right down to JoAnn’s to see the sales person in the sewing center (seperate entity from JoAnn’s by the way).
I was going to put a serger on my wish list for next year’s Christmas holiday and give to my darling hubby. After talking to her about the difference, say from this White Serger at $199.00 and the Huskvarna at $499, I took the White. What was the difference, besides color? One came with lessons, one did not. Hmmm. She said that they pretty much all thread the same way, some a bit temper inducing, others not.
I brought it home, set it on my craft table and headed out to the garden for two hours. About 6 pm, I sat down to thread it up and wha-la. In a short amount of time, I had made an apron and five two-sided cloth napkins for a friend and her new place.
It was worth the purchase…I’m a happy seamstress now!

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From the book, “In Stitches” by Amy Butler. I present:

Project Stats:
Pattern: Oversized Laundry Bag from In Stitches by Amy Butler
Fabrics: Amy Butler and misc. pieces used from my stash of cotton fabrics
Date of project: January 22, 2007
Sewing Time: 3 hours, start to finish
Notes: I didn’t add the canvas as suggested. It was a stablizer for the outside of the bag. I didn’t have enough of any scraps to use so I skipped that portion. I did add the lining and some very stiff Pellon Peltex, pretty close to the Timetex called for in the instructions.

I adore this book and plan on completeing some more projects from it.

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Pattern: Amy Butler’s Arts & Crafts Tote & Matching Needlecase
Fabric: Home Decor fabrics, heavy weight
Started: 1/21/07, 11:10 a.m.
Finished: 1/21/07, 7:00 p.m.
Where did first tote go? To DD#1.

Back side. I didn’t have much in it to weigh it down while taking the picture. I am very happy with the end result.

Here’s the front veiw. I decided not to do the tool/needle holder this time. I didn’t use it on the first bag. Pockets are always a plus.

The new needlecase to go with the new bag. Stripes are awesome for sewing the needle channels.

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Pattern: Cowgirl Slipper Socks design by Ann Budd, Interweave Knits, Winter 2006, Page 132
Yarn: Heirloom Easy Care 8 Ply, Shade 706, Dyelot 19 (Cocoa Brown), 98 meteres approx., two skeins purchased from The Wool Station, Bellingham, WA, 12-15-06
Needle Size: US 7 dpn’s to Cast On, US 6 dpn’s for remainer of sock
Started: January 13, 2007
Finished: January 16, 2007
What else are snow days for!

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Tweed Beret

Cute, fast and done!
The photo didn’t pick it up, but it was snowing again when I took this picture. This is a great little knit that is quick and uses just one skein. Check out the stats:

Project Stats:
Pattern: Tweed Beret, Interweave Knits Winter 2006, Page 134
Yarn: Peace Fleece Dye Lot # 7951, Siberian Midnight (30% mohair/70% wool)
Needle Size: US 6 – DPNS & Circulars in 16″ & 20 ” lengths
Started: January 11, 2007
Finished: January 13, 2007

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I’m Boggie’d out

Project Stats:
Pattern: Boogie (vest) from knitty.com, Spring 2004 issue
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Chunky
Start Date: December 26, 2006
Finish Date: January 10, 2007
Needle Size: US 10
Notes: Not totally happy with neckline of pattern. Very easy to knit…only two evenings for back, rest of time was a little knitting here and a little knitting there on the front section.

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