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Knit Finishes and Staying Warm ….:)

Before I get crafting off in another direct..which often happens lol  I wanted a make a quick post of my finished Knitted hat, mitts and scarf set that I posted previously here

I made the scarf a shorter version so it would tuck neatly into my coat… Mitts and Hat are a little larger but I’m sure they will shrink and felt in the first wash at least thats my plan 🙂

 

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Thanks for dropping by…stay warm and have a great week and weekend crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz

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February 4, 2016 · 7:52 PM

Still Knitting Fast …its Winter Now !!!

Happy Winter Solstice, which means more knitting !! and staying warm and cozy ! And I’m all for that 🙂  I have a couple of finishes to show you. In a previous post (Knit fast and stay warm) I had started little mitts and a wool cabled hat with Briggs & Little wool yarn. I’m happy to say they are now finished and the little hands are staying warm and I have already tried out my new hat ! Its been windy and cold for the last few days.

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I’ve already started on the mitts to match the hat. Although the pattern for the mitts is a little confusing. Its not written in a concise way. I don’t mean to criticize but I had to unravel the mitt once I got into the cable pattern. The seed stitch pattern wasn’t looking like it should. Anyway, I rewrote it a bit so that it made sense to me  🙂  I do like the pattern and love this yarn. Briggs & Little , Regal 2ply, 100% wool in the colour Plum

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Now , not that I’ve turned into the mad hatter or anything, but I wanted to show you some of the hats that I have knit in the last few months and was waiting for the right post  🙂

The first two hats were knit using Cocoon Pattern I found on Ravelry.com. The Pink and taupe colour is Bernat Softee Chunky Twists in Tawny Rose. a discontinued colour now 😦 Brown one is knit with Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds, in Earthy Brown

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I added my own little, “flare” if you will 🙂 to each hat. Picking up stitches in the ribbing rows on the pink hat making a horizontal rib and adding a button. With the brown hat I added a couple of Purl rows to the crown of the hat too see how that would go 🙂  ok it was an experiment…I crocheted a circle and added that to the side ..just for “interest”.

The next in turn is a hat I knit from an eBook, called Patons Classic Wool Bulky Vol.1 Full of beautiful sweaters and hats. I have my eye on one sweater in particular. A whale of a sweater, but thats for another post 🙂 The hat pattern is called True Colors Hat , a very basic hat and very warm with the chunky yarn. I can’t find the yarn label for this one but I’m sure its Bernat Softee Chunky in an Ombre and I don’t recall the colour, sorry. I see the pattern is free on Revelry.

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This two colour gray hat is another version of the Cabled Hat. Knit in Baby Alpaca and felted. Again a button on the side to add a little something 🙂 The Baby Alpaca Yarn is a finer yarn so of course the hat is a smaller size , a very neat fit.

 

 

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I like trying out different yarns and patterns, it gives me a project to knit and it has help me with my gauge. I have always knit a little loose. For a long time I would knit with a size or two smaller knitting needles. I’m pretty happy where I am at with my knitting.

Except for finishing up the cabled mittens I think any new projects will wait until Christmas dinner is over 🙂

From the Knitting basket have a great week crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz 🙂

 

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December 21, 2015 · 2:54 PM

Trick or Treat!!!!!

Hello and welcome to the witching hour post on All Hallows’ Eve. The ghouls have started knocking on the door and the night air is very crisp. So bundle up and get your treat bag ready 🙂

I’m going to start with colourful spider webs and little orange spiders, not because they are my favourites , not at all but because you have to start with something to put all the treats in before the goblins  come to the door.

This is a supper easy project that my daughter found on the internet and after she had made a couple…well I had to give it a go too 🙂 . I used 2 pieces of fabric the same size ….in spooky colours of course , multi coloured spider webs and an eerie swirl of purple. ..I cut these two fabrics 20″ square and a piece of quilt batting the same size. 8 pieces of ribbon- 6 ” long.

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I placed fabric right sides together and then the batting and trimmed the batting to size. I stitched all the way around the fabric ( 1/4″ seam) Placing the ribbon on the insides 5 1/4 ” from each corner and leaving a 6 ” opening to turn the fabric and batting. After turning everything right side out and pressing it with a steam iron, I top stitched around the edge and stitched a grid pattern 5 inches from each edge

 

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I love the swirling pattern in the purple!

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   Next, its time to tie the ribbons together on each corner and there you have an easy and awesome spooky fabric basket. This would work with any fabric theme and I’m already thinking of the next season and how they would make great gifts !!

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Oops , I should be more careful where I put the treats down at !! It seems to have landed on a witch!!!
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This one is an “in the hoop machine embroidery” using crafting felt. The design first stitches a die line, so you know where to place the felt cut-out (pattern for the boot is printed out before hand). Once the die line has stitched and the felt is in place, I stitched the design block by block co ordinating the colours in the boot with the cotton fabric I had cut out for the legs. ( 3 1/4 ” X21″) ..while the boot design is stitching I stuff the legs firmly with polyfill, making the legs stiff enough to stand upside down with the boots on.

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The boots are also stuffed a little to give that special affect! After both boots are stitched I hand sew the boot to the leg lining up the seam of the leg with the back of the boot..You know thats important to get the stocking seam straight !! LOL

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Here I have a few finished witches legs.  I posted on the local buy and sell. Next year this time I hope to have a enough stock for a table full at the local craft market, something I haven’t done in a while and I think it’s time 🙂

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Thanks for dropping in, I hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween

Izz 🙂

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October 31, 2015 · 4:39 PM

Fall Finishes

Hello and welcome back. I’ve taken a bit of a leave of absence from sewing and blogging. We went through a big move earlier this summer and with all that’s involved in such a long move and waiting for furnishings to arrive, well I won’t bore you with the details lol but it does take a lot out of a body 🙂 Now with getting settled in…….to the sewing room that is…..because of course , that’s why we are here?! The walls have been painted and as you can see I am stuck with mint green shag like carpet until spring lol  thats when some decent flooring will go in..which means moving all the machines again arg.. lets not think about that right now LOL   and like I said I’m “getting” settled in  🙂   I have a little less space for sewing here in NS but that’s ok, it may help me use the fabric and yarn that I have on hand…to make room ….for more of course LOL Sew…let’s see what beautiful colours fall has brought our way. And by the way it is beautiful with the changing of colours.. the gorgeous reds and golds and browns..i love it.

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One of the first projects I got into was stitching embroidery designs onto ready made placemats. The placemats were a great buy at $1.50 each ( Canadian funds) at the local bargain shop, that also sells fabric and yarn 🙂

I  don’t think I could make them that inexpensively myself..with that same type of fabric.. so here we go..I chose the design and colours I wanted to use on the dark gold fabric.

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Using temporary spray adhesive on tear-away backing , I lined up the backing and placemat. The design is going to be close to the left side of the placemat. Its going to take the large hoop for this project. (6″X10″)

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Since the fabric design has a waffle pattern, this makes it easier to line up and place the fabric in the hoop, but since I’m so close to the edge I secure the placement with a few straight pins through the placemat and backing. Which I keep a close eye on while the design is being stitch so the pins don’t get caught up with embroidery foot or hit by the needle. As you can see I have plenty of the backing on the outer edge of the hooped fabric which  really helps stabilize the project. The width of the placemat worked out pretty well, the edges cover the entire hooped area.

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Now to start stitching..I picked a nice airy design and wanted to focus on adding dark fall colours rather than filling in.

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Since my embroidery machine is a home crafting model it does not go at break neck speeds, I set the speed at mid way for the best quality stitching 🙂 It does get the job with excellent results and using a great quality design definitely helps.

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And here we are, After about an hour of stitching and thread changes, clip all the thread ends and tear away the backing. Yes there is still backing within the stitched area on the back of the placemat. but who looks at the back ?? 😉 I stitched 3 others to make a set of 4 placemats. They are very washable and any pulling of the design can be eliminated with a press of the steam iron if you desire.

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My next fall finish is a wool candle mat. Its a very easy project. I use felted wool but crafting felt would work too. I found some nice leaf templates on line and printed them out. I used heat and bond to adhere the leaves to the mat but a fabric glue or spray adhesive works too, just until you have the leaves stitched to the main mat. I stitch each leaf onto the mat free style and finished with a blanket stitch around the edge. Wool can take a good amount of steam pressing to get in back in shape after stitching and you’re ready for the candle.

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It’s nice to be back in the sewing room and back to blogging, I have a lot of catching up to do but all in good time. Thank you for dropping in and I hope you have enjoyed my projects. Have a great day crafting at what ever makes you happy.

Izz

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October 25, 2015 · 11:52 AM

Autumn In All its Colours

Hello and Welcome. As you can see I am playing catch up with my blogging. I have spent a couple of days at the computer writing and getting the photos ready for posting. Is it me or does everyone else suddenly look up from their computer and see that 2 hours have past by??  So much time I could be in the sewing room LOL  No wonder I begrudge planting myself here and writing LOL  Oh well , not like I’m going anywhere else but up to the sewing room. This season I think I will be taking a slower pace… yes..I have a big project ahead that I do not want to rush..no I’m not giving any hints ha ha. I also have a project that needs finishing..yes  The Lord’s Prayer Sampler…

So for today, and getting to the end of October, I thought I should post the autumn colours I have worked on..Now some of these are from last fall and I know, I hear the gasps out there in the crowd lol  I was so sure I had posted them before that I went looking for them…don’t you hate looking for something that won’t be found ?? So I’m going to lump all the autumn colours into one basket like a big piles of leaves … and please don’t get me going on leaves…mercy!  When we arrived back home after our visited in Nova Scotia , we had such a yard full of leaves on the ground, I thought the clean up was never going to end.

Let’s start with last years quilted centre pieces. The first one is about 42″ square, I like to use, as you can tell by now 🙂  a combination of patchwork and machine embroidery. The leaves on the corners and the circle of fall flowers are machine embroidered. At the time I managed a little free motion quilting in the larger fabric spaces.

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This next one is a table runner with a cute country style bow and pumpkin. This pattern came from one of my quilting magazines. If my memory serves me correctly, its about 48″ long.

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Also trying my hand/ machine at free motion quilting here and there on the runner.

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I was trying something new …for me anyway, the pattern name escapes me right now ??But getting the pieces sewn together and arranged was like putting a puzzle together. I rearranged them 3 times, lol third times a charm they say lol. And I made the table runner reversible. As you can see I tried my hand at free motion quilting on these with the help of my Bernina’s BSR foot. Now if I could just keep my hands steady I think I could do a better job ! Oh yes , these are this years sewing project , so I’m not completely behind …

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I saw this cute idea on the web too. Mini pillows with crazy looking pumpkin heads on it, I made some with plaid fabric and some with up-cycled jeans and scraps of felted wool fabric and old buttons, I can never throw buttons away ! The plaid pumpkin heads (lol) are from this year’s crop! 🙂   They are great in a basket or for a shelf sitter.  They are about 4 1/2″ square when finished, its one of those things that you can make it any size you like.

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A couple of pumpkin filagree hand towels for the kitchen.

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This next one is a combination of the good old penny rugs that I love and machine embroidery. The leaf designs are very dense and the cotton fabric I tried a sew out on bunched up and just didn’t work out. Needless to say I didn’t complete the sew out. That’s when I came up with the idea to machine embroider onto the wool fabric.. its sturdy and has already been preshrunk. I stitched the leaves with words on first and filled in with leaves and acorns stitched on in a blanket stitch, typical for penny rug construction. I added “pennies to the edging. I made it so it would fit our hallway table.

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Now from this years pumpkin crop sprang these Halloween treats! Just in time for the big night of ghost and goblins. Ok a little dramatic I know …. I’ve been at the computer way too long LOL

I’m showing you these wall hangings/ table centre pieces unfinished as they were the last thing I was sewing together before packing for the trip east. And once we arrived, well with all the hugs and how are you and look what I made for you, I didn’t get any finished pics.. But I’m sure you all have a great imagination and can invision these all sewn up with black spider and cob web fabric as backing and trim 🙂

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Here’s hoping you all have a Happy and safe Halloween. And don’t take any rotten apples !!!  🙂

Izz

 

 

 

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October 29, 2014 · 7:30 PM

Crazy Blanket….The Craziness Is Over !!!! :)

Hello and welcome to Thee Crazy Blanket posting. 🙂 I started the Crazy Blanket idea back in February, stitching a few blocks each week with a different embroidery designs. A little something that had meaning to us transplanted Nova Scotians living here in Alberta . There were some changes here and there and an oops or two but it finally came together !  I am sooo glad I sent for the extra wool and exchanged those 3 squares for the natural white  and used the rest of the natural white for the border .

Then came the job of assembly! It took a little thought and planning to get everything together because I didn’t want double stitching to show on the backing. I didn’t use any batting or layers in between the wool squares on the front and the flannel I used for the backing. I assembled all the pieces with a blanket stitch ( of course ;)) on the sewing machine. I used a medium grey for the top thread since I thought this would be neutral overall to the wool squares. I took some measurements and marked a starting point on the back of the flannel and did a little experimenting on how I would lay out the squares and how it would stitch it. The first bottom row was tricky because only the seams between the squares were stitched. With the use of spray adhesive and alot of pins, the sewing and assembling went along alot better and faster then I thought it would 🙂

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I cut the natural white wool into 5″ strips and started with the  sides and finished off with the two ends pieces

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Thank you to those that have followed along with my crazy idea   lol 🙂 I’m sure this will be a great conversation piece as I take it to camp outs and firework displays or just sitting out in the evenings and watching sunsets

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Have a wonderful week of crafting

Izz

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I did want to mention that the great embroidery designs that I use are from embroiderylibrary.com and /or urbanthreads.com

 

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April 16, 2014 · 3:08 PM

Crazy Blanket …All Blocks Are Stitched

Hi there, I hope you all have had a great week of crafting and planning new projects…myself ?… well I’m doing a little happy dance around the weird and crazy blanket !!  All the blocks are stitched!! And if you have been following the craziness of this great blanket you will understand why I’m happy dancing 🙂 I  did replace 3 of the blocks with a natural white wool as I mentioned in the previous post.  I also restitch 2 blocks that I wasn’t happy with. I’ll be ready for assembly when I pick up an off white flannel for the backing. I was waiting until I got the natural wool and decided on a size for the border before going after the flannel..that way I knew I would have enough. This really has been a work in progress. And I am very pleased with the results after replacing  blocks 12 (cameo) and 20 (the boat sketch) and switched out a dark grey block for the natural white (block 30). I can’t wait to snuggle under it!  Its going to be a wonderful conversation piece and I’m sure it will be part of some great memories with  our children and grandchildren.

Its a sunny day but the temperature is still around  -10 C .  Working quickly and thankfully there wasn’t any wind, I spread out the blocks on the deck and got some very nice photos…finally. I was standing back squinting my eyes trying to visualize it all sewn together lol I’m sure I’m not the only one who does that lol  thats when the rearranging started 🙂 I changed the order of the blocks and even these last 5  aren’t in the spot where I originally planned them to be as you can see from here  🙂 By the time I got my arranging and rearranging done my fingers and ears were cold lol I did put a jacket on but really didn’t think I would need a hat ,  its is spring ? right? 😉

I hope you like my Crazy …weird and memorable blanket so far… next time you see it, it will be fully assembled and ready for snuggling 🙂

 

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Crazy Blanket Final Block

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As it lays now it measures 129cm X 108cm  (51″ X 42.5″)  Each block is 21.5cm (8.5″) square. I’m thinking a 15cm (6″) border of the natural white wool. I hoping it will be about  114cm X 139cm (46″ X 55″) when it is finished.

 

Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching and crafting.

…Izz 🙂

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March 27, 2014 · 5:12 PM