Right before I’m about to gear up to start another labor-intensive work project, I tend to go on a mad, personal crafting spree–frivolously, making things that have nothing to do withneither deadline nor conceptualization (Qas that too many negatives in one sentence? I never know.) I love delving into other designers’ patterns, to see how they write–and a lot of times, learn new tips & tricks. So, before Adrienne and I start knitting & crocheting for our Eco-Stitch book, I spent a little B/F/F bonding time with my Magnolia 7330!
I currently have a huge crafter’s crush on Denyse Schmidt. As soon as I can fit it into the ol’ schedule, I’m going to make a black & white version of her Hop, Skip, & A Jump quilt for our bedroom. In the meantime though, I scored her adorable “Quilt It Kit” and made the pillow from the pattern & fabric that was included in the box. It matches perfectly with my walls & the geisha painting in the living room. Yay!
Back to Square One Pillow
My buddy, web-gal Jenny Medford just had a birthday, so I whipped up these cozy little cuties for her (ok, and I made a pair for myself, too). These are also from a DS pattern, only this time from her book, “Quilts”. The fabric’s from Craft-O-Rama in Austin, but I think they also sell it on their Etsy page.
Another great book I just invested in is “Sew Everything Workshop” by Diane Rupp of New York’s Make Workshop. It’s jam-packed with how-to information, includes instructions for 20 sewing projects plus 10 paper patterns. My friend Jaime and I met for a sewing session one night while our husbands had band practice, and made the tank tops from it for ourselves. I have a serious lack of torso, so I made mine 2″ shorter than the pattern calls for and am still going to have to wear a belt with it, but I really like how it turned out and may end up making a couple more in different fabrics. Speaking of fabric, this print is one of Amy Bulter’s.
Flouncy Tank Top
Lastly, we’ve been needing a little decor for the larger window in our kitchen, so I pieced together the remains of a kimono that I love and have used to make a bunch of projects (including a curtain for the smaller kitchen window & a pillow for an old article for the defunct Budget Living magazine), with scraps from the above, aforementioned tank (a la Sound of Music) and leftovers from altered Ikea curtains that are now hanging in the living room.
When I came across this Knitting Needle Patent greeting card by @patentpress , I couldn’t resist selecting it as one of the items for the YarnYAY! September box! (Link in @vickiehowell bio or got to YarnYAY.com)
What looks like part circular knitting needle, part Tunisian crochet hook is illustrated as the patent drawing for flexible knitting needles. This greeting card memorializes the creation of tools that we stitchers can now, not do without!...
Nineteen years into this knitting career, it’s crazy-pants that I’ve never had Learn to Knit or Learn to Crochet kits before. So, I finally made it happen. If you know someone, or ARE someone that wants to learn — while also making something wearable— check out our new hats and scarves kits in the YarnYAY! Shop!