Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Warm Woolies All Around

I made this ipod sweater way back in February. Jason needed something to protect his precious ipod so I volunteered my services. I used some left over Lett-Lopi from a sweater I made way back in 1995! I bought a skein of Atacama varigated 100% alpaca yarn to stripe it. He loves it. So do I.

Blankies for Babies

I'm really REALLY slow at getting gifts out. I really don't know what my problem is but I know that I inherited this trait from my mom. It's really awful... I have good intentions but some how I have set backs when it comes to following through. Our next door neighbours had a baby near the end of September and I'm just getting around to gifting them. When I had our baby a year ago, she made us a blanket and a snow suit for her. In return, I'm knitting a little hat and sewing a quilt. The hat is just about finished and I got the quilt top done last week on my days off.

This quilt is mostly purples and greens. All the blocks are pinwheel blocks. I just need to put a border on and then I'll back it with flannel and bind it with flannel. To quilt it I may stitch in the ditch or stitch 1/4 in from the block seams. I'll see what I feel like doing.

This next quilt top was put together the same night as the purple and green one and it is for friends of ours that had their first baby in August. I've already gifted them with a hat identical to the one above. This quilt is made up of pinwheels and square in a square blocks. I'll do the same and use flannel to back it and bind it.

With the cold snap Calgary has been having, these babes I'm sure could use the extra warmth. Daytime temps of -29C with a windchill factor making it close to -40C. Exposed flesh freezes in 2 minutes.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Erin's Cardigan

Pattern: 28b. Blouson from Phildar's Pitchoun ete collection 2006
Size: 6 years
Yarn: Phildar Aviso in Campanule (7 balls) et Blanc (3 balls)
Needles: 4mm & 4.5mm Addi Turbos

I finished this cardigan a while ago... maybe in early October. She was able to wear it for her school pictures. I enlisted my mother to sew in the zipper and 4 broken needles later it was in. Thanks Mom! One little difficulty that I (we) had was getting the zipper in. The side trim is very thick and the sewing machine didn't like going through all that knitted fabric. But it fits her and she likes it a lot.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Salina is Seamed!

I finished seaming Salina last night while watching TV. I really had to think about how to sew on the cuffs on the sleeves because they are ment to be folded up. I got the first sleeve on okay but I guess my brain was a little preoccupied when I was pinning the other cuff to the sleeve and I ended up having the seam on the inside of the sleeve. So this morning I was back at it and got it put on the right way.

I bought these buttons a while back for Salina. I found them at WalMart. Unfortunately, Calgary does not have a great selection of retailers who sell great buttons. When I went to visit my family in Ontario one of the things to do on my list was to go to Ottawa Street in Hamilton to pick out some buttons for my husband's Jarrett. I found some great ones made of petrified wood! They did cost a little bit but he really likes them. So do I. I'll post a picture of them next time. These are my buttons.

I love how they blend with the different colours of the felted tweed. Speaking of felted tweed.... it sure does smell like a barn in my basement! The sweater is blocking right now. Fortunately, we have some nicer, warmer weather and I can air out the house.