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One for the chillin’s

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Well, this latest hat is too small for a Sarah, and too big for a bear,

bear with hat

…it must be for the kids! This is the first child-sized hat I’ve made, and I’m thrilled that I chose this particular yarn for the project. You never can tell, with variegated yarns, what the color pattern is going to look like. This hat turned out to have the coolest swirl, like a soft-serve ice cream cone!

Strawberry Soft Serve Ice Cream Hat

I am going to try and get this, and some of the other hats & scarves I’ve made, onto Etsy this weekend.  While I’m at it, I will evaluate whether or not to migrate this blog to one I host myself, so I can add all those cool widgets that are supposed to attract the elusive customer!  The downside: it [dreamhost] costs a whopping $6 a month!

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Written by Sarah Levantine

April 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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UFOs no more!

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To “celebrate” pulling off a great milestone at work (for me personally, anyway), I continued my current workaholic streak by finishing a handful of UFOs (UnFinished Objects, for the non-knitters in the audience)! I pulled three bags of projects in various states of completion from the downstairs closet, and one from the closet in the guest/craft room upstairs.

Here is the result:

Finished!

There’s a hat I whipped up in the last week, a drop-stitch scarf and Victorian lace shawl that still need to be blocked badly, and the “Fisherman Shrug” from some knitting magazine that I started, oh, a year and a half ago.

Finished objects

Also, I have discovered fd’s Flickr Toys! Fun!

Written by Sarah Levantine

April 25, 2008 at 11:09 pm

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Spring is here.

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Spring is here, at least, in California (sorry to the Spun Monkey, the Parises, and everyone else in the northeast). My next set of coasters reflects the fact that the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the cherry trees are Barbie Pink.

Taking WIP photos is fun,

Springtime quadrilateri

especially when Dom gets in the mix.

I'm helping!

My current “TV time” craft is a knitted scarf, fantastic kelly green in a drop-stitch cross pattern, but that won’t photograph well at all until it’s been blocked. Pthththth, you’ll have to wait!

Written by Sarah Levantine

March 14, 2008 at 9:02 am

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Finished! Quilted coasters

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Quilted coasters

I was able to find enough seam allowance to finish two sets of six quilted coasters. Aside from the stuff I mentioned in my last post, I think they turned out pretty good. They’re headed for Angelfish sometime tomorrow 🙂

Written by Sarah Levantine

March 6, 2008 at 10:38 pm

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WIP: Coasters

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Quilted coasters

These things are not turning out exactly like I had hoped. I think I am unskilled at ironing round objects. A handful of them were quilted too close to the edge, and now I can’t turn under the edges. For those, I will bind with bias tape instead, and keep it in mind for next time.

Actually, things will be completely different next time anyway – I’m going to add a layer of interfacing to increase the stability, and I will sew the sandwiches together before I do the quilting.

The one plus: I have gotten a lot of practice with machine quilting since I started this project. On a small scale at least, my Kenmore sewing machine handles it just fine.

Written by Sarah Levantine

March 6, 2008 at 1:44 pm

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Accountability Failure

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Last weekend was fun and relaxing, but I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to. As a recap, here were the goals I set out to accomplish:

  • Finish figuring out the quilted coaster pattern.
  • Make some green stuff for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Go through old hand-made scarves and bring the lightweight ones (that will sell in this weather) to Angelfish & Co.

I completed none of these things.

On the coaster design, I did figure out machine quilting, and on about half of the coasters, got as far as binding the edges (then ran out to JoAnn to buy some bias tape because I was too lazy to figure out how to make my own tape). They are looking good, but you can tell it is a first attempt at machine quilting.

On the St. Patrick’s Day stuff, I did start on a lightweight scarf in green yarn, putting away my selfish sweater knitting for a while. I did not bring it in the limo to Napa, though, because I thought it would be weird being the only knitter in the vehicle. Also, it was poorly lit. Also, increased alcohol consumption equals increased mistakes in knitting.

On the cleaning out of old scarves, I almost went through them last night (and again this morning), but realized that I probably couldn’t get them to the store before Thursday, so I put it off again.

I had also thought of signing up for a mini-NaBloPoMo for the month of March, but since the first of the month came and went with me not looking at a computer, I guess that idea is out the window as well. I can still try and post more often, there are just no fabulous prizes waiting at the end of the month.

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March 3, 2008 at 1:42 pm

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Accountability

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If I tell you what I’d like to get done this weekend, maybe I’ll be more likely to actually do it!

Goals for the weekend:

  • Finish figuring out the quilted coaster pattern.
  • Make some green stuff for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Go through old hand-made scarves and bring the lightweight ones (that will sell in this weather) to Angelfish & Co.

    Most of this will have to happen tomorrow after dance class, as Sunday will be spent in a limo in Napa!!! I am such a yarn dork, I am already thinking of bringing some yarn to start a scarf on the trip.

    Written by Sarah Levantine

    February 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm

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