Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wardrobe Refashion - Part 2

I'm feeling a bit under the weather this week with the bad cold/flu that is going around. I haven't felt like doing much of anything except sleeping, but I will share some things that I finished up last week. I've been having fun with refashioning existing pieces in my wardrobe, or just adding embellishment to a t-shirt.

This yellow sweater is a cashmere/cotton blend (oh, okay, only 5% cashmere). It was only $8.57 after all the discounts, so I couldn't resist. The square neck is not a good look on me, so I added some yo-yo's to the neck line to round it off. I like the way it came out and have already worn it. My inspiration came from this book, by Katye Terry, I received as a Christmas gift.

This t-shirt was started back in November, and then was put aside during the holidays. It is inspired by the Alabama Stitch Book. They have a wonderful web-site too.

I added some lace and buttons to make a faux collar on this plain black top. It was inspired by this post from Emily Martin. I had bought the lace back in the fall when a local sewing store was going out of business. It was one of those impulse buys where I had no idea what I would use it for but I couldn't say no.

I'd really like to try using a men's dress shirt to make a women's top like this next. My husband just cleaned out his closet :)

Well, I'm going to go back to bed now. Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


by Kate Gilbert
Free Pattern from Knitty, Fall 2004
String Theory Hand Dyed Merino DK (560 yards)
Color - Fusion
US size 6 straight needles

I love everything about Clapotis, and I'm not the only one. There are over 10,000 projects on Ravelry. Clearly this is a favorite of many knitters. I used a DK weight yarn, so I adjusted the needle size from an 8 down to a 6. The yarn I used is so pretty. I had so much trouble getting a photo that did it justice.
It gets a lot of wear.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Pattern: Christmas Tree Bears
By: Julie Williams
Free pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits

Happy Valentine's Day to all of my blog friends and followers!
Sorry I haven't been around here for a while. Writer's block. I've had these little bears done for some time. I made them using leftover yarn, and then gave them the appropriate Valentine's outfits.
Clapotis is also done. I will post about it this week. There, I said it, now I'm committed.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Have a Heart

Pattern: Heartfelt
By: Norah Gaughan
Free pattern from:
Yarn: Cascade 220 Quatro
Needle: Size 9 straight

Notes: I did try to felt the heart, but I realized after that Cascade Quatro doesn't felt. My mistake. I printed the words on muslin by first printing them on computer paper and then taping down some ironed muslin over the printed area of the paper and running the paper through the printer again. I then cut the words out and frayed the edges and sewed it onto the heart. It's a quick knit!