February 27, 2011

Hanging Laundry Bag

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:34 pm by merknits

Yay for quick projects!
laundry bag

Pattern: Hanging Laundry Bag from One-Yard Wonders
Fabric: Sprig by Jessica Jones (1 yard)
Notes: This turned out quite a bit larger than I thought it would (though if I had checked the finished dimensions I would have known the size)!  But, it will still be useful.  I’d rather hang it somewhere visible since it is such a cute fabric – I’m thinking perhaps the back of the door.  Not entirely visible, but better than in the closet!  The pattern is very easy and well written, the only slightly tricky part was attaching all of that bias tape.

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February 20, 2011

Nursery Decor

Posted in Sewing at 8:01 pm by merknits

Yesterday my sister and I headed over to The Needle Shop to look for some fabric to begin decorating the nursery.  I wanted something nature-themed but still somewhat modern, since our apartment is very modern, as is the furniture we ordered.  Oh, and did I mention that we’re having a girl!?!?  I don’t want the decor to be too girly, but I do still want it to have some feminine touches.  I think these fabrics are a good start!

nursery fabrics

Both of the leaf patterns are by Jessica Jones – the big leaves are called “Sprig” and the small ones are called “Herb.”  The other fabric is “Spotted Owl” by Alexander Henry.  I’m planning to make a laundry bag with Sprig and a crib skirt with Herb, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with the owl fabric – but it was just too darn cute to pass up!

owl fabric

I’m actually almost finished with the laundry bag – I’m using the pattern from One Yard Wonders.  I can’t actually make the crib skirt until our crib comes in (well, I could, but I want to make sure it is the right size)!  And I’m hoping to incorporate these cute birds into the room somewhere.  I’m looking forward to updating as the room takes shape!

February 2, 2011

Snow Day!

Posted in Finished Objects at 8:51 pm by merknits

Well, technically it was a work-from-home day, but I managed to get some other things done too.  We had some pretty crazy weather last night – lots of thundersnow!  And it was so windy too.  Luckily I work within walking distance of home so it wasn’t a problem making it home after work, although I did have to grab on to some buildings and lamp posts along the way to make sure I wasn’t blown down Michigan Avenue!

snow day 1

snow day 2

It was pretty much a ghost town downtown this morning – these pictures were from around 10:30 this morning, and usually those parking lots are full.  After the snow finally ended around noon, the snow plows came out and people started wandering around and taking pictures!  In all, I think we ended up with about 20 inches of snow.

It gave me some time to finish baby’s first knitted items, though!

hat and bootees

baby hat

Patterns:  Hat from the Pea Pod Baby Set by Kate Gilbert and Cotton Bootees from Easy Baby Knits
Yarn: Rowan Calmer
Notes: These both may have turned out a bit big – but I think they’ll get some use eventually!  I’ve been wanting to make the Pea Pod set for a while, but didn’t have enough yarn for both the sweater and hat.  The hat is actually a bit confusing – I couldn’t figure out how to do the decreases without cutting into the lace panel until I realized that when the pattern says “arrange stitches so there are # on each needle,” you are actually supposed to rearrange everything so that the lace panel is centered on one needle.  I’m not sure why it’s not written so that the panel is centered to begin with.  But in the end, it turned out pretty cute!  The bootees are, as the name of the book implies, pretty easy and quick.

Speaking of handmade baby items, look at the cute little guy my husband’s cousin’s wife crocheted for us!  Awwww.

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