February 6, 2012

Happy New Year!

Posted in Finished Objects at 10:30 am by merknits

Ok, so I’m about a month late.  But things have been pretty busy around here!  How about a cute picture of G wearing a knitted hat to make up for my absence?


I know you can’t see the hat very well, but it is the Small and Clever Hat.  I used Knit One Crochet Too Creme Brulee DK – it didn’t take much yarn.  This is a very clever hat, and it is one of the few that actually stays on her head!  She’s very squirmy and other regular hats always end up just working their way off or down over her eyes.

Not much other crafting going on around here – I have started on the Petite Facile Pullover from the winter 2011 Interweave Knits.  However, wrist pain from baby holding and computer use have made it slow going.  Even so, it is so small that I hope to be done before winter is over!

May 24, 2011

Almost Ready!

Posted in Finished Objects, Sewing at 3:42 pm by merknits

Now, a few things that I actually made!  I had bought quite a bit of fabric to make a ruffled crib skirt, and didn’t use much at all because the style of the crib we ended up getting wouldn’t have worked with ruffles.  Here’s the finished project:

crib skirt

I didn’t really use a pattern – I just cut up an old sheet for the center part that goes under the mattress and then cut rectangles for the front, back and sides. There is a pleat in the center of each panel, but you really can’t see it. The fabric is Herb from Jessica Jones, and I’ve got a lot more of it so let me know if you have any suggestions on what I can do with it!

I also finally hung up these birds, which are made from leftover MOMO It’s a Hoot fabric from my art project.

crib and birds

Here’s a look at the rest of the room so far:

nursery wall

dresser and rocking chair

wall art

Just a few more weeks to go – eek!

May 5, 2011


Posted in Finished Objects, Sewing at 6:08 pm by merknits

Since I haven’t completed too many crafty projects lately, I thought I’d share some of the fabulous handmade gifts that I got at my shower.  I have some very talented relatives!

embroidered bibs

embroidered burp cloths

Embroidered bibs and burp cloths by my sister – aren’t they cute?  The embroidery on the yellow burpcloth, in case you can’t read it, says “BURP!”

woven rug

woven rug with Phoebe

Rug woven by my husband’s aunt.  It is made from a bathrobe so it is super-soft.  Phoebe tested it out for me and seemed to like it.

knit booties

My sister-in-law knit these adorable tiny booties.

blanket and sheets

baby sling

My mother-in-law sewed two sets of flannel sheets and a matching blanket, along with a sling!  Very impressive.

Of course I got lots of other wonderful gifts, but I thought I’d show off some of the handmade ones.  Now to find a place to put everything!  And just to show I haven’t been slacking too much, I’ll share what I ended up making with the owl fabric that I bought earlier:

owl pillow

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.


January 16, 2011

An FO and Some News!

Posted in Finished Objects at 8:06 pm by merknits

First of all, here’s my completed Francis Revisited!

Francis Revisited

Pattern: Francis Revisited
Yarn: Louet Riverstone in Sandalwood, 4 balls (I think)
Notes: Very quick and easy pattern! I couldn’t get gauge with the recommended needles, or even with size 11’s. So I used 11’s and went with a larger size (the medium) than I would have normally. This made the sweater fit, but as you can see the gauge is a bit loose.  I really don’t think this yarn is actually bulky/chunky like the label says!  Regardless, it was nice to have something finished quickly, and it is nice and warm for the freezing weather we’ve been having around here lately.

Now for the big news – we’re having a baby!  I’m almost 18 weeks along now and we’re very excited (and nervous)!  I haven’t knit anything for the baby yet, but I did get a book of baby patterns from my MIL for Christmas and will probably go searching around on Ravelry tonight for some ideas.  Yay!

January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Posted in Finished Objects, In Progress, Sewing at 4:08 pm by merknits

I knew that I wasn’t going to make many gifts for Christmas this year, considering how slowly I am knitting and sewing lately, but I did manage to make something for my mom:

cuddle up cardigan

Pattern: Cuddle-Up Cardigan from Sew Everything Workshop
Fabric: Sweatshirt fabric from JoAnns
Notes: Very easy and a nice comfortable cardigan!  I made the sleeves narrower than instructed, and I think they still turned out a bit wide, especially if you are trying to do anything that requires the use of your hands while wearing it.  But overall, I think it was a good project.  There is an error in the instructions on steps 24 and 25, though the diagrams are correct.  It is pretty easy to figure out the issue – if you follow the instructions as written the belt ends up being inside-out.

I also made a beret for my aunt, who saw the one I made for my mom and asked for a similar one in black:

purl beret black

purl beret back black

My photographer kindly made the pictures more interesting by focusing on the view from our window!

Pattern: Purl Beret from The Purl Bee
Yarn: St Denis Nordique in black
Notes: I actually made two versions of this, as the first turned out too big.  I cast on ten fewer stitches the second time and it worked out much better.

And finally, a new project:

Francis Revisited in progress

This is Francis Revisited, and it is so nice to have a quick project on the needles after the Apres Surf Hoodie!

November 23, 2010

Apres Surf Hoodie

Posted in Finished Objects at 7:22 pm by merknits

I present the Apres Surf Hoodie, nearly a year in the making:

Apres Surf Hoodie Finished

Apres Surf Hoodie Back

Pattern: Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio from Interweave Knits, Summer 2008
Yarn: Rowan 4 Ply Soft (I don’t know how many balls – I think 7 – but it wasn’t enough anyway)
Notes: According to Ravelry, I started this on December 29, 2009.  I’m not sure why it took me so long to finish – I guess all of the lace and small needles.  But it is done, and I like it!  The yarn is super soft, though I was not happy with the fact that the yarn was nearly broken in a lot of places in most of the balls.  Obviously I didn’t calculate my yardage correctly and ended up not being able to do the hood or the i-cord bind off.  But overall, it is definitely wearable.  It also grew a lot after blocking, which is good because it was way too short before that.  Now that I’m done, I’m looking forward to some easier knitting with thicker yarn!

I just noticed how tired I look in the FO picture – it’s been a long couple of weeks!  I’m happy to have a few days off for the Thanksgiving weekend.  Hope everyone who celebrates has a nice break as well!

November 15, 2010

My Ruffled Dress

Posted in Finished Objects, Sewing at 7:36 pm by merknits

Another work-in-progress I neglected to mention!

Ruffle Dress Finished

Ruffle Dress Finished Back

Pattern: McCall’s M5972, View C
Fabric: Gray/Burgundy Red Suiting from Fashion Fabrics Club
Notes: Although I don’t watch Glee, I love checking in on What Would Emma Pilsbury Wear? for all of the cute outfits.  I fell in love with this dress and wanted to try to recreate it – I searched around and found the pattern on sale, which was pretty darn close.  Soon after, I found this posting and loved her Anthropologie inspiration as well!  Unfortunately I should have paid more attention to her notes before attempting the pattern.  The use of heavier fabric for the ruffles does indeed weigh down the neck, and even without one of the ruffles, the lining kept flipping out.  Eventually I had to take the lining out entirely and did a bias neckband.  This is by far the most complicated thing I’ve sewn so far, and I’m pretty happy with it.  I think I could have gone down a size, especially on the top, but the muslin that I did in a smaller size seemed too small.  You can see a bit of fabric bunching in the back, and I’m debating whether or not to try to fix it.  Considering how long this took me, I think I’ll leave it!

Next up, a finally finished Apres Surf Hoodie!

October 31, 2010

In Progress

Posted in Finished Objects, In Progress, Sewing at 7:09 pm by merknits

Apparently I’m not very good at keeping up the blog when I don’t have any finished projects to show.  So how about some work in progress?

apres surf almost done

This is the Apres Surf Hoodie, and I’m finally done with the main pieces.  I definitely do not have enough yarn left to do the hood, but I hope that I at least have enough for the neck and finishing!  This is all there is:

yarn left

We’ll see!  Also, I have been working on the Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitting with some pretty Mama Llama yarn:

lace ribbon scarf

And I do have a finished sewing project, and it’s a Christmas present! (So if my sister is reading this she shouldn’t look.)

pj pants

These are the Wear Anywhere Yoga Pants from the Sew Everything Workshop in flannel from Joanns.  My sister is fairly tall and has a hard time finding pajama pants that are long enough, so I thought I’d make her some.  They will fit her better than they fit me, I hope. 🙂

September 26, 2010

Watercolors Skirt

Posted in Finished Objects, Sewing at 6:18 pm by merknits

I’ve been trying to dress a little more professionally lately, and I’m happy that the “Naughty Secretary Skirt” will be able to help with that.  I’ve been lucky to have jobs that haven’t required me to wear anything too conservative or dressy, but that means that I don’t really have many well-put-together outfits.  This one is a winner!

skirt finished

skirt close up

Pattern: Naughty Secretary Skirt from Sew Everything Workshop
Fabric: Midnight Jewels Collection-Watercolors Stretch Sateen from JoAnn Fabrics
Notes: I love this fabric!  So pretty, and the stretch cotton is perfect for a pencil skirt.  I ended up making a size between a small and a medium, though I think I could have gone with a small so it was a bit more fitted.  Also, I don’t think I followed the waistband instructions correctly, but it looks fine on the outside, so I’m ok with it.  Sewing is pretty nice for quick projects – I love having a new skirt after just one day of work!

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