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Reclaimed!

Posted in Charity <3, Crochet, Knits, Precious Awakening, sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by sweetnightmare

I started my courses almost three weeks ago. Wow, it’s so much harder than I thought it was going to be. It’s only hard because I have my little BB girl to care for who still needs me so much. Oh she is just growing way too fast. I can’t hardly believe we are in October!!!! My princess is turning 1 this month! Time has just flown by. I’m so excited to celebrate it. Expect birthday party crafts soon!

So my grandmother every once in a while will send me some hand-me-down clothes from her church clothing swap. She sent me a knit sweater that had a large collar that could be buttoned up to be a turtle neck and a thin cable pattern. I didn’t like it mostly because my head is round and it just doesn’t look right on me. Turtle necks make my head look bigger and rounder. It was a Cherokee brand shirt (one of those brands from like Kmart or Walmart or something) and man was I surprised to see that it was HAND KNIT! I got super excited! Finally, I could reclaim some yarn!! Woo hoo!! I suck though, I never think until it is too late to take a before shot. It took two or three days but I got it all into balls. I should have only had 4 balls but ended up with 7 because I had some problems trying to figure out how to unravel it. It was pretty complicated.

Reclaimed yarn

Reclaimed yarn

So I am now the happy owner of reclaimed 60% cotton 40 % acrylic yarn. It’s made up of two strand of light and a darker blue. Each strand is a 2 ply so I guess it’s a 4 ply ???. I  I have 2 large, 2 medium, 2 small, and 1 small ball is purely scraps I tied together. That ball is going to be wound into a magic yarn ball I have been making with all my yarn left overs. It is mixed with different weights, fibers, colors. I don’t know what I will make with it but it will be funky! I plan to show that off the magic ball next post I have a bunch of leftovers to add to it.

Projects that I have just finished are another hoodie made with Jiffy yarn. No picture yet. I am waiting to finish another one that I am working on with Bernat Softee Chunky. I want to compare results. I also (believe it or not) just finished last week my first two basic granny square blankets. I added a picot edge to it. For one of them I had enough yarn to make a matching hat. I love it, it’s so cute. Both blankets are to be donated to my hospital next month.

First granny square blanket with matching hat

First granny square blanket with matching hat

In other crafts- Last month I sewed my first messenger bag. Isn’t it awesome? I love the fabric. It inspired me to make the tentacle appliques. The are carefully cut from solid fabrics and I used some heavy weight sew-in interfacing for the backing. The details are hand drawn. I love this bag so much. I use it to carry library books. I wish that I had used some thicker fabric. The entire bag is made of cotton, I would have had more use out of it had I used  some black cotton twill or something like that. Flip the flap and you’ll see I made pockets have room for a wallet, pocket notebook, and cell phone. There are also pockets for pens, pencils, knitting needles or crochet hooks! Inside the bag I made one large pocket with snaps to close it and snaps for the flap too. It’s large enough to fit my 14″ laptop so I put it there to take the pictures. I’m so proud of it!

Front of messenger bag

Front of messenger bag

The pockets under the flap.

The pockets under the flap.

Soy escuchando: Wojciech Kilar / Mina/Dracula

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The 3 R’s

Posted in Life, sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2009 by sweetnightmare

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So perfect that this month is sewing month. Just a few days ago I was trying my hardest to follow a pattern for a toddler jumper (even though Reli is no where near being that size yet). After hours of frustration I gave up on it. I went into my room, got an old youth-large band t-shirt and scissors. I took out my frustration on a The Mars Volta t (awesome band BTW, shirt is a bit small on me and that’s why that one got chopped), completely mutilated it lol! But oh- what an awesome out come! I made my daughter an awesome little jumper to play in. It wasn’t hard or frustrating at all, it was actually very exciting! I couldn’t wait to finish and see how it turned out. It is a little big on her but big is good! She’ll grow into it. She’s growing out of everything so fast!

I think that I might post a tut on how to make one. I have plans to butcher another t-shirt! I want to add some ribbon around the waist and maybe some tulle. Can’t wait to experiment again 🙂

DIY or DIE!

Soy Escuchando: The Mars Volta / De-Loused in the Comatorium / Drunkship of Lanterns

Went scissor happy on one of my t-shirts. Love it!

Went scissor happy on one of my t-shirts. Love it!

Always Learning

Posted in Embroidery, Free Patterns (from other sites), Life, sewing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So I start the Fall semester in a few weeks and already school is getting into my craft time. I have been preparing for.. getting my textbooks, taking orientation, getting supplies, ugh. I can’t wait to start though!

The last thing that I knitted was a bolero made from Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton and Lion Brand cotton in Black. I had made it for myself . It was the same pattern that I used to make my daughters bolero (blog entry). When I sewed it up it was big on me and turned didn’t look that great on me. It made my boobs look even bigger than they already are! LOL so I’ll be searching for another pattern to make, I want to have one (that fits) in time for my wedding anniversary next month. I ended up having to gift the bolero, I decided to give it to my grandmother in Puerto Rico. My mom, as I write, is currently visiting her. I wish I could have gone so Abulea could have met my daughter. I forgot to take a picture of the finished project. I asked my mom to take a picture of my Abulea wearing it so I hope she remembers.

Since I last wrote I have picked up a new (well not really new) craft. I am sewing! I haven’t sewn in years! Back  in Middle School I used to make little pillows and I used to paint Lion King characters on them and sell it at school. It was my first business and with my earnings I purchased my first pair of roller blades! Speaking of selling things, I am planning to open an Etsy shop soon 🙂 I have a bunch of stuff I that I’ve made and plan to sell. Can’t wait, I’m not ready yet. I am planning to attend an Etsy workshop that the Lion Brand Studio will be hosting next month. I hope to get some good tips!

I have been also doing a little bit of embroidery. Here is a pin cushion that I made. I got the pattern and idea from Urbanthreads.com It came out pretty good!

Made of felt. Design from UrbanThreads.

Made of felt. Design from UrbanThreads.

I have made a few sewn projects from the book called Bending the Rules of Sewing. I LOVE this book! The patterns are simple but so so cute. The only thing I don’t like is that there is so much errata in it. Luckily I came across the Flickr group and found all the corrections there (though it was too late for two projects). So far my favorite pattern is the Charming Hand Bag. It was the first pattern I made and it turned out decent but there are plenty of hidden mistakes. I also made the No Cash wallet. The concept for that one is so cute.

I also made a little box bag, my new knitting project tote. Isn’t it cute? (see below in the gallery feature I am trying out) That’s another well hidden disaster lol but hey it works and it’s adorable. This is from a free pattern called Perfect Box Pouch. Lucky me! I was able to find the same fabric that she used. I fell in love with it when I saw it, too cute! Even cuter in pink!

I have been going fabric crazy! It’s my new obsession, as if I needed another one. So in addition to the huge yarn stash, I am working on the fabric stash lol

Well I am still crocheting and knitting my little hats for charity. Donation day (on Alana’s Birthday/Angel day) is coming soon. Can’t believe it will be two year since I lost Alana.

Soy Escuchando: MewithoutYou – Brother, Sister  – Wolf Am I! (And Shadow)

Anticraft !

Posted in Crochet, Patterns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by sweetnightmare


I started a project from my copy of the book, Anticraft. I chose the “Apothecary & I [Skull] Trouble” tote bag pattern, it’s actually the whole reason why I bought it. All the other patterns were just an awesome plus especially since now I am learning to knit! 🙂 I found out about the book when I stumbled upon the designers blogsite, Future Girl (link available to the right). Her website is excellent, she has tons of interesting blogs, and lots of tutorials. Who doesn’t love those? They always come in handy.

I have had the book for a while and I finally decided to make the time to make it. I’m planning to use it as a project bag. I picked out the yarns a while back. I had to choose between hot pink and this hot blue. I just really love this color and I think that hot pink and black is so common. It just didn’t talk to me. So the progress has been going okay. At first it was kinda tough. I kept ending up with extra stitches.. that hasn’t happened in a long time to me. I figured out what I was doing wrong and I have happily been crocheting away all week. I finally finished the bag portion of the project yesterday morning. I decided to give the project a break until Monday. It’s when I plan to recruit my mother to help me sew the lining. I’m really just giving her an excuse to use her new sewing machine 😉 The lining I got on sale at JoAnn’s for $4 a yard. It’s I guess a kinda faux satin with black frocked stars. Can’t wait to get started (and finished) on that. Other than the lining, I still have to make the handles and I need to embroider what I want it to say.. On the Anticraft merch page they had a few sayings on their stuff that I liked. I think I am going to have it say “Anticraftier Than Thou”. I thought that one was cute. I also liked “I Am the Anticraft”, but I liked the other one better.

Will write more later!

Soy Escuchando: Marcys Playground – the Vampires of New York