The cool air makes me want to knit and crochet.

The cool fall air has me thinking about knitting and crochet projects. I  had to put all of my personal projects on hold while I work through a grueling project deadline but next week I plan on having time to work with yarn no matter what.

Every year I make myself a few new hats, can’t have too many hats. I haven’t decided yet which ones I will make but I’m thinking about this one from Tiny Owl Knits. Last year I made the meow mitts for my daughter for Xmas and I loved the design so much I can’t wait to make more of her patterns.

I also plan to make myself another one of these vintage turbans this year but I think I’ll use a really fuzzy wool this time, maybe in pink…

You can get my modern translation of this vintage crochet pattern on Etsy.

close up for etsy

Knit and crochet until the cows come home.

I’ve been having so much fun working on my latest yarny project. Most of you know I’m undercover on these projects but I really needed to share these because I think they turned out so great…

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I have no idea how long they actually took to make.  I worked on them in the evenings while watching 3 different versions of Tess of the Dubervilles among other long, slow period pieces.

The pink one is for a semi-secret mission and the blue one is for my daughter’s 14th birthday. We took down the horrible ceiling fan in her room and wired this up in its place and it works!

I might be out of my mind, but I’m thinking of making more!

***Handmade Christmas***

I didn’t have a lot of time for handmade gifts this year with the full time job and all. Somehow I managed to make more than I thought I would. Here are a few of my favorite handmade gifts from Christmas this year.

A zombie hobo for a friend with a fondness for hobos and possibly zombies. The pattern is loosely based on one from this wonderful little book.  An Advent calendar quilt made from the tutorial found here; I actually made 2 of these bad boys. A fabric paper doll made from a McCalls pattern. Frog and Toad were  made for me by my lovely daughter with no pattern and all her own!  A Doxie necklace (and several pin versions) made from instructions on Etsy.  And finally a major undertaking cross stitch made from a vintage French chart.

Not bad for an insanely busy season!

A little bit of progress goes a long way…

Lately it has felt as though I have been treading water.  Working a lot, but not really getting anywhere.  I will work on a project and then get to a point where I need to stop and wait for supplies or just think about how to proceed.  It becomes really frustrating to work this hard and just have piles of fabric and full sketch books to show for it.  So, I started a few just for fun projects to keep my hands busy and maybe feel a bit of that thrill you get from actually finishing something.

I embroidered this skirt for Scout.

And I knitted this sort of Rodarte inspired scarf thing.  Of course I got carried away and it is HUGE, but it will be fun to wear.

And then this week something strange happened.  In the middle of all the frustration of trying to work while having kids home for yet another snow day, I started to see some progress.

After days of sampling, yarn shopping,  pattern drafting, and muslin making, I started on this crochet/knit jacket.  Once I actually got started it moved forward pretty quickly.  I still need to make all of the pieces for the back and then join all of the little pieces together.  Then it will be lined and finished off with leather trim. All in all I think I will have 2 solid weeks of work into this little tiny thing.  I am really happy with how it is turning out; a little bit ugly and a little bit odd, a little bit vintage and a little bit modern.

Yesterday the best progress of all happened when I received the swatches from Spoonflower of the fabrics I designed.  They look amazing and only needed just a few changes. Very soon I will be able to order the fabric for the shirts, scarves and bags.

The largest moths here are about 8″ across.


skully

I crocheted these little tiny skulls a year or so ago and I’m still trying to pin down what I want to do with them.  I would like to see them on a necklace but just haven’t come up with perfect method or materials.  Maybe a patchwork vintage chain. I need to figure out a way to stiffen them.  I am going to try the good old water and glue method which is why I wanted to photograph them before I ruin them!skully