Friday, May 22, 2015

FO Friday - 5/22/2015

OMG! Another week with FOs!

The slippers all felted and embellished! They are my felting assignment for Loopy Academy.

Pattern: French Press Slippers by Melynda Bernardi
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Christmas Red
Thoughts: They were a fun knit. 

I would show y'all the little, striped cardi too if I had finished sewing on the buttons. To thank you for indulging my crazy schedule, I can show you some sewing to tide you over.

First, the two sets of purple pillowcases are done:

You should check out the fabric at The Loopy Ewe. It might inspire you to make fun stuff, like I did.

I also finished the little dress:

I made it to go with this sweater I made last year:

And now, they've been gifted.

MK out.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WIP Wednesday - 5/20/2015

Today, I am working on finishing this little, striped cardi. It just needs the buttons and it will be done!

I am sewing a grosgrain ribbon on the button side, just as The Knitmore Girls have taught me.

I also worked on my toy sewing machine. 

It can once again sew a nice seam. The top seam wasn't so nice, but that's before I worked on the machine.

MK out.

Friday, May 15, 2015

FO Friday - 5/15/2015

I am getting closer and closer to completing my Loopy Academy projects for this semester:

Not really an FO yet, but I have big news...I threw the slippers and some very hot water into the Wonder Washer today.

After one 15 minute cycle, there still was too much stitch definition and they were still too long for my feet.

After the second 15 minute cycle, they were just right! Now, they just have to dry.

The striped assignment is finished!

Pattern: Stripes, Stripes & Stripes Scarf by Sybil R
Yarn:  The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Fuschia and Tangerine
Thoughts:  I really liked this pattern and I can see myself making it again.

In non Loopy Academy news, I made something last month and never took the time to show y'all.

Pattern: Downton Cowl by Christy Becker
Yarn: Mrs. Crosby Hat Box in Summer Blooms. It was my reward for completing Camp Loopy Last summer.
Thoughts: This yarn is awesome. I loved knitting with it. It's a merino, cashmere and silk blend...lovely. The pattern was a fun, quick knit too.

The mottled-color ways are not my favorite.

I call them color vomit. The pattern and colorway played well together; so, I am not complaining.

In sewing news, I finished two sets of pillowcases.

I would have more to show you, but lack of housekeeping has reached critical mass at Chez Merry Karma; so, I had chores to do besides knitting and sewing...

MK out.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WIP Wednesday - 5/13/2015

Update on 2015 Loopy Academy Semester 2:

I need to get off my arse and felt those slippers already!!! Being out of town really messed up a good rhythm I had going, but maybe today will be the day...

I am more than halfway done with my striped assignment v.2.

I still want to make Penny Candy Tee, but I guess I have to wait for my head to get into it.  I don't like making bottom up sweaters much, because things like swatching and blocking become more important, and Momma don't like to swatch or block...

I've cast on for the extra credit project, but it has been put aside until the scarf is finished.

Update on little striped cardi:

It needs buttons and the ends woven in.

Update on sewing projects:

Can you believe that this sausage roll...

...will turn into a pillowcase with totally finished seams? I love it!!!

I've been having fun making these pillowcases.

I just have to hem this little cutie and apply the snaps and it will be done!

What's going on in your crafting studio today?

MK out.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

And She Sews...

I've been out of town for about ten days and re-entry has been challenging. The house is a mess, the washing machine and dryer are both going - and there's more wash sorted in piles on the floor. I need to go to the store, but today is a good day to do a little sewing.

The fabric in the top left will become pillowcases for the master. The floral fabric on the right will become a little dress for the niece on the way. The camo fabric will be used to make burp pads for a friend who is expecting.

Oh look! The burp pads are done! 

I even embroidered As on them. 

They aren't perfect by any means. I don't have an embroidery machine; so, I winged it. I was going to write the whole name on each pad, but I am very out of practice doing the curvy letters (as you can see).

My latest Box of Fun from The Loopy Ewe made it to the house tonight. 

There's more fabric to make two more sets of pillowcases and yarn - of course. Don't worry, I'm not buying yarn willy-nilly. I'm using it for my backup plan for the striped assignment for Loopy Academy.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

MK out.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Movie Monday - 4/27/2015

Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss and Jonathan Pryce is a comedy about an author whose second novel is about to come out. In all his self-absorbed glory, he creates quite a bit of drama and chaos in his life - including bitching out a former lover and other friend of his for their supposed lack of support for him and his art. His narcissism also causes trouble in his present relationship. It had some funny parts, but the movie wasn't all that enjoyable for me to watch, as I have enough people like that in my real life and frankly, I am over them.

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds star in The Woman in Gold. The film is set in the late 1990s and is based on a true story. Maria Altmann enlisted the help of her friend's attorney son to reclaim original paintings that were stolen from her family's home in Austria by the Nazis. It was very good.

MK out.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Start Something Sunday - A Case of Knitting ADD

I haven't felted the slippers yet, but I have put them together.

The strap across the toe will be sewn on after the felting.  Can you believe these boats will turn into cute (I hope) slippers?

I've been pondering my third project for Loopy Academy - knitting with stripes. I've been thinking about making Penny Candy Tee. It is knit bottom up, but I prefer top down, plus I need to work out some measurements. I just can't seem to strike the match - beyond knitting the I-cord edging.

In the meantime, I've found another interesting striped pattern that may have to become my homework assignment - The Stripes, Stripes & Stripes Scarf.

All of this pondering and planning and other work didn't stop me from starting another project tonight:

It's the Little Coffee Bean Cardigan. I'm using leftovers.

MK out.