Thursday, May 15, 2014

Me Made May 2014 - First 2 Weeks

I have an outfit recap for you from the first two weeks of Me Made May.  A few of these are unblogged, sorry!

There were a few days that I couldn't snag someone to take my picture, but I assure you that I'm keeping up with my pledge!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Me Made May 2014

You guys!  It's Me Made May time again!  As I was getting ready to write this post, I realized that last year I was HORRIBLE about blogging Me Made May.  Let's face it, I'm a horrible blogger...two posts ago I promised more pictures and updates about the knitting cruise I went on.  I still haven't gotten around to it, sorry!  Anyways, this year, I promise to blog more regularly about Me Made May.

I decided to keep my pledge the same as last year since I had trouble wearing 3 me mades without looking like I was wearing the same thing every day.

I, Mary of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14.  I endeavor to wear one me made or refashioned item 3 days a week for the duration of May 2014.

I plan to be posting my 3 me made outfits each week on instagram (My username is mlindstrom17) and here on the blog weekly.  

Are you participating in Me Made May?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Done in the Nick of Time

Hey guys!  I finally finished my Bunny Hoop embroidery project!  Isn't it adorable?!

I learned the lazy daisy stitch for this project and am completely smitten.  I love the ease of the stitch, yet it produces such a wonderful result.  I also love all the spring-like colors in the pattern.  Maybe it's because spring has been a little late this year that I feel like I need some color in my life. 

Say It With Flowers by Allyson Dykhuizen

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Knitting Vacation

Last week Tori, our Mom, our Aunt and I went on a knitting cruise to Mexico!  Our Uncle is apart of the wonderful knitting community at A Good Yarn, in Sarasota, Florida, which put together the knitting cruise.  We booked the cruise about a year ago and registered for 3 of the many classes being taught on the cruise.  I registered for Elegant Beaded Scarf, Socks - 2 at a time, and Knitting with Silk Hankies.

In the Elegant Lace Scarf class, I learned how to add beads to my knitting!  How cool is that!?  The pattern we used is the Elegant Beaded Lace Stole by Anniken Allis.


I splurged (actually my Mom splurged and bought it for me :) ) on some nice lace weight yarn for this project!  I got Anzula Wash My Lace yarn in the Claret colorway.

The second class I took was Socks - 2 at a time.  We used the Lucky 13 Bed Socks pattern by Julie Weisenberger.  I'm knitting these with my handspun yarn!


Last, but not least, I took the Knitting with Silk Hankies class.  For this class, we started knitting a simple cowl.  This is my first time knitting with silk hankies and I absolutely LOVE IT!  

I'll keep you posted on my progress with all three of these projects and will be back with more on the cruise!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stripey Blank Canvas Tee

I have another finished garment for you!  This time it's a simple Blank Canvas Tee by Sewing Cake.  It's a free pattern and was so incredibly easy to sew...very much an instant gratification project.  I don't have too much to say about it since it fit well with no alterations.

I could have taken it in along the side seams, about a half inch on each seam, but I like my tops to fit loosely. 

This was my first attempt ever with trying to get stripes to match at the seams.  I think I did a pretty good job for my first time!

I used a cotton jersey that I bought a while ago from either Denver Fabrics or (I can't remember!)

I am definitely planning on making more of these shirts.  Steph, from Sewing Cake, has a bunch of different hacks and tutorials for this shirt.  I particularly love the Sailor Sweetheart shirt and the Tee with flutter sleeves!

Both pictures from here.

I've also been working on more embroidery lately!  I'm participating in the Bunny Hoop stitch along from Red Letter Day Stitches!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Red Wool Skirt Refashion

This post is LOOOOONG overdue.  I finished this refashion months ago, but could never take any good pictures for the blog.  The only pictures I had were taken in my mirror at work and are shoddy at best.  This weekend I finally committed to learning and mastering my cameras timer function, aperture priority and focus.  Whew!  I conquered the techniques and finally have some decent pictures to show you.  Without further ado, here is the post I wrote months ago and today's pictures.

I am so excited to show you guys this refashion!  It is one that I am most proud of to date!  It may not look like it was very difficult or time consuming, but it turned out absolutely PERFECT (which is why I'm so pleased).

I bought the skirt at a local thrift shop.  Like I do with everything from thrift shops, I washed it in hot water, knowing full well it might felt.  The fabric felted slightly, just enough to make it thick and cozy.

The skirt originally was bigger than my normal size and had elastic in parts of the waist band.  I decided to only remove the waist band and lining.  I then made pleats in both the front and back of the skirt to reduce the waist measurement to my size.

The pleats are sewn flat for about 2 inches to reduce bulk around my waist.  I slapped the zipper and waistband back on....and BAM!  A skirt!

Below are pictures of the inside of the skirt.  Apparently I was good last year because Santa brought me a serger!!!!  Check out those gorgeous serged seams.

Just because I have them, here are the shoddy pictures I was talking about!  Yikes!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

FO: Mini Bunny Loves & Sockhead Hat

I have two finished objects for you. today.  First up, the adorable Mini Bunny Loves by Susan Anderson!

Here it is almost finished...

These are the only pictures I have of the finished project.  I was so excited about how cute it turned out that I couldn't wait to give it to my cousin's baby!

Look at that pom pom tail!  So cute!!

This is the perfect project for using up leftover sock yarn, however, since I used leftovers I didn't have enough to knit the legs.  Oh well, next time!

Mini Bunny Loves

My second FO is a Sockhead hat by Kelly McClure.  I originally knit it to participate in Molly's, from A Homespun House Podcast, fingering weight knit-a-long.  I finished the hat in time, but never posted my pictures to the thread!  Whoops!

I've been running a lot lately, and this hat is perfect for running outside.  (Yes, I STILL need a hat to go outside) The fingering weight yarn makes it light enough so I don't get too hot, and it is big and slouchy enough to fit my hair.