Archive for 2011

Wood Cuff Jeans

Dec 28

Wood Cuff Jeans

I got a new sewing machine for christmas!! Wahoooo! Here was my first little test project on it. I tried a few stitches out on some Quilt Weight Cotton, some Home Dec Weight Cotton, and … denim!

It all started out when the Treasure Hunter asked me to fix a pair of his fave denim jeans which had an awkward tear in the crotch area! After fixing that up, we decided to do a little denim customization and added a fabric detail to the cuff on a pair of denim jeans. I used some scrap material from a beautiful fabric with wood grain print.

I didn’t do much measuring and just eyeballed everything. There wasn’t much need to true up the fabric or precise measuring. I did not even break out the iron or pre-wash the fabric. All bad habits but for a simple experiment it was fine. I marked about 4 inches from the edge of the jean cuff (see below pic) and cut out a strip of fabric 4 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the entire pant leg. Pinned and sewed! Making sure to pre-fold in the edges where I could. I also made sure to sew as invisibly as possibly by making all my stitches near the seams.

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- Cut a 4 inch wide strip (add some extra width for folding down). Long enough to wrap around the entire cuff with some extra for folding in.

- Fold in the lower edge. I folded down about 1/2 inch. This edge will be attached to the bottom of the cuff. Pin down the fold.

- Turn pants inside out. Line up the folded edge to the edge of the cuff. See here. Pin it down. Leaving the leftover length by the inseam. Line up the fabric pattern or nap in the way you find most appealing. Try folding the cuff up to see how the pattern shows.

- Sew as flush along the bottom edge of the cuff (near the original cuff seam) as possible from inseam to inseam. Fold down one flap to overlap the other. Try to make sure the flap meets at the inseam. This is where you will sew to seal it. Trim excess.

- Then sew along the other end of the fabric from inseam to inseam. Sew right over the overlapping flaps to seal. Make sure fabric is smooth and flat against the jean.

- Finally sew along the inseam where the flaps overlap. Sew as close to the original seam as possible! Done!

Wood Cuff Jeans

Choose any fabric you desire for your denim cuff accents! Great for fabric scraps. Fold the cuffs back down for normal style jeans.

I chose this beautiful fabric on the left.

Brazilian Rose Wood
Graphic Design BNP by Bold Inc.
Woodworking Landscape Products
Japanese Made

❤ Thanks to the Treasure Hunter for the beautiful fabric!!

Pattern: Baby Cardigan

Dec 20

Baby Jacket and Hat

I made this little play jacket for my good friend Shahina’s baby who lives in Denmark. Yay! Something to keep baby warm in the cold Danish winter. I again needed a quick and easy pattern so here’s what I came up with. It’s a pattern from Caron Yarns that I adapted. It took me about 5-6 hours including sewing on the button and weaving in ends. A bonus is it’s completely machine washable and dryable. It’s durable and easy to keep clean. So baby can go nuts with the playing while still looking good. :) And not have to worry about ruining anything! Here is the Baby Hat pattern.

Working on the Yoke Completed yoke Working on the Body Armholes - Getting ready to crochet the sleeves Baby Jacket with sleeves completed

1 Ball Red Heart Soft Yarn, 100% Acrylic, Worsted Weight, Wine #4608, 256 yards, $4.69
1 Button + Embroidery Floss + Tapestry Needle (optional)
Stitch Markers

Crochet Hook: Size H8 [5.00mm]

Collar: 6 inches across
Yoke: 11 inches across (including top of shoulders)
Body: 6.5 inches Long, 12 inches Wide
Sleeves: 5 inches Long, 4.25 inches Wide
Collar to Hem: 9.5 inches Long

Special Stitches:
DC: Double Crochet
Eyelet Stitch: [chain 1, skip 1, dc]

Skill Level: Beginner

Begin with the yoke.
Loosely chain 61

Row 1: Dc in fourth ch from hook (counts as dc), dc in next 8 sts, 5 dc in next st, place marker in center st, dc in next 7 sts, 5 dc in next st, pm in center st, dc in next 21 sts, 5 dc in next st, pm in center st, dc in next 7 sts, 5 dc in next chain, pm in center st, dc in last 10 sts, turn. Total 75 stitches.

Row 2: Working in back loop only. Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next st, *[ Eyelet Stitch 5 times, 5 dc in next (marked) st, dc ]*, repeat *[ ... ]* once, Eyelet Stitch 12 times, 5 dc in next st, dc, repeat *[ ... ]* once, Eyelet Stitch 5 times, dc in last st; turn. Total 91 stitches.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next 13 sts, 5 dc in next st, dc in next 15 sts, 5 dc in next st, dc in next 29 sts, 5 dc in next st, dc in next 15 sts, 5 dc in next st, dc in last 14 sts; turn. Total 107 stitches.

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, Eyelet Stitch 7 times; 5 dc in next st, dc; Eyelet Stitch 9 times; 5 dc in next st, dc; Eyelet Stitch 16 times; 5 dc in next st, dc; Eyelet Stitch 9 times; 5 dc in next st, dc; Eyelet Stitch 7 times, dc in last st; turn. Total 123 stitches.

Row 5: Ch 3, *[ dc in each st across to marked st; 5 dc in marked st ]*, repeat *[ ... ]* 4 times, dc in each st until end; turn. Total 139 stitches.

Row 6: Ch 3, dc in next st, *[ Eyelet Stitch until marked st, dc in next st, 5 dc in marked st ]*, repeat *[ ... ]* 4 times, Eyelet Stitch to last st, dc in last st; turn. Total 155 stitches.

Row 1: Working in back loop only. Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next 21 sts; skip 33 sts; dc in next 45sts; skip 33 sts; dc in last 22 sts; turn. Total 89 stitches.
Row 2-10: Ch 3, dc until end of round; turn.
Row 11: Ch 3, dc, Eyelet Stitch until 2 sts left, dc in last 2 sts. turn.
Row 12: Ch 3, dc until end of round; Fasten off.

Join yarn through the first and last skipped stitches to join armhole.
Row 1: Working in back loop only. Ch 3, dc until end of around, slip st in top of beginning ch-3 to join;
Row 2-7: Ch 3, dc until end of around, slip st in top of beginning ch-3 to join. Fasten off.

Sew button on to top corner of collar. No need to crochet a button loop on the opposite side. Use eyelet hole in opposite side as a button loop hole.

Weave in ends.

I made a few modifications to the original pattern by Caron Yarns. It made it a one skein sweater and a very quick crochet! I added a few rows to the body to make it longer and an eyelet row at the bottom of the sweater. I also did not do any edging or finishing to the sweater. The edges are raw.

Buttons! – I save all my buttons from my clothing. Many times jackets, sweaters etc will come with an extra button sewn in. I save those for future projects since I never end up using them to replace missing or broken buttons!

If you do not like the button, try a crochet flower instead so there is no hardware on the piece. Or try 2 pompoms – either create a tie at the collar with pompoms for tassels or connect 2 pompoms to a long crochet chain and weave through the first row of eyelets in the collar. This is extra versatile since you can then use the pompoms as a cinch tie giving you an adjustable collar.

Applique – Personalize it with a simple shape like heart or a duckling! And simply stitch on with embroidery floss and a tapestry needle. I wanted to do this but did not have time. Perhaps next time!

For additional sizes, see Caron Yarns original pattern. The original pattern is a hoodie jacket. It also comes with a baby hat pattern.

Fall/Winter Crochet Patterns 2011

Dec 13

Whirlwind WrapWhirlwind Wrap
I like the Bullion Stitch featured in this pattern.

Renaissance TunicRenaissance Tunic
Love the chest detail. Remove the edging detail at the hem and it becomes less hokie. More updated.

One Skein ShawlOne Skein Shawl
This shawl is made with Caron One Pound. So yes it’s one skein but each skein is also 812 yards!

Peruvian HatPeruvian Hat
Nice basic pattern for hat with ear flaps.

Striped PonchoStriped Poncho
I like ponchos as baby presents because they can grow with them. The cinch at the collar helps too.

Double Stitch BeltDouble Stitch Belt
I like the stitch pattern in this belt. For men!

Candy Cable BlanketCandy Cable Blanket
Cute quickie baby blanket perfect for a bassinet or stroller!

Bargello ThrowBargello Throw
Love the stitch in this blanket. Caron has a nice close-up detail on their website.

Hooded Toddler JacketHooded Toddler Jacket
Classic and cute.

Eco Baby JacketEco Baby Jacket and Hat
Dressy baby set. Perhaps for a Sunday outing.

Flopsy HatFlopsy Hat
Makes a cute sun/play hat.

Rainbow SweaterRainbow Sweater
The rainbow-shaped detail is unique and playful.

Baby HoodieBaby Hoodie
Sporty baby set for play.

Mitered SweaterMitered Sweater
Easy baby sweater pattern.

Fall/Winter Knitting Patterns 2011

Dec 10

I was looking for some baby patterns for this year’s holiday presents and found some more holiday gems. Most of these are Intermediate Level patterns but can be surely tackled by an Advanced Beginner looking for a challenge. From Caron Yarns.

SlippersElf Slippers
Love these elf slippers. Makes a great gift as some cozy foot warmers but with a twist!

Christmas StockingChristmas Stocking
One of these days I will make my own christmas stockings for some home deco. This is a nice free basic pattern.

Aztec ShawlAztec Shawl
Love the aztec design. Switch up the colors to something monochrome and perhaps the order of the motif and you get an updated look without re-doing any pattern instructions.

Ribbed Toddler PulloverRibbed Toddler Pullover
A very easy Beginner Level toddler sweater.

Cabled Toddler PulloverCabled Toddler Pullover
Great chance to try Cables.

Cabled TunicCabled Tunic
Make a nice cabled sweater for yourself.

Rainbow Pooch PulloverRainbow Pooch Pullover
This little knit pullover is simple and easily customized.

Swiss Miss Toddler CardiSwiss Miss Toddler Cardi
I liked this pattern because it’s a Beginner Level pattern but looks much more advanced!

Irish Eyes Baby BlanketIrish Eyes Baby Blanket
I liked the pattern on this blanket for an adult-sized blanket!

Baby HoodieBaby Hoodie
This makes a cute play coat!

Toddler VestToddler Vest
This vest is done in boucle but I’d substitute with a different yarn.

Sheep ToySheep Toy
I’ve been looking for a sheep pattern and love this darling one. I’d make the entire sheep white (no black!).

FOTD: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

Dec 03

Fabric of the Day: From The Hip by Alexander Henry Fabrics, circa 2000

From The Hip by Alexander Henry Fabrics

100% Cotton, Cotton Sheeting or Pima Poplin, 45″.
This was re-printed, so it’s no longer Out-Of-Print and still available for sale!

Pattern: Sunny Spread Blanket

Dec 01

Happy December 1st! This means it’s only 24 days until Christmas and 24 days to finish up all your Christmas presents. Here’s what I’ve been working on…

Sunny Spread Squares

6 Skeins Caron Simply Soft Yarn, 100% Acrylic, Worsted Weight, Off White 9702, 315 yards per skein (6oz Size Skein)
Tapestry or Yarn Needle
Hook Size J [6.00mm]

Width: Upon Completion
Length: Upon Completion
I got 9 Squares per Skein (almost 10!)
Each square measures about 6″ x 6″

Skill Level: Intermediate

The full pattern is FREE from Red Heart. [pdf]

The wagon wheel motif is very simple, the pattern is easy to follow and not complex. However Red Heart classifies the pattern as “Intermediate” possibly because of the stitch which uses Front Post Double Crochet [fpdc]. The pattern provides well detailed step-by-step pictures of how to perform the FPDC, so it’s easy to pick it up for the first time.

Make 49 of these squares, whipstitch the squares together, crochet the border on, weave in ends! (The original pattern calls for 64 squares.)

Each square also crochets up very fast – 7 rounds from start to finish. A fast crocheter can probably knock out 3-4 squares in 1 hour.


Hello Cotton!

Nov 28

Hello CottonI’m on Hello Cotton, another blog aggregator that happens to feature women bloggers! It strives to connect and inspire by bringing together all the latest news and trends from their rich source of blogs. Part social platform, part girl power. Take a peek and right away you’ll be hooked – it’s not just crafts like Sewing, Crochet, and Knitting but also includes Fashion, Food, Design, Culture … Again, I love learning from others who share their passions online, I glean what’s most relevant to me with a minimum of rhetoric, plus I’m more likely to get a first-hand “opinion” or “review” in that way. Anyway, Hello Cotton is a wonderful resource for just that. It’s free to browse, sign up, and login. Use it for your own personal reference, daily news specific to crafts, or to connect with other noteworthy blogs. See what the latest trends are regarding your fave subjects whether it be Sewing, Cooking, Design, Fashion, etc. It’s Ooo La La!

Hello Cotton

Hellocotton started out in Paris in 2008, with the idea that the web was blooming with talented women bloggers. Their aim is for the best women bloggers out there to get together, creating a community of talented writers, in all categories possible (fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle, family…). A place for blog readers to meet up, follow their favorite bloggers and get inspired. Last but not least, Hellocotton is a platform where both established bloggers and newcomers can make the headlines!

Shrek the Sheep

Nov 27

Shrek the Sheep is from New Zealand!

Meet Shrek, he is a Merino Sheep and one of New Zealand’s most beloved icons. He was found wandering the wilderness on his own so debilitated by his overgrown coat because his fleece hadn’t been sheared in 6 years! As the story goes, he escaped his flock in search of freedom or perhaps to satisfy his wanderlust and evaded shearers by hiding in caves in the wild mountains of Otago, South Island. When he was finally caught in 2004, he became a national hero. They removed 60 pounds of fleece from Shrek when he was finally shorn at Golden Gate Lodge in Cromwell by Peter Casserly, a former world blade shearing champion.

Shrek the Sheep is from New Zealand! Shrek the Sheep is from New Zealand!

Just how much yarn can come from 60 pounds of fleece? Well there are about 453 grams in each pound, and an average ball of yarn is about 50 grams, making about 544 balls of yarn from Shrek alone! I heard this story at a friend’s rooftop BBQ where there was a Kiwi visiting from New Zealand! I mentioned that I was going to the Sheep & Wool Family Festival. It turns out Shrek had just passed away earlier this year :( But he was celebrated in many ways. He spent his days traveling around as an advocate for the virtues of Merino Wool, a very sustainable resource, as well as the “poster-sheep” for Cure Kids charity helping them raise $170k. Icebreaker, a New Zealand outdoor apparel maker (kind of like our Patagonia), famously made him a merino wool sweater to wear! Oh the irony.

Shrek the Sheep before he was shorn! Shrek the Sheep after his shearing!

Eco-Friendy – Sustainability – Renewability
Why is Shrek on this blog? Did you know that sheep need to be shorn in order to maintain a healthy life? I did not! And I learned about it through Shrek the Sheep! I knew Merino Wool was eco-friendly but did not know why until now. I always knew wool came from sheep (in general), a natural resource, and when you think yarn you think wool! But I did not know that it was a material that makes use of something that is a necessary process when caring for sheep.

This makes Merino Wool an entirely renewable resource, a resource that is not depleted when harvesting. Which in turn makes it very sustainable and a bonus is animals do not have to be killed or harmed during harvest. All this adds up to merino wool being very ECO-FRIENDLY! Something I first discovered while making this Papercut Patterns Circle Top. The instruction booklet it came with mentioned that Merino Wool was a very sustainable material. It sparked a whole search into sustainable fibers!

Shrek gets shorn
Other famous sheep

UDPATE: I was talking to the Mad Scientist about this sheep wool thing. And he noted that although it is sustainable, sheep (domesticated) are bred to grow lots of fleece which is why they do require shearing. This may or may not color the notion that Merino Wool is Eco-Friendly depending on how you look at it. If it’s humane to breed, keep, and then harvest and process this wool, and then ultimately returned gracefully back to the earth, then this material is earth-friendly. However, the ethical implications may not make it so savory. Depends on how you look at it and as always determining if something is eco-friendly is never so black and white.


Pattern: Treasure Hunter Scarf

Nov 22

Treasure Hunter Scarf - Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, United Nations, New York – Sculpture by Rachel Owens

Red Heart Super Saver, Medium Thyme #0406, Worsted Weight, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards, $3.99
Red Heart Soft, Dark Leaf #9523, Worsted Weight, 100% Acrylic, 256 yards, $3.89
Catskill Merino, Indigo/Fustic, Worsted Weight 1-Ply, 100% Wool, 140 yards, $19
Catskill Merino, Indigo/Fustic Dark, Worsted Weight 1-Ply, 100% Wool, 140 yards, $19

Crochet Hook: Size N [9.00mm]

Wide: 6 1/2 inches
Long: 83 inches

Skill Level: Easy Beginner

Chain on 150 with Color A
Row 1: Continue with Color A. [DC until end, chain 3, turn].
Row 2: Change color, Color B. Repeat [Row 1].
Row 3: Change color, Color C. Repeat [Row 1].
Repeat [Rows 1-3] two times.
Finish: Bind off. Add tassels in each row, if desired.
Total Rows: 9

I made this as a quickie birthday present for my special treasure hunter! ❤ I wanted to include something handmade but didn’t have enough time for something more intricate. So I used my Tri-Color Scarf pattern, all that was left was some inspiration. Here is what I came up with:

Favorite Color – Kelly Green.
Style – Relaxed, Whimsical yet Bold, Stylish.
My interpretation – Part Indiana Jones, part sneakerhead, part LARPer
Translation – I think treasure hunter, I think Indie. I think sneakerhead, I think Billionaire Boys Club.
I think LARPer, I think Ken Jeong/Christopher Mintz-Plasse from Role Models!
Result – Stylized camouflage look OR Snakeskin python look!

Men’s styles aren’t really my strong suit, so I tend to lean towards obvious themes for boys… Regardless, hopefully I got – Stylish and vibrant yet neutral and casual enough to go with almost anything. Rich and varied, durable and hard-wearing. Super long for a fashion statement. Also, warm and snuggly!

BONUS! This scarf took about 4-6hrs tops. Very easy, very quick, and very customizable. An especially ambitious holiday crafter can make an army of these in a weekend and knock out some serious handcrafted presents for this holiday season!

Treasure Hunter Scarf
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, United Nations, New York – Sculpture by Rachel Owens

This pattern is crocheted holding 2 strands of yarn together at once. I used 3 different colorways:

Color A: 2 Strands Dark Leaf
Color B: 2 Strands Medium Thyme
Color C: 1 Strand of Indigo Fustic, 1 Strand of Indigo Fustic Dark

This scarf is crocheted length-wise. This means I crocheted along the entire length of the scarf rather than across the width like normal.

The camouflage-style look is easily done by choosing a self-striping yarn! Yup, because I crocheted length-wise, the row with the self-striping yarn (Row 3) naturally knits up that way.

Catskill Merino Yarn in Indigo Fustic and Indigo Fustic Dark Catskill Merino Yarn in Indigo Fustic and Indigo Fustic Dark Red Heart Super Saver Yarn

Yarn Substitutions – Any worsted weight yarn. Choose any color scheme, perfect if someone has a “fave color”. To keep the camouflage-style look, make sure one of your yarns is self-striping (Indigo Fustic is a self-striping color). Mix that into your colorways. Use a finer weight yarn for a more delicate look and maybe a more fluid drape. Just go a hook size down respectively.

Don’t like working with double stranded yarns? You can also choose a super bulky weight or bulky weight yarn instead, simply use a single strand when crocheting. Keep the same hook size.

John Brinegar also made a gorgeous scarf called “200″. The pattern is almost identical to this one, mine is just shorter. Also, his has a completely different look simply because of the color scheme he chose.

You can get Catskill Merino at the Union Square Farmers Market. 14th Street and Park Avenue. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 8-6pm. I didn’t love working with the yarn but thought I’d try it. The dye comes off in your hands (although it’s said that it does not wash out or fade) and it has a weird feel. Like a felted feel. But it can be wonderful depending on what you’re trying to achieve.

Make this for a girl! Lose a few rows for a skinnier scarf and you get a more feminine look and an even quicker knit. This scarf has a total of 9 rows, I would make it about 7 rows total. Maybe add a fourth colorway in the middle! Keep the same color scheme even! Just a slight change in the width makes for a more elegant look.

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Treasure Hunter Scarf Treasure Hunter Scarf

Too Legit To Knit – Granted Clothing

Nov 19

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I think these knits are to die for! I was yet again trolling the internet for some inspiration for this holiday’s presents and found this lovely gem on Daily Candy. They’re knitty but with some trendy. VIntage-y yet still fresh. My kind of knitting style! Unfortunately, these are not knitting patterns, so they are only for inspiration… But this knit apparel company from Vancouver, Canada hand knits every piece. So for those who have a hankering for neo-knits (what I like to call neo-vintage clothing that happens to feature knitting!) and handmades – Granted Clothing could be for you!

Granted Clothing - Hand knit apparelGranted Clothing sweaters “… have been given a variety of labels such as fair isle sweaters, prairie sweaters, Canadian heritage sweaters, “grandma sweaters,” Mary Maxim sweaters and most commonly and mistakenly Cowichan sweaters. We are all intarsia knits, a technique used to knit pictures or designs into a garment …”