Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Striped Baby Sweaters

Lots of friends are having babies this year, which has given me a great excuse to try out some new knitted baby patterns. So far I've made two different versions of the "Gidday Baby" sweater pattern by Georgie Hallam, you can find it for free on Ravelry.

The first version I made was for a baby that was a surprise to what sex it would be. Instead of sticking to classic pastel colors, which I'm not that crazy about, I went in the other direction with deep jewel tones. Even though this one is navy blue I don't see why a baby girl couldn't wear it, but they did end up having a boy.


The pattern for the hat is a variation of the Bernat King/Queen Baby hat. Once I started making it, it just didn't seem the same as the photo, when I made the crown part it just didn't look right so I didn't add it. Instead I added a pom pom in the contrast color to pull the two pieces together.


I used Patons Grace 100% mercerized cotton in Navy for the body of the sweater, but I doubled up the yarn to get the right stitch count. For the contrast stripe I used Patons Kroy Socks yarn, 75% Wool 25% Nylon in Blue Striped Ragg.  I also doubled this yarn up to get the correct stitch count. I chose cotton and preshrunk wool so that it would be easily washable.



 For the second sweater I used the same Patons Grace yarn in Navy for the contrast color but found enough cream colored yarn in my stash to complete the body. I think it was a synthetic blend but I had lost the label long ago.




I really like that you can knit the sweater all in one piece from the yoke down, plus the contrast stripe gives a nice detail with lots of room for color variation. I'm sure I'll be making more of these in the future.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mountain Goat plush toy

I made a new plush toy design, a Mountain Goat. Often my inspiration for a new design comes from animals I like and I think goats in general are very cute. I looked up some real life references and I really liked the look of the Mountain Goat.

 I started with some sketches and created a rough side view, which is enough for me to get started on making the pattern shapes. I initially made this guy about 9 inches from nose to tail but ended up enlarging to pattern to about 12 inches nose to tail. The larger size make it more cuddly and a little easier to construct.


 


I'm excited to experiment with some different colors and materials for this one, so watch for those soon. Also I'll be working on the pattern instructions shortly so you can make your very own Mountain Goat.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Maker Faire 2015


I'm super excited to be a vendor at Maker Faire this weekend. I'll be under the San Francisco Bazaar tent with a ton of other awesome vendors. If you live in the SF Bay area and haven't come to a Maker Faire, this year it's bigger and better than ever.

I've made lots of new Fluff Engine toys so come say hi at booth 6.








Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Patchwork Oakland Spring 2015

This Sunday, May 10, 2015; I'll be at the Patchwork Show in Oakland. I've made a bunch of new Fluff Engine stuffed animals in preparation. So if you're in the SF bay area, bring your mom and buy her something handmade.


I'll be at booth H, right in the middle of it all.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Devastator Horror Issue

I've did a couple of spot illustrations in the latest issue of The Devastator. You can buy it here: http://devastatorpress.com/horror/  It's a funny, awesome book series filled with hilarious people, you should check it out!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lace Knit Scarf

I have been playing around figuring out some of the knit stitches in my favorite needlework book: Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. I specifically like the 1979 version of this book because of the excellent hand drawn illustrations. The Network lace stitch is pretty easy and once I got the hang of it I could work on while watching TV so this scarf is the result of a combination of finding some interesting light weight yarn and keeping my hands busy.

Without a plan, I just started knitting with some Suss multicolored yarn and quickly realized that I wouldn't have enough to finish the scarf, so I added the solid red Alpaca yarn. As I continued knitting, I realized that it still wouldn't be a very long scarf and I didn't want to buy any additional yarn. So I decided to make a loop scarf with buttons, that way there are multiple ways to wear it.

While it doesn't seem very long, the loose stitches are stretchy so that it still can be worn as a traditional scarf. The open lace stitches create the buttonholes so you can fasten them just about anywhere along the length of the scarf. My scrap yarn projects often don't turn out well so I'm very happy to make something I'll actually wear. Plus I got to use some of the antique buttons my Aunt gave me. It's nice to cobble together a scrap project that lets you use some awesome things that have been laying around for a long time.



Network Lace
Multiples of 4 sts (my scarf is 48 stitches wide)
Row 1: P2 *yo, P4 tog* P2
Row 2: K2 *K1, KPK into the yo of the previous row*, K2
Row 3: Knit

Suss Yarn 100% Merino Wool Mosaic Color: Fireworks
Plymouth Yarn Co. 100% Baby Alpaca Color: 2050

Friday, March 20, 2015

Alec's Animal Alphabet Quilt


Alec's sister had a baby girl (her first!) at the beginning of the month. They kept it a surprise to whether they were having a boy or girl, so I had to be clever in coming up with an appropriate gift.


In 2007, Alec made a series of acrylic animal paintings that he turned into an alphabet book.  I took those awesome images, turned them into appliqu├ęd fabric patches and sewed them all together to make a quilt. Alec had different background colors for each of his paintings but I limited the background patch colors so it wouldn't be too crazy. For some fun texture I tried to incorporate printed fabrics where they seemed to fit. I machine quilted the layers together to save some time.








My favorite patch on is the scorpion, I like that he's a little angry. I also think the embroidery on the  hedgehog quills turned out well.



The quilt is backed in soft, yellow flannel.  I'm hoping it will get lots of cuddles and maybe even be made into some forts.

You can buy Alec's Animal Alphabet book on Lulu.com.