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 appliquéd 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.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Swish Fish Pattern

I just finished the instructions for my newest pattern: Swish Fish! This is a sweet and cuddly little fish that can be in all sorts of fun color combinations. I rated this pattern as beginner as it doesn't have too many pieces or complicated sewing. In no time you can make a whole school of cuddly, plush toy fish.


You can purchase the pattern digitally in the store.


 I've also have some ready-made fish toys in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cyberteens in Love

I have warm feelings of nostalgia for the movie Hackers, even though I know it's not that great of a movie. It shows a world where hackers are cool teens who wear crazy outfits, spraypaint their computers and rollerblade through New York. I love how it tries to make hacking and the '90s internet look more interesting and interactive than it was.

I found out about a movie called Cyberteens in Love recently, but I haven't found much more than this clip. The clip does have Sullivanmovies.com superimposed over it. I checked out the site and they don't mention anything about Cyberteens in Love.  The IMDB has just the basic information plus a terrible review. Well I love terrible movies and I love dated projections of the future so I really want to find this movie.

If anyone knows about this movie and a way to find a copy, please let me know!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Frog Pond Pillowcases

For this past Christmas, I made two pillowcases using this cute frog pond printed fabric for a present.


Pillowcases are pretty simple to construct, just rectangles of fabric sewn together. I didn't have enough of the frog fabric to make two complete cases, so I made the main part out of white cotton with the print as a detail. I added green piping between the print and the white, plus lined the back of the frog fabric so that the print would be easier to see since it was a little transparent. A fun way to incorporate cute cotton fabric into everyday use.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Webbigail the Cat


This is my cat, Webbigail aka Webby. She is named after a cartoon duck, but she has very furry paws that almost looked webbed. She is a great cat who was shy at first but now rules the house plus she gets along well with Patty the rabbit. My other cat Nibs unfortunately died of FIP last year, which was traumatic and terrible but Webby is helping me get over it by being a total spazz.