Monday, November 06, 2017

Finished Object: Familiar Shawl

Let's try and keep the momentum going, right?

I'm messing around with machine photos for work, so I might as well write a blog post. This pretty much brings me up to speed with the backlog. I've got one cushion cover left from the FAL Q4 list that I haven't blogged, but I'm currently working on stock and some projects that still have a long way to go, so there might be a bit of a lull.

This is the Familiar Shawl, the last of the six patterns from The Shawl Society II this year. And I've got to say, I think it might be my favourite. Although that might just be because it took me about a week to knit, and I've been wearing it ever since.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Finished Object: HST cushion cover

Another quick and dirty finish resulting in a quick and dirty post!

This is my HST cushion cover, that was made from the offcuts of the hearts I made for the Quilts for Pulse drive last year.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Finished Object: Bat Hoop

The problem with blogging is having to write the blog posts. I never know what to write; I'm not witty enough to write long, rambling descriptions of my life (and my life isn't that interesting to be honest)

Anyway, another quick post just to say I finished something.

This is the other part of the mugs and monsters swap... A cute little bat embroidery hoop.

I hate embroidery. I never know why I do it. It's slow, and it's fiddly and while the results usually look pretty good, I really don't have the patience for it.
This took me weeks, and it still didn't come out how I'd planned, because I decided to leave it as line art rather than shade it (a. for time and b. because I love the fabric)

The bat pattern is from Urban Threads, which is a dangerous website for someone who likes cute things, but hates embroidery. I own many patterns that I'm probably never going to stitch up. I'm just like that.
The fabric is Cotton and Steel "Boo".

I did a quick pyrography job on the hoop, and backed it with felt.

The parcel has been received, apparently. Mostly I'm just glad to be done with it!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Finished Object: Hocus Pocus mug

Really quick and dirty project here... A halloween themed mug for the Mugs and Monsters swap on Instagram.
I know this has been delivered, but I've not seen if my partner has actually opened the parcel. Oh well.
Large black mug from the local cookware shop, ceramic paint and a toothbrush (and a normal paint brush to do the text)
I love doing silhouette mugs like this, I think they look really cool. I did a Deep Space 9 one a few years ago, and that looked awesome.

Cut the pattern from paper, stick it to the mug using cheap and cheerful kiddie glue that doesn't actually stick very well.
I mixed up some orange and some pale green paint, and used the toothbrush to splatter it on the mug. Wait for the paint to dry and peel off the template. Voila, a witch flying across the sky!

I free-handed the text because I couldn't make a stencil small enough. 

Bake it in the oven for half an hour to set the paint, and there you have it!

Finished Object: Wishmaker Shawl

I've got a bunch of short posts of stuff wot I 'ave finished recently to post, that have been sat with the photos prepped and nothing else for a while.
First off, is the Wishmaker Shawl, pattern number 5 from the Shawl Society season 2. This is the second of the shawls from this set that I've finished, and while I do like the pattern, I ruined it with poor yarn choices.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Finished Object: Gotta Catch 'em All bag

Beth's first ever custom order!

A guy at work plays Pokemon, and wanted a dice bag... voila... pokemon themed dicebag in two evenings!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Finish Along- Quarter 4

I had one whole finish in Quarter 3. It turns out walking 5 miles every day for 3 months (and extra on weekends) really takes a lot of time and energy.
I made progress on things, but I also had a couple of swaps on the go, and ended up working on random bits and pieces. I also opened up BlueberryBits on etsy, which desperately needs more stock!

I might add photos later, but I'm busy as fuck at the moment with work, so err, it's just a list...

1. Star Wars zip up tray pouch - oh my god I will do this! I swear! I mean I'll probably sell it, but I swear I will!
2. Teal ponte cardigan - it's been moved downstairs so I can actually cut it out.
3. Makers Tote - this is going to be an xmas gift so I REALLY need to get on with it!
4. Pink sparrow Heidi clutch - this is going on etsy, I just need to finish the bloody thing!
5. Hitchhiker take 2 - this is nearly done. It's just been shoved somewhere.
6. Unicorn embroidery pouch - this is pissing me off as the design has rubbed off and I can't easily retrace it. A labour of "oh god I will get this done"
7. Death Star cushion cover - I've sized it up to be a 16 inch cover, I just need to quilt it and sew it together
8. HST cushion cover - this just needs the back sewing on. I could have got this done in Q3 but finishing the 1millionsteps got in the way
9. Meeple cushions - they will be done! The red one has been stolen by my friend's cat, so I ought to make the rest.
10. Sprite's Fen shawl - this is getting huge and annoying, but I'm 50% through the pattern in terms of yarn, and only have about 2 pages of pattern left.
11. Vila shawl - making good progress
12. Rune shawl - I have the pattern and the yarn is wound
13. Wishmaker shawl - I wanted this finished by the time pattern 6 comes out, but it's looking less likely
14. Familiar Shawl - yarn is wound and waiting for the pattern
15. Bat embroidery - for a swap, needs to be posted this weekend
16. Halloween mug - also for a swap that needs posting this weekend
17. Pokemon dicebag - commission for a friend, needs to be done by the end of the week

The "probably not, but you never know" list...
1. The Kitty Sampler quilt
2. Red Panda quilt
3. Wall hanging
4. Starting Point shawl

What else is going on this quarter, hmm... Well xmas, obviously, and that means handmade gifts. I've got one more swap I'm signed up for, I want to do the Stitched Sewing Organisers sew-along and there's talk of a Fancy Forest QAL on instagram that would be an excellent kick in the pants to get the pattern actually used (I've had it for ages)

And, y'know, NaNoWriMo. Still not sure if I'm doing that or not.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Finished Object(s): Sea Monster Swap!

I've not had the photos for this sitting on my computer for about a month, honest. I really hate writing blog posts sometimes, but I've got nothing better to do at work today.

These are the finished bits I made for my #seamonsterswap partner over on instagram. And a needle cosy I made because I had some scraps.

After this there'll be a vague "this is how I made it" post that isn't really a tutorial, but some pictures and some swearing.

Also apparently I didn't take a photo of the back of the miniquilt when it was finished. It wasn't very interesting so you're not really missing out much there.

Portholes, tentacles and seahorses were the aims here, which I think this hits. Nothing massively "sea monster" but definitely deep sea and a bit weird.
I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do, and then had to work out if I had the skills to match!
Thankfully, the issue of Quilt Now that came out around the time I was planning this had a tutorial on how to do the portholes, which I tweaked a bit when it came to constructing the back (more on that in the next post)