Archive: Mar 2016

His and Hers Slippers

I finally knit my husband a pair of socks. Sort of.  They’re his and her matching Inniskór slippers from Chelsea Berkompas’ book The Wool Project.

Now we’re matchy matchy twins- every husband’s dream.  Only, he wasn’t around for photos, so I improvised.

I like the way the design is complimented by the Lopi.  It’s all kinds of rustic and warm.
He really does like them.  Sadly, it’s now flip flop weather, but our barely worn slippers will be waiting for us next winter.   That’s one knit that is always welcome in a house on piers.

I’ve already mentioned how much I like working with Lopi.   It feels sheepy and “real,” if you know what I mean.  I may have used an Icelandic wool once before for a newsboy-style cap I gave a relative.  It was in my earlier knitting days, pre-revelry, so I have no photo of it and am not sure.

For my Inniskór, I followed the pattern exactly.  Using size US 8 and 9 needles, I went through only  1 1/4 balls of Lopi.  That gave me the idea of making a cuff-less pair for my husband.  I didn’t really think 1 ball would suffice, but I began anyway.  It really is a two day project, so the next day I ordered a third ball.

I love that magic moment when the sole starts to look like the sole.

The details: For both pairs of slippers,  I used US size 8 and 9 needles and Ístex Álafoss Lopi wool.

For my pair:  I only needed 1.5 balls of Lopi, at the most, for a size medium.  When it was time to seam up the sole, I used mattress stitch, joining the very edge of each side, as below.  I usually use the first horizontal bars, next to an edge to seam with.  But that left a little seam underfoot.  So, for this slipper, I ran my yarn through stitches on the very outside of the piece.  Maybe that’s the correct way to use mattress stitch and I never realized it.  But I thought it was worth mentioning.

My toggles were made of horn and ordered via Amazon.  Of course, I forgot to use Prime, which was the whole point of ordering on Amazon, and so I have waited until now to finish mine.

For His pair:

My husband has yeti feet, so I fiddled with the pattern to approximate a men’s US size 12/13.  So I cast on the recommended amount for all sizes.  I knit as directed until the end of the sole, where I added two rows in pattern.  So the first was a sl1, knit even and the second was an increase row.

After joining in the round, I knit one more even row than directed.

On the next round: I added 2 stitches to the first knit only portion for the largest size, then 1 stitch to the next portion.

Repeat decrease round 6 times total.

Continue following directions for largest size until toe shaping.  At toe shaping, continue those shaping rows until you have 2 more stitches than required by largest size in the pattern.

After last pattern row for ankle, knit 3 rounds even while maintaining the k,p, k, p pattern on top of the foot.

For bind off: CO 3 stitches and do an I-Cord bind off around ankle.  To close up an I-Cord BO I like to Kitchener my last 3 stitches with 3 stitches I pick up from the first ones I cast on for the bind off.  Does that make sense?  It always looks cleaner than when I do it any other way.

(more on ravelry, kollabora, instagram, flickr, and maybe ello?)
These were knit for The Wool Project KAL on instagram, with designer Chelsea Berkompas.  Check out the other beautiful projects, some hand dyed,  and all the different breeds used here.  
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The Jeans Affair

Have you heard of Bootstrap patterns?They are similar to Lekala, very similar, they have many of the same patterns but with better instructions, evidently. For Zara’s next item on the #sewingrota I made her some custom fit Vado…

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Mark Making

My third  pair of Birkin Flares has become a firm favourite, just like the others.  Have I said how much I like these jeans? My first pair has quite a lot of stretch, making them extremely comfortable throughout the day.  The second pair had the misfortune of not having quite as much stretch as necessary, … Continue reading “Mark Making”

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Mark Making

My third  pair of Birkin Flares has become a firm favourite, just like the others.  Have I said how much I like these jeans? My first pair has quite a lot of stretch, making them extremely comfortable throughout the day.  The second pair had the misfortune of not having quite as much stretch as necessary, … Continue reading “Mark Making”

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Weeks are passing by at a crazy rate … my my. Today was a strike day in France. It was also a full day over here. My mom had two doctor appointments, then I went with her to the optician’s to get new glasses, went grocery shopping, went to a teacher/…

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Curvy Sewn: Your Creations for March

Good afternoon, friends! Welcome to our Flickr Parade for March! This month, the Curvy Sewing Collective made some gorgeous garments. From shirtdresses to activewear, this was one stylish month of sewing! From left: True Bias Roscoe Blouse by DuckNDam; Bootstrap Patterns Knit Top by Foxgloves and Thimbles; Liberty Sewing Workshop Shirt by Elaine; Cutting Line…

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Hunker Down Now

This post comes to you from O’Hare airport in Chicago – I’m on a longish stop, waiting for my flight to Kansas City for Knitting in the Heartland. and I thought I would be crabby about the travel, so many … Continue reading

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Spiegel 60609 Sewing Machine Special Offer with Create and Craft

I can’t express enough how much I enjoy working with Spiegel. Not only do they provide sewing machines for my bra workshops, but they also continue to support me as I try to grow and expand my Madalynne Intimates line. You know when you get GREAT service in a restaurant, a store or whatnot and from that point on, you’re a loyal customer? Well, I’m loyal to Spiegel’s. One hundred percent.

So I’m here today to do a little promotion for them. Richard Lowe, Creative Director for the brand, made an appearance on Create and Craft this week (Thursday at 2:00pm and 4:00pm ET // Friday at 11:00am and 1:00pm ET). If you didn’t get a chance to read my review of the 60609, you can get a live version. In that hour, you can also get a sense of Richard as a person. Whenever I speak with him, I see a passionate person who truly believes in this machine; he’s not just selling it. If you watch the show, I hope you can see that too.

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The Dutch Braid

It’s sometimes called an inverted braid and at other times it is referred to as a dutch braid, but whatever people are calling it, this braid is to me, the hair equivalent of the most popular girl in school right now. The reason is simple, like that popular girl in your school, this is one of the most photogenic braids out there! The way you style this leaves your braid…

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The Magnificent Vivie! Piecing tutorial and Blaverry Pattern Review!

 Man, oh man was this month busy!  Birthday outfits, photoshoots galore, picking up extra shifts at work, taxes, appointments, Easter clothes, and everything in between… phew!  I’m getting exhausted just thinking back on it!But enough …

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DIY Striped Two Piece + Top Pattern Review

Hi Darlings, Tomorrow is the last day to get the EARLY BIRD RATE for this years conference and with two new amazing sponsors on board (Babylock and Evite) we are going to have an amazing time and great giveaways/prizes! REGISTER HERE if you haven’t already, I only have a few seats left. Okay this DIY two […]

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O+S = Jump Roping Bunnies

Did I say somewhere that I was making an Oliver + S Easter Dress. Yeah. Didn’t finish in time. Clearly, I meant Spring Picture Dress.

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INTERVIEW WITH LAUREN OF MY FABRIC DESIGNS

I am so excited that My Fabric Designs is sponsoring the Colfax Dress Sewalong and Contest. I thought it might be fun to get to know their company and what they do a little bit more. Lauren is part of the marketing team at the My Fabric Designs and has offered to answer a few questions that I had for her. Here we go:     I know that My Fabric Designs is a relatively new company. Can you tell us a bit about how the business was started? One of our founders, Eileen Roche, is well-known in the embroidery community through her business Designs in Machine Embroidery. She saw an opportunity to provide crafters more choices with their projects involving fabric and so My Fabric Designs was born.   I know that there are other print your own fabric businesses. What do you feel is unique about My Fabric Designs? The quality of our fabrics is what sets us apart. We manufacturer our own fabrics and they are specifically created for digital printing. This gives our customers top-notch quality and provides superior color fastness over other print-on-demand businesses.   As My Fabric Designs grows, what can we expect to see happen? An infusion of technology. We’ve […]

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Spring 2016 Gertie Fabrics

I may have mentioned once or twice that I have some new fabrics in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores this spring! And I’ve been sewing up a storm of dresses using these fabrics. But I also wanted to do a post featuring each fabric with information about e…

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Free Project – Rainbow Flower Lampshade

Add a touch of spring to your decor with a pretty DIY lampshade full of color! Use a rainbow of cardstock colors and pretty flower cut outs to create a lace style decor accent for any room. Download Now

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Free Pattern – GO! Seafoam Churn Dash Quilt

Free Pattern – GO! Seafoam Churn Dash Quilt

Quick Overview Bring those soothing beach colors inside with the GO! Seafoam Churn Dash Quilt. 9″ Churn Dash units are framed and accented by sashing to create a dynamic quilt. Look at this quilt as a starting point and you’ll be inspired by the Churn Dash for many quilts to come! Download Now

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Free Embroidery Design – Letter C

Free Embroidery Design – Letter C

Letter C Design #: 821528 Size (in): 2.72″(w) x 2.95″(h) Size (mm): 69 x 75 Stitches: 4800 Colors: 6 Color Chart: View | Print $1.00  FREE Free Today Only Download Now

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Free Project – mom’s mood-itude color shot tote

Free Project – mom’s mood-itude color shot tote

mom’s mood-itude color shot tote The perfect gift for an on-the-go mom, this tote shows her family how she’s feeling as she goes through the hustle and bustle of daily life. Time Required : Over an hour Difficulty Level : Intermediate Download Now

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Free Embroidery Design – Egg

Free Embroidery Design – Egg

Egg Design #: 1922890 Size (in): 4.76″(w) x 4.57″(h) Size (mm): 121 x 116 Stitches: 9500 Colors: 3 Color Chart: View | Print $3.00  FREE Free Today Only Download Now

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The Winner of the Magic Bias Dress Pattern

Good Morning All!It’s a typical early spring day in Chicago, dark and rainy. To be honest, I’m very happy as we had so little snow this winter. We really need the moisture in order for the spring flowers to have any vibrancy. At the moment, I have a be…

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Free Quilting Pattern – Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

Free Quilting Pattern – Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

Basic Skills Necessary: Machine Quilting Longarm Quilting Pattern Description: Try this interesting line drawing to practice your machine quilting skills. It is easier than you might think! 1. Print the larger quadrant & tape the pages together. 2. Trace the downloadable quadrant (four times) onto a 40″ fabric square. 2. Outline any group of lines […]

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Atenti Bags

Originally posted 2012-08-01 07:28:08. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI recently had a chance to try out a couple of the lovely bags from Atenti. According to their website their line features “innovative fabrics and embellishments from all over the world; from textile mills in the United States, Italy, Spain and Argentina to laces and buttons […]

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How to Make a Template from Stitched Needlepoint

All too often we stitch a piece then throw out the outlines we used to make it. Then when we want to stitch something similar we don’t know where to start. You need to know how to make a template from stitched needlepoint. If you have either the stitched but unfinished item or a scan […]

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Free Project – Spring Decorations

Free Project – Spring Decorations

What a sweet time of year, as Spring is almost here!  Here’s a project inspired by some of our beautiful new iCraft Deco Foil™ colors to brighten up a craft room! Click below, select “Get Inspired” and type “Spring Decorations” in the search field. Click Here

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Best Friends {Living Skirt Art}

Your favorite skirt series is back today with a living interpretation of darling painting by Johann Wilhelm Schutze. After you have enjoyed our Living Skirt Art, be sure to visit Melissa at Rebel and Malice and Jessica at Lil Luxe Collection this month’s guest contributors, and see which pieces of skirt art they chose to replicate. You won’t be sorry you did! (Sneak peeks at the end of the post.) This month we have chosen another artist from long ago.  Johann Wilhelm Schutze was a German painter and University professor. Unlike many poor, unknown painters, he was a favorite in

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easter outfits sewn by you

You’ve been busy whipping up beautiful Oliver + S Easter wear for your little ones, and we thought it’d be fun to feature some of your hard work today.

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Free Pattern Alert – Scissors Case

Originally posted 2010-08-09 07:10:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Star has done it again with this delightful free pattern for a scissors case. Besides the great design, you’ll love her instructions for how to scale the design to fit your scissors.

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“Destination” Needlepoint

Originally posted 2011-08-11 06:49:44. Republished by Blog Post PromoterSometimes I think it’s both a blessing and a curse to live in a “tourist trap.” The curse is that there are often crowds. The blessing is that it’s easy to find related needlepoint canvases. And I do. I have many San Francisco canvases and have stitched […]

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How to Finish Soft Ornaments

Continuing in her wonderful series of tutorials on finishing Sue Dulle shows us how to finish soft ornaments, such as the sweaters pictured here. Her other tutorials are linked in the finishing round-up. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Craftsy Month – Sew Sturdy Travel Organizers

This post is part of Craftsy Review Month on Sew Sweetness. To see schedule of all posts, click here! This post may contain affiliate links. Read the full disclosure here. Today’s post is from Joanna of Tutinella. Please check out Joanna on her blog! Hey Guys! Welcome to my review of Annie Unrein’s ‘Sew Sturdy… Read More

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