My friend recently pulled a hat out of his coat pocket and said, "Kim! I hope you can help me. This is my favourite hat, and I want a few more of them. What's it made out of? Where can I buy more?"
It was the simplest crocheted hat ever. Beanie length, double crochet with a single crochet brim in a contrasting colour. By my best guess it was made from soft acrylic yarn. I was like, "Friend, you can probably find more of these at any craft fair in town, and probably at the farmer's market when the weather warms up. It's the simplest hat ever! You know what, I'll make you one."
So I went home and dug around for some yarn. I'm pretty sure his original hat was made in DK or sportweight yarn, but I found some of my favourite worsted weight, and whipped this up in an evening of Netflix.
Then before I gave it to him, I was like, I should write this pattern up. It's so simple!
And so I did.
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The other night, my friend Elin came over with her sewing machine and I learned that she had been taught to sew as a child – how to use paper patterns and everything. As she motored through a production line of baby- and child-sized pants (Oliver + S designs such freaking adorable pants!), I set to finally making Owen a cape. I’d had the web page of the tutorial open in my browser for like six weeks. It was time.
Little did I know as I neurotically paced my house looking for stash fabric and scissors and a pencil that I would end up staying up till midnight finishing the entire thing.
So, the O Cape! I followed this tutorial pretty much to the letter. I didn’t have magnetic snaps around (such a good idea, though), so I used velcro at the neck. Oh, and obviously I added the O appliqué before I sewed the front and back together. My tattoo came in handy as I freehanded the O.
I found myself pretty clever when I loaded a contrasting thread into my bobbin for sweet top stitching on both the front and the back. (It’s the O Cape because, as Elin declared, O is for orange, owls and Owen).
Naturally, the next morning Owen would have nothing to do with the cape.
But then I put it on Marie Antoinette to take some photos, and when Owen came home and saw her wearing his cape, he wanted to put it on. Score.
And now I want to sew more things that I could complete in one night. Got any favourite quick projects?
Like Rae says, the tush of these pants is excellent for accommodating bulky cloth diapers – not so much for tiny disposables. I may get adventurous and alter the pattern a little moving forward, unless I know for sure the recipient will don huge diapers.
(An aside: We used cloth diapers with Owen till he was about fifteen months old and his skinny ass didn’t quite fit the shape anymore and we had accidents galore. Finding pants that would accommodate the bulk was almost painful. I wish I’d known then what I know now about making him pants myself!)
I made these in about an hour. I’m now confident enough in my sewing skills that I have no trouble believing I’ll pretty soon have this project down to half an hour. (Dear all of my friends who may ever have a newborn around: I hope you plan to dress them in pants.)
I need pinking shears, and I’m taking advice and recommendations. Please expound in the comments!
For quite a while now, I’ve been thinking a lot about sewing clothes for myself. Baby steps! (See what I did there?) Specifically, I want a wardrobe full of A-line tunics I made myself. Perfect for layering over jeans or leggings! So I’m also taking advice and recommendations for very straightforward tunic patterns, good for a solid advanced beginner who has no idea what she’s doing. Please again expound in the comments!
I love the yarn (Madeline Tosh tosh merino, in Logwood). I love how the yarn loved my Addi Turbos. I love the fabric. I love how simple the pattern is.
I love that I was so desperate to keep knitting that I “calculated” how many more rounds I could squeeze out of the one skein of yarn. And I love that I was wrong by half a round. And I love that I’m so flippin’ consistent in my colour preferences that I had a similarly coloured (Tosh, no less!) yarn going for another project, so I stole a few yards of it. I love that I don’t care that this pinch-hitting yarn is a different texture.
I used to wonder why people would choose to knit the same pattern over and over again (or, you know, even just twice), but now I know.
Over 1700 people rated the twenty semi-finalists last week, and after the judges weighed in, we made the cut!
Corey, Brett and I were in a Google Hangout meeting yesterday when we got the news, and there were jazz hands all around.
Sadly, I can’t be in New York for the conference in mid-February. But Corey and Brett will be there to tell everyone about our magazine and our plans, and I’ll be here at home cheering them on and hoping we’re named one of the three winners.
Thank you so very much for your support! I’ll share more about our adventure as we live it, for sure.
And also, I’ll share my Citron shawl that I finished knitting last week, after two years.
So, fine, it’s 2013 already. I had to debug a little WordPress to get images to work on the blog, and that took up almost all the time I had to blog over the last while.
My excuses thus delivered, here’s a summing up of my last year in making, viewable as a slideshow if you’re so inclined (just click a thumbnail and proceed in the obvious way).
Oh, but first, a look ahead. You’ll notice there’s some food in here. I’m cooking and baking more than I used to (which was pretty much never, so I don’t mean to imply I do it all the time), and this coming year will involve a lot more of both. In part, that’s because Owen can help now, so we can make things together. That makes dinner cooking a lot less painful, and it kicks me in the ass to be more thoughtful about meal planning. Also, we got a slow cooker, which means I’ll be able to easily prepare delicious meals all day without having to take time out of my workday. And finally, we’re getting a stand mixer. As many of you have already told me, oh my god, love for the stand mixer.
In 2013, I want to knit or crochet for several beloved babies and children, and make myself a sweater and Greg a sweater vest. Already this is seeming too committed to me, so we’ll see how it all pans out.
And my most daunting making-related goal for the year is to learn to sew myself a shirt. Specifically, an A-line tunic I can wear with the skinny jeans I’m oh so in love with. (And let’s be clear: My goal is to make half a dozen of them in different colours and patterns so I can have a go-to thing to wear. Uniforms, I loves them.)
Ok, right. Behold, 2012:
Ok, so this isn’t related to making anything, but for some reason I feel like it belongs in my round-up of making in 2012.
The first of many fun things we made with boxes and packaging materials this year.
Wearing the sweater I made him. *melts*
I joined the newly formed Vancouver Maker Foundation as a founding board member.
A year’s worth of formula canisters gets a second life.
I went to the Fibres West event, and there was this there, so it was amazeballs.
And it changed my life.
Scrap fabric pieced together = toddler funtimes.
For the first time. In 2012, I got into cooking. Who knew?
It’s quite fun to have an excuse to get crafty.
This is possibly my favourite project of all time.
Why buy what you can make?
I went. And it was awesome.
I spoke at this conference, and it was the most fun I’ve ever had speaking. And my mom and I took a class, which we both loved.
Brilliant marriage of knit and crochet, and a very fun project to make. I wore it to Knit City.
Owen’s on and off obsessed with the books, so Halloween was a no-brainer. A knitted toque and red fabric paint were just the thing.
It went to a very good home.
Best Hanukkah present ever. We all coloured them, and now they’re hanging in Owen’s room.