Friday, March 17, 2017

More Dog Shirts for Lizzie

I've been making Lizzie shirts.  I've have used old and new (on sale at greatly reduced cost) shirts and recycled them into shirts for Lizzie.  The pattern is one I drafted using a purchased shirt and have tweaked as I made the shirts.   This pink one was made from a purchased child's shirt featuring the Wonder Woman logo.

 I love this camouflage shirt!  Also a purchased child's t-shirt recycled.

This blue one is recycled from a shirt my husband donated.  I should have cut it with a bit more ease as the fabric isn't as stretching as it at first appeared. It's a little difficult to get on/off so won't get used much.
 I do like the white strips though
 This red one sparkles in the sunlight.  It is from a purchased child's shirt.
 You can see a few sparkles in this photo.  They are really visible outdoors in the sunlight.
 This one is my favorite (followed by the camo one).  It is recycled from one of my old shirts.  It has a mock turtle neck.



Friday, March 10, 2017

Five She Persisted Fabric Postcards

It feels appropriate to share these at this time.  After all March is women's history month and earlier this week was International Woman's Day.  These five quilted postcards honor women who persisted.

Harriet Tubman is a perfect example of a woman who persisted in the face of multiple difficulties.  A wonderful example of a civil rights activist. Finished size is 6.5 in X 8 in.
Marie Curie, persisted in her pursuit to be educated in a male dominated science field, was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.  The quilted postcard is 8.5 in X 10.5 in.
Susan B. Anthony persisted in the struggle for women's rights including the right to vote.  We must persist as she did to gain equal pay, equal rights to education/work/etc.  The quilted postcard is 8 in X 8.75 in.
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in America to become a physician.  As your quote shows, she had to persist in her struggle to do so. the struggles I had in medical school I am sure pale in comparison.  The quilted postcard is 7.5 in X 10 in.
Gertrude Elion was a chemist.  The postcard features a statement by Ms Elion:  "Don't be afraid of hard work.  Nothing worthwhile comes easily.  Don't let others discourage you or tell you that you can't do it.  In my day I was told women didn't go into chemistry.  I saw no reason why we couldn't."  The postcard is 7.5 X 9 in.

Friday, March 3, 2017

She Persisted Quilted Postcard

The current political climate has inspired me to make several quilted postcards.  The first one I made was this one.  It features the Stature of Liberty with the American flag as the background with the words "nevertheless she persisted" written on it.  It measures 6 in X 8 in. 
My hope is that my country will not just persist but that my fellow countrymen/women (including myself) will somehow work together to make our country a better place.  Welcoming immigrants (because we all are immigrants or descendants of immigrants).  Improving healthcare coverage.  Making sure those with preexisting conditions can obtain affordable insurance coverage. Reining in healthcare and prescription medication costs.  Ensuring eligible voters have no barriers to prevent them from exercising their right to vote.  Improving education.  Making higher education and vocational job training is affordable.  Improving safety in all facets of life -- decreasing domestic violence, decreasing sexual assaults, decreasing violent crimes, decreasing accidental and purposeful gun deaths/injuries, decreasing suicides.  Making sure we have good air and water.  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Elven Pixie Blanket

I knit this blanket with no one in mind.  It will be held in reserve for use as a gift for either a baby or an adult lap blanket.  It was knit using the pattern Elven Pixie Baby Blanket by Tall Gal Knit.  The yarn is Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly in colorway "candy pink." It measures 37 in X 40 in. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pink Gap-tastic Cowl

I knit this cowl (or infinity scarf) at a friend's request (a gift for her daughter).  She wanted a hot pink color which I had some trouble finding.  I ended up using Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in color #478 Neon Pink.  The pattern is  GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigle.  I had to knit the scarf  using two strands held together with size 10.5 needles. Finished measurements: 51 in circumference, 10 in wide.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Three More Dog Shirts

I recently bought a Husqvarna Huskylock s21 serger.  I've made three dog shirts (two from knit T-shirt fabric and one from an old flannel shirt) as part of learning to use the machine which is way more powerful, has more extra feet, and more stitches than the serger I had years ago (broke it making a bag for a niece, sewing through too many thicknesses).  I attempted to draft my own patterns.  This first one I drafted using an old Simplicity pattern #9520, dog patterns for large dogs like my old Labradors.  It's a little big.

The next two shirts I made using a pattern I drafted from a purchased shirt that fits Lizzy. 
 I think I need to raise the neckline in the front about an inch and use a 15 in neck band rather than 16 in band.
This one I made using the flannel shirt.  I choose to put the buttons along the back to facilitate putting it on Lizzie.  I took the collar/band unit apart and resewed it.  The collar was split in the middle with the once back collar sewn so that the button on the band ended up in the back.  The front of the collar was sew so it sits at the front of Lizzie's neck but at the back of the collar band. 
 The collar back was tapered from full width at the back to half width at the front of Lizzie's neck.  It could use a bit more ease so it doesn't gap/pull but otherwise fits nicely.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Leftovers Siksak Hat

This hat was knit using leftover yarn from prior projects.  The pattern is Siksak by Hanna Leväniemi;  I knit the band 2.75 in as I knew I wouldn't have enough yarn for the 6 in the pattern states. I like how it turned out.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Knitting for Noggins Hats

During the past year I knit several hats that were deliberately made for Knitting for Noggins or just weren't gifted to friends/family.  These are some I have not featured in prior posts like the Illilouette Hat.   I sent them a total of nine hats this time.  This first one was knit using the pattern Sirle by Suvi Simola.  The yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio DK in the color Lauraville. 
 I actually gave the larger of the two (a slouch version) in this next photo to a friend.  The smaller one I donated. The pattern is Milanese Lace Topper by tante ehm.  The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the color Heather. 

 This one was knit using the pattern Tombreck by Ysolda Teague. Unsure what yarn was used.

 This one was made using left over yarns.  The pattern is based on the Messy Bun Hat II by Isela Phelps but no opening was left at the top. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Three Pussy Hats

I have a friend going to Washington DC to participate in the Women's March on Washington.  She is meeting a few of her friends there who are also participating in the march.  There is a group (Pussy Hat Project) encouraging the knitting/wearing of pussy hats.  I knit three hats for my friend to take with her.  I knit all of them using the pattern KitKat Hat by Andre Sue.  I modified the body on hats the first and third hats.  This first one used the Milanese Lace Topper for the body.  The yarn is  Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in raspberry.

This second hat was knit using Loops & Threads Facets yarn in the color ruby. 
For the third hat I just continued the ribbing in the center of the front and back.  The yarn is Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in rose.
 Other patterns for the project hats can be found here (both for knitting and crocheting).

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sweater for a Friend's Dog

I knit this sweater for a friend's dog who feels the winter cold in his old bones.  It was knit using the pattern The Ozzie large dog sweater by Jenna Greer.  The yarn is  Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in two colors (527 Abalone and 155 obsidian).  

Friday, December 30, 2016

More Messy Bun Hats

I made these three messy bun hats using the same yarn (Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Tweeds) and pattern (Messy Bun Hat II by Isela Phelps) which I modified slightly -- one for my brother's girl, one for a cousin, and one for a friend.


Pattern with my variations:
Used needles US size 10 and 11.  Cast on 56 stitches using the smaller needles.  Join to knit in round, careful not to twist.  K1,P1 for 8 rounds.  Switch to larger needles.  *Purl 5 rounds.  Knit 4 rounds.* X two.  Begin decreases with next round.  P5, p2tog, repeat around.  Purl all. P4,p2tog; repeat around.  Purl all.  K3, k2tog, repeat around.  Knit all.  K2,k2tog.  K1,k2tog, k3; repeat around.  Bind off. 

Happy New Year to you all

Friday, December 23, 2016

Cabled Slouch Hat

Recently finished this hat which I plan to keep for myself.  It was knit using the pattern father cables by Veronika Job.  The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in gray heather color.  I really like how it turned out.

Merry Christmas to you all!