Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sewing Craze

At the moment I have been overtaken by the Sewing Monster.  I have a big convention to go to, and I have no clothes for it or money for clothes, as I have been ill lately.  My solution: re-purposing I thought I would share some of the ideas I've gotten from Pinterest and various blogs about re-purposing clothing to make awesome thingies.  Hopefully I will get up the energy to actually do these things, and I will definitely share the finished projects, as well as some of my own I've come up with.  If it works.

Here are the links and some photos.


There are 25 ideas, and tutorials here.

Cool, cool, cool. And the great thing about this one is if I mess it up a little I can always use it for work.

There is no tutorial for making this, but I think it would be easy(ish) to make.

 Easy Fix for a Dress Shirt That Doesn't Fit:

Color Blocked Dress

I think I could make this out of tee shirts. 

And that's what I've got so far.  Hopefully I can make some of these. There is a thrift store that sells a bag of clothes for $10! I'm going and stuffing as many tees as I can it that bag and get to sewing. And hope no disasters occur.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Hello, everyone! It's been too stinking long since I've posted last. This one is a good one, though.

I got very bored of my clear flask, recently. So I decided to TARDISize it! I knitted a cozy around the flask. In retrospect it seems like a waste of time, but I was BORED!

Here is the finished project:

These are the charts I came up with. Hopefully they are useful.

Monday, October 31, 2011

I Forgot I Had This Blog

I really did forget about it for a few days. I've been so busy working and sleeping I haven't had much time for anything.

I started working in July, 25 hours a week. Which turned into 35 hours a week, which turned into 50 hours a week. ARGH! My whole body has been a lump of ache for the past two months. But now I am back to 35 hours, and I think I can manage to pick up the pieces of my projects.

I have a lot to do.
1)Finish the IT Crowd guitar strap I've been avoiding for five months. The tension on that thing kills me.
2)Finish an awesome drop stitch scarf I saw at Irishfest. My friend said "Hey you knit! Make me one of those that doesn't cost $50! (Mine is going to be sooo much cooler, if I do say so myself. Although not of imported Irish wool.)
3) Finish my Subtley TARDIS scarf. It's blue with the design of the TARDIS worked into it over and over so it looks like a pattern, but if you look closely you will see the TARDIS. Is trying to conceal the geekery of an object geek in and of itself? Hmmm.

I aam determined to tackle the evil sock monster this winter. I will make socks, if it kills me! You will not defeat me, socks of doom!

And now it is time for me to go sleepy-bye. I am no longer coherent. Why do people let me have internet access when I'm half asleep?!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Incognito Reversible Messenger Bag

It's Awesome! At least I think so. I even wrote down the pattern. It might be unintelligible, though. I'm not so good at the making sense bit.

Here's the alien side. It's a fairly easy pattern, all you really need is a basic understanding of knitting and colour work.

So everyone thinks "oh wow! That's a great alien bag, and then WHAM.......

Turn it inside out and it's a flower bag! (The flower is a scarlet pimpernel, by the way.)

If you feel spy-ish, go into the bathroom and turn it inside out for a quick change and no one will ever know it's you. That's an exaggeration. But it's totally cool.

What you will need:
Size 9 straight needles
Size 11 straight needles
One skein Red Heart Super Saver Heather Grey
One skein Red Heart Super Saver Black
One skein Red Heart Super Saver Red
Less than one skein Red Heart Super Saver Bright Green
    (Any worsted weight yarn type should work, like wool, for instance.)
Crochet hook (optional)
Tapestry needle
Safety pins or straight pins
Measuring tape

Gauge is 8sts/2" wide; 10sts/2" long. (I don't think the gauge will matter so much as long as you have the same gauge on both pieces of the bag.)

CO 53 sts with sz 9's
3 rows gtr st.
4 rows Gtr st 2, st st 49, gtr st 2.

Alien side flap
Rows 8-28: gtr st 2, st st 16, chart (13 sts for alien side), st st 16, gtr st 2.
29-31: gtr st 2, st st 49, gtr st 2.
32: k (ws) or p (rs)

Scarlet Pimpernel side flap
Rows 8-26: gtr st 2, st st 14, chart (17 sts for flower side), st st 14, gtr 2.
27-31: gtr st 2, st st 49, gtr st 2.
32: k (ws) or p (rs)

Body for both sides
St st for 7"
P (rs) or k (ws) one row
St st 10
P (rs) or k (ws) one row
  (These two purls are the marking places for where you will attach the side pieces)
St st for 6"
St st 2 rows on the wrong side
st st 2 rows on the right side
st st 2 rows on the wrong side

Sew or single crochet two sides together on all edges, making sure that they are exactly matched)
(You may want to wet and lay flat to dry with something heavy on top of it at this point, so that the two sides stay together a little better, but it's up to you)

Sides and strap

Double up Black yarn
Right side piece:
Using sz 11 needles pick up 7 stitches between the purl rows that were made to mark the sides.
Gtr st 36 (or 8") until side piece meets the edge of the bag, (mark)
Continue gtr stitching for 38 3/4". BO
Sew or single crochet side piece to the bag.

For the left side piece, pick up 7 stitches between purl rows
Gtr st 36 (or 8")
Sew or single crochet side piece to the bag.
attach the end of the strap to the side piece.

And then you, hopefully, jump up and down for joy. That is what I did.

And Here are the charts. I hope they are big enough.
Let me know if there  are errors in this pattern please. My email
Please don't sell this pattern or anything you make from this pattern. Otherwise have at it. If you have any questions about copyrights just email. Thanks!

Monday, September 12, 2011


I finally finished my lilac racerback shirt! Now I realize that I'm pretty bad at attaching one piece to the other. but if you don't look too closely its fabulous.

See? I have the pattern for it written out, but I'm pretty sure some of it is wrong since I kinda just jotted down stuff as I went along. I'm nervous about knitting this again for the sake of pattern checking.

It's five pieces in all; the top left and right, the back, the waist band, and then the circular bottom. It was super fun to do, though!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Currently Unknitted

I was recycling an old red sweater, and the idea for this really easy bolero/vestie thingie came to me. It only took me a few hours to work this out, so the front should be quick.
I completely forgot to measure yardage. Oh well.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Works in Progress

So here are some pictures of my unfinished lilac Racerback shirt. I really haven't been ignoring it. So much.