I love marled yarn and wanted a quick project, so behold: the super easy baby alpaca hat. This stuff has been in my stash for like two years.
Materials: one skein of Misti Alpaca Chunky
Instructions: Find some needles. I used US size 9 16″ circulars. Cast-on 64 stitches. K2 P2 until you’re over it. I wanted to do a brim, but would’ve run out of yarn hence the strange ribbing measurement of 3.5″. Knit some more. When the hat measures 8″ then start decreasing. I separated the hat into four sections of 16 stitches with stitch markers. Decrease every row as follows: pm, ssk, knit to two stitches before marker, k2tog. When you have, like, eight stitches left, finish the hat. Weave in ends. Boom.
I just cast-on Bough, so that’s coming up next.
I can’t wait for fall and winter.
pattern: dreicke hat by shannon cook
yarn: manos del uruguay maxima in spirulina from fancy tiger crafts
I’m not sure if you guys have noticed but I’m really into neons/chartreuse. ::sigh:: Even with fluorescent hair. Nothing can deter me. Anyway, this pattern is great. Super fast and clear instructions. Two thumbs up.
I’m all about sewing intimates right now. My day-to-day wardrobe is black, black, black, so any cravings I have for color show up in hidden pieces. I’m drawn to neons in particular and Spandex House has some rad lacy ones. Like chartreuse. Most of the notions were from Sew Sassy. I used foldover elastic, 1/4″ bra straps and random lace trim from my stash.
bambi top | ava bottoms
I didn’t make any alterations, but next time I’ll do an FBA on Bambi. It’s a little small in the cups, but fits well otherwise.
Initially I wanted to pair the chartreuse lace with something less intense than black, but all of my dyeing efforts resulted in colors that didn’t match! It was an interesting process though and I learned quite a bit about dyeing notions. More on that later.
Tons more to come! I’ve finished other intimates sets, some Hudson sweats AND I have a Foxglove in progress. Yay! It’s good to be back.
I had so much fun reading about you guys! It’s nice to make the connection through blogs a bit more personal. I couldn’t pick even pick winners, so I went with the random generator.
The lucky ducks are:
Box 1: Kelly
Box 2: Currymade
Box 3: Erika A.
Box 4: Elle
Thanks for participating and helping make my move easier. Winners have been notified, so send me your address and I’ll mail these out asap!
*****CLOSED***** Thanks so much! I’ll announce winners soon!
Hey guys! I’m moving into a studio space (with Seamly.co!!!) this week and need to destash. Here are a few boxes of goodies that I’m giving away. Choose which one you want, leave a comment, tell me something awesome about yourself and I’ll draw a winner Thursday May 1st at 10 AM MST. Packages will go out USPS priority mail. Limited to the US only. So sorry international folks! Next time.
marc jacobs wool coating | lace | linen | light blue knit
knit | lace | poly georgette | lace | poly jersey | knit
poly knit | poly chiffon | rayon | rayon
knit | cotton gauze | marc jacobs cotton | knits | cotton | knit
I have a million things to talk about, but it will have to wait until I get settled. And Moss Making Month has turned into Moss Making Summer. I’m still going to make a shit ton of them. In my new studio space. When I have time. Starting Monday.
A few weeks ago Sara from An Elemental Life sent me some belt inspiration via Pinterest. Being the resourceful woman that she is, Sara decided that we were going to make these belts to cinch up all of the cute dresses we think we’re sewing this year. During her spring break we went on a field trip to our local Tandy Leather to peruse tools, belt blanks and hardware.
I had no idea what the plan was and kept gravitating towards a heinous, metallic gold, sale hide that I ended up bringing home with me. Sara grabbed 72″ belt blanks, all of the accessories and hole punches. We also picked out stamps for visual interest and to kind of copy our inspiration picture.
They ended up being such a fun and quick project! We met up at Sara’s one afternoon, ate an entire pizza then got to work. We used razor blades to skive the leather for the belt buckle, but other than that we pretty much just punched a few holes and attached brass hardware. So fast! They’re not treated, but will darken with time. Next time we’d like to experiment with leather dye.
I don’t remember the exact costs, but I think these ended up being about $25 each to make. That includes tools that we’ll be reusing. Such a good deal!
It was fun to do something besides sewing or knitting, so we’re definitely going to continue with random diy projects. I think dyeing is high on our priority list and I’m completely obsessed with these shark teeth earrings. Sans glitter.
Moss Making Month is still in full swing, so I hope you guys are making some too! Check out Jen’s linen version, Allie’s first and Sara’s denim one. SO CUTE! I’ll have one or two to share this weekend.