Posts Tagged ‘scarf’

This winter a co-worker of mine took a knitting class and raved about it.  She brought in her book Stitch ‘n Bitch by Debbie Stoller and showed me all of the projects she was working on.  She made it sound like so much fun and I wanted some kind of wrist warmers while I worked on my computer at night.  Like I need another hobby…but I couldn’t resist!  She taught me the basics and I started Googling knitting patterns at night.

I found the best website for knitting patterns, which made me even more excited about knitting, www.garnstudio.com.  Garn Studio features DROPS Design patterns and the patterns are free!  They also have fantastic tutorial videos that I continue to use.

To learn the basics, I made this scarf from the pattern I found at http://knitswellwithothers.blogspot.com/2002/02/alpaca-furry-goodness-scarf.html.

My hands were still chilly, so I found a DROPS pattern I loved.  It was definitely trial and error learning how to work circularly and do a cable pattern.  They are not perfect, but they get the job done.

My husband saw my warm hands and wanted some of his own.  He didn’t want the cable, of course, so I altered the pattern the best I knew how and made him black wrist warmers with a ribbed pattern.  Now his hands are warm too!


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While my parents visited this summer, they bought me a sewing machine.  When I was little, my mom always made my Halloween costumes from scratch.  No matter what I wanted to be, she would find a way to make it.  I loved it!  When I wanted a specific Homecoming dress, she would make it.  For my wedding, my grandma made my veil and attached it to a hair comb with white flowers.  My dress was cream with champagne trim and she dyed the flowers with tea to match it perfectly. 

When I have kids, I want to be able to make them any Halloween costume they want.  I want to be able to alter and hem clothing without taking it to a tailor.  I want to be able to create clothes that fit perfectly.  I want to create the clothes I imagine in my dreams.

I’m just a beginner…these are my first projects.

While my mom was in town, she helped me go through a project from beginning to end so I would know the gist of the process and be able to navigate a pattern on my own.  I chose an easy full length summer dress and added a belt.  The fabric is so breezy and comfortable.  I can’t wait for summer to wear it again!


After that, I tried some small projects on my own: a black vest to wear with a long-sleeve knit shirt or a button down, a cropped eye-lit jacket that looks great with a white tank top in spring, and a scarf from some fabric left over from a dress.  However, my favorite project so far is the plaid dress.


Then I started wondering if there was anything I could do to spruce up old clothes in my closet that I didn’t wear anymore.  I had grey pants and black pants that I didn’t wear anymore and I made them into this vest!  I used the grey pants as the main part of the vest and the welts and the black pants for part of the lining and the ruffle at the bottom.  The only thing I bought was the buttons.


I want to turn more of my old clothes into new clothes that I feel good about wearing.  If you have any ideas, please comment!

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