Sunday, August 30, 2015

this is not the update you are looking for

A lot of the same stuff from last week, so I'm thinking I'm just going to bi-weekly updates. Hopefully I can remember that.

I'm tired and trying to think of a few new items to create, but my brain isn't cooperating. I need a nap. So next week, a proper update. I leave you with this cute owl project bag. I want to make one for myself, but I have enough of them already. Click the picture!


http://issaino.etsy.com




Sunday, August 23, 2015

peddle to the metal

I updated the shop this weekend and will do another update during the week!  Weeeeeee!!! I'm also currently offering free shipping with the code FREESHIP for my US customers and for the non US customers I'm offering half off shipping (you'll receive a partial discount after you order). Some kind soul hacked my PayPal debit card and the funds are frozen until it's all sorted. I need to buy some new shirts, mine current upper body covers are showing wear and tear in the form of holes. So...yeah...free shipping when you use Direct Payment so I can buy new shirts while everyone has them on sale.

http://issaino.etsy.com


Knitting

I finished the Rikke hat I working on last week and turned my Dunaway scarf into a Rikke scarf. I didn't really care for the ribbing or the slipped stitches, so I eliminated them from the pattern and have renamed the pattern the Rikke scarf...because I'm making it to go with the Rikke hat. And that makes sense to me.



I also started working on my Molly Walker shawl. I don't care for the m1R increases because I have a hard time knitting the increase and splitting the yarn. The Molly Walker has these increases. Instead of modifying the pattern to a different, easier increase, I've decided to stick them out and power through. The fabric being created is beautiful. I'm so happy I chose the Gal Noir as the colorway for it. I think my friend will really like it.

Sewing

I intended to make myself a drawstring bag, but made it too short so now I have a nice bowl with a zipper pocket on the inside. Fine by me. A lot of new project bags in the shop that I finished up this weekend. I was a sewing machine Friday and Saturday. I have fabric cut for a few more and will be listing those this week. 

http://issaino.etsy.com


Anything made with the Hello Kitty fabric I purchased was snatched up immediately. Yay!!! Everybody loves Hello Kitty. I've got a ton of scraps left from fussy cutting the fabric and I can't bring myself to throw them out so I'm going to make myself a Franken Kitty something or other with them. Probably a pouch for my knitting things.

Yelp's Totally Bazaar

I'm still trying to finalize the headband pattern. I just can't decide. I keep starting one and then don't like how it's turning out so I frog and start over. I may need to give up on it.

I did figure out a pattern for my apron though, happy to mark that off my list. I just need to purchase the fabric and get it sewn up.

Next up to work on are hats. A simple knit beanie with a pom pom on the top. And to choose colors and start saving up for yarn. It's stock pile time.



Sunday, August 16, 2015

you get a rikke and you get a rikke and you get a rikke too

Two week streak and then I forget to post. Oops! Meh, it happens. I remembered Monday that I hadn't posted anything and I was going to post on Monday and then I forgot again. But I'm back today, that's something...right?

Knitting


In the past two weeks I finished knitting one project. I've done a lot more sewing than knitting lately. I finished a Rikke hat for my friend's fiance. I wanted them to have matching hats (in style of hat, but not color. I'm not a fan of being super matchy matchy. Blech!). This is the third Rikke I've knit. It's a great pattern. Super easy and the hat turns out squishy, stretchy and comfortable.

wooden tag from All This Wood on etsy

I've also started several new projects, another Rikke hat (I love this pattern, what can I say), a modified Dunaway scarf, and a Molly Walker shawl. These three items are part of a wedding present that is over a year late. I'm still looking for a headband to knit to go with the shawl.

Because I want to get these late gifts finished I haven't working on my Hermione's Every Day socks or the Rose City Rollers socks I started a while back. I do want to get my HED socks done soon though so I can submit them for Yarnathon credit. I still have a couple of other KAL I want to start on. I'm not sure how I'm going to juggle knitting for Yelp's Bazaar and the Yarnathon. I'll make it work.

Sewing

I've been finding all kinds of fabric that I must have in my stash for no other reason than to just have it. Not really good for my want to have less stuff in my life.

I've ended up sewing up a lot of project/cosmetic bags for Yarnathon participants with what I've picked up. My favorite so far has been this Hello Kitty x mathematics fabric. My LQS only had this fabric in the pink colorway, but I found it in blue on etsy. I'll be making myself one more project bag and then I think I'm set...until I find more fabric that I have to have and share.


I have a bunch of small coin pouches that I either need to list on etsy or send out for consignment. I have no idea what's holding me back. It's an easy task to mark off my list, but I can't get myself to do it. 

Yelp's Totally Bazaar 

I'm hoping to finalize at least one of the new items on my list this week. December will be here soon so I really need to get things done. I'm still looking for an apron pattern, a banner, tags and a bunch of other small things. Then it's on too sewing, knitting, crocheting until I've got a good stock pile for the bazaar and the winter.

I also want to rework a pattern for items to sell at work. I think it'd be a cute knit for the winter. Maybe this year will be the year I work on priorities. Maybe.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

argle, bargle...

Yeah, I didn't get much done this week. I worked 3rd shift at GenCon this past week and I had all kinds of plans to get some work done in that time between waking up and going back to work...but that didn't happen. I was tired and confused in that in between time and couldn't collect myself enough to do anything productive.

I think the most I was able to do was press some fabric which will be ready to cut this week and will be fashioned into project bags and maybe a couple of pencil pouches. And I am almost to the heel of my first sock of my Hermione Everyday Socks.


I had some spare time before work at GenCon and did some knitting and a woman saw my project bag (similar to the one above) and we got to talking about knitting. I've not really talked to any knitters in person, it was nice. I mentioned I had another project bag I was going to list on etsy and she decided she wanted it. I love random sales like that. She runs A Tangled Skein on FB and let me know that I could post my project bags on her FB page. It'll be nice to have another place to let people know what I have for sale. I'd like all the positive exposure I can get.

The plan this week is to catch up on everything I didn't get to this past week. I have a couple of custom orders in my queue and I want to do another shop upload. I've also got some yarn to dye, wind and knit. I hope I can get it all done.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

making a comeback?

Hello, hello!

I decided yesterday that I want to get back into this blogging thing. It created some nice structure and accountability before and I could use some of that right now. I'm hoping to blog at least once a week, mostly to keep track of what I'm doing. I was selected to have a table at Yelp's Totally Bazaar this year again and I have a lot of prep to do.

Knitting

I'm really enjoying knitting and I think that's due to eat.sleep.knit's Yarnathon. I've learned a lot of new stitches over the last 6 months and have knit things I didn't think I'd ever be able to knit. I have a long list of things I'd like to knit for friends and I'd like to design a couple of my own patterns too. I still crochet, but haven't done a lot of it lately.

my first pair of socks and not my last
In May I participated in Mad May and won a $150 gift card to WEBS. I spent days trying to decide what to buy with my gift card. I settled on quite a few skeins to make gifts for friends and a few skeins of yarn for myself. Included in that was a skein of natural yarn because I wanted to try my hand at Kool Aid dyeing. My first attempt came out beautifully I think. I can't bring myself to knit it up. I love the color transitions and that all I used was Kool Aid and my stove. My next creation will be something with greens.


orange, pink lemonade, and cherry. it still smells quite lovely
Sewing

I FINALLY got around to sewing up some more zipper wallet/coin pouches and have a handful listed in the shop. (The next item purchased with be item number 100!!!) I need to get the rest sent out to the handmade shops. I don't know why I'm procrastinating. With school starting soon I think I will add some pencil pouches to the shop or for knitters and crocheters they could be for storing needles and hooks.

picking out zippers is always the hardest part
I've also added some cosmetic pouches/knitting project bags to the shop. I really like these triangle project bags for socks. Everything fits in them quite nicely. I plan to attempt box pouches next, but I haven't found a tutorial that I like just yet. I may just have to wing it and see what happens.

I love Hello Kitty, I wanted to keep her for myself, but she's got a new home now.
What I need to do now is set aside some time to do some quilting. I think I have enough batting to get two or three quilts completed. I've got the tops done, I just need to get them basted, quilted and bound. I've found one shelter that will take them for new moms that are on their own.

Life

Nothing new there really other than work life. I left my job at the end of March and had enough from my bonus and taxes to take two months off. When I started job hunting, the first CraigsList ad I opened was the perfect fit (did I have retail experience and do sew/knit/crochet). I applied immediately and 30 minutes later set up an interview. It's a great job, just a couple of days a week. The pay is better than my old job. When it's slow I can knit or crochet and sell those items in the shop. It's nice to have another venue to sell my wares. I spend most of my off time at home. It's summer time, I should be out enjoying, but it's too hot.

Hopefully this is a good start to blogging again and that I'll be back next Sunday with something to share.

Oh and if you don't already, you can find me on instagram and twitter.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Knitter's Gonna Knit

rikke hat for Rima
It's been quite some time since my last post. I moved into a new apartment, FINALLY! But haven't been doing a lot of sewing. In fact I'm just getting back into sewing. It might be a seasonal thing? I've got a couple of projects I'd like to complete in the next couple of weeks and I need to go ahead and fill my etsy shop.

I picked up knitting back in December/January and that what's been taking up a lot of my crafting time. It took me several attempts to understand knitting and now I'm hooked. I've started using the fancy hand dyed yarn which is quite pricey, but so very beautiful. I don't have a lot of use for knits so I've been gifting things to friends. Lucky ducks.


age of brass and steam shawl

simple slip stitch socks

mustang pouch for my cousin...she just doesn't know it yet

Friday, September 26, 2014

100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 004 - XOXO


Four down, ninety-six to go. I have a couple of quilts I want to make as wedding gifts and decided on using the XO blocks with some hearts. I thought I'd enlarge the XO and give them a shot for this quilt here. I put it together real quick one night and then realized I didn't have anything for the back or binding so I hopped online and ordered a solid aqua and the pink and white stripes. I really like stripes for binding.


I didn't have enough pink fabric for the "O", so I had to fudge the block a little bit to make it work. I hope that everything stays where it needs to when it comes to washing this guy.


I like these easy blocks. I may make a couple more quilts with these blocks.



Quilt Stats:
  • Size: Approx. 41” x 41” 
  • Pattern: XOXO
  • Fabric: mostly miscellaneous fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics
  • Quilting - wavey horizontal lines varying widths apart
Finished Quilt 010

Friday, September 12, 2014

100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 003 - BQA 2.0


And number 3 is complete too. I took the remaining 4 BQA blocks and made 5 more blocks to create this quilt. I planned to make it mostly churn dash blocks, but didn't have enough scraps to do it so I ended up with 1 extra churn dash block and 4 blocks made from 2.5 inch squares. Those 4 blocks are my favorite blocks from this quilt.

I forgot the binding for this quilt was the pink and khaki stripes when I added the border. I don't really like the binding with the border. Oh well.


There is a boo boo on the blue churn dash block where my block is square up and it's a little short and doesn't catch the white strip. I fixed it the best I could. You don't really notice it.

The backing is the same as Quilt 002.



Quilt Stats:

  • Size: Approx. 41” x 41” 
  • Pattern: leftover blocks from a BQA and 5 extra blocks made to go with
  • Fabric: California Girl by Moda Fabrics
  • Quilting -echo squares around each block and around the middle square of each block

Finished Quilt 009

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 002 - BQA 1.0


Quilt number two complete. I finished this girl at the end of August. The blocks were actually from a Beginner's Quilt Along I did about two years ago. There were 13 blocks total. The BQA made me dislike HST, but now we're okay and I almost kind of like them.

I couldn't decide how I wanted them laid out and then couldn't decide if I wanted to finish the quilt for myself so I pulled 9 of the blocks for this quilt.


The backing is the blue floral found in the middle square of the bottom left corner block. Now of course I want to keep this quilt for myself...a larger version though. 


I might like to break the rules sometimes. 

Quilt Stats:

  • Size: Approx. 41” x 41” 
  • Pattern: miscellaneous blocks from a BQA
  • Fabric: California Girl by Moda Fabrics
  • Quilting - straight line diagonal and up and down through the middle of each block

Finished Quilt 008

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello Kitty is My Homegirl and I finished another quilt


I love it. I love it. I love it. This bag is the bees knees.

This is the first bag I've ever made and I think I did a pretty good job. It's noodlehead's cargo duffle bag with a couple of modifications.

I made it my own by  removing the cargo pockets and adding a side pocket on both ends and then I also chose to line the inside instead of binding it and I even added a welt pocket. I've never  made a welt pocket before. It was easier than I thought it would be.

I have plans to make a few more of these, but I'm going to make some more modifications. I've seen a couple of solid bags and really like them solid. So far I like this one the most thought because well...Hello Kitty.

I am now the owner of a Hello Kitty suitcase, Hello Kitty backpack, Hello Kitty tote and now a Hello Kitty duffle bag. (I might also own some Hello Kitty Vans.) Addicted much?


Last week I finished the second quilt for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids. I didn't think I'd have time to do any regular quilting because I'm supposed to be packing to move and actually finding a place to live, but I just needed to quilt.

I will do a proper post after I can get this girl washed. She also needs a name.

Lots of procrastinating. Less than 100 days until Yelp's Bazaar and I don't have much made yet. I really need to get on that.