Crafty

Today I did some sewing for my etsy shop! I cut up lots of geeky fabrics…  And ended up with two project bags.  

One is for a current order, the other is to add to my stock. With all this fabric prepped, I hope to be able to add more bags to the shop soon! Once I get my assembly line going, I can be pretty productive. It’s just a matter of having the alone time, as I can’t do much sewing with the kids around. (I don’t know how other moms do it!!!!!) My shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarissaMadeIt?ref=s2-header-shopname, if you’re interested!

Tonight I also started a project to knit/wear? at Stitch n Pitch tomorrow evening. The Giants are playing the Brewers, and I have exactly zero sports-related items to wear. Maybe I’ll have a warm cowl by the time the game is over.

  
Good night!

Wonder Woman sweater, done!

Hooray, I finished the collar of the Wonder Woman sweater today!  The pattern has a ribbed collar, but as it was already kind of high, I decided on a rolled stockinette collar.  I was afraid the ribbed collar would stand up and look like  Nehru jacket, which is not the look I was aiming for….

Wonder woman!

Wonder woman!

Back of sweater

Back of sweater

Wee Boy couldn't resist trying it on!

Wee Boy couldn’t resist trying it on!

It fits!  It really fits!

It fits! It really fits!

Back, modeled.

Back, modeled.

Phew, I’m so glad that this thing fits!  I had the feeling that it was going to be long and slim-fitting, even though the fronts consistently measured at at least 13″ across.  I think the curling of the stockinette was messing with my mind.

Overall, this was a fine pattern.  It was mostly charted, without many written instructions, so a beginning knitter might need some help, while an experienced knitter will be fine.  I should also mention that this pattern was written for adults, with the yarn doubled.  I used a single strand of yarn and intended this for a 6 year-old.

I didn’t actually do many modifications to change it to a little girl’s sweater!  I just measured my kid, did a gauge swatch and casted on for the second smallest size (okay, I did the smallest size first but it was looking too small, so I started over with the second smallest size).  I only did a bit of math in figuring when to start the colorwork on the chest.  I started around 12.2″, and it seems fine.

I’m happy that it’s not too snug, and there’s definitely room to grow into this sweater.  Now, where can I procure an invisible jet for the Wee Girl???

Marvel Comics project bags!

Today I had time to finish up the three large-ish project bags I’d been working on!  These fit a good-sized knitting or crochet project  (bigger than a sock or hat project, a good size for sweater pieces or a cowl, etc.)  I’m pleased with the results and they’ll be in my Etsy shop soon!

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Wonder sweater!

The front of the Wonder Woman sweater is almost done!  I’m at the raglan decreases.  It’s wider than it looks– because of the stockinette, it curls back and looks narrow, but it’s actually over 13 1/2 inches wide.

Wonder front!

Wonder front!

Want to see all the ends I get to weave in???

Ends aplenty, ends galore!

Ends aplenty, ends galore!

I’d power through and finish the front tonight if I hadn’t gotten into a sewing (prep) project, and I’m on a roll….  I’m making more sewing/crochet/etc project bags for my Etsy shop, which hasn’t been seeing much action lately.  If you need a comic/sci fi-themed project bag, come take a look! https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarissaMadeIt?ref=pr_shop_more

Bags-to-be

Bags-to-be

These will be funky Marvel Comic-themed bags, and I have more Star Wars, Batman, Buzz Lightyear, etc,. ones in the works as well.   

Avoiding Second Sleeve Syndrome

I have a certain fear of Second Sleeve (sock, what have you) Syndrome that drives me to knit two at a time whenever possible in order to avoid putting off knitting the second item.  However, with the Wonder Woman sweater, with all the color work, there would be too many yarns/balls at play if I knit two sleeves at a time.  When this situation happens, I try to cast on for the second item as soon as I’ve bound off the first.  And so it was with these sleeves.  I’m this far on sleeve #2: 

Good progress!

Good progress!

Pretty good, considering that I was still on the gold at the beginning of the evening, and also keeping in mind that I fell asleep several times whilst putting the Wee Boy to sleep…

I was a little scared to compare with Sleeve #1, because my colorwork has definitely relaxed, but they look pretty even in length, thank goodness.  

See my improvement?

See my improvement?

I find it interesting how the colorwork gets SO much better with practice.  I also employed bobbins instead of carrying the yarn much earlier in Sleeve #2 than in Sleeve #1, as you can see here:

so many ends!

so many ends!

Yes, it means more ends to weave in, but I find that my tension is better when I use bobbins for intarsia instead of trying to carry the yarn too far.

I’m happy with my progress on Sleeve #2.  I wasn’t particularly looking forward to knitting it, which is why I dove in right away and gave it some effort, and I’m glad I did.  The thing about colorwork is that it’s rather inspiring seeing the shape/picture appear, that one may knit more than intended in a sitting, in order to finish a particular section.  Yep, that’s exactly why I have a whole star to show you tonight, instead of just some gold/blue bits.

Sewing FOs and knitting backtracking

Well, last night I was too tired to knit after bed times, so I read The Wizard of Oz for a while.  Have you read this??  It’s crazy violent and scary!  I’m actually kind of surprised that a movie was made from it.  I mean, it’s entertaining and I like that there are more details and back story than in the movie, but whoa!!!

Scary stuff, yo.

Scary stuff, yo.

I bought this copyright 1956 copy at the San Francisco’s huge annual book sale.  I probably paid like 50 cents for it.  I love that sale!!

Finally today I had the time and energy to put into this project!  I wanted to make the kids pj tops that would match the pj pants I recently made for them. I decided to iron some interfacing onto some of the leftover fabric, fancy cut it, and sew it onto plain t-shirts.  

Here the fabric has been interfaced (ha!!) and set on the shirts just to check placement.

Placement of the fancy cuttings

Placement of the fancy cuttings

I used a simple zigzag stitch which I hope will help reduce fraying.  After sewing!  

Thor!

Thor!

I’m so pleased with how the bright colors really pop against the dark blue background!

Look out, it's Spiderman!

Look out, it’s Spiderman!

The kids were very happy!  The Boy is pleased that they match (awww), and when the Wee Girl saw hers, she exclaimed, “I love it!  Thor is my favorite!!!”

Matchy matchy!

Matchy matchy!

In less happy news, I was making some good progress on my Wonder Woman sweater, but it was turning out too small.  The sleeve was measuring up at around 6″ across, and the Wee Girl’s arm measures 6″ around.  0″ ease is not what I had in mind, so I frogged it, did some calculations, and casted on the next size up.  

Booo

Booo

I like that this pattern has the knitter start with the sleeves!  It’s the size of a gauge swatch, and less commitment than jumping in and starting to knit the body portion.  I didn’t lose that much time on it, which is nice, considering my time limitations and the fact that I think this pattern might make my carpal tunnel flare up.  I’ll have to take it easy.

De Young Museum

This week, the wee boy is in school, while the wee girl has her last week of summer vacation.  When we’re free from him without him, we like to do things we can’t do with him in tow!  So today we arrived at the De Young art museum bright and early.  In fact, we were the first visitors!  

The De Young is a really good museum, with a huge variety of art– old African masks, Colonial American paintings, plenty of Classics, and they currently have an exhibition on Modernism, which I wasn’t that enthralled by.  I suppose I prefer, hmmm, less “Modern” art?  :0

Anyway, here are a few favorites for the day!

A creative use of dollar bills.

A portrait of George Washington made out of dollar bills sewn together!

A portrait of George Washington made out of dollar bills sewn together!

It’s so fun to find one’s hobbies represented in fine art, although I hope I’ll look less annoyed when my (future) grandkids interrupt my knitting!

Knitting!

Knitting!

I like you so much I can’t look at you/I broke the yarn, darn it!

Spinning!

Spinning!

Now, I think this was our biggest hit of the day.  There was a video by/about a New Zealander woman who is a mix of Scottish, Maori, and other Aboriginal tribes, and in it she explained about these cloaks that they traditionally make and how she made these four different cloaks to represent different stages of life.  At first we didn’t realize that the actual cloaks in the video were right there in the museum, but when we noticed, the experience was definitely heightened.  

For example, in the video we saw how the artist cut these blue pieces out, shaped them into long, narrow cylinders, and sewed them together to make this fantastic blue.  Then we turned to our left and saw it!  I think it also helped that after this, we had some lunch, so we left this exhibit on a particularly high note.

Really, really wanting to touch it!

Really, really wanting to touch it!

On our way out, we passed this guy.

Super art!

Super art!

Oh!  I forgot to post this photo from yesterday.  It’s a blast from the past; me knitting on BART.  Yesterday the wee girl and I went to Berkeley by BART and of course, it was prime knitting time.

Soon to be a bear named Gianna!

Soon to be a bear named Gianna!

I used to commute by BART from Berkeley to San Francisco, and boy, did I meet a lot of interesting people by knitting on the train!

Tomorrow I plan to shop at my LYS for buttons for my Alpengluhen cardigan!  Wish me luck!