October 21, 2009

Fabric Bags

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I like my fruit lunch bag so much I made another for a friend. I like this one better. The fabric combo goes together a little better plus I made an inside pocket for pens and stuff.

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I made the bag below as a gift packaging for a young friend of my son's. The main fabric is from IKEA. My son picked the yellow ribbon for the handles.


January 02, 2009

2008 Review

the 2008 Craft Summary list is pretty short:

3.5 pairs of socks

One Cable Net Sock (the second one)

Koigu RetroRib Socks

Lorna Laces Pinstripe Socks

Sundara Violet over black Diagonal Cross Rib Socks

Finished and Blocked Rowan KidSilkHaze Birch Rectangular Shawl

Malabrigo Silky Merino Amoroso Clapotis  (no photo yet)

Cashmerino Steel Blue Fetching Mittens (no photo yet)

Sewn Bags:

3 Box bags (Sold one on Etsy, the other two are still available)

1 Un-Paper Bag ( I use this to carry my knitting in the summer)

1 recycled Library Bag (We use to carry kid books)

1 Fruit patterened Lunch Bag (Used as Purse, lunch bag and now mini diaper bag with two diapers and a small pack of wipes)

Not finished but all the knitting is done on the Drops Rowan Glace Cardigan

2009 Forecast

Finish Drops Cardigan

Make something with Red Rowan Biggy Print sweater or slippers

Cardigan with eco wool

4 pairs of socks

mini felted bags

felted clogs

more sewn bags


November 12, 2008



I made this small bag to carry my lunch to work because the plastic bags I was using were looking pretty bad. Now I like to carry my wallet, keys, sunglasses and phone so now it's a purse/lunch bag. In person the fabrics look good together but i'm not sure they look good in a photo. It will work for now.

October 28, 2008

Library Bag

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This is a canvas bag from a work conference that I covered over with my own material to make a book bag for my son to use when he eventually gets books at the Library. I needed something that my husband wouldn't be too embarrassed to carry, this almost fits the bill on that score.

I got to past the third clue on the mystery sock, somehow they are too tight and don't go over my heel , plus I don't like all the holes from the yarn overs which I knew before I started the sock. Well, now I will rip it and remake into a cable rib or something or rib up to the ribbing and make a plain ribbed sock that goes with the mystery sock rib.  So no socks finished this october although there are still 3 days left. I could finish the violet over black diagonal cross rib socks only if... I probably need about 7 hours to finish the second sock.

March 08, 2008

Crib Bumper Refashion

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Last year on my time between jobs I reused the fabric that I had used the year before to remake XY's crib bumpers into a quilt. Crib bumpers I found were not really needed. First XY slept in the room with us or his small bassinet, then all the books say take out everything so your child doesn't climp out etc. So the bumpers sat in the room taking up space until I ripped them apart and used the fabric to make a quilt about the length and and a little wider than the width of the crib. The middle has three white panels that alternate with black panels. The whole quilt is bordered with the black panels. I machine quilted lots of lines very close to each other leaving a retangle unquilted in the middle of each center panel. The outside borders are heavily quilted all over.

Current knitting progress is slow, a 10 or so rows of Birch and a few inches of the retro-rib socks. I'm back in the working force so time will be limited again. Plus the little guy is sick going on day 6, fever , ear infection plus upper molars coming in.

February 13, 2008



Anything we do around the house, our son likes to help. Outside he likes to play with the watering can and the hose while we weed or water. In the house, he loooves to swiffer, sweep and pretend to use a dustbuster. Here he is pretending to vacuum with a roll of funky monkey fat quarters I bought myself for my bday last year. The closest quilt shop to me is Sowing Sisters in Carlsbad and they give a 20% discount for your bday week. They were super nice to me and let me get the discount a day early. Plus they have a great selection and atmosphere.

February 09, 2008

Box Bags


Inspired so many months (years) ago by the bags made by Clementine's Shoes and a very small one I made during the '06 winter Olympics, I drafted a bigger pattern that would hold at least the standard size 14 inch knitting needle. I used IKEA canvas for the exteriers of the bags. This bag is my favorite and has Alexander Henry 'Nekko" fabric as the lining. and a really neat botton dotted black and white fabric for the trim. None of these fabrics were bought specifically to go together but I feel they go well together. I can't possibly use all these bags so I've listed them in my shop.


February 03, 2008

Flash Card Bag


Sometime way back in November 07, I made this cute bag for my Son's little friend at daycare for her 2nd bday. I wanted to give her the animal alphabet cards from Martha Stewart Crafts, but they needed a bag for storage. When I planned this in my head, I had thought of completely different fabrics. These fabrics are perfect for her. We will be sad when she goes back to Japan in only a few short weeks.

January 13, 2008

Un-Paper Bag

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This bag is going to be a great summer knitting or reading material tote. I have a few wool felted bags that I loath to carry in the heat of the summer but love to use them in So Cal 'winters'. The fabric is from Joanne's purchased sometime in August 07 (???), the cotton webbing is from jcaroline creative, and the pattern is the 'un-paper' bag. There are a few changes to the pattern I will make when I make a bag again. I will try to document them because the construction details will make the bag look a lot better and make the finishing easier. Specs: bottom is about 10x4 and is about 14 inches tall.

January 09, 2008

Addition and Subtraction

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Additions to the fabric pile: Alexander Henry " arvika, naural duck cloth and denim. Subtractions:  Again the dreaded layoff, reorganiziation, redirection of resources. 2/3 of the company laid off Janyuary 3rd. All chemistry, DMPK and all Biology but one. 20 people out of 30. I really liked this job and was learning and producing well. Oh well. Time to hit the streets for another job that I hope lasts longer.

January 02, 2008


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I printed this 2008 CD calendar that is found here that I saw first at HowAboutOrange. I printed it on resume paper but any paper that is not too see through would do and used the recommended sizing of 85%. Fast and neat. The calendar wasn't my first project for 2008. I made some pillow cases with some number fabric for XYs room. I only had enough material for 1.5 cases so one of the cases has a waffle weave blue fabric on one side that I scavenged (repurposed) from a rather large maternity robe.

December 20, 2007

Raw Materials


Raw Materials for some project in the future. I have been stocking up on a lot of number and letter fabric that I hope to use sometime. Thinking of a bag for library books as the number one choice or a quilt for naps. Today was my last day at work for the year. I won't go back for two weeks! ok maybe for 10 minutes to check on some equipment. But it is doubtful I will be doing a lot of crafting with the munchkin running around. Maybe some knitting, organizing, cleaning and for sure some cooking.

November 04, 2007


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I got my issue of MixTape from Melbourne, Australia today! I missed out on the first issue and now that they are reprinting it, I ordered that one too. This is the work of NikkiShell and 62Cherry. I like what they put together. check em out at MixTape.

June 10, 2007

PomPom Mobile


Last weekend after dinner at our favorite japanese/hawaiian noodle place in Oceanside with my husband and in-laws, I dashed into JoAnn's and grabbed a bag of PomPoms with the idea that I would make a mobile. I used some 24 guage stainless steel wire that we had around the house. It was in a coil so I had to sort of make it straight. Then I strung the pompoms using a needle and thread, tied all the parts together and balanced away. My son loves this mobile especially when it moves in the breeze. This looks better in person than in the photo and looks a better than I thought it would, which is not usually the way quick projects work.

Progress on the cable net socks is slow. Somehow it took me a week to figure out the row setup for the heel flap. I had a tough time decoding the complicated instructions. Knit row 1 of chart C between the redlines 2 times.  lots of other writing. except for size C should knit beyond the red line. Oh and by the way skip a cable crossing in the first row only.  


April 30, 2007

My neighbor's roses


My 75+ year old neighbor has the most amazing roses. These are two of his roses that have fragrance. I love the contrast of the the super frillly pink rose and the simple 5 petal red rose.

My paper flowers are done. My little son loves to look up at them. Sometimes he giggles and sometimes it helps him burp. There are twenty flowers hanging on my living room ceiling. 10 of the ones made with petals and 10 of the fringe ones.


Also done are a pair of socks out of Lang Jawoll cotton super wash. I expected to get one pair from a skein since I like short socks, but they were heavily cabled so they used a toe over one skein. I can make a simple pair of plain socks with the remainder of the yarn. The varigation of the yarn makes the cables hard to photograph.

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edited to add details of socks:

Yarn: Lang Jawoll Cotton Superwash 49% wool 35% cotton 16% nylon purchased Spring 2004/EBAY

Needles: Size 1 Al dpn

64 stitches. 2x2 rib. no cuff. Cable every third row. Hourglass heel. Stockinette sole and toe.

If I made them again I would cable every 4th or 5th row and continue cable through the toe.

April 11, 2007

Paper Flowers


I bought a paper flower kit from Paper Source way back in October to make big blossoms to hang from the ceiling. The paper is neat but it was very tedious to cut out all these petals and leaves. Each flower contains 4 small petals and 4 large petals. Once I found the right glue, assembling the flowers was tolerable. Then each flower has two leaves which are glued to wire and then wrapped on the stem with floral tape. Finished blossoms next post.


March 13, 2007


 It is already Spring here in So Cal. These snowflakes are my nod to those in the snow, sleet and hail. This Winter seems especially snowy in the North and Northeast. Although there has been a recent warming trend.  My snowflakes are hanging on my living room ceiling and don't photograph well as a group. The instructions to make these are from Martha Stewart Living Winter 1997(?). I used steel wire from the hardware store and soldered three sticks together and decorated the wires with clear glass beads. The soldering worked best if I taped the wire down to a table to stabilze it before trying to solder. Most of the beads I used I purchased at General Bead in San Francisco. The San Francisco store is a must to visit. It is in an alley South of Market St. (637 Minna Street) The employees (owners?) are bedazzeled to the Nth degree and the selection of beads and prices is fantastic. They have an upstairs section full of vintage and crazy beads.

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November 18, 2006

Stashbusting 1991


Our son started day care already and I figured that we needed a bag to tote his diapers, wipes, extra clothes etc. So I looked through my fabric stash and found some sturdy red plaid. This was a really easy bag shaped like a grocery bag that probably didn't require a pattern. It took a day to make with assorted interuptions. I added extra pockets on the narrow sides and used fabric instead of the specified webbing for strapes. I  also made the bag 5 inches wider. I used All the fabric I had, about 1 yd. The bag and pattern (butterick 5824) were purchased in 1991. Since 1991 I have moved ~6 times and never got rid of them. I think I may have some fabric in my stash that is older. Here's to using what I have! I feels good to have one less thing to make in my boxes of sewing stuff.

I need to figure out how to fix my comments and change a few other things. hum...

October 04, 2006

Leaves on the Ceiling


A bunch of years ago I made a whole bunch of beaded snowflakes that I saw in Martha Stewart and one year taped them to our living room ceiling at christmas time. The tape looked a little tacky and so we got some cup hooks, spraypainted them white and put them up on the ceiling in a grid pattern. The thought was I was going to make different things to hang depending on the season. Well I never ended up making anything else until now and have had the snowflakes up all year, every year. I'll keep these leaves up until Thanksgiving weekend when hopefully I'll have time to put either the snowflakes back up or something else festive.

Other ceiling decorations I have thought about making:

  • origami cranes
  • paper flowers
  • some sort of 3-d stars



October 03, 2006

Fall Color


 I got this kit of Fall Leaves from Paper Source ( and decided to use them to decorate our living room ceiling instead of making the suggested wreath. I just love all the fall colors and we don't really get that here in So. Cal.. I plan to glue the green wire stems to the leaves and make a loop in the end for hanging. There are 72 leaves.