Monday, February 28, 2011

Fabric baskets

These are the solution I needed for organizing all the baby bottle parts and small plastic containers + lids that are floating around our kitchen cabinets. Instructions can be found here.

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These are so quick and easy (and cute!), I'll be making a few more to organize other stuff around the house.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Catch-all

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Inspired by this tray by Noodlehead. Outside is linen, inside is a Japanese owl print. It's holding all the little things that our cats usually knock off the kitchen counter like wallets, glasses, and phones.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sock monkeys!

I have admired the funky monkey fabric by Moda for such a long time. Last summer I bought a bunch of the fabric, pieced a quilt top for Isaac, stretched and basted it... and am waiting for the courage to quilt it. I am kind of a chicken when it comes to quilting things larger than a placemat; they never seem to turn out how I'd hoped. In the meantime, while procrastinating on the quilting, I made him a little pillow with the leftover fabric. I pieced and quilted the top, and bound the edges with grosgrain ribbon.

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The pillow insert is a little 12x16 decorative down pillow that I picked up for $10 at Pottery Barn Kids. I'm entering the pillow in the Blogger's Pillow Party, as well as the Great SMS Pillow Contest.
Blogger's Pillow Party

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What begins with O?

Big O, little o what begins with O? OpArt blanket and an owl. O. o. O.

I've been reading a lot of Dr. Seuss lately. I've also been working on a little package for my cousin's baby.

Some pre-blocking pictures of the OpArt blanket: opticBlanket2

All bumpy.

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With so many ends to weave in.

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The finished blanket. It ended up taking 4 blue skeins and 5 brown skeins of Knitpicks CotLin. The adorable owl pattern is from Retro-Mama.

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All folded up and ready to go!

Friday, February 11, 2011

the pink quilt

A friend of mine commissioned a queen-size quilt using the Urban Cabin pattern. I'm not generally a fan of the color pink, but by the time the quilt top was pieced I was converted. I was a little sad to have to turn it over to its rightful owner!

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One corner of the quilt. A very talented friend went to the quilt store with us and helped pick out a great combo of printed and batik fabrics.

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The other side of the quilt top.

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I made these 2 quilted pillow shams with extra fabric.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mosaic knitting

One of my goals last year was to get better at knitting colorwork. I took a great class at the Yarnery where we learned intarsia, helix knitting, shadow knitting, brioche stitch, and mosaic knitting. For mosaic knitting I made a set of coasters:

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I like the high contrast and the stitch definition of mosaic knitting, but they seemed a little too big and floppy for coasters. And, being coasters, they were going to get washed sooner or later. So I washed them sooner.

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The felted fabric is a little furrier than I hoped, but it is nice and dense and the shrunk to a good size for coasters. The yarn here is Brown Sheep wool (blue) and Lopi Light (orange). The pattern is from a Barbara Walker book.