A few rows short of a blanket

Last time on ‘The Year I Made My Own Clothes’

  • I had an 8 year old
  • I was crocheting a mermaids tail blanket
  • I found some neat artwork
  • And we had a lot of snow.

Well, I now have a NINE year old 😳, the mermaids tail blanket is almost finished, turns out my girl had a bit of a growth spurt (I also apparently used the wrong size crochet hook for twelve rows 😭) so I am adding rows to the top

  
And I messed up the fin, go me. So while I have presented the mostly finished present to Lorelai (which is how we found that blanket to be too small), I still have a little ways to go.

However I have been enjoying every moment of it & I am excited to announce that I have joined the knitting group in town and I absolutely LOVE every minute of it. I haven’t been part of any group since the spinning guild two years ago, so I am happy to have been invited to join in and have made new friends! 

I started a new project this week (because we all know how great I am at finishing old ones, maybe I have a fear of finishing things…is that a phobia some sort?, I’m attached to the project so much that I can’t bear to finish it?!) 

Anywho (disclaimer for people who keep getting snarky with me, yes I meant to write anywho over anyhow, so simmer down!!)

I started the bluebell cardigan from Jane Austen Knits 2015 designed by Zsuzsa Kiss

  

(Picture curtesy of Intearweave’s Jane Austen knits 2015) 

Lorelai, the budding fashionista she is, chose the colors for me  

I’m using this Caron simply soft Harvest Red & the contrast color will be Caron simply soft Blue Mint. 

I won’t lie, this pattern was a little confusing at first because it called for something I had never heard of before, but after frogging six rows I finally figured it out and now it’s coming along. 

We are currently have strange weather here in New England, some people are getting hit with snow, while here in our part of NH we are having 50 degree days that is melting snow, today we had a mix of rain and snow, and sometime next week we will be getting snow again. 

 We are looking forward to spring however, we just got in the first order of seeds for our garden, with plans to place a second order sometime soon!

 I’m also looking forward to fluffy animals and hopefully spending some quality time with my hand carders and the insane amounts of wool I have sitting in my craftroom. I’m ready to be spinning again!!

  
This was the last thing I spun, seasilk back in who knows when!! 

Oh well, soon enough 😊

Have a great night folks!

    Tubular stitching

    Today I want to talk about tubular stitching and why I cannot for the life of me, find a tutorial on this subject. I can find tubular cast on, I can find tubular bind off, but I cannot find tubular stitch. Get with the program Internet.

    There is a project I started years ago, when I got the very first Jane Austen Knits, it was a beautiful short stay

      
    I love the look and it would look great with just about anything. Of course back then I got stuck on, you guessed, tubular stitching. So I decided instead to do and i-cord and in the end said f%}# it and focused on something else, because the i-cord stitch and I didn’t get along back then. That is until the other day when I decided to have another go.

    I searched and searched for tubular stitching and found zip, zilch, zero. Then my brain said “hey, try this” and “this” worked and I photographed “this” to show you how I sort of figured out how to do a tubular stitch. 

    So today, I bring to you a (maybe, possibly but hey it works) tubular stitch…..now would be the time to take a bathroom break or get something to eat or drink, there are a lot of pictures. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

    Ready?! Good!! Let us get started shall we.

      
    Ok, so I’m using bulky yarn and who knows what size needles, but anything will do. These are just easier to see. So you will be using three double pointed knitting needles.

      
    Cast on three stitches, and then do three kf&b (knit front and back). You don’t know this stitch?! Don’t worry, I have you covered!

      
    Knit the first stitch, but do not lift the yarn off of your left needle.

      Instead take your right needle and go through the back of the yarn, and knit again. 
      
    So now I have four stitches, I’m going to KF&b twice more and when finished, there will be six stitches total

      
    Tada, it’s like magic. 

    So here comes the hard trick part

      
    Let’s call our needles A. B. & C. Needle A has all the stitches on it. Now you needle to knit 1 stitch onto needle b.

    Then you need to pick up needle C

      
    And knit a stitch onto it.  

     
    So bring the yarn in between needle b and c

    Because if you do it like this  

     That’s going to turn out all funky and it won’t look right at all. So no, bring the yarn between and knit another stitch onto needle b and another on needle c, and b & c again until you have this

      
      
    It’s going to take a few tries, the needles will slip, you may get frustrated, and you may swear and that is okay. You may also get it the first time and if you do, you are my new hero.

    So here comes the easy part, now it is like knitting in the round…sort of.

      
    So by now needle a has nothing on it, so go ahead and knit all of the stitches off of needle b (or whichever needle has the working yarn), then when that needle has nothing on it, knit all the stitches off the next needle (stitch markers are great here by the way). And keep going and going until you reached your desired length

      
    Now this looks the same on both sides

    Here is the actual project when I started  

        
     See, front, side, and back all look nice and clean. When I finish it, I’ll come back and tell you how to bind off.

    Now you can also do an i-cord.

    With the i-cord you could either cast on three and do the kf&b three times or you could cast on six sitches. This requires only two double pointed needles.

      
    Now knit all the stitches

      
    Don’t turn the work,  you want to slide these stitches down to the other end of the needle 

      

    Bring the working yarn up and knit the stitches onto the next needle and repeat.

      
    Front

      Back (not pulled tightly).
    I hope that this tutorial works well for you! 

    Have a great day folks!!

    Blogiversary!

    Happy blogiversary!!! Yes folks, it has been a year since I moved my blog over from blogspot to WordPress, and while I didn’t exactly stick with making my clothes for a whole year, the intentions were good and you folks keep coming back so I must be doing something right!!

    Here is a little year in review!

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    I learned to weave and I bought a spinning wheel

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    I made a Jane Austen inspired dress!

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    I sewed some Christmas presents, among a few other things

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    I got Carrick, my English angora. We had baby ducks born, and my husband learned to carve.

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    I attended a natural dye day with my guild (the very last picture on the bottom is my lot)

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    I spun up some nice yarn

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    I did a ton of canning

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    I went to Georgia and watched my cousin build her house…I held screws and got to use a mallet, but unlike my father, I am not a master carpenter.

    All in all I am happy with the few things that I did get done, and will continue to knit, sew, attempt to crochet and of course continue on writing here. We are still searching for our forever home, a homestead to enjoy, raise animals, food, and our little family.

    For those of you who keep coming back, you rock!! For you new readers, you rock as well! I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next year!!

    Coming up soon: move number one of two! Our days at this house our growing shorter, we’ve run out of time to buy and will be renting elsewhere while we look for our dream home.

    Thanks reading folks!!

    Everything changes

    Well my friends two things have come to an end the last two days, and there are two more things that will be ending this week.

    First, I finished my Jane Austen dress with some slight modifications

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    Appearances can be deceiving, I swear both sleeves are the same

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    Instead of adding cording and buttons to the back, I sewed up the back. I lost so much weight while making the dress, that it can slide over my head with ease.

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    Today was also my last day as the weaver at the museum

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    I will miss going there very much, and miss my co-workers very much!!

    We are still on the hunt for a house and have exactly 90 days so we need to haul our behinds to some houses and see what fits us.

    In other exciting news, we are planning our final homeschool trip. A trip to meet Joel Salatin, who owns Polyface Farms. We just love his books and Toph is in awe of him. It will be a very exciting trip!

    Have a great night folks!

    The silver lining

    Today was the day, I had planned to finish my regency dress so I could move on to the next dress. All I had left to do was to cut out the lining for the front and back skirt, and stitch everything together.

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    Well….it’s half finished har har har, I ran out of lining so I was only able to finish cutting out the lining for the skirt front, I decided to pin the top and skirt together to make myself feel better. Oh well, I will have to make a trip to Joann fabrics in-between snowstorms.

    Lorelai and I decided to make gluten free chocolate chip cookies, I have had pretty good luck with the oatmeal flour…until today

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    Batch #1 not enough flour and I’m sure I could have used half the butter

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    The outcome was interesting.

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    Batch #2 they looked alright

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    Then fell apart as I moved them. They were still tasty however and were enjoyed by all.

    I shall not give up!!

    Have a nice night folks!

    Won’t you be my valentine?

    My hands are starting to feel better which has allowed me to start a new project, another one?!, yes another one. Toph just went through his dresser and discarded a bunch of shirts that were all too big for him. Now see my original plan was to donate them at one of the clothing bins, however I happened to go through said shirts and realized that they had rather large holes in them, not all of them mind you, but about 95% of them.

    So what does one do with a bunch of holy shirts you ask?!

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    I guess I need to buy more quilting pins

    I’m no longer stuck on the couch yay!! I’ve spent the last couple of days moving around and while I still have a cough and stuffy nose, I am no longer feeling like I’ve been tackled by a football player.

    Instead I spent two days talking myself out of my procrastination, and then this happened

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    And then this

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    That’s about the time I managed to run out of quilting pins and has to start cutting fabric to be able make a few available.

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    They are all held on with pins mind you

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    I only had three pieces left to pin, but Ailey decided that enough was enough. She wanted my attention and she was going to get it!!

    Have a nice night folks!!