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Simplicity 2830 #4: Making Progress


Got the bottom of the bag seamed together and figured out how to make the handles.


Simplicity 2830 #3: My First Seam


So this is my first real seam. This is the outside pockets of my new bag. The fabric is coming unraveled fast, I can see why folks were saying that the bag needs a lining. At any rate, I’m on my way.

Simplicity 2830 #1

Well, this project is my official foray into the sewing world.  I picked this project for a couple of reasons. First it is supposed to be easy. Second, it looked like it would give me the opportunity to learn a few things, and not just practice sewing a seam or two.  This project has a ZIPPER!!! (I know… but it’s the little things in life that make it worth wild, right?)  While cutting out the fabric and reading the pattern instructions I got a little nervous, but just like my knitting, since I don’t know how hard things really are, I use that ignorance to my advantage and just jump head first into things.

My intention is to keep an online journal of each of my projects.  I haven’t been as committed to this endeavor in my knitting, but I think it’s a good habit to get into. For each project I will detail the pattern I use, the fabric, and special skills I plan on learning to complete the project and various notes along the way.

So this was where I was last night when I packed it in:

  1. Purchased pattern, fabric and notions;
  2. Put together project board;
  3. Cut out pattern and fabric;
  4. Wound the bobbin and threaded my machine;

Tonight I think I might actually start working on putting it together.

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My Studio

The pictures in the beginning are from the start.  Over the 4th of July weekend, we gradually transformed our sun room into my design studio.  I’m going to use this space for sewing and knitting design, storage and creation.

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Knit Picks… Best Customer Service… EVER

For Mother’s Day, Jason got me three sets of circular needles from Knit Picks.  There are all 47″ long and were in US sizes 1-3.  I can’t say how much I fell in love with these needles.  I had been trying different brands  beyond what you get in the craft store to find the right combination of flexible cords and sharp needle tips.  Knit Picks by far are my favorite.

I wanted to start a pair of socks on my new US size 3.  I take them out of the package for the first time, cast on, and went to go join my stitches to knit in the round. To my dismay, the join between the cable and the needle was rough which surprised me because I hadn’t had a problem with the size 2 needles I had already used to finish a pair of socks for my niece. I thought maybe it wouldn’t be an issue and that I could just ignore it, but the more I got into the sock, the more the join was snagging my yarn ( Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn – Canopy).

I just couldn’t take it anymore.  Since these are not the cheapest needles out there, instead of just tossing them in the trash and buying a new set, I decided to contact Knit Pick customer service to ask about how to exchange them for new ones.  I didn’t want to just return them.  I used the customer service support contact form and described what my issue was, and not even an hour later I received an email informing me that not only was Knit Picks sorry to hear I had received a defective product, but that they had already shipped me out a replacement!

I just want to thank Knit Picks for their wonderful customer service and great products! Please think about using them for your knitting needs.

UPDATE: Which Plate? And the winner is…

Pixie Knits…

Seems that I will be going with the PXE KNTS license plate… I’m very excited.  Although only 5 people voted in my little poll, it was fun to see that I was on the right track. Thank you to those that did vote…

Which Plate? Help me choose my personal license plate…

In case you didn’t know, I’m like really really into knitting now.  Almost to the point where it is a compulsion. Keeping that in mind, and since I’ve also been a pixie for most of my adult life (pixie has been a part of my user name, or computer handle for you old school folks) I have decided to possibly blend the two together.  Keeping this in mind, here are the two license plates that I’ve decided to pick from.  I would like some feedback, so let me know which one you like best!

Plate A: Pixie Knits

Plate B: Knit 1, Yarn Over, Slip Slip Knit

Kait’s sock…

The sock is being modeled by Kait herself. It looks like the sock is going to fit well.


Planning, planning, and more importantly, planning

I need to sit down and make out a list of all the knitting projects that I want to make so I can get organized. I need to find all the patterns and make sure I have all the yarn and supplies (i. e. knitting needles).

I need to make:
7 pairs of socks
5 sets of mittens/gloves
A baby sweater
and I think that’s enough for now.

Haley’s sock project

Aren’t these socks gorgeous? These are the next ones I’m going to knit.  They are going to be for my niece.  I might also make them for my daughter too.  I hope this isn’t too hard, I just think they are breath taking.  I’m going to try and do them two at a time, so we’ll see how that goes.  I’m hoping to start them in mid-May.  I have to finish Kait’s socks first. I am pleased with they way they are coming.

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