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Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Quilted "Buckets"

I enjoyed making the quilted Easter Baskets and thought I could improve on the design a bit.  We're heading to Hawaii soon and I always like to have a gift for our caretaker...thought this Hawaiian themed basket would be perfect.  I silkscreened the hibiscus designs on white fabric, then sewed them into a patchwork pattern with a contrasting navy cotton.  I quilted it using felt so the piece would have some structure and sit by itself without collapsing.  I lined them with lightweight cotton.  Since I made so many hibiscus squares I was able to make a second basket (always good to have a hostess gift on hand)

Baby Booties

Saw this great link for baby booties on Pinterest the other day.  Kale is now 4 1/2 months old and may be too big for them, but they're sooo cute I had to make a few pair.  Takes a small amount of yarn, very quick and easy.  I even made a girlie pair for a friend of Kipp's.  Think they'd make a great baby shower gift ...maybe with a matching cap.  The ones I made are from leftover "argyle sweater" yarn...so Kale will be quite color coordinated!

and the models

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Argyle Sweater for Kale

Having a new grandchild affords all kinds of opportunity for projects.  I've been a "so-so" knitter forever but haven't done much in the last 20 years or so...not since my children were little enough not to complain about what I dressed them in. Now with our new grandson Kale I can make things for him to wear and he doesn't have much to say about it yet...it's really fun.  I just finished a little argyle cardigan for him...very preppy...too cute.  It took much longer than I'd anticipated...complicated (for me) pattern...but fun.  The collar was supposed to be navy but I ran short. A little big for him yet, I did a 12 month size so it wouldn't be too small before I even got it finished...so no modeling pictures except for one "try-on" iPhoto. I have just enough yarn for a white hat with blue and green stripes.  My daughter wanted an argyle hat but I'm ready to be finished with this project and move on...so it will be simple.

4 month old Kale squirming in
his new sweater

Monday, April 2, 2012

Silkscreened Pillows

The boutique in Seal Beach called for a new batch of pillows...so I've been silkscreening and sewing like mad to get them done.  Here's the latest collection: