I’ve been MIA for quite some time! Fall is always a busy time for me and this year even moreso than ever. I’ve got baskets full of yarn just waiting to be transformed into something sweet, and not nearly enough hours in a day… Here’s a few snaps of orders I’ve filled lately, while trying to create some stock for an upcoming market.
More finished unposted projects … I was caught up, and then a very rainy Canada Day weekend happened so I’m still several FO’s behind in the posting department. I need to hire a photographer for a day and get some non grainy, non Iphone photos taken!
Easy summer sundress from a McCall’s pattern I had kicking around… It came together fairly quickly, but reminded me why more and more, I prefer to sew indie patterns. Measurement wise, I should have cut an XL, but I went with a M… and it fit, with room to spare. The Big 4 patterns are notorious for this and it’s very frustrating! As a result, I usually base my size choice on the finished measurements listed, not the measurements according to sizes (6,8,10, etc). Either way, It’s a cute dress to slip on when I’m running around doing errands. It requires a tank top worn underneath it, or I can sew in a modesty panel. I’m half debating hacking it into a tunic length, but we shall see.
Getting on the fox bandwagon :) This was an outfit for a girlfriend’s little baby girl born in February. Shirt pattern is the Tiny Tumble Tee, and the leggings are the Go To Leggings… I die! So cute. Both these patterns are great and I’ve used them several times.
A black Valentine’s Day tee courtesy of Deer & Doe’s (free!) Plantain tee. Great pattern! Great staple! I’ve made a few more in varying sleeve lengths… but you wouldn’t know, because I never blog them. Too busy out and about wearing my clothes I suppose!
Mint gingham knickerboxers… just because. These were from the Knick Knack knickers pattern put out by Anna Maria Horner. Adorable!
Self drafted PJ pants made for a co-workers little girl. There’s also a fox pair of these kicking around…
Another tiny tumble tee & leggings …
Not to leave the boys out of the mix, a tiny polo shirt and madras shorts for yet another girlfriend’s winter baby boy. I can’t remember where I found the patterns, they were both free from the realm of Pinterest.
A custom order from a coworker for her expecting daughter – color choices/prints customized to fit the nursery. Double sided minky blanket, contoured burp cloths, minky/flannel wash cloths, a couple of binky leashes, a sweet softie elephant from Birch Fabric’s Henry and Helga free plushy pattern, and a tiny crochet cap of my own design, complete with a minuscule bow :)
Over in the crochet world, I’ve been equally busy! A couple of weeks ago, I acquired 3 meters of unbleached jersey from the fabric store for $3.99 with absolutely not a HOT clue was to what I was going to make/where I was going to stash it… until I remembered I’d been wanting to try my hand at a Zpagetti rug, but didn’t want to shell out the $$$ for the overseas shipping charge. A few episodes of Mad Men later, all that jersey was cut into 1 1/2″ strips and wound into a ball (labor intensive! next time I may just splurge on the ready made t-shirt yarn). Pattern is from Ravelry, the Hoooked Zpagetti Rug by Susan Potter. Easy to follow, works up pretty quickly! This actually took me a lot longer than anticipated though, because I ripped it out four times prior to being satisfied with the way it was working up. Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to be a perfectionist…
Crocodile stitch booties! I’ve had this pattern in my Rav queue for probably 2 years, but just didn’t get around to tackling it. Now that I have, I think it may be a new go to. These are as tiny (made for a preemie) as they are adorable. I think they’d look lovely in some variegated Knit Picks Hawthorne… yum :)
And last but not least, the leaning tower of dishcloths that continues to grow, and grow. Nothing like getting a kick start on Christmas gifts. Yes, that’s what everyone is getting. Sorry to spoil the surprise, pals!
Hello friends! I know I’ve been quiet for a long while … Now that craft market season is officially in full swing my hands have been very busy whipping up plenty of Smash Knits gear just waiting to to be worn!
Come visit me this upcoming Sunday, November 17th, at the Crescentwood Community Centre. I’ll be sharing a table with Creative Authority, who has lots of lovely lil’ baby and mama items for you to fawn over.
The venue is located at 1170 Corydon Avenue and the event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free. Christmas is only 40 days away! Here’s a sneak peek at what will be in store…
Wow! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted – Christmas time was a complete frenzy of activity between craft sales, Etsy sales, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. After taking a much needed break in the Dominican Republic over New Years with family, I was only back in town for three short weeks before heading off to the West coast for milder weather and catching up with some very close girlfriends. One of these lovely ladies just delivered a bouncing baby boy a few weeks prior, so I whipped up a custom diaper bag to take along with me, along with a ton of baby accessories. Diaper clutch, change pad, minky blanket, sock monkey (from here) burp cloths, binky leash, soother pouch, trendy crochet aviator cap, and more! Of course I didn’t take nearly enough photos, but there are a few…
The diaper bag was from a fantastic PDF pattern I found on Etsy. Well worth the price, great instructions & photos. I see several more of these in my future – they’d even work great as a messenger/laptop bag!
I used a medium weight cotton twill for the exterior, and a quilting cotton lining. Bag is interfaced with medium weight fusible, as well as fusible fleece in some areas… this thing is sturdy! Pattern didn’t call for it, but I added a key fob since there’s nothing more frustrating than fishing around in your purse 20 x a day for your keys… I should know! Lots of pockets and space for all those baby neccessities.
After several weeks of preparation, I’m happy to say that the first annual Winnipeg Etsy Street Team (WEST) Handmade & Vintage Sale went off without a hitch yesterday! We had a gorgeous fall day on our side to entice people to come out and check out local Winnipeg artisans and purveyor of vintage wares. Happy = me!
Being on an organzing comittee of any kind is always time-consuming, exciting, and nerve-wracking all at once! I woke up the morning of the sale anxious and eager, with my fingers crossed. Thanks to everyone coming together, we were able to provide local shoppers with a great variety of goods in a friendly, cozy, and relaxed venue.
It was great to connect with several other WEST members whom I’d only know to date via email and discussions held online. Always nice to put a face to a name! Checking out other vendors proved difficult however, given that the sale was hoppin’ pretty much all day. Not that I’m complaining; here’s to many more successful WEST community events!
A few snaps of my new display. I’m proud to give a shout out to my Dad, who was in charge of re-creating a vintage bread rack I spooted on Kijiji but didn’t want to dish out $100 for … he did a wicked job, using recycled wood from his house. Hurray for upcycling! The crates are vintage finds, and the signage is hand painted by moi. Rounding out the look are my brand spanking new biz cards … photos to follow of those! Very happy to have a cohesive look for furture events… and burlap always makes me smile :)
Next up? I’m still crossing my fingers and waiting to hear back regarding the oh so famous Vineyard Sale … so for now you can catch me next at Dakota Community Craft Sale November 3rd and 4th for a 2 day shopping bonanza with the very talented One Plus One Design!
In the meantime, it’s back to the knitting needles :)