Thursday, September 30, 2010

Well, it was an idea...

I've had these two scrap pieces of fleece laying around for a while, so I finally decided to try to make some use of them.  Each of them were only about 1/4 yard wide, and when I found them I had the idea to make some kind of braided scarf, which is what I did...I'm not quite sure if it's what I had in mind though.

First I cut the pieces in about 1/2 inch strips.  I tried using a few strips at a time to make smaller braids, which I then planned to braid together...but I didn't really like where it was going so decided to just braid all of the pieces together.

I guess it didn't turn out too bad, it's just a little too short to actually work as a scarf.  Bleh... I like the idea of it though, and I think maybe I've actually seen braided scarves before.  Maybe I'll try another one soon with other scrap fabrics or yarn (just make sure it's long enough!)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Guckies" and Scarves!

I've been working on this scarf for a couple of weeks now. I'm pretty new to knitting, so I'm still getting the hang of things. This pattern is simple alternating; knit 2, purl 2, switch every 5 rows.  I like how it's looking though! I decided to use this white yarn that I had because I figured it would look good with the texture.


In other news, next week is my cousin's daughter Sofia's first birthday. The party is next Saturday and it's duckie themed (or as she says, "guckie").  She loves her guckies, so I'm doing some personalized guckie embroidery!

After I'm done with this shirt, we got a little black jacket that I'll be embroidering too. I'll post more pictures when they're finished!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Meet Kate.

Hello everyone! I'm Kate. First off, a bit about myself . . .

I'm a 20 year old college student majoring in Letters, Arts, and Sciences (the major of the indecisive) for Art & Entrepreneurship.  I'm not exactly sure where it will lead me, but I'm hoping to discover that as I go.  When thinking about my future, I always ask myself what it is I like to do, and the most simplified answer I can come up with is: I like to make things.  In particular, I like to sew and do other craft-type things.  I may not always have the time (or money), but it is my favorite thing to do and I genuinely wish I did it more often.

As for this blog, it will be my attempt to keep in touch with my creativity and to be inspired by others to improve and expand my crafting skills.  I'm inspired by the blogs of other talented "craft people," and if I try maybe I will become one of those people and inspire others as well.  I'm also counting on the constant blogging to keep me from slacking.

I can't quite remember when I started sewing; I think I was about 11 or 12.  I know my skills have certainly improved a lot since then, but there is still a lot to learn! Besides sewing, I've tried both crocheting and knitting - I'm not great at either yet, I keep stopping and then getting back into it again.  Recently I've been doing more "by hand" projects, due in part to not always having access to a sewing machine.  I'm trying more sewing by hand, mostly with appliques and with a few projects I made recently for my new niece.  I've also recently made my first attempt at embroidery and hope to do more with it soon.

By far my favorite achievement sewing and craft-wise has been my senior project in high school.  I did the costume design for our spring musical, The Pajama Game, and sewed several of the costumes along with altering and adjusting many others.  I don't have any pictures of current projects to show yet, so here are some amazing photos a local photographer took of The Pajama Game.  You can see the whole gallery here.

I made this dress!
I made the green dress in this picture too.

I made the orange and the blue/white dresses in this picture.
 I suppose that's all for now - I will try to post some projects very soon!