Try Something New Every Month: Double Knitting

What’s that old saying? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…”

Well, I tried something new this month. And tried. And tried. And tried. I actually lost track of how many times I cast-on for this Longcat Scarf (Ravelry link).

This was my first time attempting double knitting and I made the mistake of just skimming a few Youtube videos because it looked easy enough. Well, it’s not. I continually ended up with purl wraps on the wrong side of whichever side I was working. That doesn’t look good…

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Then all of a sudden I had a lightbulb moment and it all made sense and I was doing it! It was working! And then I couldn’t keep track of the chart because I was distracted and counting wrong and it was all terrible and I had to frog it again.

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I decided this was going to have to be a quiet at-home project, at least for the start, and I took an evening and tried. Again. A few more times. And  for seemingly no special reason it worked! I made a cat butt!

Sure, there’s an oops-stitch there, but I think it looks like a heart on the cat’s knee so I’m okay with that…

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Are you doing a TSNEM project for February? You can find the link-up here!

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Things I have sewn this past month

So, I sew. A lot. I have a UFO (un-finished object) list a mile long, but I still like to start new projects…obviously. I am, of course the president and founder of Project Starters Anonymous, and Rebecca at Hugs Are Fun was my first enthusiastic joining member. I’ve been recruiting others at my new job at the quilt shop, too 😉

First up is this Ponyo idea I had mulling around in my head for quite a while. The opening credits are so gorgeous in that movie, and I had been thinking it would make an amazing quilt. Since I wanted a quicker project I made a mini and I am quite pleased. I tea-dyed some Kona cotton solids to give them a more muted tone, and it turned out just how I imagined.

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This FPP sewing machine pattern had caught my eye for quite a while too, and once again in procrastinating working on finishing one of my bigger projects, I finished this selfish-sewing mini quilt, too.

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More selfish sewing! A Heather Ross patchwork bag…I have a problem with sewing lots and lots of bags. But, I like them, so it’s alright 🙂

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Dark rainbow jellyroll quilt! Also sewn selfishly…it lives on my sofa all day long, currently.

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Now, it feels like I started this EPP Ferris Wheel quilt a lifetime ago. In reality it was summertime, but boy, this one felt like it dragged on forever.

I took the given pattern and doubled its size, and then added additional low-volume whites around the edges with colored squares sprinkled in. And I kept going and going and going and going. Well, not really, but it felt like forever, and I am so thankful it is all quilted and complete!

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Next up, Lily’s requests for a birthday dress and a “soft calico dress” (can you tell she’s been reading about pioneer times?).

Her birthday dress is from the Coffeeshop Lace Dress pattern, cheap quilting fabrics picked out from Joann’s, but I think they look adorable. I added white piping instead of lace and I like the clean edges it creates with the pattern.

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For her “soft calico dress” I just sort of made it up as I went along, and let her pick out of the Calico Days line of fabric from my work.

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I sewed myself a GIANT TOTE from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing book and lined it with this adorable fabric from the First Crush line by Sweetwater for Moda.

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Annnnnd I sewed myself a purse. Because. Also, I just love the constellations from this Under the Stars line.

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And last up, some seasonal collaborative sewing with Lily! I bought this Lil’ Red panel from Quilter’s Quest and she made the pillow and the blanket while I made the doll, etc. The colors make me think of Valentine’s Day, so I also made a mini quilt that is hanging on our front door.

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Phew! That’s it…for now!

Schoolhouse Tunic

I was asked to make a shop sample of this pattern (for my new job at a sewing shop, Quilter’s Destination). Goodness, was I nervous setting out to make something exactly as a pattern calls for! That is typically not how I sew at all.

Thankfully, the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated is a great, very well-written pattern. It took me about 4-5 hours start to finish on the first version, and a bit less once I knew what I was doing for my second go-round.

The shop owner had this particular line of fabrics in mind, so I chose my favorite of the lot, and went to town. The fabric, Regent Street Lawns by Sentimental Studios for Moda, is a cotton lawn, so it has a really nice drape to it, and it’s very smooth–like high quality bed sheets 🙂

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For my own personal version that doesn’t have to live in the shop for any time, I chose Carolyn Friedlander’s Carkai after seeing this sleeveless tunic out there in the blog-world from the same fabric. This time I shortened the sleeves (I think they still need to be about an inch shorter) and also added front pockets, which helps add some needed weight in the front to keep it laying flat (and avoid a pretend pregnant-pooch).

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I really like this pattern and I plan on making more! Maybe even short sleeves for some summer dresses would be nice…the possibilities are endless if you get a little creative!

If you’re local to the Chicagoland area and are interested, I plan on teaching a class on sewing this tunic at Quilter’s Destination in the coming months. I’m very excited for that as well!