5/1/15

F.O.: Hour Basket & Vintage Textile Love




If you're on Instagram (I am Craftygardenmom on there, come find me!) and follow any quilters or general sewers you have probably seen the long list of 1 Hour Basket photos. Seriously, everybody seems to be making one of these handy and quick little "baskets" these days!

And why not, because as everyone, myself included, can attest to it: they really do only take 1 hour to make from cutting to putting your stuff in it!



The hardest part of this project is the fabric selection. I have so many ideas of fabrics to use in future baskets, but decided to cut into some of my more "precious" vintage textiles for this. You probably don't know this about me, but I was once single. No kids. Living the high life of earning a working girl's salary (a pittance in terms of what I went to school for and what people starting out in my career make today), and had ALL KINDS of disposable income to throw around.  

OK, not really, but looking back I think fondly of those days where my spending choices were basically rent, food, Happy Hour drinks, and sewing/quilting/garage-sale hunting/eBay shopping VS. a mortgage, diapers, baby food, kid food, school clothes, school fees, extra activities for kids, birthday gifts, more food, more clothes because they are weeds, replacing broken stuff, gas because I am now a taxi service, and a whole host of other things that make DH and I look at each other and ask how we got so stupid to not know when we had a good thing going.....in a joking way of course. Kind of. Sigh. Oh, the good ol' days.

Anyways, along the way of living my carefree, buy pretty much what I want life, I spent a LOT of time on eBay. Like, a lot a lot. (This was the dark ages before Etsy, Craftsy, and the plethora of similar shopping sites there are now.) I acquired a sizeable amount of vintage fabrics and textiles on eBay. Over the years I have sold quite a bit of it (back to eBay!), but I still have a rather large stash of some items I just couldn't bear to part with. 



These 1950s barkcloth curtain panels are one item I would probably fight you to the death over, 
they are so fabulous.

I wanted to use a vintage lining fabric too, but felt this new repro print from JoAnn Fabrics was a perfect compliment to the exterior.





It finishes about 7" deep, and 6" wide, so it holds a reasonable amount of stuff for a mid-size display basket. I decided to fill it with some of my more special yarn for now, and keep it in my storage unit. 


I plan to make several more of these, and bless Instagram again, because many people have been making them in different sizes and posting their cutting measurements, saving me having to work all that out. 

Thanks for stopping by!

CGM

4/30/15

Knitting F.O.: Socks!!!





I finished my first pair of knitted socks last weekend! These have been a long time coming, and I am so happy I stuck with it and completed this project. 


These were made with Cakewalk Yarns in the Brooklyn colorway, using 2 sets of size 0 Addi Turbo Sock circular needles (40 inch length).

After watching several YouTube tutorials on how to Magic Loop (use 1 circular needle to knit in the round), I followed the fabulous video tutorials by Tina from the Knitting Blooms podcast (I am a long-time watcher, highly recommend her show!). First I watched her Toe Up Socks - the Toe video, then knit up the foot to my length before starting the Short Row Heel video



After that you knit up the leg, then I did a 2 x 2 (2 knit stiches, 2 purl stitches) ribbing for the cuff. Then I followed Tina's video for the Super Stretchy bindoff. And done!

They are so soft and cozy on the feet, I am very happy with the fit. This is mainly due to following along with Tina's VERY detailed sock pattern that goes along with her videos. In it, she tells you exactly how to measure your foot and get the right number of stitches and gauge for a comfortable fit. It did take me several tries to get my fit "just right" since I tend to be a loose knitter and my gauge changes as I knit, which is very frustrating. While the average knit sock, from what I can tell, is about 64 stitches in the round, I needed to go down to 56 stitches (28 on each needle) to get my desired snug sock. 


It was worth the ripping back and downright frogging of my first pair! I have already cast on a second pair, using Madelinetosh yarn (yarn nirvana!) and plan to knit them the same way now that I have the notes to follow.

Look Ma, I'm a sock knitter!!!

CGM


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