Anthropologie Shirt Hack

A while ago, the Pop Tee was on sale at Anthropologie, and as I had been stalking it for quite a while, I was very excited. Unfortunately by the time I made it over to buy one, they were totally sold out. I was sad for about 5 minutes until I realized that this was an easy item to hack – all I needed was a t-shirt and some fabric. I dug out a white shirt that I wore maybe once (not a huge fan of white, I don’t know if you could tell!) and some leftover fabric with lemons all over it (much more my speed).

White t-shirt and lemon fabric

It came out like this:

DIY anthropologie knockoff shirt with lemon fabric and white t-shirt

Now, I did not use a tutorial on this one, and I should have. After the fact, I googled around and found this one from Domestic Bliss Squared that seems pretty spot on and thorough, and I wish I’d used it! I kind of just guessed on the amount of fabric I needed, and how to put in a pleat…which I then realized I put inside out. Whoops! I basically eyeballed where I wanted the fabric to start (just under the sleeves), cut the shirt along this line, and then unpicked the side seams. I put in that inside out pleat to make the fabric match the length of the back of the shirt, then just sewed it along the three sides with a zig zag stitch, and hemmed the bottom edge to match. I made a little pocket and whip stitched it into place on the front (not a functional pocket, obviously, but I’m not sure I’ve ever actually used a chest pocket, so it didn’t bother me).
DIY anthropologie pop tee with white t shirt and lemon fabric

The back creeps over into the front a bit, but overall I’m pleased with how it turned out. The only problem is that I never want to wear a sweater over it, so I haven’t worn it since summer…but it will get quite a workout when warmer weather gets here!

DIY anthropologie knockoff shirt with lemon fabric and white t-shirt

Husband Sweater, Take Two

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but my husband is notoriously difficult to buy presents for. His birthday was in November, and I was (as usual) having trouble finding something, when the idea of another sweater came up. Now, you may remember that I made him one before that took a very long time – it started out as a Boyfriend Sweater and ended up being a Husband Sweater (granted, we got married after dating for 11 months, but still). This time I was pretty determined to actually get it done on time…and then of course he liked one that featured colorwork as the main technique.

Colorwork and I are not friends. I’ve attempted it before on a few occasions and have always put those projects aside. It just seemed so impossible to wrangle all those yarns at once, and things get tangled, and then you have those ugly floats one the back…ick. He really liked the pattern though, and it was only two colors, so I decided it was about time for a challenge and cast on. Not only was it done on time (okay, barely, but it was done!), I think I may have officially conquered my fear! May I present, the finished Husband Sweater #2.

Warwick sweater in light brown and navy tweed Berroco yarn

The pattern is the Warwick Sweater by Sarah Hatton from Issue 76 of The Knitter magazine, which I found to be fairly easy to read and understand, although this magazine in general seems geared a bit toward somewhat experienced knitters; the directions assume that you understand most knitting terms and techniques. I’ve been knitting for quite a while and still have to look things up!

Warwick sweater made with light brown and navy tweed yarn, laying on a bed

It took me probably until the end of the first piece (the front) to be pretty comfortable with how my tension was going – getting all those floats to be somewhat even takes a lot of practice. I still wasn’t all the way sure that they were going to block out correctly, but I think they ended up being fairly even and not too loose or tight:

Inside of Warwick Sweater in light brown and navy tweed Berroco yarn, showing even colorwork floats

I continue to totally dislike how the yarn gets tangled and has to be constantly managed (if anyone has tips for that, please let me know!), but by the end I was getting pretty good at judging when those tangles could be left until the end of the row, and when they had to be worked out immediately. Overall though, it was a fun sweater to work on and fit well while piecing, and the shawl collar is really pretty.

Close up of folded Warwick Sweater in light brown and navy tweed yarn from Berroco

I used tweed yarn for the first time, Berroco Blackstone Tweed in colors Steamers (the light brown) and Narragansett (the navy), and for the most part I felt pretty positive about it. The colors are beautiful and play well together (although I can’t take credit for the colors since Kyle picked them out), and it’s very soft to knit with. My only complaint is that it breaks really easily, which made seaming a bit of a trial, but that’s hard to get away from with natural fibers. The only downside is that we’ve had a crazy mild winter here, so the sweater is a little too warm to wear most of the time! He’s gotten to wear it a few times though, and January/February are usually our coldest months, so hopefully there will be a few more chances before spring hits, because I think he looks quite nice in it :).

Man wearing Warwick sweater in light brown and navy tweed yarn from Berroco

Cowls Cowls Cowls (and a scarf)

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I’ve been in the mood to make some simple things lately (probably because I have so many boxes to unpack), so I’ve been using up stray skeins of yarn to crochet and knit a few big, chunky cowls (available in the Etsy … Continue reading

A Few Finished Projects

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Happy holidays everyone! I’m over here finishing up Christmas presents and planning our dinner, but I do have a few finished projects to show today. I’ve made a lot of hats in the last month or so, for whatever reason. It … Continue reading

Giveaway Time!

Update: the giveaway is now closed, and the winner is Beth! Beth, you’ll be getting an email from me shortly 😊. Thanks to everyone to participated!

Hello all! I’m knee deep in boxes over here (we bought our first house!) but I’m stopping in to take part in the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day!

This time I’m giving away a set of 4 crane ornaments:

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I’ve been trying to get organized to make some holiday decorations, and looking at some Christmas cards the other day, I was struck with inspiration. I loved a bunch of the designs, but you can only send so many cards, so I decided to use a few of the prettier ones to make some origami cranes. Add a bit of ribbon and they become beautiful ornaments (or just pretty things to hang if you don’t have a tree 😊).

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You can win these little guys by leaving a comment on this post telling me about your favorite holiday decoration. I’ll pick a winner at random at 5 PM (PST) on Friday, 12/12, and it is open to international readers. And while you’re in a giveaway kinda mood, head on over to Sew Mama Sew and check out all the other awesome stuff!

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New Pattern: Transenna Blanket!

Meet my newest pattern, Transenna!

Lavender knit blanket with cables

Basically as soon as it started getting chilly and rainy around here, I was itching to start something with cables. I already had a bunch of sweaters in progress, and I’ve wanted a heavier, knit blanket to snuggle up on the couch with for a while now. I poked around for a week or so trying to find a pattern I liked, but nothing was grabbing me, so I made my own!

Lavender knit blanket with cables

I kind of just experimented with cables until I found some I liked, so this blanket uses a combination that ends up looking like an old lead glass window (which is where the name came from!).

Close up of lavender knit blanket with cables

It’s knit with yarn held doubled in Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran, which remains one of my favorite yarns. It’s so, so soft, but can be machine washed and dried (I don’t recommend drying it, as it can seriously shorten the life of your knits, but the point is that you can). This made it not only crazy warm, but also gave it a gorgeous drape and weight.

Lavender knit blanket with cables

I made this one in lavender (which was very quickly claimed by a friend), then immediately cast on to make one in green for a Christmas present, and I have plans to make another in blue for our new house!

Lavender knit blanket with cables wrapped around dog

It may look really complicated, but I’ve tried my best to break it down into easy to read parts, and the pattern comes with both written and charted instructions. It’s available for download in my Ravelry store. I hope you have as much fun making it as I did designing it, and as always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Nye Quilt

Now that the issue is out, I can finally write about the Nye quilt!

Gray and teal modern quilt draped on a table

It’s been so hard to keep this one under wraps because I loved it so much, so keeping the secret for 3 months was really tough. It was also my first pattern to be published in a magazine, so of course I wanted to shout it from the roof tops!

Gray and teal modern baby quilt hanging in a playground

I’ve had some people ask about the process and how this came about, so I thought I’d go over how it happened for this post. I’ve followed Kristy over at Quiet Play for a long time now (I absolutely love her paper pieced patterns and tutorials), so when I saw that she was starting up an online magazine called Make Modern with Jane (of Where Jane Creates) and Lara (no blog but check out her awesome instagram to see her amazing projects), I decided to just see if I could come up with something worthy!

Gray and teal modern baby quilt draped over a tree

I’ve been using the Quiltography app to play around with some designs, and this quilt came out of one of those. I might post a more in depth review of Quiltography at some point, but basically I feel it’s a worthwhile tool for the price; there are some shortcomings but it’s pretty helpful for $15! I sent in a sketch to their submissions page, and heard back from Kristy pretty quickly that they liked it, but wondered if I could play around with it and make it more modern. I took a few hours and reworked it, and came up with the final design, which they loved!

Gray and teal modern baby quilt draped on a fence

That first email was way back in late July, so I had two months to make the quilt and photograph it, not to mention write the pattern and make the template! There was a lot of trial and error for the size of the bow tie blocks; that’s one huge shortcoming with the app – there’s no measurement aspect to it, so you’re still on your own with the math – which is decidedly not my strong suit. I eventually got it worked out though and got to work. Things were going well, until I figured out halfway through that I had been using the wrong white as the background! It was just barely noticeable, but I couldn’t let it go, so I had to redo about half of my blocks. Luckily, it gave me lots of practice, so by the time I was done with this thing, I could whip out about 12 of them in a day.

Gray and teal modern baby quilt hanging in a playground

I ended up fussy cutting my fabric so that each bow tie block had a bee and a little beehive included, and I’m so happy I took the extra time because it ended up looking really nice.

Close up of modern baby quilt, fussy city with a bee and a beehive

I’d been writing the pattern as I went along (I find it’s easier to do it as I go rather than trying to remember after the fact), so once the quilt was done, I just had to tweak the flow of it to make sure the instructions made sense. We were getting into the rainy season here in Seattle by then, but I managed to get photographs on a rare sunny day over at a nearby playground. I sent everything in (on time, I might add!), and then all that was left was final edits! The magazine did all the technical edits (thanks ladies!), so all I had to do was go over the proof, and the final template needed to be tweaked a bit. And then…I had to wait.

Close up of gray blocks on modern baby quilt, fussy cut with bees and beehives

There was about a month between when I turned it in and when the pattern came out, and it felt like so long, especially after Kristy emailed to let me know that they had chosen my quilt for the cover! I was so thrilled, particularly since all the projects in the issue were so great.

Cover of Make Modern Magazine with quilt by Measured and Slow

So that’s the story! If you’d like to make this quilt for yourself, the pattern is in issue two of Make Modern Magazine, and you can buy it (or subscribe!) at their website. Or if you fancy buying the original, it’s up in my Etsy shop. And for my fellow quilters, if you’re thinking of submitting a design, the ladies at Make Modern are lovely to work with, so I encourage you to take a shot at it!

Close up of gray and teal blocks on modern baby quilt

Issue 2 of Make Modern Magazine is here!

A quick end of the week check in to tell everyone that Issue 2 of Make Modern Magazine, featuring my quilt Nye on the cover (and pattern available inside, of course!) is on sale today! Go to http://www.makemodern.com.au/#!shop/c1cgf to get your copy!

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A Few WIPs

I’ve had some trouble settling on just one project lately; I have Christmas presents to make, but I just can’t seem to concentrate on anything for very long, so I don’t have any finished projects to show this week. Instead, you get a bunch of who-knows-when-they’ll-be-done projects!

First up, I’ve been making applesauce like crazy around here. I normally hate to cook and consider it more of an inconvenience than anything else, but for some reason I love to can and make jam. I got a brand new, giant canning pot, so now I can process a bunch at a time instead of trying to fit them into our little pressure cooker (there’s only 3 in this pot because it was the last of the batch, but I can fit up to 8 pint jars in here!).

Applesauce being canned

In craft project news, I’ve been working on making a Super Grover costume for friends of ours (they have a dog named Grover, so it had to happen) and I’m fairly proud of this helmet I made:

Dog wearing a Super Grover helmet

Zoey is quite rakishly modeling it for me in this picture (she is the WORST model, so she’s being bribed with a tennis ball here), but I’m hoping Grover’s Mom and Dad will send me some pictures when he dresses up for trick or treaters, so hopefully you’ll see the whole enchilada (there’s a cape too) soon!

I’m also working on a birthday present for the husband – he is a notoriously difficult person to shop for, so when he really liked the Warwick sweater from my The Knitter magazine, I decided that would be the way to go. I can’t show the full thing because he reads my blog (hi babe!), but showing the backside is safe, and I’m actually pretty proud of it:

Back of navy and light brown tweed men's sweater

Of course the sweater he liked involves colorwork, which is not a thing I’m particularly good at. After completing the entire back and half of the front, though, I think I might finally be getting the hang of it; my floats are pretty uniform and not totally out of whack gauge-wise. The pattern is well written and fairly easy to follow, and the colorwork is pretty simple as far as it goes, so I recommend it if you like making sweaters and want a bit of a challenge. Now that I’m getting a bit more confident in my technique, I’m eyeing some of the more complicated patterns in that issue – like this adorable sweater vest. Maybe after the new year!

My youngest brother (age 11) has been asking for a hand knit sweater for years, and I always hesitated because 1) he grows SO FAST and 2) like most kids, he’s really hard on his clothes. But, I found this Red Heart “Team Spirit” yarn at Joann’s in red and black (his favorite colors because he’s a huge Manchester United fan), and decided it would be perfect.

Halfway done knit red and black striped sweater

This a great yarn for a kid sweater; it’s totally acrylic, comes in fun colors, and is really bulky. I don’t love knitting with it, but I found some tutorials online about softening up rough yarn, and since it’s inexpensive and quick to knit, it won’t matter super tons if he puts holes in it. I’m using the Flax pattern, with a little modification, and I’m loving how the top-down knitting makes the stripes different widths.

And because I don’t have enough fiber projects happening, I’m also working on a couple of blankets. I can’t show one of them, as it’s a Christmas present, but the other one is just-for-fun crocheted blankie. I started out with a hexagon pattern:

Blue crocheted african flower hexagon, made with Cascade Yarns

But as it grew, I just didn’t love it, so I frogged it and decided to try out a wave stitch, which I am now totally crazy about.

Blue crocheted baby blanket using wave stitch

This is just a small sampling of what I have going on (there’s some other top secret stuff I can’t show yet), but I’m hoping to actually have something finished soon, so stay tuned!

 

Quilt in Make Modern Magazine!

Just a quick check in post today (I’m knee deep in packing!) to let everyone know that my quilt “Nye” will be in the next issue of Make Modern Magazine…and not only that, it’s going to be on the cover!

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I’m so excited about this, I can’t even tell you! This will be in Issue 2, out November 1st, which is available for download (or subscription) here. If you’re in to modern quilting, you should definitely check it out!