Fall Sweater Repair…

I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on adding grosgrain ribbon to your button bands to reinforce them and give them a more finished appearance.  My Aryn Tunic Cardigan that I knit last year had lost a button months ago and thus I hadn’t been wearing it.  But I bought a pair of leggings last week and since this cardigan is long and covers my rear, I needed to repair it before I could wear it.  I figured that since it needed the repair, now would be a good time to try out adding the ribbon to a cardigan.

I’d been nervous about trying this since I was worried that I might ruin the sweater but what the hay?  Why not try it out?  If it didn’t work, I could always just remove the ribbon and reattach the buttons.  So I cut off the remaining buttons, measured my ribbon, folded and ironed the ends and pinned it in place.

DSC_0119My band is still a little wonky but otherwise it looks the same.

DSC_0120The inside looks much nicer and feels more secure.  I won’t be losing any buttons off this sweater.

DSC_0122For the button hole side I had to fold the ribbon in thirds and iron it before running it through the sewing machine.  I didn’t want to cut the ribbon since grosgrain seems to fray badly when you cut it.  Then I just pinned it in place and stitched it on by hand the same way I did the button side.

I used the Knitmore Girls Grosgrain Tutorial (found here).  It was easy to follow but I wish they also had one that was just pictures with written instructions vs. a video.  I just follow pictures and written instructions better than video.  But otherwise I found it very helpful.

Since this sweater was knit with cheap yarn from a big box store, it also really needed a good shaving.  It had pilled badly and was very fuzzy.  But now it’s back in shape and ready for fall wear.

And just in time too.  Fall has fallen here in Northern California and it’s my favorite time of year.  The weather is cooling off and the sun light has that diffused look to it.  It’s so lovely.  I’m ready for falling leaves, long walks and that crisp bite to the air.  Not to mention Pumpkin Spice Latte’s from Starbucks, yum!

How about you?  What’s your favorite part of fall?

Ironing Board Re-do…

DSC_0115My ironing board is from the 70’s, I’m not kidding.  I’ve had it for at least 10 or 15 years and before that it belonged to my mom’s ex-husband that she married in 1994.  It’s avocado green and yet some how I managed to find a cover at Wal-Mart 6 or 7 years ago that matched it perfectly.  But it really needed a makeover.

DSC_0116So I made a new cover for it.  I picked up some inexpensive fabric for it at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago and since Hubbs is out of town this weekend I spray painted it and covered it.  Easy peasy.

DSC_0117It was a very easy project even if it did take all day…mostly because it needed several coats of paint to cover up the avocado green on the board.  I admittedly did not paint the bottom of the board since the board is always set up in my sewing room an no one ever sees the bottom.   Now I want to replace the top on my cutting table since it’s avocado green too.  It’s on the list of things to do but not near the top.  Someday but for now I love my new ironing board.  It’s perfect.

And I Ran, Ran So Far Away…

So at the end of last week I had to make a “quick” run to Oregon.  I call it quick because I went up, stayed the night and came back the next morning.  But there is nothing quick about going up to Grants Pass.  It’s about a 6 hour drive without stopping which of course no does it without stopping.  And there is nothing between Sacramento & Redding and it’s sooooo boring when you’re by yourself.  Going up I had my older sister with me so that wasn’t so bad but I came back by myself.

Since I was by myself on the way back I was less bound by the amount of time I could spend on the road.  After I left Grants Pass and got my Dutch Brothers coffee (a must have when I pass through Oregon), I pulled into a rest stop because I remembered that Ravelry rolled out their new road trip feature…perfect timing.  There was a shop in Medford but I was too early for them to be open and I didn’t want to spend an hour just waiting.  There was another shop in Ashland that opened at 10am, right about the time I expected to be in town, so I through caution to the wind and went…and broke my cold sheep.  But it doesn’t count if it’s “vacation” yarn, right?  Right?!  Right!?!

The Websters in Ashland Oregon was lovely.  The staff was wonderful and the section of yarn was awesome.  They carried lots of brands including Rowen, MadelineTosh, Dream in Color and tons of others.

Here’s my haul…

DSC_0102Some stuff I need & some I wanted!  Mostly wanted…

DSC_0104Ok, first what I needed…Eucalan.  I’m almost out of the tiny bottle I bought a while back from Webs to see if I liked it…I did & I do.  Lo-Lo Bar in Coco Mango, my favorite scent.  I smell chocolatey and yummy all day with this stuff.  My Lo-Lo to go is almost gone so I got a body bar this time to make it last longer.

DSC_0113I didn’t need the ruler but it’s cute and measures small needles which my other one does not do, so I guess that makes it a need…maybe.

DSC_0111Totally a want.  Dream in Color Smooshy with cashmere in Dark Currant.  Yummmmmmm.  It’s so pretty and soft.

DSC_0109And in It’s a Sparkler.  I couldn’t resist.  I tried but it was a no go.

DSC_0103Last but not least, Ella Rae.  Greens, purples, reds & blues.  It’s so pretty.  Pictures don’t do it justice.

I have to go back in two weeks to bring my sister home and I’m hoping to hit that shop in Medford.  Thank you Ravelry Road Trip Planner!!

Many, Many things…

I have many, many things to share with you but most I haven’t taken pictures of.  I’ve finished lots of bags and one pair of socks with a second well underway.  But mostly I’ve been bitten by the sewing bug again.  I’ve been spending my non-crafting time searching Pinterest for new ideas of things to sew and on Etsy looking at cute fabrics…not to mention at my local quilt shops and big box fabric stores.  I’m dying for some Halloween fabrics to make cute bags.  I mean who doesn’t need a knitting bag for every holiday/season?  A girl needs to stay current!

But since I haven’t photographed most of my completed objects, I’ll share with you my most current completed item, an adorable trash bag for my car.

Trash Bag 1Of course it’s dachshund fabric…I bought 2 yards of it when I found it at the fabric store.  It’s not high quality fabric but I knew I could make some cute things out of it.

Trash Bag 2It’s lined and has a piece of pellum in it to make it stand up so you can add a grocery bag that’s removable.

Trash Bag 3Considering my car has two dog car seats in the back & an I love dachshunds air freshener hanging from the review mirror, I thought this would be appropriate fabric for me.

Trash Bag 4The handle goes over the gear shifter to hold the bag and the bag hangs over on the passenger side of the vehicle.  The button I found in the stash of vintage buttons that I inherited from my grandmother.  It was still in the bag she purchased it in and based on the graphics on the bag, I think it’s been in there since the 60’s.

I made this in about an hour and a half from start to finish.  It was a fun sewing project.  I think this might be a contender for Christmas gifts for my coworkers.

Here’s the link for the tutorial…A Ditchin’ Time Trash Bag Tutorial.

It’s soooo goood, it makes me sick.

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Ravelry page:  So good it makes me sick

Pattern:  Toxic Socks by Camille Chang

Yarn:  Knitpicks Chroma in Black and Guppy

Needles:  US 1.5/2.5mm

Mods:

  • 3 rows of black between the pattern
  • striped heel – (RS) M1 in MC then K1 CC, K1 MC to 1 stitch before end then k1 MC. (WS) SL1, K to end in established pattern.
  • Turn heel K27, ssk, k1 & turn. S1, k5, p2tog, p1. Continue in pattern until 25 stitches remain, working 2 stripes down center of heel turn. Rest of heel is worked in MC.
  • Decrease gusset until 41sole stitches remain.
  • 3/4 inches of main color then start toe decreases.
  • Decrease toe to 60 stitches. Then decrease every round until 28 stitches remain.