And you know what happens with Tokyo drifting? It leads to bickering. Which, of course, leads to karate.

Hello, friends! It’s just going to be a small mish-mash post today of a few different things I’ve had in the finished pile over the last little bit (like, in the last year, ha.)

I gave an attempt to the Maria Denmark Kimona Tee, which is a free pattern.

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I tried this one out last summer, I think. Amazingly, I sewed the collar to the wrong side, so here I am, wearing the shirt inside out so the collar looks normal. I think it has potential, but this fabric just wasn’t doing it for me (a jersey leftover from Joann which I used for the second pair of True Bias Hudson pants I made last year- that’s a post for another day.) I’m not terribly comfortable with sewing knits, so this one was nice because it was fairly study. However, I think something with more drape would look a bit nicer.

Next up, some very unseasonable projects that I did last fall. If I don’t show them off now, they’ll never get done!

When I moved to my new town for work last September, the house that LSH and I had been looking at fell through. My hospital found me a townhouse to live in for a few months, but it was unfurnished and sad. Around Halloween, I got the itch to do some easy decorating, so I made these two wreaths. (I didn’t get many good photos of the Halloween wreath, sorry.)

I just used styrofoam wreath forms. The Halloween themed one I painted black, then I used an orange feather boa to wrap around it, affixed with pins. I made a few bows out of fun ribbon, fashioned a hanger, and I was done!

The Fall themed wreath used burlap ribbon with a bit of sparkle in it, some gold leaves that I bought because, duh, sparkly, and owl ribbon I was never NOT going to buy. I made a sparkly orange bow for this one, and I was done. My place was decorated and there was glitter everywhere by the time I was done- not a bad afternoon!

Here’s some Butters for good measure. This is a face that says, “derrrrrrrrrrrr.”

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That’ll about do it for today. Have you ever had to decorate a temporary home to make it less drab? Have you tried the Kimono tee? What fabric worked best for you?

Look, we can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back.

Hellooooooo! Apparently it’s been a year and a half since I last posted. Well, I’m sure all two of you have been VERY WORRIED. Have I stopped making things? No. Did I slow down a bit? Sure. Life has been busy (which it is for everyone, so that’s the dumbest excuse ever.)

I graduated from residency! I’m a real, full-time, family medicine doctah now!

I’ve got my first big-girl job. I moved 4.5 hours from where I lived before; we bought a house before we sold the old one! LSH had been painstakingly renovating every last damn thing in it. It’s finally done and is on the market! In the meantime, however, we’ve been living apart from mid-September to last week. UGH. It’s so nice to have him back.

I’m starting to plant little roots here; I joined a running club, and hang out with the other two new doctors at our practice.

SO- that’s life in the shortest little nutshell ever.

Let’s start catching up on some stuff I’ve made, shall we? (We shall.)

Last year, my final of residency, I finally got in on the Secret Santa the clinic did. I did handmade gifts- microwave bowl holders, and some themed cloth coasters.

I also made a rice-filled heating roll, but somehow there is no photographic evidence that it exists. I promise that it does, though.

As long as we’re doing Christmas gifts, let’s continue on to what I’ve made The Nugget for the past couple of years. Each year, I give her a stack of books and one handmade item. (Her birthday and xmas are one week apart). Luckily, she likes books, because she’s going to get them regardless of whether she likes them or not. I’m not an auntie to any dumb babies! 😉 Like most other small girls within the past forever, she loves the movie “Frozen.” And, also like most other small girls, she likes Elsa best, even though Elsa was just a whiner who went to go mope in her ice castle, while Anna went about adventuring to bring her back. #AnnaForever

So, last year she got her very own Elsa Dress! I can’t remember which pattern I used, but it’s whatever Big Four pattern had her size and the licensing, I guess. She absolutely loved it, and may or may not have worn it to Target later that day.

 

Instead of using the fabrics recommended (you know, fancy stuff that shreds a lot), I used stretchy, performance-type knits from Joann. This way I got to avoid inserting an unnecessary zipper, and also didn’t have to do bothersome things like hemming or finishing necklines. WINNING.

This past year, in addition to her normal pile o’ books, I decided to make her a mermaid tale blanket based on this pattern. It took ages longer than I planned, and was actually about two months late for her birthday. WHOOPS. Well, since I’d moved, I got to mail it to her, and she got the fun of getting a package in the mail.

My sister told me she refused to take it off at all that day, and hopped around like she was in a sack race, in between flopping on beds and “flapping her tail.” Another win!

Well, that’s the most I’ve written in a million years! I’ve got several other projects to post from my backlog- hopefully it won’t be too long till I get around to making another entry here!

 

 

All my life, I’ve had one dream: to achieve my many goals.

Hey hey, err’ybody! Once again I fell off the face of the planet because work. I finally got my last finished object, a hat for Beks, to her in the mail. However, I mailed it to her LAST ADDRESS, boo. So it took roughly two months to get to her, which I think is long even for mail from US to Australia.  Sorry, Beks!

Anyhoodle, this is the Striped Light Stashbuster Hat– a free ravelry pattern. I was looking for something to make for Beks’ birthday. She’s a Vikings fan (something I do NOT understand because she lives in a country where football is called rugby), so I found a nice stripey hat that is amenable to sports-team colors. Strangely, her man-friend likes the Bears for some reason- they managed to pick the two teams around mine (Green Bay, not that I really understand most rules about football…GO SPORTS.) Luckily, as I’ve not met He Who Fishes, even online, there is no sense of obligation to make him one (unlike poor Michelle, who made Bears Zoobas for her siblings. What a gal!)

Here’s the finished product.

 

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I used Cascade 220, which is my new favorite yarn ever.  I used it on the Meret hat I made for my sister as well, and it’s just so lovely. Using these colors did burn my fingers like fire, but I powered through.

I have no idea why this photo is so big, but I can’t change it. Sorry.

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I really like the swirly effect on the crown. It adds a little visual interest to an otherwise blank area.

This was a fun and easy make. Unfortunately, it got to Beks as they were getting towards their summer season, so it’s pretty much going to be too hot to wear until next July.  Hemispheric differences in seasons are so inconvenient!

What have you made for friends lately? Or do you prefer crafting for yourself due to the time involved?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your collective dating record reads like a who’s who of human crap!

Hello friends! Well, so much for my mental goal of doing one post per month. That blew by me really quickly. Silly human. I’ve had these photos ready for probably about one month, but didn’t feel like blogging them. The photos themselves are awful- so awful that they’re kind of funny, so I’m not re-doing them.

Note- this is what happens when you try to take photos after a 24 hour shift. I mostly look like I’m still asleep.

This project is just a slight re-tooling of the dress I did for #SewDollyClackett last year. It’s the Butterick 5748 with sassy pin-up cowgirls. After wearing it several times, I realized the fit wasn’t quite comfortable enough to wear regularly- the front gaped, and the shoulders were too wide. I have kind of sloping shoulders, so this is a fairly regular occurrence for me with strappy dresses and bras and such. You can see some of the gaping here, and how near the edge of my shoulders the straps get.

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I decided to take the top off and re-do it since I had some fabric left. I ended taking a whole bunch out of the front (I’m remembering, like, 7 inches, but it really almost has to be 7 cm because inches would be INSANE.) and graded to nothing at the waist. I took the top apart to do it properly. I even traced, you guys! #progress

There’s a lining to the top, but instead of redoing all of that, I just zipped up the center with my new measurements to save some time. I didn’t end up understitching because punch me in the FACE I had trimmed the seam allowance the previous time I made the top, so I ironed the bejeezus out of it to keep it down. The lining may still roll out a bit; I’m not sure. If it does, I’ll top-stitch it down at some point.

I'm really trying here, you guys.

I’m really trying here, you guys.

As you can see, the straps aren’t sagging off my shoulders, and the front isn’t gaping! Hooray! Doing these adjustments to the front somewhat changed the shape of the neckline, but not enough for me to fuss about it.

20150808_190802From the side, it doesn’t look much different than the first version. The real difference is in how it feels when I wear it (SO much better.)

After I got the top done, I just reattached the skirt without any changes, and put in the zipper again (hand-picked, because why not?)

20150808_190807I did notice some fitting issues with the back that I didn’t appreciate on the first version, but were probably there.

20150808_190819There are some wonkus, wrinkly bits that came from somewhere. I’m not sure if it’s from not getting my fabric perfectly on grain, or a sewing issue, or if something like a swayback is part of the problem (I am not totally sure what a swayback and its adjustment means/entails.)

That’s really a bummer, because it put such a damper on a project I was really happy with until I saw it. Grumble.

Well, that’s pretty much the deal for now. Stay tuned for whenever I happen to finish another project, bwahahahaha.

20150808_190724I had to leave this one in because it was so bad- THANKS FOR TELLING ME YOU WERE TAKING THE PICTURE, LSH! So sleepy.

Anyone have any tips for that mess on the back of this otherwise super-fun dress? I’d really appreciate it!

Somebody on the subway licked my neck. LICKED MY NECK!!

Hellooooooo again erry’body! Check it out, two posts in less than 4 months! I’ve just got a couple things I’ve had waiting in the wings for a bit here and finally had the get-to-it-ness to cajole poor LSH into taking photos for me.

I’ve done approximately 8 million versions (or 3 so far) of the Meret beret by Woolly Wormhead. I found out about her on a knitting podcast, I can’t remember which one- when I heard her name, I *had* to check her out. She’s got an amazing collection of wonderful hats. I started out with the meret because it was free, and I’m cheap.

For my first version, I used this lovely colored Rowan Pure Wool Worsted; I made the large (because my head is large) with 4 of the pattern repeats (because I wanted it slouchy. It looked great- until I blocked it. Then it got yoooooooooooge.

meretv1It became more of a rasta type hat- unfortunately, I do not have the volume of hair required to tuck into it for it to look good. Just too slouchy!

meretv1-1Excuse the crappier-than-usual photos- I was attempting to do them myself (clearly) and am terrible at it. (I realize this makes it sound like LSH’s photos are terrible. His are great! Anything I try to do myself or with a timer are the crummy ones.) Well, since I was so unhappy with the first version, I frogged that shiz and tried again.

Meet version 2.0, same diameter (large) with three pattern repeats.

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It is better, but the diameter is still so darn big that it slides back a lot when I’m wearing it. I did get a lot of compliments on it, however! (Way back in early spring- it’s far too warm for decorative wool hats now.)

It looks alright from the back, but because the yarn has so much give, and I was trying NOT to wear a parachute on my head (I didn’t stretch it taut during blocking), the pattern does not show up too well. You can still see it, and it’s visually interesting, but not as showy as it otherwise might be. I’ll have to do a third.

meretv2-1Bet you thought there’d be a third version right here, yeah? Well, THERE IS, but it’s a different color and yarn. I made this one for my sister in Cascade 220, which is my new yarn boyfriend for life. I don’t remember the name of the color, but it’s a lovely caramel-y brown, just like my sis requested.

beckysmeretShe’s got very light blonde hair, so this color will look really good on her (better than on my nearly-matching hair). This is really more the size and shape I was going for- snug around the head, slouchy in the back. I hope she likes it- she was hoping for slouchier, like my v2.0, but this yarn doesn’t block the same as the Rowan (thankfully!) This is another large with only 3 pattern repeats. With this yarn, a 4th repeat wouldn’t be too much for slouch-factor.

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I really did have a good time knitting these babies up. The pattern is easy to memorize, but fun to do. I’d highly recommend it.

As an aside- my birthday was back in March (OMG SO OLD), and the lovely Beks mailed me some goodies to celebrate the occasion. Check it out!

birthday presentsThere’s a skein of beautiful yarn that she DYED HERSELF (what?!), three fat quarters in really cute fabric that I’m obviously very conflicted about what to do with (excuse the atrocious grammar), a fob I can put on my purse, and a necklace. There was also a stamped metal bracelet that says JAZZ HANDS on it, but I’ve already worn it 8 million times so it’s somewhere else right now.

My other birthday present was the coolest freaking thing ever. My dear LSH made me THIS:

minion threadA thread-holder! He painted it to match my walls. It spins! It holds like 96 threads! It is a great place for my minion from Beks to sit! It really has it all. Obvi, I arranged everything in rainbows because everything is prettier in a rainbow. I’ve still got two empty sides, yikes.

One last bit- I did the Ragnar again this year. I couldn’t do the whole thing (again!) because of work the next day, but I did run 6.44 miles, then do a volunteer shift to help out. The next day, I worked a 24 hour shift wherein my intern and I got killed with 9 admissions, several ICU patients, and the dear stayed 4 hours late to help me, because she is the best.

Here I am, all pumped as I go. The lady in green and black smoked me- I tried to pace her for about one mile, and had to give up. She was wicked faster than I am.

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The distance (6.5-ish) was the most I’ve ever run before, and I did it in a good time for me, too. But boy, was I sore the next day haha. Some people look amazing after a run. I mostly look like I just took a swim. My ultimate goal for the year is to be able to run 10 miles in one crack. I’ve now done 7.9 so I’m going alright!

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Check my sweet flipbelt!

I’m currently gearing up for my first triathlon since 2009, which will take place in two weeks. I’m so excited! A girl from my residency is doing it with me, so that’ll be awesome fun.

Are you trying to reach any new goals this summer? (Crafty or otherwise)?

This post doesn’t deserve a clever title.

Hello all! I hope all you Americans had a lovely Independence Day, and all those of you from other places had a lovely Saturday.

Per usual, I’ve been intermittently working at “stuff,” but suuuuuuuper slowly. I’d been wacking along at my Sewing Dare from Gillian of Crafting A Rainbow, and I finally (past the deadline, eeps!) managed to get it mostly done. There’ll be a better post coming up, but here’s what it essentially looks like- edit-daredress

I am terrible at taking selfies, from a distance, whilst trying to keep the phone out of the major part of the photo. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to sucker LSH into taking some outdoor photos with me wearing actual makeup and perhaps a jaunty hat.

I did take like 20 whole minutes today to do some boring sewing- just some mending. Blehhhhhhhh. But it felt good to be done with part of my pile.

20150705_162417I had some cords that needed a hole near a belt-tab fixed, a small hole in my blue-white striped shirt that I LOVE (and need to do a rub-off pattern so I can make a million of them), fixed a giant rip at the neck of my high school swim team sweatshirt, and and a small hole at the shoulder of my pink/white dress (self-made, featured last year.) I had planned on trying to lower the crotchal region on my leopard print culottes, but once I looked at them, I realized it’d be a heck of a job to dissemble and reassemble them- I’ll just make them differently next time. It’s a bit annoying, but it’s not a deal-breaker for wearing them.

To finish up- here’s a photo of Butters from when LSH, a couple of friends and I went camping a few weeks ago. It was raining a lot and he was trying desperately to stay dry by hiding near the picnic table. Unfortunately, our intricate system of tarps picked several moments to dump on him, turning him into a very cute, but sad, 50 lb drowned rat. He ended up spending the night in our truck, and was a very happy fella when morning came.

Butters-campingHave a great week, erry’body!

Why don’t you try speaking in words, instead of your damn dirty lies!?

Hola erry-body. Long time no communicado, per usual. Well, things have been busy with work and such, so the crafting has taken a bit of a back seat to things like sleeping (also per usual.) I’ve been doing a bit of knitting ( posted on ravelry, but no photos on my work laptop to upload now) and re-working the cowgirl dress that I made during Sew Dolly Clackett last year. I finally decided to upload the old-ass projects I’ve had sitting around forever to ravelry, and since I’m finished-project-poor right now, I’ma show them here!

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This big baby is from the book “Pursenalities”- it’s either the Blue Hawaii tote or the Sunset tote- I honestly cannot remember, because I literally made this more than ten years ago. Looking more closely, it appears to be the Blue Hawaii tote. I initially made it for my mom, but she doesn’t really use bags, so it’s still sitting around at my house. I still need to line it and get respectable handles.  Clearly it’s at the top of my priority list.

Here’s another one from approximately the Jurassic Period-

169It’s from Knit.1, roughly 13 years ago. It ALSO needs lining and handles. I need to get my shit together and get these things done. Insert grumbli-ness here.

166THIS BEAUTY is from my third year of medical school. During my surgery rotation, we had the option to do a humanities project instead of getting three H&Ps graded. Obviously, I chose to knit a gigantic christmas-type stocking and embroider a femoral-popliteal artery bypass, because DUH. Except the anatomy is wrong, so I think it’s actually more of a fem-tib, but I digress. I got graded on it and had fun. I keep thinking of putting it out at christmas, but have yet to actually do so. It’s roughly 3 feet long. There’s a photo somewhere of a girl from my med-school class wearing it like a mermaid tail.

164This is the world’s largest crocheted cap. I was just winging the design as I went, and it ended up wayyyyy too big. I should probably donate it, but I feel bad because I don’t think the person’s been born whose head could actually wear it.

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Here’s just a plain old stockinette stitch scarf with a garter border.

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THIS is something I’m moderately proud of. It’s the Skully sweater from the first Stitch’n’Bitch book, modified to have the Punisher logo. I made it for LSH, but initally he didn’t wear it because the neck was too loose, so I tightened it. Then he wouldn’t wear it because the sleeves are too loose. They remain loose to this day. We argue over whether he’s worn the sweater zero times (me) vs one time (him.) I should probably also donate this one, but I just haven’t had the heart to do it, since it was my first sweater and I put so much effort into those logos.

I have signed up for something new though- Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow is once again giving out Sewing Dares, and I signed up! She took a gander through the blog, and my dare is to finally sew up that Vogue wrap dress inspired by the Diane Von Furstenberg exhibit I visited at LACMA last year. It’s on like Donkey Kong! (soon.) I’m pretty excited to give this a try.

What new, exciting crafty projects have you been  dreaming of lately?