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Make: Balsam Fir Scented Sachets (from a Christmas Tree!)

Hi all, we are back today with a simple and delicious smelling craft project for a winter evening! If you’re a regular reader you might remember that last week I was singing the praises of th…

Source: Make: Balsam Fir Scented Sachets (from a Christmas Tree!)


Magic Ring starts for crochet

June Gilbank explains the benefits of using a magic ring to start your crochet projects.

Magic Ring Start by June Gilbank

Not so bubbly Bubble Dress

20140510_093255_resizedEmma’s Bubble Dress was a good concept, but it was a flop in creation. The weight of the ruffling dragged down the bodice so that it fit like a potato sack. Shapeless and heavy. The problem was in the design, especially at the larger size (modified slightly larger than 24 month). Perhaps the larger sizing was the problem, except that others realized how heavy the ruffling made the dress and opted to limit it. I stayed with the pattern.

With the materials costing over $40, it was an expensive exercise in learning how to use the ruffling yarn. This was the first time I’d used it. It is very pretty, just be aware that it significantly increases the weight of garment. The pattern was from Red Heart and adapted to be ruffled by someone else. It is based on the Little Sweetie infant garment.


Finishing the Emma Yummy Yummy Vest

Emma’s Yummy Yummy Vest is off the hook and the gazillion ends are woven in. The trim has been worked around the edges and all that is left to do is rinse and block it. Oh, and find the perfect buttons for it. Though it is a child’s size 2-3, it probably will be too large for the petite Emma for another six months at least. Maybe longer.

Gathering inspiration from a number of sources, and a mix of patterns to boot, I made the Emma Yummy Yummy vest using an interesting “make 1 sc into the next stitch” from Whit’s Knits on Purl Bee. This vest is probably a bit heavier than the pattern, Whit’s Knits: Classic Vest for Little Kids because of the medium weight, acrylic yarn I used. The pattern called for a merino, cashmere and nylon yarn.

But the colorway is all Angie’s inspiration (Sucrette)–those beautiful, bright colors that make a person happy just to look at them. Yummy Yummy!


Emma cheering for her daddy who is playing basketball!


Working the trim on Emma’s Yummy Yummy Vest

Working the trim on Emma's Yummy Yummy Vest

Arm opening trim.


Design Sponge Interviews Jared Flood, Brooklyn Tweed

Design Sponge Interviews Jared Flood, Brooklyn Tweed

This is a must read interview by Maxwell Tielman that takes us into the creative world of Jared Flood. Flood took his creative skills and meshed them into beautiful fibers, pictures, and patterns. His blog spun him into a business model that is Brooklyn Tweed, “a full-sized yarn and textile design company specializing in beautiful fibers made in the United States” reported Tielman. Read the story for a glimpse of the passion of textiles and art and many beautiful photos of Flood’s studio.

Emma’s New Sweater

Emma has many pretty sweaters. But it is always nice to have another, don’t you think? Visiting Sucrette’s website I was enchanted by the beautiful color combinations of this talented fiber artist.

Everyday kinds of things are made brilliant because of the skills of the artist and the magical assortment of colors she uses.

So I borrowed her palette and have set about making Emma a new sweater vest. The pattern is a simple children’s vest using a nubbly crochet stitch. The Colors.Image