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Crafting 2009

I’m a slow crafter, but I do finish things, really! These are the items I’ve made this year. (And I’m cheating by starting off with something I made at the end of 2008.)

1. Embellished Tea Towels (embroidery)
Store-bought tea towels, with blackwork embroidery and new bias edging. Made for Three of Four’s birthday.

Four embellished tea towels

Embellished tea towels, close-up

2. Aprons for the Family


The one on the left was made with two dishtowels, using the general directions from Martha Stewart online (but without a pocket). The other two are traditional bbq aprons (again, without a pocket). For both of these aprons I used cotton duck (a thick fabric often used for upholstery), because what is the use of an apron if the spill goes right through onto your clothes?

Storebought quilt bias tape used on all three for edging and ties. These were super quick to make once I actually sat down to start. The BBQ apron is very easy to adjust sizing for the recipient.

3. Ishbel lace scarf

Downloadable pdf from Ysolda. The pattern is definitely worth the very reasonable price. I made it in a variegated sock yarn (can’t remember the brand or colorway — but you could call it “springtime bulbs”).

Ishbel on shoulders

Easy, and a nice finished product. More pictures and blah blah in the blog post.

4. Ishbel lace scarf, no. 2

I had some Noro Kureyon sock yarn that I didn’t think felt comfy enough for socks. I turned it into another Ishbel, which Trixie has called as hers. She wants a pea coat this winter, one that will go with the scarf. 🙂

Ishbel #2

5. Ishbel lace scarf, no. 3

This has become an addiction, yo.

Ishbel #3

This one became a birthday present for my mother.

6. Blue socks for the Consort

Stripy blue socks for the Consort

I went crazy for a little while, trying to get the second sock to start at the same color and pattern place as the first. But then the Consort told me he didn’t care if they matched, so I took him at his word. Made using the Ann Budd book, Getting Started Knitting Socks, using the 6 sts. per inch pattern. More pictures, and my knitting inspector at work, here.

7. Socktober Mystery Socks

Mystery Sock 2009 : Complete

These were fun to knit — but I think knitting anything out of Trekking XXL is fun. blogged here.

These are for me!

8. Chevron Love Mittens

Chevron Mittens :: 3

More knitting for me. I absolutely love these mittens, and wear them all the time. Full details in this post.

9. Fleece Hat

Oh, forget it

I loved those mittens so much, I had to have a hat that went well with them. I whipped up this quick fleece hat in red.

10. Adventure Capes

Green cape, edge lining

My 5-yo nephew and 3-yo niece had capes on their Christmas lists. So I offered to make them these adventure capes — his in forest green, hers in pinkie pink.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Cateling permalink
    11 January 2009 9:36 pm

    Very nice! Where did the images come from? They look familiar somehow. Are they from the same site that gave the how-to/suggestion on how to edge the towels?

  2. Three of Four permalink
    12 January 2009 11:33 am

    These look even better “live” than in the photos. Make my home much hipper than it has any right to be. I adore them!

  3. Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
    12 January 2009 2:19 pm

    Cate: i downloaded the pdf a year ago. I googled, and it was this, but I didn’t do seven, didn’t write any words, and I had to find the how-to binding somewhere else (although she does mention it, she doesn’t go into details of how to do a nice corner…)

    Three of Four, I am glad you like them!

  4. Cateling permalink
    12 January 2009 3:03 pm

    Ya ya, that is why it looked familiar to me. You did a great job!!

  5. Cateling permalink
    9 April 2009 11:02 am

    I can’t seem to find the post(s) to go along with the lovely shawl photos in your flickr stream. Please don’t forget! 🙂

    • 8 January 2015 2:27 am

      Unbibeevalle how well-written and informative this was.

  6. Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
    9 April 2009 12:39 pm

    Your wish is my command, Cate!

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