Welcome to Makers Wednesday, where makers of all levels and backgrounds come together to share their creativity!
This week, I’ve got a handmade baby gift to share! My best friend from high school just had her first baby. When my first son was born, this particular friend knitted him a hat that he wore all through his first winter, I loved it so much! So of course I had to reciprocate!
When another friend of mine had a baby about a year ago, she knitted an Owlie Sleep Sack for that baby, so I got to see first-hand what a convenient little contraption it is! Basically, it works like a swaddling blanket but without the blanket – you just pull it up over Baby’s legs and torso and it snuggles him in – with his arms tucked down inside or left free on the outside.
So I used a skein of my handspun yarn (meaning I spun this yarn on a spinning wheel from wool) to knit a modified version of that sleep sack for my best friend’s baby. I modified it to remove the owl details because this yarn is so busy that the owls wouldn’t show up anyway. Here it is:
I can picture my friend snuggling her little man in this cozy little sack – I hope it helps him feel the love that went into every stitch. 🙂
So, what’s YOUR favorite handmade gift for a new baby? Share with us in the comments below! And don’t forget to show us YOUR Makers Wednesday projects on social media with the hashtag #MakersWednesday!
Welcome to Makers Wednesday, our favorite day of the week here at Patterned HQ! We love Wednesday because that’s the day we take a moment to celebrate the Maker in all of us. Wont’ you join us?
This week, it should come as no surprise that I’m knitting another pair of socks. What can I say? They’re the perfect knit for summer – small enough that they don’t drape my lap with unwanted heat in this sweltering Tennessee weather, and also easily portable. I have knit on this particular pair at the library, the pool, and even waiting at the pharmacy to fill a prescription! Plus, my goal is to have a sock drawer full of hand knit beauties by winter, so I may as well keep on stitching!
The pair I’m knitting now is Hermione’s Everyday Socks, inspired by one of the main characters in the Harry Potter novels. The yarn is some that I dyed myself, also inspired by Hermione. Practical and lovely, just like Hermione, these socks hit the spot for me (which requires a pattern other than plain knitting that isn’t too complicated):
As is my usual custom now, I’m knitting them both at one time on the same pair of needles so as to avoid “second sock syndrome” (a condition some knitters experience – myself included – when they finish one sock and for some reason can’t bring themselves to cast on for the second one because it feels like they just made one!).
So, what are YOU making this week? Share it with us in the comments, or post on social media with the tag #MakersWednesday!
Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a mid-week break to celebrate Making. (Did you know, the President declared a National Day of Making? It was a Tuesday, but we’re still pretty excited!)
Do you remember that last week I posted about all the fun I was having knitting the Frisson shawl? Well, now I’ve got a finished picture to show you!
My finished Frisson shawl
I really enjoyed this knit from start to finish, and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of the finished accessory as soon as it stops being so hot here. 🙂
What are you working on this week? We’d love to see! Share a link in the comments below or tag it on social media with #MakersWednesday so we can check out your creations!
Welcome back for #MakersWednesday, where we celebrate the past week of making! Won’t you join us?
This week I’m sharing another quilting WIP (if you’ve been following along, I have mentioned my recent
addiction to enthusiasm for quilting). In this photo the quilt is just a few blocks that I framed with coordinating semi-solids:
If you’re swooning over that lumberjack fabric – as you should be – you can find it here, in the Joyful Roots Etsy Shop. That bundle isn’t exactly the same as the one I used (which was a debut exclusive), but it’ll get the job done, for sure!
At the time I’m writing this, those quilt blocks have grown up to become an entire quilt top! I’ll get finished photos of it after I sandwich and quilt it, and re-post it here for another round of #MakersWednesday.
In the meantime, share YOUR creative works-in-progress with us on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #MakersWednesday so we can all see what you’re making!
Welcome back for another round of #MakersWednesday, where we’re turning Hump Day into the best day of the week by sharing the creative juices in order to keep ’em flowing!
This week I’ve got another quilt to share! I can’t really explain it, but my quilting mojo has been on fire lately, and I figure I’d better keep going with that enthusiasm before it gives out on me. Quilts for everyone, huzzah!
At this point in my quilting “career,” I have made quilts for each of my three children and a handful of other friends and relatives. But my poor husband has been left out, which was quite the oversight on my part. When I finally got around to the idea of making him a quilt, I asked him what he wanted. His answer? An anime-themed quilt.
I think my response was something along teh lines of: Uhhhh, okay?
But I’m not one to let these things get me down, so I started thinking about the elements I could incorporate into a quilt and make it anime-themed:
- school uniforms (colors and patterns)
- ninja stuff
- fabrics that might be able to tie into the theme of anime and/or Japanese culture
- quotes and symbols from his favorite anime shows
So I got to work! And this is what I came up with:
At this point it was just the top of a quilt, but rest assured by now it has been quilted, bound and finished. I incorporated the plaid, blue, green, black and cream that dominates so many of the school uniforms of the shows my husband prefers. I even included two blocks that look like school uniform blazers. Then I made a few friendship star blocks that – to me – look close enough to be ninja star blocks (featuring an awesome anime-esque otter print I got from an awesome friend). The black and white framed polka dot blocks contain printable fabric full of quotes and images from Hubby’s favorite shows. The majority of the fabrics are flannel and it’s backed in flannel as well, so as to keep him nice and cozy.
He must like it, because he snuggles up in it every night and carries it all over the house with him to stay warm during these chilly months of early Spring!
So, now it’s your turn – what are YOU making this week?
We’d love to see! Share your pictures on Instagram or Twitter and tag ’em #MakersWednesday so we can find you!