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    Hi! I'm Traci. As a wedding and portrait photographer, I have a photography blog that shares the work I do for clients. This blog is for my other creative side. The side that goes weak at the knees over fabric, adores anything crafty, and gets cranky without some sewing machine time!

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Lace headband

A crazy thing happened today called: I finished another project!  I worked on this one for a year and a half off and on (and started it about 8 times before I had the lace pattern right).  This was my piano lesson project mainly because (a) it took me so long to get the pattern memorized so it wasn’t very fun to work on and so forcing myself to work on it once a week was good and (b) when it was on the needles and unblocked it looked like I was knitting a very long lace condom and so I tried not to work on it in public because Catholics have enough PR problems–no one needs me out in public knitting two foot long lace condoms.

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Next up on my crazy finishing-what-I-started campaign will hopefully be these Mind the Gap socks.  I need to rip out the toe because they are a smidgeon too short, and since frogging is always depressing it’s been something I’ve been avoiding.  But it’s time.  Time to FINISH ALL THE THINGS!

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ashburn shawl

I started this last September intending to have it done for the rest of fall…but predictably finished it now, at the tail end of winter.  Oh well, it’s all ready for next fall now!

Details: Ashburn pattern, The Plucky Knitter primo fingering yarn in Rachel, Ross, and Aperitif (which is how it earned its nickname “Date night for Rachel and Ross”)  The pattern was a little unclear on the contrasting color sections, but I was able to get an answer from the pattern author that you were indeed slipping the same stitch on the wrong side that you did on the right side, and that cleared things up beautifully.  The picot cast off was also a pill–normally I would have cast this off in one quick burst, but it was annoying enough for me to break it into three separate days of knitting.  Worth the effort, but not necessarily fun to do!

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And a couple of in progress peeks at it:

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Louisa - I absolutely love the colors that you chose! What a fabulous scarf!

A little bit of sewing

The biggest thing I did this year was this:

IMG_8475I finished all of my nursing school prerequisites with a 4.0 and got a job as a CNA at the birth center of our local hospital.   And also I kept up to date with Project Life, which anyone can tell you is a miracle.

(This is my way of saying there wasn’t a whole lot of sewing going on.)

But, I did do a little bit of sewing.  Here’s a roundup of some of the projects that crossed my machine this last year.

A baby quilt for my bestest childhood friend’s baby:

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A bunch of bags for knitting projects:

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I finished my bow tie quilt top, but stalled out on making the backing.  On the list for this year!

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My love of the sandpiper top pattern is pretty well established, but I took that love to new heights this year when I made half a dozen of them.  I can’t find photos of some of them, so we’ll have to break them out this summer for pics!

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Louisa - I just love that quilt! I would love to hear a bit about how you made it.

Speattle - Nursing school! How exciting and congratulations on making that leap. it’s a tough curriculum for sure, but you are up for the challenge.

I graduated with a BSN from the UW in 1978.

Oh, and referring to the photo with the 3 project bags, I had a fat quarter of the same fabric used in the 2 outside edge bags and made a cute triple zip bag from it. Such a sweet print.
http://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2012/08/triple-zip-pouch-tutorial.html for the tutorial in case you are ever interested.

Good to see you back at your blog. ☺

The Halloween Sewing: Homemade Frozen Costumes

While there wasn’t a ton of sewing going on last year, things did get serious for Halloween.  Like everyone else in the world, we are big Frozen fans, and so for Halloween we wanted to be a Frozen family.  Ellie already had her Elsa dress from her birthday, and Nic and I found our costumes on the interwebs.  That left Will’s Kristoff costume to make.  I couldn’t find any tutorials so I had to wing it.  I was incredibly proud of how it came out, though–I think I found the absolute perfect trim, silk sash, and the suede fabric I used for his vest along with the fur trim (which I had to order from England) really made that vest as Kristoff-like as you could get!  I also made a quilt cloak for my Anna costume, knowing that it would probably blizzard (a Halloween tradition we gratefully skipped this year).  It was down to the absolute wire, so the details weren’t quite as on point as I wanted, and I couldn’t find the right woven fabric to mimic her wool so I went with flannel, but it kept me warm and was close enough.

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(Will’s boots weren’t ready for our Boo at the Zoo costume debut, but we had them ready for Halloween. :)  I couldn’t convince Ellie to carry a snowflake bag–she ADORES the classic pumpkin trick or treat bag, but Will was happy to carry the bag I attached to Olaf.  Added bonus–the mittens perfectly covered the cast he’d just been put in two days earlier when he broke his arm!)

 

knitting, a review

A little review of the knitting projects I finished since my post last year.  The biggie of the year was a sweater for Ellie:

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(Plucky primo aran yarn in plie–took three skeins)

I also made two Jul pattern hats this year–I absolutely love the pattern:

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(Fiber Company Acadia yarn in blueberry and Manos del Uruguay silk blend in magenta)

A cowl for Ellie

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A earwarmer/headband for me

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(Plucky traveller aran in fondant)

And several other works-in-progress that hopefully will see their time on the blog soon!