happy earth day!

Reduce…………Reuse…………Recycle

I grew up when this was just how one lived….not a ‘thing’ with a special day for it!  Pretty sure all three have creativity at their core too!

I try to be mindful of all three R’s in my studio, by making conscious decisions to save bits & pieces of fabric and yarn.  If I can’t come up with projects for them, I find organizations that will be able to use what I can’t.  Feels great to keep items out of the land fill if at all possible.

Making something from vintage patterns or material is usually more fun for me than starting with all new materials.  Costs less too!  Re purposing parts of a garment and turning it into something wonderful is a special treat!

Little Girls 'twirl' skirt, using vintage lace....

Little Girls ‘twirl’ skirt, using vintage lace….

I continue to search for vintage patterns, adding a couple new ones on a daily basis.   I love this one, added here today

Very easy, Very Vogue….a beautifully simple design. Hasn’t been cut or unfolded!

Reduce

Reuse

Re Purpose

See how much more creative you’ll feel!

 

Love Your Serger Month!

Can’t imagine my sewing room without a serger. (actually have more than 1, just in case…  )

I’ve been making a note if I use mine daily, now that I know it has its’ own month on the calendar, and yes…  I do something with mine at least daily!  There are days it is the only machine I use.

I’m not adept at all the things mine will do, mostly because I have never taken the time to investigate the possibilities.  When I purchased my latest one, I wanted so badly to take the Get to know your serger class the store offered, but I was caring for my mom & her twin and knew I would never get to class.  Now, years down the road, the machine is still working great;  The operator however, is just sewing with the basics still.

How about you, do you use your serger for more than finishing seams?  How about mastering the narrow overcast hem business?  ( I have figured that one out….on most fabrics anyway)

In the Studio at Stitchknit

I have been busy sewing on clients’ orders, but have managed to get a few things completed and a new scarf on the needles.  Not sitting idly by here!

Interesting yarn, white with eyelash detail and another strand with little puffs of color

Interesting yarn, white with eyelash detail and another strand with little puffs of color.  Will end up being a great summer weight scarf.

Planning ahead for football season!  Baby sized football hat for the little fans!

Planning ahead for football season! Baby sized football hat for the little fans!

Upcycled T shirt Scarf; Fun summer accessory

Upcycled T shirt Scarf; Fun summer accessory

Stop by the shop to see what else I’ve been up to.  Stitchknit; Creations in Fabric & Fibers

International Safety Pin Day; April 10th

International Safety Pin Day

 

 

Celebrate simplicity and practicality this Safety Pin Day. Legend has it that, in 1849, Walter Hunt, the inventor of the safety pin, owed a friend $15 and decided to invent something new in order to earn the money to repay him. He invented the safety pin.

Strong and sharp, yet safe enough to be used on clothing, safety pins are a simple yet ingenious invention, which practically everyone has used at some point.

I use safety pins here at Stitchknit.  All the time!  The handiest use is when I’m fitting a garment on a child, or anyone worried about getting stuck with a straight pin.  Using safety pins for a fitting is a perfect solution.  Thrilled that Mr Walter Hunt came up with this handy little invention!

I also use safety pins when knitting & crocheting.  If I can’t find a fancy-pants marker, a safety pin works just as well.  The larger one will usually slip over a needle too, so I can also use them as a quick stitch counter.  For students who find a ‘live’ dropped stitch in their work, a safety pin will keep the stitch in place until they can get here for some Knitting 911.

Do you have safety pins in your sewing or knitting tools?  What’s your typical way of using them?

Cotton Yarn: Just Listed

Deep Cayenne Red Cotton Yarn...The latest addition to my 'found' yarn

Deep Cayenne Red Cotton Yarn…The latest addition to my ‘found’ yarn

This is a lovely yarn, great for knitting or crocheting!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/185279567/cotton-classic-yarn-made-in-greece-for?

Stitchknit; Creations from fabric & fibers

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StitchKnit

 

Mystery Yarn Box

Collection of mystery yarn from Stitchknit

Collection of mystery yarn from Stitchknit

Available in my shop for $21.00.  Great gift idea for Mothers Day, if you have a grandma or mom who delights in making crafts, doll clothes or other small projects!  I ship these inside the US and will be happy to include a message from you!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/180146376/mystery-yarn-mixed-lot-spring-pastels?ref=shop_home_active_5

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StitchKnit?ref=si_shop

 

On The Needles….still

I’ve been working on this hat for what seems like years.  More likely, just months……….but with these tiny needles it is taking an age!

On the needles; slouch hat in pink with a glint of gold

On the needles; slouch hat in pink with a glint of gold

Just a couple more inches I think………then I’m going to just gather up the crown and sew up the side seam.  Should fit loosely, falling into soft folds in the back.

Could be done by Christmas!

Note: Halloween is in October

I’ve already had my first order for Halloween!  Seems early, but I’m thrilled it will be one less ordered in October!

Getting ready to add fringe to Ms Poppins inspired scarf

Getting ready to add fringe to Ms Poppins inspired scarf

Try as I might, I can’t get ahead on this wispy little scarf.  I’ve had a completed one in actual inventory here a total of ONE week!  Yes, within 7 days, ‘she’ was off to her new home…………practically perfect in every way!

I will get started on another soon.  Tuesday in fact.  I’m taking my mom to the dentist, so will make good use of my waiting room time and see if I can put one of these on the shelf here!

 

My version of Mary Poppins scarf

My version of Mary Poppins scarf $46.00

https://www.etsy.com/listing/111449970/mary-poppins-inspired-ombre-knit-scarf?ref=shop_home_active_2

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StitchKnit?ref=si_shop

Summer Sunshine Tie Dyed Scarf

Tie Dyed T shirt Scarf from Stitchknit

Tie Dyed T shirt Scarf from Stitchknit

Add a pop of color with this easy to wear upcycled T Shirt scarf.  $17.00

https://www.etsy.com/listing/107385571/t-shirt-fringed-scarf-reclaimed-t-shirt?ref=shop_home_active_4

I have more of these coming………they are on the cutting table, so getting close to listing them!  (gray, dark green, purple, heathery looking dark blue)

Treasury Tuesday: How About an Orchid Wedding

My tiny crocheted hearts are included here!  See some of the other colors available here in my Etsy Shop.

‘Consultant Kitty’s Focus Today How about an Orchid Wedding……’ by doncreate

Orchid is such a beautiful color and just right for a Spring wedding….

Purple Orchid & Calla Lily Bouquet for your Beach Wedding - justanns
Purple Orchid & Calla L…

$185
Radiant Orchid Heart Motifs, 7 Tiny Crochet Hearts, Wedding Decor, Romance, Love - StitchKnit
Radiant Orchid Heart Mo…

$7
Invitations Pale Purple Doily, Orchid Tea stained Ribbon Wedding, Shower, Tea - ShabbyScrap
Invitations Pale Purple…

$5.5
Purple pom poms and paper lanterns radiant orchid with hand-painted butterflies, set of 4 pom poms and two lanterns - DellaCartaDecor
Purple pom poms and pap…

$34.5
Wedding Sign - Beach Wedding - Radiant Orchid Pantone - Nautical Wedding - Here Comes Your Bride - Decor Purple - Ring Bearer Flower Girl - CarovaBeachSignCo
Wedding Sign – Beach We…

$29
Plum Bridal bouquet Silk Wedding Flowers Radiant Orchid Purple bridal party accessories, vineyard weddings, bridesmaid bokay, autumn fall - AmoreBride
Plum Bridal bouquet Sil…

$89
Radiant Orchid Blusher Veil Crinoline Pearl Crystal & Rhinestone Sinamay Wedding Fascinator Mini Hat- Custom Made to Order - IndigoDaisyWeddings
Radiant Orchid Blusher …

$34
Radiant Orchid Instant Download Victorian House Purple Flowers Commercial Use Digital graphics floral digital paper - HAUTEGRAPHIQUE
Radiant Orchid Instant …

$5
Rose earrings in Orchid - ThatsMyFlair
Rose earrings in Orchid

$10
Wedding Votive Candle holder / Radiant Orchid and White  Lace Bling Wedding Votive / Spring Wedding Decoration / Shabby Chic Wedding Decor - CarolesWeddingWhimsy
Wedding Votive Candle h…

$24.99
Radiant Orchid Wedding, Wisteria Boutonniere, Wisteria Purple Buttonhole, Wisteria Wedding, Purple Haze - MiaettiaCreations
Radiant Orchid Wedding,…

$16
Garter single - garter in lilac and ivory satin with an ivory satin bow - Simply Satin Garter - ZofiDesign
Garter single – garter …

$15.99
30 Orchid Organza Bags, 4 x 6 Inch Sheer Fabric Favor Bags, For Wedding Favors, Jewelry Pouches - SheerColors
30 Orchid Organza Bags,…

$7.5
Cupcake Liner Cups~ Rustic Cupcake Wraps~ Orchid Purple Rose Shabby Chic Wedding Decor- Unique Cupcake cup for bridal shower, party, Easter - ClearSkyDesigns
Cupcake Liner Cups~ Rus…

$18
Orchid Purple Wedding Bridal Ring Bearer Pillow on Ivory or White Satin and Lace w/ Double Loop Bow & Rhinestone Bead - evertonbridal
Orchid Purple Wedding B…

$25
Enchanted Orchid - Custom Handcrafted Purple Holographic Nail Polish - SpellboundNails
Enchanted Orchid – Cust…

$9

Treasury tool by StylishHome.