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

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

Christmas Wrap Up

Finally, I have pictures of the Christmas 2013 project here at Stitchknit.  This took a full year, from November 2012 and they were picked up November 2013.

This was the stocking to copy....4 times!

This was the stocking to copy….4 times!

It took me until February to source the materials, matching the 2 ply wool yarn was the toughest.  Ordered white Angora to match the hair and beard and discovered they were actually cream.  Finally got my materials and then tackled the “notes” from the original knitter.  These were truly notes.  Not a pattern as we know patterns today.  The notes started from the cast on at the top of the sock and had some detail regarding the Santa face……….but the directions stopped at the heel flap!  Said to just continue as a sock!  Good thing I love sock knitting, and after painstakingly counting stitches on the original………just barreled ahead.    I was sweating the supplies I had ordered, as I truly am NO good in figuring yards, ounces and such.  Once I had the first stocking done (minus the double knitting at the top, the bells and the personalization) I felt so much better with the amount of yarn I had for the remaining 3.

Sock #1 & #2 Before blocking

Sock #1 & #2 Before blocking

Inching towards summer at this point and starting to see the November deadline flashing in front of me!  Implemented an hour a day on this project which helped me see consistent progress and kept me from away from full-blown crazy.

Saved the fussy bits at the top of the sock until I had all 4 stockings knit and sewn up the back.  (yes, the original had them worked flat until the Santa was knit, then joined & worked on double points.  Did the double knitting on all 4, added the bells and then stitched on the names.  Stopped mid way to block these before the bells went on….  Getting ahead of myself here.

Best news ever…….I did finish them on time, the client picked them up before Thanksgiving, so they could have their traditional decorating event that weekend.  Thanks to Rachel from nomarkatall.etsy.com I have pictures to remember the project.   The client gave me permission to write up a complete pattern to offer in my Etsy shop too, so the pictures are ready to go!

The beginning

The beginning

Blocked and Completed

Blocked and Completed

 

Ready to Display!

Ready to Display!

Now, I just need to write up a pattern & share this vintage goodness!

Finished This AM……Sold by Noon!

Cardigan for American Girl doll or other 18" dolls by Stitchknit

Cardigan for American Girl doll or other 18″ dolls by Stitchknit

I had barely finished the ends of the ribbons on this little piece of knitting, when it sold to a local client.  Had the pictures already taken & edited……..ready to list in the Etsy shop!

 

On My Needles

Working on an all white baby blanket……just the knit stitch, but with a vintage boucle type yarn.  Love how this is working up.  So far, the plan is to stop the knitting when this is squared up, then I’m going to add a 3″-4″ wide crocheted edge around the blanket.  I will be adding this to my Etsy shop, with the idea it would be lovely as a christening blanket.

Baby blanket on the needles at Stitchknit

Baby blanket on the needles at Stitchknit

 

WIP’s (works in progress, for those non knitters)

Tiny sweater on the needles for American Girl Doll

Tiny sweater on the needles for American Girl Doll

Making up some clothes & accessories for American Girl Dolls, in time for Easter.  These little items make great choices for families that don’t want to do the ‘all candy’ sort of Easter basket.  Have only a few items left in my shop, so it is time to “play” with doll clothes!

Just in Time for Winter!

I’ve been knitting & crocheting mitts here at Stitchknit.  Several custom orders came in just before Thanksgiving and I finished the last pair today.  In the process of coming up with the colors, yarn & designs……….I’ve ended up with some mitts that I’ll be able to offer in the shop.

Here’s pictures of what I’ve been up to…………some are already sold, some are in line for pictures and one pair has been added to the Etsy shop this afternoon.

Made extra long, with a bit of crochet at the fingertips....Sold

Made extra long, with a bit of crochet at the fingertips….Sold

Custom mitts, size small in wool.  Sold

Custom mitts, size small in wool. Sold

In progress...these did get finished, sold & delivered.

In progress…these did get finished, sold & delivered.

Can't resist adding a flower occasionally.  These are waiting for pics, then will be in the shop.  If you'd like to buy these before Christmas, just let me know & I'll make a listing for you.

Can’t resist adding a flower occasionally. These are waiting for pics, then will be in the shop. If you’d like to buy these before Christmas, just let me know & I’ll make a listing for you.

These also are finished....waiting for pics.  Womens size med fingerless mitts.

These also are finished….waiting for pics. Womens size med fingerless mitts.

Simple, black fingerless mitts.  Acrylic, also in the picture taking line up!

Simple, black fingerless mitts. Acrylic, also in the picture taking line up!

Pink of course!  Sweet pair of mitts for a custom order.  Acrylic, size Small, completed & waiting for pick up.

Pink of course! Sweet pair of mitts for a custom order. Acrylic, size Small, completed & waiting for pick up.

And, lastly........a brushed acrylic yarn in Hot Pink!  These are listed here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/171775736/pink-fingerless-mitts-womens-texting?

And, lastly……..a brushed acrylic yarn in Hot Pink! These are listed here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/171775736/pink-fingerless-mitts-womens-texting?

I think that’s all of them!  :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Means Ms Poppins at Stitchknit

I wasn’t sure if my Mary Poppins inspired scarf would make another appearance for Halloween this year…………..but she is alive & well.

Just starting out

Just starting out

The orders started coming in on Sept 30th…………and just today I’m feeling caught up enough to list the item again in the shop. 

Getting one of the scarves ready for the fringe

Getting one of the scarves ready for the fringe

Total so far?  4 completed and shipped.  1 off the needles, waiting for finishing touches & packaging. 1 on the needles………..should be finished tomorrow and ready to ship on Monday.

And, a finished scarf!

And, a finished scarf!

The original.

The original.

The hat is on my list to figure out for next year!  Has anyone tried making this little number yet?

 

 

More Hats

Making my way through the hats I had made for September.  Here are the three that were added to the shop this week:

Simple, beanie hat, crocheted in grey

Simple, beanie hat, crocheted in grey

Knit hat in fire engine red, has cat like 'ears' on the top corners.

Knit hat in fire engine red, has cat like ‘ears’ on the top corners.

 

Knit Newsboy style cap

Knit Newsboy style cap

I did manage to complete 15 hats in time for this months Hat Feature at Stitchknit.  Might even squeeze in a couple extra before the month is over.

I love making hats, especially knit ones………in the round.  Give me a project with double points and I’m a contented knitter.

Still have some hats on my list here, so will likely have a hat in progress for the rest of the year, adding a new one occasionally.  So far, my favorite is still the baby cloche in teal.….with the big bow!