Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sewing FO: Striped Drawstring Bag

I decided to join in on the Great Skein after Skein Sewing Bee.  The idea is to have a different sewing challenge every month (Great British Sewing Bee style) starting with an easy pattern and slowly progressing in difficulty.  This month is the Jeni‘s Lined Drawstring Bag.  Since I made one of these a few months ago, I thought I would take it to the next level.  For this one, I followed her Striped Drawstring Bag Tutorial.

I don’t have a ton of scraps so I used my leftovers from my first quilt that I finished a couple months ago.  Here are my fabric pieces after I did the paper piecing of my diagonal stripes:

I used the only interfacing that I had to stiffen up the pieced panels.  In hindsight I would have used a thinner interfacing because now my little bag is a little stiff.

And here’s the finished bag:

The lining is the anchor fabric that was my quilt backing:

I love it!  The contrast fabric on the outside doesn’t contrast quite as much as I’d hoped, but I don’t really care too much!  These bags really do go together quickly.  Somehow this one took me an entire day, but at least half of it was making my striped fabric.  It definitely came together quicker this time than with my first one.  That one was before I had a rotary cutter!

You should whip one of these up this weekend!


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FO: Seberg Sweater

I finished a sweater!  Well, like three weeks ago!

Pattern: Seberg Sweater by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wolverine Blue and Buttercream, less than 4 skeins MC and less than 1 skein CC.

Needles: crap, forgot to note.  Maybe 6s?

Start Date: April 30, 2013

Finish Date: June 4, 2013

Mods: I made the collar from a size smaller.  I didn’t want it to be a huge boatneck, so I just made the collar a smaller circumference.  Then after I picked up stitches for the body of the sweater, I increased up to the number of stitches that I needed for my size.  I made a few other alterations in the length so that it matched up with my waist and hips.  The overall length is pretty similar to the pattern though.

It’s a little bit short.  Not cropped, but not much past my hip bones.

I shortened the sleeves a little bit because I don’t like it when sleeves stop at my elbow and are wadded up in my elbow crease.  I think the whole sweater shrunk up a little bit when I blocked it though.  It used to seem a bit roomier and longer.

Also, when I blocked it, the blue bled like crazy!  This is why you should wash your swatches!  Which I usually do, so I’m not sure what happened here.  I tried to keep the collar out of the water for the most part, but the blue still bled onto the yellow stripes.  It’s not super obvious, but the yellow is a bit murkier than it could be.  I’ll have to buy some of those dye catcher sheets for when I wash it again.  My Mom has a cautionary tale of machine washing her sweater of Cotton Fleece.  It got pretty worn out looking after just one cycle.  Just something to watch out for.  I’ll probably keep handwashing this one.

I like this one.  I don’t know if it’s the most flattering look for me, but I am happy with it.  This is my sweater #1, and item #4 for the Epic KAL/CAL.  I hope it doesn’t look too much like a UCLA sweater (especially because I work for UCLA!).



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FO: Beavis Balaclava

Last year Lucas sent me a picture of a super weird knitting pattern. A whole group of different knit balaclavas/ski masks. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the pattern was written by knitting royalty Meg Swansen.

Seriously, go take a look at this picture.

Lucas thought the KKK one looked like Beavis from Beavis and Butthead. This year for his birthday I decided to make one for him! I changed the coloring to make it more Beavis-like. The yarns are a mix of Wool of the Andes in oyster, Paton’s Classic Wool in blue and miscellaneous acrylic in gold. I added a bunch of short rows in the hair to try to give it more of an Elvis hair feel. That wasn’t too successful, but I was tired of mucking around with it.

Get ready, these pictures are pretty creepy!


And another:


The Ravelry pattern page is here.
Start date: April 8, 2013
Finish date: May 18, 2013

I don’t have much of a project page yet, mostly because I am waiting for my new computer to be able to upload pictures.

I suspect that this mask will never be worn, but I feel okay about it!

Oh, btw, we did go to the Getty last weekend. The Overdrive exhibit was amazing. Go see it! ( I kept thinking of you Ellen, even before you commented!).

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Kubrick at LACMA

Holy crap, I’ve been really off my game. New job, broken computer, a whole host of things.

Now I have a bunch of things to show and talk about. If only I could upload my pictures to something. 🙂

At least a month ago, Lucas and I went to LACMA to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibit. We are both Kubrick fans. I took a whole class on him in college, so had seen almost all of the films. It is a pretty amazing exhibit. Lots of props and artifacts from the different productions. Here were some of the highlights for me:

From the milk bar in Clockwork Orange.

The typewriter from The Shining.

That’s a letter from Saul Bass. Not super interesting, but look at that logo/signature! It makes me want to revisit the idea of coming up with a personal brand. Coming to my house would be like a trip to Disneyland except all the food would be shaped like my logo instead of Mickey’s ears.

If you are even a marginal Kubrick you need to see this exhibit! It closes at the end of the month. When we went,we spotted Russell Brand!

We took a few pictures outside the museum. Like Lucas riding a giant sloth:


And some dumb ones of us and Levitating Mass.

Here Lucas’s pose is, “get a load of this guy!” Referring to the Mass, of course.


Have a great weekend everyone! Go out and see some art! We might hit up the Getty tomorrow.

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