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post #21 of 174

Happy New Year everyone!  I only just got all the pictures of my last projects from the random hard drive they got stuck on while we were traveling.  I posted them in the last thread, if you wanna go look.  I made it to 54 projects last year!  My goal was 52.  I think I'll stick with that goal this year, it was just reachable, and if I devote any more time to projects my housekeeping will fall from barely acceptable to hoarders level.  I've gotten two quick projects done so far this year.

 

First, a new mei tai!  My old one was pretty gross looking.  1/52

 

And I recovered my ironing board.  My old cover was REALLY gross looking.  And the pad was so flat,  the mesh of the metal underneath kept getting ironed into my projects.  It was such a quick project, I really should have done it sooner. 

Before :P

After :)

 

2/52

post #22 of 174

Good luck to all the mamas with babies coming soon!  And Iowa, holy cow!  $106 for a scarf with flowers?!  Definitely make your own!

post #23 of 174
@Angelorum Your mei tei is very pretty! I have been thinking about making one instead of repairing my broken Beco
post #24 of 174
Where would I find a pattern for making a mei tai? After seeing how much premade ones are, I just need to make one so I can carry my boys.
post #25 of 174

McCall's has one.  It's not very good though.  It is the pattern I started with, like 5 mei tais ago.  The main change I made was to make the shoulder straps really wide, and pleated into the body, so that they would spread the weight out better.  Then I cut off the bottom of the body, and replaced it with one really long waist strap, and put bum darts in above the strap.  They are pretty simple to make, I'm thinking there must be a few tutorials on blogs somewhere.

post #26 of 174

And how are those sweet little new babies, lilacvioletiris?

post #27 of 174

Angelorum-  that is a lovely carrier!  So pretty!  What did you use to cushion your ironing board cover?  I hate to say it but mine looks way worse...  I should cover it too.  I have a huge roll of quilt batting I could put a couple layers in...  

 

Today I almost finished a mitten- just the thumb left and then they will be done.  They are so pretty :)  And I bought a skien of burly spun for the not-$106 scarf :)  I am going to knit it and then attach the flowers (which I have done except for the leaves.  DD1 already wants one but only with blue and green on it.  I did confess what I was doing to the knit shop lady and she said it was a genius idea...  probably because she knows me well enough to know that I would never ever ever buy that expensive of stuff lol.  The burly spun wasn't any too cheap though- it was still $20.  So I need to figure out how to spin using a drop spindle.  I have a ton of lovely roving that I have no idea why I bought so much...  but it would be wonderful for these scarves which are I think going to be pretty popular (but I can't exactly sell them because of how spendy and time consuming they will be ya know?)  At least if I am using up my random stash I can give some as gifts...

post #28 of 174

I used two layers of quilt batting for the new ironing board pad.  I was going to just serge them together with the fabric, but they weren't quite wide enough, so I just laid them on top of the board and tightened the cover over it all. 

 

For learning to spin with a drop spindle, I recommend the "Respect the Spindle" video.  There is also a book with the same title (done by the same woman), but it's a lot easier to learn the movements with a video.  You can buy a downloadable version of it here.

post #29 of 174

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=558591034232340&set=a.357598460998266.86782.100002443447624&type=1&theater

 

Here is project #1 for 2014!  Thrummed mittens.  I have a cowl that I knit last year that matches them- although it is variegated and these are striped.  Now if I could just get baby out so that I would fit in the coat that they match :)

 

Angelorum- I am going to have to try making one then.  But I think today I should really really do our taxes since I don't have any kids home...  Or have a baby....  either way it would be good.

post #30 of 174
Nice projects, everyone!

1. Give birth to DS-done!
post #31 of 174
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Nice projects, everyone!

1. Give birth to DS-done!

Awww congratulations!  That one was first on my list but hasn't been accomplished yet.

post #32 of 174
Great job, Lida!
post #33 of 174

Yay!  What a precious little FO you made :D

post #34 of 174

2 more projects done!

 

First, a soaker made from scraps.  A little weird looking, but it does the job and I really needed it. 3/52

 

And I made myself a garter belt.  I knitted a pair of cabled stockings a few months ago, but hadn't really worn them yet because they get baggy 'round the knees with nothing to hold them up.  I wore them today with the new garter and it worked great, though I may replace the grips on them (accidentally bought detachable ones, and they tend to fall off the elastics when they aren't in use) 4/52

 

 

 

post #35 of 174
Congratulations Lida!

Iowaorganic, I hope your turn comes soon. Mine were born at 41+6 and 41+3 so I have some idea about the waiting.

I'm working on a backpack for DD1, who starts kindy on the 28th. I would also like to make her a couple of pairs of shorts but she needs the backpack on the first day so it has priority. I'm using the Birch fabrics Little Hitchhiker tutorial, enlarged by a few inches http://birchfabrics.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/tutorial-little-hitchhiker-backpack.html?m=1
post #36 of 174
Kate that is a great tutorial link for the backpack.
post #37 of 174

2/52

 

This is my Not-$106-scarf.  I used a hank of lambs pride burly spun and did a simple seed stitch (what I decided on after frogging 6" swatches 7 times)  then I needle felted the flowers on using roving scraps I have had for years.  I love it.  It was easy and fun and I can't wait to wear it with my denim jacket (once that fits).  I think it is the perfect scarf for early spring- cheery and fun but warm.

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=559834730774637&set=a.357598460998266.86782.100002443447624&type=1&theater

 

I am thinking about knitting a tiny new baby beanie out of some thin cream alpaca and then if it is a girl I will needle felt flowers onto that too to match.  Also I went through my knitting bag and found a baby sweater that I have about half done that I should really finish quickly since I think this baby might not fit in it already :)  How did I forget about it?

post #38 of 174
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Kate that is a great tutorial link for the backpack.

It's pretty cool isn't it. I looked at quite a few but I liked that one the best. I will post a pic when I finish it.
post #39 of 174
Picture of first 2 projects. We live in a very small 1950s home in the middle of AK. My year of projects will mostly be trying to make it pretty.

#1 longies for DD2


#2 black out curtains for livingroom
post #40 of 174
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2/52

 

This is my Not-$106-scarf.  I used a hank of lambs pride burly spun and did a simple seed stitch (what I decided on after frogging 6" swatches 7 times)  then I needle felted the flowers on using roving scraps I have had for years.  I love it.  It was easy and fun and I can't wait to wear it with my denim jacket (once that fits).  I think it is the perfect scarf for early spring- cheery and fun but warm.

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=559834730774637&set=a.357598460998266.86782.100002443447624&type=1&theater

 

I am thinking about knitting a tiny new baby beanie out of some thin cream alpaca and then if it is a girl I will needle felt flowers onto that too to match.  Also I went through my knitting bag and found a baby sweater that I have about half done that I should really finish quickly since I think this baby might not fit in it already :)  How did I forget about it?

love the scarf...

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