April 5, 2010

super fast sewing

Posted in Knitting tagged , , at 5:30 am by myknittedempire

A few weeks ago my little boy needed some more long-sleeved shirts, and the winter stock hadn’t hit the shelves yet, so I needed to get out the sewing machine and run some up. As you all know I’m not one to take anymore time than is absolutely necessary for anything… so.

A few years ago I had an argument with Jason about the premise that you could make a shirt by just tracing around someone and then sewing it up. He was sure you could and I was sure you couldn’t  (I was sure you needed things like ease and darts). Well long story short, one prototype shirt later, I was proved wrong! as long as its stretch/knitted fabric and enough extra space is left around the person  then it works. It’s not elegant but it works and we called it the ‘I was right shirt’.

I remembered this fact when i wanted to sew the shirts for my little boy.

Heres what I did:

1. laid out the fabric (with the stretch going across the body of the shirt)

2. traced around a current shirt

3. allowed about 2 inches extra all round ( you need to allow plenty of extra in the sleeves, as the stretch isn’t going in the optimal direction)

4. cut it out

5. overlocked around it

6. overlocked round the bottom

7. cut a head hole and overlocked round it

8. repeat with second lot of fabric

two tops in less than 45 minutes, pretty good?


March 2, 2010

wrap me up

Posted in Knitting at 4:01 am by myknittedempire

I finally bit the bullet and unravelled the cropped hoodie that I haven’t worn much since I made it. I have this bad habit of knitting things I like, rather than things that will look good on my ‘large frame’.

Since it has been unravelled it has had several incarnations. I really wanted to reuse the noro and I wanted to make something for myself.

First I tried the cross stitch scarf from 101 designer one skein wonders, but in order to retain the black the fabric was just too firm for what I wanted, I suppose I could have gone up a few needle sizes but decided that I would be too cumbersome to work with considering the stitch maneuver.
I then thought it would be good to knit a Moebius for myself, why oh why did I do this?

as has happened to me once before, as i cast off my Moebius, my hard disk crashed!!! how does this happen? two Moebius’ and two hard disk failures!!! hmmm

After all this saga and saga it was, as my other blog is on iweb and guess what if it’s not backed up you have to start from scratch! there is no get it back from the web. sigh! many, many hours lost.

I decided just to knit it up as a straight knit on large needles but its sooooo boring to look at now, so I’m going to try one last time and try the cross stitch pattern again on the biggest needles I’ve got. will let you know how that gets on.

November 11, 2009


Posted in Knitting at 12:26 am by myknittedempire

here i go again….

I picked up the sock I cast on for mum in april 2008!

I tried knitting them september 2008 to no avail.

I got this project out again while I was waiting for some yarn for a cardigan for myself (thank you so much happy spider: happyspider6.blogspot.com) , and discovered the cast on I had done for the toes was completely different!

so the horrible tragedy of it all, I had to rip out 2 inches of sock. oh the horrible tragedy!!!

so then I built a bridge and got over it.

cast the toe back on and have almost got the foot section done for both of them. more progress than I’ve made since I cast them on.

October 21, 2009

Not knitting

Posted in Knitting at 11:52 pm by myknittedempire

So with this breast feeding caper I have discovered a need for cardigans rather than jumpers in my wardrobe, so ever the ingenious one I decided to make one of my jumpers into a cardigan. This was a commercial cardigan knitted with a heavy cotton. i measured up the front, pinned some interfacing to it ran three lines of stitching into it with my sewing machine and then took a deep breath and cut. I had binding to finish the edge but i am very happy with the ragged edge I think it gives it some interest.

March 5, 2009

Trying again

Posted in Knitting at 5:49 am by myknittedempire

I bought this lovely pattern from Cheezombie on Etsy. I think that he looks like Nigel from Creature comforts.

It was a well written pattern and he worked up nice and easy, it feels great to do a little knitting again. Hugo my little boy just loves him, he has the added benefit of being able to poke him in the eyes while he chews on his lips…



October 21, 2008

Not Blogfade…. Pregnant

Posted in Knitting tagged at 11:10 pm by myknittedempire

I gotta say the thing no one told me about with being pregnant is the completely overwhelming exhaustion.

I don’t have the energy to do much anything, let alone knit.

Thus I am signing off for the time being.

The baby is due in early December so maybe next year 2009 I will be knitting again?

Thanks to those who read my blog, I will be back soon I promise.

August 31, 2008


Posted in August, Other craftiness tagged at 2:13 am by myknittedempire

I found these neat instructions for turning regular jeans into maternity jeans. I don’t know about the 30 minutes of sewing it as more like 2 hours for me! The finished result is very good, although i have a bit of a problems with the jeans riding down a bit, but i can put up with this for what is essentially a pair of maternity jeans for free!


this is not her current blog but she links to the new blog from this one.

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