Kate from Knitty has compiled a handful of non-profit organizations that needs hand-knitted items, and the generous folks at InterweaveKnits have posted another gigantic list of non-profits. This is a great way to help others, work your way through your yarn stash, while further developing your mad knitting skills.
Category Archive: Projects
Nicole from Threads designed this elegant, yet easy-to-make vest. It is a cozy addition for autumn wear, and would be delightful made from any of the fine double-faced wools or a sporty plaid mohair fabric that Britex Fabrics has on our first floor. The yardage required is based upon your bust size, plus a few inches for room; ex. a woman with a 32” bust needs a 35” circle of fabric or 1 yard of 45” or wider fabric, a woman with a 36” bust needs a 40” circle of fabric or 1 yard of 45” or wider fabric, and a woman with a 44” bust needs a 47” circle of fabric or 1 yard of 54” or wider fabric.
Dawn at dhbuscher.com has the marvelous idea of making shoe sole inserts to rejuvenate an old pair of shoes or to or customize a new pair, and has written step-by-step instructions. My brain is spinning with the possibilities; imagine sweet princesses and toad cotton in a pair of shiny black Mary Janes, or a dignified red paisley fabric in a pair of Kelly green high-tops. (And if you use thin foam instead of batting, you can also make your shoes that much more soft and comfy)
At BurdaStyle, the talented Sandra Betzina from PowerSewing.com shows a novice seamstress (her daughter, Kim) how to pick a pattern that will result in a beauteous garment. Sandra shows you how to read patterns, and which patterns will be easier for beginning sewers. Our recommendations are to pick fabrics that you genuinely enjoy, buy matching thread, and to read and follow pattern directions.
Pamela from KatyDidKnits.com claims these are Jack Sparrow’s all-time favorite socks. I’m not so sure, but I’m positive that these are the grooviest striped skull and crossbones adorned socks you’ll ever see! They would be perfect to keep your tootsies warm while tramping about on All-Hallows-Eve. As Pam says, knit these up and then “Go sail the high seas and plunder a village or two!” (Click here for a PDF for this pattern)
We love free patterns! The ever-fashionable BurdaStyle has scads of open source patterns on their website. We were particularly taken with this 6-buttoned straight skirt. It only takes 1 3/8 yards of fabric, 1/2 yard of lining…and six snazzy buttons!
Named after Yorick, the deceased court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1, of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this very dapper felted skull scarf was designed by the talented Kate Kuckro of Knitty.com. It is straightforward; one knits across each skull opening and then cuts out the yarns crisscrossing the eyes and nose without having to worry about anything unraveling. We love it in white, but imagine it would also look marvelous in a subtle bone-colored yarn.
“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now?” (Hamlet, V.i)
These crocheted steampunk doilies by Severina of VintageStitchORama would make charming gifts; use them as trimming for a ladylike chemise, as a trim for an antimacassar, or to protect your Stickley tiger oak dresser top from unsightly scratches.
The immensely talented Sugardale from San Diego wrote and illustrated this set of instructions for making a poufy petticoat. It is constructed from 4 yards of 54” wide tulle or crinoline, and 16 yards of 7/8″ wide ribbon. This petticoat is guaranteed to make your skirt stand at attention, and swish and twirl most delightfully! Petticoats are gorgeous under wedding gowns, and add a saucy fillip to vintage shirtwaist dresses. http://sugardale.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-petticoat.html
I found this vintage cross-stitch playing card when on a search for vintage nautical cross-stitch patterns. I eventually found what I desired over at The Antique Pattern Library and Tantes Zolder. Moderne Stickvorlagen: Dessins de Broderies [c. 1880] contained charts of amazing art nouveau anchors and fonts, and Le Filet Brodé: 50 Modèles Inédits Collection DAe Album No. 5 Les Dentelles De Lin. Lille [c.1900] has playing playing cards, mythological & astrological motifs, Louis IV era designs, and more. My nefarious plan is to embroider this spiffy King of Diamonds on the corners of a tablecloth for my next board game night. One king in rosy red, one in marine blue, one in espresso brown, and the last in midnight black. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.