1.28.2014

Cold hands can still craft.

Remember New Year's Eve? That happened like a month ago. January has gone really fast, hasn't it?



I don't know if you've noticed, but it's cold outside. Like, super cold. There should be a word for "cold" that is colder than "cold." So here we are, on the fifth day of no-school-because-kids-shouldn't-walk-to-school-in-this-weather. It's okay. My life doesn't really change much, whether everyone is at school or not. I think it helps that my kids are mostly introverted and enjoy nothing more than being together. No one has even told me they are bored! I, however, am getting a little bored. I depend on being outside of my house every day. I like people. And nature. And this weather is not very friendly toward those two likes.

So I have been knitting. I won't tell you the shameful amount of time it took me to knit this little sweater for my baby nephew. Fortunately, it still fits him! I have only ever knit this pattern in the newborn size, and the big flaw with the bigger sizes (this one is an 18 month) is that the collar is too loose and stretchy. Next time I will make it smaller or go down a few needle sizes on the neckline.



I am also making myself a new hat. I couldn't find any of my previous handmade hats at the start of winter, so I am stuck with a red Gap hat I have had for at least ten years.



Also, this quilt. That I have been working on off and on for almost a year. Yeah....gonna get this sucker finished. I moved my sewing machine up to the dining room, because my basement is just too frigid for me to want to hang out down there.

 So! That's a little update on my happenings in the coldest January ever. Dreaming of springtime and going outside without a million layers on. In the meantime, I am going to try not to gain 30 pounds of comfort food weight. Ha. Wish me luck.


12.20.2013

giveaway winner and a painful first

I have had an eventful week! Last night I slipped on the ice and hurt my ankle. I heard a loud crack and then couldn't walk on it. I thought for sure it was broken, but the x-rays were normal and it has been determined to be a really bad sprain. I have a sweet air cast brace and I have never noticed how many flipping stairs my house has. Does someone want to climb them for me?
















On to happier news. The winner of my 200th post giveaway is....Julie N! Congrats, Julie. :) I'll send you an email with details. Thanks for playing everyone, and have a happy Christmas!

12.18.2013

200th Post Giveaway!



Happy 200th post to me! When I started this blog back in fall of 2009, I was just a knitter. Now I knit much less and sew much more! Hey, I have even made a little money off this hobby of mine. It always amazes me that I get hundreds of blog hits each day for my free tutorials. The baby bonnet, the mini scarf, and the baby cocoon get the most visits. Maybe I should offer some more tutorials in 2014. Who knows what the next 200 posts will hold!

Thank you faithful followers and thank you random visitors for all your support.

Now on to the giveaway! You know how I have lots of dolls for sale right now. Some in stores around Minneapolis, and some in my Etsy shop. Leave a comment below to be entered to win any two dolls from my shop. Just comment on which two dolls you would choose if you win! I will even priority ship so they get to you before Christmas!  I will choose a winner on Friday, December 19th.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

Fine print: I cannot obviously GUARANTEE that it will get to you by Christmas, but I will try! Giveaway only open to US residents. Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win.

Winter Shirt and Pierced Ears

Today I did something for the third time in my life....something that proves I probably shouldn't have done it...I got my ears pierced. I had it first done when I was 15, and then again when I was 20 because the holes had closed up from me not wearing earrings enough. Obviously I have commitment issues with earrings. I didn't think of it again until my oldest got her ears pierced this fall. She wanted to look through all my earrings, and it made me realize I have a lot of nice ones! Maybe I should get those holes reopened. With that in mind, I dug around in my ear yesterday until I got one side reopened (which sounds really gross, I know, but it wasn't horrible, the hole was still in there, it was just the skin that had covered it). But the second side had no hole anymore, so I went to Claire's this morning and got it redone. I didn't cry AND I got a lollypop :-) Score! 

Anyway. I made myself a winter shirt. I don't know where my camera went, so here is a crummy photobooth pic of it. It's the Washi Dress/Tunic pattern that I have made a million times before, but this time I added a long sleeve to it. I love the drape of this fabric. It's like a suiting material and it's heavy but kind of slinky. Perfect for a sort-of-dressy-sort-of-casual shirt.



Can you see my newly re-pierced ear, too? Here's another photobooth of a custom order I recently made. (paper snowflakes by Oliver)



Check back in an hour for the giveaway! Yes, it involves dolls :)
Kristy

11.26.2013

Dolls in the shop

For those that have asked, I have listed about two dozen dollies in the shop. Thanks for your support! Two more posts until a big giveaway, so stay tuned and have a great Thanksgiving!

11.20.2013

Dolls and Mask

I wanted some better photos of some of my favorites I've made this week. Enjoy!








11.19.2013

mamas and papas


(sorry for the blur)
While I was out shlepping my fox masks on boutique owners, I got a request for more softie dolls to stock at Mother Earth Gardens. So, I whipped a few (dozen) up. I decided to make equal amounts of mamas and papas. After all...I like equality. I have never sold the boy version in shops before, and I have a feeling it will be popular. Who knows, it might even result in more sales (get a set!).

I always hate getting started with the doll making process, but it is so satisfying at the end. Each couple is so unique and quirky, and many remind me of people I actually know.

In other news, I am four posts away from my 200th blog post! Isn't that super exciting? I might even have a little giveaway...stay tuned. I promise I will get to #200 before Christmas!

I recently joined the Modern Era and got a smart phone. Well, mostly smart. I have no data plan, so I am WiFi dependent, but that's fine by me. The best part about a smart phone is that I am now officially on Instagram. If you like blurry photos of kids, crafts, and muffins, feel free to follow me and I will follow you! My friend list is dismally small right now. You can find me at @tinkerknits.

And to conclude:

11.18.2013

Masks

Well hello there. You know what? I hate it when people stop blogging. So...I'm sorry. Big cyber hugs to you all, if you have been waiting for me to post something. 

Now. That's out of the way. Let's talk about how trendy foxes are. And owls. People, they are like the trendiest forest creatures of 2013. So I am totally capitalizing on that and making masks to sell. Wrong? Maybe. But my kids absolutely adore playing make-believe with these things!












10.24.2013

He wanted to be a bat.



Not Batman, but a bat.

So I went for simple - I bought a black hoodie and sewed on felt wings and ears. Black sweatpants. Easy and done. The next ones will not be as easy, I fear. :)

9.08.2013

First Grade



Clara is now a first grader. Let's not talk about it. I'm still adjusting.


I sewed her a skort, because a skirt isn't very modest at school when you sit "criss-cross, applesauce," now is it?

I used the Oliver + S Badminton pattern. It was my first Oliver + S pattern. I like it a lot. It was easy to follow and the instructions were very clear. In fact, I liked it so much that I already made a second one for Clara's uniform for American Heritage Girls in navy blue.



The shirt from the pattern, however, was not a winner. It was very wide and fit her funny, so I scrapped it and we went with a store bought Hello Kitty shirt (to match the ribbon I sewed around the skirt).

See the first day of Kindergarten here. And then cry because she looks so much older this year.