Illustrated Tote

For a while I had been looking for the perfect totebag. I just couldn’t find it, it was either too small, too big, the fabric was too cheap, the print wasn’t nice enough, it was too white, too black. Nothing I saw matched the bag I saw in my head. Then, as I was writing this blogpost on Lila Ruby King and I was browsing her Etsy shop, I saw the most perfect fabric. Then I realised: If I wanted my perfect totebag, I had to make it myself!

So I ordered a half yard of ‘Snowy river damask’ and a half a yard of her ‘bugs’ fabric and started sewing. I used this pattern, which is for a reversible tote. Even though I don’t intend to use it inside out, it’s still a great and super easy pattern. I finished the whole thing in two hours. Now I have the perfect and very unique totebag!

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WIP Wednesday: Illustrated dragonfly

For the first time since the arrival of The Little One, I attended a workshop at one of my favorite places, Elle Aime. This time, illustrator Cebine Nieuwenhuize taught us how to make illustrated taxidermy bugs and beetles. Yes, you read it correctly! Even though I’m always quite frightened to draw people, animals, flowers or anything that actually has to look like the real thing, I really enjoyed myself. I chose some sort of dragonfly, and with sweat on my forehead and the utmost concentration, I started drawing.

When we were done illustrating, we cut out our bugs or beetles and like the real thing, stuck them on a background with two pins and framed it. I know, it’s not exactly the real thing, but hey, at least no animals were harmed during the proces! I’ve got to say, I’m pretty impressed with my original piece of art, if I may say so myself. Thanks Cebine and Lisa, for a great afternoon!

illustrated dragonfly

WIP Wednesday: Square Sweater (2)

Remember when I was working on this? It’s now finished! I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

knitted sweater

Here’s what I did to get a sweater sized M, 55 by 55 cm (in Malabrigo merino worsted): I cast on 104 stitches on needle 5 then purled 6 rows. Then I knit 96 rows in stockingstitch (35 cm). With needle 8 I knit 35 rows in stockingstitch (20 cm), then cast off. I did this twice and sewed the two pieces together. Blocking made the sweater softer but also a bit bigger. I might take in the sides a bit more though. When I started in August I was still a size M. Now I’m finished and I’m losing my pregnancy-fat. I’m slowly getting back to size S. However, it’s ok if it’s a bit too big, it still looks very casual on top of something casual!

WIP Wednesday: Papercut text

Here’s how this came to be:

1: In the middle of the night, I jotted down some ideas (creative ideas come when you least expect them to!).
2: The next day, I sketched the text onto a light green sheet of paper.
3: With a sharp little papercutting knife, I cut out all letters.
4: This was my original idea. But I had a happy little accident: as I arranged the letters on the cuttingboard, I thought it look much nicer than my original idea! Therefore, I embraced the accident and took a picture of the letters on the green grid. I hope you like it!

WIP Wednesday: A knitted washcloth

For years and years I’ve tried all sorts of face-cleansers. No matter what, I kept experiencing dry skin, or greasy skin, or had trouble with zits. Until I switched to the Pure Face Glove (no, I’m not getting paid for this). Just a microfibre washcloth and water. It works perfectly, I’ve never had any trouble with my skin again!

So since I switched to all-natural I was fascinated by the knitted washcloth I saw in an older edition of Mollie Makes. It’s something you can finish in a couple of hours, with leftover yarn from another project. A great stashbuster!

The pattern by Meredith Crawford is so easy. Funnily enough though, my washcloth looked quite different from the photos in Mollie Makes. But I guess as long as you end up with a textured square cloth in cotton yarn, it doesn’t matter. I used Lammy Yarn Florida in a sand-color, and needle-size 4 mm. Since my washcloth turned out differently, I guess I did something different than the original pattern.

Here’s what I did for this Work in Progress Wednesday: Cast on 31 stitches and knit 6 rows in garter stitch. Then repeat these three rows: knit one row // knit 4 stitches, purl all stitches but the last 4, knit 4 stitches // knit 5 stitches, repeat [purl 1, knit 1] till the last 4 stitches, knit 4 stitches. When your piece is almost squared, finish with 6 rows of garter stitch and cast off.

Happy face-washing!