ocean_blue_scarf

Last couple of weeks were mostly spent working on custom patterns, so I didn’t get much sewing done after that.  However, I did manage to finish this scarf I have been knitting every night after dinner.  I love wearing scarves, and I also love making them.  There’s nothing like the instant gratification of a fast knitting pattern for scarves!  The Gentle Stripes Scarf pattern fits the bill perfectly.

ocean_blue_scarf_closeup

Here is a closeup picture of the scarf.  I used 1.5 spools of Caron’s Oceana which I already had at home.  I knitted mine using US 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles and 20 stitches.  I really like the texture that came out.

kitty_blanket

I saw this fleece remnant at JoAnn’s while picking up some thread and I couldn’t resist purchasing it for my kitties.  I love plaid and the colors on this are just perfect.  I have really large kitties.  Fleece seems to be the only material that makes large enough blankets to fit them comfortably, and they love the soft texture of fleece.  Making blankets for my kitties is how I started sewing.

kitty_blanket_closeup

I cut the remnant piece through the middle and stitched the front and back together with a bright green thread to add a little texture.  That was a bit challenging since the pattern features lines on both sides and the stitching kept on coming up crooked on the back side.  After ripping it out twice, I finally got an idea of using basting pins as a guide to make sure the front and the back pieces were aligned properly all throughout the length of the piece.  Once I had them pinned, I flipped the piece over to make sure the pins were parallel to the printed lines of the pattern on the back as well, then started sewing.  It came out perfect after that.

That’s all for me this week.   Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
-Soma