Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tiny Handwarmers

These are the tiny hands that were helping me sort through wool for my last blanket.  Olivia's 3 and was wrapping piece after piece around her hands talking about handwarmers.  It's not the right time of year, but she can keep them for fall.

The piece of pink ribbing seemed impossibly small for such a thing, but 3 year old hands are SO tiny, it was perfect.  A little green ribbing for the other end and we were getting there.

I made some tiny flowers and leaves from scraps destined for the scrap ball and stitched them in place.  Sewn into a tube with a thumb slot cut 3/4 inch down the side, they were done.

Here's my phone for size comparison.

They made her a happy girl!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy Scrappy Blanket

I'm not keeping up with the quantity of blankets I had hoped to make.  I thought I could make a new one each week.  As much as I love making these, the selection process of the colors bogs me down.
This is the blanket I wanted to make, but before I cut out the star pieces, I really thought it was ugly.
I went ahead and added the solids and it made all the difference.

Looking back on this picture, I almost wish I'd put a black border on it.  It's laid out on a blanket of the same pattern.  Made it really easy to place the pieces.

The Inspector, hard at work.

This is my tried and true thread selection method.  Get a bunch of colors out and start eliminating.  Zigzag uses so much thread that I buy the big spools and have an empty spool that I put inside the cone to use it on a regular spindle.

The main pieces all together and needing a border.

The backside's as pretty as the front.