Friday, June 29, 2007

Another Diap = Another Post!

I got my Chloe Toes diaper pattern in the mail this afternoon, and I just finished my first diap from it. Love this pattern! It was my first try at FOE (fold-over elastic), and I flubbed it up pretty badly. (It doesn't show in the pic, but trust me, it's not pretty!) Note to self: Buy 1" FOE. 5/8" is a PITB! Crummy binding job and all, I'm still really excited about how the diap turned out. I think I'm an FOE convert. And, of course, a pic:

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I did a bit of sewing during T's nap today. I wanted to try a turned and topstitched fitted diaper. (I made two fitted cloth diaps a while back, but they're pitiful. I tried to just overcast the edge on my regular sewing machine to simulate a serged finish, and it looks pretty crummy. They're somewhat usable but ugly. You can see one of them here.)

I think this one turned out pretty nice. It's not perfect, but I like it.

I used the free Ottobre pattern online. I made the smaller size (which is supposed to fit newborn to six months) and turned and topstitched without adding a seam allowance. It turned out way big (which I had heard, so that's why I did the smaller size). It's more like a size large, which is perfect for T. Now I just have to try it on him and see if it's a good fit.

I used a single layer of flannel for the inner and a single layer of flannel for the outer, and I sewed in an interior soaker of microfiber terry and flannel. It's pretty thick and cushy, so I'm thinking I shouldn't have to boost it with a doubler. We'll see . . . I've never used microfiber before.

UPDATE: The legs are pretty gappy. If I make more of these, I'll be sure to add a seam allowance, at least around the legs. Otherwise, it fits pretty nicely.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Punk Knitters Soaker

Yay! Some knitting content! It's another soaker for T.

Pattern: Punk Knitters soaker
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Bulky, bare
Needles: US size 5 and 7 (and 6 for the flat knit portion of the body, since my tension is looser for flat knitting than knitting in the round)
Mods: bulky instead of worsted weight yarn (and needle sizes to work with yarn weight), picked up fewer stitches for the cuff (pattern says to pick up one stitch for each row of knitting, but I skipped a row every 6 stitches or so).

I'm hoping that this will be suitable for nighttime since I used bulky weight yarn. I loved working with the WOTA bulky. It's lofty and really quite soft. We'll see how it performs. I've been wanting to try this super basic pattern for a while just to see how it goes together. It is so easy to knit and went super fast (probably partly because I used bulky yarn). We'll see if I like the fit--it'll be interesting to see how the lack of shaping works out on a baby bum.

One more soaker to go, and T will have a very generous stash of woolies for summer. More FO pics coming soon!


Friday, June 08, 2007

Sockapalooza--Halfway Done!

I've already cast on for the second sock so I won't be tempted to put it off. That's one big sock with lots of itty bitty stitches (10 spi!). I'm happy with it. I hope my pal will be too!

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