Mar 29, 2015/Julie

Rituals

Spring Pillowcases

Three of my springtime rituals since opening Home Made seem to be:  1) procrastinating on filing my taxes, 2) working on a quilt more diligently than any other time of year, and 3) sprucing up my bedroom with new handmade pillowcases. Note: I do recognize that #2 and #3 are a direct link to ritual #1 and have accepted this is my “process.”

Until I take some photographs of my finished Triangularity quilt top (#2), I’m very happy to show off some cheery new pillowcases (#3) that I made using the Viewfinders and Wordfind prints from Melody Miller’s Playful collection for Cotton + Steel Fabrics. You can see I’ve also been completely sucked in to this book. Before reading in bed at night, I like to put a few drops of lavender oil on my pillow. I can’t say this book is particularly relaxing but at least the lavender is!

What are your springtime rituals?

 

Quality fabrics, sewing supplies and inspiration are available at Home Made! Love those fabrics but don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.

 

 

Mar 17, 2015/Julie

Cascade Eco Duo

Cascade Eco Duo Yarn{Cascade Yarns’ Eco Duo/Color Duo in Blue & Grey, Storm, Denim, Zebra, Vanilla + Moccasin}

Have you ever knit with Cascade Yarns’ Eco Duo or Color Duo? Well, we’ve recently welcomed a batch to the Home Made shop and I think you’re really gonna like it.  A single ply aran weight yarn comprised of baby alpaca and merino wool, this yarn is one of the softest yarns I’ve encountered. And, the color transitions create a really beautiful stripes. Gotta love self-striping yarn because that means you don’t have to weave in any ends for the color change!

Big Hearted Cowl in Eco Duo Yarn

I’ve started knitting the Big Hearted Cowl with Eco Duo in the color Zebra and am confident this is going to a super cuddly way to stay warm. Even if I only get to wear it once or twice before the weather warms, I know I’ll be grateful to have it already knit come next winter. You might also consider knitting this show-stopping cowl, this Burberry-inspired cowl, a Bandana Cowlthis hat, or this scarf with this delicious yarn.  Just to get the brainstorming started. . .

What will you make?

 

Cascade Yarns, knitting needles and other craft supplies like that wooden yarn buddy pictured above are sold at Home Made! Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.

 

 

Mar 12, 2015/Julie

Baby Vandalism + Crib Rail Covers

Crib Rail Cover

One of the things I’ve always admired about my mom is her ability to get a million things accomplished in a short amount of time. She’s one who, given 15 extra minutes before going out, will start mowing the lawn. To at least get it started. Because why not? It’s gotta get done anyhow. And, when you circle back, it’ll only be 30 more minutes of mowing. Or two more 15 minute increments!

I’ve always teased her (lovingly, of course) about her hyperactivity. BUT. Now, I can kinda see how motherhood will do that to a person. (:

Crib Rail Cover

I know that doesn’t look like a particularly guilty face but the evidence is undeniable. Two days ago, I discovered that my little bundle of joy had started vandalizing his crib with bite marks along the crib rail. Said bite marks match perfectly to the established upper right incisor and incoming left incisor. My little vampire. Further, Ezra can be identified as the only baby to have been in the crib in question. While I haven’t interviewed Brian about a potential penchant for chewing crib rails, I’m going to make the leap and say that Brian would more likely be the culprit for chocolate stains on the couch from chewing peanut butter cups than for chewing on a crib. I caught little man in the act early on so the bite marks aren’t that bad. Don’t worry. Instead of serving serious time, Ezra got off easy with a short-term probation.

A friend had warned me of the potential for such vandalism while I was pregnant so I had my eye out for it. I had what now seems like all the time in the world to sew crib rail covers during my pregnancy but, really, who’s got the time?! It was way more important to knit cute sweaters. Plus, now it’s more of a game to sew them because I feel like I’m on the sewing version of Chopped, scrambling around to see how much I can sew during a nap time. A stressful game where the prize is self-satisfaction  unaccompanied by the chance to win thousands of dollars. . .

Over the last two days, I made a crib rail cover by implementing my mother’s tactic of ambitiously using of small increments of time to start whatever project. Big or small. A project you would normally tackle in a spare few minutes or not.  And, kinda like how it goes on Chopped, it’s not my neatest sewing job but it’s good enough. Because it’s done. And done is what I was going for because done better than no crib rail covers at all!  

I used this tutorial to make the front rail cover but also cut fabric for three additional covers for the whole crib rail perimeter. I’m not totally convinced it’s necessary but I guess it couldn’t hurt to have all the rails covered. I had leftover bits of fabric from when I made curtains and a floor pouf for the nursery — a mix of these organic cottons and a lightweight dotted chambray. And, I chose a canvas for the backing to add sturdiness along with the medium-weight cotton batting.

I really love the finished look of this pattern and how the ties are on the outside of the crib. That way, they are less of a temptation for industrious little babies to pull and untie from the inside. I also had read reviews about the velcro crib rail covers that some babies can pull them off pretty easily so the button holes and ties seemed like a nice touch.

Case closed AND mission accomplished! Now, do you really think I need to sew covers for the remaining sides??? And, wouldn’t this be a terrific baby shower gift if you know someone who’s expecting?

 

Cute fabric, canvas, batting, thread and other sewing supplies are available for purchase at Home Made! Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.

 

 

Mar 7, 2015/Julie

Garter Rib Sport Socks + Schoppel Wolle’s Ambiente

{Garter Rib Sport Socks in Schoppel Wolle’s Ambiente yarn + Michael Miller’s Something’s Fishy fabric}

One of the yarns that’s been inspiring some knitting projects around here is Schoppel Wolle’s Ambiente, a sturdy 100% super wash merino sport weight yarn that’s softy, bouncy, a whole lot of fair isle-inspired fun. Even the simplest patterns come alive with this yarn–the fair isle patterning created by the dyeing process does most of the work for you!

My friend Tammy recently knit some Garter Rib Sport Socks, a free pattern that you can find here. Gosh, don’t you wish you were on Tammy’s to-knit-for . . . → Read More

Mar 3, 2015/Julie

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

Just arrived to the Home Made shop are select fabrics from Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection for Robert Kaufman. These graphic prints would be amazing in a Triangularity Quilt. Though, I’m also daydreaming about stitching up a few new tops for myself with this fabric — specifically this and this.

What will you sew?

 

Robert Kaufman fabrics, along with other great designer fabrics and sewing supplies, are sold at Home Made. Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order!

 

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Feb 28, 2015/Julie

Triangularity Quilt Class

Here’s the progress I’ve been making on my Triangularity Quilt, a pattern designed by Jeni Baker. It’s been really fun to make! I chose to make the twin size so I can give this quilt to Ezra when he graduates to “the big boy bed” after it has spent some time in the shop as a sample. My wee one will be living it up in his crib for quite a bit longer so I figure it’s a reasonable plan. A very good plan, actually. 

This fun, modern quilt pattern is a terrific way to showcase solids and prints. Especially because you can use . . . → Read More

Feb 24, 2015/Julie

Madelinetosh Home

{Madelinetosh Home in Cosmic Wonderdust, Holi Festival, Optic + Modern Fair Isle}

Okay, winter. I’ve had it. It’s completely your fault that I’ve had a sinus infection on and off for two months now and all I want to do is watch movies that awards shows tell me are worth my time (and, some super cheesy ones, too). Okay, winter. Maybe that was a bit harsh considering that poor sinus drainage has been my lot in life for years, I hysterically abandoned my Neti Pot when there were reports of brain-eating amoeba, and probably don’t get enough rest. 

While I’d say . . . → Read More

Feb 19, 2015/Julie

Let’s Catch Up

You know how when you meet a good friend for coffee and there’s so much to catch up on that you start out with a conversation agenda? That way you can quickly summarize what’s new and then highlight the specific topics that need the real serious girl talk? You don’t do that? I don’t believe it! Maybe my approach is a side effect of organizing so many meetings in my former life and/or hanging out with my pal Joanna, who is known to break out flip chart paper and markers when you need help sorting out your life. One . . . → Read More

Feb 15, 2015/Julie

First Knit Sweater Class

{Flax : free sweater pattern by Tin Can Knits}

Don’t you just swoon over a wee one sporting a hand knit sweater? Of course, I’m bit biased about this wee one. Well, if you answered “yes” and, in fact, a sweater has been on your to-knit list, our new First Knit Sweater class is for YOU! Think about how special a hand knit sweater by YOU could be for an expecting friend. *swoon* ;)

The reassuring news about this class is that we’re keeping it manageable with a basic, top-down raglan sweater. You’ll get to choose to knit a baby or child size . . . → Read More

Feb 8, 2015/Julie

Laylow : Complimentary Knit Workshop for March

{Laylow : pattern from Seasonless : Mini Collection, Vol. One pattern booklet by Jane Richmond + Shannon Cook}

The latest project to have come off my knitting needles is Laylow. Laylow, one of three knitting patterns from Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond’s Seasonless : Mini Collection, is a light and airy shawl that’s designed to take you from Winter to Spring (or from Spring to Summer, Summer to Fall, you get the idea) because, well, it’s seasonless.

Laylow is also the latest project to inspire another complimentary knit workshop! On Saturday, March 21 from 10 AM- 12 PM, we’ll get you started . . . → Read More

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