Jan 29, 2015/Julie

Turning Four + Dad Builds Again

New Storage Unit by Dad

Home Made is four years old today! As I sit here at the kitchen table typing, with a babe who’s quietly playing, I am thinking that I’ve created quite a beautiful life over the last four years. Note: Those quiet minutes only lasted long enough for me to finish typing those first two sentences before the day slipped away. So, the intention was to post this earlier but as you can see that didn’t quite happen as it’s now after 9PM. 

On the days when running a business feels really hard and I express this to my mother, she reminds me of how I created a vision for my life and then made it happen. That that’s a pretty big deal. And, on top of managing to stay open for the last four years, look at all that I have now.

Through my shop’s doors have walked loads of friendly, interesting, caring, crafty customers – many with whom I’ve shared great conversation, inspiration and friendship. My doors have opened to gorgeous textiles that I get to surround myself with every day. Even a guy named Brian surprise popped in one Saturday afternoon to ask me out after a mutual friend suggested we meet. Spoiler alert: That guy became my main squeeze and we now have a baby who looks exactly like him. (:

By opening my shop’s doors, I opened up my life to let the good people in — which is really the most beautiful part of life anyway, isnt it? Especially that little person, crawling in and around our new shop storage.

Speaking of our new shop storage. . .this latest piece was custom made by my Dad to fit a tricky part of the shop. Remember his show-stopping previous project? It’s made of salvaged doors, flooring and siding and now provides much needed space for yarn and fabric bundles. Expanding the shop just a wee bit more with more beautiful yarns and fabrics seems like a pretty great way to celebrate a birthday to me.

Dad's Storage Unit

And, speaking of yarn, we’ve recently added a handful of Cascade Yarns and Schoppel yarns to our stock. More on those soon!

 

Thank you for FOUR terrific years!!! And, goodnight.

 

Jan 17, 2015/Julie

Ed Emberley Fabrics + A Triangularity Quilt

Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 Fabrics{Ed Emberley for Cloud9 Fabrics : Forest Friends, Scribbles in Black, Scribbles in Orange, Elephants + Cats}

Here’s the latest batch of fabrics to arrive to the shop from Cloud9 Fabrics! These are organic, quilting weight cotton designed by the iconic children’s book author and illustrator, Ed Emberley. Do you know any his books? Think of thumb prints and faces drawn on them. (:

I really love the idea of using this fabric to stitch up a new pillowcase or quilt and then pairing it with one of Ed Emberley’s books to gift to your favorite kiddo. Lately, I’ve been cutting up these new fabrics and others to create my stack of triangles for my Triangularity Quilt. Next up is to decide my layout and start sewing!

Ezra's Triangularity Quilt

If not a Triangularity Quilt, maybe you’d use this fabric to make a little friend a Cargo Duffle for sleepovers (with a matching toothbrush holder!), a zipper pouch for school, a Road Trip Case for hobby or travel essentials, or a library tote for books.

What will you sew?

 

Cloud9 Fabrics, Noodlehead sewing patterns, and lots of other sewing supplies are sold at Home Made! 

 

 

Jan 11, 2015/Julie

Little Lumber Jack Hat

Lumberjack Hat{Toddler Ear Flap Hat : free sewing pattern from Delia Creates}

These frigid temperatures definitely call for super cozy and warm outerwear. Especially for little ones. So, if I’m going to sew any winter accessories, I definitely choose Michael Miller’s organic cotton sherpa for at least one of my fabric ingredients. The epitome of cozy and warm.

Recently, I made the Toddler Ear Flap Hat, a free pattern from Delia Creates which you can find here. This is one of those projects that’s not too difficult but, when finished, yields a really impressive (and functional!) finished result. For mine, I used organic cotton sherpa (obviously) and Robert Kaufman’s cotton/linen Essex. Don’t forget to replace your usual sewing machine needle with a jersey needle (I used size 14) as the sherpa is stretchy and a needle specifically designed to stitch stretchy fabric makes sewing dramatically easier and the finished result dramatically nicer. 

Ezra's Lumberjack Hat

This pattern makes a toddler size–the size my babe is so skillfully modeling for you today. Good thing he’s consistent with the other babes in my family and on the overachieving side for head circumference so no size modifications were needed. Though, if you want to adjust the sizing for this hat you can follow the recommendations here. By the way, doesn’t it feel so long ago that I made this sweater and crib sheet???

If you don’t have a little Lumber Jack (or aren’t quite ready for this particular pattern) but still want to get in on some cozy sherpa, I suggest sewing this throw blanket or this baby blanket. A sherpa-lined cowl like this would be pretty nice on a cold day like today, too!

 

Get your sewing fabrics and supplies at Home Made! Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.

 

 

Jan 4, 2015/Julie

I Carry Your Heart Hat : February’s Donation Knit Workshop

{I Carry Your Heart : knitting pattern and photograph by Lindsay Ingram of VerbenaKnits}

In the name of love and warm hats and taking care of others, I bring you February’s (kinda) complimentary knit workshop. I say “kinda” because I’ve been offering a complimentary knit workshops for those who purchase their supplies at Home Made and just need a little boost to get started. Remember the Sophia Cowl, the Colorblock Shawl, the Elizabeth Hat, the Onda Cowl, the Kathadin Hat, the Churros Scarf, the Nixie Shawlette, and the Herrington Cowl?

For the month of February, I want to keep the workshops . . . → Read More

Jan 1, 2015/Julie

January Knit-A-Long : Getting Started (Even If You’re Not Totally Ready)

Happy New Year! I love the fresh-start feeling to a new year. Don’t you? I’m not really one to make “resolutions” but I do enjoy the chance to take stock of the past year and think about what new things, new attitudes, or positive changes I’ll shoot for in the new one.

In the words of my pretend friend Amy Poehler, “Great people do things before they’re ready.” I believe her. She’s very successful AND she knits –so she must be trustworthy, too. That’s how I want to start 2015 — being brave and doing stuff I know I must do . . . → Read More

Dec 23, 2014/Julie

Merry Wishes + Holiday Hours

Happy holidays to you and yours! WHAT A YEAR. Right? I’m so grateful you could be a part of mine. And, I’m really looking forward to what this fresh New Year brings. At the very least, it brings an excuse to knit or sew some selfish projects after you’ve been busy making for others! ;)

I’m sticking with my own enduring holiday tradition of waiting until the 11th hour to make last-minute handmade gifts. How about you? I’ve also got some new traditions to create as we celebrate my little one’s first Christmas. (:

We’ll be open our usual hours with the exception . . . → Read More

Dec 18, 2014/Julie

Knitting Remedies

It may be the sick babe I’ve got on my hands, with the consequent sleepless nights and now shared sickness with consequent mind-mushy-ness, or the fact that I’ve got less than a week left to finish any handmade presents and shopping for ready-made ones, but all I want to do — all I really, really want to do — is knit monotonous ribbing with thin yarn on double pointed needles.

Maybe because a nap really isn’t in the cards. And, don’t you think knitting could qualify a homeopathic cold remedy? Probably if it were prescribed with couch time and a listen to . . . → Read More

Dec 11, 2014/Julie

Can’t Get Enough Manos del Uruguay Maxima

{Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Zinnia, Gemstone, Prince, Rainforest, Freshwater + Camo}

Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn is one of those yarns you never get tired of. I certainly don’t. It’s so soft that it often even wins over those with wool sensitivities. And, there are so many gorgeous semi-solid and multi-colored options to choose from that it’s really hard to suppress that urge to pick every color.

If you’re just meeting Manos Maxima, the two important things to know are that it’s a worsted-weight, single-ply merino and, like all Manos del Uruguay yarns, Maxima is hand-crafted in Uruguay by women . . . → Read More

Dec 7, 2014/Julie

Parquet Shawl

Last week I finished and blocked Parquet, the shawlette I had been working on for about month. With charted instructions and three sections of lace and cable stitches, this project was really fun and interesting to knit.

Both the pattern and yarn are from The Fibre Company — this project knits up with 3 skeins of Canopy Fingering, their bouncy and snuggly fingering weight yarn made of baby alpaca, merino and bamboo. Mmmm. We used this yarn for our Featherweight cardigans, too. I chose an understated gray called River Dolphin so my stitches would shine and this shawlette would . . . → Read More

Dec 5, 2014/Julie

Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light Yarn

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in Lowland, Silver Fox, Robin Red Breast + El Greco}

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in Night Bloom, Baroque Violet, Whiskers + Charcoal}

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Purple Basil, Holi Festival, Coquette, Dr. Zhivago’s Sky, Optic +Whiskey Barrel}

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in Mica, Volga, Cousteau + Nassau Blue}

I have seven words for you : Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn is here! Happy Friday. (:

In case those photos didn’t have you at hello, let me tell you a little more about this gorgeous yarn. Tosh Merino Light is a 100% super . . . → Read More

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