Best of June in sewing and making

best of june in sewing and making sky turtle

Last month I started documenting the small pleasures, little discoveries and hopefully areas of personal growth in sewing, knitting, making in general. These were my favourite things to discover or do in June: Inspired to sew (or at least consider trying) sewing a bra. I’ve been reading and admiring bloggers who make lingerie and especially bras, but I’ve never considered it something I could try, until I read Ingrid’s post about her Watson bra. She says this: “I think one of the reasons I love making lingerie, is that it takes no time whatsoever, and I don’t have to break…

How to shop – and get inspired by – your own closet with Pinterest

ripped denim jeans how to style

Do you guys remember life before Pinterest or Bloglovin? Pinterest is great: there’s no need to limit yourself to just 20 (200?) photos because they won’t fit on your corkboard, you can share and discover new things and create secret boards if you want to “marinate” a project or an idea. But I’m preaching to the converted I believe The downside of Pinterest is that it – in all it’s wonderfulness – contributes to analysis paralysis. Soo many choices, everything is beautiful, I need them all. And this is important when you are a maker who loves to explore new…

Hand knitted pillow cases [wip]

knitting pillow cases out of super chunky yarn

  These past few weeks I can’t stop thinking about big, super chunky knits! I know it’s summer and I should be thinking about breezy dresses, but that’s just how things are, I guess. I’ve been looking for the right chunky knit for making pillow cases, so nothing too scratchy, nothing too fine. Something that feels good if you put your face on it, but is still a bit stiff, like a proper sofa cushion. I imagined a grey chunky, soft fibre to do all of the above and that apparently doesn’t exist. At least not this time of year.…

Mint knitted t-shirt

mint knit t-shirt

I’ve recently finished this knitted t-shirt inspired by the lovely Juliet Tee by We are Knitters and the many versions I’ve seen around. It’s a bit different because the yarn is thinner than the original yarn from WAK; it’s a mercerized cotton with a bit of a shine to it and it’s also knitted more loosely than the original top. What I like about it: First of all, I am happy I made up the pattern myself. I wanted to simplify as much as possible, so I made this a longer rectangle, with a slit in it for the neckline.…

A case for textile napkins + a tutorial

To My Friend

When we moved the new house, one of the things I wanted to do was to replace the paper napkins we were using everyday with nice, hand-painted, mitered corners ones. I like the idea of just washing these and so reusing an item for a longer period of time. We still use paper napkins at home, but try to do it as little as possible. There’s something quite elegant about using nicely pressed fabric napkins, and they look so good on the table. The problem is, if you’re going to make white ones like I did, you are going to have…

My top five moments for the month of May

best of may in sewing and making

It seems that just a few weeks ago it was snowing outside and everything was sugar-glazed and yet my burned nose still remebers the knitting session by the lake a few weeks ago. I love how seasons change but I am mesmerized of how fast time flies. And it seems to just go faster as I grow older wiser. In an attempt of recording some of the little day to day, seasonal pleasures that make life so beautiful I’ll introduce a best of post at the end of every month. It would be so cool if you would joing me…

Why knitting could be the secret ingredient to a better life

orange yarn ball on bedsheet

I really liked Christina Baker Kline’s piece in the New York Times about why she didn’t use to knit, or garden, or do anything that would keep her from her focus of writing and being a writer. There’s a touching paragraph about her beloved mother, who “moved from one passion to the next like a tornado moving across a flat landscape, sweeping up everything in its path and flinging it aside — astrology, feminist activism, organic gardening.” “Knitting was no different. For a few years, skeins of yarn piled up in baskets around the house. There weren’t enough humans in…

How to knit a braided headband

braided knitted headband and beautiful succulent

For a few months now I can’t stop thinking about knitting. It all started with Teo (hello 😉 who mentioned We Are Knitters, then I remembered the effect this vest from Wool and the gang had on me when I saw it last year (I think?) and it all came down on me, like an avalanche of purled and knitted stitches, wooden needles and lots of types of new yarn. You might have guessed this from my latest post on knitting needs and wants. Anyway, one day I saw this awesome headband, from Kelerabeus on Kollabora, who made this wonderful white…

The confessions of a Craftsy class hoarder

my craftsy classes

This is the sad story of how I hoard sewing classes (because they are amazing!) and then how I never end up watching them (because I find out about other amazing things!) I want to change. A little. At least finish one of my 5 Craftsy classes that I enrolled in the last few years. Now, Craftsy is having a class sale this weekend and I hope I have enough strenght not to take the Jean-ius Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit class. Must have discipline! The 5 classes I am enrolled in and a bit of context about each: Pant Fitting techniques…

Hand-knitted washcloths !

hand knitted washcloth facecloth by sky turtle

It’s king of great that today is Earth Day and also the day I show you my first knitted washcloth. I know youre probably thinking, yeah, what’s the big deal, but for me, knitting is a whole new thing I can’t stop thinking about. And how great it is when you can make something useful and learn a new stitch or a new technique. Washcloths are cool for various reasons: they are easier to care for and collect less bacteria than kitchen sponges (maybe beycause dry faster?). If you use them in the bath, the cotton bumps are textured enough…