Month: November 2008

Easy crochet headband (or my first crochet!)

When I started to try knitting, I joined Ravelry, a community for knitters and crocheters, to learn about knitting and have a look at all those patterns and projects. Naturally I’d bump into some crocheted projects too, and then I started to get curious. I chose this easy crochet headband from creativeyarn because it is, well, easy. The book I bought the other day about knitting has some crocheting lesson too, so I learn the basic from there. It only took me a few minutes to finish this! I’m very happy with the result because actually I use a bigger […]

Yellow hat

I finally finished it in about three days, and it turned out to be, uh, a bit too small for Sidra. Darn it. But as usual, he’s very excited about the new hat. I added a pompom on top of the hat and another one of those bug button on the hat. This time, the button is a blue kuwagata-mushi (another kind of helmet beetle). Because it’s too small, the hat doesn’t serve any other purpose than being cute. It can’t be pulled down to cover the ears or forehead. However, for serving the purpose of being cute, I think […]

more knitting

Yes, that’s the yellow yarn again. I call them my learning yarn. After I finished my first knitting project, I still have 4 skeins of them that I use for trying out stitches. Yoshimi has so kindly sent me a pack of JP10 double-pointed needles, so I am now learning to knit in the round. At first, it seemed so scary,tth there are needles everywhere! The few initial stitches are still wobbly, but I think the rest of it is okay. When it reaches a certain height, I will begin to learn knitting decrease stitches. Anyway, I’ve also finished sewing […]

Lazy chocolate cake

Sidra asked for keeki (cake) for breakfast this morning. I didn’t have an oven nor any cake ingredients, so I whipped this one from things already in the kitchen. With a microwave, it only took five minutes from preparation to serving, perfect for a hungry, demanding kindergarten kid. Ingredients: 4 tbs pancake mix flour 2 tbs milk cocoa powder 2 tbs sugar 1 egg 3 tbs oil 3 tbs water/milk 2 chocochips cookies, crumbled raisins Directions: Mix pancake mix flour, milk cocoa powder, and sugar in a microwave-safe container Pour in egg, oil, water/milk, blend together Add chocochips cookies crumbles […]

Girl Boxers

Sorry for putting my underwear on display here, but I’m kinda proud of them. I believe this type of underwear is called girl boxer, and I find them very comfortable to wear. But I rarely find one that fit, and two of my girl boxers were stolen when they were hung to dry. Perverts. So I think I’d make them myself. I traced the pattern from a Uniqlo girl boxer that I have, and the fabrics are jersey scraps from another project. Instead of elastic, the waistband are made from long strips of the same fabrics. It can’t be seen […]

Denim dress

This dress uses the same denim as Sidra’s denim pants. I have about 3 meters of this denim, and even after the pants and this dress, there’s still about half a meter left. I use JJ Bodice block from Burdastyle size 34 to make the upper part. The sleeves was drafted from an old book called Pattern Drafting vol. II, published by Kamakura-Shobo Publishing in 1970. I bought the book very cheap a couple of years ago in a secondhand bookshop. The lower parts were drawn on the fabrics without pattern. As I always like the selvedge part of a fabric, […]

Backpack

Sidra asked for a new backpack, so I made this one from some fabrics in my stash. The outer fabric is brown gingham, and the lining is dark blue cotton with tiny patterns in grey. This backpack didn’t use any pattern. I just made a simple sketch and then drew some rectangles directly on the fabric. The flap is a bit thinner than I imagined because there were no more fabrics left. I sew several buttons on the flap, they’re mostly leftover from other projects. One of the button is the kabuto-mushi button used on Sidra’s muffler. They come in pair, so […]

Ipod case

A simple ipod case from leftover fabrics. I use thick felt for the inside and some elastic for closure. The bottom of the case has a hole for earphones cables. The stitches are not so neat, but at least it’s useful.