Made It Monday: Tappan Zee Cardigan


Yep, I’ve been lazy again. In fact, this is the worst laziness, because I actually finished this cardigan a couple weeks ago, and still haven’t blocked it or looked for buttons for it. I misplaced my “sewing mojo” somewhere, and even put aside a lace shawl I started knitting (and instead, took up knitting some socks for myself, because it felt like it would be easier). And look, I’m even cutting it close by not finishing this blog post until late Monday.

Oh well. I’m sure everyone gets off their game once in a while. (Kind of like the Seahawks were tonight).

Anyhow, I finished that cardigan! Yay! I still need to block it, so I made it look as nice as I could over the bird dress. I’ll have to try it on with the bird dress to see if I like it with it.

This might have been a faster knit if I didn’t get so bored with the 10.5″ (should have been 11″, but I didn’t know if I had enough yarn for another 0.5″) of stockinette stitch… that wasn’t in the round. It was definitely an easy knit, as the sleeves didn’t need to be sewn to the body, and it was all one piece. It was good for my second knitted garment. I think next, I’ll do a proper knitted pullover/sweater/jumper (depending on what you call it in your part of the world). And then I’ll tackle some fair isle! Weeeeeeee!


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Trace Trace Trace

Last weekend, during the Seahawk’s defeat against the Colts, my husband and I made a trek back to my childhood hometown to pick up some Burda Style magazines from the library. Only three of the libraries carry the magazine in their periodicals: one of them had all theirs checked out, the other ones were close enough to each other, so we went to the library I knew.

I recently discovered that some of the Burda patterns I had bookmarked on their website existed in some of the magazines, so I didn’t have to pay for them. Yay! Also, my husband got me a subscription of the magazine for our anniversary, so I have a lot of new patterns to look forward to.

The Burda Style magazine looks a lot like any other fashion magazine: the collections are arranged well, each look is arranged in an editorial way, and the accessories are listed. Then on the inside of the magazine, there’s the patterns and instructions (you can also download the instructions from the website too). In the instructions, the various sizes are listed, and it tells you which page of the pattern sheet, which pieces, and what color to look for. Below is a snapshot of what you can expect when you’re tracing your patterns from the magazine.

Burda tracing

I think I got a little motion sick the first time I started working with the patterns. It’s important to pay attention to the sizing on the pattern. I ended up tracing one of the patterns a size smaller than I wanted to, but it was for a knit design, so I don’t think it will matter too much. I’m also using a high-quality tracing paper I got from Michael’s, so the Sharpie doesn’t bleed through onto the pattern page.

As of right now, I have about four more patterns to copy. I have a week left on my check-outs, so I have plenty of time to finish up. I’m pretty excited about getting some free patterns. :)


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Made It Monday: Forest Animal Quilt

I haven’t heard from my sister-in-law yet, so I think I’m ahead of the game and got my future niece’s quilt done before she was born! Now, I have to wait for her to arrive so I can make up a label and stitch it onto the finished quilt.

Finished Forest Animal Quilt


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