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Friday Creative, Noodlehead: Snoflinga Hat

Happy Friday everyone! It seems crazy that we’re already into February. For me that means that March is just around the corner and Spring won’t be too far off of that! To be honest I’ve been having a case of ‘want to make everything but can’t commit’ lately. Luckily I’ve had this feeling in the past and I know it doesn’t last too terribly long. It’s a bit of a bummer though, I want to make everything! I’ve been blogging for almost 7 years. It seems like I can finally take a look at my creative ebbs and flows and hopefully realize that just as soon as I start to feel frustrated about something, that things change. They always do.

Friday Creative, Noodlehead

For today, I thought it would be fun to share a bit of what I’m finding interesting these days. I’ve really enjoyed the idea of continuing to learn and push myself creatively. I’m always scouring our online library catalog or making trips to the library. It surprising what you find interesting when you don’t necessarily look for it. I’ve picked up these books:
Friday Creative, Noodlehead: Books

Playing with Surface Design by Courtney Cerruti (spotted Leslie with this book and knew it had to be good) || Rising Strong by Brené Brown

I’ve also finally cast on a Snöflinga Hat (pattern by Jenny Gordy of Wiksten). I cast on several times before realizing that I either had the wrong needle size and then finally realized I didn’t have a 16″ circular needle. I did have some dpns, so I cast on a final time and have gotten a few rows in. It feels good, especially since I really need a new winter hat. I’ve been toying around with lining a hat with microfleece, if anyone has done that, I’d love to hear a bit of the process. Or maybe I’m making it seem too complicated than it really is. Either way, I need a lined cozy hat! I also managed to shrink my favorite store-bought knit mittens in the dryer. While those will be used by my girls now, I definitely need another pair. I’m thinking of these Great Up North Mittens by Drea Renee Knits.

Friday Creative, Noodlehead: Snoflinga Hat

Lastly, I’m trying to narrow down my choices for a bit of a long-term project. I’ve always wanted to make an Ocean Waves quilt (Denyse Schmit: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration), but I also have a bunch of patterns I’ve been meaning to start, too. What long-term project are you working on? Or do you like making things that only take a short amount of time to finish? I’m normally in the quick projects boat, but have realized that a longer project is really satisfying to work on bit by bit.

Friday Creative, Noodlehead: quilt patterns

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Rayon Scout Tee

Scout Tee sewn by Anna Graham (Pattern by Grainline Studio)

There’s nothing like dreamy rayon for making garments! For me, it provides the perfect level of comfort that I need in order to pull it from my closet over and over again. If you haven’t stumbled upon on the Scout Tee by Grainline Studio, it’s a great sew. Something quick and turn out so elegant looking. It’s a basic tee shape, but with so many possibilities. Scout Tee sewn by Anna Graham (Pattern by Grainline Studio)

I cut out the pattern pieces so long ago (probably when I first purchased the pattern), but they sat in an envelope until a few months ago. I decided to grab a few fabrics from my stash and pair them with a pattern in hopes that when I had time here and there, that I would be able to easily grab it and get sewing. It worked this time! I had been fumbling around my sewing space trying to clean things up a bit. I can’t stand having piles on the floor, but I do. This combo was paired together in one of those piles.

Scout Tee sewn by Anna Graham (Pattern by Grainline Studio)

Even though I love rayon, I wasn’t sure I wanted to make a top out of this particular print. Instead of finding something else in my stash I went for it anyway. I figured it wouldn’t take that long and I could always consider it a muslin if I ended up not loving it. So glad I ended up being wrong, because I love it!

Scout Tee sewn by Anna Graham (Pattern by Grainline Studio)

I used french seams on the shoulder and side seams as well as the arm holes. I think I’ve tried doing french arm holes in the past, but I think these turned out great (Jen has a great tutorial here if you’re curious). It really helps that the rayon is nice and forgiving. And of course I started sewing with an old needle, it ended up snagging the threads a bit, so after a few seams I switched to a new needle. Wish I would have checked my needle beforehand. Did you know that an easy way to check if your needle needs replacing is by dragging it across the top of your fingernail? If it’s a sharp needle, it won’t scratch your nail. If it needs replacing, it’ll leave scratches. I’m sure I picked that tip up somewhere online long ago, but it’s worked well for me.

Scout Tee sewn by Anna Graham (Pattern by Grainline Studio)

I love my Scout Tee! And thank goodness for the awesome snow day we had yesterday, fresh snow always makes my living room nice and bright!


Pattern: Scout Tee by Grainline Studio
(I made a size 10, but I think I’ll go down to a size 8 with other types of wovens,
I also raised the neckline up about an inch and a half or so)
Fabric: Field Study Rayon by Anna Maria Horner


 

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Bethioua Raglan Shirt in Yarn Dye

Bethioua Raglan Shirt sewn by Anna Graham

I’m so excited about making this knit raglan shirt! I had purchased the yarn dyed jersey knit from Fancy Tiger Crafts without a pattern in mind, but it was such a pretty fabric I couldn’t pass it up. The Bethioua Raglan Shirt was a pattern I purchased as part of IndieSew‘s Mini Winter Collection. I love how easy Allie makes it to put together a great look without having to scour the internets until all hours of the night (even though admittedly I like doing that, too). I also like the fact that she sews every pattern. It makes me feel really confident in purchasing any pattern from her shop. She even started sourcing great garment fabrics to go with the patterns. I think she must work 24 hours a day. 😉

Bethioua Raglan Shirt sewn by Anna Graham

Anyway, I was excited to match up the Bethioua with the knit and come away with this top that will certainly get worn a ton. It was soooo lightning fast to sew (even assembling the pattern pieces was pretty quick as there are only three pattern pieces – front, back, and sleeve). The cuff and neckband are given as measurements which was super awesome and easy to cut quickly with my rotary cutter and ruler.

Bethioua Raglan Shirt sewn by Anna Graham

I also re-threaded my serger with cones of black and gray thread! I hardly ever switch from my white cones, but I knew this fabric needed darker thread colors. It’s so worth it for the few minutes of aggravation it causes. Maybe I’ll seriously consider one of the self-threading sergers one of these days. I did manage to make the hem a bit wavy, but I think after washing it’ll calm back down.

Bethioua Raglan Shirt sewn by Anna Graham

The thing I love most about this pattern might be the way the sleeves wrap around the back. Looove that! It adds such a fun detail. Along with the shoulder darts it makes for such a nice fit. I’m excited to try a few more versions now that I know how quick and comfy it is!

Bethioua Raglan Shirt sewn by Anna Graham


Pattern: Bethioua Raglan Shirt by Elle Puls
Fabric:  Yarn Dyed Jersey (Storm) from Fancy Tiger Crafts


Bethioua Raglan Shirt sewn by Anna Graham

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