Yesss! Mittens! And just in time for fall and winter. I can hardly believe it!!! How did I plan this so well you say? Well, I didn’t. I actually started these mittens back in February. So there you have it.
I made these for my daughter Natalie after I realized that the blue is just the most beautiful with her eyes. I was gifted the yarn by my friend Amanda and I’m so glad to have a finished project! Natalie is super excited to have her mittens finally.
I didn’t spend any time on them over the summer, except for one weekend, but it was nice to know that the project was there are ready for when I was. This fall and winter I’m hoping to start a new knitting project or two and try to keep something going instead of taking a big break and forgetting things. Next up is an arm knit pillow that I bought yarn for last year and then hopefully a shawl.
I’m very thankful to be able to knit. It’s something that I never thought I could do. For me it’s a nice break from sewing and an opportunity to learn new things all the time. Well, I still do in sewing, but for knitting it feels a little different.
Pattern: Woodstack Mittens (size M) from Within
Yarn: Camellia Fiber Co.
Today is the official release of the newest issue of Making magazine. It definitely carries a special place in my heart, and makes me so happy to be a small part of it all. Even though I don’t have a project included in this issue (next issue I do!), I couldn’t resist grabbing a few for my shop – in the process, keeping one for myself. I’m so glad I did, too.
Carrie has put together another amazing line up of gorgeous projects. And I hear ya if you’re not into knitting, but again, this issue has so many great sewing projects!!! Seriously, you have to check it out. There’s a bento bag, apron, kimono jacket (from my friend Jenny Gordy of Wiksten), embroidery, recipes and a couple really great articles to read.
As soon as I got mine cracked open, I got straight to work on the Pathway Pillow designed by none other than Amber Corcoran of Fancy Tiger Crafts. I was immediately drawn to the texture of the pillow and intrigued by its construction. Turns out it was a home run! Not only is the piecing interesting, but it’s easily adaptable for whatever size pillow or even a quilt. I dug through my pillow form stash (yes, that’s a thing) and pulled out this 12×24″ form. I always love a long pillow.
I used Essex in black and Flax with a splash of a blue denim from Kokka leftover from this project. I chose to put in an invisible zip instead of the envelope back, just personal preference especially for this size pillow. Long and narrow means getting squished out of shape all the time in this house, so invisible zip it is!
I was so excited about how this turned out. I looove making pillows and have really had to restrain myself from making a million and then having nowhere to sit. I’m glad this one feels right at home.
Pattern: Pathway Pillow by Amber Corcoran available in Making issue no. 4/LINES (
I have a few copies available in my shop) Here’s a full list of stockists in case you still need to pick up a copy!
Fabric: Essex (black and Flax) by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Invisible zip: Zipit on etsy
I was inspired to make another Range Backpack by the beautiful fall colors here in Wisconsin. I had ordered some of this beautiful barkcloth-like fabric from Miss Matatabi on Etsy a few months ago and decided then that it was the perfect choice for a fall project, it just had to be! I’m always glad when a fabric speaks so clearly for a project as I think it’s so easy sometimes to get caught up in finding the perfect fabric selection. Sometimes it easier to let the fabric do the talking and this one was calling for a backpack for sure!
So even though this is a heavier weight fabric, it still had quite a big of wiggle to it. What I mean by that is that it’s a looser weave than a typical canvas. For a bag, loose and wiggly isn’t ideal unless you’re looking for a packable/collapsible bag, so this one needed a bit of extra help to make it fulfill its destiny. Sometimes it just works that way you know?
I treated this fabric as I would for quilting cotton for this backpack. So it’s layered with Pellon 809 and then a layer of canvas is basted to the wrong side. I chose not to quilt the back panel of the backpack, but simply applied the same process as the front pieces, 809 plus cotton canvas. It worked beautifully I must say!
It looks so great with this Dark Olive waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles (their shop is open again!) and one of my favorite lining fabric (in Granite) choices from Fancy Tiger Crafts.
If you haven’t had a chance to look over the Side Release Buckle video, it’s linked here and is also linked on the Range Backpack Resources & Inspiration page, too. Oh, and I almost forgot to let you know that I added zippers (an 8″ zipper is needed for the Range Backpack) to my shop.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!