Friday, January 23, 2015

Antler Sweaters!


I finished my Antler Sweater by Tin Cat Knits! Yeah! I started the Antler Sweater after Christmas. It was a way to relax after the craziness of Christmas. The buttons are made from coconut shell. 
Knitting is always teaching me lessons like patience and perseverance. I also love that I can socialize with my family and knit. However, it takes so long to complete one work. Even I have a hard time trying to focus on one work for so long. Everyone who has seen the our sweaters asks about the cabling, "Was it hard to do?". The cabling part of this pattern is my favorite part. I like switching up the stitching to create designs.  
The girls Antler Sweaters are finished too! I need a picture of all of us together. I love that they are the same colors as the coats I make them when they were little. They love these colors. 
Now my husband is asking where is his sweater. 
LOL

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Leather Wave Bag

Just finished this Sew Spoiled Wave Bag. I fell head over heels for the grey fabric and when I noticed I had leather to match, I was ecstatic! The lining is a very pale grey. This bag is the right size for holding all of your stuff and more. I like to wear mine to school and place books, papers and magazines inside. 
Hope you give this beauty a try. Easy to make and is a wonderful gift!
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best of Sew Spoiled 2014

Sew Spoiled had a great year this year. I started with a brand new embroidery machine, Brother PE-770. I have embroidered everything! I love adding an extra monogram or personalization to someone's gift. Many of the tutorials I wrote this year involve embroidery.
Sewing is always my main focus and this year was no different. I made a lot of wardrobe items for myself. Self sewing can be fun. My favorite sewing book this year was The Magic Pattern book by Amy Barickman. Everything I made from her book turned out like the models wearing it in the pictures. She gives tons of fabric ideas and no paper templates to loose. A CD has all the patterns available on it, print only what you want to make.
I learned how to knit on my own this year! You can look up and learn so much using online videos and that is what I did. I can't wait to see what next year brings in knitting. There is a whole new world of yarn, look up Ravelry.com.  I still do not understand all of it but I am ready to learn about it. My favorite knitting project is the Antler Cardigan Sweater seen here in pink and teal. I have finished one and I am almost done with the second one. 
Here is a list of the tutorials from just this year alone. I love writing tutorials, giving back to the online the sewing community.
Thanks for a wonderful 2014 and I look forward to sewing with all of you in 2015! 
Best wishes and tons of stitches!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Top 10 Tunic and Dress Sewing Patterns

This time of year I start to look for selfish sewing projects that are quick and easy to make. I have wrapped and made gifts for all on my lists and now I am wanting to make a few things for myself. Here are a few dress on my list to try 2015. They would all look great with a pair of fleece legging and ballet flats or boots. Can't wait to try them all!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for so many blessings including family and friends. We are working hard on handmade gifts this time of year and want to make it easier for you. Today starts our $5.00 pattern sale! No coupon needed just stop by Sew Spoiled's Esty Shop and find all the sewing patterns you need for your handmade gifts. 
We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Best Wises!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Finished Antler Cardigan Sweater

I truly love how well the Antler Cardigan turned out. I made this one for my youngest daughter and she says she loves it. I made it from Vanna's Choice, 100% Acrylic yarn. I knew that this sweater would have to be able to go through the washer and dyer. I had never attempted a few of the knitting techniques in this pattern, so I was learning as a go.
Some of the new techniques for me were...
Making a sweater bottom up,
Cable knitting,
Joining sleeves,
Button band, and
Kitchener stitch.
I found youtube videos on all of these skills. We are so lucky that you can learn from others online. I also adored going to Ravelry.com online and seeing all of the Antler Sweaters others had made. It really helped and inspired me to continue knitting.
I love that now I know how to knit this sweater! I can make it in any size! I started on this project Nov. 8th and finished it Nov. 22. That is only 15 days!  
I got two thumbs up! Awesome!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Antler Cardigan Sweater

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I love this sweater so much that I decided to try to make it! This cardigan is called the Antler Cardigan and it was written by Tin Can Knits by Emily Wessel and Alexa Ludeman. The Antler Cardigan is written for kid and adult sizes! Yes, I know that means I can make a small one for each of the girls and a mommy size one for me!! I can't wait! 
Of course, my daughter chose pink! So far I have finished the two sleeves and I am working the body. I used the peace sign hoody to show the size I am hoping for.  Tin Can Knits also wrote this helpful blog post for people like me who are still learning about knitting. I found it very helpful. 
I am a little worried about joining the sleeves into the round but I found this awesome blog post from Ysolha. Also, I was a little scared about the cable knitting until I watched this video.
Wow! Now I think I can make the entire sweater and after I make this one I want to make two more. Hope you give this sweater a try too.
Happy Knitting!