Sunday, November 06, 2011


So Knitsburgh is moving! For many reasons I started a new blog and can now be found at

I hope you will follow me there to continue the next chapters in my life. I know it's been some time since I've posted and not many people come here anymore, but if you somehow make it back I'd love to see you at Reincraftnation!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Please summer stay a little bit longer... we can test out our new porch swing cushion...'s blue but of course it's green too...

....pieced together from my maternity jeans! I'm thinking some pillows should be on this swing too, not sure if I will get to it right away but I will aim for the spring. Unless summer decides to stay (sigh)...this time of year makes me a bit sad...
PS Any thoughts on colors for said pillows please send my way. Not really sure which way to go but thinking prints are a must.

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Ugly Period

Hello there all!
proof that not everything I make is ugly...tummy time...Wee One loves to help Wee Too

So between Tummy Time and Storey Time and Outside Time, there has been some crafting time. Not much and admittedly, it's not so pretty. I feel if a group were to look back at this segment in time at my crafting, it would be agreed this was The Ugly Period and deemed as such for all eternity. I also think it's reflective of my outside appearance most days too but am hopeful some additional sleep, makeup, and an undergarment with a very firm tummy panel would do the trick. Behold, Early Ugly:
boxy dishcloth, pattern can be found HERE
robot of my own creation for Wee One's second birthdayrobot innards...unbutton the flap and this is what you find

I made another albeit even uglier dishcloth but still need to upload those pics so it's not happening tonight. Today we worked on a Family Top Secret Paper Mache Project. Don't worry, I'll spill the deets as soon as I can. If I did so now, it could sabotage our chances of winning a grand race to come. And nobody wants that, right?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A quick show-n-tell session....

Sometimes I think the months of June and early July rival the Yuletyde season for our family. Lots of celebrations: birthdays, anniversaries, Father's Day and then the Fourth of July. Needless to say Ms. Knitsburgh has been quite busy with Old Girl (aka my sewing machine).

First, a little purse for a niece turning 16 sweet years...

Button closeup

Next, a Father's Day gift for Nature Boy. It's a laptop cover. I used the ideas for the measurements from this Prudent Baby project, but decided to not use bias tape. I did steal the picture from Gnome Enterprises (please check them out and maybe they won't sue me), made it into an iron on transfer and repurposed a grey t-shirt and an old striped dress shirt into the cover.

Button and quilting closeup


See? Computer fits inside all nice and snugly. Phew! Now onto the next batch of homemade silliness...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

So biased!

This post is for all of the millions of visitors this blog gets who have been waiting to see what I've been biased about these days. I'm so very sorry for my having kept you all up late wondering, tossing and turning about as your anxiety grows with the suspense. What could it all have been for, you asked?

For these!

Wee dresses for three wee lasses. I hope I have not ruined the surprise for anyone; the blue dresses were made for some sweet lasses who live in other parts of this grand world. They were made using a pattern from Prudent Baby, but modified to have bias tape ties for the straps as opposed to a ribbon threaded through a channel at the top to cinch it. I'm hoping the straps will help make it adjustable for some time, maybe even allowing them to be little shirts as the wee ones sprout upwards.

I also made Wee Too a blue dress but ran out of brown thread whilst sewing on the bias tape so until I acquire some more, it will sit on my sewing pile. No, you really don't want to see what my sewing pile looks like today! Damn, I was just in stupid Joanne Fabrics today too and neglected to pick up more thread!

Besides forgetting stuff, today we visited the Arts Festival downtown and had such a great day. A word of warning though; the food vendors aren't the greatest and Nature Boy shelled out $9 (yeah, that's not a typo) for ONE large French fry. It didn't even come in a plastic bucket like last year either. They were ok and we ate every one (of course we did, we spent 9 freakin' dollars on them!!!) but truth be told, would have been far better off to wait in line for some Primanti Brothers fries instead. Lesson learned!

We also had Ivan Stikman follow us home from the Kreepy Doll Factory booth as Wee Too's dolly. He is waiting to take a bath and once he is clean, will be hanging with Wee Too. If you go to the festival, check this booth out, we had a blast looking at all their names. Looks like we will be able to see him at some point in the sold dolls library!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Back to it!

I can't believe it's been over a month since she came to Knitsburgh. Time really goes too fast sometimes.
Life with two wee is double everything. Love, fun, diapers. All of it. The good and the not so good. So any type of time I find in the day to make something is the biggest triumph in the whole of Knitsburgh. At first it seemed impossible. But then every once in a while I find an hour where there is simultaneous sleeping occurring. Both wee napping at the same time. This is crafting magic. Crafting goldmine. This is the stuff of crafting legend and lore. The elusive crafting Loch Ness Craftster.

Now this doesn't happen every day so one has to plan out things a bit better so when this serendipitous event occurs, one can actually craft. I have taken the advice of the wise Affectionit, who manages to knit sweaters, socks and other lovely things as well as sew quilts (yes, plural, quilts as in more than one a year), veganize French cooking on her other blog as well as fix things about her estate in very creative ways. She has talked about how she crafts in 15 minute increments. Thinking this way has greatly helped get me back to making things again. I don't say, oh I want to sit down and sew an entire something tonight. I break it down and plan to first choose the fabric, iron it and cut it out. Then it's ready to sew when I have more time.

Here are some of the little things I've made of late...

Wee socks for Wee Too...

Elvin hat for Wee Too...from Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Earrings for Kay for Mother's Day...

Wallet or makeup pouch for Kay for Mother's Day--tutorial here by Noodlehead.

They may not be the most elaborate crafts, but the fact that I could finish them has thrilled me.

Besides crafting during odd free moments, we've just been busy spending as much time outside between the raindrops, savoring the sunny moments.

Here is a sneak peak of my newest crafting in progress. A big ole bunch of homemade bias tape. What will Ms. Knitsburgh do with all of this bias tape, you might ask?
A few more of those Simultaneous Sleeps and you shall see!

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Addition Arrives at Knitsburgh!

Knitsburgh proudly issues a proclamation throughout the land...

WEE TOO HAS ARRIVED! Welcome sweet little lass!

Coinciding with her arrival was the Great Computer Strike. Our 10 year old desktop is pretty wrecked and currently cannot be used. So this explains in part my absence from this blog. The other reason is far better, just being busy caring for the Wee Ones, bonding, adjusting to this new happy crazy life. Really, there just isn't much else to say except life is pretty good. Hope it's good for you out there too and...

...Happy Earth Day!