bound buttonholes and… knitting.

30 Nov

look, guys, i’m a featured member on pattern review!
i don’t actually know what that means, but it’s kinda cool nonetheless! my picture! on the front page! wheee!!

leopard & teal jacket
remember when i said i was going to make a leopard print jacket?

i decided to practice my bound buttonholes last night. here is my first attempt:
bound buttonholes

i figured that was good enough & forged ahead with putting them on the jacket front:
bound buttonholes
they are actually fairly camouflaged (hurr durr because of the print, get it?), so it wouldn’t even matter if they were imperfect. actually, i think they turned out pretty good!

bound buttonhole

bound buttonhole

ok ok, that’s enough bound buttonholes for one day!

unfortunately, my progress with the jacket comes to a stop now because i can’t decide if i want to fully tailor the thing & interface the whole front, or if i just want to do some “light tailoring” and only padstitch the back collar & put in a back stay. what would you do?
either way, i’m out of hair canvas so i have to order more. BOO!

in other news…

knitting swatch
i finished my first knitting swatch! bound off and everything! this will be a… dish cloth.

i started my first real knitting project – it’s a scrunchable scarf! the yarn is some soft alpaca i frogged from a scarf i (very poorly!)crocheted a couple of years ago. aha knitting is so thrifty! anyway, i’m really excited! my first knitted scarf!

also, i celebrated black friday by staying home and painting my living room blue.
living room
with special thanks to my patient boyfriend (who did the rolling) and all the hit songs of the 90s – i couldn’t have done it without y’all.


24 Responses to “bound buttonholes and… knitting.”

  1. dapperduds November 30, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Those buttonholes look fab and good job at avoiding mall madness (ick).

  2. Miss Crayola Creepy November 30, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Did you make the quilt? It’s cool!

    • lladybird November 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      i wish! my great-grandmother made it. it’s hand-quilted, though! šŸ™‚

  3. wundermary November 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    The button holes look really good and you are pretty smart to trot them out on a forgiving print for the first time.
    I can’t tell what the weight of the fabric is that you are working with. It looks light, but, I assume it isn’t. If you have to order the hair canvas anyway, go wild (har har) and fully tailor it! Those button holes kinda say fully tailor. Plus, I kinda want to see what you do with it, because I think your projects turn out so nice.

    • lladybird November 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

      the fabric is a mediumish (on the light side, if that makes sense) weight linen blend. it is suitable for a jacket, not sure if it’s suitable for a *tailored* jacket. ahh i didn’t think of that!

      • wundermary November 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

        That does sound like something a bit more unstructured. Maybe you should save all that hard labor for a woolen that will fully appreciate it!

  4. prttynpnk November 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Those buttonholes look great! Very impressed- great livingroom color, too!

  5. suzie November 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Those are some secy looking bound buttonholes. Can’t wait to see the finished jacket – it will totally rock!

  6. poppykettle November 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I love your jacket pattern! I’m gunna have to write that pattern number down…

  7. Marie November 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Your leopard print jacket is going to look amazing, you just can’t beat a bit of animal print!!! Your knitting is coming on nicely, I love the scarf you picked to make! It’s one that’s on my list to knit too, but at the moment I’m making this one for a friend instead:

    • lladybird November 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

      ooh ooh that is gonna be one pretty scarf!!

  8. weefrills November 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    Pretty blue walls!

  9. didyoumakethat December 1, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    We have the same IKEA lampshade!

  10. Caroline December 1, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Ha! I also have that Ikea lampshade!

    ps Love the jacket, very neat buttonholing (is that a word?)

    • Sassy T December 1, 2011 at 9:01 am #

      Buttoholes fabulosity . . .

  11. gingermakes December 1, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Yay scarf! And I like the new blue living room! Yay!

  12. Darsana December 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Huzzah on your first swatch! I’d say it’s about time you joined Ravelry [] if you haven’t yet! It’s like a (way more awesome) pattern review for knitters/crocheters/spinners.

  13. leahfranqui December 2, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Awesome bound buttonholes. My first ones were a joke. I think next time I will use Gertie’s tutorial, people seem to have luck with that. Did you use any guide in particular?

    I’m making the Honey Cowl for my friend. And another, for my SELF. Because I’m worth it. It’s free on Ravelry, if you need a good cowl. And who doesn’t, really…

    • lladybird December 2, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      i did use gertie’s tutorial! i’ve tried a few, and i think i like hers best… although you do need to be VERY precise.

      i have been eyeballing that honey cowl for too long. probably should get crackin’ on making one!

  14. Vivienne December 5, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    I’m working on that exact pattern right now in an amazing purple+lilac mohair tweed from EOS. It has taken me years to screw up the courage to cut this fabric! I interfaced the entire front with weft insertion interfacing and the back stay area, plus the front peplum and the lower hems. The bodice is a bit long for me from the shoulders up, so I’m going to add small shoulder pads. I reduced the lower circumference of the flounce too.

    Nice buttonholes!

    • Lauren December 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      oooh that sounds divine. can’t wait to see it!

  15. Anonymous December 8, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Nice…..I’m too scared for bound buttonholes just yet, though I had a knitting urge last week – only thing I’ve knitted in 25 years is a basic stocking stitch scarf in Colinette……I’m now knitting a simple plain knit furry scarf for me, then want to knit a white raspberry stitch scarf for a friend, and another scarf for another friend – the pattern you posted looks perfect for the 3rd scarf……I may yet get brave and attempt a jumper or something… šŸ˜€

    • Anonymous December 8, 2011 at 4:26 am #

      How rude, I’m not anonymous at all!

      • beklet December 8, 2011 at 4:28 am #

        Now am I in….?

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