FO Friday: more catch-up and a lot of sewing

Two weekends ago I was on a sewing spree! I not only made the iPad Gadget Guard I posted about last week, I also made two cross-body bags. That was a lot of sewing! It made me super happy!

First, though, let’s back up.

A couple weeks ago I discovered that our Joann had the new Doctor Who print fabrics in stock (apparently not to be found on the Joann website anymore – if you see it in your store, buy it up quick!). YES! I also finalized plans for the professional trips I have coming up and decided that it was officially time for me to make a Take Off Tote.

TARDIS Take Off Tote

I am SO HAPPY with how this bag turned out. I was a little unsure about mixing these two prints, but I feel like it really works. Also I will never, ever lose track of this bag because this print is not blend-in-able with any background.

TARDIS Take Off Tote

I’m really quite excited to use this tote! It’s spacious and has the outside zippered pocket as well as a divided large pocket on the inside.

TARDIS Take Off Tote

It also has this handy sleeve that fits just right over the extended handle of a rolling suitcase (note: this suitcase is the tiniest! It’s a bit shorter than your average carry-on suitcase). This will replace my purse while I’m traveling, since it can fit everything I need to have with me and is so handy.

That said, I still want a smaller purse to take with me to use while I’m at my destination. I was having trouble deciding between the Zip and Go and the Two Zip Hipster, so I decided to make both.

Grey Zip and Go

The Zip and Go is quite petite – it’s flat and has two zippered sections so you can separate your phone from your keys, or whatever.

Birds Two Zip Hipster

And this is the Two Zip Hipster, which is larger and has more pockets: a zippered pocket and a non-zippered pocket on the outside, as well as a large divided pocket on the inside.

Even having made both of these, I’m still torn! I love the streamlinedness and small size of the Zip and Go, but can I really manage with such a small bag? I think I probably can, given that I’ll only really need a minimal amount of wallet contents, my phone, and maybe some mints while I’m at these conferences. BUT I am so accustomed to carrying a gigantic purse with every possible thing that I might possibly need or want inside, and even the Two Zip Hipster is a LOT smaller than what I usually carry. My current wallet will actually fit in the Two Zip Hipster and leave room for other non-necessities, so I will likely end up using that. Maybe the Zip and Go can be an eventual goal for me to strive toward!

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squashed TARDIS, or sometimes things don’t go to plan

The second game of Quidditch is on in the HPKCHC, and the assignment this time was to pair up with another crafter and each make the same pattern but each modify it in some way. I partnered up with a student from Slytherin (interhouse unity!) and we agreed to both modify and make this Bunny Dishcloth.

Of course I thought, how can I make this pattern more nerdy and cool? So I charted out a quick TARDIS and set to knitting. It quickly became clear that the TARDIS was going to end up looking squished. And then it became clear that I was going to run out of yarn before I finished. (Note: remember when I said I wasn’t knitting any more dishcloths and was putting the remaining yarn in the Goodwill bag? Well I couldn’t bring myself to donate it and had to knit it up myself. I can’t bear to let any yarn go unknit, apparently.)

squashed TARDIS badge dishcloth

So, this being a modification challenge anyway, I decided that it would be a badge-shaped dishcloth. I bound off at what looked like the right place, and then undid some of the beginning rows to make a flat edge. It’s not a piece I’m particularly proud of, but it will still be useful because really, a dishcloth can be whatever shape and it doesn’t matter at all if the motif isn’t what I had pictured. So, you win some, you fail some. I’d count this as a half-fail.

I’m the Doctor

Ellis isn’t actually the Doctor, but she looks like it in this awesome scarf!

Ravelry Blythe Swap goodies!

The Ravelry swap I participated in last month was just as awesome as the other swaps I’ve done recently. My swap gifter sent me a TON of stuff!

Ravelry Blythe Swap goodies!

Look at all of it! Woot!

I love this little shrug – it’s so cute and it goes with so many of the items in my Blythe closet.

Ravelry Blythe Swap goodies!

Here’s Ellis, reveling in all the Ravelry goodness with a couple of my gnomes.

Ellis chillin' with her gnomies

Thanks so much, Squishy10!

Fez

Inspired by the Doctor, I wanted to try making a fez for Blythe. It turned out a bit too big, and I’m not 100% happy with the shape – I’ll revamp the pattern before making another attempt – but it’s okay for a first try.

fez test - a bit too big for Blythe

Clearly it needs to be smaller and a bit less wide at the bottom to be a proper fez shape. As it is, it sort of reminds me of a forties (?) winter hat that I can’t think of the name for.

fez test - a bit too big for Blythe

Pretty soon here I’ll give it another shot.

fez test - a bit too big for Blythe

guest room really, really close

This weekend we finished the trim work in the closet of the guest room, and for some reason I got inspired to try the bed on the other wall. OH MY GOD, it’s like a whole different space. Seriously, why did I not think this placement would work?! I swear we measured it and thought about it a million times. I have no idea why we rejected it before.

I’m not exactly sure what was happening here, but you can see despite the insane glow from the window (it was sunny as hell on Sunday) that moving the bed really opened things up in here. Despite the dresser being right in front of you as you walk in. Trust me, it works in person.

sneakin'

moved the bed to the other wall

Since we don’t have a comforter in here yet (note to self: still need to order that) we’ve been using the bed as temporary storage for in-progress pieces of various projects. Also K left some pants in here. Moving on.

Here K is hanging a Doctor Who dyptich (actually two separate prints, but whatev) I gave him a few years ago. It’s been sitting on the piano for something like two years, waiting to find a home.

Karl hanging Who dyptich

K also hung these two occasional shelves and we populated them with some of our many gewgaws. These shelves have been forgotten in the basement for the past five years and K unearthed them during our recent purge of crap we don’t need. Yay for crap we can actually use!

display shelves with Who guys and robots

K picked up this poster at the Lob ages ago and it, too, has been leaning on the piano. He’ll get a frame for it and it will go on this wall. Aesthetically I think we could even use a larger piece on this wall, but I’m somewhat paranoid about putting something too big on the wall that anyone sleeping here might bump their head on as they sit up. Maybe it’s just me who regularly sits up from a dead sleep, all weirded out?

we'll get this framed for this wall

Here’s the view of the hatch wall with the dresser centered at the foot of the bed. We rehung the old door until we get a new one, which is just dependent on arranging to borrow the use of a large enough vehicle to get it home. Which is just dependent on actually asking someone. We’ll get there.

dresser at the foot of the bed

And here’s the much-anticipated trim inside the closet. Finally done! I need to get another one of these shoe racks (or a larger one), as there’s still a laundry basket full of all my other shoes in the library.

closet with trim installed

We had this portrait of Brodie hanging in here already, but we moved it to the wall by the closet. We’ll get a print made of a portrait of Logan and hang it on this wall, too. Still need to look for better door pulls for the closet.

we hung an existing pic of Brodie here, and will add one of Logan soon

We have SO VERY MANY action figures, guys, and assorted collectables around the house. I mean, really, it’s kind of ridiculous. So in an attempt to make it seem like something other than one hundred pieces of plastic on the wall, I’m trying to “curate” the crap. Here we have a small collection of skeletons:

skeletons on the dresser

We got the big one at the World’s Largest Truck Stop on a roadtrip out to some friends’ wedding a few years ago, and the little guy we picked up at a hobby shop in Florida on a trip to visit K’s mom and grandma one spring. I’m sure we have a bunch of other skeletons around, too, but these were the two that jumped out at me right away. They will sit on the dresser in here.

Bow Ties Are Cool

K got an imported Doctor Who magazine recently that came with both a bow tie and a button that displays Eleven’s quote: “Bow ties are cool.”

Ellis thinks bow ties are cool

So of course I stole it right away and put the tie and badge on Ellis, and placed her in with the TARDIS interior set that K has set up in the fireplace room. She’s ridiculously out of scale, but I still think it’s fun.

Ellis thinks bow ties are cool

Ellis thinks bow ties are cool

Blythe + Doctor Who = awesome!