Vintage Ripple Scarf

I bought some Sweet Roll yarn by Premier recently and made it into a Vintage Rippling Scarf.

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It turned out to be pretty easy, as promised in the instructions, but it’s confusing when you’re figuring it out. I looked around and found a Vintage Ripple Stitch and between the two sets of instructions, I figured it out.

Each row is a series of six clusters with a change of direction halfway across. Each cluster is made of chains and double crochets. See, simple.

Vintage Ripple Scarf on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

I used one skein of yarn and came up with a scarf about 60 inches long and five inches wide. Because of the V shape of the rows it made sense to connect the ends and make it an infinity scarf. It was a simple matter to fasten the final stitch and then weave in the ends by stitching the two ends together. The way the clusters turn at the end of each row creates a smooth edge along the sides.

Vintage Ripple Scarf on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

I used Peaches and Cream Pop, a combination of peach, pink and cream colors. I’ve purchased about 10 skeins of Sweet Roll, all in different colors. The challenge is finding a pattern that will show off all three colors.

Vintage Ripple Scarf on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

I found some chevron patterned afghans which used this stitch but if you search for ripple stitch, you’ll come up with a lot of wavy patterned afghans. I think it’s a generic description for a variety of stitches. I found a Vintage Rippling Block which seems to match this particular stitch.

What do you think? Anyone else used this stitch for anything? And how about the Sweet Roll Yarn.  How are you using these yummy colors?

Jan

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you have something green to wear on March 17?  It’s St. Patrick’s Day and I crocheted a collection of shamrocks to share with friends and family.

I used random green yarn that I had on hand, some cotton, some acrylic, some wool. I used two yarns together on one of them.Then, after weaving in the ends I stitched on a pin back.

If you want to make one here are instructions for an easy one.  There are several ways to make these, some start with a few chains for the stem, others start with a three or four chain ring, and my favorite is an adjustable ring which is not quite the same as a Magic Ring. Both techniques close up the center hole that’s left when you start with the ring you make from a little chain.

I’ve always made a point to wear at least a bit of green because it’s fun and I don’t want to get pinched! Ireland has fascinated me since I was assigned to do a report on it in junior high school, and after some genealogical research and a DNA test I found I’m 18% Irish. No wonder I’m drawn to all things green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Here’s an Irish blessing from me to you.

May joy and peace surround you,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!

Crocheted Critters

I’ve been crocheting lately and here are some of the things I’ve come up with. Most are from patterns, I adapted a few of the designs, and the little caterpillar is all my doing.

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My Little Fox

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A couple of little whales.

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A pink elephant.

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A big fat lion.

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A dusty pink hippo.

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A seal with a blue beret.

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A peppy little penquin.

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A bright red ladybug.

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“Here chick, chick, chick.”

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A wiggly green caterpillar.

Anyone else crocheting anything fun?

Scrappy Little Piggy

This little piggy  hasn’t been to market yet, but she’s ready whenever you are.

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Little Piggy made by Jan 

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Scrappy Little Piggy

One way I put my scraps to good use. Do you save your scraps? What do you do with them?

Jan

30 Percent Off Cyber Monday

Promo Code 30offCyberMonday2013 will get you 30 percent off everything in my Etsy shop—The Little Blue Trunk—today only.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLittleBlueTrunk

If you want something that isn’t listed. Contact me and I can create a listing and provide a discount.Happy Shopping!

Jan

Holiday Hearts and Stars

I know there’s probably a more productive way to spend my time, but with fabric, thread and buttons piled around I’ve been cutting and stitching these little ornaments the last few days.

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They’re about three or four inches tall.

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The hearts are hand cut to fit the scraps I had so they’re different sizes and shapes.

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Because I’m using scraps quantities are limited to what I have on hand.

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I used a template for the stars. To many points and angles to cut them freehand.

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I’ve listed this set of three stars in my Etsy shop.

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I have about 25 stitched up so far, so it’s time to stop stitching and get more listed.

If you want a custom order or a big batch of them contact me and we’ll work something out.

Jan

Country Christmas Wreaths

Once upon a time I came across a couple of small “store-bought” wreaths. I think they were in a box of craft supplies I got at an estate sale. These machine wrapped wreaths are a dime-a-dozen at craft stores these days.

I decided they’d been sitting around my house long enough, so I pulled out some vintage lace and buttons to dress them up.

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These six-inch wreaths are just the right size to decorate some of the small spaces in your house. In the guest bathroom for instance, they would make a nice little frame for a fragile vintage ornament.

In  a kid-friendly space this would be the perfect perch for a little elf to keep an eye on things.

You could hang them on a really large tree as an ornament. On a smaller tree one would make a charming little tree topper.

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I’ll include pictures and show you what I mean if they end up in my Etsy shop.

Anybody interested?

Christmas is Coming

 I’ve been making little handcrafted Christmas ornaments the last few days.

They’re great gifts for co-workers, classmates, and teachers. I’ll add a hang tag so they can be used as a gift tag.

Hang on one the neck of a bottle of wine for a hostess gift.

Fill a basket with them and gift to newlyweds for their first Christmas.

And if you have curious toddlers and pets, they are ideal for the bottom of the tree.

Burlap Stars, Jan Made it

These are all made by hand, by me, out of scraps I have around the house.

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They are about 4 inches tall.

I have more little hearts made of denim, ticking, and other shabby style fabrics.

I’m taking pictures and writing descriptions today to list them on Etsy.

I can use any color of thread, add beads or bangles, and customize a set to match your decor.

Let me know what you have in mind and I can make something just for you.

Jan

 

Got a pattern? Make a dress!

I love patterns. I don’t think I’d yet outgrown Christmas toy catalogs when I discovered pattern books.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

I didn’t realize turquoise was such a huge color in the 60s, but it keeps showing up on pattern envelopes from that decade. These two patterns are very different, one is understated and the other is ready to party, they equally represent the style of the era.

I used to spend forever flipping through those huge volumes looking for just the right dress or outfit for my wardrobe.

McCalls 6226 1978 vest pattern on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Diane Keaton started a new trend with her style in Annie Hall. I really like the shape of this Annie Hall inspired vest. I might have to make one of these before I sell this pattern.

My back-t0-school shopping started at the fabric store in July. Mom and I sent the pattern numbers I picked to my Florida Grandma and before Labor Day I would receive a box FULL of new clothes ready to wear.

1948 Swing Coat by Simplicity on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

I love 40s era swing coats, and was delighted to find this pattern in my stash. It’s lined, but I think I’ll use fleece and make it reversible. It’s Simplicity 2380, copyright 1948 and the pattern is uncut. I’ll draw my own pattern so this one will be for sale soon.

I have several tubs full of personal patterns and recently discovered the joys of collecting patterns that belonged to someone else.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

This dress has a pieced bodice, and the jacket is pieced along the same lines. It’s the perfect forerunner to the color block styles that made an appearance shortly. I like the little bow that’s on the jacket. It’s something Sally would wear on the Dick Van Dyke Show. She always had a little bow in her hair.

One batch—a baker’s dozen—was tied up with cotton string. The earliest is the 1948 swing coat, which I want to make for myself.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

We didn’t care how much trouble it was to go to the bathroom, these jumpsuits were a huge hit in the 60s. And yes, we managed even with the zipper in the back. These were very cute, and fun to wear.

Most of the patterns in this bundle are from the 60s, with the Nehru blouse set one of the most recent. Seems like about half this batch is uncut. The ones that are used are still very neat and tidy.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

In 1968 Nehru style was a big hit. I love this blouse set. The print on the left is open down the front and can be worn as a jacket. Check out the bell sleeves. The white one fits closer to the body and slips over your head. These would look great over a pair of leggings or skinny jeans. I wonder if I have a piece of vintage paisley somewhere around here.

I started itemizing my pattern collection last week but I  haven’t done the math to guess of how many patterns I might have. Every time I turn around I find a few more shoe boxes, or maybe a grocery sack full of them.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

Can’t you see Peggy wearing this dress to the office in the early years of Mad Men

I realize I have way more patterns than I think I do. A stack six or eight inches tall turned out to be about twenty patterns so a shoe box might hold fifty patterns. I have a LOT of shoe boxes full of patterns.

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This looks like a dress and jacket, but it’s a blouse and skirt. And the blouse has a waistband so you don’t have to keep tucking it in. The blouse buttons up the back. That very tiny slit at the throat was a popular style element at the time. I think Betty Draper on Mad Men would have worn the floral print, with the matching jacket on the right. The solid color with contrast trim looks like something Jackie would have worn. The light and dark contrast and pillbox hat remind me of the pink and navy Chanel suit she wore in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. I like the 3/4 sleeves that perfectly line up with the hem of the jacket which makes them just right for those gloves.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

Again on Mad Men this is absolutely something Peggy would have worn after her promotion to copy writer. This dress has a low waist that drops into a V on one hip. There is a sew-in waistband and attached bow. I’m not a fan of the kimono sleeves, but I like the waistline.This is a Marian Martin mail order pattern.

In the meantime, contact me if you see something you want.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

Have you seen Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rear Window? Thelma Ritter played Jimmy Stewart‘s health care attendant in that movie, which is one of my favorites. She showed up as a housekeeper in a few movies of that era, and this dress and coat reminds me of something she might have worn when she worked with Doris Day.  How’s that for six degrees of separation from Rock Hudson?

Some pattern companies have reissued old patterns in the past few years and there are some retro-inspired patterns also available.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

This is your basic “I Love Lucy” kind of pajama set. A loose-fitting button front shirt with elastic waist pants is all there is to it, but I really like the little pouch they included. It’s a simple envelope all decked out with lace trim that matches the pjs. Too cute!

Tell me if there’s a style or specific pattern number you’re looking for and I’ll let you know when I come across it.

Tent Dress on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Tent dresses, as we called them, were all the rage when I was in junior high. I had a few, usually made by mom. My favorite was similar to this with a rolled collar. It was lightweight polyester crepe, white with huge green polka dots. I remember wearing it the last day of school in ninth grade. It was so cool and comfortable.

Shipping will be about $2 for most patterns. The oversize Vogue Designer patterns, and overstuffed pattern envelopes will cost more to ship and I will combine shipping for multiple purchases.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

This was a “mail order” pattern company. Once a week on the women’s page there was a small ad with one of the patterns and where to send your money to buy it. For fifty cents you could get a catalog.

As to individual pattern prices, it will depend on which pattern it is, and the condition of the pattern. I’ll check each pattern as I list them (which is why this will take a little while) to make sure all the pieces are there.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

Matching coats were part of ensembles at the time. The dress, a simple construction with inset waist, sleeveless or with short sleeves, is made more interesting with a matching coat. The coat can also be made with 3/4 length sleeves.

I know some of the patterns have missing pieces and some patterns will be too wrinkled, crinkled and tattered to use for sewing. Those odds and ends will go into a stash and be available for decoupage or other paper projects.

Even if you don’t sew it’s fun to look through the fashions we wore.

Is there a certain style or era that speaks to you?

 

More Than A Hundred Grand Worth Of Stuff!

I probably have at least $100,000 worth of stuff in my house that needs to go.

Art Books and Atlases on JanMadeit.wordpress.com

Just a few of my art books and atlases. And isn’t that a cute little ceramic bowling planter?

That was an off-the-cuff remark I made to my brother recently.

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Framed giraffe art, 8 x 10, just of one of dozens and dozens of pieces on my walls.

Really?  he asked.

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Signed painted china plate ready for a new home.

It was a wise crack, but after a minute I realized it’s no joke.

Pen and Ink on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Very sweet 70s era pen and ink art. It’s a set of two, pink and yellow, featuring two little pigtailed girls. I’ll list them individually. Yellow piece is signed. Frames are 8 x 10.

Which is totally crazy since I’m out of work and out of money.

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One of a few designer bags I’ve acquired.  This small Dooney & Bourke shoulder bag has a round footed bottom and drawstring top. Very cute, barely used.

I’ve been selling and upcycling vintage stuff for a couple of years, making a few ends meet, but not selling as much as I was taking in. Without a truck or van I haven’t had the means to routinely turn a $5 find into a $300 showpiece which, over the past few years, could really have made a difference in turning this hobby into a business.

Designer Handbag on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Art deco and Dolce & Gabbana handbags hang on my wall.

And now I’m way past out of space along with all the other things I’m out of.

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Tom Cat, signed and numbered. Matted and framed. Exquisite.

In October my house was just days away from the auction block and suddenly people who know I have a knack for acquiring things were interested in helping out by buying some of my stuff at the last minute. I soon realized they wanted to pay bottom dollar for family heirlooms that weren’t for sale. They wanted to help themselves and it wouldn’t help me in the long run.

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There was one more option available and with just days to spare I managed to start the process to pull my house out of foreclosure.

Squirrelly art on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

More animal art, signed and framed. There’s a chipmunk by the same artist.

I’m listing on Etsy, and my shop, The Little Blue Trunk,  is building up some steam, but I should have started at this pace three years ago. I have good stuff, good prices and good service.

Chipmunk Art on JanMadeI.wordpress.com

Every bit as cute as Chip and Dale.

Since I don’t have unlimited funds to list “everything” at once, I’m going to post photos and lists of things I have to sell here on my blog. I have lots of pictures to take, and more research to do, but in the meantime if you see something here you want, let me know and I’ll give it priority and get it listed for you.

China Doll on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Very small china doll in crocheted dress with pearl buttons.

Any pinning, tweeting or facebooking you want to do certainly won’t hurt the cause. I need to sell something in the next few days to be able to keep the site running. I hope to find new homes for most of my stuff soon.

Jan

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