I’ve been busy, designing and swatching away. It’s been great! But, I can never help thinking that after I finished a swatch, I should be able to do something fun with it. I’ve got a bunch pinned up on the bulletin boards in my studio, which is nice. But, honestly, most of them just hang out in a stack in my closet. My mind is always chugging away in the background, trying to think of something to do with my leftover swatches.
And, over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting a jump on a new sewing project for the kid- a busy book. Basically it’ll be a little book with quilted/apliqued pages for the baby to play with, and I plan on adding more age-appropriate pages as he grows up. Right now, the pages are all basically just things for him to touch, feel, and put in his mouth (he’s only 6 months old, after all), but down the line I’ll add pages with fun things like zippers, flaps, velcro, etc.
For example, I made a sheep page with some leftover terrycloth.Cute, if I say so myself! (Gotta start teaching them to appreciate wool from an early age, right?)
That got me thinking- how could I use knitting in the busy book?
I dug up an old sock swatch (I figured the smaller gauge would work better with the scale of the book) and got to work. I machine-sewed two lines with very short stitches down the back of the swatch, and cut in-between them- kind of like this. (I’ve never steeked before, and I think this is about as close as I’ll be getting in the near future. Scary!) Then I took some iron-on adhesive and ironed it to the back of the swatch, cut out a sweater shape and ironed it to the background fabric. It was more or less intact, but the edges were fraying a smidge, so I ran a quick zig-zag stitch around the edge, and presto! an actually-knit sweater page!I really should have taken pictures of each step, but I really didn’t think it was going to work!
Now that I’ve done this once, my mind is spinning with all the knitting-as-applique possibilities!
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done with your knitting?
That’s great; how creative you are!! I knit with flat elastic once, for a challenge that asked for knitting without yarn.