Need help sewing in sleeves onto your sweater?

I’ve got a cheap and easy solution to help you seam your knitted sweater pieces together. I’m very sure someone has thought of this idea before but I have not come across it in any book or blog recently. So I thought I’ll share it here.

Well, ever heard of Knit Klips? They are clips that help you align your items together before sewing up. Cool product but quite expensive for my minimalist budget. So I bought a pack of 8 small butterfly hair clips for $2 instead. Cheap as chips!

Seaming up tools

I aligned the sleeve opening to the armhole and used the butterfly clips to hold them in place. As you can see, using the butterfly clips makes realigning easy peasy. You can tweak to your heart’s content without having to undo any sewing.

Clip edges together

Then I just sew the edges into place, removing the clips as I get to them. For seaming the sleeves onto the jacket, you can’t go wrong with the mattress stitch. This Knitting Help video is excellent if you’re not familiar with this finishing method.

Seaming using mattress stitch

And that’s it! Here are my sleeves sewn onto my almost finished jacket. I have the collar to knit and buttons to sew on. The next step is to pick up stitches along the neckline. Does anyone have any tips to ensure my stitches are evenly spaced and I have the right number of stitches at the end?

Sleeves sewn on!

P.S. That’s right ladies. I’m wearing my pajama top underneath my half finished jacket! The sheepish face should give you a clue that it’s the end of the day and smiling is not feeling natural anymore. Zzzz…

P.P.S. If you like my happy green sewing-up needle, I have them at my shop here. Lots of new products recently added! Plus, free shipping worldwide. Yay!

P.P.P.S. Get those WIPS finished this weekend. You’d thank yourself for it later. Happy sewing! 🙂


Charlie’s Firsts

My baby eclectus parrot, Charlie, has had quite a rollercoaster ride the short few weeks he’s been with us. He’s still settling in and so are we! I’m still getting used to preparing food for him and getting him to come out to play. It’s a new experience for all of us!

Here are a couple of videos showing the exciting new things he has been up to. The first one is of him making a big mess while having dinner at the dining table. The second video is of his first shower!

Video 1

Video 2

We are seeing an avian vet today to give him his first check-up. Exciting!

On the knitting side, I have almost, almost finished knitting the second sleeve on the ribbed jacket! I also have a lot of other news to share with you and I will reveal them through the week. Stay tuned!


Kiwi Giveaway

Would you to win these cute New Zealand goodies? There’s NZ fabrics, chocolates, a tomato sauce bottle and a tea towel. What more can a girl ask for?

Pop on over to cute and crafty Kiwi at Heart and leave a comment. Open to all. Yay!

Good luck! 🙂

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Organic Hot Water Bottle?

Since the snuggie didn’t get much support in the last post, I’ve decided to go organic and use my darling cat as a hot water bottle to stay warm. I’m carrying her around like she’s a celebrity pooch in Hollywood. Like, she’s my BFF, you know. 😛

Cuddly cat

Oh and if you drop by during the day, please excuse the dressing gown and flanelette pajamas. I thought I’ll just stay in them all day since they’re warm, cuddly and soft. If I’m not going out, I’m not getting changed. I may carry my pet around, but it’s not really The Hills here!


Baby, it’s cold inside!

It’s cold! My house won’t warm up and neither will my fingers and toes. I had the heaters on during the day and wore fingerless gloves indoors! Outrageous! It’s the coldest winter in 3 years and boy, am I feeling it today. So much so that I have been seriously contemplating buying a snuggie!

Should I? Shouldn’t I? Hmmm…

I know I can make one. But seriously, why would I spend months crocheting this…

Image and free pattern from Coats and Clark

… or knitting this?

Image and free pattern from Bernat

Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should. Right? It will be warm again when I finish it! Although I must admit that the knitted snuggie does look pretty cozy. No no no… Must resist… must resist…

How about you?
Are you pro- or anti- snuggie?
What do you think of those handmade ones?

P.S. Knitting party went really well yesterday! But I forgot to take pics and was too busy chatting about fibre that I didn’t do much knitting. I’ll try to take pics next time though.

P.P.S. I compensated for loss knitting time yesterday and spent a good few hours knitting today. Happy to report that I’m halfway through my second sleeve. Yay! Hope you had a great weekend!


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