Pink Sweater Update – take four – Done!

as of april 24 2013

Here it is, fresh off the needles. I haven’t washed and blocked it yet, when I do that’ll straighten out the wavy parts in the yoke and flatten the hems out. it’s sized for a 7 to 8 year old girl, with room to grow on a bit.

For any sisters out there who knit, I’ve started a group on called Knitting Sisters, for sharing ideas, pictures, ect. Even if you’ve just thought about knitting, Ravelry is fun to take a look at, and maybe it’ll inspire you to try your hand with the needles. (Or crochet hook)

Pink Sweater Update – take two

as of april 16 2013

First sleeve on, second sleeve started. I stuck the lid of my knitting box inside the body to make it “sit up”. Those yellow strings are holding live stitches that I’ll pick up and use to knit the hem and cuffs. Once the second sleeve is on I’ll finish knitting and shaping the yoke area. I love this way of making a sweater because there are NO seams. And if I make it a turtle neck it doesn’t even have to have a designated front and back. Very nice when making a sweater for people who don’t like having to check which way round to hold the thing before popping it on.  (Crew neck sweaters need to be shaped a bit, otherwise the neckline ends up cutting the wearer across the adam’s apple.) This little sweater doesn’t have any pattern work but….


This is a sweater I knit for myself years ago – exact same structure as the pink sweater, but this one has, as you can see, stranded color work. The patterns are from a book of Turkish knitted sock designs. The color choice is my own, I love bright colors. I didn’t put cuffs or a hem on this sweater because I generally wear it in such a way that only the yoke area shows.

Tentative Inquiry

I’ve got a new piece of weaving equipment I’m learning how to use, and I’m wondering if there would be interest in large, hand-woven, triangle shaped hijab? These would not be a mass produced item, each one would be hand made and unique. What color or colors would be good? Pattern or solid color? What about fringe, like on a shawl?  What kind of material should they be made of? Wool, cotton, linen, silk, manmade fiber? Would they have to be machine washable, or would hand washing not be too big a deal?

Daily Routine


I just wanted to repost this because I’ve personally found it to be of such great benefit, especially in helping me improve my ability to read and memorize Qur’aan.  It’s also really nice because the dhikrs can be done when I’m having a period, so I don’t get that feeling of “missing” salat at that time.

Pink Sweater

pink girl sweater

I don’t use patterns when I knit, this is how I keep track of what I’m doing when I knit a large garment like a sweater. This way of knitting using gauge and percentages is from Elizabeth Zimmerman, check out her books at SchoolHouse Press.

Alternative Transportation







How would you like to travel in one of these? I can’t help thinking that anyone who suffers from motion sickness might have a hard time here. The three fancy ones are for bringing a bride to her new home.  I sort of like the idea of going to the grocery store in the outfit in the bottom picture. The camel could sit down in a parking spot while I went inside! LOL

A Friendly DIY Dress

Before I start let me just give a heads-up about this dress. This is not a fashionable dress! It’s meant  to be reasonably easy to put together and comfortable to wear.

OK. First get yourself a tape measure and make some measurements.

1. Top of your shoulder to the floor. (If no one’s around to help make a mark on the wall where your shoulder is while standing up straight, then measure from there down to the floor.)

2. Armpit to the tips of your fingers (keep the arm straight)

3. Your outspread hand.

4. The base of your neck to your waist.

Don’t be too fussy with the numbers. If it says 10 and a half round up to 11.

sewadress 1

Now look at the picture. These are the pieces of cloth you’ll need to put the dress together.

Dress Body  2 of these

Sleeve 4 of these

Underarm gusset   2 of these

Make sure the fabric you choose is at least 45” wide so you’ve got room to walk and wear other clothing under the dress  if you want.  I always wear pants under a dress so I can go up a ladder or crawl out of a car without messing around.

5 yards of fabric should be more than enough. Ideally the fabric should be something that can go in the washer and dryer. Cotton blend broadcloth or twill are usually reasonably priced and come in nice colors. Light weight denim or chambray works. I’ve also used thrift store bed sheets and a light weight blanket. Spills don’t show as badly on prints.


This shows you how to cut the head hole. You’ll cut the triangle out of ONLY one of the Dress Body pieces. That will be the front. The back will not be cut. The measurements are a guide only, you might need to make the hole a bit smaller or bigger to suit yourself. Right sides of fabric together sew the two shoulder seams.



This is an attempt to show how to put one sleeve together. I just realized I’ve never tried to explain this to someone who wasn’t sitting next to me before. I hope it’s clear. The big thing is to make sure the raw seam edges all end up on the same side. I still mess this up sometimes, and I don’t know how many of these I’ve put together.


This is how to attach the sleeve to the body. Start sewing up at the shoulder seam and go down one side to the point of the gusset. Then go back up to shoulder seam and sew the other side of the sleeve to the other side of the dress the same way. Then sew the side of the dress shut. Repeat on the other side.


This is how the dress looks when you get both sleeves on. Put it on and see how much you need to shorten it so you can walk without tripping. Don’t shorten the sleeves, just put some 1/4” elastic in the cuffs. Use bias tape to finish the edge of the neck.  If you need to nurse a baby cut along the red line to about waist or hip level, whatever length makes the dress work for you. Finish this edge with bias tape too, and use snaps or hook-and-eye to fasten it up. I haven’t tried velcro, but that would probably work too. I personally don’t use zippers, having had zippers jam on me one too many times! But a light weight zipper might work for you.

Two big patch pockets in the front are a very useful addition.



This shows how to make a khimar. The fold goes down the back and the seam goes down the front. You cut off the grey part and hem or sew bias tape along the curve. This should land somewhere between your elbow and hip, which should be long enough to nurse a baby under, but not so long it ends up being a total pain.  Make a test one and try it out, nursing like this doesn’t work for everyone! It works if you don’t have a baby too, ‘cause it’s quick to put on and off. You’ll want to put on some kind of bonnet under it, the tie on kind work best for me.