Monday, August 27, 2007

In Stitches: August + a forgotten Japanese Goody

So after totally falling off the wagon for July's In Stitches project (I promise I'll get it done someday!!) I've finished August's a couple days early! Woohoo! Good thing it's probably the easiest project in the entire book. Anyway, here it is.
Front of Amy Butler's Potholder
It's the square potholder. Can't decide if I really like it or not. Like June, I used insulbrite instead of the batting. Haven't tested it out yet, but I've used insulbrite for other potholders and it keeps the hands much cooler than regular old batting.
Back of Amy Butler Potholder
I think it turned out ok. I did not participate in the theme, Happy Hands, mostly because I just remembered at this exact moment and am too lazy to get my camera out and take more photos. Lets just say that if I did Happy Hands, it would be taking a Totino's frozen pizza out of the oven. God I love those things.

I was super excited last night when I realized I forgot to share something I bought in Japan! This is the lone Japanese book I bought there. It translates to (literally, my Japanese is not good enough to catch those nuances): Adult Couture, Dress, Smock Blouse. If you're interested, the ISBN is 978-4-579-11149-7.
Japan Book
This is the cover. I looked at so many books, and this is the one that I liked the best every single time.
Japan Book inside 1
The patterns remind me of Built By Wendy, but distinctly Japanese. I even got bf to say "Oh yeah, I can imagine you in those clothes. Seems like something you'd like". This also may have been a result of standing in the craftbook section of the book store for half an hour, refusing to leave until I found a book I really really REALLY liked.
Japan Book inside 2
There's a lot of great patterns in here. I just have to find time to sew! If things go according to plan, I'm going back to school on Wednesday for my Masters of Science. I guess no more being a couch potato while buying more quilting books and fabric...


*karen said...

Mmm. I'm loving the beachy but not tropical stylings of that book. I have an unfinished In Stitches potholder somewhere. Yours looks great.

June said...

Your potholder looks great--I also commented on your Flickr photos about how I really like the polka dot complementary fabrics you used. It's almost time for September's In Stitches Sew-along project--this year is going by faster than I really want it too.

Kristine said...

Oooh, the pot holders are on my to-do list...probably Xmas gift for mom in addition to the apron...

flanthrower said...

Oooo that book looks intriguing. I might have to track a copy down.

Oiyi said...

Hurray for getting your august project done early! It's a nice potholder. I should try some of that insulbrite when I make a potholder.

FinnyKnits said...

Your potholder came out great! And, really, who's keeping score from month to month?

That book looks beautiful. You'll have to post on the smock and dress you make. It looks really cute.

Veronique said...

I just bought that book, and I love it as much as you do. However, I have a bit of a problem and I was wondering if you could help me out. My book came with 2 large pieces of paper with the patterns printed on them. They are labeled "A" and "C". I'm assuming that I'm missing "B"?! Did your book come with A, B and C? Thanks!