Sunday, April 29, 2007
They had the socks featured in this pattern, I had to have it. The instructions are printed out and are also charted.http://siviaharding.com/JourneySock.html
I love the end results of the little baby jacket and used an old button from my collection. Next time I use straights and stockinette stitch, I'll use two different sized needles, I do have tension problems but it has been consistent through the project.
The sock another knot but this one is a little more frustrating to me, somehow the yarn changed orientation. So while it may look completely matching down to the heel the soles are going to be reversed!
Aren't the colours pretty? It also feels luxurious. See on the right hand corner of the chair, how the shawl has lifted in the wind, that lovely rounded edge is the centre of the neck.
The shawl has been flipped the opposite direction and now the point of lack there of is evident. The little green patch beneath the centre holes was my starting point. I can't imagine putting a tassel there to hold the triangular shape. Sitting on it would be uncomfortable and no doubt a tassel in that position, not the most attractive look for me. So there is the dilimma, before I sew in all the ends, block that tricky silk, do I unrip first? The stole I made from this yarn caused a number of heartaches as well.
Although, I ordered this book from Holland two days after I placed a Knit Pick order this came on Thursday. I took a class in doll making and costume called the Dutch Touch in 2004, so when the book was offered for sale by Ankie I went for it. Very European in content with inspiration for doll making. I had 2 bulletin boards in my sewing room and also various other boxes of inspiration, I am looking forward to organizing them on cardstock and putting together a book of my own.
My sewing desk is being painted a dark brown melamine--I feel like I'm painting with melted dairy milk chocolate bars. --------Yummy but best not to do on an empty stomach, it is just so tempting to go on a chocolate binge.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
I finished the baby jacket, my shawl and have made progress on the second sock.
I am in a bit of a funk, I am worried about the shawl. I know a good blocking fixes everything, but I am not sure if that will do the trick. It just doesn't want to be a triangle and the hypotenuse is not straight. It wants to curl over itself in the middle, so do I unrip now or after an attempted blocking of the thing. I wonder if the silk will be too tight after a wash, it is not going to reshape like cotton or wool. I do like the colour combo and the yarns I used.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
These two spreads are from a book, I am altering with a theme of fashion and style. This is where I practise something new and don't know if I'll ever be finished.
There is a niche in the back for a few momentos but I have ripped it apart to reglue, the cover is still a problem as well. I have been wanting to play with paper and currently I have been doing a little scrapbooking, I have only put in the background pages and haven't decided on the photos yet but I won't need them until Christmas. It has been fun collecting backgrounds for children.
Monday, April 23, 2007
The 2007 SWAP entries have been posted, lots of different styles of clothing. 31 people finished their 11 piece wardrobes, it is hard to vote for a favorite. I did manage to read all the posts today and I guess the ones that I think about the most for the next few days will get my votes.
http://www.timmelfabrics.com/index.htm follow the links in the newsletter to view the swap contest.
I am seriously considering next year to join in. It has changed my whole way of thinking about planning my wardrobe, sewing and purchasing of fabric.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Sewing room, I am moving stuff back into it's new assigned space. The yarn has been moved, 12 large rubbermaid containers hold fabric, doll stuff is still scattered about. I am doing only half the room this weekend and then will tackle the other bookcase and start painting the tv stand and my desk.
Knitting: slow progress on socks, baby jacket needs a button and yarn ends woven in, but the seams are done, so is the dishcloth.
I got 2 books out of the library, Alice Starmore, Aran Knitting, http://www.amazon.com/Aran-Knitting-Alice-Starmore/dp/1883010330/ref=sr_1_1/002-6085428-1513650?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1175914767&sr=1-1
and Jill Eaton, Minnies. quickknits for babies and toddlers. I do need another baby gift so must start one soon but I don't think I'll be doing any aran sweaters, but her diagrams and history is neat, so I'll be studying it for awhile.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
I first found this sock yarn store at the Gibson's fibre festival last summer. I'd love to drop in one day when I am on my sail boat. In the meantime, looking on line is lots of fun. I haven't yet ordered from them. http://funknits.com/
I am not quite half way through the second sock.
The yarn dye challenge is not making any progress yet, one of my nephews requested socks! I was shocked, I haven't measured his feet or chosen a colour, but I do think superwash is the way to go. Last year I made fingerless gloves for all the young women of my family. I am thinking I probably have enough socks for myself for the next while so maybe I'll try a few socks for others this year.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Baby jacket- nearly finished seaming up, the perfect button is somewhere in the 23 boxes of stored sewing room stuff.
Dish cloth- I just wanted to try one, one is enough, man, my hands ache knitting it.
Sewing- at a dolldrums spot, can't decide just going in circles. Bought new patterns, just can't get going. I sorted out my threads again, doesn't sound like a big deal but it takes up 3 large tupperwear containers. I have found another 10 spools that need to be added. Can't find my fabric I bought in Greece, I am assuming now that it is also in the 23 boxes somewhere.
Sewing room progress- I think I am just waiting for the baseboards to be painted, and the furniture to be moved back in by the professionals. My hubby still has to paint the ceiling and some trim. I have gone through 4 of the boxes, made decisions--I don't need all of it.
Powerpoint presentation- nearly have it together, just need to work on my notes and organize what I am taking to show everyone.
New Project-- do I really need another? Yes after all of the above, I need to do something creative. I am keen to dye yarn and will be doing an exchange with Heather and Adriana. http://friendsknittogether.blogspot.com/ No starting date or finishing date for this yet.