Saturday, February 02, 2008

Saturday and FO#2

I'm sitting here relaxing and thought I'd blog for a spell. I finished this last night. Pattern:Knitted Lace Wedding Garter
Yarn: Misty Alpaca
Needles: #1

I am very pleased. Thursday night I got home, fed the dogs and got to work. I wet blocked the lace then starched one side. That freaked me out at first because I'd never starched anything I'd knit before. I tested a piece first to make sure it wouldn't ruin the yarn, and it was fine. When I woke up yesterday I checked it out and felt it wasn't starched enough so I flipped it over and starched the other side. That did the trick. On the way home yesterday I forgot to stop at Joann's and pick up some bias tape so I made my own with some muslin that I had on hand. It's pretty easy. All you have to do is cut the material on the bias.

I pulled the sewing machine and iron out and got to work. I have to admit, I love the outcome. It's a beautiful keepsake to remember my day by.

After working on this project, it's really peaked my interest to get back into sewing. I ordered one of the books I told you about the other day from Amazon, Sew Everything Workshop.
I also ordered Doodle Embroidery for Beginners.

I want to make a keepsake quilt for the fi and I, and I'd like to incorporate some embroidery into it. I've also bought a couple of things from the Sublime Stitching website. I think Jenny Hart is awesome, and she does beautiful work. She made embroidery cool.

In knitting updates:

I'm almost finish the half-pi shawl. My newest design is coming along nicely. I don't have any other knitting updates right now, but hopefully I'll have more after the weekend.

Thursday night when I got home, I received my first rejection letter. I submitted a design to Interweave Knits back in August for their Summer '08 issue. I'm not upset about it, and it was a good experience. I will definitely submit again. As they say, if at first you don't succeed, try try again.

Lastly, I received this award from the amazing and very talented Amanda.
Thank you girl, you always make my day!! Amanda and I submitted our first designs almost around the same time, and we support each other through the process of having to wait with baited breathe to see if we got accepted or rejected.

The rules are to give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about Blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!

Here are the 10 people that make my day or inspire me:


That's it for today. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.


Sheila said...

Thanks for the "You Make My Day Award", I currently have it posted on my side bar, your're such a sweetheart. Sorry to hear about your design submission and like you said, if at first you don't succeed, try try again. The wedding garter is precious - you did a great job. Speaking of wedding, a young lady is getting married in March and I was asked to make ponchos for the flower girls, luckily I have white yarn with a metallic silver thread running through, the first one is coming along nicely, but thinking of adding some small rhinestones to give them some glitzy pop. I'm interested in embroidery and may order the Doodle Embroidery for Beginners. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...


Thank you so much for the you make my day award! You have certainly made mine today and on many other occassions. I am honored to be your friend.

Sorry to hear about the submission, but I am in awe of your beautiful creations. One day I hope to get past being a really good pattern knitter and write one myself.


Mariss said...

Oh! I'm so touched, and back atcha girl. I'm so glad we've become friends though Rosie's and this blogging community (even though I didn't sit by you on that airplane ;) hee hee.

Well, at least you got your first rejection letter out of the way, right? You'll get there, I know it.

The garter is lovely. I just saw it on flickr and commented. Have a great weekend, Andrea.

Adrienne said...

Thanks so much for the award!!!! Keep trying! I LOVE the garter!! Good luck with your sewing!

Robin said...

Thanks very much for the award!! I really like your blog too. Too bad about IK, but I'm sure you'll try again and have a design published. It is my favorite magazine, and I think it would be a huge honor to be published in there!

Anonymous said...

Wow I tried knitting that same wedding garter when I started knitting and it kicked my butt! Had to give up. :) Yours looks so beautiful!
And definiatlly keep on submitting, I got rejected my first time too!
Thanks so much for the award. :)

urbanknitrix said...

Your wedding garter is very pretty!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the garter! It is really the nicest pattern for a garter than I've ever seen. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

What a nice way to celebrate, making that elegant-looking garter. Thanks for the reference; I've been looking for "cool" embroidery to try my hand at.


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