Monday, March 30, 2009

All Good Things

I know I've been missing in action quite a bit lately. Some of it was laziness, and some of it was pure exhaustion. I hope all of you are doing well. I've had to double up on my iron intake for the past month. I'm anemic, and it's been kicking my butt for the past month. Aside from that, work's been crazy busy. But all in all, I'm hanging tough.

Anyway, my knitting needles have been a little busy. I'm almost finished knitting Victoria, which means I should have the pattern done very soon for all of your knitting pleasure. This time I'm trying 2 different yarns. One is Katia Samoa. Here's a sample swatch of what the yarn looks like.

It's a variegated yarn. I love the look, but the yarn doesn't seem to go anywhere. I'm hoping that once I block it, it will hang to the length I want. The other yarn I started testing for the pattern is King Tut. Sorry no pics yet. This yarn is a great staple, and pretty much hangs the way I want it to. Overall, so far so good.

I also started another design. I made quite a bit of progress on it this past weekend only to rip out half of it this morning. Oh well, that's what designing is all about right? Hopefully I'll have a sneak peek at what I have done so far by the weekend. I'm definitely in the Spring/Summer mode with my knitting right now.

In sewing news, I finally cut out NL 6828. I just have to sew it up now. I've also been busy picking out other projects to sew, but haven't gotten around to cutting them out yet. I'm hoping I'll have a little time this weekend. So much to do, and so little time. It sure hasn't stopped me from going to Joann's and browsing around. I want to make a Maxi dress. Mimi has an awesome video on how to make one from scratch. I watched the preview last week, and just might give it a try.

I finally broke down and bought a subscription to Burda Magazine. I love their patterns even though I haven't made one yet, and I was paying too much buying it over the counter. Has anyone seen the April issue yet?

I got it in the mail on Friday. All I can say is Oh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. I love everything. I picked this summer top out that I want to make, but the directions are confusing. I think I might try to put it together anyway. I'm hoping that when I see the pieces laid out, it will make sense. I'm also looking at this top. I think I could put it together with no problem. I also purchased a few new patterns, one of which is the Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag pattern, and I bought my first Hot Patterns. It's the Riviera Once, Twice, Three times a T-Shirt. I saw it on Assorted Notions a while back and fell in love. I just purchased them from on Friday.

I also need to give a huge hug and thank you to the Knit Machine Queen of Smoking Needles for giving me the Sisterhood Award some time back. I apologize for just commenting on it now, but I appreciate it all the same. It was very thoughtful of you.

In non-knitting/sewing news, I started working out last week which is something I haven't done in a while. With my busy schedule, I've been trying to do my workouts during lunch. It doesn't give me a lot of time so I usually do about 15 to 20 minutes of cardio and then I work on different body parts each day. I'm a week in now and it's all going pretty well so far.

By the way, I went to the shower weekend before last and the apple outfit was a hit. I think my brother-in-law wants a sweater now. He sent a message to me through Mr. D telling me his sweater size was a medium. I smiled.


Susan said...

Thanks for the updates. I think that BWOF has great pattern pieces, not pattern instructions. Once you cut them out, I'm sure you'll figure out how to put it together....then you can share. lol. I want to make those, too.

Sheila said...

Katia Samoa is pretty and like the earthy variegated tones and especially the metallic strand running through it. Aww shuck… ripping back is definitely a PITA, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end. Looking forward to your NL dress and I also checked out Mimi’s maxi dress video… can’t wait to make one for my dd.

robin said...

I don't think I have NL 6828 yet (but crazy as my pattern stash is, I'm not 100% sure.) Yay on the Burda subscription! I have a number of Hot Patterns in my stash and haven't tried any of them yet.

Robin said...

Good to see you back here again! Missed you!

Adrienne said...

Glad to see you updating :-)

Mariss said...

I can't wait to see how your projects turn out. You're quite prolific! I love the red summery top :) I feel you about being MIA for a bit too :)


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