Saturday, June 30, 2007

Update on FOs and WIP with Pics

I finally finished Rusted Root last Saturday. Here it is:

I love how the variegation of the yarn turned out.

I also finished the baby hooded jacket I've been working on this morning. I only have to sew in a #10 separated zipper. Let me tell you. They aren't easy to find. None of the fabric stores carry that size zipper in brown. I think I finally found a company in New York, but I need to give them a call. They weren't open today, so I'll try on Monday. In the meantime, here is what the jacket looks like so far. I'm very pleased with it.

This weekend is the start of 2 KALs that I am in. The first one is for Knitting Lingerie Style. Can I just say that I love Joan McGowan Michael. I think I want to knit everything in this book. I knit the Angelina Jacket last year. And just love it. Here it is.

I am going to start with the Shaped Lace Tee first. I have had some Cascade Sierra in my stash in like a canary yellow color for the past two years. I figure I ought to use it. I'm destashing and that's a good thing. I have a ton of yarn I need to use up.

I also want to knit the Surplice Bodice Camisole and the Basic Stockings. I have some King Tut Yarn in black that I'm thinking of using for the camisole. I also have an idea for the lacy part at the bottom but I'm not sure if it's going to work yet. We'll see.

I started working on a new design that I would like to submit but I'm not sure I'll be finished in time for a winter submission. Wish me luck.

The second KAL I have joined is Socksational July at Rosie's Yarn Cellar, through their Knitting Circle. There is a free sock pattern every week to knit. I have to go through my stash tonight to see what yarn I want to use. I have quite a bit of sock yarn. I'm sure I'll find something I can use.

I'm still working on my lace nightie from Interweave Knits. It's slowly coming along. I hope to have pictures up soon. I haven't done much on the pinwheel blanket I started a couple of weeks ago. I might try to put some time on it this week.

I'm going to leave you with some pictures from my gig last weekend that the Fi took and birdie our bird getting his exercise. Fi has this thing about letting him get exercise at least once a day. It use to freak me out, but I've gotten use to it. I know one family member who's not crazy about it. Here he is watching him. I think Jack definitely wanted a taste. Can't you see the excitement?

Monday, June 18, 2007

Playing Catchup!!

I hope everyone had a lovely father's day!! Mine was productive. I sang with my band Saturday night, and me and the fi got a lot of yard work done over at my mom's yesterday. She was happy. I don't have any finished projects, but I do have a lot of WIP's. Here are a couple of pictures. I hope to have more up this week. First up is Rusted Root.
Next is a new project. The pinwheel blanket.

I haven't worked on my interweave Knits Nightie in about a week. I'm hoping to have some time this week, if not next week.

In sewing news: It started out like this:

and I finished this last week. I definitely need to iron this.

I love it, and it fits perfectly. I used a discontinued pattern from McCall's #4454. I had it in my stash, and some fabric that I recently purchased from JoAnn's. I will be making more of these, maybe in a different version with jersey fabric. I haven't decided yet. I also want to try my hand at some embroidery to refashion a few tops I have. That's all I have for now.

I hope you like the music.


Saturday, June 09, 2007

Pictures & Stuff

Here is my newest project Rusted Root from ZephyrStyle. The yarn I'm using is Ty-Dy from Knit One Crochet Too. It's 100% cotton and works up nicely. I can't wait to see the full pattern of the yarn. So far I like it.

My Interweave Knits Nightie is coming along.

I'm on ball #2 and have bind-off the back stitches. I haven't decided if I want to wear it as a nightie only, or over t-shirts also. Maybe I'll do both.

Here's my next sewing project, that I just pulled out from my stash. I'm going to try and cut it out during the week. I love the pattern of the fabric. It's so me. Here's a close-up, it's music notes. Gotta love it.

I have to tell you about these stitch markers I got a while ago. They're made by Boye. I love them. The way they are made is that they can open and close. So if you forget to put them on, you don't have to work around to the spot, just slide it right on and snap into place. I also like them because they're big enough to add a charm if you want.

You also might want to check out Amazon. The prices on the knitting books are great right now. The book Knit2Together is only $5.50. Is that not crazy!!! Gotta love it!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Wardrobe Refashion!!!

I, Andrea Jennifer pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 4 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings!
Signed: Andrea Jennifer

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Birthday Party Still Going Strong!!!

I had a wonderful birthday on Wednesday, and we are still going strong. The festivities are still going strong. Who Knew!! I'd have to say it was one of my best birthdays ever. (P.S. It's also why you have heard from me in the last couple of days. My mother gave me the most beautiful card, and what she wrote was even better. The fi's card was also beautiful. I thought he handcrafted it at first. I got the usual money and jewelry and these.

The first hank I spun on my swift and ball winder. Let me tell you, it's great not having to go to the lys to do this.

More stuff is coming as i placed an order today for books I wanted. So I spent my b-day sewing. I made Simplicity 3742, and wore it that night out to dinner at Casanova Grill. The food is fantastic, and what makes it nicer is that we know the people that own it. So we had a great time, great food, and we supported someone that we actually know. Anyway, here is the dress.

I did my own variation as I liked different things from each view that they gave you on the pattern. I didn't like the idea of cording for the waist and I also didn't feel like spending anymore money, so I used the idea of the belt from view B instead. I also liked the idea of the tie from the top so instead connecting the tie, I made it a little longer and left it open to tie into a bow or knot. This pattern was very easy to work with and to do. I'd definitely make it again. Wardrobe refashion has reopened its doors. I'm contemplating signing up. I'm not seeing anything in the stores I like. The majority of what I've seen can be made and the quality isn't that great especially for the price. It would be a great challenge for me. I just wondering, once I join, can I still buy fabric while on this challenge, my stash isn't that large in the line of fabric.

The Fi took me to see The Brand New Heavies at World Cafe Live Friday night. It was my first time there. It was really nice inside. The band was Great. N'dea Davenport was in top form. She looked fabulous. The band was phenomenal. Loved it!!!!!!!

Yesterday, he and I went to Dorney Park to indulge in the water park. One busted inner lip later from the Aqu Racer, which happened to be the first ride we did that day. Fun was had by all, and I think we conquer just about every water ride they had.

Today, we are just lazing about this morning. A little later we're going to head out and do some window shopping. We both need flower pots, and I want to go to JoAnn Fabrics to see what they have. We might even go to Border's. By the way, here's a picture of what I planted on Tuesday.


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