Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Latest Sewing Endeavor

Okay, so I must be on a Victoria Secret kick, because I found another outfit to obsess over.

Is this not cozy? Well, I thought that I could replicate this with no problem. A while back I remembered that Erica B had made a similar wrap, so of course I referenced her blog and got the pattern number for the wrap. It's View A.

Vogue 8138
I'm not crazy about the bottoms in the VS photo. I'm more of a wide pant leg gal and I had this pattern in my stash. The pants are View E.
McCalls 5398
I'm still not sure about the waist band part. I might do a regular elastic waist band. I found a navy blue knit that I think will work nicely for this. I cut out my pattern pieces last night and intend to cut and mark my fabric tonight. Depending on how much I get done, hopefully I might be able to start sewing tonight.

You see where I sometimes get my sewing/knitting inspiration comes from. Where do you guys get your inspiration from?

In knitting news, I worked on Cobblestone last night and I have 5.5 inches left before casting on for the sleeves. This sweater is moving along nicely, and should be done in more than enough time for the holidays. I think once I get this sweater done, and I finally finish the one for my mother, I'm going to cast on for a few smaller projects. Hats, and a few scarves.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Updates, an FO and a Review!!

How was your weekend? Mine was a little busy. I hit Joann Fabric on Friday night and Saturday Morning. They had a sale on McCall and Vogue patterns. I'll update you on that some time this week as I intend to do some cutting tonight and hopefully some sewing by tomorrow. We'll see.

I also had to go to a memorial service yesterday after church. It was the second death I had to deal with in a week. The family asked me to sing, which of course I did. I've sung at funerals before and they are usually very hard. But this one was good. I actually got through the song. Gloria, that's her name lead a wonderful life and saw a lot in her 91 years.

In other more uplifting news, I finished the Baby Jacket with Moss Stitch Edging. YIPPEE!!!! The girls in my knitting group will clap at this, because they know that this was a project that dragged for me. I kept putting it down, and baby Noah came 3 weeks early so you know I needed to get it done.

The yarn is Manos Silk Blend on #3 needles.

I also started the Cobblestone Pullover for Mr. D. At our reception he actually said to me. "Since I married you, can I get my sweater now?" I laughed of course because it was our wedding, and all he could think about was his sweater, and told him yes. So far it's an easy knit. I had more of the Cestari (this one is a cotton, wool, and silk blend) in a blue tweed and it was the right gauge.

I've been working off and on on the pattern for Victoria. I pretty much have it written out. I just need to swatch 2 of the patterns in the round to check something and then it will be done, so hopefully I'll have that up soon. I've learned a lot with this pattern and sizing which I thought was very cool. I also started another design. I hope to have tidbit pics soon so please stay tuned.

I've been getting myself ready to teach this finishing class at the end of October (This one's for you Sheila). In doing so, I found this at my local Staples store of all places. I figured why not, it's only $20, and how could I go wrong the dude from Oxy Clean was do the commercial. Let me tell you, the Steam Buddy is ALL THAT!!!! I LOVE IT!! I've been using it more than my iron. It even took a chocolate stain out of Mr. D's suit. I loved it so much, I went out and bought another one.

From time to time I go and hang with the Philadelphia Sewing Collective in when they have the sewing cafe. They meet once a month an sew. It's cool. I been there 2 times, and I did a sewing outing with them last spring where they took us around fabric row in Philadelphia. Anyway, not to change the subject. I got an emailed the other day with a link to the Thread Market. I thought the deal they had for 17 cones of thread which hold 4,000 yards of polyester thread for only $7.15 was a steal. Also, each cone is a different color. They also have another deal for 20 cones at $11.00. If you like, check it out.

I thought I'd leave you with this picture. Can you guess who it is?

A little over a week ago I was on my way back from lunch. Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden was coming out of a near by building. I hurried to catch up to him as you can see he was just getting into the car to leave. I asked if I could take his picture and he said sure if I hurried.

Have an awesome day and week!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Diamond Girl Update!!

Yes, I know I've been slow on this, but Diamond Girl is now available on Ravelry as a free download. Enjoy!!

Download PDF Here

Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day FO's and a Meme

Happy Labor Day!!! I will be lazing around with my buddies Lisa and Robin at the pool today. I'm just getting a late start. Before I do, I thought I'd let you see what I finished on Friday (Fall Fashion wardrobe piece #1 ). The Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum.
Yarn: Cestari by Chester Farms on #7 needle.

This sweater was very easy to make and the sweater pattern is memorable after doing a few rows. It's definitely a project that you can take on the road or do while watching television. A nice staple to have in your wardrobe to take the chill off. It can pretty much go with anything. Dress it up or wear it with jeans.

This is what I made on Saturday (Fall Fashion wardrobe piece #2)New Look 6648.

I'm pretty proud of this garment. Although I've known how to sew for many years, and am really just getting back into it, I've never worked with knits before. I've also never done this neckline before either so I learned 3 new things on this project. The 3rd being stitch in the ditch, and it was very easy. This pattern is very straight forward, and I didn't have to make any adjustments to it. I will definitely be making another one, probably in a solid color and maybe with longer sleeves.

Sorry, nothing on Sunday, hung out with Mom, and did food shopping and more yard work.

I'll have pictures up later in the week with me actually in the garments. For now I'll leave you with the Tree of Happiness meme. I have been tagged by the the lovely Lisa. I am tagging these lovely people: Robin, Amanda, Susan and Sheila, Robin, Stacey. The Happiness Tree sayeth that you must list six things that make you happy. These are my six :

1. My husband and 2 dogs. They are my rock. My husband pushes me to do things and to always be outgoing. He listens when I need an ear, and gives me his shoulder when I need to lean on it. Byron(my older dog) has been around now for 15 years. He loves me unconditionally, and scolds me even when I don't need it. Jack(younger dog) just loves me.

2. The one special Saturday morning (rare for me) when you don't have to get up and you can sleep in without a care in the world and just laze around. It's even better when it is raining outside.

3. Shopping at my favorite craft or yarn store. (hee, hee)

4. Cheese fries and funnel cake from the boardwalk in Atlantic City. You know you can't go there without trying it.

5. Knitting/Crocheting/Designing something and when it's finally finished, you have that moment. Then the big cheesy grin shows up and you bounce all around for joy because you did something really good.

6. Wednesday night knit group at Rosie's, my knitting class on Thursday nights that I teach and my knitting/crochet/sewing friends in blog land. You all are the best, and bring out the best in me. Thank you.


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