Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's been a while since I've posted any pictures. That is due in part to me misplacing my camera. Well, I am picture less no more!! I am dancing around on the floor right now with a big cheesy grin on my face. Or at least I'm imagining this.

With this being day #3 of having camera in hand, and without further ado, here is what I've been working on.
First up is Cobblestone for my wonderful husband, Mr. D. This is a very easy and mindless sweater to work up. It reminds me of a topdown when looking at it. I love how the sleeves are constructed in the round and then added to the yoke. When I first read the instructions for the yoke I got a little confused. That was due in part to me being a visual person. I threw caution to the wind and savored my ah hah moment when everything started to click. Another reason I like this sweater is because I'm working from my stash.
The yarn I am using is Cestari Seaspray(a silk blend 67% Cotton, 25% Wool and 8% Silk) from Chester Farms on #7 needles. I almost freaked out when I saw that I would need another skein of yarn. We purchased it at Maryland Sheep and Wool about 2 1/2 to 3 years ago. I went on Chester Farms website and luckily enough, they still carried it so I order 3 more skeins. For sizing I've been checking the sweater against one of Mr. D's sweatshirts, as this is a Christmas present. I also asked him to stay off my blog. He likes surprises, so I shouldn't have any problem there.

Project #2 is Selbu Modern.

I love this hat, and yes I should be done by now, but I've been concentrating on other things/projects which I'll talk about later. For this hat I'm using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. This yarn has a bounce to it which I like. I'll let you know for sure though after I block it. I'm hoping it doesn't pill. That is one thing I don't like about her regular Cashmerino yarn.

Project #3 is from the Vogue Holiday issue which just came out. Has anyone seen this issue? I love this. I want to make quite a few patterns from this issue. One of which is #12 the Loopy Cabled Cardi. I want to wear it for Valentines Day. The pattern I'm working on right now is #31, the Bobble Tam. It's a present for my boss for the holidays. I'm using Rowan Felted Tweed.

In sewing news I had my scissors sharpened at JoAnn Fabrics on Monday. they have the sign up every once and a while and I decided to try it. They do a pretty good job, and I was pleased. It's definitely cheaper than buying a new pair.

I'm still working on my VS project (Sorry no pictures yet). I got my jacket done except for hemming, and I plan to cut the pants out as soon as I lengthen the pattern pieces. I'm also thinking about making lounge pants for Mr. D again. The pair I made him last year are a little snug in the thigh area so I need to cut the new pair or pairs a little wider.

That's pretty much it for now. I'll leave you with this picture from my honeymoon. I promised Heidi I'd show this crochet shawl I made a while back. I thought it complimented my gown well for formal night.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Update Wednesday!!

The house of Andrea has been a little quiet (yeah right). I can't wait till the weekend. Do you ever have one of those weeks where it seems like it will never end and you're just plain old tired? I didn't even want to get out of bed this morning. Anyway, I'm almost done the jacket portion of my VS knock off. I got a little side tracked week before last. I started to get this nasty sore throat which turned into a nasty sinus cold. Hence, sewing was at a dead end and Mucinex DM was my best friend. If you haven't tried it because of need, that's great. If there is a need for it in the future, stock up on it.

In knitting news, I finished the 17 inches I needed done on Cobblestone, and have since started working on the sleeves which are also almost done. I have this phobia of doing one sleeve at a time, so when I can, I always do my sleeves, and socks at the same time. Since Cobblestone is done in the round, sleeves included. I used this method that I learned a few years ago. I had taken a class on how to knit one sock in the round. After finishing the class, I was freaked out that I still had to make one more sock. I found Sheron's method, and never turned back. It makes things much easier, and I don't have to worry about whether both sleeves, or socks are the same length. Sorry I don't have any pictures right now, but I'm hoping to have some up by the weekend.

I know in my last post I said I'd wait till I finish what I have on the needles now, but I sometimes hang out in Rosie's during my lunch hour. Kate designed the lovely Selbu Modern. When I found out that she finally had the pattern up, I had to make it.

I'm making mine in pink and brown. The main color is pink.

I also started back on the Twilight Series. Thank you Robin. You are the best. CD's are my best friend now and I got the last one in the mail yesterday. That's it for now, I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week.


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