They sent a swatch book! 😍
They sent a swatch book! 😍
I went to the studio today and made a linen tee.
I found this fabric rather challenging to work with. It’s a tissue linen knit. Since it’s almost transparent I doubled the fabric on the body. I didn’t have enough to make them the same size so I went with the fluttery look by making the top layer a little shorter.
I left the edges unfinished. I accidentally sewed the neck binding on backwards, but you can’t really tell. Especially now that I’ve washed it.
I bought this fabric to make pj pants, but now I’m thinking of making the Lily top with it. What do you think?
I’m designing the perfect beanie with this Malabrigo.
I re-cast-on my lilac heather cumulus blouse. I tried to fix the messed up raglan shoulder, but wasn’t able to make it work. So I frogged it. All shoulders are looking good now!
What are you working on this weekend?
Today I wore my Cricket Hitofude with my spring a-line dress over jeans and it made me happy. Also someone at Lucky’s (our market) said I looked like an ad because my outfit matched the produce in my cart.
“Three tomatoes are walkin’ down the street. Papa Tomato, Mama Tomato and Baby Tomato. Baby Tomato starts lagging behind, and Papa Tomato gets really angry. Goes back and squishes him and says: Ketchup!” — Pulp Fiction
I feel a little like Baby Tomato these days.
I finished my Emerson Pants. I’m pleased overall, but would like to suggest for the waistband that you fold it under on the inside and finish it by hand rather than what the instructions say. Because the pleats are thick I ended up with serger trauma.
It had been so long since I had sewn a waistband I didn’t think ahead on this one. I doubled-down on the stitching. Here’s hoping it survives the washing machine.
I am almost finished with the sleeve section on Cricket Hitofude and plan to be on to the next section today, unless my lilac heather cumulus blouse lures me away with its misty seamless stockinette lull. I finished one chart repeat on the edge of Celtic Myths, and it is so pretty. I look forward to diving into that monogamously at some point soon.
I bought two dress patterns from Grainline Studios and a custom fit jeans pattern from Bootstrap Fashion. I think I have enough natural linen left over to sew one of these dresses, but I’m hoping for an Etsy gift card for my upcoming birthday so I can order more linen from Lithuania.
This week I worked in my studio on some samples for our artisan partners in Kenya. I really enjoyed it and I’m hoping to be able to do more design work in future.
1. You’re sitting in your crafting chair or crafty couch, what else are you doing? Do you like to watch TV or maybe a movie? What are your favorites? Do you watch things more than once? Do you listen to podcasts? Do you prefer an audiobook?
I am usually watching a movie or tv show, preferably horror, sci fi, or UK/Euro mystery with beautiful scenery. I have recently started listening to audiobooks. The Shetland mysteries are my current favorite and I enjoy trying to say “murrrderrrr” like the narrator, and failing miserably every time.
2. What is your preferred drink? Are you having coffee, tea or maybe a tall frosty glass of beer? Do you have a snack? Do you like to reward yourself after a particularly long row or repeat?
Coffee or wine, depending on the time of day. I also like tea and shortbread cookies if it is afternoon. Sometimes I like herbal tea.
3. Do you craft alone or are you surrounded by your family and pets? Do they talk or whine while you’re counting? Are they understanding about the time you spend on your craft?
If I am crafting at home I am usually on the couch with Bob and our cat, JoJo. In the studio, where I do the majority of sewing and designing, I am usually alone.
1. What’s your favorite Pet movie?
I do not have a favorite pet movie.
2. Have you, do you play video games?
Not if I can avoid it. When the boys were younger they were always asking me to play video games with them, and I would only do so begrudgingly.
3. Discussing air travel with a friend recently, made me think about this question. Do you like take off and landings? Do you enjoy the cruising time on a plane?
I enjoy the adrenaline of the take off and landing. I also enjoy the knitting/reading/sleeping time of the cruising. I enjoy air travel, except the waiting in line at the airport time.
4. Mason Dixon recently asked, Do you prefer fair isle or Duplicate stitch? So I’ll ask that of you as well. Which do you prefer?
Fair Isle, of course.
5. Did you see the SNL skit last weekend about women who hate to shop for clothing? It was spot on! Do you like to shop for clothing? Google it: The Shopping Experience for People Who Hate Shopping….
I did not but I will google it.
6. Some people love those interchangeable needles. Do you?
I hate interchangeable needles because the yarn always gets caught on the join.
7. Have you ever called the Fire Department?
No, thank goodness.
8. Do you know anyone who had a home birth? ( how random is this? at least the question is not did you call the fire department during your home birth.right?)
Yes I’m pretty sure I know several people who have had a home birth. My first two were born in a freestanding birth center, which was very like a home birth.
9. Boiled egg, Cadbury Egg, or Marshmallow Egg?
10. When was the last time you rode on a bus?
Probably last summer. I enjoy riding on the bus!
Dang, now I wish I had a marshmallow egg.
I started my Emerson Pants, mini-swatched the new sweater, and carded some wool.
I am wondering if I have the wherewithal to make my own jeans. Wouldn’t it be great to have jeans that fit perfectly? I think so too. I will have to think about that.
I have connected with a few of you over on Instagram, and you will already know I’m sporting a shiner right now. Yesterday I thought it was funny, but today I am over the novelty of it and feeling sorry for myself. It’s nothing exciting. Sty + vomiting = shiner.
I fell off my spending fast when I saw this gorgeous lavender wool and cotton yarn from Cestari while I was at Broad Ripple Knits in Indianapolis on Thursday. I got four skeins, enough to make a spring pullover. I had trouble finding a suitable pattern, but Instagram to the rescue. Someone posted the Cumulus Blouse, and although this pattern is categorized as lace, it’s knit with two strands together and the gauge is perfect for my new yarn at a looser, drapey gauge.
I’m currently trapped underneath my cat which is why she is a prop in my photo.
I’m making good progress on Hitofude. Only four repeats left and the sleeves will be done.
I looked at my Hollywood Pants pattern and realized I am too big for it now. Instagram overheard my dismay and presented the Emerson Crop Pant pattern. $12 later and I’m happily taping together the pattern pieces. You may remember I have some linen waiting to be sewn at the studio. I may make these full length instead of cropped. We’ll see.
I hope you have a wonderful Saturday full of crafty goodness. I have a little work to do, and then Bob and I are putting together new raised beds for Satur-date. ❤️
And of course I will squeeze in as much crafty self-care as I can!
I did a little research and you can wet felt raw wool if you want to, but Highland Heffalump made a great point about not wanting dirt etc up in there. So I washed about a third of the fleece in a bucket with Eucalan and rinsed it.
Isn’t it pretty? I’ve realized I’m going to need to card it, although I don’t want to overprocess it because I want to keep the colors as separate as possible. Maybe I should flick card it.
I brought my box of combs and cards up from the basement, and look what was in the box! Fiber from my old angora bunnies, Ziggy and Tiger! And a hank of merino and silk top! Surprise!
I’ve never been much for blending and spinning my own fibers. I did enough back in the day to make sure I knew what I was doing should I ever need or want to do it again. But I might play around with this fiber since I have it. I wonder if rabbit fur will felt with wool? It might be a fun experiment.
I finished my mod tie dye dress. I went all out with gathers in the front and a popped up collar. I struggled some with this as I didn’t have enough fabric for the casings. I cut bits along the bias and pieced them together. I wanted to finish it all off perfectly (inside and out) but ended up using the serger around the neckline and armholes. I did find a beautiful green button that was my Grandmother’s to use for the back closure. I think it’s pretty cute overall, and I don’t think anyone else will notice the flubs. Then I tried it on.
I love the colors. I was going for the Twiggy look because, hey, I have the haircut.
Then I put on a sweater.
It’s ok. It’s a bit tenty. I don’t look like Twiggy, that’s for sure! 😂
Last week was a travel week for work, but I still managed to accomplish some things.
I finished my PJ pants.
I started a dress. You can tell I was in an Eastery mood. I’ve had this material for ages – a gift from my friend Laurel – and today I decided I need a spring dress. (I’ll probably wear it over jeans though.)
I sold “Meditations on Wholeness” today to my friend Harvest, someone I know will treasure it as much as I do.
I pulled this little dude out of storage and fluffed him. He’s still in pretty good shape!
I went to Craftin’ Outlaws and had a lovely time. I saw someone selling her hand block printed textiles and it got me thinking about fair trade textiles from India that are block printed by hand, like my pillowcase, and how the desire to make beautiful things by hand spans all cultures.
I also bought these earrings.
I drank wine and talked with old friends and shared my plans to start a podcast, which will hopefully bear some fruit soon.
I am plugging away on Hitofude!
It will look so pretty with my new dress. Must! Knit! Faster!
I succeeded in starting my Bramen Cowl, made some progress and learned the tuck stitch. Then realized I had twisted my stitches when I joined to knit in the round.
I decided to go with the Wonderland gradient mini skeins after all. I pulled it all out and will restart it.
I traced and cut my pajama pant sewing pattern, and cut out my fabric. I started zig zagging the seam allowance but then decided it makes the inside of the garment too rough. What to do? Then I remembered I have an industrial serger down the corridor I can use, and did!
Then the thread broke, as thread on sergers will do, and I didn’t know how to rethread it.
I’m going home to eat food and lay on the couch the rest of the day. I will work on Hitofude.
Also, I gave myself an assignment this week to type up my Ohio Star Bandandit Cowl pattern.
I finally did it. I finally exceeded my yarn to storage tub ratio. This means one of the other tubs will need to be emptied, and I’m leaning toward the fabric tub.
I’m making decent progress on the Hitofude Cardigan. I think I’ll be mostly monogamous until it’s finished. It’s exactly the kind of pattern I like: repetitive, intuitive, but enough stitch pattern to hold my interest.
Although let’s be honest, I really enjoy a good stockinette project.
I signed up for the Shave’em to Save’em initiative. It will be a while before I start as I am on a spending fast, but I’m hoping to pick up some yarn from an Ohio farm.
I mended the neckline of Bob’s Gansey. It looks pretty good.
My new-to-me sewing machine is THE BOMB! Who needs a serger when you’ve got zig zags like that?
I’m not sure what to do today other than reorganizing. I think I’d like to start some PJs and start on the Bramen Cowl assignment.
I hope you’re having a good weekend full of craft magic!