Mid-Week Studio Night

I was so excited to receive my zipper and button kit from Japan, I ran right to the studio after a hard day’s work. Welp, I should’ve known better. I should have taken a break before sewing because I got confused (old) and ruined the zipper.

It’s ok, I guess. It was too long anyway, and I was trying to make it work. I ordered a shorter zipper (not from Japan this time) so hopefully I can install it next week.

I made some belt loops. Ta da!

A Good Button Down

Hello. I have worked very hard today and I am currently relaxing on our hammock in one of my favorite shirts. There is nothing quite like a good button down, is there? When I saw this one at the thrift store, it reminded me of my youth. I wouldn’t call myself preppy, but I would call myself eclectic which includes occasional forays into preppiness.

My pleated shirt pattern came in the mail, and I hope to make myself a new favorite button down soon.

I ordered new Halloween decorations this year. These are fair trade, and made complete with pumpkin chai scented candles. This is a big deal for me. I haven’t bought decorations in years.

It’s very possible I could finish this sweater before I leave for Nova Scotia! Sleeve Island here I come!

Studio Day

I’m working most of the weekend so I took today off and went to the studio.

Almost jeans! I wanted you to see a little of the pocket so you can see the plaid fabric.

Look at that yoke and those back pockets!

I don’t know what’s going on with all those wrinkles. Hopefully they’ll wash out.

I ordered a metal zipper and jeans button from Japan with a special tool for putting on said button. (¥3,643. Spared no expense.) Once they arrive I’ll finish these up!

I also finished the left sleeve on Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse. Ready to pick up those armhole stitches on sleeve 2!

Look at these buttons I found in my stash. They go so perfectly with my pleated blouse fabric. I hope they’re the right size and I have enough. I have six, so hopefully.

Today I have enjoyed listening to the 80’s New Wave station on Pandora. Isn’t it funny how music from our youth can make us feel young again? I’m definitely going to be listening to more 80’s music. Here’s my top pick from today.

Sock It To Me Monday

Here’s my paltry progress on my toe up sock. I’m worried it’s too wide.

I went to my local fabric store to get some interfacing for my jeans’ waistband. (She sold me horsehair. How cool is that?)

I wanted a floral fabric to make a top out of to work with my collection palette. There were many lovely floral fabrics, but most were very bright or a large print. I kept remembering to myself “wearable” “something I would be comfortable in” “something with some green or saffron” “roses” “must work with denim”. I think I did pretty well. I need a pattern, though.

ETA: Found a vintage pattern on Etsy!

Mistake, or Design Element?

You probably can’t tell from this photo, but on the edges of this border, I’ve been making a mistake: purling when I was supposed to be knitting and vice versa.

But since I’ve been making the mistake consistently, I’ve decided I like the way it looks and I’m calling it a “design element”.

We were supposed to go boating today but our lake excursion was canceled. What ever will we do today?

La Chemise

Look at that sleeve happening! I was afraid I might run out of yarn so I ordered another skein from Cestari. Luckily they still have this dye lot.

I’m really enjoying Traditional Danish Sweaters and this Aastrup Sweater is my favorite pattern in the book. Of course I would extend the body. Thanks to quiteayarnblog for mentioning this book on her blog.

Bob’s birthday is tomorrow and I’ve already given him his present, a Pendleton wool flannel shirt in the MacLean Tartan. It’s itchy, though, so we’ll see if he wears it. I found it used on Poshmark so not a big deal if he doesn’t.

Are you glad it’s Friday? I’m glad it’s Friday.

trompe l’oeil

I finished the neckline on Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse.

Picking up stitches can be such a crapshoot. I’m not 100% happy with some of those neckline stitches, but I’m too lazy to redo it. Maybe it will block out. Hopefully today I’ll get started on the sleeves.

About halfway through the day yesterday I started coming down with something. I blame my youngest who was home sick yesterday. Just an upper respiratory thing, but I’m going to try to take it easy this weekend.

It’s almost September. Can you believe it?

Friyay

As you can see, I finished the i-cord bind off on the hem. Tonight I will try to finish the neckline, and then I can start the sleeves this weekend.

I’m loving Nothingbutknit’s finished shawl, and I’m wondering if I should start one with that cake of Transitions I purchased on my birthday. Do you have a shawl pattern suggestion? I need something intuitive and repetitive to really enjoy it. I was planning to knit Morag with it, but I’m not crazy about all that garter stitch.

I probably shouldn’t be considering a new project at this point BUT ETA: I think I’ve found my shawl! Stormy Sky Shawl.

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Enjoy today’s workout playlist treasure tune! Get up on this. Salt-N-Pepa’s here (in my hair.)

Glad to be back in my old jeans.

Accountability

Here it is: the start of my i-cord bind off. I started it last night, even though I had an event to attend.

Last night I was thrilled to be included in The Big Table discussion on the State of Craft in Columbus. It was a productive discussion, and I think there were some ideas worth pursuing. Who will pursue them? I’m not sure, but I think it would be great if someone would start a Church of Craft here. No, that wasn’t part of the discussion. Yes, I would join.

I set a date for my solo show! September 2021! What am I making? I don’t know yet! Fiber art!