Archive for February, 2009

In a Bind

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It all started with me innocently buying a rotary cutter to help jumpstart my recycled sweater blanket. And just a tiny bit of fabric to practice on. And a walking foot for my sewing machine. Next thing I know, I have an almost-complete miniature quillt. It's "almost-complete" because I'm still handsewing the binding to the back of the quilt. Not hard, but time consuming! The binding is really screwed up, but we'll leave that discussion for another day.

I seem to keep getting attacked by new crafts. Knitting was all I did for a long time. Then crochet snuck back in, followed by sewing and spinning. I even dabbled in thread crochet over the holidays (doilies, anyone?) Now quilting. What's next? Macrame? Cross stitch? Doll house furniture? Never say never….

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Baggy

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I bought this fabric at Among Friends Quilt Shop over the weekend to make a Birdie Sling bag. It's an Amy Butler pattern, but I'm using Heather Bailey fabric, so I feel like I'm getting the best of two lovely designer worlds. This print doesn't just say spring… it yells, "SPRING!!!!!!" Love it!

Since the death of Baer Fabrics, I didn't know we had any "real" fabric shops in Louisville at all, big box stores notwithstanding. You can imagine my delight at discovering Among Friends! It's a real gem with a great fabric selection, lots of classes, and a friendly staff.

In other sewing related news, I'm making a tote bag for my younger sister, who is about to start working as a substitute teacher.

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It's all but done- just have to finish sewing the lining in and voila! Tote! Notice that I went the extra mile and put a pocket on this one. I feel very studious.

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Hopelessly Outdated WIP Pics

This is a top down cardigan for Iris out of Lorna's Laces Fisherman in Tahoe, recently acquired from the Knit Nook Superbowl Sale.

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I often enjoy looking at other people's variegated yarn projects, but am way too anal retentive to knit them myself. I ripped this back three or four times before I was satisfied with the level of pooling. I'm trying to learn to let go a little bit… just let it do what it wants to do without trying to "fix" it. This would probably be a good lesson to learn for my life overall, but if I can manage it in knitting for just this one project, I'll be content.

You know, good TV knitting for me used to mean long sections of garter stitch or knitting in the round. Now I'm going through a flat stockinette phase. At least, I think it's a phase. What if I am morphing into an alogether different knitter, one who is rabid for stockinette? Something to ponder…

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I cast on for these mittens the day I fell in the snow. There's nothing like having your bare hands on ice to motivate you to make mittens. Now that the weather is warming up, motivation is waning. It's a really nice pattern though, and you know how I am about Apple Green Malabrigo. These will get finished sometime for sure.

This would probably be a good time to mention a few things that took a trip to the frog pond recently, just so you are not waiting with bated breath for all eternity for an FO. I have come to point in my knitting/crocheting/crafting life where I figure I am probably going to frog roughly half of what I start, and I'm making peace with it. I don't want to finish things that I'm not happy with just to finish them. I want final products that I will love! For various and sundry reasons, these didn't make the cut. (All links are to Ravelry.)

Hey Teach! cardigan
Boteh scarf
Anne scarf
Liesel
Feb. Baby Sweater

And that's just the stuff I mentioned on the blog at one point or another!

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I’m Not Superstitious, but….

this morning, I found a MOTH in my apartment!!!

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Fortunately, I am pretty sure it is just a regular, came from the outdoors kind of moth. Not the kind of moth that recklessly devours wool. Nevertheless, I will be making a thorough examination of all things woolly in the house today. Ugh.

While I was trying to determine the Terror Alert Level my particular moth warranted, I stumbled across this gallery of pictures of moths and butterflies. Some of them are really beautiful.

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Yarn: Still Cheaper Than Crack (I Think)

Birthday yarn! Birthday yarn! Woo!

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As you can see, I settled on the Handmaiden Swiss Cashmere & Silk in Ruby from The Loopy Ewe to spend my birthday gift certificate on. Out of what was in stock, I think I made the best choice for my taste and complexion. It's hard to capture the subtle variegation of the yarn. I wish the blog had touch-o-vision or something. It's the softest thing I've ever felt in my life. I may not have the chance to knit with tons of luxury yarn, but in this case I think it's better to have loved and lost.

Of course, I just had to get the free shipping, so I also ordered…

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Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Rose (my first Seacell!) and some Dream in Color Classy in Ruby River, which I didn't take a picture of because it's already tied up in project (more on that soon!)

And as if that weren't good enough, my Sundara Seasons Club yarn for February came the same day! A vertiable windfall of wool!

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The top is Spring color, Bluebells. Bottom is Fall color, Brambleberry. I have loved all my Seasons yarn so far, but Brambleberry just takes my breath away! I think it is destined for Ishbel. Soon, since I already wound it up!

I feel like I am way behind on blogging, so hopefully I'll be able to catch up over the weekend. There are WIPs galore here.

I've heard that it takes umpteen times for a marketing message to sink in, so even if you've heard it on other blogs I'm going to repeat it here: Have you donated to the Australian Red Cross to help with the bush fire relief effort? This blog has kindly organized some drawings for yarny prizes to give some extra incentive. Please help if you can!

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Accidental Snow Angels

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Like mother, like daughter. Proof that I am not the only one in this family who has trouble keeping both feet firmly on the ground in the snow.

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Finished Object: Roselette Top 2

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Started: January 11, 2009

Finished: January 25, 2009

Pattern
: Roselette Top from Chez Plum

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Molly and Apple Green

Hook: Size G Susan Bate Aluminum. I went down from the first Roselette Top for sizing. This one fits much better!

Mods: Not a one.

Final Thoughts: This has been finished and photographed for weeks! Don't ask me how it took this long to get it on the blog. If I make it twice and am gearing up for times number three and four, you know it is a good pattern. I can't even put my finger on what exactly I find so charming. Probably a combination of the shells, the cute button loops, and the fact that I can make one start to finish in a day or so if I focus.

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Weather permitting, tomorrow I can show you the excitement that came in the mail today! (Hint: It is a good things when you get boxes from Sundara and The Loopy Ewe in the same day!)

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