Debra's skirts have been finished for about a month. They are cute, she can run and play in them and well.... what else is there to say about a plain A-line skirt?
Rachael requested an outfit several months ago and slowly has become more and more insistant that she has to have it NOW! That's the next items that are in my sewing queue, I despair of ever getting to doing any kind of sewing for myself.
The ruffle fabric will become a simple A-line skirt and the zig-zag* wiill become a simple tunic. The blue dot may or may not be used as the facings. Probably not though since it doesn't match the skirt fabric.
*This fabric could be listed as a major pet peeve of mine. It's not a chevron, it's a zig-zag.
Hannah and two of my best friends' kids at the local civic center watching the Monster Truck Show. I was surprised how much I enjoyed myself. I still like boxing and motorcross better though.
They are done, but there won't be pics for a bit. Freezing rain, snow, and just general really nasty weather has kept us inside. Well, that and the fact that we are under quarantine - a bug came to visit and doesn't want to leave.
It seems that just after, or maybe during, Thanksgiving, Debra grew several inches. I noticed her skirts were too short and I bought about 5 yards of a very dark stretch denim while in Hancocks right at the beginning of December, pre-washed it and then... it went into stash. I did nothing about her too short skirts until last week, when I finally decided that enough was enough and forced myself to make a pattern, cut out the fabric and get busy sewing.
With 5 yards of denim, I had enough to cut out 4 A-line skirts and 2 tiered skirts. I've been playing around with a top-stitching thread (that I've had for a couple of years and never used) on the sideseams. My first attempt met with some really pretty stitching on the right side but the wrong side was a mess. My tension was so far off - I know that Debra would have refused to wear any of these skirts.
Corrected tension? 6.0
Stitch length? 3.5 mm
I'm finally finished with the top-stitching on the A-line skirts; I've changed thread and needles and am about to work on the waistbands. They will be elastic - I feel that allows for a bit more comfort and growth with a child that seems to grow almost overnight.
Time to sew!
Rachael and Debra being silly. Debra's dress was made by me but not blogged about.
First things first. I'm not happy that Google Reader is shutting down in July. I've signed up for Feedly - I'm going to give them a try for a little while and see if I like them. I liked Reader....
Before I show y'all the sewing that I've been doing (nothing for me though), let me play catch-up with my knitting.
First, a scarf for Rachael. I had a skein of mystery yarn that I originally bought for Rachael when she was learning to knit and of course, with as busy as she is (my Social Butterfly) it was never used. I ended up calling the store that I bought it from to see if they kept records of transactions. They do! Yay, they were able to tell me what yarn and from there I used Ravelry to figure out the yardage and such.
The Details: Oh, Brioche by Annie Riley knit with Punta Yarns Merisoft Hand-Painted Aran. I used the entire skein of 197 yards with just inches leftover. Another stash yarn bites the dust!
The next project was something, finally, for me! I've been coveting a pair of fingerless mitts for a while. The pattern, Spatterdash Wristwarmers has been in my queue since the pattern was first published in Fall of 2011. I'm amazed that I knit these.
I tried to get a bit artsy-fartsy with the picture - I think it would have looked better with a white column. Unfortunately, there are no white columns to be found around my house.
-50 grams of Lorna's Laces in Whisper on size 1 (2.25mm) needles. This yarn has been in stash for four years.
-28 3/8" buttons from stash. Hard to believe that I had 28 buttons in Stash that matched but my mom went into a fabric store in Houston 15 years ago and practically bought out the button section and sent them to me. That was back when I was doing a lot of smocking for Hannah.
I've got a scarf finished but it needs a lining before I'm willing to show it off. I have some minky leftover from a project that I made 4 years ago and lining the scarf will use up a little bit of it.
Are you still with me?
Right now, I'm dipping my toes in Spring & Summer sewing for Debra. I'm anticipating a growth spurt in June for her and wanted to get a few things made up now before we end up with dresses and skirts that are too tight and too short.
This dress/shrug combo was made using fabric that I had leftover from one of Rachael's outfits from last August.
The wildly popular ruffle fabric (cut with the ruffles going down), a cream and pink stripe and machine embroidered lace. The fabrics were bought at Hancock's in Houston one day while Rachael and I were waiting for Hannah to get out of driver's ed class. The shirt and the skirt were both self-drafted.
I had just barely enough leftover of the stripe to make Debra the new Skater Dress by Kitschy Koo. I follow Amanda (I hope I can call her Amanda!) on Instagram and could not wait to get the pattern after seeing previews of the dress and seeing the other dresses that were made by testers. The shrug is a plain shrug pattern that I had in stash (I can't be bothered to go find it).
I did make a few modifications to the pattern. The sleeves are 3/4 length, and while I made a 3-4 year old size, it had a 5-6 year old length. I'm pretty sure that she's happy with this outfit since she insisted on wearing it to church Friday night and again to church last night.
I have another dress for Debra almost completed. I went into Hancock's thinking that I would buy a couple of patterns and some denim for skirts and I came out with those but also a very sweet gingham seersucker in turquoise with cupcakes embroidered allover and the coordinating gingham seersucker without the embroidery.
The dress (McCall's 5615) is finished but there are a few more details that I want to add before sharing.
I love to knit cables. I think they are so interesting, especially since they look so hard but are not hard at all to achieve. I signed up for a test knit (again) that had to be finished by the 10th. The designer was wanting to publish the design before Valentine's Day.
I had a little over a skein of Dream In Color Chunky in Pinky leftover from a sweater that I had knit two years ago and I thought this would be a perfect project to use up the leftovers. Right now, I'm all about using up those many skeins of leftovers that I seem to have. These test knits have been a great use for them.
I signed up to knit the adult reverse stockinette version. Hannah really does seem to like the hats that I've knit her. I had plenty leftover when I finished hers and thought I would make the child's version for Debra. With still more yarn leftover, I thought I would play around the cable and figure out how to make a headband/earwarmer for Rachael. It looks multiple starts but I think that I figured it out! And... I ended up with mere yards left of yarn. Win-win.
The pattern is the Millie Heart Cable Hat and uses 60 to 80 yards of chunky weight yarn. At a mere 5 hours to knit the adult version, it's a perfect Oh-No! I-Have-To-Have-A-Gift-For-Her knit. The topmost cable closes to resemble a heart. Really lovely. The instructions for the headband are on my Ravelry Millie Headband project page and it used about 35 yards.
I've started another project using yarn that was not a leftover but has been in stash for almost 4 years. Hopefully, I'll be able to find the 28 3/8" buttons needed! I'll show you sometime next week.
I published my first knitting pattern on Monday. It was a bit nerve-wracking. Writing up the pattern and learning how to insert pictures and saving into a PDF weren't terribly hard. It was putting it up on Ravelry that kept giving me fits. Totally user error because if there is only one thing (and there are a lot more than one) that is awesome about Ravelry it's how user-friendly the website is.
So, my pattern can be found on Ravelry as the Ascot Bow Scarf. I've offered it as a free Ravelry download and so far, I'm very pleased. 2 people have actually made projects from my project page and linked their scarfs to the pattern - which was VERY exciting to me. People like me, they really like me (ok, that ends my Sally Field impression). If you're already a knitter this is a perfect project for mindless knitting. If you just aspire to be a knitter, this is a great project for a beginner!
We had a lot of fun with this photo-shoot.
In other news, the only time my machine has been turned on is to put elastic in a too-big skirt for Rachael. Just not feeling the desire to sew just yet, but it's building - I can feel it.
Sick enough that I didn't leave the house for two weeks except for a trip to the doctor's office and the pharmacy to pick up some not-so-great meds. I really think the cough medicine made my cough worse! Anyway, I spent most of my time knitting. Laying down caused the cough to worsen, so it was needful to find a low-energy level task to keep me occupied. Knitting certainly fills that task.
I volunteered for a test-knit for a girl's sweater. It's still being test-knit but I'm finished with my version. A basic cardigan with hoodie and a double-knit belt. This pattern also had the new-to-me technique of knitting the set-in sleeves with short-rows. Definitely an idea to keep in mind for future sweater knitting.
Ravelry project page.
size 10 - 27" chest
used 1044 yards of Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Robin's Egg Blue on size 7 needles
mods: knit sleeves shorter - Rachael wanted bracelet length. I'm kind of meh about that but she's happy with the length and she is the person wearing the sweater.
The designer's blog (Trapping and Trinkets) can be found here.
I re-knit my Ascot Bow Scarf since I was not pleased with how the bow flopped over. This time I chose a yarn that was 100% wool and knit in a tighter gauge. Full details can be found here. With modified instructions here. To use up more of the yarn, I also knit Hannah an ear warmer upon request.
Ravelry project pages are linked above.
The scarf is my design, the ear warmer is Cablerimetry.
Knit with Madelinetosh Vintage in Silver Fox on size 7 needles (both projects).
Mods: on scarf = tighter gauge; on ear warmer = added two repeats of the cables and two ribbing stitches on each side.
NEXT PROJECT! Yes, I've really been that sick.
While knitting Rachael's sweater, little Miss. Debra kept asking for me to knit her something. I had some yarn that I was tired of looking at and thought that maybe a pair of legwarmers would be a good knit item to make for her. These are a test knit also. Windermere Legwarmers.
Sorry, I don't have modeled photos yet.
I also volunteered for another test knit to make Debra a hat using the same yarn. These two projects were nice and fast knits. Yay for instant gratification!
Ravelry project page: Windermere Legwarmers
The 3-6 years size used 145 yards on size size 4 & size 6 needles
The designers Etsy shop (Squidge and Bean) can be found here.
Ravelry project page: Rhiannon Slouch
The child size (19") used 171 yards on size 5 & size 7 needles
Yarn: Rowan's Amy Butler belle organic dk in Moonflower
The designer's blog (The Yarn and the Restless Knitter) can be found here.
I have just under a skein left (102 yards) and have cast on for headband/earwarmer for Rachael to use up the last of that yarn.
If you've made it through all of that? I want y'all to know that January and February are supposed to be Selfish Knitting months! I, obviously, suck at the selfish knitting thing.
So... today is the beginning of a NewYear. This a day that is traditionally used to make resolutions to that will help us better our lives. I do not make resolutions. I find myself forgetting about them within just a few days. Instead, I make a goal or two. Achievable goals. Ones that I can keep! Hopefully.
With that in mind:
As far as my knitting and sewing projects go, this will be the Year of Accessories. I'm going to be making any garments other than for my children. For myself it will be socks, a scarf or two, maybe some shawls. I do have in mind that I will be using mostly stash for these projects. I want a new home and constantly buying new yarn/fabric is not the way to save for such a thing.
I want to lose another 25 pounds. This would put me at 155#, which is still big for a woman that is a mere 5' 0" but a lot smaller than I currently am.
That's it. That's all I want to accomplish this year.