Tuesday, June 20, 2006

New Projects? Was I nuts?

This last weekend was productive, despite the heat. I felt the need to add to my wardrobe, particularly in the skirt area. I went to Joanns and cleaned up a bit on their friday/saturday sale. I got this pretty brown/multi colored paisley. Like Larissa I have got this thing for the color brown. Especially when its paired with dk. pink and blue. I've noticed the last few months I've seen more and more of this combo and I think "How come I never put them together before now?". Well I found this satiny/poly paisley that made a really nice skirt. That was Saturdays project cutting the pattern, the pieces and sewing them together. I amazed myself and only had to "rip" a couple of times. Due to my lack of recent sewing skills and not paying enough attention. Ages ago I saw this plaque or something somewhere that said "Ye shall sew, Ye shall rip". I think in my case it should read "Ye shall craft, Ye shall un-craft"! Well all my new skirt needs is a completed hem and maybe I won't have to dig so hard to find something suitable to wear to the next I event I have to attend. YEAH RIGHT! I dont have a picture of them semi-completed skirt to post. Also in the picture I am posting there is some blue rose and black poly and a brown linen blend. Yes more skirts. The fabric was 50% off ! The patterns were 1.99 ea. and thread was half-off too! Can't beat that. Also in the same purchase but not in the picture a lone skein of yarn was brought home too. Its kind of a curly eyelash yarn in a periwinkle color. Something new for the stash.
Also on another note I have joined the "State Fair Along". As soon as I can I will add the link to the sidebar. This is the year for Blackberry Jam, I can feel it! More on that later.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Works in Progress

I took some pictures of just a couple of my wip's to post. I've just got way too many hobbies. But don't we all? Lately I've been trying to focus on this xstitch I started too long ago (that I won't even mention for the shame). Anyway it was meant to be a wedding gift. It still is. It's just a simple wedding sampler. So why is it taking me soo long to get done? I won't answer that question. I had a rocky start with it, but it has been moving along better. But for whatever reason it seems like its taking me forever to finish the borders of the hearts in squares. I was so happy just to get the bottom row done. Please ignore the nasty hoop marks on this. I dont have a scroll frame small enough for this. I would like to try the Q snap frames.( If anyone reads this and have used the Q snap frames I'd apprechiate any input. ) Though now I look at it and I probably didnt leave enough fabric along the edge. Well craft and learn I guess.

Another wip is this pair of socks. I'm finally on the heel of the second sock. The yarn is Mountain Colors weavers wool in burgandy. I got it off ebay last year and I've really liked knitting with it. It's softer than it looks. The pattern is the Ripple Stitch pattern from Mountain Colors. I like how these socks have a souchyness to them. They will make cold weather socks. The pattern has kept knitting these interesting. This is the first pair of socks that I have used a differant pattern other than my usual "Yankee Knitter Socks" on. This is my 7th pair of socks in my knitting history. In the same picture the Autumn Foliage yarn is also meant for socks. Though I wont go into a lot of detail about that now. But they will be a basic ribbed pattern...something on the manly side. This picture is dark and doesnt show the the pretty ripple pattern well. I should try to get some outdoor shots. My goal this year was to knit a pair of socks a month. Well so far this year I have knit almost 2 1/2 pairs. Thats a little shy of 1 per month. Not much of a dent in the 30+ skeins of sock yarn that are hidden around my house. But like my mom says "Yarn doesnt go bad". HA! I'll leave with a picture of a slice of my stash. Oh pretty yarn how I love thee.

Friday, June 09, 2006


This is my first post. More to come. For now I leave you with a gratuitous cat picture of my baby Berkley.