Archive for February, 2008

Blogging, Creating, Rearranging………Repeat. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past week. I keep telling myself that I’m going to meet my goals of creating more items and dwindling the stash. This is a very challenging charge to take on but what is the true measure of a knitter, quilter, crocheter, sewer. Is it the fabric and fibers? Or maybe it’s the needles, stitch holders, sewing machines, serger, patterns, cutting mats, scissors? No, it’s the completed project that makes a crafter’s world worth it. Now before you get all testy, let me explain and this is solely my opinion. I have projects, fabric, and fibers everywhere in the apartment and a very unfashionable wardrobe of scrubs and factory work clothes. My solution is to destash all of my crafty goodies and create some items that enhance my wardrobe and provide smiles and joy to those who are gifted items that I make.

Moving on to creating I’ve been working on my sewing mojoe and felt that making skirts would get the juices flowing. I’ve made 2 skirts so far this year and wanted to share my latest one in progress. I’m currently working on this skirt please check out the details below.

Here’s my zipper placement. If I do say so myself, I think I did a nice job. now all I have to do is the hook & eye.

Here’s a better look at the zipper.

Then to add a little spice I thought this embroidery design would add a touch of whimsy. What do you think?

To incorporate all of my crafty goodness I present my 2nd Soldier Cap from Afya Ibomu in pink. I just started to crochet again and it’s just such a rush to complete a FO in 1 day instead of weeks or months like in my knitting. I already have another one on the hook and should be done with it tomorrow and have a request for 2 more.

I’m trying to decide what other crochet projects I ‘d like to tackle this year, but in the mean time, I’m taking on my second sweater Flair here’s the progress I’ve made so far. I’m really looking forward to having this done by April. Yes, I did say April, no pressure I want this to be an enjoyable knit. Who knows what challenges I’ll encounter on my way with this project.

Now, on to rearranging. I’m currently taking this opportunity to gain while I rearrange. This allows me to gain knowledge, try new things, discover my true style, step out of my comfort zone and stay on task by planning out my fashions and other crafts. I hope that you will chime in with your suggestions, expert advice and friendly encouragement.

Until the next time Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace and be creative.

Today we’re going to take a look at all of my crafts in one way or the other.  There’s some FO’s, UFO’s, projects in the works, some still in the planning stage and others still up-in-the-air.  Thanks to one of the groups on Raverly.com I have been working really hard to complete my work.  As we all know, it feels great to plan, start, finish and share your wears.  This is my vision for the year.  I have so much fabric, yarn, UFO’s and patterns of all crafts, sewing, knitting, quilting, and crochet.

First, I’ll share my new patterns and fabric I purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.  They are running a Pattern sale on Vogue and McCall patterns today through Sunday.  This is a Vogue dress pattern that I will use my brown & pink fabric that I posted about back in December.

       I have always wanted to make a coat for myself and I found this pattern today and there are so many variations that I can make.

   I’ll call this one my little sexy top.  I love free flowing clothing for the spring and summer and I think I have just the fabric for it.

  I have a blouse similar to this one and I think it can add nice touch for spring and summer

    This is a wardrobe builder and a good way to learn certain techniques.  I’m just hoping I can get the sleeves set in correctly.

   I got this at JoAnn’s and I’m thinking it’s going to make a nice blouse from a pattern I saw in the Burda Plus fashions magazine in Summer ’07.  I will have to post the pattern number later when I pull the magazine out to pull the patterns out.

Now it’s on to Crochet.  Yes, I know, there hasn’t been much to see from me about crochet but I decided that I would love to finally make some of the items from Afya Ibomu’s Get Your Crochet On!

I have something to say about acrylic yarns.  First, I thought that these fibers (acrylics) were the greatest thing since sliced bread but then I began to knit and a whole new world opened up for me.  I thought that I wasn’t a yarn snob but being away from acrylics and fun fur puts a different perspective on what you want to work with.  Don’t get me wrong I still buy some acrylics but they have to be ultra soft or I don’t want to work with them.  With all of that said,  this project was really quick which is something I love about crochet that I don’t really like about knitting.  Crochet gives you almost instant gratification and if I could knit as fast as I crochet I would have so many FO’s instead of the 6 or 7 that are currently lurking in different areas of my bedroom.  Now on to the next desire of my crafting mojoe.  I want to learn to knit colorwork or intarsia this year as I love the finished projects this isn’t something that I plan to delve into right now but it’s definitely in the works for sometime this spring after a few other projects are done.  So to help prepare for that I found this little gadget to assist me in keeping my yarns in order.  Frustration is something that is a part of learning any new technique but now twisted yarn won’t be part of that.

       This fits on your forefinger and you strand the yarns through so that there’s more support and no tangled up yarn mess.  It actually holds 3 strand of yarn.

     I will be using this yarn that I ordered from Patternworks to make Flair for a KAL on Ravelry with the Ebony Elite Knitting group.  I’m looking forward to really getting this done to go with some cute little items I’ll be making for this spring and summer’s wardrobe.

Well,  I’m going to leave you for now but will be back in a few days.

Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be creative

To continue with my last post I got my report back from the mammogram and everything looks good. Thank the Lord. I’m still awaiting my other results but I know that things will be fine. While awaiting the results, I kept myself occupied with all of my crafting and mid-term prep. I finished some UFO’s and used up some items from my stash and purchased some new yarns for hats.

I’ll include the pics and then give the details. So first up we have my 2nd skirt made from black and white cotton fabric from my stash.

Black & white skirt This is Simplicity 4881 2 hour skirt. I made this skirt before but this time it was alot easier as I made the View B. I used my pinking shears to cut the seam lines and then I sewed them and did a top stitch.

View 1 of Scarf This is the scarf that I had intended to go with my Mother’s Calorimetry I gave her for Christmas but 1/4th of the way I ran out of the yarn. I finally finished this last week and then decided to add a crochet edge to add a bit of whimsy. Here’s the close up of the edging.

Lastly, I’ve been trying to get these socks off my needles but that just wasn’t going as planned. I did managed to finally get the heels done on them both….so here’s that pic:

So here’s the things I’ve been working on this past week and as all crafters know it’s good to finish something and I feel a joy everytime something comes off the needles or my sewing machine has sewn it’s last stitch of a project.

In new fiber news and old loves, I have to say that I started my love for fiber as a crocheter and since there’s a very talented designer on the scene named Afya Ibomu of the famed Get your Crochet On! series I have decided to get my hooks out and get back into the groove of crocheting. I started the Soldier cap which I will post pics of this later this week. There has been much time to reflect and reorganize my creative priorities and I want to make sure this year that I include all of them. There are times as all of you well know there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything but making an effort is half the battle.

Well I’m out of here for now but remember to be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be creative

Today I had my first Mammogram. For some this may not be monumental but for a person who’s lost more than half my family members over the past 7 years and mostly all to some type of cancer this was a bit unnerving. So much so, until I was just sick as the time for the appointment grew closer. I’m 40 yrs. old now and know that I have to be more proactive in my preventative healthcare. This includes CBC (complete blood count) workup, cholesterol screening, pap smear, hormone levels, colonoscopy and the Mammogram yearly and not overlooking things no matter how small or trivial they may appear at first discovery. There maybe those of you out there that are putting off yearly exams just because there’s always something going on with the family. I really had to stop, and regroup my priorities, after my aunt who was in her early 40’s passed from cancer last year. I know that she focused on those around her and by the time she stopped and noticed herself the cancer was already in stage 2 and although aggressive treatment was immediately started she still lost her battle. Throughout her treatment, she kept saying I knew something wasn’t right but I was so busy everything else kept me from taking the time to go to the Doctor.

Ladies, let’s be more attentive to ourselves just because we have a right to enjoy our lives in every stage. I’m a bit more reflective lately thinking of the women in my family and how hard they worked and for those that took care of my family with their talents of crafting;  have set me into deeper appreciation of the legacy they left behind and I want to do the same for my daughters and my five nieces. Now the biggest thing for me to do is commit a set time every month to get all my nieces who are ages 7, 4, two 2, and 1 yr. olds  together to start working with them to add the love of creating something with your hands.  To all of those wonderful ladies of the past thank you so much for the richness you brought into our family and I pray to have the ability to leave my mark on the next generation so that our love of creativeness isn’t lost.

My reflection of my health and loss of loved ones brings about an overwhelming appreciation and the realization that there’s a time for change. I will revisit this 3 more times this year to inform you of my progress to being the change that I want to see with my family.

Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be creative.

Here’s what’s been going on in my creative world in the last week  I have 3 UFO’s

Ribbed Scarf for part of a Christmas Present for my Mother

Ribbed scarf

Here’s my Green Gable 3 that’s been on the needles for 6 months now and I finally have the waist increase correct so further progress can be made.

Green Gable 3

 My oldest DD’s Basick Toe-Up Socks using Cascade Cloud 9 yarn in Pink on the Magic Loop I cast these on about 10 days ago but I’m finding that not as much knitting is getting done as I would like.  But progress is being made

Socks on ML

My newest venture has been getting my plans together for a wardrobe for myself and in looking around the blogging world and I found Erica B.,  Cidell, Toya, Carolyn, Adrienne, Lovely, Mimi, and the Sewing Divas who are putting the word out about sewing, swayback and full bust adjustments and made me want get it together and make a wardrobe that enhances me and my style which I’m still coming into.  With all this said,  I finally broke down and ordered the BWOF Plus magazine.  I went to my local art store and purchased the tracing paper of 20 yds. x 24″ for $9.70.   I look forward to having a wonderful experience sewing for myself.  I do have one thing to say about the BWOF patterns I’ve been reading the instructions to figure out the correct means to go about tracing out the right size.  At first glance, it just looks like a jumbled mess but upon 2 days of gazing I’m starting to get the layout.  Wish me luck.

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My best photo has to be the package that came in the mail today from my Secret Swap Partner  Saffista from the Ravelry Group EbonyElite Sista Friend my scarf is made using JJ’s Specialty Yarns from the Montage collection the colorway is PassionFruit which is so what a girl can use in the frigid cold of Ohio with a matching Calorimetry very delectable handmade Truffles, and sweater key ring to commerate the SWAP and the most special thing was her handwritten note.  This was a very wonderful experience and I look forward to participating in more SWAPs this year. 

SWAP package

That should be enough to hold everyone until at least next Tuesday when I plan to have another FO I just don’t know which one it will be.  Until my next post take time out to live, laugh and love this is a great mantra. 

 ~~Happy Crafting & Be Creative~~




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