Archive for September, 2008

Progress is making it’s way into my life.  I sat in my last final yesturday and it felt wonderful!!!!!  It was a challenge to return to school and start a new career after 40 and I’m in a happy place right now.  Don’t get me wrong, as you all that are/have done this it’s a big deal but the end result is well worth it.  If you read my blog regularly you’ve read how I came to have my job and it was all a blessing.

I’ve been thinking of what I can accomplish now that school is over and the first thing I want to complete is the rest of my Christmas knitting and sewing which I will share in the coming weeks.  The next thing I’ve been planning is some sewing and my plan is for a few dress casual looks.  All of my fabric was purchased at JoAnn Fabrics about a month ago.  I was drawn to the silky charmuse fabrics that I purchased and then found the suiting fabrics to match for the skirts.  You can see I found the lining and the lace trim.

I also wanted to discuss and new podcast that I found and love.  It’s Craft Mentality with Amber and Tasha from Baltimore.  These two ladies are very entertaining and I love how they really cover a variety of crafts.  They cover knitting, crochet, quilting, and sewing and to top it off they do a weekly review of one of my favorite shows Project Runway.    Hope you’ll take time to give a listen and enjoy.  This is all I have for now but be on the lookout I plan to get my mojo running.

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I decided to reward myself with some yarn and books that I needed for projects that are queued on Ravelry.  Since I’m one of the few that had never had Malabrigo until a few months ago.  I have become a Malabrigo fanatic and just want to keep investing in this lovely fiber.  So here’s my loot or my REWARDS………..

Malabrigo Silky Merino in Lilita 423

Here’s Malabrigo Worsted in Stone Chat

ArtYarns #139  I’m loving the mix of the blue and green thinking of a lovely wrap.

ArtYarns #161 thinking that this would be a lovely shrug

Dream in Color in Classy just so drawn to magentas, purples so rich not sure what I’ll use this fiber for but happy to add it to the stash.

A new discovery for me.  Yes……just like Malabrigo I’ve heard of Lorna’s Lace but never touched any before.  Well, that will no longer be the case.  This colorway is Poppy.  All of my yarn came from Eat.Sleep.Knit.  You can check out the site by clicking the link on my sidebar.  I love her customer service.  Your order arrives quickly and there are always little trinkets included in your shipment.

Now on to my Scout Swag.  Yes, I have really treated myself for all the hard work I’ve done over the past two years and got this lovely Cali Namaste bag from Scout’s Swag.  This is in Charcoal and I think since I like the bag so much I may order the needle case in the same color.  I can’t wait to use my new bag.

I also ordered some books from Amazon that fufill the patterns in my queue.  Fitted Knits by Stephanie Japel;  Ready Set Knit Cables by Carri Hammett; Downtown DIY Crochet 14 easy Designs for City Girls with Style; Two Balls or less by Jenny Hill and Malabrigo Book One by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton.  Now if these aren’t enough to inspire some new items I don’t know what are.   I’m still in the planning stage and don’t know how long it will take but I really want to design a pattern that I can share with all of you.   So as time goes on I will be asking for your input on some designs and I look forward to you sharing your thoughts with me.  Here’s hoping that you feel inspired to create, rethink, acquire and share what inspires you.

This is my latest dress NewLook 6515 using a shirt pattern and making it into a dress.  Yes, this is my second one.  I used a brown crepe-like material to make this dress.  The first picture shows my dress in it’s parts with me adding a sashing to add length and a better drape.  This stayed on the form for a month.

Well, now there are sleeves added on and after three attempts I finally have the sashing in place and love the end result.

Okay do you see what I see. the side seam is showing I will be taking care of this tonight.  Overall as I have stated before this is one of my favorite patterns and I like the way I look in this style.  The next photo shows my dress after it was completed.  Love it…..love it…..love it.    I had considered beading the sashing to add interest but realized that if I do that then my accent choices would become very limited.

I did go to JoAnn’s this afternoon as they were having a big sale and I got to use my 40% off coupon and then the 10% off your entire purchase including sales items.  Needless to say I did really good.  Some advise if you shop at JoAnn’s frequently make sure to pick up the Fall JoAnn’s magazine and take advantage of the coupons on the back cover.

I had mentioned that I was reading the Knitting Circle by Ann Hood and it was slow going at first as I was just so busy with all the things of the last month with school, externing, my girls, and looking for a job that reading for pleasure wasn’t on the agenda.  Well, this weekend I decided to complete this book and it was really good.  I laughed, cried, and laughed some more.  I really enjoyed the characters but the sadness that is real life was a bit overwhelming.  It did one important thing for me and that was to show how you can come together through knitting.

On the creative front I’m still working on getting my hats done for Obama’s Homeless Veterans charity.  I will be sharing my latest sewing projects, something new that I really want to cultivate and share with all of you by next year.  Take care and thanks for stopping by.




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