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Just stopping to say I’m still here but feeling under the weather right now.  I didn’t realize that in my new vocation you go through an incubation period where whatever viruses that come into the practice you are susceptible to them also.  So I’ve been coughing, runny nose, sore throat with laryngitis and body aches.

There’s still some creating going on here but it’s just really slow.   I’m still searching for the right pattern for the tops to make out of the material I showed in my last post.  I want something with a scoop neckline and  maybe a side tied waistband.  It has to be something with an element of interest as the skirts will be plain at least, that’s where I am with the idea right now.

My medicine is starting to kick in so I’m getting back in the bed.


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.

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… it… 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.

Hello All,

Here’s my day late FOF installment.  I have finally finished the diagonal scarf and headband knitted up from Scheafer’s Yarn this pattern comes from Scarves a Knitter’s Dozen.  Since this is my first time using hand-dyed yarn of this quality I wasn’t prepared for changing my needles and having orange hands during my knitting process.  After washing and blocking these I do really like these and the color variation.

Here’s my Apron made for a friend.  I used novelty fabric that I found at JoAnn’s and added red pipping and bias binding as accents.  I didn’t use a pattern I drafted this as I went along.  I included three pockets and made it double sided.

I also made this dress using Simplicity 4877 and using my Knit Jersey fabric from Gorgeous Things and added black piping on the neckline for a more polished look and I was making this dress in a day to wear to a funeral so time was of the essence.  This is the same pattern I used for my brown and pink dress I made a month ago.  I really like this particular style on me so you may be seeing this over and over with different little changes along the way.

So here I am with another FOF.  This time it’s nothing special but I’m so proud of my newest accomplishment.  Pockets, yes, I did include them in this pattern.  So without much ado here’s my newest addition to my working wardrobe.  Kwik Sew 3201 using view A pants and view B scrub top.  I had cotton in purple solid and print fabrics.  I love that this only cost me  $12.00 to make instead of what I have been paying.  I feel like I have such a wickedly great secret.

Now this won’t be long I didn’t put pockets in my first set of scrubs and felt that I needed to take the leap and go ahead and master this technique.  So here’s my pocket insertion for my pants let me know what you think

Needless to say, I did notice or as some of us would say I had an ah moment while putting the pants together.  I will be taking this knowledge and making me some shorts and capris.  This will be a quick and easy way to increase the summer wardrobe.

Well, I have to get back to my homework as I have finals next week and need to be on top of my game.  I have some other things to share with so I hope to get back here over the weekend.  Thanks so much to all of you who have come to include me as a regular read and those that are still trying to see where I’m going.  See ya soon.

Here’s some photos to show what I’ve been up to. After these pics I’ll tell you about my frustrations. First up is my youngest girl Ms. Camille in her tropical dress. I did this quickly with the material already cinched at the top and then I added a ruffled edge and straps for modesty sake.

Next we have my first attempt at scrubs for school and Externship made from Kwik Sew Pattern 3201 I have had the top material for at least 4 years or more and then a quick trip to JoAnn’s up the street to match the pants and this is what I came up with.

I did experience some rough spots in the process of making the top.  It was the joining together of the front neckband to the V of the top.  After a few tries of positioning and then repositioning I got it.   Overall, I’m very pleased and already have the second set of scrubs cut out waiting to be pieced together.

I showed you a bolt of fabric that I had been trying to figure out a dress pattern to use to match with a pair of shoes I purchased a few years ago and never could find the right outfit.  I ended up using Simplicity 4877 view C for this dress.

This dress did cause me some pain.  First in the fact that I had to shorten the waist and then still had to add darts to rid the back of the puckering I get in RTW clothing do to my short but full stature.  I meant to have my picture taken wearing this at the wedding I attended but to no avail.  I will take one with me in it.    BTW, my dress is being modeled by my new dressform Betty B.  and I absolutely love her.  It made the process so much nicer and now I can really figure my form out and make good use of my planning time before I sit down to sew.

Now on to frustrations……my only one is after sharing all of this I don’t have the time to devote to all the UFO’s that I have.  There’s an art to staying on task but this quarter I just can’t seem to find the time.  I have four classes and the work load is so overwhelming.  We’re in the last 2 weeks of the quarter and I feel as though the floor is giving way and I’m falling through.   Don’t get me wrong, there’s really a true level of excitement going on for me right now as this is my last quarter before going on my Extern-ship in July.

I don’t know how soon I’ll be back with you to share what I’ve been up to so here’s just a brief peak into what I have planned NewLook 6700 and 6674 both are summer dresses.  Well, until next time happy crafting.

Well I’ve been salivating over the wonderful colorways and projects I’ve seen from Malabrigo yarns and decided I couldn’t wait any longer so without further ado I present my newest Stash Enhancements This is Malabrigo Silky Merino in Amoroso 157. Next we have Malabrigo Silky Merino in Nocturnal 472

I also have Kettle Dyed Worsted wgt. Merino in Tiger Lily 152

I also got Artyarns Super Merino the colorway is really nice and I’m thinking some socks with this would be really nice. This was my first order from Eatsleepknit it was a very good experience with them and I love the little goodies they sent with my order. I won $5.00 off my next order and they sent a little card you carry in your wallet with the sizes of needles you already own and a little purple ruler for doing gauge swatches. Check them out as the pricing and quick service are worth the trip over to their site.

I was reading a post Cidell posted a while back discussing the importance of good notions and explaining what they’re benefits are and that prompted me to get these items

On the left is a Tailors ham and on the right is a Seam Roll. Both are used to aid in setting seams, press curves and open seams properly without compromising the integrity of the garment.

As I was typing this post there was a knock at the door and there standing before me was a man clad in Brown from head-to-toe holding a package just for me. This was my first order from Gorgeous Things and I ordered light wgt. knits one in pale yellow. Thinking of a cute little dress and the same for this printed knit in black and white

I am loving these fabrics and the drape just seems like it will hang so nicely. Now let me say this I WILL NOT be doing anything with these until my dressform arrives.

Now onto a project that has been a year in the making yes a whole year. I blogged about this project last month I think and it has been through many changes but I finally put the binding on my Girlfriends quilt that I have decided to name the Heart of the Matter. I chose this name because she’s a Delta, I quilted hearts and even found a tshirt I had that talked about friends and was in the shape of a heart so I thought that name really fit the quilt. I hope she likes the outcome. Here’s just a few finally snippets of the project.

This is all I have for this week and I think you’ll agree I’ve covered all of my hobbies except crocheting and I’ll touch on that next week.

Yes, I’m announcing the impending arrival of some goodies for me.  I have been trying for about 6 months to construct a sturdy dressform for myself because it’s too complicated for me to try and fit myself.  So I did a lot of online searching and emailed a few of you and asked about your forms and after much consideration of my needs and future desires in sewing went to JoAnn’s and ordered my dress form and got 50% off so with S&H I got a My Body Double Deluxe for less than $130.00 and for plus size that’s a great deal.

I also took the time to finally venture over to Gorgeous Things and I really like a lot of what I saw but want to wait until I’m a bit more comfortable with sewing for myself before I just go hog wild there.

I also ventured over to EatSleepKnit and found me some MMMMMalabrigo yarns in worsted and silk.  I’ve heard so much about this yarn on other blogs, podcasts and of course, on Ravelry so I’m really looking forward to this experience.  I do love the colors and will definitely be ordering more.

Well that’s my teaser for the time being and I hope that you’ll stay tuned in the next week or two as my Goodies arrive to see what they all become.


I was driving down the street the other day in the midst of all the running and things that make up my daily routine and longed to be sitting somewhere quite with the wind blowing softly, with my Ipod going, and one of my knitting projects making progress.

It seemed as though my routine had become knit, crochet, quilt and sewer friendly and then it all went haywire. So the thing I desire more than anything else right now is time to create and plan and complete my UFO’s that sit in there respective places wondering “where’s the love”

The one thing I have been doing and will share with you is making homemade pizza with my daughters. My youngest loves to cook just like me and so she learned to make homemade dough at school and we thought we’d give it a whirl so I would like to share our creations. First we have a jalapeno and cheese

Then we have Garlic herb crusted cheese and ground beef

Homemade Pizza Dough

In a bowl mix 1 1/4 cup of warm water

with 2 packs of dry yeast, mix well until dissolved

mix in 3 1/2 to 4 cups of sifted flour  add 1 tsp. of salt and mix until it becomes firm.

Place in a bowl that has been greased with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Cover with Saran Wrap and place in a warm dry place for at least 45 mins. to allow the dough to rise.    Then prepare your pizza dough by rolling it out using flour to keep it from being sticky.  This should make enough dough for three medium pizzas.

I feel bad that I wasn’t able to post on my FOF but all I have are WIP’s on the sewing, quilting, crocheting, and knitting front. But I will include photos. First, I’ll talk about my sewing. I did cut out my second top made from McCalls 5401 and I also have my Burda Easy 7793 Shell cut and pieced just need to make the shell that goes underneath. So I’m really making some headway in my sewing endeavors. My youngest daughter and true fashionista in the house designed a skirt a month or so ago, bought her fabric and asked me to make it for her well last week we started it and here’s a few pics:


this is the front of the skirt                    this is the back w/markings for the darts and zipper

My next project that I thought would have to take a high dive into the Frog Pond is my Flair sweater that I’m knitting for the Ebony Elite Ravelry Group. The problem that I run into at times is second guessing myself when reading some patterns as I’m unsure still of certain techniques. So far I ran into the thing of casting on the additional stitches with the backward loop cast on as it is a loose cast on that caused me some panic until I thought about won’t be seen once the neckline is applied. The second area where I couldn’t get my mind to comprehend what I was reading was the making of the first button hole. I just couldn’t figure out the whole process while maintaining the seed st. pattern indicated on the pattern. Well with the help of googling and asking questions on Ravelry I finally got is figured out. Here’s my progress on my flair and thank you CrimsonPurl our EESistah Moderator for extending this KAL. I’m using Serendipity Tweed in Cherry Blossom from Brown Sheep Company

My next items are Library Enhancements for my Magic Loop Knitting I’m really getting into this method for sock knitting and glad that I’m adventurous in trying new techniques. First I purchased Antje Gillingham’s Knitting Circles around Socks

I found two patterns in this book that caught my attention right away and that’s Fixation and Lace the lime green ones on the cover and Diamonds and Lace (not pictured) both seem pretty straight forward at first glance of the patterns Her book focuses on using 2 cirs at a time which is fairly quick knitting for those of you are coming from the 4 DPN’s. I also purchased Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ 2-at-a-time Socks I’m not so drawn to the patterns as I am drawn to the technique that she gives. With that being said, I do like Belle Epoque and Spice(like the colorwork) First she has all patterns sized and coded in Women’s med., Womens’ Lg/Mens Sm, and Men’s Med.

Now although I like both of these books for they offer a wealth of knowledge they leave out two items that would complete the whole spectrum of sock knitting and one would be to include toe-up and secondly short row heels. No this is just my take on what I’m would like to see in a book of this nature that would make me feel that every option to socks was included.

My Next venture is Fetching……..yes, I’m the last knitter who hasn’t just started knitting to make a pair. I will be using Knit Picks Merino Style in Dusk these are for a SWAP partner on Ravelry.

Well it’s time that I run so that there will be something to show on Friday. Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be CREATIVE.

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