a good night

I hope you all had a happy Halloween.  Here is a (not so great) pic of our pumpkins. 

The night before I stayed up very, very late to make Bug’s vest for her cowgirl costume.  It is loosely based on New Look 6336, but I had to make some modifications due to the fabric.  I can honestly say I hate sewing with moleskin.  It is a nice substitute for suede, so soft, has a very nice drape and I hate it.  It won’t hold a crease.  I wanted to do a turn and stitch edge so I pulled out the iron and turned and pressed and pressed and pressed.  Nothing, and that’s great if you a garment that’s wrinkle resistant, but not if you want a crease — on purpose.  Ok, I winged it and it worked, for the most part (good enough for a costume).  The other thing is that it ravels like crazy.  Also not good for the turn and stitch edge.  Oh well — costume!

This year we implemented a toy trade after trick or treating.  We have put the kids on the Feingold Program, most of the candy from trick or treating has artificial dyes and flavorings.  I stopped by they grocery store and hit the health food section and picked out some “good candy” a then hit the toy store for a toy for each of them.  They were both thrilled, Bug is a quite the little artist and loved the Spirograph and Bubba was thrilled with the wooden Firetruck (on sale for 60% off!). 

A win-win in my opinion, they went trick or treating, still get some candy and they each got a toy to keep; and we don’t have to deal with the usual sugar overload. 

Umm . . . don’t ask what happened to the candy from trick or treating.  What?  No, that’s not chocolate on my face.  It’s not, shut up!

september

A new month, full of possibilities.

Possible projects for September’s Project Spectrum Clean Sweep:

  • seam up and finish ribbing Bug’s sweater – white (WIP from Aug)
  • Crosspatch for Dulaan Project – grey & red (WIP from Aug) 
  • Lupine Lace socks (WIP from May)
  • Swallowtail Shawl (WIP from Aug)

Other WIPs

Other projects in the queue:

ETA:  Ok, just because there is a list doesn’t mean it will get knit up this month, or at all.

I used to sew

No, really, I used to sew - a lot.  I sewed almost all of the kids clothes, I made baby quilts as gifts for friends, I sewed bags and purses, and accessories for the home.  Now, not so much.

I was looking thru some things on the computer and found the backups for two old web sites I used to keep up, mostly they were a place to keep track of my sewing projects, but they have been long since deleted from the internet and only exist on my lowly computer. 

I decided to add my old projects to this blog, and started doing so this morning.  The ones added this morning were from 2004: January, February, March, April, May, and June. 

There are gaps in the time line.  Like between June of 2004 and October of the same year when I started my blog at Blogger.  I also found projects from 2002 and 2003, including my very first knitting projects.  I will continue adding these early projects over the next week or so, we’ll see how it goes.

red dress

Yesterday after my MoRH(tm Brenda Dayne) I bought yarn,  nothing like a little retail therapy.  I needed some red cotton for the mid-May dishcloth for the Monthly Dishcloth Along.  I hit Fred Meyer because they had a buy two get one free deal and they carry Lion Cotton, I picked up three balls, but no red.  BTW, Fred Meyer carries a few colors of Lion Wool. 

Still in search of red I headed over to JoAnn, where I went a little cotton crazy.  I had stopped at Costco on my way to the Knit-in (sigh) and picked up Mason*Dixon Knitting and Inspired Cable Knits, while looking thru them I found that quite a few of the projects in Mason*Dixon were knit with kitchen cotton.  I especially like the little baby kimono.  So, I did a little stocking up on kitchen cotton, including some red, just in case, I also picked up a couple of patterns so I can get a start on my summer sewing for Daughter, Color-splash Dishcloths by Evelyn A. Clark and a piece of muslin for a doll.

When I got home I cast on for the Dishcloth Along and then finished it up today.

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pattern: Go Red For Women by Sarah Wennagole
yarn:  Lion Cotton – Poppy Red
cast-on:  May 19th
cast-off:  May 20th
notes:  This pattern is to remind women that heart desease is the number one killer of women (and men).  Find out more at www.goredforwomen.org.

more on more and more

Over at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic it was asked: Are you ashamed of your fabric collection?  She goes on to state that she doesn’t understand this or the possible thinking behind it.  I do.  I understand. 

This was my comment on her blog:

Yes, I am ashamed of my fabric stash.

Now, let me say I have no problem with other people’s fabric stash, heck, have at it.  It’s your life, your money, your fabric.

I am frustrated because mine has gotten to the point that it has paralized me.  I look and all this fabric and don’t know where to start. 

I tend to be a perfectionist and instead of doing things and getting them done I get into the mindset of it has to be perfect.  Can’t use this fabric because I don’t have the right pattern for it.  Can’t use this fabric because I need to make a muslin first and I don’t have time to do it right.  Can’t. Can’t. Can’t. 

It is a horrible mindset to get into.  Why do you think FlyLady has so many subscribers to her list?

I guess, just because you do not understand another’s feelings does not mean that they are not valid and shouldn’t be respected.

Let me just add that most of the time I appreciate my fabric stash.  In 2005 I sewed very little from it, I think a actualy sewed two things.  Two.  All this fabric, which I will be showing for Flash Your Stash 2006 (I know FYS is originally for yarn stash but, hey, stash is stash) and I only made two items.  To my thinking this is so wrong.  I am trying to get back to sewing this year and will be using some of my fabric collection, and no, I have now plans on adding to my fabric stash in the near future.

Now, I am sure this will make quite a few people uncomfortable or defensive or just plain mad.  I am sorry for that.  I’m just another person comming to terms with the phrase ’embarassment of riches’.

new dress

This morning I woke up and decided to make Daughter a dress for the Father – Daughter dance at her school tonight.  This is what things looked like at 10:40.

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I had finished cutting it all out by 11:30.

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I finished sewing it up except for the hem and tried it on Daughter, umm, I had forgotten the first rule of sewing . . . MEASURE THE FLAT PATTERN!  It was way too big.  I took in the sides shortened the hem and it was better.  The neckline still gapes a bit and I pinned her into the dress when she was getting ready so I could take up a bit of the fullness in the back.  I think I will resew the back seam and neck facing so it will fit properly, I don’t think there is anything I can do about the front.  I am not totally thrilled with the outcome, but most of my issues are with what I had to do to make it smaller, not necessarily the pattern it’s self.  I do think she looked adorable going out the door to the tropical themed dance.

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pattern:  McCall’s 3134, view A
fabric:  1.5 yards cotton knit pique I received in a swap a year or two ago
start/finish:  March 4th
notes:  Always measure the pattern first!  Saves a lot of frustration.  I do like the pattern and I am sure I will make it again, I will fold out some of the fullness in the front and back next time, unless she has grown a LOT in the mean time. 

knitters sewing along

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Did I mention I’m a joiner?  I think I did, well, if not, here is more proof.  I am joining a sew along for knitters.  I’m not sure if I’m a sewist (looks better than sewer) who knits or a knitter who sews.  I started sewing first, so, I guess, that would make me the former.  Oh, well, I hope they will let me in anyway.

The first project for the sew along is a skirt.  I think I’ll pull out KwikSew 3276, an A-line skirt pattern I bought last summer(?) and give it a try. 

Now, to sort thru the fabric stash . . . .

sewing, knitting and more joining

Over the last week I have actually been doing some knitting and sewing. I know, shocker.

It started with the what not to wear post, after that I decided I really needed to get some clothes made for my daughter.  The dresses I made for her almost 2 years ago are just not cutting it anymore, even for play dresses. 

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I pulled out the Ottobre magazines and traced off a pattern and did a sketch.

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I started cutting, I was not paying as close attention as I should have been and mis-cut one of the side panels and didn’t have enough fabric left to re-cut, sigh. So now I have this beautiful pink velour that cannot be made into what I intended it to be made into, sigh.  I did cut out 2 other dress, rethread the serger, and start on the sewing up.  The bulb on my serger blew out so I went to the store to pick up another one. I asked Hubby to watch the kids while I was gone.  When I got home I was putting in the new bulb when I noticed a small pair of scissors sitting in front of the serger and all of the threads had been cut. Honey, thanks for watching the kids, sigh.

I am getting closer to finishing Daughter’s sweater, only one sleeve left to go, and weaving in all those ends.

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The bottom rolls a bit too much so I am thinking of ripping back and putting in some wide ribbing before the rolled edge, but not till I get the other sleeve done and the ends woven in.

I needed a break from all those bright stripes, so I started some socks.  I finished the first one last night.

 

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The foot with the sock is Daughter, the foot without a sock is Son, who wanted his picture taken too.  I have to make him some socks too, he kept saying “my sock, my sock!”  I’ve been a bad mommy, need to make socks for him too.

Oh, and I joined another KAL, two actually: Project Spectrum (not just knitting, tho), and the Aran Weight Victorian Lace Shawl KAL.  I was also going thru the Yahoo!Groups I a lurker member of, I totally forgot to list the Monthly Dishcloth KAL and the Kiri Shawl KAL.  Then there are the Blog based ones I forgot:  Branching Out and Sock it to Me.  Ok, most of these I don’t really consider KALs as they are perpetual and people come and go, more of a knitting support group for the pattern in question.

a new treasure

The new Spring Ottobre is up on their site.  I am so excited, but now I just have to wait for it to get to my mailbox from Finland. *sigh*

You can see the ‘all deisgns’ pdf, here. I am loving this issue, so many cute things.  I think I have to make: cute coat #22 for Daughter, shirts #25 and #33 for Son; skirt #12, leggings/bloomers #13, and shirt #21 also for Daughter.

Maybe I’ll actually use up some of my fabric stash . . . who’d a thunk?

i am briliant

No, really, I am. Case in point:

About a year ago our DVD player gave out (ok, the kid killed it) and Hubby bought a new (cheap) DVD player.  One really cool thing about this inexpensive DVD player is that it could play zone 2 (european) DVDs.  This meant I could order trinny & susannah: the rules from Amazon UK . . . woohoo.  I bought it, I watched it, the DVD player died and we had to return it, they were sold out so we couldn’t just exchange it.  waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, no more Trinny & Susannah.

Today I was cleaning off the computer desk and found the DVD, and it dawned on me as I looked at my computer screen, ‘hey, maybe I can play this on my computer’s DVD player.”

IT WORKS, I CAN PLAY THIS DVD ON THE COMPUTER . . . YAHOOOOOOOOO! I AM BRILLIANT! Ok, I loose points for not figuring it out last year.