Friday, February 27, 2015
Well, finally, I made something! This is the first pattern in the Brother book for using the Knitleader. It is a dropped shoulder sweater, shown as a striped red and white in the book. I traced the size medium and used the Knitleader to guide me. Easy peasy. I sewed it together on my sewing machine and there you go! Yarn is something purchased at a parking lit sale at Newtons Yarn Country in Anaheim, CA. Might be rayon? Next project still in my thoughts. At least I finally made SOMETHING!
Friday, January 2, 2015
Wow! I am far behind! Working was such fun, but it really took up all of my personal time! Back to retirement. Someone wanted to see the dress sans jacket, so here it is. Front and back! Well, make that back and front...
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Here is a quick picture of my version of the new Loes Hinse Ascona Pant pattern. Very pleased with the results. They are comfortable to wear (excuse wrinkles--wore them all day today) yet stylish enough for current trends. The legs are visibly more narrow and yet not tight. Win-win for me. Fabric is stretch microfiber from Casual Elegance size sm with 2" length adjustment.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I can never figure out how to place photos using my iPad, but this is a collection from my latest knitting lesson. Skills covered were: picot edge hem, use of lace carriage and punch card to form illustrated patterns, create "I" cord, bind odd partial row from carriage, rehang work to form seams, and continued patience .
I am enjoying this process as I move along. The bottom band of the bonnet was also attached by rehanging the partially constructed bonnet to the band and knitting them together.
I did sew today too! I finished a pj top for Samantha's American Girl doll.
Monday, July 21, 2014
I think I have mentioned that I am taking a series of beginner lessons to learn to use my Brother KH836e knitting machine. Here are some photos of the projects I have made so far. The red and white sample size baby blanket demonstrates patterned tuck stitch, fair isle and mirror image fair isle, hanging a hem and pie crust border. Fun project!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Is not a great photo, but I made a quick cotton version of this classic jacket from my seminar fitted pattern. No issues at all in construction or fitting. I buttoned it, but wore it over a ss LH perfect tee and white denim SA Willow pants. I have made so many tees and Willows that I just don't take photos or post information about the. TNT patterns that I enjoy wearing and that fit without much adjustment. Boring sewing? Not really, but not exciting either!
I just finished 2 pairs of LH crop pants (seminar pattern but also detailed in one of The Look issues) and yet another pair of Willow pants to coordinate with jacket above. I will wear these items through the summer and know that I can pack and go easily. I bought 4 or 5 new tee ahirts this week too--dressier ones that will make my simple garments a bit more polished. I happily live a very casual life. I do not want elaborate outfits that do not fit my activities. I love to snoop shop and study fancy finishes with great interest. I just do not wear that type of garment.
Time for pool patrol for the grands. The joys of my days