True Knit

Knitting, Sewing, Crocheting. Mostly.

Gorgeous Saturday May 15, 2010

Filed under: Baby,Nature Overwhelms Me,Sewing — lalunaunita @ 4:35 pm

First of all, it’s a beautiful day here in Austin.  It rained all yesterday and last night, but today is clear and sunny.  The flowers in my front yard are blooming:

 

The calla lilies were a Mother’s Day gift and thank goodness I managed to get them in the ground before they wilted and died.  I want a garden, but don’t have much of a green thumb so far.  I also potted the moss rose just a few weeks ago and have so far managed to keep it alive. 

 

The lilies were put in by the previous owners and I don’t know that we would have really seen them for what they are except that we’ve had so much rain this year.  They have been amazing!

I got the chance to make new friends and purchase a ton of fabric for next to nothing today… I’m not sure what projects I’ll use everything for, but it’s all so useful!  Some gentlemen in town posted the fabric sale on craigslist, so my friend Mel and I went over (with Olivia and Ashton, our daughters, of course) and ransacked the fabric stock.  I ended up with some great patterns, buttons, and ribbon as well.  Benson, who was selling the fabric, even gave some of the buttons to me, since they were for Oli!  I’m determined to make a few things for her this summer, so now I’m feeling much more equipped.  I just need a couple of nice patterns to round everything out, and once my sewing machine is back from repairs, I’ll be able to get started.

I also received free fabric from Mel last night.  She brought it over for our first stitch n’ bitch, which went so well that we’re going to make it a weekly gig.  My sister in law Marcia joined us too.  She’s been working on an order of dream catchers for a lady she met at a craft fair.

       

Biscuit likes Mel’s taste in fabrics…

I’m feeling like the patterns have come back around again… I especially like the halter top in the first and the short dresses in the second.

And now to end this post … gratuitous naked baby!

 

So many, many things to update May 12, 2010

Filed under: Knitting and Crocheting,Sewing — lalunaunita @ 8:35 pm

Now that life seems to be settling into a hectic but manageable pace, I’m going to attempt to update once a week if I can.  I have several FOs, the most important being little Olivia, who is now 4 months old!  She’s beautiful!  And I knit her together in my very own womb. 

She’s starting to grow a lot of personality.  She’s a very laid back baby (she gets that from her dad).  She likes to laugh all the time (she gets that from me).  As I told my cousin the other day, if I’d had any idea kids were this fun, I would have had one years ago.

Here she is in a onesy I embroidered for her (inside joke with her dad):

I embroidered a little towel for her last week with her name on it.  I learned the joy of project planning with this project and I think I’m going to continue with the same process for future projects.  I discovered that planning with a sketch book is nearly as much fun as the actual project!  I also felt much more confident working from something I had written out, rather than making decisions right on the spot.  The finished product does not exactly match the towel envisioned in the planning stage.  However, I felt confident about making changes as well, since I had had time to reflect on my original concept.

You can see that instead of the “heart” flowers I originally chose, I embroidered a different style of flower that I found on a scrap of fabric from another project.  I also nixed the second line of ribbon and went across the top with a line of herringbone embroidery in green instead.  I let Lyndon pick the color for the herringbone line.  Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the result and I’m already envisioning a little 3 year old Oli using it to dry her hands in a few years. *happy sigh*

 

New Ideas, Projects, Materials… March 21, 2009

Filed under: Knitting and Crocheting,Sewing — lalunaunita @ 9:30 am

Since this week is Spring Break, I went to the library last Friday to celebrate. I picked up a couple of knitting pattern books to peruse and found a nifty book on embellishing, which I’ve been unabashedly stealing ideas from. The Westlake Library has the biggest knitting section I’ve ever seen in a library! I knew I’d hit the jack pot when I walked in there about a year ago, and the collection just keeps growing. Someone on staff must be a knitter.

I finally started my Zephyr tree jacket:

I’ve had the pattern for probably two years now and bought yarn before Christmas. I’m working the pattern in Lion Brand Cotton and the result is snuggly soft, easy to work with, and so far, right on gauge.

Dom’s crochet scarf has come along nicely. I decided to edge it in a complementing green wool (same brand) that I originally purchased for my father’s belated Christmas gift. Dad will get a scarf too sometime this year with the remaining green and maybe some other colors I can whip up out of stash.

Our anniversary shares a special date with St. Patrick’s memory, so my husband and I took a nice “trip” around our house and did whatever we wanted for about three days.  What I wanted included sitting around at Epoch coffeehouse and falling inside Blue Velvet, the vintage store next door (it really was kind of coincidental – Blue Velvet’s been around since I was in high school, but they’ve moved locations several times and just recently moved in next to Epoch).  I found a nicely finished red seventies dress with some bright red lace trimming the sleeves and bodice – it’s good to go and I wore it to work on Thursday.  I also found a couple of project items.

The first is a dress that was handsewn by somebody years ago and fits me perfectly.  I took a look for a tag and discovered handsewn finishing up at the top of the zipper (and no tag).  Whoever made this dress did great zippers – better than mine, that’s for sure!  I didn’t think to take a picture of the item before I started seam ripping, so the “before” photo only has one sleeve.  The bodice and skirt of the dress are great – but those big puffy lacy sleeves have got to go!

The second item was an extra large skirt with some cute embroidered flowers in several bright colors.  The skirt itself was in bad shape – seams and elastic going – but the fabric decorating the bottom is great.  One of the suggestions of the embellishing book is to use old embroidery from items that are too beat up to wear and add it to things that you do want to wear (hey, it’s a lot faster than embroidering the whole theme yourself!).  I like it.  Once I figure out what to do with the raw materials, I’ll post a photo of the transformation.

 

Old FO’s and a WIP March 1, 2009

Filed under: Knitting and Crocheting,Sewing — lalunaunita @ 7:17 pm

As promised, a few pictures of things I’ve been working on – and I’m playing with the collage maker on my Picasa software, so apologies for my dorky “artistic” attempts!  I’ve never been good with visual composition, which is sad since I long had aspirations as a painter – in fact, the first 18 years of my life were spent with the expectation that painting would be my eventual career.  No worries; I still paint for fun. 🙂

Here’s my braided hat, taken from Lion Brand Yarn’s free pattern set:

Warm and cozy!

Warm and cozy!

And next, my fingerless gloves that I totally adore… the only problem is that the gray really lends itself to a “homeless chic” kind of look when I wear them with long sleeves.  With short sleeves on, they look much more fashionable.  I need to make some new ones in a brighter color, but at the time, I was trying out the pattern on scrap yarn and didn’t expect the result to turn out so well.  This is the pattern that taught me to cable – “Dashing”, which you can find on the Knitty website:

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Hope that collage works!

A couple other things I’ve been working on:

First is curtains for the kitchen – just long sheets of muslin and some fun quilting squares I cut into pieces and patched onto the muslin.  I need to iron the finished product and trim loose strings, then I’ll put a final picture up of them hanging in our kitchenette area.  As you can see, Antigone was quite eager to help on this project (I edited out the picture in which she sits on my lap in the middle of working the sewing machine).

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Last, I’m working on a scarf for my brother-in-law, Dom.  He’s tall, thin, English, and wears a brown fedora, so I’m hoping a manly crocheted scarf will suit.  Amusingly, the yarn I picked from knitpicks.com is Fedora, one of their Wool of the Andes line.  I started by working the crochet width-wise (typical) but kind of got bored and didn’t get the result I wanted from playing around with different crochet stitches.  So I am working it length-wise, which is proving an interesting change, and I’ve been able to utilize a V-stitch pattern down one row, which is the holey part you can see in what is currently the center of the scarf.  I decided to do only one V-stitch row, and to leave it off center.  Once I’ve completed a few more rows, it will look a bit more asymmetrical.

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