Long time, no post….

They say the best laid plans, and all that. lol. Yeah. I had grand plans to making sure I posted a couple of times a week, and I also has plans on having the sewing room renovations completed, and a few projects started. But, as you all know, life happens. Since I haven’t really had time to get to the sewing room to finish it up, I picked my knitting back up, and have been making great progress on it. So far this year, I have completed my Jewel Shift Afghan, a shawlette, and about 18 pairs of socks, I knit really fast. I have set a goal of 52 pairs of socks this year, averaging 1 pair a week. Let’s see if I make it. At the current progress, I’m about a month ahead of goal.

Now, what about costume sewing? Well, that’s a fair question. I have really started feeling the itch to get started on some things. Right now, I am really feeling pulled to work on the set of Victorian undergarments that I want to make in black cotton, and I want to get a start on designing my Regency dress for this year’s picnic. With that urge pulling really strongly, I made some time to go down into the sewing room, and with a bit of help from Miss Julia, started getting things put away and organized. It’s much closer to being in working condition. I would love to paint before I start any projects, but with the weather acting crazy lately, I think I will let that wait another month or so. Plus, I’m still trying to decide on a paint color. lol. But, I hope to have something to share soon. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

Out with the old, and in with the somewhat new…

I still haven’t made it to the sewing room to start the clean up, and organization process, yet. That’s on the agenda for tomorrow. However, I did spend some time last weekend cleaning out my closet of the old stuff I haven’t worn in the past, um, 7+ years. I know. That’s really bad of me. And, since the closet was occupied with all of the old stuff, the new-ish stuff that I wear on the regular has been living in laundry baskets around the bedroom. I made great progress. See:

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I pulled out 3 bags of clothes of donations of clothes that were either too big or too small, and another 2 bags of old handbags. Then, in just stuff that wasn’t really fit to keep, give away or donate, there was about 4 bags that went to the curb for pick up. Then, besides the donate and trash, there were some things set aside for other I know would wear the items I no longer fit into. I was very satisfied when I was done, as the closet was completely empty:

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I forgot to take a photo of the before, and I did add the dresser before taking the after. The closet has been stuffed from front to back. When I started putting the stuff I actually wear in there, I was running out of room, and started looking longingly at my husband’s side of the closet, as it was less than half full. But, I think adding my stuff to his side would just start an argument, so I’ll have to get creative on how I get all of my stuff in. lol.

Besides working on the bedroom closet, I have been knitting away on a baby blanket for one of my cousins that is having a little boy. I’m just about done, which is not bad for just under a week. I have about 42 rows left on it.

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Miss Elma helped me pick the colors based off of a few of the baby toys that were in my cousins baby registry. As always, I ordered some Knit Picks Brava Worsted, as it’s the softest acrylic yarn I have found so far. The colors are Sienna, Marina, Peapod and Caution. One ball of each color does great for a quick, crib sized blanket in a garter rib stitch. I picked the order of the colors loosely based on the invitation I received in the mail. The baby shower is next weekend down home at my Aunt Vonna’s house. I have a few baby burp rags already made up in boy colors that will be wrapped up with the blanket. It kinda makes me feel old to be making things for her expectant baby, as I used to baby sit her when she was an infant. lol. My, how times flies! Once I have this blanket done, I’ll be starting one in girly colors for a co-workers daughter that is having a girl. So, between my early spring cleaning around the house, I’ll have plenty of knitting to keep my fingers busy while I watch tv. lol.

Until next time… Happy Sewing!

Would rather be knitting (featuring FO’s)

This is what my brain as been saying to me lately. I get up everyday, go to work, and try to work while my brain is constantly going over current and future knitting projects. I somehow make it through the day, just to get home and have to start dinner. Once things are settled, I am finally able to pick up my needles. But, I have a couple of finished objects to share. I finished the Hue Shift Afghan in the Baby color kit:

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Project: Hue Shift Afghan Kit from Knit Picks
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport Weight
Colorway: Baby
Started: 12/28/13
Finished: 2/26/14
Notes: I knit this exactly to pattern. This was a kit that I ordered from Knit Picks, so it came with all the yarn needed, as well as the pattern. I did run into an issue that seemed to be common with this kit. Despite being just under gauge, there were 2 colors that I ran out of. I did call Knit Picks to advise them of this, and they willing sent me more of the colors needed. This is why I love Knit Picks. I have very few problems, and for the few that I have had, they have made it right without costing me extra money. As for the pattern, I will say that it’s very addictive. This blanket is so cozy, and little Miss Jellybean has claimed it. Every evening, she expects me to sit down and cover up with it, just so she can stretch out and take her evening naps. I still have the Jewel Kit to finish, and I am thinking of make a couple of more in custom colors.

After all of that, I needed to get in a few quick projects, so I kept moving on my personal goal for pairs of socks knitted in 2014. Here is Finished Pair #7:

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Project: Strawberry Latte Toe-up Socks
Yarn: Claudia’s Handpainted Short Sport (Discontinued)
Colorway: Strawberry Latte
Started: 3/1/14
Finished: 3/3/14
Notes: I decided it was time to challenge myself to something I have never tried before, and made some toe-up socks. I am normally a die-hard, top down on DPN’s type of sock knitter, but decided that I maybe at least needed to try something else. I can definitely see the appeal of this type of sock. It makes sure you can use the entire amount of yarn purchased. I used Judy’s Magic Cast On, then improvised a off centered 2×2 ribbing, a short row heel, and then a sewn bind off. I love these socks. The sport weight makes them nice and squishy and warm. Now, after trying toe-up socks, I am wondering if I should give knitting socks on circs a try. Hmmmmm……. That may be the next challenge. 😉

After working on afghan projects for so long (in the past 6 months – 2 completed, 1 at 75% done, and one that still needs to be started), I will be working on socks for a while. Of course, it helps that I have been commissioned to make 6 pairs of socks. That should keep me busy for a couple of weeks, since my sock knitting speed has increase considerably. Then, add to that a pair of birthday socks that will be going on the needles as soon as I get the 2nd sock of a test knit done, and then a pair of  new socks in shocking orange for Annie, and I will be more than 75% to my yearly goal. So, let’s see what I can do over the next couple of weeks. Until later…. Happy Knitting & Sewing!