Wednesday, April 27, 2011


1st part of the bodice is done...only took an hour and a half.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It Has Begun

The den is now a No Feline area until this is finished...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's April.....

Itching for a new how-to? Check out this month's Charlottesville Crafter post!

Make a Zipper Pouch!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Super Special Project

As you may remember, a while back I mentioned that I got engaged.

I had a lot of DIY ideas floating around in my head, but instead of having a big to do, we are actually going to have a small "just the two of us" getaway destination wedding in mid June.

As a result, my needs are a lot smaller and simpler to plan. It also changed my plan for a dress. I spent some time looking online for what I wanted, and didn't find one single dress in the style I was looking for? So what's that mean? I'm making it!

Great thing? As soon as I started looking at patterns, I found around FOUR that were mostly what I wanted, with some tweaks.

I will be using Simplicity 2884, an "It's Sew Easy" pattern. We'll see how easy it turns out to be. Once I get the dress done, I'm going to be making a sash to go around the middle in a color that I like, because I can't do only plain white. I'm way more interesting than that. :)

I'm using Polyester Shantung for the body. Why not silk or taffeta? I used some of the poly shantung for something else and liked it, and it's way cheaper. Not to mention I felt some of the silk while I was at the store and while it's pretty, it's SUPER intimidating (and $24.99 a yard, people!!!).

Yes, I am super nervous about making this dress. I don't usually use a pattern. I've made a dress with a pattern before, but that's been about 10 years or so. It came out fine, but I'm nervous about my probably forgotten pattern reading skills.

I can't decide if I want to do the seams with my regular machine or serge them. The seam allowance is 5.8" (1.5 cm), which can be done with both machines, but the nature of the serger is that it CUTS OFF most of that allowance when it sews. I think this is going to be one of those "cut out the pattern and practice on the scraps first" kind of deals with me.

The timing is right - I have 3 weeks left of school and then my free time is mine for two weeks before my summer class starts up, and that's online anyway.

It's an exciting new endeavor for me!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Wavy Gravy

Now since they've been gifted at the baby shower yesterday, I can show you what's been sucking up my evening time for the past month...

Baby blankies!

My friend is having twins, so I made one for each baby.

I used the Wavy Blankie pattern from Stephanie Gage. It really was a good and simple pattern, very easy to understand.

Turns out I was not the only one to make blankies, so there is no fear that these children will ever be cold.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

K&C Blog Week Day 7

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter?

Lately, my typical crochet time has been on the couch. Usually during the evenings (especially while I'm trying hard to get blankie #2 rolling) we'll chill out on the couch and get caught up on the Tivo or watch a movie. I still get time to spend with my honey, but still work on my project. I usually have water with me, but no snacks. There are generally snack breaks, but even though I'm going to launder my stuff before it gets gifted, I don't want to deal with getting crumbs or smudges on the yarn. I also have to deal with attention grubbing kitties. Joe of course loves to gnaw on every string he can find, while Little Miss just wants petting.

Sewing time is different - that I need to spend in the den, away from people and cats so I can spread out fabric and cut without feline help...

If you want to participate too, all the details (and prompts) are at Eskimimi.


K&C Blog Week Day 6

Something to aspire to:
Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.

My short answer is thread crochet. I have dabbled a little in thread crochet, and it's freaking HARD. I have even more respect for my grandmother making many many snowflakes for many church Christmas bazaars over the years. I do not currently possess the proper tensioning skills for it yet. But I'm going to work on it. I would love to make a lacy little mini-veil for my wedding.

I also have on my list to knit socks. It's on my list of Goals for the Year, actually. Nothing fancy, just socks.

If you want to participate too, all the details (and prompts) are at Eskimimi.