Sunday, October 24, 2010


I had planned on casting this on today, while still high off finishing my first pair of 2-at-a-time/magic loops socks this weekend....
 Short row scarf from

I'm going to make it with this yarn I picked up my new favorite yarn store Smiley's in Queens.
It's about an hour away and it's only open on Fridays and Saturdays, but dang if it wasn't worth the trip!!

  ... this is a great looking and feeling yarn that was 2.99 a skein... I got the whole bag of about 450+ yards  for 10 bucks!!  Anywhere else, each skein would have been anywhere from 5-8$ a piece, right?

Unfortunately, I realized I don't have the right size needle.  Looks like I need to make a quick trip to P&S Fabrics tomorrow to pick up some circular 11's.

Then, score of all scores... I picked up these beauties...

 ..... 2.99 a skein!.... 50/50 Merino and Silk!!....I <3 Smiley's.... seriously!!

I plan on making this lovely piece of knitted... loveliness... with my score.

It's the #11 Feather Stole by Irina Shabayeva that was featured in the Fall'10 issue of Vogue Knitting....Loovveee. It......... now, I'm not saying I will be able to make it anytime soon, but it's in my queue!

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short and sweet

Two down.  From the top down.
I finally finished my first pair of socks!
Using the 2-at-a-Time/ Magic Loop method no less..... Holla!!

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Monday, September 6, 2010

(almost) always do what your mama tells ya...

I'm going on a family cruise for the Xmas holidays this year.
It's going to be the first of its kind for us as almost 16 family and close friends are getting together for a 5 day Caribbean vacay.... CANT WAIT!!

The other day I was talking to my mom about my new knitting obsession interest and how much easier it is that I can just pick it up or put it down without having to dismantle anything.

Knowing that I still love sewing and I check out my favorite sewing links everyday, she suggested that I revert back to my one project a month concept with the goal of the cruise in mind.

I've thought it over and decided that I like the idea and I'm going to do it.
Nothing major, just some quick projects to get me back in the swing of things maybe get my mojo flowing again after a year off...

Of course, a juicy Labor Day sale sale over a BMV didn't hurt. 

Because, of course, I couldn't just use any of the patterns I ALREADY have overflowing out of my drawer...ooohh nnnoooo, I need to start FRESH!!  Here's what I found...

This two piece from Badgley Mischka (V1195)...
I love the over top...

Then I remembered this cute little Anna Sui dress (V1153)...
It's an older pattern that I've been looking at for a while.
I think it would look cute in a light linen or dress weight broad cloth.

Then there is this asymmetric top from McCalls(M6204)...
I actually just bought a top quite similar to this from ASOS.

And lastly, this legging pattern(M6173)...

Not bad for $5 a pop.

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"Sock it to me!"

..... is what I will name my post when I actually COMPLETE a sock... not even a pair!.. A sock.... for now they are kicking my ass and leaving me feeling rather discouraged.

I needed a little picker upper and found this simple baby hat pattern in my 'Teach Yourself Visually Knitting' book....
I used some of my favorite fuchsia pink Debbie Bliss Rialto DK  ~ my best 'Wool Watcher' find to date!

It was soo smooth and springy and perfect for a little stretchy hat like this... Def going to get some more and make a hat for myself.

I took a few liberties.... trying to insert a half-rememered mock-cable stitch I had seen Sunday morning on Knit and Crochet Now.
... apparently, the half I didnt remember was the most important half... ;);

But, I think its still cute and it gave a me little practice on some basic decreaese(P/K2tog) and a little Icord action.  As an afterthought, I added a little tassel at the top.

Never mind I don't know any babies.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Projects No. 4 and No. 5...

 Project No. 4
... My first footie!
 ... ran out of yarn on this one... so I'll just have to play musical feet for a little while.

Project No. 5
... My first socks!!
 ... I just used what yarn I had on hand for this one.  I wanted to test out the pattern before I bought more yarn to make it for real.  Glad I did because the cast-on and increasing needs a little tweaking.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Projects 3.1 and 3.2


 These are my first attempts at felting. 
Much is still desired with regards to my technique :):

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fait Accompli

 The Market Bag is finished!!

 ... Unfortunately, Blogger is tripping with my pictures!
Until I can figure out what is wrong, you can see them here.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Welp, soo much for that!

I had big plans to get up early and scoot to the post office before work this morning and pick up a package of yarn I ordered from TaddyBeeKnitting’s Etsy Shop.  Only to waylaid by the notification that the local PO only opens at 8am on Saturdays! Today is Wednesday!...:-(

I had wanted to take ‘le sac du marche’ to the FG/CH K&C meet up tonight and try to make some more progress... bbooooo!!

Luckily, one of my co-workers brought me a copy of a[nother!] scarf from that just so happens to call for the same homespun yarn I picked up on sale at LBStudio this past Sunday.

It looks to be a super easy/quick pattern that I might be able to make some major headway into very quickly... between the wine and beer runs that is..sniff (... or hiccup, as it were.)

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A little Saturday afternoon knitting...

...found this easy cables pattern over at

The yarn is un-dyed Peruvian Highland wool I picked up yesterday from a Brooklyn LYS, Knit-A-Way, yesterday.
As a rule, I don't care for wool... it always feels to hard and scratchy on my skin... this un-dyed quality feels quite soft and I still haven't gotten that itchy feeling from it.  I have high hopes that this little scarf will become a staple in my winter wardrobe.

I have my last class at Lion Brand Studio tomorrow morning... I get 10% off student discount aanndd they're having their summer sale... SCORE!  I've had my eye on some 100% baby alpaca and a cotton/bamboo blend.

If anybody is on Ravelry... friend me.... feeling kind of lonely in there...;-)

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Done and Done!

I'm soo proud.  It's my first knitted object!

Well.... technically, this...
... is my first finished object... :(:

But since that was supposed to be a scarf and NOT a hand towel, lets just pretend like it didn't happen, shall we?

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Not tha Mama!!

Remember Baby Sinclair from that old 90's TV show 'Dinosaurs'?

yyeeaahhhhh...... well meet Not tha Sewing!

I will get my act together.... one of these days....((((sssighhh)))).

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cut fabric....

..... It's a start!

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

....Out with a Clang!

Even with a self-imposed deadline and a 'Project a Month: April' incentive... the Mojo remained ever elusive.

Because I didn't want to be a COMPLETE loser, I did gather myself yesterday to make the dress....

"...That looks more like a top." you say? 

That's because it is.

Halfway through the construction I realized the color and pattern would be a bit much for an entire dress.  So, I decided to forgo the three bottom tiers and make it a peplum top.

It did come out altogether cuter that I expected.  Unfortunately, it came out altogether SMALLER than I expected, too.

I'm going to make it again, adjusting it for wider waist and cross back measurements.  I will also add a few inches for the the peplum as well.  (I just used one of the already cut skirt layers, but it wasn't as long as I would have liked.)
You can't tell from the pictures but, the way I adjusted the dress to be a top, it made it fully lined, and almost reversible if not for the CB zipper.

The bodice was already fully lined with self fabric, with completely enclosed seams.  I ended up using the same technique with the peplum so the hem seam was hidden as well. 

I think I will use an alternative closure method (maybe a large key-hole opening) that would allow for a pull-over top instead of a CB zipper, then it would be completely reversible.

The print was perfect for a top, so I'm headed back the Fulton Fabrics tomorrow to get a few more yards before it's all gone.

I think for May, I will try something where I don't have to worry about it fitting... maybe a quilt or that apron pattern my mom asked me to make her LAST YEAR.....';?


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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Meant to post this earlier...

...  But, as it is want to do... Life got in the way... AGAIN (.....the nerve!)

But I do 'sewlder' on... heeehee.


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Friday, April 9, 2010

On your mark...


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