Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Equinox and Inspiration.

Dear readers,

Today is the first day of Fall.

I am busy knitting away on two pair of new socks (my first and I love them!!).  BTW, I absolutely love my knitted Funky Grandpa Sweater.  It's been hot but I've been wearing it as much as possible!  Who knew -- that I would knit sweaters I actually wear.
Above, Funky Grandpa sweater, blogged here, my painstaking sewn princess seam blouse, Butterick 5678 blogged here, and pencil skirt fom my sloper, blogged here.

In the meantime, I'm thinking about some Fall sewing.  I see the trends as plaids, dark florals, and bomber jackets, to mention a few -- here are some pictures of Fall inspiration (yes, I guess I need to link this blog to Pinterest):

Beautiful, but pricey bomber style jacket form Anthropologie, link here,   I love it!  But at 440.00US I think I can make just as good a version (plus, bombers present problems for my figure - reverse triangle/apple).

Below, from the blogger, Zanita Morgan - mixing plaid and dark floral - fabulous.  I don't think I could pull this off.  I love her blog and I'm not one to follow fashion blogs.
Below, I love this 1940s fashion from the STARZ series Outlander - Wonderful women's suit, I wish I had a better picture, but that jacket is fantastic with the detailing.
 Interesting use of plaid from Sarah Jessica Parker -- although this is a bit literal for my taste.
Dear bloggers, what are your inspirations right now?


P.S.  I'm thinking of starting a travel blog -- for my friends/co-workers I have a series of travel guides for certain cities (Monterey, Oahu, Olympic Peninsula, San Diego, Jacksonville), and if so, I am considering monetizing it -- something I would never do for this hobby/love of fabric arts blog.  Or, maybe because my sophistication/expertise level is much higher for travel?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dr. Who Scarf and some Alaska photos. . .

Dear readers,

I apologize for not posting more frequently.  You've probably been wondering what I've been up to.  Well, life, really.  Extensive traveling for work (DC, Alaska, Monterey, Seattle and San Diego), and battling a really bad sinus/chest infection that just wouldn't go away.  So, I'm back - taking some time off this Fall, and hopefully -- BLOG ON!

Below -- six months of working with Acrylic yarn from Hobby Lobby (not fun!) but a good rendition of the Dr. Who Scarf (free pattern from Dr. Who Scarf website.
 Just in time for Halloween this fall!  Obviously, J. is not that excited to pose (although he does love the scarf).
Did I mention we've been having a heat wave in California -- average temps 85 degrees or so -- our hottest summer in Ventura since 1931 (and we don't have air).  So on each of these trips I was expecting cooler temps (and failed!  It was an exceedingly hot and beautiful summer everywhere).

I've got quite a few projects in the works -- a vest for J. (UFO right now), need to make/finish seersucker gray vest and skirt before Fall, the Madeline Tosh Honey Cowl (about 30% finished), a new pair of socks in the Lorna's Laces Spats, color way (below).  This will be my first pair of socks.  It's finally just in the few days cooled down just a tad and I feel that I can get my sewjo/knitjo  back.
 Here are some pretty pictures from Alaska! Below, some riverbed hiking near Exit Glacier.

I had a horrible head cold coming on a the time, but still went hiking.    I think I was infected by some cruise passengers staying at lodging in Alaska (well, I always blame the cruisers).  This is down in Seward (which is STRONGLY recommended -- previously I've always headed North and not on the Kenai peninsula).  I was supposed to do a fantastic hike called Harding Ice Field  -- but it turned out I was just too ill.  Darn it.  I had about half my gear with me too for some short backcountry.   If you are interested in Harding Ice Field, I thought this was a great blog post/Description of the Hike.
 Above, a gorgeous hike just outside Anchorage Alaska at Eagle River Nature Center.  The roads were being worked on so most of this longer hike we didn't see hardly anyone.   The picture is at Echo Bend Campsite (we did Albert Loop, the older Iditarod trail (Crow Pass Trail to Echo Bend) and then return via Dew Mounds.  Wonderful.
This is down in Seward near a place really fun for families (well, that's what it looked like) for camping called Miller's Landing on Resurrection Bay.   This would be the view outside your tents.
 Above, my lodging -- which was reasonable in price and really brilliant.
 I did a short cruise (3 hours or so) and saw some whales!  This was a pair, I believe, of Blue Whales.
I was really just enamored at the wonderful town of Seward and now must to go back!


Friday, June 13, 2014

LA Blogger Meetup tomorrow

Dear readers,

I'm so ready to meet all the sewing bloggers at the LA Sewing Blogger Meetup hosted by Erin from Miss Crayola Creepy.  Thank you Erin!

It's tomorrow at Cafe Midi at 11:30.
We are going to have lunch and visit The Fabric Store although Mood is closed for remediation of some earthquake damage.  BTW, the said earthquake occurred about two hours after the last time I visited Mood - and of which I had a premonition that was very strong (& I don't really even believe in premonitions)).   Perhaps I felt the vibrations.

So excited -- more posts to come and hopefully some good pictures as well!



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fetching Fingerless Mitts -- A Tule Fog companion.

Dear readers,

While I procrastinated on the buttons to my Funky Grandpa sweater,  I started an easy but gorgeous fingerless mitts patterns.  Why fingerless mitts?  Well,  I've given all my mitts as gifts - with the exception of one snug pair.
I finished the pair above on the flight to and from DC from LAX (holding a Kalapawai Market Coffee Cup, Kailua, HI).
 Here are the mitts above (with the cowl behind them).  The pattern is Fetching.
Here was my initial cowl -- which I still love and have not blocked.  I have worn it a dozen times at least.
The yarn I used was Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran in Moss.  It is a silky alpaca, wonderful and I love it.  One pattern note is that I recommend binding off with a smaller ribbing on the needle.  My are a bit loose at the fingers (and I took out the design originally with the pattern as far as the little ribs on the bind off).

I'm meeting with some of the LA Sewing Bloggers for a meet up next Saturday -- so I'm pretty excited!  I'm still trying to get my sew-jo on!



Monday, June 2, 2014

Grandpa Sweater - Completed!!

Dear readers,

I've been done with the Funky Grandpa Sweater Pattern for about a month BUT I was afraid of the afterthought buttonholes.  More on that (a bit later on my project review on My Ravelry Project Page ).  Let me just say cutting your knitting is scary.  Now, shiny things:
 I'm so thrilled I got this sweater completed.   I love it!!  I took a class -- which took about 8 weeks to complete.   My instructor is a sweetie -- the wonderful Anne from Anacapa Fine Yarns-- her blog is Moonlight Stitches and her revelry page is Moonlight Stitches on Ravelry.   I will post a pattern review on Ravelry with some suggested changes I made.
 I made the pattern much longer so I can rock that librarian look at work (my favorite!)
 So, I'm thrilled with the result.
 Here are some of the photos from the dress form (I could have gone smaller - I made a M).  I've lost some weight in the last two months.

 Below, a wonderful button from Mood (I love Mood).  I bit large for the sweater, if you ask me, after the fact.  I was originally going to make at least two to three of these since this is my go to sweater for work (although RTW I wear cashmere -- this is super wash merino wool.

The cuff at the button had an odd feature -- it required double yarn - I'm not sure if I like the bulk yet.

I learned a ton of new techniques but my favorite was German Short Rows.  I may do a tutorial for for the afterthought buttonholes since I couldn't find any video tutorials on the web.  This technique was difficult to understand spatially. . . . really hard to figure out -- luckily I had knitting expert Anne to thank to walk me through them after the class ended.

Since I got my knit-jo on -- my sew-jo was on hold.  Now, I'm trying to bring it back.



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Help with my SewJo!

Hello readers,

I'm planning two blog posts on finished knitted items -- the grandpa sweater and also the fingerless mitts.  But I desperately need my sewing mojo (sew-jo)  back.  I've been traveling extensively and at the same time dealing with some family emergencies.

Well, a few weeks ago -- I did buy a new pair of glasses -- this is my Gregory Peck - To kill a Mockingbird look, as demonstrated below in seersucker (this reminds me of the wonderful grey seersucker in my stash.  I have got to start sewing. . . uggg!):
I'm glad to be home and nursing quite the nasty head cold caught in Hawaii!  Day 4 1/2.

I love reading all about my fellow blogger's sewing results while I have been traveling!  Now, I'm hoping some of that excitement transfers over to my intentions.



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Dear readers,

Sorry for the absence -- I've been so busy traveling for work (not an excuse)!  I did complete my funky grandpa sweater and some fingerless mitts.  I have backlogged blog posts for sure!  I'm onto sewing as soon as I return from Hawaii this week.

Wishing all those mothers out there a Happy Mother's Day!
I always did envy those abs!  My mother was a debutante and dressed in Betty Draper style until the early to mid-70s.