Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sewing Resolutions

Yes, I'm a little late on the resolutions, but I wanted some time to think about them before I committed. I don't usually have New Year's resolutions, so this is a first for me.

Sewing Resolutions
  1. As always, make more complicated and skill enhancing garments.
  2. Make lots of skirts. (I've decided that I look best in skirts. Pants are OK, dresses are fine, but I look good in a skirt.)
  3. Make at least one mini-wardrobe for each season. I tend to make just whatever I feel like, and then I have to go back and make a top or bottom to go with it.
  4. Make a fitted, lined jacket.
  5. Make a coat.
  6. For each season have a nice dress (and an extra black one for the Elks stuff I have to do.)
Knitting Resolutions
  1. Knit 5 sweaters for me.
  2. Knit 2 sweaters for Io.
  3. Try to enjoy some smaller projects. (I only really like knitting sweaters. I dunno why.)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Pleasures of a Garter Stitch Scarf

I enjoy knitting. It's fun, and I've gotten quite good at it over the years. I especially like to make sweaters; nothing else quite does it for me. I am called upon to knit some scarves and hats throughout the year, and I do it because I love the people who want my stuff.

The once thing that I hate knitting above all else is a garter stitch scarf because it is boooooooring. However, it is one of the things that I really like to wear; there is always one in my closet. Here is the one I made a year or two ago, and I wear this sucker all the time. It is one skein each blue and red of some GGH yarn that I cannot remember the name of. It was kind of already felted and super lightweight and soft.



I am currently working on another one to donate for a charity auction that the UW MBA program puts on. (I just graduated from this program 6 months ago.)



The yarn is Cocoon from Rowan and it is dreamy soft (merino and mohair)(and a little out of my price range for anything other than a scarf.) The green and blue stripes are really subtle; I think someone is going to love this. I, on the other hand, will start to hate the knitting of it soon. (Now that I see the picture of this, I think I want to go up a size or two on the needle.)

On the sewing front. I did make a black silk version of the Hot Pattterns Delicious Dress, but I need to fix the neck before I show it off. I am currently cutting out Simplicity 396, which is one of my favorite Built by Wendy tops.


Image from simplicity.com

I have a dress and shirt from this pattern already. I am going to make it tunic length, add pockets and embroidery, and take out some of the fullness in the sleeves.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Ham

Here is my daughter modeling the hat and scarf set I made her for Christmas. Ham.