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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Finished Socks!

Speckled Space Socks 
I finished the Speckled Space Socks for the Flash KAL!  This was a fun and quick pattern to knit and I'm very happy with the way they look in this colorway.  As you can see in the photo, one end of the skein ended up with warmer and lighter tones than the other end so there is a warm sock and a cool sock.  Fortunately, the difference isn't quite as pronounced in person as it's photographing, but that's one of the fun things with hand dyed yarns - you never know how it's going to knit up!  The yarn is Madelinetosh Twist Light in Opaline if you're curious.

I'm off to submit for the KAL credit and a few Boosterthon badges!


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Socks!

Remember how on Friday I was planning on getting some things cut out to sew over weekend?  (I was planning on doing the cutting, not necessarily the sewing.)  Well I got absolutely nothing cut out.  Nada.  What I did do is knit almost a sock and a half.
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These are the Speckled Space Socks which is a free pattern.  Eat.Sleep.Knit. did a KAL flash challenge with these and since I had yarn and I know I can knit a pair of socks in a week, I decided to participate.  The pattern is written as toe up, but I'm knitting mine top down.  I've gotten the first sock finished and I'm almost to the heel turn of the second sock.  The Flash KAL began last Friday and ends this Friday.  I'm hoping to get finished before then and get some Boosterthon badges as well as the KAL yardage and half a star for the team.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Lace!

Zephyr Cove 
I made it to the lace section on my Zephyr Cove!  You're looking at the first two rows of the lace.  Ironically, because it's overcast and dark and trying to decide if it's going to rain this morning or not, this photo actually shows the true color of the blue better than any of the previous photos.  It's somewhere between royal blue and navy, but not really either one.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  I'm hoping to get some sewing projects cut out this weekend.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Zephyr Cove

Zephyr Cove 
I've kind of set my Westknits Mystery KAL shawl aside for a bit while I finish Zephyr Cove.  Apparently I can cast on more than one shawl at a time, but I'll only work on one at a time.  I've made it past the striped section of the shawl and I'm now working only in the dark blue.  I'm not sure, but I think I don't have too much more before I start the lace.  On the other hand, each row gets a little bit longer, so while there might not be too many more rows, there is plenty of knitting to go.  It's pretty big at this point, big enough for Max to try to climb under it and take a nap.  The shape isn't quite right for kitty napping, but that doesn't really stop Max from trying.

Once I get this finished I'm looking forward to getting back to my MKAL project, I just feel like I'm not getting anywhere on either project by switching back and forth.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Man Socks

Decathlon socks 
I finished my first Decathlon sock over Spring Break and I've started the second one.  I got the first one blocked, so you can really see how it looks when it's all finished.  I think Mickael will like these socks and I'm definitely enjoying knitting them!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

What I Did Last Week

Last week Caleb and I had Spring Break.  We stayed right here and honestly, I had no intention of taking a break from the blog, but with the time change and the sleeping in, before I knew it it was Wednesday and I hadn't written a single blog post.  At that point I just decided to take a little blog vacation for the week too, and just catch you up this week!  I hope you all had a great week, even if you weren't on Spring Break!

I thought I'd start today with the sewing I got finished last week.  When I cut out the gray Moss Skirt (the one that something weird happened to and it came out funny at the waist), I cut it out in a woven cotton pique in white also.  Since it's white, I decided to underline it in a white cotton batiste to make it a bit more opaque.  (Linings tend to be mostly separate from the main garment, only attached at the top edges and hanging on their own for the most part.  Underlinings are used with each piece of the garment, being sewn into the same seams and hemmed as though it were part of the main fabric - almost like a fusible interfacing, but it's not fused, if that makes any sense.  Also, I'm trying to define these things without caffeine.  Sorry.)  I've never done an underlining before but since both the main fabric and the underlining fabric were cotton (and cotton sticks to cotton), it worked pretty easily.
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I sewed it very carefully and double checked all of my directions in an effort to avoid whatever happened with the gray Moss Skirt, and the white Moss Skirt came out perfectly!
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I didn't do as much topstitching on this skirt as I had used with the previous two that were a twill fabric, but this one didn't seem to need as much.  As soon as we're past Easter, I've got a cute skirt all ready to go!
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The next thing I made was a super fast project.  These are the Lexi Chick Boxers from Evie la Luve on Etsy.  They are a bias cut boxer short and I decided to make them in flannel.  The directions don't call for flannel and flannel probably has a bit too much body (they'd probably be more flattering in a softer, drapier cotton), but they're cute and soft and really comfortable.  I'm going to make them again in one of the lighter weight fabrics the pattern actually calls for, but these worked out pretty well and they'll be great to sleep in.  The elastic waist band in this pattern is done differently from what I've done before, but I really like.  It doesn't use a casing, it kind of gets stitched twice so there's no twisting or elastic weirdness even if you aren't using non-roll elastic.
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Finally, I made a pair of Bella Panties, also from Evie la Luve.  These were made in stretch lace from Tailor Made Shoppe (also on Etsy) and I decided to use the Leopard print lace since I'm not very experienced with lingerie fabrics and trims.  I thought the print might hide any issues I had.  As it turned out, I didn't have any issues making them, this is a super easy pattern!  I did mirror the lace itself, but the leopard print doesn't repeat the way the lace does, so that didn't mirror.  These were a fun, fast project that's completely different from what I usually sew.  These are my first panties, but they won't be my last!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Colors!

I'm still working on the second section from Clue 1 on my Westknits Mystery KAL.  (In other words, I'm still on last Friday's clue, but I did download today's clue and can't wait to start it!)  I'll be working on finishing Clue 1 and getting through Clue 2 this weekend.  I think I'll only blog this on Friday so I'll only be showing the previous weeks clue, for those of you who are also knitting this.  I don't want to spoil anyone's fun!

Here comes the picture, so go watch a cat video if you don't want to see it!


The picture is below!



Last warning!
Gypsy Mermaid
I'm in love with playing with all of my colors.  The way they're all blending together is just so much fun!  I've started blending back to the darker colors now, but there might be another colorful stripe again before I'm through with this section.

Have a great weekend!  I hope it's a colorful one!

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