WIP Wed: The Siren call of the sewing room and Surgery

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Yes I am trying to ignore the siren call of the sewing room. After the great success of The Dress, I have a Jacket pattern and another dress pattern with fabric and notions, quietly whispering to me from the sewing room.

Thinking McCalls "D the white one",  New Look "A" the white one, and Butterick "B" the striped one. We'll see...

Thinking McCalls “D the white one”, New Look “A” the white one, and Butterick “B” the striped one. We’ll see…

Meanwhile Willow has been put on a die-et. She is not very happy about it. She sits and stares at me, looking sad and flabby.

The sleeping Willow, 14 lbs of cat

The sleeping Willow, 14 lbs. of cat

Friday

3) Box of Boxes Blanket  24 + 4 = 28

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Poor Willow is on a diet, she was hoping that the blanket was eatable.

Saturday

4) Beryl Blanket

63 + 4 = 67 Hexes

63 + 4 = 67 Hexes

Sunday

5) Mile a minute afghan

4 + 2 = 6 strips

4 + 2 = 6 strips

Monday

6) Pine Forest Baby Blanket  (29 chart repeats)

Pine Forest Baby Blanket

Pine Forest Baby Blanket

Tuesday

7) Sea of Dreams Blanket

Ok nothing done on this.

The morning started with my DS going to the fracture Clinic for a follow up, At most 2 hours. 14 hrs later, after surgery to tie the 4 pcs of bone back together, a titanium clavicle the whole day was gone. He was a real trooper. I left my knitting at home, but thank goodness for Kobo ereaders.  He is home tucked up in bed, probably very uncomfortable for about a week. So this project will have to wait till next week. 

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 70% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 + 4 = 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 90% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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FO Friday: A Life Lesson on Determination

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A Life Lesson: Determination

It’s been a hectic week, beginning with a wedding, ending with my DS determined to go for training  for his new job with a broken clavicle. He said that “they are paying me to train to do this job, I have to go“. This was two days after he got the job. Note that he broke his collar bone on the way home on the first day after orientation, on the third day he was back at work. He had been at work for an hour and surprised this trainer by making a sale and making a commission. He was exhausted and hurting when he got home, and very happy he went. I am so proud of that stubborn determination, that at times has made me pull my hair out.

I am still working on The Plan, beginning round 3, even though I am really want to start something new.  

I am determined to get down to 6 wips before I start anything else!

Wednesday

1) Rose Harbour Shawl 

Two chart repeats in one day.

Two chart repeats in one day.

Thursday

2) Isla lace Pillowcase edge 

Finished one 40" edging. began second edging.

Finished one 40″ edging. began second edging.

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 70% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 90% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

WIP Wed: Wedding, The Plan and Broken Bones!

FOfridayThe Wedding! I wish my dear cousin is as happy in her marriage as my husband and I have been over the years! Congratulations to the Happy couple!

Congratulations Debbie and Ryan

Congratulations Debbie and Ryan

Well the plan continues.

I started out with 14 wips, have finished 4, 10 more to go.

As round 2 comes to an end, I have to observe that it has been enlightening. I get up each morning and look at the list and see what the day will bring. This has imposed some discipline on my knitting. I have decided to limit my wip list to no more than 7, this is up for some adjustment… 

  1. Carry along project
  2. socks
  3. shawl
  4. larger project
  5. sweater
  6. a gift
  7. something for the Bazaar.

Friday

Pine Forest Baby Blanket 

Not much progress

Not much progress

With everything that was going on only 2 rows on this one

Saturday was the Wedding day!

Another great photo, note that their dog is in the frame on the table.

Another great photo, note that their dog is in the picture on the table.

So I have an excuse. This one got no customer attention. I planned to do some in the car on the way to the wedding, and then forgot it at home!

Sea of Dreams Blanket

I'm including this picture because I feel a little guilty for ignoring it.

I’m including this picture because I feel a little guilty for ignoring it.

Back to the routine…

Sunday

SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater

Just about finished sleeve one and began sleeve two. Plan to get the body and button bands on before I finalize the sleeve lengths. Gives me a chance to try it on.

Just about finished sleeve one and began sleeve two. Plan to get the body and button bands on before I finalize the sleeve lengths. Gives me a chance to try it on.

I consider this major progress!
Monday

Top Down Swing Pullover

The next round should finish this

Tuesday

Fanflower Fling

Making progress!

Making progress!

Thought things would calm down for a while…

Good news my DS finally found a job! Hurray!

Ok, DS got to Toronto on bus and then train, got orientated at the new job, and came home on the train… then it went all pear-shaped! Running for bus, he tripped and broke his right clavicle, proceeded home on bus. Major pain, checked him over and the right side felt mushy. His mother frog marched him to emerg. He is now sporting a stylish blue harness for a month. He has training for the next 3 days! Three more trips!

See, no over reactions here, as his a mother I have reasons for worry!

My furry children are fine!

Willow and Jack

Willow and Jack

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 40% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  30% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 80% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul

 

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday:0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

FO Friday & Sewing: Needed a Dress for 2 weddings

Looking for clothes for “fluffy” people… The Bay has a whole section, but nothing for me. Julie’s is sporting some amazing (and not in a good way) lounge singer wear if you are working in Vegas!
It took 10 stores for me to through in the towel! All the places that sold fluffy wear, had nothing classic or simple, most were loud geometric, or with giant flowers, black, white, strapless, sundresses and jersey.

I am thinking I could do an awesome business designing and manufacturing tasteful plus size clothing out of nonknitwear  fabrics…

Plan B: Have pattern, Fabricland, sewing machine, 1/4 of what I was willing to spend and a dress for each wedding that fits. Pattern evaluation and any alterations tomorrow, Bodice dry run and test fit Monday, Tuesday cut out and serge, Wednesday sew, Thursday sew, Friday hem… Saturday wear, hopefully.

Saturday Step 1: Decide what to make

The blue linen is for the first wedding. The complementary fabric might be a jacket or another dress, we'll see...

The blue linen is for the first wedding.
The complementary fabric might be a jacket or another dress, we’ll see…

Sunday Step 2: Pattern alterations and improvements

Favourite old trick, use comfy older dress as a model for alterations. This pattern asks for fully lined. I am adding a 1 pc yoke facing for the neck and arm holes.

Favourite old trick, use comfy older dress as a model for alterations. This pattern asks for fully lined. I am adding a 3 pc yoke facing for the neck shoulders and arm holes.

This pattern is lined, but no neck shoulder and armhole facings. Some pattern drafting required… dust off my tailoring skills, tissue paper and drafting tools, what fun! Voila, Ghost Facing!

A few years a go friend and I took a Tailoring Diploma together. I really enjoy pattern drafting, I should do this more often.

A few years a go friend and I took a Tailoring Diploma together. I really enjoy pattern drafting, I should do this more often.

Monday Step 3: Cut out Lining ant test fit, finish cutting

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Found everything I need to get on with it, except the cutting table! Things have been piling up in my studio. I can’t even see it from the door. Good news, found the cutting table, tools and sewing machine under the mountain… the bad news, my serger is MIA. Todayz mission accomplished, once I tossed everything out of the studio and got out the rotary cutter, mats, ran out to get some pins, and got organized. Everything went smoothly 🙂 Lol what fun! My upstairs hall is a minefield, but I don’t care!  Ignore complaints is my motto!

In the evening my hero found the serger! He also sorted the storage room and looked after the hall, so all set for tomorrow :0)

Tuesday Step 4: Serge

I am really enjoying working with this fabric, and I forgot how much fun using my serger was.

I am really enjoying working with this fabric, and I forgot how much fun using my serger was.

Tutorial: Serger tension tips

Wednesday Step 5:  Sew – Lined Neckline and Armhole  with Ghost facing, and Invisible Zipper.

Ghost Facing, it lays inside the dress, not attached to the lining. Use this method when fabric is light and the facing would otherwise show through as a ridge on the surface of the fabric. I needed to face this as the neckline and armhole required stabilizing.

Ghost Facing, it lays inside the dress, not attached to the lining. Use this method when fabric is light and the facing would otherwise show through as a ridge on the surface of the fabric. I needed to face this as the neckline and armhole required stabilizing. This pattern had no facings.

Ok Huston we had a problem. Dry fit front of dress, lining and facing. Shoulder seam and neckline adjustment needed. Major reworking of underarm and side seams:0)

Invisible Zipper tutorial as a reminder or this tutorial for regular foot 

Everything done but the hem :0)

Everything done but the hem :0)

 Note I am not showing the hem, I am disgusted could not get it straight, thought me or the pattern… turns out that my Judy has a list… called it a day. Something to do tomorrow. My awesome, sweetheart has offered to crawl on the floor with a ruler. That’s just one of the things I adore about him :0) 

The Finished Dress with purchased Jacket

The Dress 1.0 with purchased Jacket

The Dress 1.0 with purchased Jacket

Meanwhile back at The Plan

Wednesday

Easy Peasy Shawl started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

All Done!

All Done!

Thursday

Mile a minute afghan  

Only did 2nd row on 2 sections, got tied up in trying to hem my dress...

Only did 2nd row on 2 sections, got tied up in trying to hem my dress…

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 40% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  30% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 40% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots vest 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 80% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 =  79 + 1 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11 – 1 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 67 + 2 = 69

Books 2013 = 21 + 1 + 22

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week:0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

WIP Weds: The plan round 2

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Friday

Camellia shawlette  

Ok, so I am a wuss! I hate doing shawls with pattern stitches on the reverse side and bottom up. I cast this on before taking a close look at the pattern. So I am going to substitute, as I hadn’t really started this is not a frog it.

Fanflower Fling

This pattern is interesting so far

This pattern is interesting so far

 Saturday

Rose Harbour Shawl 

First lace repeat

First lace repeat

Sunday

I have to work my Plan around The Dress I am making for the weddings I am attending over this summer. Here is a peek. More on this later.

The blue linen is for the first wedding. The complementary fabric might be a jacket or another dress, we'll see...

The blue linen is for the first wedding.
The complementary fabric might be a jacket or another dress, we’ll see…

More on this Friday, hopefully!

Isla lace Pillowcase edge 

Strip 1 -36"

Strip 1 -36″

Monday

Box of Boxes Blanket – 3 squares (24)

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Tuesday

Beryl Blanket (67hexes)

once these are lightly steam pressed they will look more like  Hexagons

once these are lightly steam pressed they will look more like Hexagons

Current WIP List (11)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 40% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  30% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12
  6. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 40% done started Apr 24/13
  7. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. SPROUT – Growing Roots vest 60% done started May 17/12
  10. Top Down Swing Pullover 80% done started Jan 1/13
  11.  Fanflower Fling started Jul 12/13
  12. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  14. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13

FO’s 2013 =  79

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 67

Books 2013 = 21 + 1 + 22

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday:0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

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Doe, A Deer

Lol, love this!

Mlissabeth's Musings

 

a deer is standing

in the middle of the road

I step on my brakes

in time to see

the doe and her fawn

step back

into the woods

 

 

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