Crafting with Friends

Well, it’s been a while since I crafted with DragonWillow!  Some of our lady friends got together for scrapbooking this past weekend and I, of course, brought the jewelry stash. 

I couldn’t decide on any ONE thing so I brought EVERYTHING and still managed a bit of productivity in a couple of hours.

DW and I made similar charm bracelets:

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And I made a dainty enameled lock and key lariat putting my Philly Bead Show goods on display.

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– Nizzy

Crafting with Friends

Giving in to Wearing Dresses

I’m throwing in the towel for a while on trying to find ready-to-wear pants that fit.  A few months ago I went out shopping one day and tried on 17 pairs of jeans!  Different sizes, different brands, different styles, and NONE of them worked for me.  I left that store with my feelings hurt.  To stay positive about the wardrobe thing, I’m going to wear more dresses.  Now, if you don’t already know, dresses aren’t my go to thing.  I love they way they look on the rack and on other people, but I was never a HUGE fan.  Even as a little girl I rolled my eyes when I had to wear one, even though I still cut my eyes with a little envy at the girly girls with their cute dresses.   Funny how things don’t change much sometimes. 

Well, It’s 2013 and I’m going to EMBRACE the dress.  Partly out of necessity and partly because I want to change my look.

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Burda Magazine 5-2007-131

I made a simple dress with shoulder knots (#131)  from Burda Magazine’s 5/2007 issue.   The fabric is knit, but the gold print on greatly reduces the fabric’s stretch.  I made pattern adjustments to account for that, but I ended up taking it all back in plus a little more because it still too large.  I was in love with this fabric when I purchased it years ago, but became lukewarm when I started to manipulate it.  It also has a little sheen to it that I’m not crazy about.

The pattern itself is easy.  The straps are long so you can adjust the fit and cut as you make the dress.  The wide fabric belt gives the dress a little shape at the waist.  I think it looks a little better when it’s bunched up a bit more.

I have to tighten up the straps a little more, maybe take in the belt just a hair, and then check this off as the first (or second) dress of the season.    image

I’m all in! 

But, I still need shoes.

-Nizzy

Giving in to Wearing Dresses

I Fancy a Pair of Mittens

BEHOLD! INTERWEAVE KNITS!  *holds up copy for all to see*

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My Top 3 Favorite Knitting Magazines…

3. Knitty(.com)

2.  Knitscene

1.  Interweave Knits

Everytime I would get my copy in the mail I would drop everything just to see what lovely projects it contained.  My subscription ran from about 2008 to mid 2012.  And that weak moment I had a few days ago when I purchased that magazine?  Oh, yep.  That was IK.

Usually I want to knit just about EVERYTHING in the magazine so it is often hard to settle on one thing.   This time it was easier, because I had some yarn in the stash that I wanted to use for a small project.  So I combed every issue and settled on these Handsome Mittens.

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I made them just a twee longer and opted out of the opposing thumb colors. They almost match my coat.

-Nizzy

I Fancy a Pair of Mittens

Passion for Crafting

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“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” –

– Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

 – Oprah Winfrey

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

-Georg WIlhelm Friedrich Hegel

“It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.” 

-T.S. Eliot

Ex.  “Why do you knit?”  “Isn’t it just cheaper to buy a sweater?”

It seems there is always someone who wonders about (or questions) my choice of hobbies.  Sometimes a person is simply curious and wants to know what makes me tick.  Other times, the questioning comes across as a little cynical.

I do what I do simply because I enjoy it.  I don’t necessarily look to save money, but I certainly welcome it.  I don’t do it specifically to make money even though I’m open to selling items.  I like to create things because they are unique, made with love, made specifically to my size or to my liking.  I create for self-expression and because I have a passion for learning and creativity.  I craft, sew, knit, etc. because it’s fun!

-Nizzy

Passion for Crafting

Integrity

“A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.” -Denis Waitley

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”  – Cecil Beaton

“He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.” -William Congreve

“If you have integrity—nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity—nothing else matters.” -Evelle J. Younger

Quotes are always great for inspiration and motivation for you to get where you want to be and become the person you want to be, but do you ever wonder about the people who say these great words of wisdom?  You might be surprised at what you find out, but should those findings sway you to think differently about the message?  If the words move you, then simply meditate on that.

– Nizzy

 
Integrity

Finished!: Rusted Root

Pattern courtesy of http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item/2367447/3289215.htm

This sweater knit up so quickly it had my head spinning.   You mean all I have left to do is add ribbing to the neck line and sleeve edges and then weave in the ends?  No seaming?  WINNER!

Yarn:  4 skeins of Lion Brand Cotton Ease (50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic)

Colorway: Azalea (#195)

Size knitted: Medium

Needles:  US 7 circular, US 5 circular

The only thing that I didn’t like about this pattern was that the sleeves weren’t as puffy in the medium size, but I was fully warned about that by a few other knitting blogs I found. 

Okay, I can admit that finishing a project feels pretty good.  *big cheesy grin*

-Nizzy

Finished!: Rusted Root

Column of Leaves Scarf

Hey ya’ll!

I’ve actually been occupied with TV and Taiji lately so much so I only get snatches of craft time.  I’ve been making sure I’m definitely caught up on all of my favorites (Hoarders) and my guilty pleasures (Single Ladies, Bridezillas, and I hate to admit Basketball Wives).

*Sigh* I’ve still got that stash of old unfinished projects that I am working my way through, but I have to feel “in the mood” to work on certain projects.  I just like to go with the flow.

My mood led me to finish up my Column of Leaves Scarf.  I love the color, I love the yarn, and of course I love the pattern.  I’m still trying to decide if I want to gift this one or not.  The pattern is pretty easy to memorize once you get going.

Pattern Source: Brook’s Column of Leaves Scarf

Yarn: Uruguay DK (70% Merino/20% Alpaca/10% Silk) (50g, 124yds)

Colorway: 09

-Nizzy

 

Column of Leaves Scarf

Finished: Pink Shawl in a Loose Lattice Lace

Pink Shawl by Creatively Motivated
Pink Shawl, a photo by Creatively Motivated on Flickr.

I have finally finished knitting up the Pink Shawl in a loose lattice lace. Got kind of bored with it after the first skein, but when I finally realized who I wanted to gift it to, I got the mojo to hurry up and finish it. For the most part, it wasn’t a bad stitch pattern because it kept you focused on what you were knitting. I just had to make sure I counted my rows because I got tired of taking out the end of the last row to find out where I left off.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (No Dye Lot)

Colorway: Victorian Rose 9721

Stitch Pattern: Loose Lattice Lace

I used about 2.5 skiens and its about 70 something inches long.

The only problem I had with the yarn was that the coloring was different on 2 of the skeins which I didn’t expect from No Dye Lot yarn. But, when you purchase a skein of yarn years ago and then realize you need more, what do you expect? It’s probably more likely discolored from age. More of a reason to whittle down the yarn stash NOW.

-Nizzy

Finished: Pink Shawl in a Loose Lattice Lace

Nizzy’s WIP – Rectangular Lace Shawl

Caron Simply Soft, Victorian Rose, 100% Acrylic, Worsted Weight

 

To have only started knitting a few years ago, my stash of yarn has grown tremendously.  So…in an attempt to use of some of this ‘stash’, I put myself on a yarn diet and started working on this Rectangular lacey shawl to use up my one skein of Caron Simply Soft in Victorian Rose.  Well, of course, one skein wasn’t enough to do what I wanted and I had to  purchase two more.   Hopefully I did not buy more than I really need or I’ll be starting all over again.  That’s the problem with diets anyway.

Nizzy’s WIP – Rectangular Lace Shawl