Getting Back into the Crafting Groove

I feel like I haven’t been in the blog world in such a long time! I had a week without any crafting because I was living it up on my very first cruise!

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Lots of eating, sleeping, relaxing, occasional drinking, games, and fun, fun, fun! Even still I missed my sewing machine just a bit. I had big plans to sew up a little dress for an upcoming wedding, but the time just got away from me. So, nothing finished to see here!

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I did start my next knitting project on the ship, but only managed to complete half of what you see above. Those late afternoon naps got in the way of my knitting.  Winter is coming and I’m ready to get into the grove of making hats, scarves, and the first sweater for my husband.  Little does he know, he will be subject to being measured and fit on a regular basis. 

In other randomness…the world of fashion is abuzz with September issues, New York Fashion Week, and other fabulousness and here is what caught my eye in the latest Vogue:

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Knitting in a Chanel ad? See, knitting is COOL and FASHIONABLE!

September Vogue also brought to my attention the Fall 2013 Christian Wijnants collection.  This is a must have:

 

Photo: Alessandro Viero / InDigital | GoRunway from Style.com
Photo: Alessandro Viero / InDigital | GoRunway from Style.com

 

It’s hard to see in a photo of this size, but the tension is varied on this knit dress.  And beginner knitters think varying tension is a mistake!

Also, there were so many great NYFW collections (DVF, Zac Posen) it just makes me want to pick up a pen and sketch out a few things and then I remember I cannot draw!  Anyway, as much as I had a great time getting away, its good to get back to the hobbies I love so much.

-Nizzy

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Getting Back into the Crafting Groove

A Sneak Peek: Yarn Love for a Summer Sweater

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I am gearing up to make my annual spring/summer sweater!

Every year since I’ve started knitting (about 4 years ago?), I pick one simple, easy pattern for a top that I can finish fairly quickly to wear during the spring/summer months.    All other knitting projects are placed on hold during this time so that I may work diligently to finish.

The project usually contains mindless stockinette stitch, does not require seaming multiple pieces together (ick!), and is usually in a bright color that oozes summer.

Well, I got two out of three this year.  I decided to go for something a little darker and with more variegation in color since my LYS didn’t carry enough yarn available in my first and second and third choices.  I didn’t want any blue or pink and I was too deep in gotta-have-it-mode to wait for an order for my favs.

My eyes were instantly drawn to:

Gilded
Candlewick
Tomato

But I settled on:

Alizarin

The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and it’s so soft and beautiful!  I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it and I want about 4 skeins in every color, please!

*thumbnails courtesy of http://madelinetosh.com/

-Nizzy

A Sneak Peek: Yarn Love for a Summer Sweater

Be Our Guest

I made something else for my mother’s Memorial Service. Again, the funeral home usually handles the small things, like memorial cards, guest book, programs, etc.

Mom was cremated, so no funeral home.

In addition to her Trading Cards, I made a Guest “Sheet”.  It’s not a book, because, who really fills up one of those things?  Also, what the hell do you do with the book (that most places charge a minimum of $50! for) after the service?  You *might* use it to write thank you cards, but then what?

So, I made mine as single sheet of 12 x 12 art.  LOL  I did it so I could include it in a scrapbook (yes, I scrapbook just about everything…when I actually sit down and DO IT).

I used the same materials as the Trading Cards.  Added the flower and the “mom” sticker, leftover from the Mother’s Day Card I’d made.  I haven’t decided if I will continue to embellish it, afterward or not.  I have my cricut, but no cartridges, so am limited to stickers and such for embellishing.

I know she would have loved it.

~DW

Be Our Guest

WIP: Burda Magazine 7/2010, Styles 109A, 111B

They say if you were old enough to wear a style the first time,  you probably should steer clear of it the next time it comes around.    I’m just going to ignore that little “rule”, go out on a limb, and do my own thing.   

Here are the technical drawings of the items I plan to work next.  

109A
111B

Now, I just might be out that lonely little 1990’s reminicient limb all by myself, but that’s perfectly fine.   I just hope I still find them as cute when it’s time to put them on.   As for the top, I think I might have picked one of the most impossible shapes on which to do a FBA (full bust adjustment).  Wish me luck!

-Nizzy

WIP: Burda Magazine 7/2010, Styles 109A, 111B

Celtic Summer

Just wanted to post some progress on one of my [many] projects.

Celtic Summer is one that I pick up occasionally, but have been too busy to actually sit and do any real work on it.  Well, earlier this week, I received the beads for it and decided to try to bead along with the actual stitching.  Have been a stitching fool ever since!

What do you think? 🙂

-DragonWillow

Celtic Summer