Friday, December 21, 2012

F/O Friday

I finished this cowl a few days ago, but just now got around to photographing it. (I had to wrap it, so I had to photograph it!)

Finished City Creek Cowl!
Sorry about the garish tablecloth, but honestly, this was the best photo out of the ones I took. All of the other ones washed out the color horribly. Don't know why, but whatever. Anyways, this was a fun knit. The pattern calls for two additional repeats of shifting the cables, but the cowl was long enough as is and, you know, I'm running out of time! But regardless, I think it's a good size, it will drape beautifully, and will still be plenty warm. And it only used one skein this way. So I think the leftover skein is going to be turned into something for my mom, since I have a few more days to finish her a gift.

So I have 1.5ish gifts left to finish and then my Christmas crafting is DONE! And then I get to immediately start swatching for a project I want to finish by March. What will I be swatching, you ask? You'll just have to wait and see. I'll also be finishing my Hermione Hearts Ron fingerless gloves and my Paulie (which I sadly haven't touched in over a month). Now that I am officially done with school (I graduated last Saturday!), I have all sorts of time for crafting! YAY!

Can't you tell how happy I am to be finished with school?
Anywho, this is probably going to be my last entry for the year. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday and has a happy new year! (You know, if the world doesn't end today, haha!)

Sparkly Christmas tree! We're still building our
collection of fun ornaments, but we got some new
favorites this year. Including OWLS!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Late WIP Wednesday

Still cracking away at my City Creek Cowl from last week (almost done with the first chart, so I'm about 1/2 way done), but I did take a break and cast on a Hermione Hearts Ron fingerless glove.

I really need to charge my camera and stop using my phone...
Even though there's two cables and it's in sport weight yarn, I knit it up pretty fast. I made some changes, which I noted on my project page, because I have larger hands. (Most women's gloves are usually a little tight and the fingers are always too short.) I'm really happy with how it looks! The yarn was a little darker than I expected (it's midnight blue, but in most situations looks black), but I still like it. And as soon as I finish my cowl, I'll probably knit the other one up quickly because my poor hands are not dealing with the cold very well and it's a pain wearing gloves all the time. I still have to knit the Abra Alma wrist warmers for my FMIL, but considering those are a slightly heavier yarn weight and have no cables, I'm thinking those will fly off the needles. (Also I can only seem to find 2/4 of my US 4 dpns. They're probably still attached to a wip in my box of "I'm probably never going to finish" stuff.) 

Also I have enough yarn from my H<3R gloves to make the matching hat after the new year! Because coordinating is fun. Or something. Also I need a decent wool hat. All of my current winter hats are acrylic and they don't hold in heat as well as wool. But who knows, if this year's winter was like last year's, southern Ohio won't get much much snow, so it won't be a proper winter anyways. Which is annoying. Freezing rain is stupid, I want snow.  It's not a proper snow if it doesn't hide all of the dead grass!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Since I'm working on a lot of things, it's time to share!

City Creek Cowl in KnitPicks Reverie
Holy cow, I have never used alpaca yarn before let alone baby alpaca and I have to say it is the softest stuff on the planet. If this weren't a gift, I'm pretty sure I'd never be able to take it off. But once holiday knitting is over, I may have to buy more and knit a cowl for myself! It's so snuggly. Also seen in the pick is a cute WIP bag that I got in a tea and yarn swap on Ravelry! HPKCHC has some awesome members and the swaps are a lot of fun. I just recently participated in another, so once I send off my package, I'll make sure to share what I received this week!

Pedestrian Crossing Cowl
I changed my mind about what to knit my younger FSIL. I was worried that one skein of KP Swish wasn't quite enough, so I went with the Pedestrian Crossing Cowl. Honestly I really enjoyed knitting this! The pattern was really easy to memorize, so I took it with me everywhere and finished it pretty quickly even though I'd only work on it for an hour or so at a time. Also Swish is a superwash merino, so it's softer than most wools I've worked with before. I think the next sweater I make in worsted wool will be in this. I do recommend it for people who usually find wool itchy to give it a shot, there's nothing itchy about it. (If you're allergic, though, it'll still irritate your skin.)

So 2 knit gifts down (the PC cowl and the neck scarf from a few posts ago), 1 in progress, and at least one more to go! I am making decent progress! And once I'm done, I can go back to knitting Paulie, which is sitting lonely and untouched in its WIP bag and will do so 'til Christmas knitting is done. :( Soon, Paulie, soon!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christmas Crafting Planning...

The time of year has come when I need to start planning and making handmade Christmas gifts. I honestly can't believe it's November, but in a way, I'm pretty happy about it! I get to basically non-stop craft from now until Christmas! Well, when I'm not finishing up school work, that is, but I'm graduating in December and senioritis is trying to get the best of me. But papers-shmapers, I just wanna knit. So what are some of the projects I'm thinking of making right now? Let's see!

First up will be for my future mother-in-law (L), some Abra Alba wrist warmers.

via Ravelry
L really, really likes the Pittsburgh Steelers, so I'll be knitting these up in team colors: black for the main color and then red, yellow, and blue for the ripples. I decided to go with fingerless because she can wear these over whatever gloves she likes. My fiance's family moved out to Salt Lake City, UT over the summer and it gets pretty dang cold out there during the winter, so I didn't want to make gloves that might not be warm enough. And then she can also wear them during the spring and fall months that are chilly enough for fingerless mitts!

Next up will be my younger future sister-in-law (C), a Drawstring Lace Cowl.

via Ravelry
C just turned 18 and I honestly have NO idea what she likes other than she really likes the color aqua. Like...a lot. Her room is aqua, her bathroom accessories are aqua, her favorite shirt is aqua. So since she is also out in UT, she is getting a big thick cowl in her favorite color. Most likely Swish Tonal in Blue Yonder.

And for now, my other future sister-in-law (J) will be getting a City Creek Cowl.

via Ravelry
J is closer to my age and has a soft, pretty feminine style, so I'll be knitting this up in Reverie in Regal, since she really likes dark purples. From what I've seen on Ravelry, even though it's pretty fuzzy, Reverie still gives good texture definition but still has a nice soft, halo about the finished pieces. So hopefully it'll be both pretty and snuggly once it's done!

So as soon as I get the yarn and finish the body of my Paulie (which is about 3/4 the way there!), I'm going to take a short break from it and start on these. I also have a hat to make for my friend C and my mom would like a cat bed for her cat, but other than those and some baked goods, I think this will be it for crafting.

Have you started planning for holiday gifts yet? If you have, I'd love to know what you're making!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Win a Wishlist!

Connecting Threads is having a contest to win a wishlist! My wishlist can be viewed here.

It's pretty simple... I really want to make a rain coat at some point and two fabrics from their Soaked Collection are perfect for it. I really want to use the laminated Thunderstorm for the exterior and Raindrops in Jade for the lining. I haven't found a good raincoat pattern yet, but I'm hoping I can find one eventually.

I would also really like to make a quilt out of strips of Bookish. The collection is really bright and fun and I think it would make a good quilt for a bibliophile like me! :)

Connecting Threads has a lot of cute fabric collections as well as thread, notions, and books, so if you're interested in quilting and/or fun fabric, check it out! You could win some goodies!

(Note: I am not affiliated with the website, I am posting this on my blog per rules of contest. All images are borrowed from Connecting Threads.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Knitting Updates!

It's been a while, blog! I've been busy with school projects and midterms, so I haven't been posting much, but I have finished a knitting project and have made more progress on Paulie. First up, a cute knitted neck scarf for Christmas:

Knitted Neck Scarf
This was a really quick, simple knit. I used Knit Picks Galileo yarn (50% merino, 50% bamboo) in Nebula. I think the photo gives a good representation of the color - it's a beautiful deep purple and because of the bamboo, it has a nice sheen to it. I have an extra ball, because the pattern calls for 150yds, but I only used 130yds (and a ball is 131yds, convenient!). So my friend C will most likely be getting a matching hat as well, possibly this Swirl Hat

And here's where I currently am with Paulie (plus a few more rows of grey) - arms have been divided and a few stripes completed. I am loving the stripes! My swatch gave me a small idea, but I'm really liking them now that I see them knit in. They're just so much fun! 

You can see it in this photo, but sometimes colors will line up within the same stripe (the yellow near my thumb) and it differs from stripe to stripe and adds this nice prismatic effect. 

My goal is to get 2/3 of the entire body done by the end of the month, which I have NO idea if I'll be able to do. I don't think I mentioned this last time, but I joined a group on Ravelry over the summer call the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC), which has three month "terms" in which you complete "classes". So the neck scarf I did for a Herbology class this month and my Paulie sweater is an OWL, or a larger project that takes 2-3 months to complete. So I proposed, got approved, and started in September and everyone making an OWL is supposed to check in with their 50% mark by the end of October. Why I chose a pattern in fingering weight for my second sweater ever...I don't know...but I am determined to finish it on time. I have to say, being involved in a group like this has definitely made me a more efficient knitter. I have deadlines and that helps me finish projects! I love it. Also the community is so supportive and great. And sharing a love for HP definitely doesn't hurt. :) But I am hoping that even if I don't get to my goal, I at least 3 more stripe repeats done. I might end up knitting a lot while I'm in my university classes, which I haven't been doing. 

Also last weekend was the last weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival and I finally was able to wear a costume! I'll be sharing that as soon as I download the pictures off of my camera.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Paulie Progress...

Still alive! My right hand is currently stuck in a brace because I either pulled something or have developed carpel tunnel in that hand (I have mild flare ups in my left hand, I guess it's about time for my right?), but I'm alive. And still knitting, regardless of the stupid brace, just not as much. I've been working on Paulie on and off for about a week and a half, I think, and here's what I have so far:

neckband for cardigan
Garter stitch in fingering feels like it takes forever, but I'm over halfway done with the garter stitch part. Only 27 more rows to go! Then...endless stockinette! But at least there will be stripes. My swatch is making me excited for adding the stripes.

The stripes won't necessarily look as gradient-like as that, since the color changes happen very quickly, but still, I think the colors look great with the grey. I'm glad I went with the multicolored stripes!

EDIT: Nevermind all that progress I just shared...I noticed I missed one simple step in some of my repeats (I didn't see next three rows, I just saw next row) so I had to frog about 2/3 of what I had done so far. Which was most of a ball of yarn. So. EVEN MORE GARTER STITCH! HOORAY! >:(

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Plans for this fall...

So this is only my second week of school, but I've already been swamped with readings and other things, so my Renaissance dress has been temporarily put on hold until I adjust to this whole semester thing. (I'm used to quarters and not starting school until late September. Starting school this early has been pretty painful!) But fall is quickly approaching, so the sewing won't be on hold for too long and I've already begun planning up a storm for some knitting projects! I joined a group on Ravelry that does monthly themed projects, so it's helped me focus a little on what I actually want to make in the next few months.

Last post I mentioned I wanted to make the cardigan Paulie and I actually decided to go with the grey/multicolor combination because the majority of the people I asked liked that combination best. I still have plans for an HP themed sweater, so the blue/bronze color combination isn't quite off the table, it's just being put on hold for now. I've ordered the yarn and am patiently waiting for it to arrive. (And by patient, I am bouncing out of my seat like a toddler going, "Is it here yet? Is it here yet?") I also ordered some of Knit Picks' new yarn Galileo for another project, but it's for a Christmas gift, so the project is going to have to wait to be posted so I don't ruin anything. :) But the yarn sounds amazingly soft and I can't wait to use it.

I've also begun a crochet blanket to stash bust some of the acrylic yarn that's been sitting in my bins for ages. I'm making crochet tiles based off of the Wool Eater Blanket in order to make a autumn colored blanket.

Tile 1 for Autumn Blanket

I bought the burgundy, olive, and rust a long time ago with the intentions of making a throw, but I never got around to it and then I stopped using acrylic yarn in favor of wool and natural fibers and the yarn just kind of sat in the bottom of my yarn basket. But I am in must-make-all-the-things mode, so while I'm waiting for my Knit Picks yarn to arrive, I started this. I saw a bavarian crochet blanket on Pinterest and really liked how the squares radiate in the pattern, but right now I want a project I can carry with me and work on in modules, so tiles it is. 3 repeats and a border makes a 9" square in the worsted yarn, so these are going to work up pretty fast. I've also got a brighter red and a gold, so I think this blanket will be quite nice once it's finished. And I'll basically have brought all of the colors of changing leaves into my house, which makes me happy! I love fall and the bold colors never seem to last quite long enough, so now I get to hold onto them for as long as possible. :)

I've also got plans for knit catnip toys for all of the kitties in my life (there are several, but no, they don't all live with me!) as well as a few other gift-type things. I hope others get the craft bug in the fall too. I don't really know what it is, but this season always makes me want to craft, cook, bake... basically do everything except schoolwork. Hmm...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wanting color advice!

So one of the projects I would like to complete this fall is a basic striped cardigan called Paulie.

Paulie via Ravelry
But I have a dilema... I can't decide between two color pairings that I came up with. So I need your help, internet. Which of the following two colorways do you like best:

KnitPicks Palette in Marble Heather and Stroll Hand Painted in County Fair
The first color pairing would use a medium grey for the main color and a jewel toned hand painted yarn for the stripes. The benefit to this sweater is that it is "neutral" in the sense that the main color is a neutral, but also the colors in the stripes will go along with most, if not all, of my cool weather wardrobe. And even though the main color is grey, the colorful stripes will keep it from being boring.

KnitPicks Palette in Blue Note Heather and Brass Heather
The second color pairing will also be a good staple because both blues and tans are sometimes neutrals for me. It might not be as versatile as the grey version, but I can still see this being a good wardrobe staple. But really the biggest benefit for me in this sweater is a chance for me to wave my geek flag and make a Ravenclaw (book version) themed sweater. I've been wanting to make a Ravenclaw something for ages, but I didn't want to make something that immediately screams Harry Potter. Considering this isn't a pattern used in the movies and focuses on the colors from the books and not films, maybe that will work. But geek flag aside, I still really like this color combination and the brightness of the yarn will still add some color to an otherwise drab season.

So what say you, blogosphere? Do you like the first option or the second option best and is there any particular reason why? I would really appreciate some feed back or I'll probably end up staring at these until spring and won't get around to making anything! (Though if I end up really liking the pattern, I might make both! But I do need a start.)

Friday, August 24, 2012

I've Finished a Thing

I finally finished my Forest Beauty scarf for the Ravellenic Games (which ended two weeks ago, oops).

Pearlescent Beauty #1
Blocking pads + blocking wires = super useful!
I didn't end up having as much free time at home, so I mostly worked on this while I was at work. (I work in a computer lab where I can sit at a desk and do pretty much anything that doesn't make noise, which usually ends up being knitting or homework.) So while most of this was knit during the Olympics (specifically during swimming, gymnastics, and volleyball with a sprinkling of diving), I also ended up watching Supernatural and Legend of the Seeker (hooray Netflix!). It doesn't look like it, but this scarf has been imbued with the powers of olympic prowess, paranormal crime fighting, and magical swordsmanship. Not that it will share those abilities with me, but whatever. It'll still come in handy.

So sorry I've not been updating, but we've been stripping the entire first floor of carpet so we can get the floors refinished, I've been working on the quilt I started over a year ago (seen here), and making a muslin of a bodice for my renaissance costume (which I will share later once I get some decent photos). I also went to GenCon and had a fantastically nerdy time and have been recovering from it for most of the week.

Too many people smiled with Lolth. You can't smile with a spider queen!
I do start school on Monday, but the Ohio Renaissance Festival starts in just over a week and I'm going to be frantically working on my costume while I can. Sometime soon I'll share my bodice muslin and all of the fabric I bought for my final costume and possibly a started/finished piece (I still need a few notions, but I have most of the important things). 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fun Knitting Magazine Find...

So I had to go to JoAnn's today (well, I didn't have to, but I really really wanted to) and I just happened to look at their magazine rack before I left. I was going to check out whatever Vogue Knitting magazine they happened to have, but I didn't see any, so I started checking behind other issues and found this gem...

I don't think I've mentioned this on here, but I LOVE Jane Austen and I also really like Regency fashion. Obviously I love knitting, so I totally geeked out over this when I saw it. (I may have squeaked.) And of course I bought it. The patterns inside are lovely! Once I finish my lace scarf for the Ravellenic Games, I shall start one of the beauties in here.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ravellenic Games 2012!

So the Olympics are finally here! And you know what that means...the Ravelympics Ravellenic Games are finally here too! So while I'm going to be watching swimming, gymnastics, and possibly beach volleyball (I got hooked in 2008), I am going to be knitting up a storm.

I recently bought a few items from Knit Picks, some of which were two skeins of their Shadow Tonal Lace in Pearlescent, so the project I started yesterday was the Forest Beauty scarf/shawl. Based off of the size of the diamonds/leaves I have so far, I think it'll end up more as a scarf size, but we shall see. But this particular shawl gets to compete in events such as Single Skein Sprint and Lace Longjump with the possibility of also being in either Shawl Sailing or Scarf Hockey. I love the event names! There are several more events, my favorites being Home Stuff Hammerthrow and Synchronized Stash Busting. 

I decided to join a Harry Potter themed group (Team Diagon Alley Marauders) because, hello, my name is Lindsey and I am addicted to Harry Potter. My project isn't very HP themed, but several characters such as Hermione, Mrs. Weasley, and Dumbledore all knit, so we'll just say I'm knitting with them AND the olympics in mind. :) 

So are you participating in the Ravellenic Games? Also what events do you think you'll be watching while you knit?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Quick Knitting Projects

So last week while I was on vacation and this week while I've been watching movies or just want a quiet project, I've been knitting headbands. Because I have glasses, I don't really like hard plastic or metal headbands, so I'm always a fan of the softer kind. And since knitting is super portable, knit headbands it is. Here's the current one I'm working on (self-drafted 1x1 of stockinette and moss stitch):

I just got Instagram! Nifty app.
And here are some headbands I have knit (and have yet to photograph), plan on knitting, and just simply like:

Eyelet Headband from a Quartet of Headbands
Victorian Lace Headband
It's a Cinch - Also can be used as a collar!

So what do you think about knitted headbands? Are they quick, fun, portable projects you'd want to try or are headbands not your thing?

Close-up of my Calorimetry

Saturday, July 7, 2012

SESA Finished Project!

Hooray! I have finished a project! I'm a little past the deadline for the Sumer Spark Sew-Along, but things have been crazy and I'm glad I had time to make this. I actually finished it yesterday, but didn't have time to take a photo or blog about it.

Blue Border Print Skirt
I am horrible at smiling in photos!
So this is my first garment ever! I am a bit sad that I didn't get to do the Portfolio tunic, but I plan on trying to finish it by the end of July now that I've found different fabric for a muslin and have the fabric for the final piece. So details about the skirt - it's a one seam dirndl skirt with an elastic waist. Not that impressive, but am still mostly happy with it. The elastic is a little big, so the skirt is too loose, but that's an easy fix. I think other than tightening the elastic, it's going to stay as is for now, but seeing as how I have half of what I bought left, I think this may turn into a dress one day. Once I finished I was a little sad I didn't save it for a Hazel because I really do love this fabric and am in love with Sarai's version. Maybe sometime soon.

Skirt Seam
So this is the seam. I miscalculated where I was supposed to match up the border print, but because it's so busy, the gathers hide it. (I'm pulling on it so you could see it. Sorry for making you look at my bum, haha.) 

So like I said, not the most complicated project, but I am happy with it for now. Also I'm a newbie at this, so I'm still excited about just finishing something and I honestly can't wait to make more!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Busy busy busy...

So June is over. I feel like the past month has been a non-stop whirlwind of business. I really did try to work on my muslin of the Lisette Portfolio tunic, but the scraps I was trying to make it from were not enough. And seeing as how I just moved into a house with my boyfriend, well, I couldn't find the rest of my fabric. So. That's one small reason I haven't posted any progress on the SESA.

The other reason, also attached to moving, is that we have been trying to redecorate parts of the house. As well as unpacking and buying more furniture (since one apartment does not fill up an entire house) and working all the while... But this is part of what we've been up to:

Guest Room - Before
An idea of the before - sorry for the cat stuff!
Guest Room - After
After painting and ripping up carpet.
So this is our guest bedroom, which is what we've decided is a great room to experiment with. There's hardwood floors throughout the house, but they're all carpeted over. We wanted to know what was underneath and since the guest bedroom is currently (mostly) empty*, we figured this was a great place to start with seeing what was hidden underneath all the rather meh carpet. (I don't care for berber carpet much at all and all of the carpet in the house is berber. So long, carpet!) Also this room was hideously blue. That picture doesn't do it justice, considering it's not nearly as blinding as it was in real life. So we repainted the room in a very light, almost grey blue. (The doors shown in the second photo are from the closet.) We've got to clean up the floor - there's some mild water damage in one spot not shown and there's some pieces of padding still stuck, which you can kind of see. Also I need to paint the curtain rods because the former owner did a very quick and dirty DIY with the window hangings in that room. So...more work to be done! Hopefully finished sooner rather than later.

*By mostly empty, I mean that we are kitten-sitting the cutie in the Before photo for one of my classmates and she mostly lives in this room. I don't have any good photos of the before, so I figured a kitten was a good substitute for a decent shot. :D

Apart from not being able to sew however, I did manage to get some fabric today so I can actually make something!

The fabric on the left is a cotton voile that is a dark teal with golden threads in the stripes. There's also some nice texture in the thinner stripes, I'll show a close up later. This will be used for my final Lisette Portfolio tunic (the stripes will be vertical). The fabric on the right is a blue cotton blend (I think) with border embroidery. It's so soft and pretty! This will be used for a simple, gathered skirt that I'm going to self-draft. I got 2.5 yards of each and the best thing is...both were red tag clearance AND half off! So both were less than $5 a yard. Score! I'm glad I took the time to poke around in Jo Ann's clearance section. I found the border print in a purple as well, but the blue was more vibrant and I already have a purple skirt. So hooray! I am hoping to crank out the skirt tomorrow before the festivities for the 4th of July. The tunic will have to wait a few more weeks until after my vacation, but my goal is to get it finished before the end of the month (considering I still need to make a muslin).

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SSSA Plans


So here is the plan for the first project for the Summer Spark Sew-Along: 

Lisette Portfolio Muslin Fabric

I am going to start by making a muslin with some quilting cotton left over from my yukata because I have a few yards left over and they need to be used. (And why make a muslin you can't wear?) If the pattern comes out a little too big, that's ok, I won't mind for his muslin and I'll address fit if needed before I start the final project. I have yet to pick out a fabric for the final version, but I know I want a lightweight cotton, like a lawn, and something that is outside of my typical color palette. I'm working on a moodboard, so hopefully I will share that soon! I have cut out the pattern and plan on doing what Marie from A Sewing Odyssey does for her patterns - cutting and folding. It seems like a good idea and I want to try it out. And I won't feel bad if I mess this pattern up, because I got it for $1 during one of JoAnn's many $1 Simplicity pattern sales. So we'll see how cutting and folding works out!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Time to challenge myself!

Summer is here! And what better way to celebrate all my free time than to really do what I want to do... sew. I have been wanting to make something for myself that isn't for a grade for so loooooong now and I am finally going to have the time to do it. In order to stay motivated and keep on track, I am going to join the Summer Spark Sew Along.


By the end of June, I will complete a Lisette Portfolio Tunic. I will also be finishing the Sorbetto that I started last week in order to get more comfortable with my sewing skills. I am really hoping to gain confidence in sewing more than just a straight line. So here's hoping to a fun adventure in sewing!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Things I have been working on...

I've been super busy with finishing my thesis work for school, so I haven't had much time to work on a whole lot. I'm planning on photographing my work in progress tonight or tomorrow as well as my final installation at the end of the year school-wide show. (If you are in the Cincinnati area, look up DAAPworks - that's what I'll be participating in!) But in case you're curious, here's what I've been up to:

- Sewing and embroidering fabric sculptures (will get a special post in the near future)
- Working on a Hufflepuff cross stitch (on hiatus until I finish my thesis work)
- Learning all sorts of sewing techniques such as making and sewing on bias tape, proper hemming and seam finishing techniques (I'm a big fan of french seams right now!), and figuring out how to do an FBA
- Making a muslin for a Sorbetto

The last one was because I was sick of looking at the other stuff I was working on and I've been wanting to make a Sorbetto for forever. I cut out a size 14 with the length of an 18 and other than needing an FBA and the dart lowered, it fits pretty well. I might make it a little longer than the muslin, just because I prefer longer tops, but the current length is ok, too. I'm going to have to wait until after the weekend to figure out the FBA and whatnot, but I am excited. I am really looking forward to the summer so I can have the ever elusive thing called "free time". Are you all excited for summer? Any crafty plans?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cross Stitch

To keep myself sane and to give me a project to keep my hands busy that also lets me clear my head, I have been working on a cross stitch. It's taking me quite a while, so it's not really much to look at currently, but I can tell you it involves Hufflepuff and something that badgers do best. I don't know if any of you have done cross stitch before, but when you get patterns that involve lots of colors, it's really difficult to think about anything other than counting stitches. Which is great for me, because if I can have time to shove everything school related out of my head for a few hours a week, I am much better off! I only have a few weeks until I present my thesis, so all things anti-stress are quite a relief.

So here are a few cross stitch goodies for you to look at. They aren't your typical cross stitches, either, which I think makes them a little extra special!

Source: via Lindsey on Pinterest

Source: via Lindsey on Pinterest

Source: via Lindsey on Pinterest

Source: via Lindsey on Pinterest

Source: via Lindsey on Pinterest

The last one I actually saw in person at Crafty Supermarket last weekend and the ladies from Purple Hippo Stitches are so funny! 

So what do you all think about cross stitch? Are there certain kinds of projects do you do when you need a laugh or just need to clear your head?

Friday, April 27, 2012


It's been a while since I've posted and I hate neglecting my little blog, so here is some "birdspiration". I love birds and everything to do with birds and recently a lot of clothing and fabric has been popping up with bird themes. I am in love with all of them! And thanks to my newfound addiction to pinterest, I have been collecting different items with bird themes. So here you go!