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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
Calorimetry
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
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!

Fabric!
Fabric!
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).