Archive for October, 2010

{this moment}

Kids' Knitting Class 1

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

Thank you to the kids’ knitting instructor, Shari, for taking the photo!  I merely did some editing.


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I’m a miser when it comes to yarn.  I don’t buy yarn to add to my stash, but only for a specific project.  I have tails that should be longer to make weaving in ends (my LEAST favorite knitting task) easier.  I don’t ever buy “extra” yarn for a project, just in case. There have been at least two times when this last strategy has failed me.  Once was on a sweater for L1, and I wasn’t able to make the collar as long as called for.  I think it turned out fine, though.

L1's Drizzle

The second time was with L4’s sweater I finished recently.  I modified the pattern, making sleeves and body longer than called for.  Thankfully my LYS did still have some of the yarn in the color I had chosen in stock still.  (BTW, they are fantastic for having a generous amount of any given color of a yarn they carry in stock.  Love that!) Admittedly I fretted about buying another ball of yarn to have to finish out just a few rows.  I am grateful, once again, that L1 knits and occasionally pays attention to what I knit, too.  🙂 (Very snarky of me, as I often make him take pictures of my knitwear.) He suggested that I make L4 some fingerless mitts with the yarn.  Brilliant!  I studied my gauge, decided how I wanted them to look, wrote up a quick pattern based upon Toasty, and went from there.  I think all were pleased with the outcome.

Little Miss Can't Be Cold 2

Little Miss Can't Be Cold 1

I hope to share my pattern notes sometime soon. Many months ago now I did something wild & crazy–for me. I found a hosting service for a website & domain name. So it’s there, waiting for me to work on it more diligently. When it is up and running there will be a page with patterns/tutorials. I’m very excited to share it with all of you!

Meanwhile, I am without a camera as L1 sold it!  Soon we’ll be replacing it, but I wish the timing had worked out a little better for it.  My cellphone camera can only go so far with its usefulness in the photography department.

Is that enough random thrown in for one post?  I think so.


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We’ve been anxiously awaiting a phone call the past couple of weeks. On Saturday it came while we were out with my grandfather.  An hour later we watched this dumped in our driveway:

Wood Delivery 2010

Though my parents used to have our wood delivered every year when I was growing up, this is the first big delivery L1 & I have had.  It was so nice not to have to go somewhere, load it, bring it home, unload it, and stack it.

Beginning to Stack Wood 2010~1/3 of the wood is stacked here

We still need to finish stacking it, but unlike when I was a kid, I enjoy doing it now.  During stacking on Saturday L1 and I just kept smiling and hugging and whispering to each other how good our life is.  It was even sweeter because L3 & L4 were stacking along with us, no complaints or bickering, just as excited for what the wood meant as we were. I hope we all feel as enthusiastic when our second load is delivered in December!


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{this moment}

Father Son Walk

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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Pleats, Buttons, & Vintage Sheets

Pleated Button Front

This design has been in my book for a long, long time. Remember L4’s new shirt (and those others referenced in that post)? It inspired me to create a grown-up version. The tie, which while cute on a little child, I thought would be cumbersome and annoying on an adult. I thought a decorative button or two would be better. And I moved the pleat to the side instead of the center. It’s strange, because I generally really like symmetry, but so many things that I sketch lately are asymmetrical. I don’t know what’s come over me!

Pleated Button Bottom Detail

A little squeal escaped my lips when I tried this on after sewing was complete. Except for the less-than-desirable job I did ironing the pleat out before putting on the neckline, this was just what I wanted it to be.

Pleat Detail 1

I used a vintage sheet I had on hand, but oh-so-soon I am excited to say will have these beautiful printed fabrics on hand, along with midnight black and chocolate brown solids, all certified organic, for this design and others.  They should be much more drapey/less stiff than the sheeting was.  Of course, if someone wanted the sheeting, I still have enough of it left to make at least one more!

The buttons, folks, are stumping me.  I can’t decide what I should do for them in the future.  Please share your thoughts on buttons with me here!

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A Gathering of Fabric

Coming oh-so-soon are some new, more autumn appropriate designs in my shop.  Today I’m sharing the first with you, which I have prosaically named “Gathering Yoke.”  To be perfectly honest, I designed this shirt with someone more busty than myself in mind.  I spent sometime over the summer asking women about their clothes, what they did and didn’t like.  For the more full-chested among those who I interviewed over and over again they reported that if they had a shirt that fit their chest it tended to be too voluminous in the body.  This is, of course, an issue with standardized clothing in general.  Though there are trends of similarity in our various body-types, the way we’re put together also can differ tremendously.  Enough of my diatribe on fit, though.  Here is the new shirt (in which I’m kicking myself for not wearing a bra that did the shirt more justice and for not ironing it!):

Gathered Yoke 1

Gathered Yoke 3

Gathered Yoke 4

Gathered Yoke 2


This shirt will be available in my shop soon, in all of the colors already available for other designs.  I’ll also have at least this one at Mayday.  I’d really rather make everything for custom measurements rather than grading patterns for standard, but if I have time I might make a couple in other sizes.  If you could have it in any color, what would it be? (Because you would want one, right? 🙂 )

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There is no better way for me to express how much I love those in my life than with my time and my hands.  And so another season of handmade holiday gifting begins with a shelf lined with yarn (though not all gifts for others, *ahem*).

Unravel 3-3

There always seems to be a project I’ve fallen in love with and want to make for myself when the holiday knitting commences. This year is no different, except that I’m actually knitting a few rows on this coveted project every day. The next several weeks are going to be busy around here between my day job, knitting, and preparing for the Mayday show.  I’m sure I’ll be sharing some of the journey here.

Wishing none of you a case of the Mondays!  I’m going to be trying to enjoy some of my morning before the grading avalanche that begins anew this afternoon.

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