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Archive for September, 2013

I’ve just begun an infinity scarf/cowl for my daughter with this interesting 100% wool, pink and green yarn from Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Co.  The color is “Candy Cane” The pattern is Honey Cowl from Madelinetosh.  I made this for her with a deep purple yarn a year or so ago, although I’ve still not gotten to use Madelinetosh for it.  It calls for DK and this pink and green is sport weight.  However, I’m still using size 8 needles, so it’s creating a more lacy texture rather than the denser one with DK.  I’ve also made it a touch longer.  I haven’t really done enough to tell what it’s going to look like, but I think it will be interesting.  She loves pink and green.

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Crazy Socks

I’ve been making Crazy Zauberball socks for my husband over the past couple of years, and just finished a new pair.

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I usually don’t block socks before giving them to John, because he just wants to wear them right away, so these look kind of funny.

Here’s a picture of all the Zauberball socks I’ve made for him. I really like working with this yarn. It’s fun to watch the random color changes emerge. And the socks wear really well.

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I’ve also made a cool scarf that I still need to block, and a pair of socks for my sister with this yarn. I have one more ball in my stash and am thinking of trying an infinity scarf with it.

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Sewing Again

Not only has it been a long time since I’ve written on this blog, but it’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve done any garment sewing, which was my first love in fibers and textiles.  I used to make ALL of my clothes, including lingerie on occasion.  I learned how to do really fine hand sewing in a home ec class in high school, so I even used to hand sew buttonholes on blouses.  How things have changed.

But I really do love garment sewing, so I’ve decided to make a concentrated effort to get back into making my own clothes.  This week I finished a blouse that I really love.

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It’s made from the Sewing Workshop’s Liberty Shirt pattern with some linen-like cotton fabric I got on sale at Joann’s.  I wanted to make this up first from an inexpensive fabric before I try it with silk for a Craftsy online class that I’m going to take on Sewing With Silk.  I did also make the shirt up first in a muslin, and although I think the shoulders are a little too long I decided to go with it as is.  I’m quite happy with it, but will probably fuss with the shoulders a bit before I make the leap to silk.  The hard part now, is deciding which silk to make it in.

Oh, and I did use my sewing machine to make the buttonholes, although I did consider making them by hand, because it had been so long since I used the automatic buttonhole foot on my machine that I had to fight with it for a couple days, and look up some instructions online, in order to figure out how to use it.

I like this shirt and the way it fits so much, I can imagine I’ll be making several copies of it.  It wears great with Jeans, but I think a dressier version would be nice with a skirt, also, as well as dressier pants.

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