Happy First Day of Summer. From here on out the days get shorter and shorter and I get closer and closer to returning to sweater weather. This week we’re talking about my seemingly never ending quest for a woven top pattern. As you know I tried the easy Akita from Seamworks. It needed so much altering that I abandoned that plan. I recently bought the Bess top from ImagineGnats, its cut out and waiting to be sewn. I’ll report about it soon. While attempting to locate the end of the internet I stumbled upon Oak Fabrics in Chicago and their great kits. They offer a little kit which with shipping will run you like 20 bucks….
(photo curtesy of Oak Fabric)
I’m very excited. Its New Look 6217. If you google it you’ll see that yes this shirt looks great on almost everyone! Check out Kestrel Makes blog post about her two pretty shirts.
It was HOT! this weekend. Stupid hot. The rain pushed it all out, but I still have window and door open. I got started on a project that totally wasn’t on my list but they need to be made ASAP since the warm weather is here. I started a new bunch of spinning, with a bag of fiber that I don’t know anything about. I bought it most likely 2 years ago, and lost the tag in many moves. Its soft and greenish. My Bess top if just waiting for me to sew it, I got it all cut out thanks to the guest room bed. I’m still refining my technique for easiest method. I got a lot of little non-craft type things done last week, mostly knitting on my project.
BAM! Okay super weird thing to post right. No not really. At .05 cents a foot PaperChef brand parchment paper is a great option for pattern tracing. Tape doesn’t stick to it so well because of its waxy coat but its pretty good if you want something cheap and easy to get ahold of. Enjoy.
Lots to talk about. I made a fabulous bunt cake. Started the second sock. Took pictures of my Sunbeam vintage iron I got for a buck, its weighs a ton. Walked down to the battlefield to enjoy some sunshine. Thats the old stables by the way, its very very photogenic. I got a kindle paper white a while back and I really enjoy it. I knit in public on Saturday, while waiting for my oil change. Who drives 2.5 hours for an oil change, a mini cooper owner. I laid out my Bess top from Imagine Gnats, after much debate I decided on it. The gray linen should be lovely. The stack of fabric from Hawthrone threads arrived as did my yarn, thats 4 projects! I finished plying the blue/gold fiber and its being put on the doooo dad right now.
This week its something old! But it has been made new. Archive.org ! Have you been there?!?! Because you should. Its a free digital library full of out of print goodies, like my personal favorite, Household Bacteriology . (I big proponent of making the distinction between bacteriology,my speciality, and its parent field microbiology. DO NOT confuse it with biology.)
Theres a ton of stuff to look at so have fun trying to find the end of the internet.
Hey Hey Hey,
I’ve had house guests for the better part of the last few weeks so I’ve been a bit on the busy side.
Lets get started with the Akita shirt from Seamwork. I’ve hacked the crap out of it, but still don’t feel very good about it. I’ve taken 4 inches off the bottom and about 2 out of the back. When I put it on I don’t think I’d pay for it. This is not the first time I’ve been less than thrilled by a Seamwork pattern.
I’ve been working away on my sweater, I am not a speed knitter. Its mostly about the process for me.
I got this great bag from Home Row Fiber Co. and my order of Lykke fixed circulars arrived. I also got a tin of these little safety pin style stitch markers. They are much lighter than the Clover ones I’ve used forever. The Lykkes are also pretty nice. Promise to talk more about my search for new needles are why I need them.
I opened this great bottle of sparkling Rosé I had. Buy it, its fantastic. The cinnamon rolls of amazingness made an appearance. Our lilacs blooms and so did the tulips. Finally, I literally have a bag of Dicks in my freezer. Thats all.
May Wrap up!
May was Me Made May, a month of trying wear as much handmade as possible. I don’t have enough to really participate but rest assured I did wear all of my me made clothes at least once. Thats all 5 garments.
I finished my Washi Dress and wore it twice. I’m super happy with it. Like crazy happy with it, and want to make tons more. Its such an easy sew, I was able to plug away at it in tiny chunks everyday and never feel like I wasn’t making progress. I also had to do very little adjustment, actually none!
That being said I’ve been hacking away at the $3 pattern known as Akita from Seamworks magazine. Its 3 bucks for a reason. I’m about to chuck it in the scrap bin a buy a better top pattern. I just want a nice easy blouse pattern. I did print the pattern and cut the fabric just like I wanted to do for May.
I started my gray sweater, in fact I’m almost done with the back.
I did finish some spinning and started plying
I did not make a dream catcher or paint any of the R’s for R’s room. Fail.
- Make one garment for anyone
- Get the Yarn
- and the Fabric for the tiny human gift I need to make
- Start working on said tiny human sweater (I have until August until it makes its appearance)
- Finish plying the yarn I currently have on the wheel
- Get the green/white alpaca washed and hung up
Reasonable I think. Also if you have a good suggestion for a top to sew let me know. I’d like to replace all my knit tops.
Well just like that May comes to an end. On ward to June and full on summer time.
Yesterday I received my Portable Yarn Bowl Bag from Home Row Fiber Co. Its a great bag, and you should hop over to her page and get one before they are gone. FYI there are 4 left last I checked. But thats not what I’m sharing today. I’m sharing a great little bag pattern so if you’re like me and have begun replace your old project bags.
Hey there! My dear friend was visiting and so I missed last week (also the Craftland Weekly is two weeks behind).
So this week its a food web page I’d like to share. When you grown up in the Pacific Northwest you are treated to the joy of distinct Asian foods. Japanese, Korean, Thai, Cantonese and Mandarin all available and all special. As you move east, the distinction begins to break down and it all pushes together. You do however get a few bright spots but its rare. There was a fantastic Korean restaurant in Lawton, OK but they had to become an “Asian Buffett” to survive.
Buuuuuuuut if you can make it yourself you don’t have to rely on questionable menu changes to get your bento box fix. Check out Japanesecooking101.com to watch videos and find fantastic recipes. Besides the recipes the explanations which accompany them are even better, like why you’ll find a recipe for Cabbage Rolls on a site devoted to Japanese food. I love to see how and which foods migrate between cultures. So make yourself some sticky rice and get cooking.
I thought I’d start a new thing, I mean everyone is doing it right? So sometimes I fall head first down the rabbit/internet hole and come back with something cool, other times it just makes me sad. I’m just going to share one thing a week, sometimes it’ll be crafty other times it might be a science thing you might want to read who knows!
This week its a free patterns from Pepermint! Fantastic, real, not half assed free patterns. Check it out.