Friday, May 16, 2008

LYS tour, here we come

Amy and I are headed out today for a girl's road trip. This weekend (well, it started yesterday) is the Seattle area LYS tour. Every shop has a one skein pattern and the featured yarn is 10% off. Our plan is to do some Seattle-ish shops today, head a bit south (we really liked Renaissance Yarns in Kent last year) and then over to Bainbridge Island later this afternoon. We plan to hang out at Churchmouse for a bit, have dinner at Cafe Nola and perhaps stroll back over to Churchmouse. We'll stay on Bainbridge and head north to Bellingham in the morning. Should be loads of fun!

I worked yesterday, the first day of the tour and it was so much fun meeting people from Ravelry!! My shoes have been a big hit, so that's fun.

I'll bring my camera with me to catch any interesting sites along the way!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Sewing like a madwoman

One of the main reasons I'm so busy right now is the fact that my mom is getting married on June 1st. Yep, 3 weeks from now.

I'm to be the matron of honor (it sounds so old and dowdy) and Sara will be the candlelighter and photographer for the event. We had a preview of the brides dress at Easter, and I knew at that time it would be hard to find a color currently out in stores that would match (sort of a shell pink)and, since I'm not the sort of person who would really actually wear a bridesmaid type dress for any other function, I really don't want to spend the sort of $$ I was finding at places like Jessica McClintock or bridal shops. Plus, really I'm not built for a strapless dress, or a dress cut down to wherever. Please.

Sara and I went pattern shopping a few weeks back and found a few fabric samples and patterns for what we thought might pass muster with the bride. Well, the bride happened to be out of the country for a few weeks, so just last week I found out that she really didn't like the fabric for what I was wanting my dress to be - sort of a soft purple-ly periwinkleish greyish whatever. She did like the seaglass blue that we had also selected.

Last Saturday I left around 11am to find a dress. I tried all sorts of stores - I was either looking for a ready made dress that would work, and/or, at the same time I was trying on a whole bunch of different cuts and styles just in case I would be making my dress. Nothing was to be found, so about 5 pm I headed to Joann Fabrics and purchased yardage.

This weekend has now been a whirlwind of sewing. It's really been a long time since I've made garments, and now I remember why I appreciate ready made so much. So, my dress is this one - Simplicity 4014 with a jacket out of Simplicity 5561 and Sara will have Kwiksew 3402- a cute halter dress.

So far, I can't quite get the neckline to lay flat on my dress, and why are the sizes so different than ready made? I'm making this 3 sizes bigger than the two other dresses I bought last week and I've lost two pounds since then. Criminy, how depressing.

In knitting projects, I'm currently working on a commission baby blanket for a customer and making plain stockinette Noro #188 socks for me on size 0 needles. The Noro does seem a bit scratchy, but I'm going to make them work. Perhaps a ton of conditioner??

Friday, May 9, 2008

This post brought to you by the letter "A" and "N"

Hey there - miss me?

Well the last few months have been busy crazy/crazy busy and still won't be letting up until around the end of June. And I've found the longer you don't make time to post, the more things pile up, and then it feels overwhelming to post everything and so on.

So, I'll try and make it fairly brief, besides I need to go in about 5 minutes.

My newest finished project is the Malabrigo Pi Shawl in the Hummingbird colorway. Done last Monday. Love it. Amy stopped by worked and snapped a picture (so I'd have something to post on the blog!) I started this January 1st w/ Naomi. Love my new Namaste bag too. Yummy green.

Next up for today - clear chucks. Yes, I succumbed to them. I think they will look super snazzy at work with handknit socks. Patrick thinks they are ugly, but so what. They are comfortable!
Okay, 'nuff said for now. Have a great day - it's actually sunny here today! Yippee!