Sunday, February 17, 2008

Cabin Fever Insanity

I decided to participate in Pat Sloan's weekend Cabin Fever Insanity project, using up a very OLD stack of Moda brushed cottons:

I'll use this table topper this summer, when I like to decorate my front porch in red-white-blue.

My houndstooth jacket just needs a snap (see: it's pinned to the collar so I don't lose it!) and a belt:

Guess it's time to start a new project!








Sunday, February 3, 2008

SuperBowl Sunday

Getting some quality sewing time in before the big game, working on this project, made from a nice piece of houndstooth wool purchased online at BuyThePiece:

Initially, I thought I would make the trendy bell sleeves, but I've since decided against it. I will most likely wear this like a blazer at work, so the long sleeve version appeals to me more. Also, the wool would not gather too well for that bell sleeve! I plan to wear a purchased black belt with this, since I'm having a hard time finding a buckle wide enough for a fabric belt.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Trip to Threadbear

I took a road-trip to Lansing, MI on Jan. 26th with my friend Karen to visit the ThreadBear Fiber Arts yarn shop, and to participate in the photo shoot for Franklin's 1,000 Knitters project.
The trip across I-69 was a little tricky with the snow that had fallen the night before, but not enough to keep us home! It was a pleasure to finally meet Franklin, and of course I did my part to support the local economy by purchasing yarn for this project:

I couldn't resist this sweater after trying on the sample (ThreadBear has SO many samples!), so now the Central Park Hoodie has dropped down on the list of projects to knit in 2008. The yarn used is Drops Eskimo, a super-bulky, which means this will be a quick knit. In fact, I have the back done already! That wasn't my only purchase, of course, I picked up some hand-dyed in Univ. of MI colors of maize and blue, some baby yarn to knit the kimono in Mason-Dixon Knitting and a set of blocking wires to block the Cutaway Cardigan which is ready for blocking and seaming. We wrapped up the day with lunch at P.F.Chang's, and a quick and disappointing visit to Country Stitches quilt shop: my, but that store looked run-down, and the inventory has become very limited. All-in-all a very fun day spent with my knitting buddy, and we are already planning a return trip to ThreadBear!