Thursday, June 29, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
I did manage to sew my slippery skirt. I'm glad to report that the running stitches held up. The fabric did not slip or slide. Thanks for the tissue tip, I will definitely keep it in mind for the next time. I'll show you the skirt when I complete Autumn Lace. I also sewed my daughter a headband from Heather Bailey's cute pattern.
Friday, June 23, 2006
I've been knitting the front of my Autumn Lace. The neckline shaping is taking a lot of time. With every decrease on a lace row, I have to figure out how to do the pattern in a way that will maintain the pattern and keep to the number of stitches I am supposed to have. And when I checked the completed back piece of Autumn Lace, I discovered that I am short of 12 rows before shoulder-shaping. Fortunately, I had not cut the yarn yet, so I will have to unravel and work on it this weekend.
P.S. Mary Tess, my shawl is 20" by 83" and I used 2 balls of 2 oz jaggerspum zephyr.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Pattern: Kimono Shawl from Folk Shawls
Yarn: Jaggerspun zephyr, ladyslipper pink 2 balls
Needle: 2.75 mm
Started: January 2006 Completed: June 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Experimented with stash fabric. Learnt some things about bias skirts from this. It is essentially a straight or slightly A-line skirt cut on the bias. The secret to the subtle flare at the bottom is achieved by sewing a narrow hem. Without the hem, the skirt simply will not flare.
Many thanks for your encouraging comments, sewing and pattern tips. Pre-blog, I would have chucked the pattern aside, and gone off to sulk, never to believe in home sewing again. Now, I couldn't be happier, plotting the next bias skirt in a different fabric. By the way, I still do knit. If you come back in a couple of days, I have an FO to show you.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Anyway, I finally chopped off the skirt part in the hope of ending up at least with a wearable tunic top. My style consultant (the 13 year old daughter) has just come home from camp and is catching up on much needed sleep so I asked my 5 year old son instead, if it looked nice and he asked me if I had made it out of a curtain. Ok, that does it, I should not wear this out of the house.
What about the ruffled blouse I was going to sew? The other day as I was tracing out the pattern pieces, I realised that it requires a zipper. I thought of trying another pattern, a Burda V-neck tunic, only to discover that it required a zipper too. Hmm, looks like my zipper avoidance days are over. But it's strange - how often does one find a zipper in a blouse?
The other 2 magazines are old and bought from the discount rack at the yarn shop in Chinatown. There are lots of interesting books in that rack, and they updated it from the last time I went. I spent almost an hour looking at every single book but I was very restrained and bought only these two. Sweet Lace is a thread crochet book, doilies and lace. Kyoko Kubo's Styling Knit, published 1997, is quite a find because it has a classic cabled cardigan that I would love to knit someday.