Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Anyway, after tracking down a few authors at book signings, realizing a few others were dead, getting no response from a few (ungrateful louts), and getting some by mail, I sort of hit a wall. I was out of people to ask for signatures, but I didn't have enough blocks for a decent quilt. So the supplies for the quilt have been sitting in a nicely labeled shoebox on the shelf in the closet of two different houses now.
Earlier this year it occurred to me that I might be able to flesh out the quilt if I included autographs from my favorite craft authors and bloggers, but I've yet to do anything about it. That is, until the Yarn Harlot announced the locations for her upcoming book tour, and I realized she's coming nowhere near me. Wahhhh!
But all is not lost! My parents live close enough to Philadelphia that I'm actually considering making the trip there in May to see the Harlot's appearance at this: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/bookfestival/visitor.cfm . Might even drag the kid and the grandmother with me and send them off to the storytime tent while I stand in line with my Sharpie and a square of muslin taped to a piece of cardboard.
Or, I could just send the muslin up to Canada and see if I can get her to sign it long-distance. But then I wouldn't get to show her whatever sock-in-progress I have going in May ... oh, the decisions!
Monday, February 25, 2008
You'd be amazed how many yo-yo's you can sew on during one podcast of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
And then I realized how low my stock of SWAK blankets was, and I was out of suitable material for new ones, so I bought fabric. It was on clearance. I might have gotten a little carried away.That's a 7-inch-thick stack of fabric, in case anyone's counting. Gonna be a lot of ironing and hemming in my future for the next couple of weeks ...
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I'm sure that's the number one response I'll be making when people comment on this sweater (assuming I ever get in gear and make the back ... and the sleeves ... and sew the whole thing together).
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
It's made in Plymouth Yarn jeannee, color 20, a worsted weight yarn that's 51% cotton and 49% acrylic. That, plus some madras plaid fabric I've had for at least seven years or so.
I'd love to share the pattern with you, but the stitch pattern is taken from one pattern, the bodice from another, the sleeves from a third, the shells around the hem and sleeves from a fourth, and the actual ruffle I just sort of faked until it looked right.
So basically this is a one-off ... but if you want to duplicate it, my best recommendation is to find a dress that's the shape you want and trace the pieces onto a piece of butcher paper or newsprint. Pick a stitch pattern and crochet until the pieces are the same size as the paper pieces. That's what I did, and I think it turned out okay. It's a bit on the wide-but-too-short side, but I'm thinking on the positive side and saying she'll be able to use it next year as a shirt, and she can just wear a pair of leggings under it this year as a dress.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
That hasn't stopped me from using the remaining yarn to start a new sweater, this time one where my guage was spot on, and there's a lot of play in the directions so I should avoid a repeat of the last disaster. And the design is one that's unlike anything I have in my closet right now, and it's actually a winter-weight style, so the warmth of the alpaca won't be an issue.
I'm using the yarn doubled, which makes the whole wrap-and-drop-the-wraps-on-the-next-row thing a little on the dicey side. I actually had to switch to a long circular needle for one row where there were five wraps for each stitch ... that's more than 400 wraps and stitches on the needles for that row! It's going very fast, though, and after starting at the waist a few nights ago, I'm now about 3" below the armpit area. Hopefully I'll make it through the armpit cast-offs tonight, and it will start looking like the front of a sweater instead of just a pulled-stitch holey mess.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
- Various fabric scraps (I used pieces leftover from the Heart Attack quilt and the sample I made for the Heart Happy Wallhanging pattern)
- A piece of stiff interfacing or Timtex, about 4"x6"
- Coordinating thread
- glue stick or fabric glue
- Sew fabric scraps together until you have a piece that's at least 4"x6". Repeat to make a second piece.
- Use the glue stick to apply glue to one side of the interfacing or Timtex, then adhere it to the wrong side of one of the pieces you made in the first step. Repeat for the other side of the interfacing or Timtex.
- Zigzag stitch or serge around the edge of the interfacing or Timtex, making sure you drop the needle off the edge so that one side of the zigzag is sewing through just the fabric. Trim the excess fabric, being careful not to cut into the stitching.
- Use the glue stick to apply glue to more fabric scraps, then adhere them to one or both sides of the postcard.
- Stitch slightly inside the edge of these fabric scraps to raw-edge applique them to the postcard.
- If you wish, stitch a message onto the postcard (use a darning foot, drop your feed dogs, and spell it out in cursive ... or program your fancy sewing machine to embroider it for you, Ms. Lazypants!)
Monday, February 11, 2008
You'd be amazed how much crochet you can do during one episode of Sesame Street ... I can finish most of the body of an Easter bunny before it's even time for Elmo's World. If our DVD player and/or DVR break down, my productivity is going to go down the drain.
Nothing says “Easter” like a chocolate bunny … unless it’s a chocolate bunny that can be used year after year without getting its ears bitten off!
This pattern is suitable for beginners, but does assume that you know how to make a single crochet stitch.
Finished size is about 10" from bottom to the tip of the ears.
A person with average sewing skills should be able to complete this pattern in less than 3 naptimes (6 hours).
Photos from the pattern:The vanishing loop method of working in the round
Pattern includes illustrated instructions, and it is packaged in a resealable plastic bag (6"x9"), ready to hang and sell. Pattern also includes a link to this web site, where buyers can access a free pattern to make a Goodie Basket to match the bunnies.
Wholesale price: $4.00/pattern
Suggested retail price: $7-$9, or whatever the market will bear in your area
Free shipping on your first order! Shipping charges for subsequent orders will be the actual charges for USPS Priority Mail to your destination.
I am willing to make free samples to display in your shop, if you are willing to provide the materials. Please contact me for more information on this service.
For more information or to place an order, please contact Gretchen Woods at Lazy Mama Designs: lazymamadesigns (at) yahoo (dot) com.
NEW!! You can also place orders through my shop at etsy.com - just convo me with a request, including the number of patterns you'd like to buy, and I can post a custom listing for you at the wholesale price.
Thank you for your interest, and I hope to hear from you soon!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
That's the whole skein, minus about 2 feet I had leftover at the end. I love the pattern, which is described as "mutating variegate," which I'm guessing means that the pattern of variegation changes throughout the skein. It's cool, because you only get a stitch or two before the yarn changes color, and the next color isn't always the same. I'll definitely have to keep this in mind after I finish the current pair of socks ... because a girl can only have so many stripes in her sock drawer, after all.
Still no variegated yarn on Meg's etsy shop, but maybe if enough of us ask for it, some will magically appear :)
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Strangely enough, I actually checked my gauge before I started, and it was pretty close. I haven't checked the gauge on the actual sweater, as I'm not quite in the right place mentally to figure out where to go from here.
So is it a good thing I tried it on now, before I had months of time invested in it?
Or is it a bad thing, because now I'm probably going to abandon ship, and if I'd waited at least I would have had a completed (tiny) sweater to give to someone or to sell?
Or is it a good thing, because as I was knitting I was sort of regretting my decision to use my alpaca yarn to make a sleeveless sweater (alpaca = ridiculously warm, sleeveless sweater = spring and summer)?
Or is it a bad thing, because now I'm going to have to do more research to find a pattern for a 3/4-sleeve sweater I like, which will take me lots longer to finish than the sleeveless one, so I won't get to wear this until next winter?
Or is it a good thing, because now I can legitimately start working on a pair of socks with the yarn that's been taunting me for the last week?
You decide. I'm going to go knit.
Friday, February 08, 2008
I don't know exactly what time they'll be up, since that sort of depends on whether LazyToddler cooperates and lets me get on the computer ... but I'll post a message here to let you know when everything is ready. Check early! Check often!
Hope everyone stops by to take a look!
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Hope somebody sends me a photo of my free fairy skirt pattern under a steampunk outfit, because I would totally post it and love it and hype it within an inch of my life.
Basic toe-up socks for LazyHusband, made from custom-dyed self-striping yarn (in Virginia Tech colors) from WhimsyPinsy. I loved how this yarn knit up, and she got the guage on the stripes exactly how I had requested. Thanks a ton - the socks look great!
And in the mailbox at 3pm Saturday:
Colorway Octarine from Twisted Fiber Art. I really like that Meg offers her colorways in different blends of yarn, so even if she's sold out in one type you can pick up the same color in a different fiber blend. The particular yarn that I bought is 30% bamboo, so it will be interesting to see how differently it knits from the 100% superwash I'm used to using. Hopefully it doesn't bag out like the 100% bamboo I knit into this sweater, which becomes 3 sizes larger after wearing it for an hour or so.
Oh, and Meg sent along a little bonus sample of another colorway, Karma, in her 100% superwash merino yarn:
Is that not the cutest skein you've ever seen in your entire life? Don't you just want to put it in your pocket and pet it? I'm going to have to find something really cool to do with a tiny amount of yarn, because it's a really nifty colorway, and I don't see any more of it for sale on her etsy store, so I guess I'm stuck with just this much.
Oh, how I love it. Anyone want to make a donation to the "Lazy Mama needs some new art for her studio walls" fund?
Or, if you're feeling a little more generous, how about this: