As with all things Loopy Ewe, they do it well. The currently Loopy Fabric Challenge is a project bag. My fabrics for my bag arrived. Look at all those cute little ribbons — a Box of Fun is so fun to receive!
My “project bags” tend to do more than just carry projects. I don’t carry a “real purse” — just usually grab my wallet and keys and they go in whatever tote/project bag I happen to be using at the time. My plan is to combine different things I like from some of the various tote bags I’ve had over the years into my bag – we’ll see if I’m able to. But in my package – various prints that will all play nice together in quarter yards and half yards, along with some Wonder Under and Décor Bond. That large owl print is so adorable but it may end up on the inside of the bag …. we’ll see when I figure out my final plan. And I just might have an idea to make sure of those red ribbons that came wrapped around my fabrics!
It’s not too late to join in – discount on fabrics ends later this week so don’t procrastinate. Can anyone ever have too many totes?? Info on Loopy’s Spring Bag Challenge.
(okay….. yes…. there MIGHT have been a wee bit of yarn in that package but I’ll show you it another day. It’s for a birthday present for my favorite sister – and yes I really only have one sister so I’m really not playing favorites - tho since her birthday is later this month, she will likely be getting a belated present unless I knit like the wind!.)
Well they are not great photos – I mean how good can they be when you’re trying to take one on your own, either with the timer or into mirror trying not to get major flash splotch and have 5 minutes before you have to head out to work. LOL
But I finished off the sweater last night. It fits just as it should so I’m very happy I tried Customfit and there will be a lot more Customfit sweaters in my future.
I wore it to work today and it was comfy, cozy and warm.
I already have a new swatch blocking at the moment.
And… finally some yarn to tally to add to my yards knit tally instead of just stash enhancement!
Last night I was up to the very wee hours of the morning sewing my Customfit sweater, Shore Ledges, together. But first – it has been so many years since I made a sweater (and those earlier results – well we won’t discuss them) LOL The only seamed things I’ve made of late have been mittens and hats and I use the old standby of seaming which was basically a running stitch like you were sewing two pieces of fabric together. But I knew I needed to find mattress stitching among other things to finish off this sweater.
So I was searching out videos on line about midnight on seaming knits and remembered that there’s a Craftsy class for that. Went to look and see what I could find and Seaming Handknits with Chris Blysma was on sale. Excellent. How great is it that at midnight you can just jump into a class on line. I haven’t watched the entire class yet – I was just hopping around to the parts I needed to learn – shoulder seams — how cool, joining vee stitches from each side of the shoulder and then pulling both ends of your sewing yarn and it magically (at least I think it’s magic) compacts to the perfect seam and hides your sewing yarn. I had never seen that before. And how to pick up different stitches whether it’s a stepped shoulder seam or not, mattress stitching side seams…. in no time I had it figured out and went to work and I must say I’m very pleased with how my seams turned out on a first try! The side seams are practically invisible. I’ll go back later and watch all the other portions of the class I skipped over to get to what I needed for the sweater I was working on – but that’s what’s so nice about the Craftsy class – you can go to the portions you need, replay them until you’ve got it or play them as you are actually doing your own to follow along, and go back to them whenever you need. And I’ve found some great free classes there too.
So here’s my sweater so far – all seamed – and now I need to go back and add the neck trim around the vee. The bell shaped sleeves and bottom of the sweater have a seed stitch edging and the vee neck is edged in seed stitch as well except it ends with two long ties hanging down the front. Then all that is left is to bury the ends. It was very early a.m. when I finished seaming and finally went to bed but first thing this morning with my fingers crossed I tried on the sweater. I’m totally sold on using Customfit to get sweaters that fit me. I couldn’t ask for a better fit and can’t wait to get the neck edge done so I can wear it.
My first Customfit sweater attempt — still has to be ripped out but that was totally due to my errors in measuring. This one is great and now I have to think about what sort of Customfit pattern I want to generate next.
On to the chores I need to get done first and some brunch — then I just remembered some stash yarn that just might be enough for a spring sweater so I will have to try swatching and see how it looks knit up since it’s a multicolor. I’ve got the Tressage KAL I’m working on at home (need to pay attention to the pattern for the cables so not a good bus riding project until I get farther along) so a simple spring sweater sounds like a good thing to use Customfit for next.
Snow, cold, snow, even colder, snow, cold …. it’s a vicious circle around here with the weather. One degree outside – heck at least it’s above zero I guess, and more snow outside, but not as much as was expected so that’s good. It is getting monotonous tho.
On a “sunnier” (bad pun) note, I got lots of various stuff done yesterday. First, my Weaver Dog Pound block is done except for the pressing and squaring up.
I think I will wait until I’m all done with the dogs to decide if I want to put buttons or beads or whatever other goodies I might find on them to decorate their collars.
I also got part of one of the “Head to Toe” stocking cap blocks done. Still need to cut out the reverse image of a couple hats.
I got my new sewing chair put together yesterday, which was extremely easy, and it said on Amazon it was a big chair for tall people and they did not lie. I feel like Edith Ann in her big chair. :-) I can put it so high my feet barely touch the ground which for a tall person is rare and its big seat is very comfortable on mine.
Look at it compared to my old chair which did not raise up near high enough. No more chair cutting me off in the back of the legs because the seat isn’t long enough from front to back. Love it.
Yes – I’ll blame it on the cold weather. Before I posted info on this Month’s DPPAS blocks, I looked because I thought I had sent an email to friend Janet P (a/k/a quilting speed demon a/k/a tester extraordinaire) telling her what blocks were for this month. Checked my email folder and didn’t find any so picked two blocks. Aha – I was just fixing the link to last month’s information (which mysteriously disappeared from where I had it saved), and saw that I put the blocks for this month at the end of the February information download. I have been stitching on my Weaver block and just have to add the ear and eye and square it up.
Oops….. well poor Toby got left out but we’ll catch up with him next month. :-) So Janet really wasn’t crazy THIS time (some days you just never know) and I was the crazy one. LOL A bit of a brain freeze on my part.
As for the burning tongue — dinner — I went a bit crazy with the red pepper flakes. I was making some shrimp that gets sauted in chili oil (which I don’t think has much of a kick to it) so I decided to add in some red pepper flakes, cooked them in the oil, and then it gets some orange zest and orange juice mixed in. I don’t eat oranges but I like orange flavor in lots of stuff. This was good but whew – too many pepper flakes – it definitely had a kick to it.
Now for the first DPPAS giveaway…. the random letter selection I used was for the first person in my list of participants whose first name starts with the letter randomly generated number ….
The giveaway goodies for the Head to Toe – A Knitter’s Gifts project came along with the Dog Pound Pals goodies.
Here’s what arrived
A few tote bags – perfect for those knitting or crocheting project or other needlework and the Crafty Ideas notebook. Just blank ruled paper inside. A nice size for writing lists, project notes, new project ideas, etc.
I plan to leave mine in the drawer of the end table next to my chair where I knit. I’m forever stealing needles from other works in progress that I need for a new needle and never making a note of it so later I start knitting with the wrong size needles. So this will be my notebook where I keep track of things like that, changes I made to patterns, yarn I want to use for a specific project, etc…. just crafty ideas.
Also, since sale prices were extended I ordered a few more copies of the Dog Pound Pals Calendar. They just turned out so cute – I can’t wait until next year so I can use one.
The delivery man just brought my new sewing chair – it was the same man who delivered my sewing machine – I promised him I had not ordered anything else – heavy or big or otherwise for him to deliver in the snow and cold. He just laughed. So now to let it warm up to room temp a bit so I can put it together and try it out.
In the meantime, the sweater sleeves are blocking and I’m going to work on one of the Dog Pound blocks – just have to go find a good movie to keep me entertained.
Lastly if you are a DPPAS member – please check the list below. Today’s drawing will be done using a random letter generator (like first person in the list whose first name begins with B or third person in list whose last name begins with M – that sort of thing) and some of you did not actually provide me with your names or not both first and last names. Some I could figure out (I think) from email addresses but some I just listed part of an email address to identify a person or just a first name. If you don’t want to give me your name, that’s fine and drawings will be just based on the information I have, but if you want me to change this list, email me and I’ll get it updated.
My younger brother and his wife were visiting the Midwest last week and making the rounds of all the family here – both our side and her side (before heading back to what they were hoping would be a much warmer Atlanta than it probably is right now) — yes they were not liking the cold here. But they took me out to lunch last week on their swing through Madison and brought me this great pottery bowl they had picked up in a nearby town with a great arts community.
What a lovely gift. The person who makes these uses actual old bits of lace to press in to the bottom to create the design. It’s actually a darker blueish tinted gray than the photo shows, along with burgundy and the outside is sort of a wash of the two colors. I think it may go on the breakfast bar and be my new fruit bowl.
And, I have turned off the battling fans in the sewing room. My sweater fronts and backs are dry and, fingers crossed, it looks like I just might have blocked them correctly. When laying them out, and pinning them to all the proper measurements, there seemed to be a bit of excess fabric (like I should have pinned it longer or wider to totally flatten it out) but because of the nature of the yarn, I used, when it dried, it all sort of tightened up and all that excess has lain in nicely and a preliminary holding up of the pieces has me thinking it just might fit! Now to get the sleeves soaking so I can block those today.
Now I really am going to find lunch.
Good morning Dog Pound Pals Adoption Society quilters. I posted last night which blocks we will be making for March.
Cricket and Huckleberry. So check out the project page for the info. Lots of great photos have been added to the Flickr group. Please add photos for just the currently months blocks we are working on (or past blocks you are catching up on – I still haven’t gotten Weaver done yet!) If you are working ahead, wait to load those blocks until we get to that particular month. This will sort of keep each month together and make it easier when I’m doing drawings based on images loaded to Flickr. And speaking of drawings, I’ll be doing the first giveaway later today but this one is not based on who has uploaded photos – I’ll be randomly drawing for this giveaway so you don’t have to do anything to enter this one – I’m using my final list of participants to do the random selection.
Now I can hear all the DPPAS quilters thinking…what will the drawing before?????
Well I finally got all my goodies in for giveaways for this project and the Head to Toe project — Vista Prints extended their sale and gave me a deal on some additional items so I ordered a few more.
This first giveaway will be for a DPPAS totebag.
I think they turned out really cute. So check back later today to see if you have won!
I think I need to find some time to applique this evening to get Weaver done and then start pulling fabrics for this months blocks to get them ready.
More coffee, I missed breakfast totally so need to find some lunch, and then to get busy.
My sewing room is currently hosting the battle of the fans. The little white whimpy one on the upper left that chirps like a cricket so I may not be able to leave that on and sleep tonight — and the super powerful quiet black one on the lower right.
Hmmm.. will it be dry by morning? We shall see and then I can get the sleeves laid out to block while I start sewing this together.