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Seaspray Potato Chip Scarf

This was a wonderful scarf to knit and such fun, the Potato Chip Scarf spirals around as you knit and coils up neatly.  The project called for a DK weight yarn however I went with the worsted weight yarn for more loft and used a size #9 needle.  I will definitely be making this scarf again.

This is the first knitted project I made with someone in mind it will be a surprise holiday gift for a very good friend. 




Garter Stockinette Cowl

Cowl or infinity scarf they are great, I decided to use one skein of my Cascade bulky leisure Alpaca & Cotton blend yarn for this cowl, I had purchase two skein on sale at my local yarn store.

I started to make a garter stitch cowl, since I have not yet learned to use a circular needle, I used a US size 11 knitting needles and went with a straight garter stitch pattern like my first scarf but with a twist.

I found that a yarn can inspire a design, this yarn is a fuzzy boucle, so some parts are thicker than others, but with such a special yarn I wanted to create more interest in the garment. To break up the garter stitch I created a random pattern by adding a bit of stockinette stitch.

The cowl took me two days to complete after I found the size I prefer, also add two days of designing and knitting then starting over or frogging back as it is called in the knitting vocab.

I finished the cowl yesterday, I used the seaming and steam blocking technique I learn from the knit lab, I…

Yarn Stash Purchase

On Black Friday I was busy purchasing french soap online and the day after I was purchasing yarn at my local yarn store The Knitting Store & More.  I was told I would start loving yarn and I was very skeptical, well I am not a skeptic anymore good thing I did not take a bet on that one. I am now using words like delicious and yummy to describe yarn.

I was driving by my local yarn store and saw a sale sign in the window day after Black Friday, naturally I had to go in. Madamrose my Ravelry knitting friend taught me to knit, but she also introduced me to some of the different texture luxury yarn out there, which worked to my advantage, I was able understand what I was looking for during the sale.

I bought some luxury yarn at 50% - 60% off with descriptions like Cashmere, Llama, Silk, Alpaca, Merino wool, I started envisioning fingerless gloves and scarves. I noted that most of the yarns are a combination of different wools or textile to create a nice soft texture.




A few of my purch…

Lacy Orange Keyhole Scarf and Colorful Scarfs

I loved the Lacy Keyhole Scarf so much I decided to make another but in a more punchy color, right after finishing my first lacy keyhole scarf, because it was such a quick knit.

I used the Coral (ish) Sheepish yarn by Vickie Howell I have been calling it Orange.  This yarn is more shiny and springy and I like how it drapes. I decided to keep this scarf and give the first keyhole scarf as a gift.



I made a discovery today after blocking the Coral (ish) scarf, I decided to block and shape my previous scarfs too, the Wine Garter Stitch Scarf and the Royal Blue Diagonal Scarf.

With all those colorful scarfs out, I had a WOW moment, I like colorful scarfs, my normal day to day wear has a high percent of black or grey, with a few tops and jackets to give me a pop of color.  Now my scarf collection is included in that pop of color.


First Lacy Rose Keyhole Scarf

I completed my first lace project by knitting the Lacy Keyhole scarf, with Stephanie Japel on Craftsy Knit Lab.  I had bought this class plus another class by Stephanie the Circular Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways way back in Dec 2012, to give me some motivation to keep knitting.

Not only am I happy I completed a cute lacy scarf, but I learned some techniques on finishing my garment.  Techniques like seaming, weaving in the ends on a garter stitch or stockinette item and weaving in on the bind off edge, blocking and shaping.

I have to admit I have yet to block any knitting projects I did prior :-), I tip toe around learning how, but now I know how to use my steam iron to block and shape.

The most special experience was learning to lace, which I may never have attempted because it seems so daunting.   This project was small enough for me to see a quick reward and I am now looking for more lace projects huh huh that is how it starts.









My Red Jacket

I am almost done with my jacket, the front is attached to the back piece and the sleeves are in.

After reading the posting from the other people doing the Burda sew along, that you need less fabric if you are not doing the plaid. you only need the extra fabric for matching the plaid. So I have a bit of extra fabric thinking of making a fleece vest with the left over. 

This jacket is coming along nicely.

Jacket Sew Along - Burda

My skirts are on hold temporarily, but along came the Burda Plaid Jacket Sew Along and I am now I am heading in that direction.  I decided to make my jacket from a solid color anti-pill fleece, the solid color was on sale at Jo-Ann at 50% off.  The instructions called for 3.4 yards of material which seems like a lot so I will see how much I have left over for another project.

After machine washing and drying my fabric, tonight I pinned the first 3 pattern pieces to my fabric.  I decided to joined the sew along somewhere around week 2 and week 3. This will be a first for me in two ways, my first Jacket and the first time using a Burda PDF pattern it was really interesting printing it out and taping it together, it was a giant puzzle, lucky I love puzzles. 




Skirt Plans

I am getting ready to start making a bunch of skirts, my first skirt was the naughty secretary skirt by Diana Rupp so I am going to make that again, plus I have a vogue pattern V8773 I am going to give that a try also. I had bought at Jo-Ann some time back fabric for my skirts, eggplant plaid, charcoal and grey fabric. 

I love those business skirt, I want to make a high waist skirt, so I may also make the Burda Jenny Basic Skirt.




First Garden Vegetables

I have grown flowering plant and shrubs and the last two year a hot scotch bonnet pepper plant.  This year I decided to try and expand to include Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Cucumber and some mint if all else fail. 

The tomatoes all did very well only a bit of drainage problem, I grew the tomatoes in plastic buckets, the instruction included pebbles at the bottom to help with drainage, I skipped that step :-) but next year I will definitely include.

The bell peppers did not do so good in the wooden half barrel so I transplant in garden and they love it, so no more buckets for peppers.

I lost the cucumber plant from the start, even after getting my honey to build me an impressive trellis, but I have not given up, I have seen on the Internet that you can grow cucumber in those garden plastic planters, so I will be trying it again next season. 

This entire summer season I did not purchase tomatoes that was a liberating feeling, it is very nice indeed to grow produce for the table.











Jewelry Making

I have always been interested in Jewelry making, so when Diane Rupp's make workshop had a discount on earring making classes on 6/30 I jumped at the chance. 

I learnt about the different parts and tool use in creating an earring, and instructor Emilie Sharpiro taught us how to make two earrings during the 2 hours session.  It was quite a liberating experience to be able to create your own jewelry.



 

Vacation San Francisco

It was only April but reviewing these photos makes the memories fresh of San Francisco, had a great time and would definitely visit again.  The city had many special places and the photos only give you a sample of what is offered.  San Francisco did not disappoint in architectural designs it is a beautiful city.

Had and enjoyable ferry ride across the bay to Vallejo to meet our Platypus Wine Tour guide, then off our group went to visit (4) four Napa wineries, Silenus Vintners, Arger-MartucciHopper Creek and Michael Mondavi Taste Galley.  What a great experience that was, next trip must do Sonoma wineries.

I traveled across the Golden Gate Bridge on a Taste of San Francisco & Beyond tour to Muir Woods and Sausilito, and stopped to take some pics of the famous bridge.  The following day went to Golden Gate Park to visit the de Young Museum had to see the exhibit of the painting Girl with the Pearl Earrings.