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Show and Tell

Posted by jackie blue on June 29th, 2006

I am long overdue for a post – there just hasn’t been all that much to show lately. Cherry is coming along nicely – I have a back, one front piece and the second front piece is halfway there. I haven’t had too much time for knitting lately but I expect some beach time this weekend (FINALLY some nice weather in store) will remedy that.
I also haven’t been sewing yet, really, except for some practice seams and learning how to thread the machine, etc. But I certainly have been shopping in preparation. So here’s what I got lately:
First, on a button expedition yesterday, some buttons for Cherry:

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And for Alice, should I ever finish THAT one:

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During an outing to the Renegade Crafts Fair with some friends a couple of weeks ago, I picked up some scrap fabric at the Repro Depot booth before it was total mayhem in there. The brown isn’t enough for a garment except for maybe a spaghetti tank, but I liked it. The pink will become a circular needle holder – I bought some solid brown to line it and some batting so I might try a little quilting technique for that. (slippery slope, people…). The blue is barely enough for a skirt but has already been cut for one – I figure this to be my practice piece but if it’s wearable in the end, even better.

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Then I went nuts with Denyse Schmidt fabric from Cia’s Palette. And yesterday bought thread and zippers to match, so I’m all set when I feel confident enough to make actual pieces. We have 2 skirts and a dress in the making here, folks. Hopefully I will gain the courage before summer is over, these aren’t exactly Fall items.

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And now that I have been to a great local quilting store and know there’s another as well, I may not be able to control the printed cotton fabric habit that’s developing. I might just have to take a quilting class.
Help!!!

She knits! She sews! Well, not yet.

Posted by jackie blue on June 9th, 2006

Ok – so despite a crazy busy week, there’s been some knitting going on. Alice still needs the rest of her second sleeve, but the poor dear needed a rest. Cherry just came barging in and she’s taking over.

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I just love working with Shine a lot more than that Cotton Glace which feels like twine. This is soft and luscious, and I’m getting pretty good gauge despite it being a sport weight vs. DK. Cherry is a great pattern for TV watching, almost mindless but just enough to keep it a little interesting.
And look what arrived today!

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Several patterns to get me started on making some cute things. I still haven’t even attempted to thread the sewing machine, mind you. Maybe this weekend I’ll give it all a practice run.

New Toy Two

Posted by jackie blue on June 1st, 2006

I posted some days ago about almost buying a sewing machine. After that post, Valentina calls me and says No! Don’t! I have one I will sell you, cheap. So, it was a good excuse to see her for lunch, and get to Economy Candy for the latest Candy Swap, and I took her machine. It’s a very basic model – no fancy stitches built in like the one I almost bought. No automatic buttonholes. But, it’s a good way to learn and figure out if I really want to do this, and the price was right. Plus it’s as good as new.

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My mother gave me some scrap fabric to practice on so sometime this weekend, I hope to start sewing.
In knitting news, still working on the second sleeve of Alice, but look, oh look what just arrived.

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Think I’ll resist casting on for Cherry? Ha.
There’ll be no knitting tonight, Jenn and I are going to see one of my favorite bands, Rogue Wave, in Brooklyn tonight. Gotta get out of the house once in a while!

Alright, already

Posted by jackie blue on May 18th, 2006

I’m tired of not posting. I can’t blame work, though I am working, it’s not been that hectic lately. I just haven’t been knitting all that much. I knit when friends come over to watch TV (my place has become Lost and Buffy headquarters) but progress is slow. Here’s where Alice is now:

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A back, 2 fronts, one sleeve nearly to the cap shaping. It’s gonna be awhile, I think.
I seem to spend a lot of time on the web, researching stuff. One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is taking up sewing. Not that I really have a desire to sew, I don’t. But I see such pretty fabrics out there, and basic cotton skirts in stores I frequent (J. Crew, Anthropologie) run well over $100 for stuff I can probably make for $20. My mother sewed when I was a kid. A lot. I just never got the gene, I guess. But this might be coming in the mail soon.

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Might. I can’t seem to press the “checkout” button. Do I really need another craft I may not stick to and never finish projects?
I’ve also been looking a lot at reviews for this.

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I have a phone. A good phone. But I miss a lot of calls on it due to low volume ringtone and a vibrate function that is very flawed. I don’t need this. I don’t. It sure is pretty though.
Since this is becoming more of a pictorial than an actual post, this one’s for Claudia.

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Even my dog is bored.