Saturday, May 26, 2012

I Finished It !

On Thursday, I got all of my courage together and sewed the zipper into my sweater. When I put it on, I was thrilled with the fit, thrilled with the sweater, and thrilled that it was finished. I started this sweater almost two years ago and frogged many errors along the way. The yarn is Tahki Donegal Tweed homepun and the pattern came from the book, Continuous Cables by Melissa Leapman. I think that this sweater was the most difficult thing that I've ever knitted. After I come home from California, I think that I'll order yarn to make myself a lace knit shawlette.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Empty Spools, Here I Come

On Sunday I will be leaving for Empty Spools in California. Last year I took a wonderful class called Fabric Collage with Rosemary Eichorn. My goal was to make a vest from the collage and yesterday I finished the vest. It is definitely something that is out of my comfort zone. I'm someone who is very concerned with finishing techniques and have never done anything with raw edges and free motion quilting. Throughout this journey I learned many new techniques that I hope to incorporate into future projects. Another plus of this class was that I learned to not be so up tight about finishes and enjoy the work I'm doing rather than being nervous about the outcome. I will proudly wear my vest for Show and Tell at Empty Spools.
The class that I'm taking this time is hand applique and embroidery. Even though I do lots of both techniques, I want to learn how to use a map in order to place my applique pieces in the correct places and in the right order.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pink corduroy jumpers

Today I finished the pink corduroy jumpers for Adina and Eva. It is the fourth time I've used this smocking plate but some how it didn't get any easier to complete. I do like the finished result and hope that the girls like them too. The jumpers are size 3 and size 2. The girls are two and almost four. The back of each jumper is closed with three pink pearl buttons and has a tie belt.