sewing

I broke it.

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 | blah blah blah, Mishaps, Repair Job, UGH! | No Comments
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My trusty knitting/work bag. Sigh…

So…is it admitting some sort of sewing defeat if I take this bag to have the zipper repaired? I kinda feel like it is.

The short story is that this is my favorite bag. I bought it two years ago at Stitches from a lady who stopped making these bags to pursue making dog beds. I was a dummy and I overpacked it and pulled really hard and broke the zipper right off. I should have to repair this just to teach myself a lesson to not carry so much stuff all the time (as if the knots in my shoulders and neck and a scolding from a chiropractor weren’t enough). The problem is that I have been seriously busy….and when I went to JoAnn’s, I found they don’t carry just the pull. I mean, I know I messed up here, but I don’t need to replace the *whole* zipper.

Right now it is just sitting there….all sad and unused. Ugh.

 

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No rest for the crafter…

I know it has been a while since my last post. Boy, have I been crazy busy. Now that I have less time to work on projects, I am trying to jam every available second into getting things done…on top of the general care and feeding of the twins…oh, and 3rd grade math (ugh).

It seems like a lot of the projects I need to get done are not necessarily knitting related. I guess my crafting sort of happens in waves. A wave of knitting…a wave of spinning…and currently, a wave of sewing.

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Lil’ girls favorite skinny jeans.

My kids seem to wreck stuff at record speed. Clothing, shoes, anything really.

My daughter was so upset that she ripped a hole in her favorite pair of skinny jeans. The hole was in a strange place up high on her pant leg and there was no way that little 8 year old was going to be sporting those jeans to school anymore. She was so sad…but it wasn’t anything a little star fabric from my friend David and a little embroidery thread couldn’t fix!

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Fixing Lil’ guys backpack.

Then there is my son…who couldn’t explain to me why, after one month of school, his TMNT backpack had a gaping hole in the bottom. Really? Like, what the hell? I frankenstein’d that bad boy back together.

There is other mending that needs to be done, but I have to do this stuff in baby steps. Hand sewing takes time!

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Measuring hands.

Then there is my actual sewing project…clothing for Gray (yeah, remember him?). After my whole process of agonizing over how not to mess it up, I went forward with my actual plan (which worked of course, I don’t know why I torture myself). Those sleeves were a total pain, but Gray’s hands fit through them, so I am happy about that. I also took a little time to draw up rough pattern, so as to make my life a little easier should I need to do this again.

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Seaming a little shirt. I tried desperately not to sew it to itself.

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Clearly this was unplanned…

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 | blah blah blah, Miscellaneous, shawl, UFO's, UGH!, Video Blog | No Comments

I hadn’t really thought I would do a video blog today…but I was here…and bored.

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I’m most definitely sleep deprived.

You really wouldn’t believe how much I cut out of this video.

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Monday morning craft attack.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013 | blah blah blah, crochet, knitting, sewing, shawl, UFO's, yarn | No Comments

Where do I even begin?

It’s Monday morning, and in an order to pull off that whole faking it thing (see previous post), I need to hit the ground running. Funny enough, the only mojo I seem to have gotten back is in the knitting department. I have crocheting and sewing that needs to be jettisoned though…and soon. I need to try and reclaim my living room.

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The sewing part.

Knitting mojo, it’s a funny thing. I guess it only really took me completing that quick and dirty Jayne hat to help me get it back. I’ve been looking at my pattern collection and stash to see what I can use. I would love to start working on making the stash smaller again. I was also inspired while having coffee with Dana last week. She was knitting this really cool looking shawl called Nightlock. I had always wanted to knit a Danish style shawl. I really like the idea that the ends are long enough to tie behind ones back, saving you from having to have a shawl pin with you. So I grabbed my newly stashed Oink Pigments yarn and purchased the Nightlock pattern.

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Danish Tie Back Shawls.

So I began my shawl…and as of this writing I am about halfway done. I worked on it last night, even though the AC is out at our place and it has been rather warm lately here in sunny SoCal. It was almost too hot to knit…*almost*.

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Named for reasons only known to me.

So, now that the blog is done, it’s time to get my crap together and attack my sewing project head on…with breaks for lunch and crochet. It is going to be a very busy day!

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Recycling the clothing “stash”…

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 | sewing | No Comments

I’ve been meaning to blog all day, but let’s face it…sometimes you just can’t force it. I can’t say I have been much in the talking mood anyway. I’ve been more in the disappearing mood. It gives me a chance to think…and do my own thing quietly (when I’m not cussing at inanimate objects…hang in there, I will elaborate).

Yesterday, I spent the day doing non-knitting things. I know I have mentioned a few times that I have been trying to get healthy and I’ve lost some weight. While this is totally a great thing, being unemployed means I can’t just go out and buy new clothes whenever I would like. As of right this second, I don’t own a single pair of pants that fit. No, I’m not kidding. Not…a…single…pair.

Good thing I like to wear skirts. I also live in Southern California, where it is perpetually summertime.

So, I have been stockpiling old clothes with the intention to turn them into something I can actually use. I’ve just been waiting for them to speak to me and tell me what they want to be.

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Behold! My sundresses.

Yup, this is a collection of my sundresses that are too big. With a little elastic and some thread they turned into…

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New skirts!

Yup. Skirts that actually fit.

While I was at it, I grabbed a t-shirt and did a revamp. I now have a workout tank. Hooray!

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A t-shirt a friend of mine gave me.

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Altered.

You didn’t think I forgot about the cussing part, did you? Well, I’m incredibly clumsy…and in an attempt to grab my phone while I was pressing my fabric, I hit the iron. I stuck the damn thing right to the inside of my wrist. In a split second, I sizzled and then started swearing like a motherf***er. I’m not gonna lie, I lost some skin to that iron. I’ll spare you a photo…it is totally gross.

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Fashion District, here we come!

Thursday, October 13th, 2011 | sewing | No Comments

Well, I have had a lot of things to write about and very little time to do so. A lot of my things are still in boxes, my mother-in-law is still here, and I am expecting my parents to arrive for their visit in 9 days (yes, they are staying with us). It’s all a little overwhelming. I have been a busy girl on the crafting front though, even if it hasn’t looked much like it.


So, I finally got around to taking my sewing machine in to get repaired. I got her back and she is good as new. Thank goodness because I did take a little field trip to the Fashion District with my friend Mallory in search of fabric for a Halloween costume. Now, I am not guaranteeing it will be done *this* Halloween, but it might be for next…or any Renaissance Faire that might happen to pop up before then.





The view for breakfast.

We started the day at a local Starbuck’s and had some breakfast and coffee to get ourselves energized for some serious shopping.





Mallary with some fabric.




Buying ribbon.




Maybe….if I were making a super hero costume.

Essentially, what I have been looking to do is make a dress similar to Sansa Stark’s dress in “Game of Thrones”. I’ve been kind of obsessing about it for ahile, but I have been reluctant to start because I am not sure my skills are up to par. I have sewn skirts, but I haven’t tried a project like this…




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Beautiful!



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This is the one I am fascinated with…

I have been scouring the internet trying to find a pattern for this dress. I love that it has ties in the front. Of course, I haven’t been able to find a pattern for this particular gown, but Mallory just happens to be a costume designer and she has so kindly offered to help me. I’m nervous, but I am going to go for it!





My purchase.

 So I have my fabric…it’s a beautiful icy blue dupioni silk. This guy named Ray gave us a great deal on it (and invited us to the club because he can appreciate nerdy girls).  I think we are going to try and start it this coming weekend. Now I just need to figure out what box this lovely stuff is in. Eek!

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How Stacy got her groove back…

Well, as most of you can see, I have been pretty absent for awhile. My problem has been a big one.

The “powers that be” decided to steal my mojo.

For a girl who does something crafty every day (and I mean that…literally EVERY DAY), dealing with a creative slump is tough. I went though all sorts of phases. There was denial and mourning and letting go. I figure, why force something that isn’t there right? Maybe it was all the stuff I did before my slump that burned me out. All those projects *I didn’t post here*. I couldn’t bring myself to even take pictures of the garments I finished before this loss of creativity. I had no desire to knit.

Before you start thinking, “But Stacy, you have plenty of other hobbies. Why not work on something else?” The answer is: “I just couldn’t”.

All this happened at the height of Tour De Fleece, which turned out to be an epic fail for me. I finished NOTHING. I was so excited about starting, but I fizzled out quick. I had no desire to spin.

No knitting, no spinning. I had done a few sewing projects pre-slump. But even though my sewing machine is still sitting on my dining room table…it looks cold and lifeless.

My husband suggested our trip to Comic Con might help jump start things. It didn’t. A couple trips to the my local LYS had me sitting in a chair watching everyone else knit. How. Freaking. Sad.

So I waited, and waited, and waited some more. For what seemed like an eternity, I did nothing.

But then something happened…

It started with a request to knit for the shop. It’s a pattern I don’t care for particulary, but I decided to take it on anyway. I decided I was gonna force myself to soldier on through whatever this is I am going through. Then I was watching Being Human and decided I was going to try and sew this:

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I started sketching right away. Hey, it wasn’t knitting, but it was *something*.

Then it got even better! I went to Stitch ‘N Pitch 2010 on Friday night. The Dodgers v. The Nationals. There was a big pre-game sale at my LYS (Unwind). I was there two minutes and zero’d in on the Madeline Tosh Merino Light. The Fjord colorway. I snatched up the 4 skeins that were left and carried them around for very little time before I walked up to pay for them. 4 skeins of yarn with no project…but I knew they were destined to be something awesome.

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I got as far as Dodger Stadium before deciding what that yarn was destined to be. I met a lovely lady in line for a Dodger Dog that was wearing the most amazing sweater. I made a point to ask her about the pattern name twice and texted it to myself. Pas De Valse.

So now, I am excited about knitting again. I can’t wait to get started on my sweater. Thank goodness!

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Crafting Hijinks…

Sunday, March 21st, 2010 | crafts, knitting, Random Craftiness, sewing | No Comments

There is no way that there are enough hours in a day for me to get done the things I *want* to get done.

I am knitting…

The Office Blanket of Doom.

The Office Blanket of Doom.

Yes, out of hibernation and appearing on my living room floor is the Office Blankie of Doom! This isn’t the only thing I have on the needles right now. I am also taking part in a knit-a-long at Unwind sponsored by Classic Elite Yarns. I am knitting the strappy tank…I’ll take some pics of it eventually.

I am also sewing.

I started a couple of skirts...

I started a couple of skirts...

There is a lot I need to learn about sewing. I did do a happy dance when I figured out how to pop off my presser foot. The lapped zippers were a little less fun.

I am also learning how to skin a puppet.

I meant sew skin onto a puppet.

I know…it’s all new to me too…

I would take some pictures, but this puppet gig is for a friend at work and I will wait until he has more of his stuff ready…plus I haven’t asked if he’s down with it yet. I will though. In the meantime, you can check his stuff out here:

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Oh lookie….he has pics up!

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Mall crazies and other things…

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 | blah blah blah, crafts, knitting | No Comments

Ok, like life wasn’t crazy enough. Mix the twins with grandma and grandpa for the week and you get chaos. Some of the chaos is good though.

Friday night I went to the shop for the usual stitch ‘n’ bitch. My friend talked me into it….hell, it is better than sitting in the cell phone lot at LAX for three hours watching the planes come in. Either way I would be getting some knitting done. So Friday night I finished off my cowl. It turned out pretty good. I also started my crazy legwarmers. I was planning on leaving at 9 p.m. to go pick up the folks but nothing ever goes as planned. 8:50 p.m. I get a call from mom, they have landed, a good 40 minutes early!

Me, before the faster than light drive the 405

Me, before the faster than light drive down the 405

The cowl is cute though, right? The yarn was fabulous and I really do think I am going to buy some to make the February Lady Sweater. It would be so cute in brown, and fluffy soft!

So, I had taken a couple of days off work. It didn’t feel much like a long weekend though. It’s been a whirlwind of visiting places and shopping, as well as trying to take care of the every day stuff. I had all these things I wanted to get done, but I haven’t even started yet. I am planning on getting the sewing machine out tomorrow night come hell or high water. I have a stack of things that need to be mended. I am also still knitting those monkey socks. I turned the heel today, hooray!

Today was the last day of my long weekend. My mom decided she was going to try and stimulate the economy on her own and we went to the mall. I never thought I would say this, but clothes shopping can be fun! While we were at the mall not only did some jewelry store owner get in my dad’s face while he was sitting on a bench waiting for mom and I (long story) but my parents also might have made it onto Telemundo. All that excitement ended in a nice dinner out where my Dad, reaching under the table to grab my son’s foot, inadvertently grabbed my husbands knee. My family will have plenty of comedic material from this day.

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