Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Dress - Bodice Part II

Redid the bodice going up one size and repeating row 1 until the piece measured 4". Then proceeded with pattern until underarm shaping.  I tried it on with the bra I'll be wearing (no pics) and am pleased with the fit overall. I'm always amazed at the difference proper fitting undergarments make.  I no longer look like a stuffed sausage!  I'm going to proceed with the rest of the bodice pattern.  I may have to rip back 5 rows of this first piece and work even.  I have narrow shoulders and have to move the straps to compensate.  It's interesting to see the same fitting problems I have in sewn patterns presenting themselves here.  I will admit it's easier to correct them in crochet than sewing!



Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Dress - Part I

I knew going in that I would have to redo the bodice at least once, maybe more.  The sizing goes up to a 42 but there are no provisions for anything larger than a "B cup.  This is a problem my 30 year old self could never have imagined.  Here's me wearing the first draft.
As you can see the bodice stops mid-bust whereas the pattern has more of an empire line.  The straps are also too far apart.  I didn't complete the lace detail above the bust in this one, but I will in the final.  

To add length I'll work row 1 for 3 1/2" before I move onto row 2.  Ideally it should be short rows, but I'm not going to take the time to figure it out now.  I'll widen the shaping for the armhole to shorten the width between the straps.

Except for the width between the straps, the back looks good.  I'll be wearing a strapless bra and Spanx so the straps won't show and neither will the bulges.  

I did swatch and got stitch gauge using an "E" hook.  The row gauge was slightly off but nothing to account for the shortage of length.

It took me about a week to get this far.  So I'm estimating another week to make the changes.  Most people that have made this dress have had to redo the bodice more than once.  Some 3 or 4 times so I'm in good company.  The good news is that the body of the dress itself goes lickety split!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Finished Objects and a New WIP

It's been a minute but I've been busy with needles, hooks and life in general.  I hurt my back doing nothing and my sister fell down her steps and injured her knee.  That has been saga but she seems to be on the mend.

Both hats have been frogged.  I had to be honest with myself.  As long as my hair is natural I'm not going to wear hats.   I could have put them in the charity box but didn't think of it until after I'd frogged them.  The shawl made from the Homespun has been finished and donated to a friend's Prayer Shawl Ministry.  I've made good progress on the Forest Canopy shawl and frogged my mother's shawl. For some reason I just couldn't get into the rhythm of the pattern.  I think I'll try a feather and fan variation for that one.

I have started a big project.  It will be my birthday dress.  I don't know where I'm going or what I'm doing.  I may just put it on and wear it around the house, but I'm making to celebrate.  It's the Lily Chin Lace dress and I've wanted to make it since the first time I saw it.  I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fine.  I ordered it from the Sheep Shed Studio with excellent results.  I ordered it late Thursday, April 3 and it was on my doorstep Monday, April 7.  It's the first time I've used them, but it won't be the last. I ordered cones instead of skeins so I won't have as many ends to weave it.  I'm also loving this yarn.  It's the perfect weight for crocheted garments and is a joy to work with.



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Knitting WIPs Inventory

In January I decided that once I finished Leaflines I would clean the sewing room.  This room often serves as a drop off point for things that have no place to go and I am terrible about cleaning up after myself.  I'll spare you a pic, trust me it was bad. While completing the archaeological dig I unearthed a few more WIPs (works in progress for my non-knitting friends).  I really think this is all of them unless there are a couple in the cedar chest.  This is only my knitting.  I don't have the heart to do the ones from quilting or even my aunt's.

This is the Easiest Shawl Ever pattern. Cast on three stitches.  Knit 1, yo, knit til 1 stitch remains, yo, knit 1.  Repeat endlessly.  I'm using Lion Brand Homespun, it's destined for charity.  

This  is the Maze and Chevron hat.  I started this a couple of years ago and while I still love it, I'll probably frog it.  I now wear my hair natural (in fact all the women on my side of the family do), so it's not going to fit. I'm using Encore by Plymouth in two different color ways.

This is a mystery shawl.  I downloaded all the clues and would love to finish this one.  I'm gifting it to DD #1.  The yarn is from a thrift shop sweater I unraveled and dyed using Easter Egg dye. Fiber content is a silk wool blend and in heavenly to work with.

Forest Canopy shawl.  It's for DD#2.  Her birthday is in October. My daughters' birthdays are six weeks apart to the day, however they were born 7 years apart.  I bought this yarn at MDSW and bought it solely because the designer and my oldest daughter have the same first name.  I would gift this to her, but the color choices are more DD#2s.

Fake-a-Gamo.  This is oldest and closest to being finished.  I couldn't figure out what to do about handles.  I think I've figured it out.  It also needs to be lined, hence the dig. The yarn is Pima Cotton by Cascade. 

I almost didn't include this one as I just started this one.  It's made from my handspun and will be for my mother.  The pattern is the BLT shawl.   
I'd completely forgotten this one.  It was going to be a hat. It's going to be frogged.  Too much hair. It's the same yarn as the purse, but I hadn't planned on wearing them together.

Finishing them will also return needles to their spots. The Mystery shawl is on a pair of Karbonz I'd forgotten.  I love these needles and am tempted to buy a set of their interchangeables.  

I know lots of people have loads more than these.  Keep in mind these are knitting WIPS only.  There are some from quilting and counted cross stitch as well as those I inherited from my aunt.  I've got a big birthday coming up this year and it's really beginning to hit home I've more years behind me than I do in front.  If I don't clean up some of this mess my daughters are going to curse me from my grave! 

That's it from this side of the screen. 



Wednesday, February 26, 2014


This is it for the month.  I've worked on this for just over a month.  It's not difficult it just requires the utmost concentration.  I usually stitch listening/watching TV.  The trick to this pattern is pay attention and if you think you've made a mistake stop and correct it then. Don't do as I did and try to correct it on the fly.  Some mistakes can be corrected, but stitch counts aren't one of them.  It's a well written pattern, the increases and decreases are ingenious.  The designer is an engineer and it shows in this pattern. I not sure I'm pleased with the beads, they don't appear to be sparkly enough, but I'm not redoing them. Details are on my Ravelry page.  The pic makes it appear more pink.  In reality in a deep burgundy.  This is sample for the shop, so I don't get to wear it for a while.  I may gift it, we'll see.


That's it from this side of the screen!



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