The Helen Neckwarmer is a crochet pattern by Michelle Mooney. My niece has claimed this neckwarmer and she is very excited about the fish buttons. The yarn, String Theory Bulky Merino in Poseidon, matches the Daybreak Shawl that I knit for my sister a couple of years ago. So, they can be mommy and me matchy-matchy. I will try to get a picture of that cuteness when the neckwarmer is finished. Happy crocheting!
Saturday was a first for me, a pattern making ‘class’. I put the class in quotation marks because it was a thinly veiled sales pitch for Tru Fit Patterns. While I did learn some valuable information and was given a pants fitting DVD (how timely!), I did not feel the need to purchase any of the Tru Fit materials. Participants were provided with 6 miniature patterns and a measuring tool that will allow the drafting of pattern pieces based on bust and hip measurements. I will probably use one or two of them, but they are very basic and the blouse pattern has no shaping. I do think that using these will give me a starting point in playing around with pattern making in the future, but I am not quite there yet. Presently I am very happy to use the lovely patterns that I already own while learning to make pattern adjustments. All in all, I don’t feel the time was wasted. Especially since I sat quietly knitting a sock in the back row. Happy sewing!
This week has been full of work and class responsibilities, but I did manage to finish these socks with the leftover yarn from my Jayashri Pullover (KAL All Night). The yarn is Cascade Venezia Sport and it feels so good on my feet. The pattern is Kalajoki by Tiina Seppala, which is a free pattern on Ravelry. The socks feature a French heel and an anatomical toe, which is my new favorite toe. Happy knitting, friends.
The Thurlow shorts are complete, but still considered a work in progress due to crotch fitting issues. According to the helpful information on A Fashionable Stitch I need a longer crotch seam. These adjustments will be made to my pattern before I cut into my first ‘big girl’ fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Last week was a resting week after tweaking my knee waiting for the copy machine at work. I iced, taped, and rested my knee until Saturday, when I tried 2 easy miles, which felt fine. I also got some new shoes, which should help. Now, don’t think I sat idly on the couch knitting all week. No, I was hitting the core work and upper body strength training hard. I hope to continue this as my running picks back up this week. Monday I tried another easy 2 miles and today I made 4, progress. Happy week in motion!
There has not been much excitement this week on the knitting front. I have just been working on socks and keeping up with daily life. The afterthought heel on these socks is the best fitting heel type that I have tried so far. The yarn is Malabrigo sock leftover from Grammie’s Shawl. It feels so good on my feet, but it is so soft that I expect to put holes in it the second I put it into a shoe. I kept the small ball of yarn that was left for future repairs. The first afterthought heel was a HUGE pain to do, as I knit the waste yarn row with yarn that did not have enough contrast to my sock yarn. I learned my lesson and knit the waste row for the heel of the second sock with bright red skinny cotton embroidery thread, and it was MUCH easier to pick out. There will be more afterthought heels in my future! Happy knitting.
Progress continues on the Sewaholic Thurlow shorts. These are a wearable muslin for my much needed work pants. It is too early to tell about fit yet, but I did sew my first welt pocket. I pretty much butchered the first one, but after looking at this tutorial from Oliver + S, I did a much better job on the next one. By the time I get to my real pants, I will be pretty confident.
After tweaking my knee on Friday, I have been icing, taping, resting, etc. and it seems to be working. When I checked my records, I found that my running shoes were 9 months old. DUH! I knew I needed new ones, but I didn’t run crazy high mileage last year, so I thought I could wait. Until I get my shoe sponsorship deal, I need to buy new running shoes at least once per season.
The plan for this week is to go by feel; ice, tape, physical therapy exercises, core strength, walking, and maybe easy running later on in the week. I would rather take an easy week now than be sidetracked for 3 or 4 weeks in the Spring. Happy week in motion.
One of life’s great mysteries is how my little, rural community can have the BEST public library with the BEST librarians. But, as with most of life’s other great mysteries, I try not to think about it too much.
However, when I see a book like William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher on the New Books shelf, I have to wonder if there is Divine intervention involved. As a fan of both Star Wars and Shakespeare, I might have squealed a little. (On a side note, parental enthusiasm, once so cherished by a toddler, becomes embarrassing to a 9 year old.)
My first thought was that some clever writer had combined the two cultural phenomena out of love for both. How cute and funny. But, upon reading the Afterword, I learned that there is a very real literary connection between Star Wars and the play of William Shakespeare. Since my reading class had just found similar themes in Aesop’s Fables and Native American folktales, with rich discussion about how this could be possible, I was thrilled to read about the connection. I won’t tell you what it is, get the book and read it yourself, please. This book makes me want to teach literature to older students so that we can really get into Shakespeare. I will have to settle to teaching my own personal student here at home. He already likes Star Wars, and we are working on the rest. Happy reading!
It turns out that after a few years of weekly wear thrift store pants begin to get a little threadbare. So one of my current sewing missions is to make myself some new pants. I happen to need work pants, weekend adventure pants, and around the house pants. Since I go to work 5 days a week, I am starting with work pants, specifically the Thurlow Trousers from Sewaholic. I am using some black and teal quilting cotton to make a wearable muslin of the shorts version. There are about a million pieces in a pair of shorts with pockets and a zipper, so today I have just been cutting.
My plan is to make a brown pair and a black pair for work, and then to move on to the Named Sara Leggings that I have already tested on scrap fabric. These will be my weekend pants, for when I want to look cool. I will keep you posted of my pants project progress. Happy sewing!