Sewing Saturday – Cake’s Red Velvet Dress

My current sewing crush is on Cake Sewing Patterns.  The Espresso Leggings fit so well I had to try the Red Velvet Dress.  I made a brown one with a scissor pleat that needs to be ironed too badly to photograph right now, but it served as a wearable muslin for my feathered Red Velvet.  The feather knit came from Girl Charlee fabrics and has all my favorite colors! I learned on the brown dress that the scissor pleat is not very flattering on my figure, so I am going with the boxy pleat for this version. Hopefully I will have pictures by Friday, as this dress comes together pretty quickly. Happy sewing!

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Felf Friday

The first great thing about Cat Bordhi’s The Art of Felfs is that all proceeds go to promising breast cancer research. The second great thing about Felfs is that since they are garter stitch on big needles and you felt them anyway, you can knit them with your eyes closed if your eyes are too irritated to look at knitting. The third great thing is that they are very squishy and comfortable. I knit my pair of ballet felfs out of Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool that I bought for a Dude sweater for my husband. As they are my first foray into felting, I am pretty pleased with them. My son wants the cowboy boot felfs, but he wants some Lego mittens first. My eyes better stay strong, I have a lot of knitting to do. Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.

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Thankful Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving

This year I have much to be thankful for; my health and family, friends, a home, food to eat, clothes to wear, a job I love, hobbies I enjoy, and hope for the future.

Below is the second pencil skirt that I have made from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. The fabric is a nubbly wool blend from a big box fabric store.

I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate American Thanksgiving) and a very happy day if you are elsewhere in the world!

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Feeling better, and a cowl.

008After a slow couple of weeks dealing with severe allergies which made computer work, knitting, and reading very uncomfortable, I am feeling better.  I am very thankful for my vision and health, and will never take either for granted.  The cowl was finished before my eye troubles began and I have already worn it once.  Hopefully I can get caught up on all my blog reading this week, as I have the week off.

Thankful Thursday – Medical Care

My sinuses have been going crazy, which makes my eyes too irritated to read, knit, sew, or do anything else fun. So, today I am thankful for my access to quality medical care and affordable medicines. Many people don’t have these basic necessities, and it makes me grateful that I am able to see a doctor when needed. 

Thankful Thursday – Progress

Today I am thankful both for the progress my students are making in learning to be better readers and writers, and for the strides that I am making to be a better teacher and human being. If we all continue to make tiny steps forward, then we will read the finish line together.

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Work in Progress Wednesday – Everything

I want to knit everything, RIGHT NOW. It must be the chill in the air, or that fact that school is so busy I have very little knitting time, but all I want to do is knit and purl. These are the three main projects that I am working on this week: Jayashri pullover KAL with All Night Knits, plain vanilla boy socks from Knitting Rose Budding sock yarn with bison, and my Gossypium cowl with Lorna’s Laces Sheperd worsted.  I also have a couple of sewing things on the go, but don’t tell my knitting.

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I haven’t started knitting felfs yet, but here is some of an email from Cat Bordhi about the felf project: ”

As of this morning (November 6, 2014) we've donated $14,000 to David's lab. My goal is millions, because he will need that much to move ahead without pause. He's ready for clinical trials which will prove the efficacy of the method and make it ultimately available to all. Once funding catches up, he can begin. If you will share your feelings about this with other knitters, and send them to Felfs.com, it will help - let's keep this ball rolling! The book also makes a great gift for any knitter on your list."

An end to chemo?

As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, my ears perk up whenever I hear about promising cancer research. This happened to me on Saturday as I was listening to the latest episode of the TwinSet podcast. Famous knitwear designer, Cat Bordhi, has created an ebook of Felfs. These are ‘felted elfin footwear’.  They are cuter than they sound. Look at the pattern, and then BUY THE BOOK! All proceeds from the sale of this ebook go to support the study of a possible new cancer treatment that could eliminate or reduce the need for chemotherapy.  Seriously, why are you still here? Go BUY THIS BOOK!

I Accidentally Bought Some Yarn

So, after our local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday morning, we visited a bookstore and our LYS. I purposely bought some books for my classroom and my son, after all, why else would I go to a bookstore?  At our local yarn shop I was looking for gift yarn for a student who knits with me every Thursday after school. I found some lovely Malabrigo Merino Worsted in her colors and some Knit Picks needle tips.  And then some Lorna’s Laces Sheperd Worsted jumped off of the rack and into my arms.

024 The coloway is Mt. Creek; peacock blue, emerald green, magenta, and plum. These are my colors, people. Do I need yarn?  Are you kidding? I have yarn until 2015, but I bought the skein anyway and immediately cast on Gossypium. This cowl was written for cotton yarn, but it is working up nicely with the wool. I have never knit with Lorna’s Laces before, but I certainly would again.  Even though it is pricey ($22 for a worsted skein) this is high quality yarn and worth it. I cannot afford a sweater out of Lorna’s Laces, but a nice, luxury accessory is not out of the question.