Episode 39 – Safaris and Sewing

Clicking Away:

Great Outdoors KAL Update:

  • Knit anything while enjoying the great outdoors, that you will use in the great outdoors, or that reminds you of the great outdoors. For a full list of rules and photos of the prizes, visit the Ravelry board or this post.
  • Prizes include:
  • More prizes coming soon!

Events:

Photography:

  • Thank you to Holity (Terri) for starting the “Photography Fun” thread in the Ravelry board
  • I will be offering “FO” photography at both of the events I’m attending, wear your favorite FO and let me take your photo!
  • When posing yourself:
    • Put your weight on your back leg
    • Create negative space between your arms and your waist
    • Lean slightly forward
    • Chin down and out
    • Find something to do with your hands
    • Glasses – tip them down to avoid reflections from flash

Sewing:

  • I bought the book Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time **Affiliate link** by Tanya Whelan and tried it
  • I tried to sew a dress based on a McCall’s pattern and failed miserably
  • I also sewed myself a maxi skirt

Episode 37 – All the Knitalongs

Woohoo! I finally put up shownotes! The episode has been up for awhile, but I hope you enjoy it just the same 🙂

Fiber:

  • I finished another pair of ZigZagular socks (pattern by Susie White) out of yarn from One Twisted Tree, BFL base in the “Geographical Oddity” colorway. I used the Band Heel by Lara Neel from the Socks My Way Craftsy class.
  • I started a pair of socks out of Manos Del Uruguay Alegria in the “Fondo del Mar” colorway, I’m using the Whiz Bang pattern by Sarah Shoo. I’m knitting these for Camp Loopy toe-up to use at least 400 yards.
  • I have been spinning some Into the Whirled Shetland in the “Starrennacht” colorway. This was my first fractal spin and I absolutely adore it.

Review:

  • For this episode I am reviewing the Craftsy Class Socks My Way – Variations on Heels and Toes by Lara Neel

Contest:

  • We are still running the Great Outdoors KAL. To enter, knit something while in the great outdoors or something that reminds you of the Great Outdoors and use the hashtag on Instagram #GreatOutdoorsKAL. You can also post to the Ravelry thread to enter.
  • You can visit the blog post to see all of the prizes offered for this awesome knitalong!

Events:

  • Stitches Midwest is coming up August 6-9 in Schaumburg, IL. I will be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so come say hi!
  • I will also be at the Salida Fiber Festival with Joanna from Slate Falls Press and Anne from Wooly Wonka Fibers

Photography:

  • I wanted to talk about yarn photography. I have researched a lot of photography recently to be able to create resources for yarn dyers and companies.
  • Yarn Photographers: 
    • Franklin Habit – teaches the Photographing Your Fiber
    • Shoot It class on Craftsy
    • Brooklyn Tweed
    • Quince and Co.
    • KnitPicks
    • One Twisted Tree
    • The Nightly Knitter – uses the app called Afterlight

A Dress for Me… or Not?

I love wearing dresses. I love looking at dresses. I love styling dresses. It would only make sense that I would love to sew dresses, right? 

That’s what I thought when I started this project. I picked up the pattern McCall’s M6891 on sale at Joann with some beautiful gray fabric with cherries. I looked EVERYWHERE on the pattern package for sizing information and couldn’t find it, so I assumed I was a size 8 like I was in a previous Vogue pattern. 

First mistake.

I brought everything home and prepped it (did you know you can iron patterns? It makes them oh so much easier to use!) and got started. I cut everything out for the size 8 AND THEN I found the information on sizing.

Shoot.

Apparently a size 8 requires a 24 inch waist, which I don’t think I have had since my high school swimming days when a friend yelled “Hey! You have a six pack!” at me. Needless to say, 13 years and 4 kids later, my six pack and 24 inch waist are well… not 24 inches any more.

At this point I started weighing my options. I hated to waste the fabric, and I still wanted to learn how to sew this dress. I reached out to a couple of friends and asked if one of their daughters would like it. Now that I knew someone out there would use it, I decided to move forward.

Everything was going great. Nice, long seams make sewing seem so much more efficient than knitting sometimes. Until I ran into the collar.

Let me preface by saying I have read several blogs about the collar, and it left even experienced seamstresses confused. I decided to push forward. 

Then it was terrible. I tried to rip out my stitches, and THIS happened. A great big ugly hole, right in the middle of the collar where my seam ripper got away from me.

At this point I took a breath and decided to finish the collar as best as I could. That hole, though, is glaring at me, reminding me of my apparent incompetence at sewing. I sent this photo to my mom, and I’m going to take her advice: put it in time out and bring it to her house to fix it.

Moms are the best. We’ll see how this saga ends soon.

Garden Update

Colorado has been extremely rainy this year. We were one day short of breaking a record of not going over 90 degrees for the entire month of June. I have to admit, though, I have really enjoyed the rain, the cooler temperatures, and even the occasional lightning storms. Maybe my heart belongs in Portland? 

As an added bonus to all of this rain, my garden has been flourishing. The peas have taken over, to the point where I have to keep them from strangling the tomatoes. The zucchini plants have exploded, and little zucchinis are starting to emerge. I expect to start harvesting next week.

Do you gave any suggestions on why there is brown on my zucchini plants? 

Do you gave any suggestions on why there is brown on my zucchini plants? 

The tomatoes have been interesting. I think I have an infestation of Mexican Flea Beetles, so while there are tiny tomatoes evergreen on my plants, they seem to be stagnant. A lovely row of sunflowers is almost up to my hip in the back, I’m hoping these will attract the bad bugs and bees. I also picked all of the carrots I had planted in the first round.

The other plants are growing steadily, pole beans and bean bushes and peppers, and the spinach has gone to seed so I need to pull it asap. In the meantime, I am so pleased with our first big harvest. These carrots are called “short and sweet” with a short growth time period. I planted a second round and should be able to harvest them in August.  

I never thought I would be able to actually have a successful garden, but I guess the rain this year has washed some of the black off of my thumb and revealed a bit if green. Who knew?  

Do you have a garden this year? Tell me all about it, and feel free to link to your site or blog!