It’s been a while since I last updated. That’s partially because I haven’t had as much time lately to do crafty things: work has been demanding and I haven’t really started anything new. I’ve just been working on all the things that I’ve already mentioned in past entries. I’m almost done with my Cobweb scarf – thanks in part to my husband frequently bugging me to finish it! It’s going to be a gift for one of his work acquaintances who helped him move an important project along.
I’m also chugging along on my mom’s cashmere scarf. I’ve only got two skeins left to knit through, but I can safely say I am sick of this project! Will it ever end?? And I’m also bummed to realize that the change of dye lots between the skeins is pretty obvious now that I’ve knit it up. I couldn’t really tell the difference when they were all wound up. (It’s all hand-painted yarn from a smaller company, so there are no dye lot numbers printed on the tags). I just didn’t realize each skein was so different. Oh well… I guess that’s one of the charms of hand-painted yarn.
I’ve also been teaching myself a new craft – sewing! I figured, I already know how to knit and crochet. Why not add sewing to the mix? At this rate I’ll end up a jack of all trades, master of none! I got a sewing machine and realized it’s not as easy to operate as I expected. I’ve been practicing by sewing little clothes for my Blythe dolls. (Um… yes that’s plural. I’ve added two more dolls to my collection since my last post!)
I’ve been following patterns to make little dresses but most of my attempts have been failures. None of the following dresses fit my dolls properly!
But I kept at it and finally I have made a dress that actually fits! Here it is:
It’s still not perfect…. the top stitching on the pockets is kind of sloppy. And I’m too lazy to change the thread in the machine to match embellishments better! I know, I have to get over that.
I also made a pair of pants that turned out pretty well on my first attempt:
Pants are easy compared to dresses. I think I’ll be making a bunch more (and yes, I’ll even change the thread to match the pockets!)
I’ve also been knitting for Blythe. I’m working on a little sweater that I can already tell is going to be tooo big, but maybe I can felt it later on.
I also decided to learn to knit proper cables by making this dress:
It’s not the most glamorous thing and it looks a little shapeless, but it’s fun knitting little clothes. I have such a short attention span for most projects that little things like this are almost-instant gratification!
In other news, my Secret Pal Mellow/Rutabaga swap from the Knitty board has come to an end! I finally figured out who my spoiler was- Licraftgal – a fellow New Yorker, in fact! It actually worked out pretty funny because I was spoiling Knitmommy, she was spoiling Licraftgal, and Licraftgal was spoiling me! And boy, did she ever spoil me!
Licraftgal really outdid herself this time! Check all this out!
She sent me another cool fairy card with a personal note, a sketchbook, a sheepy notepad, and a super cute Hello Kitty tote bag! ^_^ But that’s not all!
GUMMIES!! They’re almost gone at the time of this writing, haha.
And look at all these accessories! A Wonder-Knitter, mini scissors, a sewing kit (she must be psychic!), size 5 bamboo knitting needles, and the latest book by the Yarn Harlot!
And it’s SIGNED!
And then to top it all off, I got this luscious skein of yarn by Mystical Creations. The pictures really do it no justice – the colors are amazing, the varying shades of blue and deep violet – it’s like the sky just after sunset. And it’s so soft. I can hardly wait to make socks out of this!
So, again Licraftgal, if you are reading this, thank you so so soooo much! Your generosity astounds me. This has been my first Secret Pal swap and it was a blast! Thanks to you I now have a ton of knitting accessories and yummy yarn to play with!