13th CK: Painting a Yarn Bowl, Girls night out.

Painting the Yarn Bowl

What a great time I had with all had girls

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Getting Ready to knit

A couple of months ago on FB I ran across an ad for painting a yarn bowl at Crock a Doodle a paint and pottery studio. Well, I immediately posted how much I wanted to do this & much to my surprise so did a few others. So a group of us got together last week and had a great time painting  yarn bowls and Christmas ornaments, then we went out for dinner.

Crock A Doodle (Paint & Pottery) Studio

https://crockadoodle.com/

Question: Painting, pottery & yarn does it go? YESSSSSS!

God Bless & Paint Potter On

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Remember to take time out for yourself. I forget to do this until a friend reminds me! Maybe that’s why enjoy these times with my friends so much. Take care everyone.

Thanks

Jennifer

67. The Two-day Satchel

Satchel

Here are all my trappings for my satchel.

bag 1

I have approximately 2 days to whip this satchel up so last night I fixed my plans in mind and it’ll take 15 min to draw up pattern and cutting up the fabric. Ok, 15 min. to make quick pattern then at least 1/2 hr to cut up fabric.

Prototype #1

This satchel took just!! 2 long days sewing, approx 25-30 hours and I had so much more I’d like to have done.

I’ll be designing a pattern for this one and I already have a smaller one in the works.

What I love:

Fabric

Size of satchel

Ribbon placement around zipper

Straps & buckles

How I sewed the top bit with zipper.

What needs work:

Different colour of raspberry red front flap buckles fastenings, or a the same colour for shoulder strap for consistency.

How I’ll work all buckles and strap.

Longer front flap about 4 inches longer.

The D rings need to be the correct size to fit the straps and I also need to add a tension-lock.

Well I spent three weeks on a road trip trying out my first proto type satchel and so far I’m please with most of it. Next week I’ll draw up a second proto type with all my corrections.

Question:

Do you have to make your ideal bag because you just can’t find one you like?

God Bless & Keep Sewing

Thank you,

Jennifer

7. CK: Crochet Boho inspired Flip-flops

7. CK: Crochet Boho inspired Flip-flops

The best summer project 2018

 

This has been the best and not so easiest project we’ve taken on this summer for Café Knitting.

First the instructions were almost impossible to follow. Then the stitch count was always changing and we were for ever unraveling our work. I revised the pattern for easier reading and made several mistakes myself. I think we may have this pattern down pat by the time we finished our second set, and we just bought a third pair of flip-flops this week. By the time summer is finished we will be experts, hear me laugh hysterically! You’d think such a little pattern would be easy to follow, with only 7 rows. The rows that gave us the most problems were (3-4), rows (1, 2, 5, 6 & 7) didn’t give us problems.

Problems aside, these cosy boho inspired flip-flops were fun to whip up, I even added a charm on my second set.

First Set

Just before summer we finished the first set of flip-flops and you’ll see one has a bigger hole in the front than the other, I just call this air ventilation. I don’t care they are not perfect, they’re still cozy and good enough for me.

Second Set

 

 

You can see we did a great job with our crocheting for the second set, and these ones fit me much better. The charm was easy to put on as I crochet, on the fourth row.

Now that we have our third set of flip-flops, I don’t know what colour of yarn I’ll use or what colour the next set of flip-flops look like because my friend picked them up, only that they are size (6). A note on how much yarn you need and one ball does a set of flip-flops. It took us about 5-6 two hour sessions to finish a set of flip-flops.

Yarn: T-shirt yarn, by Bernat maker fashion, 72% cotton, 28% nylon, 115 m, Bulky (5) weight, colours are red & blue.

Hook: 5mm

Flip-flops: your size

Found on Ravelry or Pinterest: Short Crochet Gladiator flippies

Question: Has anyone crocheted these flip-flops and how did it go?

God Bless & Crochet On

Thank you

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

64. A little progress report on the wrap dress.

64. A little progress report on the wrap dress.

 

Sewing up the sides

I’m almost finished, I suspect this week will be the last and on the weekend I’ll just be touching things up. I know this is an odd angle but I’m still basting the right-side seam.

wrap dress 1

The size I went with was (10) not just because I’m a size (10) but for this pattern it was just a tad too small which I thought would be good since it was a stretch fabric.

I’ve basted by hand the outside of the dress before I make the final stitching of the side seams. This is because I have to fit the wrap dress to my figure first and make any adjustments.

I’m very please with the gathers at the left side-seam, I may have to adjust the gathers if I have to take the dress in more than I expect, we’ll see. Next after the side-seam will be the short sleeves and hemming.

Well this post was short and sweet, I’ll be getting back to sewing now.

Question: I don’t have a lot of experience with stretch fabric, so any last-minute advice would be appreciated.

God Bless & Sew On

Thank you,

Jennifer

60. 4 Summer Dresses to be Sewn.

60. 4 Summer Dresses to be Sewn.

My Summer Dress Sewing Goal 

The Four Dresses are:

Dresses from left to right.

  • Burda 7828
  • McCall’s M6752
  • Butterick B6054
  • McCall’s M7186: This dress has to be finished.

I picked these patterns and the fabric last summer and I’ve been too busy to finish or even start new ones but this summer I’ll dedicate the time to sew in the early mornings with coffee in hand and Janome revved up.

In preparation for sewing this summer.

  • All patterns minus (McCall’s M7186) must be brought out of their envelopes to asses the size I want through flat pattern measuring.
  • Clean and reorganize the sewing room.
  • Clean my Janome.
  • Get thread and needles.
  • Practice sewing with the fabric and find out what needles are the best.

I will be posting my progress as I go.

Question: Do you have your summer projects lined up yet?

God Bless & Sewing On

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th CK: Weekend Knitting.

Two Blocks Finished

block 1 and 2

What I learn upon finishing the second block. First my top right squirrels tail is a bit off, a huge chunk is missing, and I found that I had gained three extra stitches along the way and this explains my continuous problems with following the pattern. I decided to leave my mistakes because they’ll add to the charm of the afghan.

3rd Block in the Making

I started knitting the 3rd Block over the weekend and this is by far the easiest one I’ve knitted so far. The pocket has an invisible provisional cast-on, so I can knit the pocket onto the background of the block instead of sewing it on later. I had to unravel my stitches that I’d knitted for the pocket that were to be attached to the background because it became apparent I wouldn’t have enough stitches on the back ground left to knit on the other side of the pocket. Success this time around. A note on colour: the original pattern called for just grey mist heather but I decided to change things up a bit. I chose the grey mist heather for the background, teal for the pocket and fern for the I-cord leaf.

block 3

First try

pocket 1

Second try: success!

pocket 2

This is what the pocket looks like after I attached it successfully.

I have to continue for 31 more rows in stockinette stitch and I’ll have to continue the seed stitch with the pocket as well. Lastly I’ll knit the I-cord leaf that will be attached at the end. By the weekend it should be done.

Filigreen Shawl

I started this lace shawl a couple of weeks ago and ran into a snag, luckily I was able to contact the designer via Ravelry and she responded very quickly (with a solution) so quickly that I was taken by surprise. This shawl is knitted from the bottom up and I have never attempted so much lace before. She has asked for me to let her know how the shawl goes and so I shall.

filigreen shawl

Designer (Andrea Jurgrau) is found on Ravelry a knitting & crocheting website or in Knitscene 2012 the Summer edition, the yarn I am knitting with is from New Brunswick (Lichen & Lace) Sunburnt Lobster 80/20 sock, 334 m/365.3 yds.

First problem: The pattern calls for 384 m/420 yards but I don’t care I’ll just have to pick up another complimentary yarn to finish if I don’t have enough or I could just order more, we’ll see.

The link for the yarn:

https://www.ravelry.com/stash/search#colorway-link=lobstersunburnt&photo=yes&yarn-link=lichen-and-lace-80-20-sock

Link for the shawl:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/filigreen-shawl

You’ll have to wait to see what the shawl looks like, I’ll post my progress.

Yarn 3

Remember take time to knit, sew and Love your family.

Question: What have you been knitting lately?

God Bless & Knit On

Jennifer

 

57. Sizing Gone Crazy: My Frustration

57. Sizing Gone Crazy: My Frustration

Embracing your Shape

body-shapes

Learning to embrace your emerging shape as you develop as a teen to a mature woman. In media we are not always encourages or even shown how beautiful the different body shapes are. We’ve only been shown one body shape for a long time and have been told that this body is the most beautiful and none other. Never taking into consideration that there are many beautiful women shaped differently in this world. Recently another body shape has emerged with much resistance  but perseverance has paid off and this I’m glad for. These are only a few body shapes and we must take into consideration all the variations on these shapes as well. Learning to love and accept your body shape is difficult in a world that seems to ignore most of them and only glorifies a few.

Women in Art

Look at all the beautiful women in art over the centuries, as you can see we come in all shapes and sizes.

Finding Your Shape

Three measurements: Bust, waist, full hips and a few more.

HowToMeasureYourself-Womens

Sizing Gone Crazy

My frustrations when it comes to shopping are:

  1. I can go from a small to large size depending on what store I happen to be in at the time.
  2. I recently went bra shopping at the same shop I’ve been going to for the last 10 years and my cup size has steadily crept up to an unbelievable size yet my body has stayed the same, the only difference is I’m no longer in my baby making years so I have slimmed down a bit. I would even go so far as to say my cup size should have gone down as well.
  3. What is their purpose in trying to convince me that I’m smaller but lager at the same time.
  4. I get that the pattern and garment industry has a difficult time in finding a body shape average, but why confuse me with all these different sizing charts from different designers? I will say that some pattern companies indicate on their patterns which body shape the pattern most compliments, this I’m happy with.
  5. I don’t even bother shopping for dresses or trousers anymore because I find it so discouraging because I find my body type is not represented in the garment industry except at a few stores. This is why sewing has become so valuable to me.

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This is mind-boggling, I’m not sure what to make of it. What do you make of it? Is it a reflection of todays sizes? The last ten years have really jumped. You know at the end of the day I’m not a size, I am a women trying to make sense of this craziness. My advice learn how to sew!!!

My Shopping strategy

When shopping write down a few thing on a flash card:

  • Your body shape.
  • Your relevant measurements.

Also:

  • Bring along a good friend.
  • Measuring tape
  • Try not looking at sizes, but rather look at the garment and gauge whether it would fit by visual inspection.
  • When in the change room still do not look at size but feel how outfit feels on you.
  • Try not to look at mirror they are always unflattering.
  • Go to the stores that accommodate your figure.

Question:

Let me know if there is anything I missed, and what is your take on sizing.

God Bless & Sew On

Jennifer