Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Shetland Triangle Shawl

Shetland Triangle Shawl by Evelyn Clark from Wrap Style
Needles: Size 4 Bamboo Addis
Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk in Amethyst
11 repeats of the pattern plus edging
Started June 2007, Finished July 2007

I should have bound off more loosely, but I had been struggling with untangling the yarn in order to be able to bind off and may have been a bit frustrated. Also, I finished this while at a bar, sipping a drink called The Peacock and listening to live jazz!

Thanks so much for the kind words on my sewing project! I really love it and want to wear it all the time. I hope to be showing more sewing soon.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

After two hours and twenty minutes, I have finished the final installment of Harry Potter.

Yes, I am bawling, aren't you?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Yes, I can use a sewing machine!

Quite some time ago, I received my future mother-in-law's sewing machine as a gift, since she wasn't using it anymore. I will admit that I have been somewhat afraid to dive into sewing, since it has been a long time since I did any and when I did, I had my own mother to hold my hand through it. Well, I finally took the plunge!

This is the Cabo Halter by Amy Butler, made out of some fabric from the new line from Free Spirit called Freshcut, by Heather Bailey. The pattern calls for 2 1/2 yards, but I had read that it takes much less, and it did. I asked for 1 1/4 yards, and that was all that was left on the bolt! It worked out perfectly, especially as I took some length off (and would like to take off more). I love the fabric and want to get more by the same designer!

I was so nervous while working on this top, because I knew it was the last of the fabric in town. Still, I didn't have to rip any seams or redo anything. I even put in my first invisible zipper, without an invisible zipper foot. I don't think it's perfect, but I'm satisfied!

We went out to dinner tonight, which was part of my motivation for finishing it today. One reason I look so happy is that as of today, we have been engaged for one year. It really doesn't seem that long to least we have finally started actually figuring things out for the wedding! Since that is still over a year away, I'm confident it will all go well.

Now, I apparently have some pants to go hem...

Egg carton stage

My Shetland Triangle Shawl is nearly finished!

I have done ten repeats and am not sure exactly how much yarn I have left. I think what I will do is put in a lifeline, then do one more repeat and the edging. If I run out, I can rip back and just do the edging.

Amethyst Sea Silk is a lovely semi-solid colorway that ranges from deep blue-purple to a lighter red-purple. It's hard to see the variation on the screen.

My favorite part of this design is the way the rows of stitches flow back and forth in sinuous curves. I can't wait to finish and block it!

Tonight I should be finished with my sewing project (my first in a long time!). Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New things

It has been a while! However, I believe my blogging will now take an upturn as I have access to a digital camera and am learning how to use it. The following are a few projects recently finished, in process, or barely begun.


Needs blocking, seaming, and then sleeve edging and a hem. I should do this soon so I can actually wear it!

Swallowtail Shawl:

This is out of Sea Silk in Rose Garden. I love this yarn so much, I bought two more skeins of it, in Amethyst and Mermaid:

I've begun the Shetland Triangle Shawl by Evelyn Clark in the Amethyst. Tomorrow, I'll post my progress on that, along with a partly finished sewing project.

In other news, my fiance is moved in with me and settled, and I've moved up substantially at work. Life is pretty good!