Monday, April 14, 2014

Abalone


I haven't knit a stitch in five days! Really. I have no idea how that happened,  maybe the warmer weather is to blame. I am keeping a promise I made to myself and am giving monogamous knitting a shot. Currently the only project in my needles is the Abalone cardigan. I am at the armpits now. I have a little bit left for the body and then the sleeves and border. I am still planing on making 3/4 length sleeves. I have no idea how I will do that yet. I will worry when I get to that point.


The next project up will be another pair of purple socks. I would the skein into two balls. I got this yarn in my last swap. I love it. Just look at the colors.


I am reading the City of Bones series. I am flying through the books lately. It has something to do with the fact that I can't sleep at night and read until the wee hours.


I finished the Divergent trilogy recently and saw the movie. I must say that you should all watch the movie just for Theo James alone. He is brilliant! Seriously.

S.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring is in the Air


Spring is in the air! It really is. I am over the winter storms in the middle of March. Let's hope it stays this way. Yesterday I went to the park wearing a hoodie and a vest. A vest! Not a full length parka! Recently I was a part of a "The Colors of Spring" swap on Ravelry and it was fun to create some sping-y items even if it was snowing at that time (which is evident by the dark photos as well). I made a couple of friendship bracelets for the recipients daughters. They were fun to make and really made me travel back in time when the art of crafting was considered "cool" among the kids. I miss that.

 

Next up was another one of my crochet adventures. A pin cushion made from scraps. The tutorial is found for free here, and it is a great tutorial. I am extremely happy with the result. I stuffed it with ribbon yarn because I don't know what else do do with it. And besides, it makes for a sturdier cushion.


The last crafty thing I made for the swap was a mini project bag. I used a knit cotton (T-shirt material) and I love how light, soft and stretchy the bag is. I hand sewed this and crotchet the tie from multicolored ribbon yarn. The bag is small and perfect for mini projects. I miss sewing but the kids are too little for me to safely bring out all those sewing essentials. Maybe one day I will go back to sewing clothing as well. I miss that the most. I have many ideas floating around in my head.


Lastly my dad's socks are done. They are a perfect fit. I love the stripes. I knit a flap heel, even though I don't really like it, because he has a high arch. I hope he can get some use out of them.

S.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Updating Spring Boots


Once upon a time ago I swore, on anything and everything, that I would never be caught dead wearing leggings, stilettos, skinny jeans and anything with an exposed zipper. Today, the list makes up for, oh let's see, like most of my closet. The exposed zipper trend was the hardest for me to get past. It did start becasue of a "sewing mistake" but wearing even a "mistake" on the red carpet tends to start a fashion trend. I am glad that I changed my mind. The exposed zipper is just the thing needed for an easy clothing updates.


These ratty old boots of mine cost a lot (like $165 a lot) a couple years ago. I didn't get to wear them much, but still they got destroyed becasue the quality of them is not the greatest. I am at the stage in my life where I have my style mostly figured out. I lean towards simple and classic pieces. I promised myself no more "junk" will be bought (ok maybe just a few), so until I find the perfect flat comfortable unique black leather boots I will make these do. Enter the exposed zipper. It was perfect to cover up all the rips in the back seam from forceful entry of my foot.


The zipper has a multicolored shimmer to it and adds just a little something-something to the otherwise plain boots. The zipper was pinned down and hand sewn into place. I could have used glue but I suspect that the boots will not have a long life span. The zippers cost $8, so for $8 my boot's life can be prolonged a bit. Now I just need to wash the salt stains and figure out how to take a picture of the back of my legs, by myself. I do foresee many exposed zipper updates in my future.

S.