Thursday, January 24, 2013

Knitting

It's winter. A real winter. With snow, temperatures from -5°C 'till -10°C, fun with snow and traffic troubles. With these temperatures it's a bit difficult to sew. You have to know that the room I call my sewing room is actually a spare room without a heater. Mostly it's used for storage (and sewing). But because there's no heater, it can get really cold in this kind of weather! So, when it's too cold to sew, I find myself knitting instead!

Even though I haven't mentioned it yet, I recently knitted a cardigan. I used this pattern without any alterations (my knitting-skills aren't that good, yet). I used a cotton-yarn that was bright orange. A bit too bright, if you ask me. So, I decided to dye it a bit darker, but still orange. In total I used about 8 skeins of 50 grams.

Speaking of knitting: I tried my hand again at knitting socks. Last winter I was brave enough to try it with DPN's (Double Pointed Needle). But knitting with 5 needles isn't easy: the needles slid out of the stitches, you can't knit comfortably because there are needles everywhere, ... Like I said: not easy! It didn't take me long to just abandon the idea of knitting socks and discarted the project. That was until a few days ago. I read this post from Tasia about the socks she knitted as a gift to her mother. When I replied that I tried to knit socks once, but found it too hard, she adviced me a pattern and site to try out. Boy, am I glad she did! This technique is soooo easy! It only took me about 6 hours (3 nights) to knit one sock. 6 hours may sound a lot - especially if you're used to sewing - but actually, that's not too bad if you keep in mind that I just learned this technique and am not used to it yet. As soon as I finish sock n°2, I can wear them around the house :-)



For those who want to follow my experiences with knitting in detail: from now on, you can find me on  Ravelry.com. This is a site (you could compare it a bit with blogger, without it being a blog) where you can find knit- and chrochetproject from people all over the world. Definatly worth to take a look!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Won a pattern

After many-a-give-away, it was finally my turn to win something! It's a pattern from a  give-away at So, Zo. ZoĆ« is a great seamstress with a knack for marine-themed clothing. Just go and have a look on her site, you won't be dissappointed!

To be honest, I've already spoken of her. She's the brains behind the pattern that I used for this singlet. The best part? It's a free pattern! It's very simple and wether you want to wear an extra layer in wintertimes or just one layer on those hot summer days, this pattern is deffinatly the one you're looking for! It's simple, easy and perfect for a first encounter with sewing knits.

But, back to business: the pattern I won is the Alma Wiggle Skirt from Eliza M. My very first pencil skirt! I've been wanting to make this kind of skirt for a while, but just didn't find the right pattern. It's simple and I bet there are dosens of pencil skirt patterns, but not one fitted my bill. When I came across Eliza M.'s site, all of that changed. She has also other terrific patterns. Anyway, I don't know when I'll be sewing this pattern, but I guess it'll take a while, just keeping in mind all those patterns I bought recently, but haven't had the time to sew them!
De Wiggle Skirt

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Alma Blouse³


Owwww yesss: the third Alma is a fact! After the purple and flower Alma I made myself another one. The previous two had alterred shorter sleeves, but I decided I wanted one with longer sleeves, like the original pattern. Not the easiest to wear beneath a pull, but the longer sleeves are ideal when it's too cold for a simple top but too warm to wear a pull/sweater. And if you just wear an undersweater (sorry, literally translated because I don't know the translation. Here's a picture of what I mean), it's perfect for those spring days or warm winterdays.

Besides that I adore Sewaholic's pattern, I haven't much to tell you. After all, it's the third one to magically appear beneath my sewing machine. But I do have some other news to share with you! For starter, I won a pattern with a give-away! It's the first time I actually win something, so I'm thrilled! When the pattern arrives, I'll make sure to take a picture and post it.

And there is more good news. We haven't found an appartment yet, so I bought me something to look forward to. Something selfish. Something I wanted to have the moment I learned that it would be published. I'm talking about Gerties New Book for Better Sewing! I bought it! Ooooooh, I just can't wait 'till it arrives! Where I'm going to find the time to sew all those new patterns of late, I don't know. But rest assured: I'll sew them, allright!

For Christmas, we have this little tradition in our family of picking the person you have to buy a present for thru a Secret Santa-system (although they never stey secret for long). My niece bought the dutch version of Famous Frocks for me! How well she knows me! So I got myself 2 new sewingbooks and 9 new patterns these last few weeks! I'm the pattern-collecter kind of seamstress. :-D

Monday, January 14, 2013

Clever Links: Oops!

I have something to admit: sometimes life just doesn't go the way you want it to go, wether it's the big things or little things. Today was that kind of a day: In preporation for my 'Clever Link'-posts, I keep a concept with all the links. Today I came across another one and wanted to add it to the list. I don't know what went wrong. All I know is that suddenly the links disappeared. Every. Single. One. I must've entered a wrong combination or something, but no matter what I tried, I couldn't get the links back!

Aaaaaarrggghhh: for just a moment, I could jumped off a bridge. But then I though: 'Hey, they're just some links. No big deal. Perhaps you'll come across them again, but even if you don't, who cares? Yes, it's too bad that you can't share them with others, but there'll be other links!' So, faith decided that I'm not allowed to show you these links just yet. It decided that the following link was so important that all the others had to go. :-)

So for today, I've got one link to shate with you. One link, but it's a good one: Cotton&Curls posted a tutorial on how to sew an invisible hem with your sewing machine.Very useful if you want to sew something classy like a pencil skirt, pants for the office, evening dress, ... Everything that just needs that extra touch of chique. So, come and have a look!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy New Year!

Better late than never:
 
 
 
It's been two weeks since New Year's Eve, but I've been busy. For example: I made another Alma Blouse and a knitted sweater. There are a number of other creative things I did, but I don't have the pictures to show them to you.
 
The reason it took me untill today to post something, is that I've been very busy: workrelated and in my private life (looking for an appartment and such). That doesn't mean I forgot about you! Not at all! So I wanted to wish you all a new year with loads of apportunities to move forward and achieve wichever you want to achieve!