Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Well I have finsihed spinning another 4oz of roving and I am just so proud. The purple that I have in my Etsy shop also came out wonderfully but the colors in this BFL from
Abstract Fiber just pop. I cannot put this in my shop as this was a gift in the first place to just spin and then I moved and it accidently became a part of my stash. So I figure the only right thing to do is to gift it to someone else.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I finally found a decent part-time job to tide me over until I get my "big-girl" job. A bit scary that I am not that concerned about that. Wish I had an explanation.
I have had a couple of wholesale jobs and custom work on Etsy which has also kept me busy AND I actually dusted off the sketchbook. I've been alittle upset with myself because I haven't made anything that I have come up with and lately I have had a million ideas and sketches and made nothing. Just saw a you tube video with Russell Simmons where he said that if you leave your ideas inside you they'll make you sick.
I have felt sludged. Time to clear out.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I'd like to thank the ladies in the Malabrigo Junkies forum and Addi Turbos for this accomplishment. Anyway..I actually did do a Rockyesque run around the kitchen with my fists in the air while singing "Eye of the Tiger" after casting off the final stitch.
I am in love with the sweater. It is my first real FO. The yarn was not my favorite to begin with. I allowed myself to start a project with acrylic because it was my first. In the mean time I fell in love with "better" yarns, natural fibers and even worked in my LYS. But as I finished it I really began to take to it and the entire sweater. I love it more for the pride it allows me than the actual sweater. Isn't that why we do this?
Well now I have these empty needles. Pointless waist. (lols)What makes it worse is that I have nothing that matches. I have patterns but nothing inmy stash to start them or I have stash but the wrong size needles. I cannot really buy anything else because I just purchased yarn and needles to make this sweater from Vogue Knitting Fall 2008.
Now this is not a picture from Vogue but from this
site. I hope that's enough credit to use thier picture. Well I want to make that actually into this This is from
Chickdowntown. The link takes you to a video where you can see the sweater in action. I really like this site for fashion ideas. The items are a bit expensive. In fact, this sweater isn't even offered on the site so they are just forcing my hand. Well both of them and some sticks. And thats the problem, I have no sticks. I NEED 10.5 circs and they are on thier way from the land of wienerschnitzels as we speak. The yarn will be a yummy alpaca from my LYS that my mother actually chose. Her eye is so differnt from mine but never wrong. I was going for white but she insisted I use this Bug Baby instead.. So as I impatiently await my new needles I will spend more time spinning.Here is a pic of some BFL that I was playing with last night.
Just a pic as this post is getting way tooooooo long
What an improvement from this:
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Pattern Review always has a sewing contest going on. Right now there is a pattern stash contest. Basically you make as many items as possible from the patterns in your stash in two months time. Well there are three weeks left which will leave me time for about two items but I figure if I have a couple show stoppers I might have chance. Honestly, I am not terribly concerned about winning. I like the idea that I have a dead line and its just fun to get involved.
For the first item I am modifying the sheath dress of Vogue Pattern 8138 to a really hot number that I found online. I can't post it now of course but stay tuned. Here is the starting point
For the second item I may just make Built by Wendy #3964 In a black knit.
The STST bolero should be completed this week. The right sleeve is down to the final decreases. I can smell the ribbing now!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
As far as new needles while working at Knit/Purl I learned about Addi Turbos. (this site ships them for free*wink*).Of course I had heard of them but was never moved to try them. I was also curious about knitting on circulars since I had two projects where hundreds of stitches were bunched up on straight needles.
With my discount I purchased a 32in pair of 9s and 16in pair of 5s. Call it placebo effect or whathaveyou but my stitches look smoother and more uniform after using the new Turbos. These are what I would call performance needles. I learned to knit on something that someone gave me because she wanted to get rid of them. I was happy to learn on those but I am ecstatic to KNIT with my Turbos. I'm sold.
What was even more divine is that I received a booklet on Magic Loop from my partner in the Falling For Ewe Autumn Yarn swap. I got halfway through a sock and now have the hang of the loop and it use it for all things joined. Socks are another story. Lets just say I enjoy knitting socks about as much as tweezing my eyebrows.
The turbos are so wonderful they make finishing a bolero in ALL ST ST enjoyable.
I should actually take another picture. This is misleading because you cannot see that this thing is almost a wingspan worth of stockinette stitch save 4 inches of ribbing on the left sleeve. I am slowly and happily working my last 19inches to the right sleeve. I started this project about 8 months ago and once I admitted that it bored me to tears it went into the UFO pile. Well with new Turbos and a thread on Ravelry about finishing menacing sweaters I am closer to an FO.
While sewing I have designed two new bags that I am selling in my Etsy shop. Both are more practical than anything but I thought they were pretty cute, if I do say so myself.
The first is a project bag. Haven't thought of a cute name for it but it holds that entire sweater project that I am working on. The more I use it the more I need to make more for other projects. They are great for toting your project to meetups.
My second little project I call a Purling Pouch.
Its basically a U shape where one handle folds over the other. I love it because it ends up looking like a clutch. There are more pictures on Etsy
That's it for now. goodnight.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The west coast is beautiful but I guess I am a midwestern girl through and through.
Of course the first thing I look for in coming home were yarn and fabric shops. There are plenty of great fabric shops all over the place. I am especiall excited about Vogue Fabrics. There are plenty of yarn shops but I will miss Knit Purl. It was a great place to work for the short time that I was there. I will be doing alot of online ordering from there for sure.
Ok. Well I will def have more to post as I get situated at home. More projecs, more life, mo betta!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I ran by the library a few days ago as I wanted to find a new knitting book to drool over. I picked up KnitKnit by Sabrina Gschwandtner. I fell in love with the Missing Piece Hobo Bag designed by Norah Gaughan. I then remembered that I had just seen that name on the shelf and found a copy of Knitting Nature.
As I read through Nora's book it made perfect sense that I was drawn to her. The book was borne from an idea to merge nature/science and knitting. She has patterns based on fractals, octagons, heaxagons and phyllotaxis. All found in nature. The patterns are just hot along with the back story. I have read it from cover to cover and now must have a copy of my own because there are about 10 patterns in the book I want to try.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been at your craft? I do both. I really enjoy knitting but I am a much faster crocheter. I tend to make clothing when I knit and more craft items when I crochet.
Do you spin? What type of spinning do you do? I do some light spinning. I just haven't had the time lately. I have two spindles and some roving. No need to add anything at this time.
Are there any other crafts that you participate in? If someone figures out how to add about 8 to 10 hours to my day, sure.
What are your favorite yarns/fibers? I really enjoy colorful cottons. They are so practical.Sometimes, I like to receive colors I wouldn't normally use, . It really pushes me to find new patterns and work on projects I would have never tried. I tend to like 2 to 4 ply yarns. I haven't gotten used to single ply/lace weight stuff yet.
What are your LEAST favorite yarns/fibers? Anything rough and devoid of color.
Are there any types/brands of yarn that you are dying to work with but haven’t gotten a chance? I would love to work with some colorful silk or mohair. I have a fun pattern that I would like to use to make mohair sleeves from the One Skein book by Leigh Radford. There are so many cool patterns in here. It's going to be really tough to give that one back to the library.
What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I like to knit things to wear and am more crafty with my crocheting (bags, amigurimi, etc)
What are you currently working on? Anything you plan to start this autumn? I am currently working on a shawl from Runway Knits, a shrug from Lion Brand that is all st st (soooo boring) and I will start some baby booties this week for a friends baby.
What is your favorite FO? (Please, post a picture if you would like.) So far it is an accessories pouch that I finished from the One Skein book that I mentioned earlier. I had some Cascade paints that I got from my Summer of Yarn partner that I was having the hardest time finding a pattern for. Well I crocheted the pouch for a swap and now I want to make ten more.
What is your oldest UFO? That stockinette stitch shrug. I get through 4 stitches and hate it all over again. It should be done by 2015 sometime.
Are their any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn? I want to learn more about lace projects and cableing. I also need some small dpns(0s, 1s, 2s)eat sock yarn I got during the SOY swap.
Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Size 7.5, feel silly measuring my foot. Will I regret not doing it later?
Do you have a yarn winder and/or a swift?
Where/how to you keep you needles/hooks? I made myself a knitting needle roll.
Do you collect anything? Knitting needles, crochet needles, soft colorful yarns and fabric.
What is your favorite type of music? Are you MP3 ready? I like all music with a good beat and cannot live without my ipod.
Do you like sweets? What are your favorites? ALL. YES!! I am big into gummy items. Gummy bears, swedish fish. I also love butter cookies.
What is your living situation like? Any pets? Children? One fiance who came equipped with two children and an outdoor cat.
Are you allergic to anything? Cats
Do you have an online wish list (Amazon, Etsy, Loopy Ewe, etc.)? Please include links for your swap pal. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/37MXGBPE47ULA
Are you having a birthday during this swap? No.
What is your Ravelry ID? britnlind
Sunday, July 13, 2008
It's the most beautiful ring ever.
I was not expecting a proposal and wasn't sure that he had the ring. I am planning a move to Portland to be with him and I guess he wanted to make sure that I came. HAHA!!
In OTHER NEWS::::
I made a top especially for the barbque on the fouth. It's Simplicity 2892.
I wanted to make it in the same strong red as sewuptight made hers as found on patternreview.com
The Plan was a to make a trial run top in a fabric that I liked just in case I ran out of time. I had one day to finish the top and I know that I have gotten better and faster with my sewing but I wasn't sure enough to use the $10/yd red cotton on my first run. Well I did run out of time and I would have been just fine starting out on the $10 stuff. I ended up with an adorable lemon yellow version. I am very proud of this shirt and will definately make the red one. Let me tell you that the sleeves on this shirt are adorable and come out beautifully.
I was so happy to see an interviewer on Entertainment Tonight was wearing these sleeves in white. I love that simplicity is keeping me up to date!
ELSE....Oh I have started spinning and I love it. I'm no good at it but it is a relaxing and enjoyable. I received two drop spindles from my swap partner on Ravelry in the Spindle Addicts swap. Here's some of that loot:
I am really excited about the spindles that I got my downstream partner. Wish I could post them but I have to weait until she receives.
That's it for now.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Do you spin? What type of spinning? I will have a spindle soon.
What are your favorite yarns/fibers? I am still in the learning/experimentation stage. So no favs yet. Just good quality.
What are your least favorite yarns/fibers? Acrylic of course.
What are your favorite colors? Purples, Blues, Pinks and Bright Yellows.
What are your least favorite colors? Drab browns and greens
Are there any yarns/brands that you are dying to work with but never have? Malabrigo.
What is/are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I like simple crochet projects with easy stitches. I am fast so it's quick gratification. I love to knit anything. I want to learn how to do socks next with circulars.
What are you currently working on? I am working on a shrug and a baby blanket. Also just a few squares for the San Diego Wildfire Blanket Project.
Anything you plan to work on this summer? Just to finish the projects that I have started.
What is your favorite FO? (Post a pic if you would like.) My only FO is the ruffle scarf that I have made. It is posted below and it is the banner (detail) for this blog.
What is your oldest UFO? Ha. The scarf. A few days old.
Are there any techniques that you want to learn?Cables are twisting me up. I want to get comfortable with circulars.
Are you on Ravlery? Yes
What's your ID? BritNLind
Are you a sock knitter? Will be
What are your foot measurements? Size 8
Do you collect anything?Fabric and now yarn. Books,clothes, makeup. Love buttons and zippers and all kinds of notions. Just a pain to start a project and have to run out to get something.
Do you have a yarn winder and/or swift? No.
Do you love sweets? YESYESYES What are your favorites?YES
What are your favorite scents?Jasmine and Honeysuckle are great. I also love the smell of rising bread.
Where do you keep your needles/hooks? I have a roll that I made. Pics can be found below.
Do you have a wishlist (Amazon, Etsy, etc?)I have an amazon wishlist for books. I also have a wishlist on crafster. I will post it here soon.
Having a birthday this summer?Not technically.
Are you allergic to anything??? Cats.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Here it is all rolled up:
And here is the inside:
I went a little skull crazy. I found the inside skull fabric at Beverly's. It is also Alexander Henry. I thought the hearts as the lining was cute enough to balance out all the skull action. Everything fits perfectly. I want to make another one with the pin up print. That would be adorable.
I have a ton of fabric left so I decided to sell these on Etsy. Let me know what you think. There are more pictures on Etsy too.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Now I find myself wanting a spindle and I know at one point I am going to want a wheel. I have already planned out anniversary and Christmas presents for family and friends. I have online fiber vendors with thier very own folder in my favorites. I discovered a specialty yarn shop RIGHT BY MY JOB and what's even worse is that it's across the street from JOANNS and MICHAELs and in the same building as Paradise Sewing where I bought my Ella (sewing machine). It's all stacked against me. I'm crumbling under the purling pressure. I am too weak to fight.
I already feel guilty about my fabric stash but I understand it and work with it. I know how to get rid of mistakes that should have never made thier way into my closet but now I have to learn all about yarn and roving. Hopefully, I will just take this slowly and the guilt will be minimal. If your reading this.....help me. I just need suggestions on good places to start and good beginner projects. Good online vendors and what are the best needles to buy. I bought some bamboo size 7s today and I really like them. I figured they are easier on the environment. I'll do a little research on that.
Well the two, knitting and sewing, will come together when I get my new fav fabric.
I was looking for a pattern to make myself a knitting needle roll and ran across this fabric. It's perfect to take the granny out of the entire deal. The fabric is designed by Alexander Henry. I am pretty sure you will love his prints if you don't already. He has some really cool designs like the Calaveras (Day of the Dead Celebration Skulls--love them because they remind me of my trip to CanCun. Skeletal murals are everywhere)pin-up girls and hot cowboys. I also plan on making a cool sewing machine cover out of this too. He also does some cool vintage-type prints too. So if you love vintage prints but don't want to spend $150/yd, these might be your fix.
Ok. So I promised pictures of my Charlie Bag.
I am especially proud of this bag because I figured out how to put in a lining all on my own and I also used my new French seams knowledge. The result a clean, cute, fully lined bag that helps the environment. I used it today in buying my yarn and the girl at the counter gave me a compliment. Totally worth the work. Here's a gratuitous lining shot:
I made two for a girlfriend and she strutted around her house with both of them. She said that she can now look her nose down at all 'those plastic bag users' especially as she gets into her Prius. AWESOME! It's so nice to see someone swoon over your work. I must make more. I got the free pattern at BurdaStyle.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Here is a pic of what I am working on
It is a ruffle scarf using Lion Brand ruffles yarn.
The curiosity started with the Fiber Friday posts on Crafster Women dye and spin these beautifuls yarns and post them here. Then someone mentioned about how they cannot wait to get thier Ravelry invitation.My Profile on Ravelry Then I participated in a Magic Yarn Ball Swap and there is the birth of another hobby/habit.
The more I participate on these sites I see that I am not the only one that has creative ADD. It seems to be an epidemic. Look at the rise of sites like Etsy, Crafster,Ravelry, Pattern Review and the massive DIY movement period. Economists say its def a sign of an oncoming Depression. Interesting and totally random.
I have also discovered that San Diego has a decent selection of yarn shops...I would say at least six or so that actually have some cool stuff. Of course everything on line is cheaper but when in a bind I have choices to run too. I cannot say the same of our fabric stores. (They basically suck).
Anywho....I have finally gotten back to Ella (my Singer) and we made a grocery shopping bag today. It's perfectly lined and sturdy with French seams throughout. Its in a loveley red plaid that I got from Beverly's. I love plaid but I don't think I can wear it so I figured accessories will fill that need.
I'll post a pic of the bag when my computer co-operates, probably tomorrow.
References to other posts:OR UPDATES!!!!
Well I ordered from Fashion Fabrics and I was not all that impressed. I ordered 1/8 of a yard of about 6 fabrics. Waited forever and TWO showed up. I'm glad that I wasn't working toward a deadline or anything. I haven't bothered to call and ask what happened to the others. They were extra fabric choices for a girlfriend and the funny part is that she liked the ONE fabric that they sent. The other was a silk dupioni plaid for me. (it didn't knock me out.) So I will order the fabric for her dress but I am still in search of my fav online fabric store. Lemme know if you have any suggestions.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Went to Bar West last night with friends. There was open bar for two hours. Having once been Margarita Rocks the place is much improved you'd never know that a Taco Tuesday ever happened in that joint. We then wandered arond PB. Ended up at Tower 23. Then proceded to shake off some dudes at Long Boards. Loooong nite. The girls are now wine tasting in Temecula. My girls are rock stars. I am not.
The best thing that came out the deal is my new pair of jeans. For real. If you are ever at Burda Style . Then you know my delimmma. The story is that I had a wonderful pair of $20 Donna Karan jeans that I picked up in a pinch at my neighborhood Marshalls. I didn't try them on. I just picked up a size 8 petite and the lycra tag told me they would be just fine. $20...who really cares. Oh, the joke was on me. I LOVED those jeans. I got compliments from girls and guys in those jeans. I wore them so much I killed them in six months. The thighs wore out on me. So for the past few weeks I have been making due with my second and third string jeans. (some old sevens and my no name fat-day jeans) I had a tough day personally on Friday and told myself that I was buying the first pair of jeans that had a size 29/8 label that made my butt look great. Again, joke on me. Went to Nordstroms on my lunch hour and the ladies were wonderfully attentive helping me round up four pairs of David Kahn Jeans. The first pair slipped on so nice and easy. They are a little high waisted but my butt looks fantastic and thats the point!!
I like that the jeans are made in the US. The denim used is both from the US and Japan with a California wash. I got lots of compliments on them. My denim world has been restored to order. I wore them with my fav Maddens . All of this and my chocolate brown top that is for sale below. I looked and felt great. Had fun with friends. It was a good night.
I'm feeling the need for a new bag. The bags I love are the Prada fairy bags but God only knows the things I would have to do to get a $3000 bag.
NEW TO ME: Yeohlee Teng
I was reading the Fashion Informer blog. And she has an interview with Ms. Teng. Her designs are fantastic and her design philosphies are even better. Take a look.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I wish that I had a better picture but the Balenciaga dress above is most likely my favorite dress of all time. It is simple, elegant and sweet. One day I will knock this off. Maybe a wedding dress.(whenever THAT happens ;)) Don't tell anyone I said that. Shh!
I found the dress in Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer. Once I saw the dress I found myself picking up the book again and again just to look at that dress. I had no real knowledge of Balenciaga at the time (I am ashamed to say). Luckily the author saw fit to fill the book with many Balenciaga dresses and muslins/toilles. I am now obssesed with Cristobal Balenciaga. He IS modern fashion. Period.
Once entranced by his dress I wanted to know more about him. I am reading Balenciaga by Lesly Ellis Miller. The information is great. I am disappointed by her choice of dresses displayed in the book but I understand the reason behind each one. Unlike other books on fashion it focuses on the business behind the house rather than the amazing dresses alone. I find it fascinating how an artist turns thier passion into a successful business that endures the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. Again amazing.
There is also a timeline essay on Balenciaga on the Met website Click here for notes on a genius
Second Note: My current fabric passion:PLAID.
I don't know where this started but I woke one morning wanting a plaid dress. (I often dream of dresses. No lie. I told you I was obssesed-see first blog) Now, as usual it's just a matter of finding the right fabric. I really want one now that I see that plaid will be the casual separates color for fall.
I really want a sweet pretty dress. I will have to draft one myself. I have already gotten away from using patterns now on to the next frontier. I also want a cute plaid shirt. I was thinking that I would finally make the JJ Top from Burda Style
but with all the ruffles and fuffles it might take a year to finish in a plaid. Otherwise a top with bell sleeves and a sash would be cute. Tough decisions, really. I like the silk plaid from Fashion Fabrics Club that I have posted here. Would that make the cutest dress ever or what?????
Final Note:My machine is acting weird.
The tension is way off. So it's time for cutting, drafting and adjusting right now.
She'll head to the shop this weekend so that they can show me what I have done wrong. I am sure the machine is fine. I am just at a loss on the best way to fix the problem.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I made this version so that I can wear it but this top would be even cuter without the bands if you can go strapless. I can make it either way.
I am finishing up a really cute black and white trapeze dress with bottom band today. It may be next weekend before I get pictures of that one up. I love this dress the most because it is the first item that I have made freehand. No drafting just draping and cutting. Perfect beach dress.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Discovered my new favorite bar in Hillcrest. The Lei Lounge is fantastic. I'll start a new links sections for fav haunts. Its gorgeous with cabannas and hot cabanna boys and girls. There is an inside bar and the back is open and everything is white. I know, 90s Miami but for SD it's a real step up. The drinks are fantastic. I started with an acai and vodka concoction that was about a B- and followed up with a pineapple basil cocktail that will now be my drink. It's Fierce. Sunday's are the best days to go and chill. No one leaves. I don't remember how many hours I was there, literally don't remember but there were others there before us and still there after I blacked out. They also serve some cocktails in pitchers which are half off after 5 or six.
It was a great day shopping and drinking with the girls and the 'girlz'. There are pics somewhere.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I am a little apprehensive. I mean who finds these things. I look at blogs of friends and blogs mentioned in magazines but are there people who just surf blogs? Why not, right. There is always someONE doing that some THING and that is what worries me. My only defense is to make great clothes and write interesting blurbs. I think I can do that.
Also, I am wondering if this deal is like myspace. I mean you have templates but is there a site called pimpmyblog.com? (If you have no idea what I am talking about .....good for you. Stop wasting your time on the internet and continue doing all those productive things you usually do).
I'll put pics up of the things that I have been making pretty soon. I have a new half-mannequin coming from ebay. (well, you know what I mean). Then I can take some great pictures that will go here and on my etsy store. Of course.
I am also going to the Threads show today and will post pics of that too when I get back tonight. I'll also post a link to Threads when I figure out how to do that. And for full time I am in IT. Sad.
I want this blog to be about fashion. I'm obsessed and I want to contribute to the community of the equally obsessed. Subjects will range from fabric, sewing, the industry and all things in between and beyond. That is the goal or better yet the intent.