March 11, 2008

Knitting & a new project

Filed under: knitting, sewing — Tags: , , — Lady M Quilts @ 12:37 am

A busy weekend is behind me and Monday passed in a blur of homeschooling and housework.  It’s early (very very early) Tuesday morning and I’ve been watching Pride & Prejudice and trying to knit.

The first bit was so bad (I managed to add 8 stitches in just about 20 rows, and I have no clue how), I frogged it and started over.  I paid more attention and did much better:

But there are still little funny holes here and there, the bottom corner is wonky, I’ve added a stitch somewhere and the edges are all wavy and odd looking.  Plus the yarn coming off the ball is getting really twisty and curling round itself.

Obviously, much practice is still required.   And I won’t embarrass myself by telling just how many hours it took to do just this little bit.

I am planning a new bag for this Friday at Weeping Willows.  It’s based on this bag from a new book: Sew Many Bags, Sew Little Time.

I really like the patchwork idea, with the ribbons and trims and applique and hand stitching.  I don’t like the shape.  I think I’m going to try it with the Coming & Going bag pattern…but I haven’t decided for sure.  These are the fabrics and trims I’m going to use:


I really like the Birch Blossom from Alexander Henry and this cute coordinates I found at Joann’s.  The dots are from Michael Miller, a find at the Sewing Expo, and they will be the lining.

The wind has picked up here and I need to get to bed.  I have a couple other projects in mind, I’ll try to post about them tomorrow.

March 3, 2008

a late winter Monday

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 9:19 am

Going to the SewingExpo always tells me spring is on the way, and on Saturday, it sure looked like it.  The weather was sunny and bright, but the wind was there to say, Oh, no, it’s still winter here.  And today, the weather is reinforcing that message, as our typical winter weather of heavy overcast skies and drizzly rain is back.

I did have lots of fun at Expo on Saturday.  I took 4 classes, two in the morning, two in the afternoon.  One class on scalloped hems and the other three were about handbags.  The hems class was interesting, but basically a pitch for a neat, but pricey, tool the presenter sells.  I’m going to try to figure out a way to do the same thing without her tool.  The three bag classes could easily have been combined into one.  I got a little bit of info or a new idea from each one, but they were really just a chance to sit down for awhile.

I did buy a few things.  Big picture so you can see everything, including my after-Expo Girl Scout cookies & tea snack.

I think my favorites are the trims down in the bottom right hand corner.  I like using woven ribbons and trims on my sewing, but can’t always find what I want at my local fabric store.  I found *plenty* to like at a wonderful booth (Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods – no web site) at Expo and restrained myself to get only what you see.  I will definitely be allocating a bigger part of my Expo budget for them next year.

But I also have another wonderful thing to save for.  I found “my” embroidery machine: the Babylock Ellure.  This is a lovely combination sewing and embroidery machine.   I heard a rumor it is being either discontinued or upgraded, so I’m going to visit my local Babylock dealer and start looking for a good deal. 

Yesterday, I did a little personal sewing.  It was sunny enough to hang clothes on the outdoor clotheslines.  Which reminded me that I wanted to make a clothespin apron, like I’ve seen in The Apron Book.  Mine is wider than the one in the book, which makes sense since I’m wider, too.  Plus it will hold more clothespins.  And I used some of the ribbon I bought at Expo.  I think the ribbon adds that perfect detail, don’t you??


Instead of ties, I used a piece of webbing and a D-ring and some velcro to make a belt-like band.  I think it will be much easier to put it on with this belt style, especially when it’s full of pins.  Here it is on me, picture taken by my 8 year old, not the best angle.

I like the bright spring colors, which will be brightening my basement today as I hang clothes. 

 One last thing:  I got my ravely invite!  The same day I posted about it, lol!  My name there is ladyblueflower and I am, of course, completely overwhelmed.  In honor of getting my invite, I did sit down last night and try knitting again.  It wasn’t a complete failure, but pretty ugly looking.  I’ll post some pictures as soon as I have a “getting better” shot to go with the “messy beginner” shot.

Thanks for reading my Monday novel!

February 29, 2008

any day now….

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 12:27 pm

    ravelry > antsy

    patiently awaiting your invite?

    Found you!
    • You signed up on February 18, 2008
    • You are #110857 on the list.
    • 196 people are ahead of you in line.
    • 7200 people are behind you in line.
    • 93% of the list has been invited so far

    Okay, so I’m a patient person.  Basically.  I’ve been #197 for a couple of days now after moving up the list at a pretty good clip.  I’ve been checking my email just to see if my invite has come.  So I’m about to drag out my college statistics book to determine my chances of the invite coming tomorrow, while I’m at the SewExpo for 12 hours. 

    I guess I can use this time to think up my ravelry name.  I’ve been using the same user name at various sites for years, maybe this is a chance to try something new.

    And while I’m waiting, I’m making one of my periodic attempts to learn to knit:

    Between the Idiot’s Guide and “even a 5 year old can do this” video, maybe knitting will finally get a solid foothold in my brain and I can start making some of the oh-so-lovely things I see on other blogs.

    No sewing today…I’m getting the house cleaned up in preparation for not being home all day tomorrow…so that when I come home tomorrow night, it will look about like it did before I started this morning, lol, and not worse!

    (My husband is a great and wonderful man, who works hard to provide for us and never complains when I get so caught up in sewing I forget to make dinner.  However, when I’m gone, his only job is to keep our children alive.  Housework is not part of the deal. 🙂 )

    Gotta go check the email, maybe my ravelry invite has come!

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