Monday, July 29, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

|| Sweat City || Basic T-shirt

There are days when the heat simply cannot be ignored.  Here in Michigan we have had a solid string of those days.  It's tough to forget the sweat dripping down your back, even when art fairs and outdoor concerts fill every corner of the city.  After hammering away at my knit sweater (finished the swatch!) and reexamining my bombshell dress (pictures coming soon!), I decided to take a break and make a fun, simple, useful piece of clothing--a t-shirt.

So why the Number 2 on the picture?  Well, I got a little 90s-rific and cut up a simple skirt (from one of my thrift store dress purchases) to go with my shirt.  I decided that every project I show that is not bombshell, sweater, or embroidery hoop related should be solidly numbered as a visual reminder for me to get back to work on my project deadlines for July!  

Friday, July 12, 2013

|| Naked Lunch || Round Swatch

Swatching, swatching, and more swatching.  I have almost finished my circular swatch for my sweater. My hero, Elizabeth Zimmermann, suggested making a lovely hat, but I found an old stuffed friend who is currently without clothes.  So, of course my mind immediately went to "mini-sweater" mode.

I also hosted a tea party for two.  Weird?  Yeah, I know. I am such a sucker for fake cookies and paper tea cups.  And my naked, stuffed friend (quiet by nature) was silent, but I am sure he loved the idea.

The only design question I have is:  top down or bottom up?  In my mind it just makes sense to try top down.  By doing a mini-sweater I would have the chance to try it out first in a mini mode before I move onto the adult size sweater.  Being able to try on the sweater as I knit is super tempting, especially since my design calls for the sweater to be more fitted in design versus loose.  I also like the idea of sleeves being made as you go.  Totally just convinced myself.  I am definitely going to try it.

Friday, July 5, 2013

|| July 2013 ||

The excitement of July reminded me that summer is really flying by (along with several projects that I have been working on).  My goals for the month of July are to finish my embroidery hoop, take another stab at my bombshell dress, and to finish up my knitting project (swatches are coming along as I type this--just in time for high temperatures).

Monday, July 1, 2013

|| Splitting Threads || Embroidery

One year of blogging, one day of birthday meals, and a little embroidery to boot. Good times.