No…not about my sexual orientation. I just went to my first knitting group after knitting like a hermit for one year and two months. It was great to be able to meet my fellow knitters in person rather than relying on virtual forums. People there are friendly and supportive, I think I will go again. I am the only crafter among my circle of friends, so I feel like Harry Potter living in a muggle world. But now, I get to go “Hogwart” and be with my own people.
Have you seen the latest Petite Purls? This is a free online knitting magazine chock full of patterns for kids. If I had a kid, I would knit every single pattern from this winter edition. Just look at these
Winter Wonderland, what a cute fair isle for the lil one
Knitty just published the winter edition as well. My favorites are:
Zora cardigan. I love the lace details and I just adore cute cardi like that period.
Shroom Beret, I’ve been wanting to knit myself a beret so this pattern came just in time
Might also knit myself a shawl…love the color and the fact that it is free 🙂
Oh…oh… I also discovered this blog last night. She is a knitter/designer from Finland. I love her sense of style, choice of color (warm color like black, grey, teal, charcoal) and photography. She makes a simple sweater looks like a million dollar. To top it off, she has a free pattern, a simple and plain cardigan. The pattern looks easy but the output is super wow.
What have I been working on? Here is the muslin for the skirt from Sew U
I cut size small and I am glad I did the muslin because it is a little too big and I have to take in 2″ or 0.5″ on each side front and back. The instruction was clear but I think Wendy could change the order of the steps a bit. She advised putting lining on before sewing dart, I think it should be the other way round. In fact, the dart should be sewn even before the zipper, IMHO. I am planning to use the herringbone fabric that I got from Michael Levine or wool (to be purchased at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics when I go to Berkeley next week). My plan is to make the muslin for the shirt next.
I started the Farmer’s Market Cardigan, designed by my favorite designer, Connie Chang Chinchio. But, this time, I took my time to do the prep works. I measured my favorite cardigan and used that as my sizing guidance. Also, I spent two days swatching like this
The pattern called for size 8 needle with 18 sts/4″ gauge. I knitted the swatches in needle 8 and 9 and measured the gauge. You probably can’t see but I knitted a row of garter stitch to separate the swatch from the two different needles. Then I washed, dried and measured the gauge again. Washing and drying stretched the gauge by 0.25″. With that, I decided to knit bust 33″ on size 8 needle, hoping that the yarn and blocking will stretch it a bit to give some breathing room. I hope this prelim work will pay off.
And here is my progress. I finished the 6″ of the bottom of the body and currently at waist shaping
One last link I would like to share, the cutest fabric shop in Bay Area Peapod Fabrics in the Sunset district. The store is as tiny as my closet (and my closet is not very big) but my god, each and every item in the store is carefully selected by the lovely owner. It’s like she has gone through every single cotton fabrics in the world and narrowed down the top hundred. She carries japanese fabrics as well as Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Denyse Schmidt etc. I discovered the shop when I started sewing last year. Since I came back from Bazaar Bizarre, I had the urge to make some cute tote bag, crayon case, and hair pin for my niece and that’s when I thought of Peapod Fabrics. The owner started to keep a blog a few months ago, which make the shop even more exciting.
Perhaps, one last link. For you aspiring crafty entrepreneurs out there, check out this article from New York Times