August 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

Beatnik back

Pattern: Beatnik, Knitty, Deep Fall 2010
Cast on: June 15, 2011
Finished: August 5, 2011
Needles: US 6 for ribbing at hem, cuffs, and collar. US 8 for body and sleeves.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, 5.5 skeins.
Size: Small (36)
Modifications: I worked set-in sleeves instead of working separate pieces and sewing them in.

It turned out great! I’m pleased it fits and, as a bonus, I had just bought the yarn specifically for this sweater and then I turned right around and made it quite quickly.


Summer Sorbetto

August 8, 2011 § 3 Comments

August 6: Summer Sorbetto

I’ve been following Sew Weekly for many months now, but Mena’s recent challenge caught my eye. Her Day Two, the Summer Sorbetto, was what I was instantly drawn to. It may have been the gingham or the pleats added to the neckline.

You can download the pattern here. I printed out the pattern, taped it together, and cut out a size 6 to get my desired finished measurements, but I altered the pattern a bit, mostly due to the sleeves. My second alteration was length. Mena said that she added two inches to the length of the top by cutting the pattern at the natural waist (I assumed this was where the notches were on the pattern pieces) and then I taped in a two inch strip before cutting my fabric. I only did this because I prefer my shirts longer.

I added sleeves, just as Mena did for all of her Sorbettos. There’s a PDF version of the sleeve pattern located here. This piece of the pattern doesn’t have a marked size. I was going to gather the tops of the sleeves, just like Mena, but the pattern piece was too small for my pattern and I ended up being about 3/4 inch too short around the arm hole, even without the gather. (I learned to gather though!) I didn’t want to cut more sleeve pieces, so I basted the sleeves and side seams to fit before I permanently sewed. I sewed a 1/4 seam allowance on the underarm of the sleeves and then tapered back out to the 5/8 seam allowance of the side seam. I ended up only trimming a small amount from the side seam. I’m really glad that I basted all the major seams (like they tell you to) to make sure it fit correctly.


I had to babysit soon after I finished all but the pleat for the neckline, so I took photos before I left.

pre-pleat neckline

bottom hem

Yesterday, I got up and made the pleat, sewed it on, and started my day. I went to Barnes & Noble with C’s mom and sister to look for a couple books. I got a coffee, but I guess I forgot it was in my hand when we got back in the car because I spilled half of it all. over. my shirt and skirt. No worries though, one of my grandmothers is master of stain removal. As soon as we got home, I took my clothes over to her house and she started soaking them. As soon as I get them back, I’ll get a photo of the completed shirt.

back neckline

Be on the look out for a finished sweater! I’m nearly finished with Beatnik

Summer Spinning

July 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

As the Tour de Fleece ends (so I hear), I give you my usual contribution to the cause.

From this:Yarn Hollow Merino, Cinnabar & Sandalwood

Pausing to capture this:
Almost done

And ending up with this:
July 22

4.1 ounces of merino wool from Yarn Hollow, purchased at last year’s MI Fiber Fest.
chain plied into approximately 276 yards of heavy dk/light worsted weight
spun on my Louet Victoria
Another lovely from Rita at Yarn Hollow.

Weekend Getaway

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I spent a couple beautiful days on Lake Michigan with some of Cameron’s family.

Summer time

June 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

My apologies for leaving the blog on such a sad note. I’m home from college for the summer, working at the same job I had for the last two summers. Each year it becomes more apparent how much our lives change in the time after high school. Cameron’s been working at his summer job (night shift, which is no fun). Friends are living in other cities now. It’s getting more difficult to keep in touch, but it also makes it that much better when we do get to meet up.

Kristy, my mom, and Dee, our friend from Boston, and I went wedding dress shopping a few weeks ago. I haven’t chosen anything yet, but talk about exciting! That’s about all we’ve done on the wedding front, although we’re (I’m) hoping to have it August 2012. We have a lot of things to think about.

I’m not sure much of my sewing adventures have made the blog, but this is what I’ve been up to:
June 18: Quilt top progress

Practice, practice, practice.

better place

February 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

I’m sorry I wasn’t there when you had to go, but I know you’re alright now. I’ll miss your bark and your sneaking onto the couch that you were perfectly allowed to use. I’ll miss your chasing Gizmo through the house (I’m not sure how much he’ll miss it, though). I’ll miss your perfectly gray coat. I’ll miss that little ball of fuzz that would collect on your slip collar. I’ll miss the way you sat on furniture or the steps. I’ll miss the way you chased invisible squirrels. I’ll miss the way you begged to go outside to eat the snow. I’ll miss being greeted by you. You always knew when I was coming back. I’m sad I didn’t get say “good-bye” and I’m sorry I couldn’t be there for you.

You’re going to be a hard dog to beat, Fletchie.

the state of things

February 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

I live in a place where it snows, quite a bit, actually, and I love it. (It’s the wind that sucks.)

Classes are getting to a point where we’re ready to take exams. I think my professors are trying to get the exams out of the way before Winter Carnival next week. I was going to participate in the VITA (volunteer income tax assistance) program, but I got a job instead. I start on Saturday. This will be my first job that has anything to do with accounting and I’m nervous, but pretty excited to get hands-on experience. I haven’t knitted much, but that’s part of my plan to help me stay on track. I’ll be really busy with a part-time job and school. I’ve been using C’s laptop because mine has been having some issues that I don’t have the know-how to fix. I’m still taking photos, but they’re fairly boring because it’s usually dark out by the time I get home and unwind.

Just a little something to stay updated. I’ll try to come back with photos of the statues from this year. I’ve volunteered to help with one of them during the all-nighter. That should be interesting, but maybe I can just play the role of photographer. ;)