I got a very bad case of Second Sock Syndrome on these little buggers – I finished three sweaters, two other pairs of socks, and numerous accessories all while these socks were lingering on the needles. I loved the yarn, and I enjoyed the simple pattern, but I did find the size 1 needles to be a little uncomfortable on my wrists, so I blame that for taking so long…
The yarn was great – one of the best I have worked with so far. Heather picked it up for me at Stitches East 2005, and got a matching skein (or two) for herself. So, when that little festival in May comes around, you can bet I will be stopping by the Tess booth! (and Stitches East 2006 is just up the road in Baltimore this year, baby!)
Over the Presidents’ Day holiday, I went pattern and fabric shopping with my mom for my first Sew? I Knit! sew-along pattern. The first project is a skirt – and I had some simple specifications. I wanted:
- something easy to start with because my sewing skills are zilch
- something that could be easily altered as I lose weight
|I chose Simplicity 4481, a simple trumpet knee-length skirt with an elastic waist. I was tempted by about a million other patterns, but I do like this one, and it fits my specifications so well. Plus, the pattern has several variations in length, so I will be able to reuse it in the future.|
My favorite part was choosing the fabric. Since I wanted to combine the sewalong with Project Spectrum, I bought red and pink fabrics. I saw several floral and geometric prints that I liked at the shop, but chose solids in the end because I may try my hand at some embroidery on the fabric. I chose a pink linen with light flecks of blue and green, and a beautiful red linen. So, I have enough to make two skirts!
You can see that I also bought the thread, and 4 pieces of felt (also in pink and red) and a packet of cute red pearly buttons. I wanted to try some applique with the felt, and the buttons may play a part in my postcard for the Postcard Swap. As you can see, I am really gearing up for Project Spectrum – and over 360 of you are too!
The festivities begin a week from today: March 1st!
All of the names for the Postcard Swap were sent out yesterday (whew! 86 of you!) so, I am behind in regular emails. I actually have one participant in the Postcard Swap who does not have a partner – we had an odd number – so, if you have any interest in the March swap, please leave a comment. I only need one, so the first commenter gets it. If you did not receive an email with your pal’s name, please let me know as soon as possible. (Got one! We are even now!)
On Monday night, I had the chance to meet up with a great bunch of girls for a little knit night at the Panera Bread in Columbia. Although I had to leave early, I was able to meet everyone and have a great hour of knitting fun with Coleen, Eunny, Sarah, Laura, and Amie. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by!