I like wearing t-shirts, they are comfy, easy to wear, a classic that goes with anything. But I don’t always like the cut of t-shirts, they look too boxy sometimes and are not very flattering for females.
So I decided to take my sewing scissors and see what fanciness I could fashion from a t-shirt.
I found an extra large men’s shirt (on sale of course at the goodwill) with a cool design on it and decided to cut off the sleeves and the neckline. I cut it fairly close together at the shoulders so that I could tie it back together, and VOILA! Fancy new shirt.
Now I just need to work out so my arms look good in the shirt.
Thankfully it is sunny here today, but the weather outside is still very frightful as it’s 28F/-2C. I am amazed at how my dogs don’t seem to mind the cold, they just run around like crazy hyped up kids on sugar, checking out every tree for squirrel, sniffing the grass for whomever might have been there last, and letting the wind run through their hair like a shampoo commercial. It’s crazy. I tell them that I don’t have fur so it takes me a minute to get ready to go outside (the coat, hat, gloves, boots, scarf, etc), they don’t seem to understand, or care, so they are restless. (plus they don’t speak English)
So I am *almost* done with the right side of this Vee Excellent wrap.
I know. It’s only been 4 months since I started and the original test knit asked me to be done in 2 weeks. I am not good at knitting fast, and I have to wonder how these other women did it with families and kids and the house and other obligations. They must be super fast amazing wonder women knitters. Props to them. I’ll get there someday.
I have finished 2 simple skinny scarves (right), and am working on another one using the yarn on the left. The mandala colors look beautiful, but the way they made this particular acrylic yarn is too plastic-y for me, I don’t like the feel of it. I’ll finish it as it’s a present for my sister, but I won’t buy it again.
I think I am sensitive to certain fabrics; if they don’t feel right on my skin I won’t wear them. I realize I’m HSP so this is not terribly surprising. It kind of limits my fashion choices though and people see me as being very picky, at least I know this about myself and I’m ok with it.
I learned how to make a mala yesterday so now I am all excited and stoked to make some more. I have a bunch of beads that I don’t know what to do with them and this will be a good gift. The holidays are coming you know.
So I finally finished that purple crochet scarf that I just made up a pattern for (single, double, half double on repeat until I ran out of yarn). It turned out pretty good, not as long as I would have liked (I should have made it narrower) but still looks good if I do say so myself.
Here's a closer view of my stitches. They are all pretty consistent, which makes me happy. What doesn't make me happy is that I wasn't focusing part of the time and I ended up with one end being narrower than the other:
See? I wasn't paying attention and I know that I forgot to chain one at the end of the row so I ended up making a few rows shorter than the rest. I'm also not terribly good at counting my stitches in crochet. Knitting yes, crochet no. Not sure why but that is a long philosophical discussion for another day.
Nevertheless to the "untrained" eye I think it looks fabulous and because this is a gift, the person I'm giving this to should damn well appreciate it, narrow end and all. 😉
Still working on my knitting project, which I am woefully behind on but that one is now also starting to take shape so I am feeling more confident about it.
It is a perfectly cold and rainy and crappy day here in the sunshine state (yes, really it is). We get these from time to time and I am not ashamed to say that I welcome them.
What!? You say? A break from the sunshine and warmth? Yes, I say that. And I say that because there is a reason for a break in the weather, there is a reason that animals go into hibernation once a year: it’s to give themselves a break, have a little down time to rest. All this constant hurry-hurry-hurry-let’s-do-this gets tiring after awhile.
Now, mind you, my dogs aren’t terribly happy about it today, but they will survive. I’ll take a sewing break later today and take them to the park. Hopefully it won’t be as cold around noon.
The kittens know enough to stay in when it’s raining, and during the day they are sleeping inside anyway.
I’m making some progress on my Trash2Trends piece:
Yesterday I added sleeves!
I’m trying not to cut I to too many pieces as they are just so beautiful. This has been challenging to say the least. Next week is the show, so come he’ll or high water it will have to be finished. I used to get really stressed about this stuff, but I’ve learned to let it go. It will get done and everything will work out exactly as it is supposed to. No worries.
Over the weekend I was working on some carry all bags made out of the leftover yoga mat pieces I had from the Trash2trends show. I have to say that yoga mat material is so very forgiving and easier to work with than I thought.
It’s also a bit heavier than I thought too, but that’s another story.
I cut the pieces, (bottom right), pinned on the pocket, (left), and searched my stash of canvas belts to use as handles (top right). It’s almost totally together and I’ll show you what I did later this week.
It’s a really easy pattern to make a simple bag. What’s nice is you can make the bag any size you want, out of most any material, (new or repurposed, of course), and you can customize it with pockets! Or not, whichever you choose. I’m a big fan of pockets, so most everything I have or wear has pockets.
I like being able to customize a simple pattern, there are so many possibilities, it’s kind of exciting! I can say I made something myself, and I made it unique!
So after a very busy day last Saturday, I’ve been inspired and busy and made a bunch of yoga mat earrings. An easy and relaxing thing to do after such a busy day.
Even though I didn’t win, I still had an awesome time at the Trash2trends show last week. To be around such creative energy was inspiring and exciting.
I think I’m really going to have to step up my game for next year. So many designs were so detailed and intricate and fancy; I am not fancy. I wish I were, but I’m not. I could be, but it would require a certain rewiring of my brain and thinking that may cause the same type of headache I got while writing APA style papers for a neurology class I took for my undergrad degree.
I hated, and loved, that class at the same time with the same degree of emotion. I wouldn’t take it back for a second.
I am a more practical, functional person, although I do like things to be aesthetically pleasing; I don’t want everything to be sterile gray metal or plain black and white. Now, though, I have a year to think about it.