Saturday, March 18, 2006

Summer is for Skirts

This is the skirt I have sewn for the sew? i knit! project. It's Kwik Sew pattern #3286 in my favorite Amy Butler fabric. I didn't have enough of the Amy Butler fabric for the underskirt so I chose a lightweight rayon gauze in my fabric stash. I like the skirt and I think I will wear it a lot in the summer but, if I were to do it over again I would find a fabric and buy enough for both layers. I'm not real fond of how it cuts off...it almost looks like your "slip" is showing...a real "no no" back in the day and I'm old fashioned in a lot of respects.

So, I would say find a fabric that has a nice drape to it and go for it! I have some rayon laying around somewhere that I may use to make another one of these...in a tropical print...yeah baby.

I found a great fabric site online called Hawaiian Fabric that has the most amazing selection of tropical prints that I have ever seen! Plus they have patterns for Hawaiian style "mumus" and other cute patterns. I ordered some fabulous pink tropical fabric and a pattern for summery coveralls with a matching purse that I can't wait to sew up. So, why all the tropical fabric fuss? When we were in San Diego recently, I stopped into a Hilo Hatties store and was inspired by all the beautiful tropical prints in their garments. I decided I had to have me some new summer clothes in these wonderful patterns! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Knitting on Board

Here I am just beginning AGAIN the back of my sweater. I have ripped it twice now. By the end of the cruise I was up the back about 6 inches. YES I AM A SLOW KNITTER. But these are tiny needles, for me. There were not that many other knitters on board which was disappointing. I did meet one knitter who shared her pattern for the extremely cute tank top that she was knitting. It was knitted from Moda Dea yarn in a 1 x 1 rib and that is going to be my next project. In fact, if I can get the yarn at my local Michael's (where she got hers) I may have it going concurrently. I like to have more than one project going because it eases the boredom.

I did not like cruising...too boring. And way too confining. And there was too much food. And yoga classes were extra and too expensive. And it was boring. I wanted to get off the boat after about 3 days. I realized that I am a doer and like to be my own director of acitivites. No more cruising for me. Posted by Picasa