Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Ombre Headband

Welcome to the 3rd installment in the One T-Shirt, Three DIYs miniseries!

The first two projects in the miniseries were a hand-stamped headband and a beach-ready crop top, and all three of these projects can be made using a single old t-shirt.

Today's project is the quickest one in the series, with only a minute or two of hands-on crafting.  (But it does involve a couple hours of hands-off drying time; so don't forget to factor that into your schedule.)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Work in Progress: Antrorse Sweater

It's been a week or so since I started knitting an Antrorse sweater in conjunction with the Very Shannon Summer Sweater Knit Along, so I thought I'd give you guys an update on my progress.

I started with 6 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas worsted cotton yarn and a lot of anxiety.  If I'm honest, I know that I do better with small, quick knits, and I wasn't sure how I'd do with such a big project.  (And I'm actually still wondering...)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Speed knitting, sidebar tweaking, and Instagram hashtagging

This weekend I went to the Denver County Fair and participated in my first-ever knitting contest: speed knitting!

I did not win.

But I fit in!  I've never attempted to knit as fast as I possibly can before, so I honestly didn't know how I would do.

I ended up knitting 1 row less than the winner, who was knitting continental-syle, by the way. Perhaps that's the way to go if a person wanted to become a speed knitting champion?

It was really fun to participate and to push myself out of my comfort zone, but I'm also happy to go back to knitting at my normal pace.  I don't really see myself getting into "training" for this the way I do with skating.  You never know, though, I may change my tune when next year's fair begins to loom on the horizon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A knitting list

While I had a rough go of it with my last sewing project, my current knitting projects are coming along swimmingly.

Here's a list of knitting-related things that are making me happy right now:

1.  My skating partner and I just found out we'll be doing an 8 month tour in Europe starting in October.  Upon hearing the news, I immediately started daydreaming about all the fun things I could knit for the cold weather over there!  I'm starting with a pair of legwarmers for rehearsals in Holland, which is what I'm holding in the picture above.  I'm not using a pattern; I'm just making them up as I go along and I'm loving what's coming off my needles so far.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Why it's (sometimes) ok to quit

If I commit to something, I do my best to see it through to the bitter end.  Seriously.  One time I pair skated 3 shows a day for an entire summer with broken ribs.  I just like to finish what I start, and I don't think that's an uncommon trait.

The thing is, though, I have a reason to skate through injuries.  It's my job.  But not everything in life is so serious.

Sewing is definitely on my not-so-serious list, and today a difficult sewing project taught me a valuable lesson: it's ok to quit a sewing project when it stops being fun.

So here's a picture of the completed sewing project that sparked all this pontificating.  My mouth is smiling but my eyes are screaming this is embarrassing -- I'm not proud of this top!

I made it using the New Look S0547 pattern and some super soft and stretchy knit fabric (which the pattern called for).  I picked out this particular pattern because it looked pretty easy, and since my sewing skill set is pretty slim, I liked the idea of being able to follow a pattern to a T without having to think too much about it.
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