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I've been feeling a bit under the weather lately - I suspect I was really, really tired and needed the vacation. Now I have regained some energy and I give you the obligatory "yearly costume review" post.

Back in January 2010, I tried to push myself to finish one project a month for a year. It worked quite well for the first half of the year, then as I went back to work my productivity went downward and I stoped keeping track. Most of all, this year has been bad for pictures - I forgot to snap some of half of the things I made, and I still haven't gone through the Vaux one. Boooo ! I'll try to catch up now that I'm home, but first, what did I make ?click )

That'd be 10 or 11 projects in a year. Not quite 12-12, but considering I had a baby on my hands and how exhausted I spent the last months of the year, that's really not bad.
Oh wait ! I made a 12th thing ! I made a maternity t-shirt with th serger, it was so quick I forgot it ! *ticks the last box off*

Now for the coming year, what do I want to make ?
- finish the 1887 red maternity bustle dress
- make an 18th century quilted maternity ensemble
- make an adorable baby
- work on the super sekrit eyebrow project with [livejournal.com profile] heileen
Nothing else is set yet, but I suspect this will change after we have the programm of the Ministère des Modes in January...

Now for the mundane stuff click )
green_martha: (knitting)
I'm knitting on the bus during my commute. Mornings and evenings. Iget weird looks and odd remarks. I am currently knitting a SWEATER. For my Dad. Who's a rather large man. I've been successively asked whether I was knitting a sock, or a hat. Some girls were actually flabbergasted that I was !OMG! MAKING! a piece of clothing !!!! Making clothing is OMG so freaking completely !!!IMPOSSIBLE!!!
Then there was this conversation :
Co-bus-rider #1 - "It's so lovely to see you knitting..."
Co-bus-rider #2 (standing right next to #1 and obviously a friend of hers) - "Oh, she's crocheting !"

What else for today ? No sewing, but ideas. The taxes website gives me the headache, I'm tired, but I bought new clothes, which makes me happy.
green_martha: (knitting)
... or maybe we've been protected by higher power. Dunno. We successively tried to watch a Tarantino movie, a Disney, a Twilight episode, Avatar, and finally a random psucho-horror-something called Esther and nothing worked. First it was the image, then the sound, then the image that were unbearable, then the computer froze on us, then the movie was just bad. The good thing about it is that it gave me plenty of time to work on my knitting. I've started on the sweater for my Dad for Christmas, and I almost have two sleeves ! I'm very proud of myself, and I'm started to think that maybe I could get this done in time (looking at my record of needing a year to complete a sweater, that'd be a first.
I also wore my Amulette sweater for the first time this weekend, and it's just perfect. I expect to spend a lot of time with it this winter.
The sewing has been put on hold somewhat while I was trying to work on my latest print or busy knitting or having family at our place - we celebrated Heimlich's first birthday a little late on saturday. I know it's horribly cliché, but I can't believe it's been a year. It's so close still and yet so far away already... Today we took a walk he and I, for the first time. Just a short one through the garden and to the next bench on the sidewalk, but it felt like a milestone. He was trying to sit on the (wet) grass, of course, and wanted to pick up more leaves than he could hold. He got tired after the bench, seemed a little scared to have gone that far, and then we had to run home anyway because it started pouring. A wonderful autumn Sunday !

-- Oh, and on a not so nice note, we got another call from CreepyMan at work. Wrote down the number and told him so, should he try again it's going to be the cops' business.

D'oh !

Sep. 25th, 2010 05:50 pm
green_martha: (duckie)
I bought yarn for myself yesterday. And today I remembered I promised my Dad a sweater last year. And they had a Rayure Double colorway that might even work for him... Guess I'm back at the store on monday.
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I have to admit I sometimes take two pictures a day to make up for a missed one. And my son's pretty practical as a model - though he's sometimes a wobbly one.

My row counter on my current sweater**. I did not originally want a pink one but it was the only one with the features I wanted.


WiP on my desk. Has been in progress for months but it slowly nearing completion. Maybe I'll even keep it afterwards !
The rest goes under here )


**Which leads me to a question : why do people knit so many scarves and little felted bags ? I searched Ravelry for ideas of what to knit with Rayure Double and got overwhelmed with !scarves! and !more scarves! projects. I don't want to knit a scarf out of this. I love the yarn for a sweater, but it's too scratchy for my neck. And besides, I have a dozen scarves already - actually, they'd be called shawls by most people, but the thing is : I have enough of them ! I want to knit things that I will actually wear - because I have to at least somehow justify my yarn splurdges, even though knitting a sweater often costs me twice as much, not including time, as buying one. Crazy world that we're living in. The point is : I want knitting patterns for feminine and pretty sweaters and cardigans. And I want something not too plain that will still display the variegated yarn without looking stupid.
BTW, I still need to frog Pinky and to take pictures of its littel brother, Amulette. It'ss the same sweater, just smaller - and since it's the same colors as my cat, it has the same name.

wOOt !

Sep. 17th, 2010 10:07 pm
green_martha: (knitting)
I found a pattern I like for the new cardigan I started. Okay, I found a pattern for the neckline, I'm probably going to alter it considerably below the bust.

I have eight skein of a light brown mohair-something blend with copper shiny thread - small skeins, I have about 400meters total. I wanted something I could wear in the spring and autumn over a light top and in winter over a turtleneck. I wanted something I could possibly still wear if our plans for a second pregnancy fulfill themselves. I wanted to knit the rather lightweight yarn in a loose gauge, because I didn't like the way it felt knitted on the prescribed needles. I can't get more skeins. And finally, I wanted some lace. This is where I started. After some math and casting on, I almost have ten rows. Or, in other words, not much to show yet.

Testing...

Sep. 6th, 2010 09:13 am
green_martha: (knitting)
... this crosspoting thing.

Still nothing going on sewing-wise here. Mostly tired and Heimlich won't let me much. Knitting is easier, as long as he doesn't dcide he needs to play with the needle or the yarn himself. I almost have one completed sleeve for the sweater I started back when Heimlich was in hospital - I could actually have a grand new fitting warm woollen sweater in time for this winter, wOOt !

Right now I'm just having breakfast, waiting for the little angel to wake up, and I wish I could spent the day huddled under a blanket until my cold goes away. It feels like I didn't get any sleep last night. don't want to face air-conditionning at work today. Meh...
green_martha: (knitting)
Oh yeah, I'm knitting again. It must be something about the season - last year around this time I cast on the 1873 sparkly scarf - which has been done and worn for months now, but which I still didn't get to photograph (don't hit me [livejournal.com profile] heileen ! I did try and then my digicam pretended it was dead !*). Now this year I've been on a mitten craze, obviously. I've just finished the pair for my sister-in-law, just need to take pictures, upload them, wrap the mitts and put them under the tree.

Choco-menthe

Now I just want to start a new something to knit, since it seems like a really Heimlich-compatible activity, as opposed to sewing. I have some yarn of course, but nothing suitable for the project I had in mind (actually I do have a nice mohair yarn, but I already have a knit tunic-dress-thingy in that exact same color). Buuuuut... I did find a niiiiiice place to get cheaaaaap yarn from... Check it out in Euros (complete with auto-translation, *giggles*) ! And in Dollars ! Saw good comments on the Ravelry forums about them, and well, I'm really tempted. Of course, that would mean I'd need to start another project to keep me waiting until the yarn arrives...

*We want to order a DSLR, but we hope there might be some % off after Christmas...
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Despite little Heimlich having been turned into an even more angelic angel right in time for Christmas (no kidding, if he gets any nicer he'll grow wings !), it's still good to have the Home Geek well, ... home, to take care of him. It allowed me do run some pre-Christmas errands today. I actually wanted to get my new glasses as well (more on that when I get them), but in the end I just gave up. It was freezing - like, still below 0°C at 3PM when we got out with the (carefully wrapped) little one - , it was dark, and I ahd the very very bad surprise when reaching grenoble itself that they did NOT salt the streets. It had been snowing all day yesterday and some of the night too, and some snowflakes still floated through the air. That gives you something like 3 centimeters of slush slowly turning to ice in every streets except the very large avenues. Ugh. It took me half an hour to reach the little shop that sells good candied fruit, and then another fifteen minutes to drive from there to the place I bought the snails from - which is less than it usually takes per foot from one to the other. Ugh.
I have a fingerless mitt and a half for my sister in law, I should be able to get them done and wrapped up tomorrow. Yay for bulky yarn and quick projects ! I actually think I might knit myself a pair of those as well, since I lost my purple mitts.
green_martha: (knitting)

I haven't sewn much lately - it's not the most practical thing to do when taking care of a two months old. So the bustle is a bit at a stillstand. I've finished the yoke and sewn it to the back panel, and it's looking good (the picture is without any bone in). I have the front panels assembled as well, still need the part that ties the bustle together behind the legs, though.

I have had other priorities lately as well, as Christmas is coming up and I was really short on ideas, I took up the needles for at least one (possibly more if I get to it) last minute present.
1873 pattern Mitten beginning
This is an early progress pics, I've finished knitting both mitts and seamed up one already. I'm adding a little black ribbon bow and then under the tree they go !
green_martha: (knitting)
Look at this !!!

And while I'm talking yarn,...

This is what the yarn I used for my stomache rwas meant to be, a Heimlich sweater. It's coming along fine but I'm a little tired of stockinette. Which is probably the reason why I bought a pattern for a knitted lace dress on Etsy the other day. It's pinned above my desl as I type, it'll be my reward for when I finish the sweater !
green_martha: (knitting)
No, honey, I'm not starting another baby jacket yet. There are several parts in a jacket, I'm onto the right front now (done the back a while ago, finished the left front all in one day yesterday). Tssk tssk.
And I suspect this Baby Yoda jacket is a tad big for the birth. Probably more 6 months and onwards.
green_martha: (knitting)
Those baby jackets you can find out there are too damn 1) expensive and 2) ugly for all the wool I already have in my stash. I have lots of medical appointments ahead, so lots of time in waiting rooms. I will *knit*, dammit !
Need to get gauge pn a few non-identified yarns...

Duh, #2

Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:30 pm
green_martha: (Default)
I looked again at the scarf, at the pattern... and realised if I followed the pattern, I'd lose 1/3 of my stitches 4 times for every "thick" section. The scarf consists of one lace section, one thick section, aother lace section, and another thick section. That was NOT good. So I just frogged 6 rows of 290 stitches each. Owwwwwwwww.
On the other hand, that gave me an opportunity to check the actual length of the scarf, and *squeeee* it is super long ! I love it !
Despite the set-back, the scarf is comign along great. I'll be back to abut one fourth of the scarf itself after I've put all the stitches back on the needle. In theory the scarf also has a lace border but I'm really not sure about that. The border should be knitted lengthwise, too, and in several sectiosn so as not to mhave too many stitches on the needles at once. I'm a bit reluctant to do hat and then sew the separate peces together. And I'm not sure the lace border will be needed for the design, it's not even a very pretty border, just a simple chevron. We'll see how much yarn I have left I guess.
On the other hand, I have some other knitting projects waiting, like the 1888 house vest that sounds cool, too.
On the health front ? Still coughing some, and very dizzy. Must take it verrry easy or I find myself tripping all over the place and losing my balance and almost falling over. Head is spinning a lot as soon as I'm a bit too active.


Another funny thing : everyone asks me whether the scarf is meant to coordinate with my wedding dress... errrr... No ?!? Why should it be ?

Duh !

Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:58 pm
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I *just now* realised this thing aobut using a circular needle for my scarf. [livejournal.com profile] quincy134, I feel particularly stupid for NOT understanding it earlier, but thank you anyway ! :) I'm into section 2 of the scarf (there are four sections, then the border) and skein 3.
And err... I'm goign to bed. That's all for tonight folks, I'm still feeling very groggy from the sickness, but not coughing very much anymore. And eating normally. And no fever. And staying on my fett for more than two minutes (though not MUCH more)
green_martha: (knitting)
For you french-reading knitters out there. I have an old special issue from Mon Tricot that lists all the basic stitches and a large amount of stitches pattern. A very, very cool gook and extremely useful as well.
Well, see this page ? It's the book, in pieces. The pictures are the exact same ones. Oddly enough, it doesn't list the basics, like how to knit, purl, make a K2Tog, a yarnover, etc.
green_martha: (knitting)
In an attempt to make not too long posts, I'll try to keep that separated from the sewing.

So I deemed the Kid in Yellow bonnet finished. I can't find any option to add a mouth that satisfies me. I'll block it and send it as a belated Christmas present, and basta.

Which means that I grabbed some size 10 1/2 needles, my yarn, my 1873-74 Mode Illustrée book (those are *heavy* to lug around to work, darn !), and started gauging the scarf. I was a little scared at first because the picture didn't seem to match with the pattern instructions, but I think I have figured that out.


It's kind of lacy, is knitted from the long side of the scarf, and has a knitted lace border added to it. I haven't checked the border yet, but the scarf itself seems pretty easy. Nothing more fancy than YO and K2Tog.
The yarn is com-ple-te-mu un-period, but I don't care. :p
Going from the "lifesize" picture of the scarf in the book, my yarn is somewhat chunkier. I picked the needles the yarn called for, I have no idea what is the modern equivalent to the recommended period yarn and "big" is not a really precise description to pick a needle size.
Things discovered until now : I have cast on many, many stitches just for gauging. And it seems the picture in the book shows the backside" of the knitting, not the one you start knitting on.

I'll keep you posted !

Rested

Nov. 23rd, 2008 09:15 pm
green_martha: (knitting)
We spent the weekend near Paris for a friends couple's (and their kid's) birthday. Basically, I discussed some things with the HG in the train, and for the rest I slept, ate, did nothing but knit and cuddle the toddler - a very cuddle-worthy kid. So NO sewing progress, no invitation progress, but much rest and relaxation and OMG ! I've finished Pinky !
I have to weave in the loose ends and block it. And then I4ll wear it and marvel in it's pink warmth. Which I seriously could use at work, because it's getting COLD here. Not cold enough to get us the promised snow, though. *pouts*
I have a new project almost on my needles now - almost as in I have the gauge swatch on my needles. I'm making a yellow Totoro bonnet for some other friends' kid. The kid was born on Wednesday and there's a kind of private joke about dressing him in yellow. And I just happened to have yellow yarn. *grin*

As for tonight, I'm debating whether to go try on the bodiced petticoat and fiddle with the cording acting up or just measure the gauge for the bonnet, check some stitches I'm not sure about anymore, and then go to sleep.
green_martha: (gps)

My desk on this Sunday morning.
green_martha: (Default)
The weekend was fabuous, despite being sick from Friday night until Saturday evening. At least the bug gave me an excuse to not look horribly clumsy while holding a toddler.

As predicted, not much sewing happened. I'm going to work on that right after I finish this post. As also predicted, I did knit. I swatched the pink Rayure Double (which is every bit as fantabulous as [livejournal.com profile] heileen says) and cast on my first - gasp - sweater ! And I teached [livejournal.com profile] lady_darkstone and the HOME GEEK to knit. They both wanted to check whether and how you could knit a Moebius ring. The HG ditched and unraveled the thing after two rows, but [livejournal.com profile] lady_darkstone wants to turn her not-exactly-Moebius ring into a scarf for her mom. That is, if she's not too busy with the shiny new antique Singer she got this weekend...

I also finished the Chaos socks and will take pictures as soon as they're dry.

Next step : convert [livejournal.com profile] lady_darkstone to socks and historical knitting. *evil grin*

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