A week ago, pre-Stitches, I went to the Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Expo in San Mateo. After going to the one in Pleasanton last year, I realized that this one was a lot smaller, but it was still fun. These sewing expos are mainly geared towards quilters, which I am not, but they have a… Continue reading Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Expo
Stitches is not for weakhearted fiber lovers. There was just so much to gawk at that I totally lost track of time. The plan was for Danny to drop me off at the Santa Clara Convention Center at around 10:30am on Saturday to shop for about two hours and then pick me up at 12:30pm to… Continue reading As Promised: Stiches West 2016 Photos
My very first visit to Stitches West was amazing. Not to mention, incredibly overwhelming. I’ll start with the Mastering Mosaics class that I took with Edie Eckman. It was a fun and very informative workshop to introduce folks to the wonderful world of mosaic knitting, which is a colorwork technique that utilizes slipped stitches to… Continue reading Stitches West 2016: Yarn, Yarn, and Yarn. Oh my.
Stitches West is here! My first time going ever. I have signed up for a mosaic knitting workshop on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm with the wonderful Edie Eckman. I am taking her online crochet workshop on Craftsy.com, and she is a really great teacher. My plan is to go to Stitches for the whole… Continue reading I Have a Cunning Plan
Danny and I lucked out and found another folding wine rack at our neighborhood Goodwill (Only $2.50!), and it is bigger and much sturdier than my flea market find. A 2-yard skein easily fits around this rack without having to make any adjustments. So, the previous wine rack is now (surprise) holding four bottles of… Continue reading DIY Yarn Swift Success (Again)!
I’ve been under the weather this week, so I am a little late posting. Last week I finished sewing a light weight jacket for myself from a lovely woven wool plaid fabric that I’ve held on to for the past couple of years. I don’t 100% remember where I got the fabric, but I have… Continue reading Butterick 6140 Jacket: They’ve Gone to Plaid!
After casting on just after Christmas I finally finished and wet blocked my new Marin shawl, designed by Ysolda Teague. I used the same yarn that the pattern called for, which is A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Annapurna, which is 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon and naturally dyed. Verb is located just across the… Continue reading At Long Last: Marin Shawl Completed
A couple East Bay friend’s of ours invited us out for a day of wine tasting on Sunday. The drive to and from Calistoga was beautiful and wonderfully green as a result of the rain storms we’ve been getting lately. There was, of course, plenty of knitting being done in my lap to and from… Continue reading Knit, Sip, Sip, Knit (KSSK)
I’ve been attempting some major fabric stash busting over the past couple of weeks. Sad to say, but I really didn’t do as much personal sewing as I would have liked in 2015, except for a few dresses and a handful of alterations. So, a big goal for me is to sew lots and lots… Continue reading Sew: A Needle Pulling Thread