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April 22nd, 2009

11:48 am: I am moving
I am moving to a new blog at wordpress. I have transferred this blog to
See you there.

February 5th, 2007

04:22 pm: Yarny goodness
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We were off to VIctoria for a few days and had a stop at Beehive. Thanks to Adriana for the 20% off coupon.  I  planned on several things and none of that panned out, but I got some other goodies.  Baby Cashmerino,  Debbie Bliss baby book 2 and I'll make a jacket for a baby expected next month.
Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI got a couple of odd balls that go with some eyelash silk I bought a couple of years ago. Kimono Ribbon and Distrato by Gedifra. I'll probably do something simple.
I did a fair bit of knitting lately and my shawl is at about 70% done.

January 28th, 2007

12:39 pm: Problem Solving

Today the photo of the purse with the cut through the felt top. I was so pleased it worked and didn't fall apart. I can now see the potential. Maybe beaded atc, small beaded clutch, a pocket on something.  They would all take a bit of work.
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The sock remains at this spot, I swear for 10 days, although for the last 5 I haven't even touched it.
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A bright spot is this green and coral amarylis, unusual colour and a determination to live and bloom. I bought it in mid November and forgot it on a much crowded desk. I was horrified  to discover it at the new year, still in the net bag, all twisted about trying to find the sun.  I plunked its roots in water and it sits at a terrible angle but this is the third stalk. I am glad it was so hardy as I have good intentions in the garden shops  and don't always follow throught with planting and the care needed.

I have started another blog over on blogger. It is for clothing, dolls and things related to fabric. This one will continue to be knitting, paper arts and the rest.      see you there and right now it is pretty bare, it is not pretty yet and that will be next on my agenda.

January 23rd, 2007

06:13 pm: Boxes, Boxes
There are 23 cardboard boxes filled with the contents of my sewing room,  now stacked in piles up to the ceiling of the basement. I also have a rec room  packed up to the tv with fabric containers, wool   in more containers and assorted other containers and piles of excess, from behind the couch to the crafting area. There is no space in the rubber stamping area for anything else.

In the midst of this, I will continue to sew up starirs in the dining room, and work on the sock down stairs. I have been working on the sock and I am still on the heel. I was making good progress but screw ups continue or I drop a stitch or two and it is easier to just rip it out and start again.

I have been contemplating cutting my felt hat that doesn't fit.  I had made a purse at the same time, I hadn't photographed it, it was worse than the hat.  Last night, I got the scissors out and cut the black 4 inch band in a wavy line. I have pulled at it and played with it, and it still stays together. So there is hope for the hat and I will eventually cut the brim to size and adjust the height of the crown.  My hat is in one of the 23 boxes and it may take a few weeks until I find it again.

I suppose the next thing will be to rip up the sewing room floor.

January 19th, 2007

05:11 pm: New toys
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My new scale, latest yarn which I have had for a couple of weeks and I used an OTT light, which a friend gave me. The light gives a truer colour although I still needed a flash. It is such a dark day today.

January 17th, 2007

02:22 pm: socks, new clothes
I have finished the first project of the new year.
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Dyed in Dec of 05, 2mm needles, knit picks sock yarn.
Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis show 4 tops and a jacket. The yellow and  green sleeveless tops are knit cotton and spandex, the sweater with sleeves is cotton.
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This is the close up of the leather jacket with the poly for the blouse. I have to finish the blouse cause I love the two together, but alas, the fitting is still a major problem. I met with another friend today who suggested some changes to the pattern. So once I redraw the pattern, I'll make a muslin, I think I'll make the sleeves a bit larger as well.

January 12th, 2007

09:05 pm: 2 days of sun
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Two days of sunshine might not sound like anything special. but it is. We had our last full day of sunshine on Halloween. So to wake up to bright sunshine, snow and ice is great, quite the little mood lifter.

Today, I went to the Bodyworld show at Science World. It was quite incredible and seeing the disection of the nerves and the blood vessels was really interesting to me. Real cadavers that have be plasticized. What a learning tool.

Then my friend and I went to a clothing sale at Snazzie, I found a stack of clothes I liked. 2 coral cotton tops, one with screen printing, 2 sleeveless knitted tops in 2 different greens, one green crochet modern looking sweater, 1 leather jacket in turquoise. Then we got groceries and I picked up the latest Threads mag.
When I got home all the drainage problems had been taken care of and now I just have to deal with the restoration of my sewing room.

January 11th, 2007

01:00 pm: Another problem.
I like to solve problems, and my motto this year is "Make it Work" by Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame.
I think I've managed to get the front of my blouses looking better by doing an FBA  but now the sleeves are too tight and can't move my arms.  I wasn't sure what the problem is, since I can't see my back. The digittal camera comes in handy but I don't always like what I see. Broad back? Broad waist--yes, Round shoulders?   all of the above. Talk about multiple choice and a different way to tackle each problem.
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The following are pictures  of the offending problems.
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I am fairly happy with the front, I just have it pinned together, I haven't put the ring  on, to tie the belt properly.
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It is quite a gap in the back of the armseye.
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 I left out the back darts but maybe I should do something else in the way of an alteration.
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With a more relaxed arm, you can still see the gap in the back.
The store had 3 bolts of this fabric, so it will be possible to buy more.  One thing not visible in the photos, When I tried the blouse on without sleeves I noticed the armseye was ill fitting. There seemed to be too much fabric at about the same level in the front.
No wonder I knit socks to relax!!!

January 9th, 2007

06:52 pm: doll photos
This is Marjorie; my own design, batik fabric, angelina fibers, dyed doily.
and a closeup

She was made last year.

05:18 pm: Number 14 next
Storm number 14, already the wind has hit 100k, sky trains have stopped and I have just discovered that things under the deck are blowing around. I know where the flashlight is but hope I don't have to use it tonight. Snow is expected by morning and the temperature is going to drop. One of the neighbours has his snow plow attached to his truck.  It is nice to know that our block will be ploughed if necessary.

I have spent my time today making a poly blouse with a cross over front. I am just poking around making it, making alterations to the pattern.

Yesterday I was taking doll pictures at a friend's house, she had an OTT light. It sure made a difference in getting a truer colour. I should have taken some wool with me, to see what kind of difference it makes, I am so  tired of not getting a true colour.

This is the first time I have posted just using live journal and not semagic, evidently there is an easy why to add pictures to my text.  Maybe later tonight if I still have power.

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