June 15, 2008

Solutions and More Problems

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:11 pm by merknits

My Calmer dye lot issues have been solved thanks to Sarah.

You can’t even tell that I’m using two different balls of yarn!  She wasn’t sure of the dye lot, but through the magic of Ravelry I discovered that we had bought our yarn from the same source and asked if she had any leftovers.  She sent me nearly a full ball (for free!) and I think that it’s a winner!  Now it’s just a matter of ripping out the sweater to fix the issue.

In other yarn shortage news, I’m pretty sure that I will not have enough Svale to finish Cherry.  Well, that is what happens when you buy yarn without a project in mind and then hope that you have enough.  I’ll have to call the yarn store and see if they still have some in the same dye lot–I don’t want to try to hunt this yarn down too!

I haven’t mentioned this yet, but my husband got a job in Chicago for the summer so I’ve been a bit lonely lately.  It’s only been a few weeks, and we have several weekend trips planned to see each other, but it still sucks.  I’ve been in a bit of a mopey mood this weekend.  I do have a fun new haircut to cheer me up though:

Short hair is definitely good for the summer! 


June 7, 2008

Unfinished Business

Posted in Finished Objects, Sewing at 6:15 pm by merknits

Remember my Rene purse?  Probably not.  I started it so long ago, and although the knitting didn’t take long, I put off sewing the lining until today. 

Pattern:Rene from Rowan Big Just Got Bigger (I got my pattern from an insert in a UK knitting magazine)
Yarn:Handpaintedyarn.com hand-spun bulky in Polar Morn
Notes: The pattern itself was fine–it went quickly because of the bulky yarn.  I thought it was a bit odd that the pattern had a different number of reverse stockinette stitches on the sides of each piece, making the bobbles not really centered on the purse.  Of course it’s not noticeable without really scrutinizing it, so no big deal!  I absolutely love the color of the yarn!  It’s so gorgeous.
What actually inspired me to finish this was my class at Sew Crafty Houston (and the leftover fabric that I had from the class).  It was great!  Sarah is a fabulous teacher and I am so proud of my pretty tote bag:
Even though I’ve sewed a few things before, I never really felt like I knew what I was doing.  It’s so much easier having someone walk you through all of the steps!  Otherwise I tend to cut corners, and that makes for some not-so-nice projects.  Hopefully this will give me the confidence to finally use some of the sewing patterns I’ve been buying!

There are also a few other projects that haven’t been blogged about because they were secrets until recently.  In case you’re wondering what I’ve been up to:

  • Our Stitch n’ Bitch knit squares for a baby blanket for Sharron!  Isn’t it pretty?  Credit goes to Kelly for all of the seaming and edging.
  • More secret baby knits for another Sharon are here!