Getting ready to sew

My fiance proposed at 12:12 on 12/12/12. We’re thinking 11/12/13 at 14:15 would be good time to get married. 09:10 is an option but I’d be up early getting my hair and make up done. After looking online at wedding dresses I am thinking about sewing my own. I really need to make a few items first to see if I am really up to the challenge.

My friend Anita is getting married later this month. I was planning to wear my pale pink lace dress but then I was told I need my shoulders covered in the Synagogue. I could knit a shawl but decide I would make a new dress. I am not in the bridal party but I am a civil witness so will be slightly on display. I recently went dress pattern shopping with my friend Rebecca. Patterns were half price so I bought these five.

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I am making B5710 in the shorter length for Anita’s wedding.

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I consulted the bride and her request was no black, white or purple so I decided to make green. The darker green is the dress, the green with gold trim will be a feature hiding behind the cowl neck and the pale green the lining. Throw in a $10 voucher from Spotlight and the fabric cost me $26.36. I did buy a little more than I need but always good to have extra. I still need to buy the invisible zip and maybe the shoulder pads the pattern recommends.

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So far I have started cutting out the paper pattern. I cut all sizes then fold the pattern to my size. Not the best idea but it works for me. I need to measure myself and get out my dressmaking dummy.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Cladonia Shawl – Attempt 1

I used to search Ravelry with a focus on free patterns. I would ignore patterns because I didn’t want to pay for them. Then one day I couldn’t find the right pattern so I included patterns that I could purchase online. I guess when I visit my LYS I can hold and look in a pattern book. See if I like how it’s written. An e-book or pattern? That’s a leap of faith. One day my search brought me to the Cladonia shawl pattern. I knew it was the one so happily bought it. I wanted to use my yarn from Claudia’s Handpainted Yarns. I cast it on and knitted a few rows. I wasn’t quite sure it was the right yarn/pattern combo but knitted on a little more. Eventually I stopped unhappy with the colour pooling. The yarn is purple however my phone always makes it look blue.

I have decided I will attempt Cladonia again, I just need to try with different yarns.

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Back to the blog

I’m back! I don’t have an exciting excuse for not posting but after my friend Lenka R asked what was happening with my blog I knew I had to return. I have started a new job in town. I commute 40 minutes each way by train. At first the train ride was an adventure then it became tedious. After a while I realised I should relax and enjoy myself. Sometimes I knit, other times I read. One thing I’ve noticed is when I knit I often have an empty seat beside me for the whole journey. I’m courteous – I use circular needles and keep my elbows tucked in but people just stay away!

Today is day two of a long weekend. Yesterday I decided I would check out a couple of craft stores – Lincraft and Spotlight. I was getting ready to go and thought of Annie from knitting group. Phoned her up and yes, she was keen for a spontaneous adventure. First stop was Lincraft at Toombul which had selected yarns 50% off. I was tempted by the yarns but maintained my yarn diet. I did find a gorgeous Vogue pattern (V8804) for a jacket. When I make it I will only do the lower pockets. There was also a book sale and I bought Knit Noel and Holly Jolly Christmas Quilting. Each book is hardcover and was $7.99. I could have bought 3 books for $20 but neither of us could find a third book we really wanted. Annie bought 21 balls of yarn.

The Lincraft lady recommended a deli in the shopping centre. Really good fresh food and a big thank you to Annie for buying my sandwich and drink. It was her thank you to me for taking her on a shopping trip.

Next stop was Spotlight at Everton Park. It’s ALOT bigger than Lincraft. Most of the yarns were full priced but Annie did pick up two balls for her crochet ripple blanket. I looked at the Christmas fabrics and bought 5 fat quarters. They were $3.99 each.

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My Hurricane Hat

One of my groups on Ravelry decided to have a Knit-ALong (KAL) to keep away the hurricane season. A few of us chose to knit the Hurricane Hat.

I liked the pattern so I went stash diving and used some Lion Amazing.

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The end result was a bit more colourful than I anticipated……

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I enjoyed knitting the pattern. It was well written and has so far kept the hurricanes away!

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The green room is not green

Yesterday I had an adventure at the Brisbane Southbank. I caught the train in and stopped for a quick Yum Cha lunch at The Bamboo Basket. Polite staff, excellent menu and the food was cooked to order. I then walked to the 612 ABC studio where I was put in the green room and asked if I could cast off. I said yes and was given a rather long scarf to cast off.

The green room is a waiting room with tea, coffee and water. There’s a muted tv tuned to ABC24 and a speaker plays the 612 radio broadcast.

I then sat in a corner of the studio where I casted on a new charity scarf. Kelly Higgins-Devine did her show. When she wasn’t on air she happily chatted. I was briefly interviewed twice which was fun. The first time was about the 3 skeins of Royal Wedding yarn I spent over $110 on including postage. Next was my trip to Atlanta for Stitches South and the rowdy knitters at the PJ party.

I had a great time and was made to feel welcome. If anyone else in Brisbane has the chance to visit the 612 Knit Pit I recommend they do it!

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The Dragonfly

I apologise for not posting lately but I’ve had two job interviews. One was a non-event and turned out to be an agency wanting to use me as a temp. I’ll do temp work but would prefer something long term. The second interview was for a permanent role and I should hear back at the end of the week after they interview other people.

I just finished my 132nd square using a Dragonfly yarn. I was given two of their mini’s at Stitches South.

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They are both Djinni Sock in the colour County Fair.

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It was a lovely yarn to knit and here’s my finished square.

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I normally try to avoid putting similar colours together but I think it looks good.

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