Friday, June 29, 2007

Don't Be Cocky (and don't do math)

I'm still trudging along on the Shoalwater Shawl feeling pretty good about my progress. According to the directions, I have less than a repeat to go, and so I decided to do a little math to figure out how many rows left that is.

NEVER DO THE MATH for how much you have left to do!!!!

Okay, first the good news: If I only do the 4.5 repeats per the directions, that's only 35 rows left.

That sounded pretty good, actually. I mean, the shawl is almost done, right???

Then I went to do the next row on the shawl. What? I had forgotten to move my row counter, so I did the same right side row twice (and it's corresponding wrong side row), meaning that I had to rip back 2 rows. That's over 800 stitches to TINK. (I didn't want to lose my stitch marker placement and I find getting lace back on the needles from frogging a little dangerous).

So all of a sudden I went from needing only 35 rows, to not only needing 37 rows, but I had to un-knit two rows, which is basically like knitting 2 rows. Hrumph.

Now, the other thing is... I was looking at my Landscape Shawl*, and the top measurement (as I want the Shoalwater to be bigger than the Landscape) and realized that 4.5 repeats is not going to make me happy. I will be adding an other repeat. So, if I were to do the math (which I'm not, as it curses my knitting) that would mean instead of 35 rows left (as I've already unknit and corrected the mistake, so I'm back to only 35 rows left), I would have 82 rows left. Oh, and let's not forget that adding an other repeat is going to add an other 96 stitches.

So I'm looking forward to something different... like Fawne. Can't wait for the start of the Tour de France KAL, so I can get to work on that. I need something that's not over 400 stitches across!!!! (I'm working on basically three projects: The Summer Braids Cardigan, Maria (the Berroco skirt) and the Shoalwater Shawl... all three have about 400 stitches on the needles. I might need to do a little project diving just for something small just as a break!!!!

Summer Teaching Schedule:

So I'll be teaching two classes this summer at Olde Peddler Wools, a Yarn 101 class (July 14 10-12am) and a finishing class (Aug 18 10-12am). The Yarn 101 class is going to cover the basics. The idea behind the class is learning the different weights of wool, the importance of gauge (and how it's different for everyone) and some tricks to help successfully substitute yarn. We'll decipher all those funky symbols on the yarn label. The Finishing class will be about seaming (with an emphasis on the mattress stitch), how to think about finishing before you even cast on and weaving in ends. If interested, just give Darlene a call or drop into the shop.

*Okay, as I went thru my gallery looking for the finished photo for the Landscape Shawl I realized how sadly out of date my site is. My sidebar needs updating as does my finished gallery. Let's not even think about the WIP gallery. I don't think that will EVER be up to date!!!!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Auto Focus Does Have It's Drawbacks

So I got out my camera to take pictures of all the work I did yesterday, yet my auto focus camera doesn't get taking pictures of small objects.

I bet you're dying (not dyeing... tho' you might be, and if you are, good for you, I love hand dyed yarns) to know what I worked on yesterday.

I made my first set of wire wrapped stitch markers. I made quite a few, actually:
Fuzzy Stitch Markers
click to enlarge, for what it's worth

If the pictures were at all clear, you can see how quickly I progressed. My first attempts, while useable aren't as "clean" as my later attempts. I still have lots of room for improvement. I will also say that this could become very addictive. Beads are fun to shop for. Plus they're cheaper than yarn.

Making my own is a definite advantage. I much prefer the wire wrapped style (rather than a split ring or other style. I always get those caught in my knitting) and I'm picky about how they fit my needles (big enough to slid easily on my needles, yet not too large to be cumbersome). Plus I get to buy beads. Let's be honest: I knit so I can buy yarn. I mean come on, hobbies are all about buying stuff.

So a fun new (and potentially addictive) new hobby!

Meanwhile, the Shoalwater has a few more rows done. (I might add that my current, unblocked cross measurement is 60"... so I might only need that 4.5 repeats after all!)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


The beads I ordered for the Shoalwater Shawl arrived yesterday (uh, FYI: that's basically overnight). This is what they look like:

Shoalwater Shawl beads
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I'll be using the beads on the bottom instead of the picot cast off. I tried this shawl on at The Yarn Gallery (in Reading, PA)* where they had used beads on their's. It added a great drape to the shawl. (let me also say that I am a complete sucker for shop models. If a shop has a beautiful sweater knit up and on display, I will leave with pattern and yarn for that project... unless I already have it, like the Shoalwater Shawl... however, I did leave with yarn for the shawl, I just decided to use the Joslyn's Fiber Farm instead).

So that's more motivation to keep on working on the shawl!!!

However, I am really antsy to get to work on Fawne... I'm not sure I can wait until the start of the Tour! I've been watching pro cycling for about 5 or 6 years now (I was one of those people that even watched the Giro and the Vuelta when they used to broadcast it live here in the states). I can thank watching the Tour de France as one of the best weight loss periods... every year I get motivated and increase my workouts. (here's my 2004 fitness blog entry).

Oh, and Debby: Matt thinks I'm already participating in cycing. He's says I'm the best soigneur ever! As I do it all: laundry, cooking/nutritional evaluation, leg massage, water bottle hand offs! (however, I don't do bike repairs... that's best left to the professionals). Since the last bike that I was on used backword pedeling as it's brakes (Matt says I should just call it a fixed gear... it's more impressive) I don't think I'm quite ready to join the peleton. So while I stick with a nice stationary bike (or rather Yourself!Fitness is my main workout now), I leave the road riding to Matt!

*West Reading not only has a nice yarn shop, but one block down is a chocolate shop to die for. Think of your favorite coffee house, but with chocolate. They have gourmet chocolates and truffles as well as specialty hot chocolates. All I can say is wow.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

More Shoalwater and a little "swatching"

Fawne Swatch
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I got gauge on the second try for Fawne. I'm going to use Bernat's Satin Sport in "Rouge" (how appropriate, eh?). I like the softness of the yarn. I tried a straight up cotton (I originally bought some Elann Sonata for it), but I didn't like the way it looked or draped. The Satin Sport has a bit of softness to it (a little fuzzy) and a great shine. Perfect for what I had in mind.

Since my crochet swatches NEVER translate to the project, I thought I should do a bigger swatch. So I started a sleeve:

Fawne Sleeve
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So I played a great deal with that yesterday, while still being able to get a few more rows done on the Shoalwater:

Shoalwater Shawl
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I think I'm excited about the Shoalwater as I feel it's one of the few projects on the needles that I can use right now. Most of my projects are geared for cooler/cold weather. It's nice to have something this light weight going... not only because of being able to use it right now, but it's so light in my lap.

At this point, I am putting Fawne aside until the prologue of the Tour de France, and I'll work on some other projects that I have to get done (the Summer Braids Cardigan... which is more of a Fall Braids Cardigan... and my June afghan block for the Taste of Aran Afghan class).

Oh, and did I mention I ordered beads for the bottom of the Shoalwater... they should be here this week. That's very motivating too!!!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Groovin' Along

I'm in the groove with the Shoalwater Shawl. I'm not sure why, but it's all I'm working on right now. I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I have 3.5 repeats completed. According to the directions, I need 4.5 for the lace weight size. However, I'm still seriously considering an extra repeat. I would rather error on the size of too big rather than too small for this.

While the rows are getting fairly long (and 3 rows are basically just straight up knitting) I just did some quick math, and I don't even have 400 stitches yet. If I just do the 4.5 repeats, that will only add an other hundred stitches. That's not as much as I was expecting, so adding an extra repeat doesn't seem to be as daunting as I originally thought and I think in the long run, I'll get more use of it if it's a really big, wrap around me type of shawl.

In other things I'm thinking about... I'm trying to decide what I want to do for the Tour de France KAL. I'm not sure what jersey I should go after. Matt of course thinks the polka dot jersey (for climbing) so I'm trying to think what might be challenging enough to fit the catagory. I'm sorta leaning towards the French Girl crochet pattern "Fawne":

I have the pattern, and this will push my crochet skills. I'm thinking about a nice tart red yarn (oooh, la la, tres bien!).

I have to say that I have very mixed emotions about watching the Tour this year (and I'm not even sure if we are getting live coverage... VS might only be doing their prime time coverage. I haven't checked). I'm irritated with the way cycling is handling it's sport. Especially the organizers of the TdF. We're still waiting for the decision on the Floyd Landis arbitrition hearing and that whole situation has left an even greater bad taste in my mouth... the lack of respect by the sport's own orgainizations is very odd to me. There is no other sport that is trying so hard to destroy itself. At the current rate of major sponsor jumping ship, we won't be seeing professional cycling at that level. It will be smaller and more regional. Here in the states Rite Aid, Navigators, Health Net are the teams that come to mind, where most of the rider's have to keep a day job. I do enjoy the excitement of the Tour and listening to Phil and Paul is half the fun (like watching Boston Red Sox coverage... it's really to listen to Remy and Don).

(okay, I just checked, and yes, Versus will have live coverage of the Tour).

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Being careful not to twist

I cast on a project yesterday. All 408 stitches. Of course it's knit in the round and of course I was about 4 rows in before I realized that I HAD twisted my join. So it's back to square one on that... which actually might be good. I'm using a dark blue yarn (Berroco's Touche') and I'm not sure the lace is going to show enough for what I want.

Let's look as some progress on the other projects:

The Shoalwater Shawl:

Shoalwater Shawl
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Three complete repeats done! Leaving only one and a half repeats to go. All I know is that these rows are getting very very long. Since it's a garter lace pattern, it's really only interesting every 4th row. I had really debated if I had the fortitude and patience to knit this in a lace weight yarn. Let me say that I do not regret the decision at all. While it's taking me a while, the drape and weight of this shawl is fabulous. Absolutely no second guessing, that's for sure!!!

The Summer Braids Cardigan:

Summer Braids Cardigan in Tatamy Tweed DK
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This is going to be a nice practical cardigan. The Tatamy Tweed DK is a great choice with the pattern. I love the little pink flecks... they really help the yarn to pop, yet it's not distracting from the cable pattern.

Okay, off to either cast on 408 stitches (again) or layout and pin a quilt (meaning furniture movement). Oh, and strip the beds and toss in some laundry (stupid housework chores. hrumph.)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

eh, who needs pictures anyway?

I have to say I'm not on the computer much right now. I don't think I'm the only one, as my emails have been thin. The lists that I'm on are fairly quiet.

We had some lovely thunderstorms last night (meaning Jake was in panic mode all night keeping me from sleeping) and it's still raining buckets this morning. I "could" take pictures, but they would dark and dreary... like it is outside. So it wouldn't be a good representation of the knitting anyway.

The progress of my projects is going very well. The Shoalwater Shawl is 3 rows shy of 3 repeats done (meaning only 1-1/2 repeats to go!!! woo-hoo!!!) and the Summer Braids cardigan is about halfway to the armscythe. It's actually kinda cool, as each repeat is exactly 1" long... so I just work the number of repeats I need for length (13, in case you are wondering). I'm really liking the way the Tatamy Tweed is working with the pattern, much better than the Woolease I used on the first one.

Okay, off to do some chores then head out for a haircut!

Monday, June 18, 2007

My Day At The Races

It was a nice busy weekend for both Matt and I. He raced on Saturday and Sunday. I finished up the Spring Forward Class on Saturday and went with him to the Sunday race.

I wish I had gotten photos of the student's cardigans in progress, as they look stunning. Such a beautiful pattern. Fingers crossed, everyone's cardigan will fit well!

Matt's races went okay, his finishes haven't been the best this year. However, that's not surprising, as Saturday, he worked for Tim, who got into a break that stayed away. So Matt's job was to help keep them away by slowing down the peleton. Tim had a 6th place finish, which is great!

Sunday was a crit in a beautiful industrial park (that had flush toilets! YAY!!!) and I got some great pictures:

Matt jumping off the front
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The Cargas Crit was a lot of fun and the guys from Iron Hill had a large presence. Tim, Matt, Keith and Kyle all had breaks and led for a couple of laps. Kyle even got a preem for one of the laps. Tim again had the best finish, with a 5th place finish.

So we had a lovely weekend.

I took the Summer Braids Cardigan with me to work on while watching the crit and it's moving along well. Since it's knit in one piece, it's taking awhile to see progress. I'm also still plugging away on the Shoalwater. The third repeat is getting close! Then just one and a half more repeats to go!!!

Today, however, is a sewing day. I have a lot of things I need to work on... including a new blankie for both Matt and me. My top is done, but I need to lay it out and pin it up. I'm not sure how I'm going to "quilt" it... something quick and easy! Then I'll work on Matt's. I also have some summer pajamas to make up (which I desperately need! It's too warm to wear flannel!!!)

So lot's to do!!!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

The Knitting Park Marketing Report

So I know I'm behind on my blog. Or the computer in general and was just popping around my blog reads, which includes the Doube Fine Action News (it's not a blog, it's NEWS!!! so it's valid information... not just some slacker who's got nothing better to do than post pictures of her knitting projects on the web so that people can fawn over her super fabulous knitting skillz).

I know that I am not the average gamer... a pushing 40 professional housewife who maintains a knitting blog. (Actually, I'm sure every game developer thinks... hmmm, think this game will do well with pushing 40 housewifes who play video games when not watching baseball and knitting? and designs intense marketing strategies to tap into this huge and finacially viable market). However, how can so many gamers miss out on one of the Best Games EVER?????

Psychonauts is no longer in print (however, it is still available in some outlets, and can also be purchased for download over at Steam*). I'm saddened that this game didn't do better. It's laugh out loud funny... and as entertaining as any game I've played.

So the marketing department here at Knitting Park has a suggestion to Tim Schafer on how to improve sales. All you need to do is add "Tom Clancy" somewhere in the title. This will improve sales immediately, even if you just recycle the same game over and over again.

Of course, this pushing 40 housewife also has fantasies of kidnapping Tim Schafer, holding him in my attic, but not in a creepy Misery sort of way. I would knit him sweaters and cook nice meals... all so he could design fun and fabulous games for me. See, not the least bit creepy. Oh crap, is that a restraining order?????

Anyhoo... if you own a PS2, and Xbox or a PC... you must try this game!! You can even play the demo over at Steam!!! How cool is that????

*Steam has become very dangerous for me... I originally got it as part of the Half Life 2 and I've bought some casual games on it... including Chuzzles. I think I hate the developers of Chuzzle as much as I hate George Lucas (and The Knights of the Old Republic) as they've sucked a lot of my life away.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Oh Crap!

I started an other project yesterday...

but for good reason!

I cast on the Summer Braids Cardigan in Kraemer's Tatamy Tweed DK* yesterday. Darlene and I were batting around some patterns for a fall cabled sweater class, and we think this is a good choice. Very approachable and minimal finishing.

Summer Braids Cardigan in Tatamy Tweed DK
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I've made this cardigan before.... a long time ago in Woolease and gave it to my mother in law. So I wanted to "whip" up a shop sample and refamiliarize myself with the pattern. It will also help me decide how many sessions we'll need and how to spread them out. I underestimated how many classes I would need for the Spring Forward Cardigan... I think we're going to need an other class. I'll get that feedback from the students on Saturday (which should be the last class).

I really can't say enough nice things about the Kraemer Tatamy Tweed. It's a little "splitty", but the fabric has such a lovely drape. Very different than the Cotton Plus or Cotton Ease. Since cotton acrylic blends have become a bit of an obsession for me, I'm really enjoying how each yarn works.

Well, I guess I should do some housework today. The vacuum cleaner is looking a bit dusty...

*Cabin Fever now has their own yarn labeled yarn. Which is the Tatamy Tweed yarn!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Easily Distracted

When I was at AC Moore over the weekend, I picked up a couple of balls of the Caron Felt It yarn. I thought the colors quite lovely and the single ply 100% wool seemed like a good buy. I originally planned to make gloves from it (yes, I know the yarn is being marketed as a felting yarn, but I don't really do much felting).

However, the crochet placemats got me thinking about a simple little backpack, so here's what I came up with:

Crochet Backpack
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It still needs straps, a button, and lining, and there are a few things I would do differently (maybe not as tall... and probably better in a cotton rather than a wool that's going to pill) but overall, I'm pretty pleased.

Crochet Backpack
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I used a drawstring on the to close up the inside part of the bag. So that was a fun, fast project. Not bad for making it up as I went.

Can you tell I'm procrastinating on the sleeves for the Fall Back Cardigan?

UPDATE: I just posted my super simple crochet placemat pattern. I'll add it to my sidebar under "free patterns" soon...

Monday, June 11, 2007

Not Much Interesting...

I spent the weekend working on some crochet projects, basically more placemats. The original placemats were done in acrylic (using up stuff around the house) and I wasn't happy with them.

I was in AC Moore over the weekend and they had Sugar and Cream on sale, so I got two skeins of 3 different colors thinking I could get a placemant per skein.

Nope, need 2 skeins per placemat:
Sugar and Cream crochet placmat
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I'm using a simple crochet stitch: the seed stitch. That's a sc, ch1 across, then you sc in the ch1 space, ch1 across. The one above is done with a 51 starting chain and this one is done with a 61 starting chain:
Sugar and Cream crochet placmat
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So basically one is worked horizonally and the other vertically. I like the way the seed stitch looks and it's a fast and easy stitch.

My crochet skills are mediocre at best, and my cast on chains are very loose, so these are good practice for me.

However, some knitting has been done (did I mention the 2nd degree burn on my left forefinger? making crochet actually a little difficult?). I did get one repeat done on the Fall Back Caridgan's second sleeve. However, wool is definitely a challenge right now. Partly because of it sitting in my lap and partly because I know I can't wear it for 4 months...

So I've been plugging away on the Shoalwater Shawl:
Shoalwater Shawl
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If I had decided to make this in a DK weight yarn (rather than that beautiful lace weight yarn), I would be at the final border. That's 2.5 repeats done. Two more full repeats to go... if not more. I want this BIG, large enough that it wraps around me, so I might be adding an extra repeat to it. We'll see... I'm already knitting on A LOT of stitches... and each repeat adds almost an other 100 stitches.

Thanks for all the comments about the Split V pullover. I will say that I wore it on Saturday (it's a cotton/linen yarn, so it's perfect for this warm weather). I'm very pleased with it. However, I have to rethink my sizing a bit. I have to remember that "tee shirt" style sweaters are a closer fit than a sweater that I'll be using for layering. In other words, I should be using a 42" finished for my next to skin projects and stick with the 44" for things I'll be wearing over a turtleneck. The Split V is fine, but I definitely could've made it a size smaller for a closer fit.

So I need to get some more Sugar and Cream to make a second placemat of each colorway and I need a new blender (aaaah, summer smoothie weather!!!) so I have a few errands to run today.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Split V Finished!

It's still a wee bit damp from the blocking, here it is:
Knitting Pure & Simple Split V Pullover in Elann's Adara
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Project Stats:
Pattern: Split V Pullover by Knitting Pure & Simple
Yarn: Elann's Adara in Hyacinth
Changes to the pattern: not much, actually. I added a little detailing at the neckline (continuing the garter stitch down in the shape of a triangle)
Problems with the pattern: such a straight forward pattern, didn't find any problems.
Overall impressions: a great simple pullover. Easy to adjust sleeve length (however, I didn't) and a great pattern to show off a beautiful yarn. The yarn is absolutely fabulous. While I didn't think that it would work at 18 sts to 4", it gives it a beautiful drape and the marl is simply lovely. A great yarn! I'll use both the pattern again (hmmm, maybe some Cotton Ease?) and the yarn again. The pattern is very flattering on my body. So what can I say other than I'm very pleased with it!!!

I have to say that I've now used several of Elann's yarns and I've been very pleased so far. The Sonata is a favorite DK pure cotton yarn, the alpaca knit up beautifully into one of my favorite sweaters. I'm trying really hard to not order more (ya, okay, I've got two of their new yarns on the way...).

So now I need to get back to working on the Fall Back Cardigan. I'm shooting for 16 rows a day, and with the heat and humidity it's a challenge. I really don't want to be working on a wool sweater right now, but I need to get that second sleeve done by next weekend. Thank heavens for central air!!!

Matt's not racing this weekend (by choice! gasp!). So we'll have a nice relaxing weekend to do things around the house... we'll, he'll do things around the house. I've got sleeves to knit!!!!

Have a good weekend!!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Back to knitting

I've got no patience for sewing... the drawstring pants I made are too big and the fabric just not appropriate for drawstring styling. The fabric would've been better as a chino style pant. I just didn't want to bother (drawstring pants are fast...)

So back to knitting. Since it's so fast (bwahahahaha!)

I finished up the Knitting Pure & Simple Split V pullover, but I want to block it before I take a picture of it. I'll have full info/pics tomorrow. I will give you a hint on how much I love it... yay for waist shaping!!!

I have to buckle down and get my second sleeve done on the Fall Back Cardigan. Class is next weekend and I need to be ready to pick up the stitches for the body.

Ya, so there will be pictures tomorrow. Really. I'm not kidding!!! I promise!!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

More Sewing and Fit

I ran back to Joann's yesterday and got some nice inexpensive fabric for some pants (they were having a great sale) and I'm always suckered into looking thru the pattern books.

Simplicity now has a series of patterns with cup size adjustments... going up to a D cup. Yay! So I got a couple and I'll give them a try. It should be easier to adjust a D cup rather than a B cup.

Sarah made a comment about her issues with fitting. Well, as I mentioned in my blog title yesterday, I have an hourglass figure... meaning that my hips are as large as my bust size. So again, if I go by my measurements, I need a size 18 pattern for my bottom and for my bust. However, as I've stated yesterday, that makes the neck and shoulders waaaaay too large for my body. To compensate, I use a size 18 on the bottom (as taking it in at at the waist is fairly simple... either by using elastic or adding more to the dart) then using a size 14 on top, then trying to adjust the bustline. When I make dresses, I look for styling that makes adding the two sizes easier (either with a waist seam, or with a princess seam that I can "merge" the sizes). Of course there's always the "seperates" options... a skirt and matching top option.

I also find that once I have a pattern that fits right, I'll just keep making that pattern... even tho' I keep buying more patterns!!!

I will say that the lack of vanity sizing in sewing patterns can be a little depressing... considering that average American woman wears a size 14 in ready to wear, but that's about a size 18 in sewing patterns can be a little hard on the self esteem... which is why ready to wear keeps lowering their numbers!

Quick editorial: I can not turn off anonymous comments for my blog (don't know why), but I do moderate all comments. I will no longer be approving anonymous comments. You will either need to use a blogger account or you will need to sign your comments for me to approve them.

Well, I've got some quick and easy drawstring pants to make today (oh and fix a torn racing bib for one of Matt's teammates who crashed over the weekend).

Monday, June 04, 2007

The Five Hour Hourglass Figure

As I noted, I'm in a bit of a knitting funk right now. I'm still knitting, but I'm not really concentrating on much of anything. So I've been just working a little here and there on projects. The Split V is ready for me to pick up the sleeves, yet it's just sitting here next to my knitting chair... still waiting.

Matt and I went to Joann's yesterday so he could get some supplies for a project for the race team. They had some great sales on some nice fabric and I got some nice chocolate brown linen blend to make a pair of drawstring cropped pants. I then started looking at some patterns online just for fun and inspiration. I now remember why I'm not sewing.

Pants aren't much of a problem, the fitting on those is straight forward, especially for drawstring pants (my back waist is very narrow). However, I was admiring some tops and some dresses and realized how much work is involved with making them and it annoys me. All sewing patterns are designed with a size B cup and they're based on how women were built 50+ years ago. We as a society are bigger... not just in weight, but in build. The problem is the "sliding scale" of pattern drafting. As the bust lines get larger, every thing else does proportionally.

So if you go by your full bust measurement and you're over a B cup, the shoulders and neckline are larger in the same proportions as you go up each size. So let's say that you wear a 34G bra size... that means that your full bust measurement is around a 42-43"... yet to buy a pattern for that measurement, the neck will fall off your shoulders (she says by experience). So then you have to figure out what is a good size for your shoulders fit, then adjust the bust line accordingly... and again, going from a B cup to a G cup is a significant amount of change... meaning that all the measurements will be skewed, requiring a lot of pattern drafting skills, as it will change the armsycle, the waist shaping, etc. It's probably easier to just start from scratch and draft your own pattern... something I don't want to bother with.

This is why I do not own a blouse. All my tops are knits (they stretch), plus ready to wear manufacturers have adjusted their clothes for today's average body type... maybe it's time for the sewing manufacturer's to do a complete overhaul as well...

Friday, June 01, 2007


Can you guess that I'm a wee bit bored with all my projects right now? I want to get some things done, but I'm just not motivated on any of them to consistantly work on them. I'm just picking something up, knitting a few rows then I put it back down. I have about 5 or 6 projects that I'm cycling thru... with very little progress.

I hate with this happens. Part of me thinks that I just need to find the "right" project, but I really am struggling with the idea of starting something new... as a few of these projects I really want done!!! (the split V is looking really great... I tried it on after I cast off the bottom ribbing and I love it... so why can't I get the sleeves on?????)

So I'm not sure if it's a true project ennui or just with knitting in general right now... or maybe everything. I don't feel much like playing video games right now either.

So I'll just continue playing around with stuff... eventually something will strike me...