Taking in all that denim

This week has been a roller coaster. Hello, 20-degree high temp swings (in both directions)! It makes me want to curl up and do nothing but surf the Internet. Funnily enough, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing!

I’ve been losing a lot of weight and none of my pants/shorts are fitting anymore. I can get away with a baggy shirt but not with pants that fall off. Much as I would love to eschew pants altogether, that’s not exactly something I can do in public. I’d also love to run out and buy new pants but lolno. I have no money. I do, however, have a shiny new Bernina 550! So yesterday, I started researching how to alter jeans. And because I love you, I will share my favorite links.

As a big-hipped kind of girl, I’m definitely going to enjoy pulling in all those gaping waistbands. Crack is whack, man. Just say no.

This is one of my first forays into making myself everyday apparel. I’ve made costumes – even elaborate ones – but not clothes that are supposed to look like clothes and not Renaissance peasant wear. Please pray to the sewing gods that I don’t create some sort of wardrobe malfunction.*

Anyways, I am the sort of person that, when researching a project, starts going crazy overboard. I was looking online for a bed for my daughter and by the end of the night I had a folder full of bookmarks on how to build a bed. Before I knew it, I was renovating my fireplace.
…my brain is a dangerous place.

So you can imagine where I went with the whole “altering jeans” thing. I now have plans on making a swimsuit! And bras! And oh my God what is WRONG with me? I’ll let you know if I ever figure it out.

*Remind me one day to tell you about the time my dress split all the way down the back while I was on stage. In a play. In a dress that I made. IT WAS AWESOME.**

**not really.

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New layout, Knitting Pipeline recap

Hey everyone! On Thursday I promised a shiny new blog layout and I HAVE DELIVERED. Behold, I have looked into the heart of the TARDIS WordPress code and I have smacked it around until it did what I wanted. Learning!

The Knitting Pipeline retreat was awesome, which is exactly what I expected.

There were some of my favorite people:

Knit together.

(most of) the CampKIP alumnae.

There were pipers:

Bagpipers!

Bagpipers! Paula’s on the left.

There were a whole lot of shiny objects:

And there was even a teeny bit of knitting.

Fair Isle FTW

Swatching for a new cardigan!

Big giant thanks to Paula for hosting such a fun time!

I won some stuff and got a really special gift, too. I will post on those later!

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Retreat! Retreat!

Okay, it’s been an entire year, I know. BUT! I am renewing my commitment to you, o blog, and to prove it I even have a whole new layout in the works. So there.

Meanwhile, in real life, I’m hitting up the Knitting Pipeline Retreat tomorrow. Say hi!

Fun new content to come soon, including my adventures in – wait for it – renovations. It’s going to be awesome. And hilarious. And hilariously awesome.

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Letters I wrote in my head while cleaning up my stash

Dear Cascade Eco-Wool,

I don’t know where you’ve run off to but I WILL FIND YOU. There are three of you and I know you’ve stuck together these past six months. Plus, you’re really large, skein-wise, and that makes you stick out. If you really wanted to go into hiding you would have to disguise yourself as a ball of qiviut or something. But don’t try it. I would see right through your disguise because I don’t own any qiviut.

Dearest daughter,

Why is there a baby doll, one Christmas sock, and one Halloween sock in my office? I realize this question is entirely moot, because you are five and that is how you roll. Never mind.

Dear moth,

AHHHH AHHHH AHHH AHHHHHHHH

Okay, okay, I’m not going to panic. I am just going to put this bag of Spud & Chloe in the freezer and try not to hyperventilate. Also, I hate you for going after the expensive yarn.

P.S. I’m sorry for panicking and attempting to smoosh you with a skein of Red Heart.

P.P.S. no I’m not.

Dear worsted weight wool,

I realize things are a bit cramped in your allotted cubbyholes. Please try not to explode. Also, please tell me if you see a moth. Here are some cedar balls and a shotgun.

Dear husband,

Thank you for rescuing thof all of yarn behind the desk. Thank you also for putting that roving in the bin by the ceiling. But most of all, thank you for taking me seriously when I asked if I could line the entire office in cedar. You are truly a prince among men

Love,

Julie

 

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Sewing, Knitting, Sewing, Knitting

Okay, it’s well past time to show off some FOs. Here we are with my foray into quilting!

My First Quilt!

Ta-da!

It is the Small Plates quilt from The Practical Guide to Patchwork. I got all the fabric on clearance at Connecting Threads, which was terribly convenient since it was the exact fabric I wanted. The quilt is fantabulous and warm and my daughter loves it. What more could I ask for?

 

February Baby Sweater

The cuteness of baby sweaters is unmatched.

This is a February Baby Sweater, as invented by the incomparable Elizabeth Zimmerman. It was done in some basic Hobby Lobby Baby Bee acrylic, which to be honest was horrid to work with. Still, the sweater turned out nicely, so I’m good. It was a baby shower gift along with my next FO:

Stroller Bag!

Stroller bag interior

Stroller Bag - inside

It’s a convertible stroller bag! I followed this tutorial and used cotton duck for the outside and a gorgeous Amy Butler laminated cotton on the inside. I learned a lot on this bag, mostly about what a pain it is to sew Velcro to laminated cotton. I quite enjoyed using some of the machine embroidery stitches on my Brother for this project!

Finally, a work-in-progress:

Oranje WIP

Look at that facing!

Here is the Oranje sweater. This sweater is providing a special challenge as the largest size was just an eensy bit too small for my large self. So I spent a few hours reverse-engineering the pattern to fit me. It’s ginormous, on size 6s with fingering weight Dream in Color Sparkly. Oi. I am determined to finish it before CampKIP!

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