Sunday, December 30, 2012

Aviatrix Baby Hat

For a friend who's expecting.

Baby Hat

A quick knit and a cute one!

Cat Model!

I've just started using the Flickr app on my phone, so the photo editing is still rough. Hm.

Cat Model 2

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Beginning of an Adventure

A recent drawing. 

I'd say the hamster is in for a big adventure, but I guess the snake isn't going to have a regular old day, either.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Blue and White Throw Pillows

Two blue and white prints to cover the throw pillows on the couch: toile and scissors. I've been into toile recently* and the scissor print was irresistible.

Finally covered those throw pillows. 

Though to be honest, anything would be better than the white (bed) pillow cases that the pillows had been stuffed into previously.

*Seriously. This is my phone case and I am eyeing that t-shirt.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Roman Romance Novels

A new record! These two are within a couple years of one another-- the one on the right is set before Julius Caesar's assassination, and the one on the left begins a year or two after it. The one on the left has been way more fun to read, however.

Two Roman romances! The one on the right is set a couple years before the one on the left, but the one on the left is a much better read.

Unless it gets creepy and non-consensual (sadly, a common trope), Zebra Historical Romances are terribly entertaining to read and always have the best cover. Nothing, though-- absolutely nothing-- can beat the cover of Viking Ecstasy.

Monday, December 3, 2012

18th c Stays for Work

They're finished and ready to fit. I am very proud of my work and even more excited about how much I still have to learn!

Stays are ready to fit at work!

Not pictured: the needle nosed pliers that saved my day when I inserted the boning.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sunshine Quilt

"Sunshine" 14 x 14. machine appliquéd cotton. 

"Sunshine" Machine appliqued cotton. 14" x 14" 2012.

Had time last weekend to make a little quilt, so I did. I've missed it very much. Here's an orange cat without a care in the world!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

My First Craft Show

I spent last weekend at my first craft show. It was quite the learning experience and I have a big page of notes for the next one in April!

My first craft show!

Not only that, I sold five quilts and am talking with a few people about custom work. I'd never sold anything before, and it felt very, very good! I'm inspired and enthused and ready to get to work! Not that I'm going to quit my day job to do it-- next week, I'm making stays.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sky Scarf Update

It's getting longer every day. You can see the rain we got from Sandy up near the top.

Because I'm weaving in the ends so as not to carry all 12 strands up the side, that edge is a little wider than the other, but I'm expecting that to even out when I block it. I'm also expecting nobody bit me to notice if it doesn't.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cotton Socks

Nothing fancy, just a pair of tan cotton socks for Fix.

Toe up sport weight cotton socks.

Knit toe up and two-at-a-time from sport weight yarn, they didn't take long at all!

Monday, November 12, 2012

I've Been Working

Here's what I've been doing all day instead of making art quilts: repairing, altering, and constructing 18th c. clothing.

1770s coat I made at (and for) work. 

Disclaimer: the pattern's not mine, the coat's not mine... I just put it together.. (This is before I put the buttons on the cuffs and under the pocket flaps.)

Back of coat I made at work. 

Here's the back. Those back vents were a unique challenge, but next time will be easier. I will also get the lining into the sleeves correctly (see how the right sleeve is hanging funny?) the first try next time.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quilted Table Banner

I made a table banner for the upcoming craft show, where I'll be trying to sell my art quilts for the first time. I made some double sided ribbon by fusing red fabric onto darker red...


...and then did some cursive. It's one ribbon per word-- I zigzagged over the edges to get the letters down.

Name Banner

66" x 16" Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting.

The finished quilt is 66" long, which might be longer than my table at the show. The words take as much space as felt right, and after finishing the bed quilt, something this long was comfortable when it wouldn't have been before. I like that kind of comfort zone growth, but I'll be on the lookout for making something too big in the future.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Londinium Cable Scarf-- In Progress

After I finished my beautiful (but boring to knit) sweater, it was time for a challenge. Enter cables, cables, and more cables.

Londinium scarf in progress.

Here's the ravelry page.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Finished Sock Yarn Sweater!

The second of my two big projects is complete, blocked, and already worn out of the house two or three times!

Sock yarn cardigan is finally finished!

I sewed in grosgrain ribbon as facing because it was rolling in even after blocking. It's not perfect, but I wear it and love it, which is the important part.

This is a good representation of the colors.

I am still enthralled by these rich colors... and never, ever making a sweater out of sock yarn again!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Finished Bed Quilt!

It's big enough! It's warm enough! Buckaroo has claimed it as his own!

There is a finished quilt on my bed!

No small amount of subterfuge went into getting a cat-free photo.

The whole quilt sans cat.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Project 333 October-December

Here's a polyvore approximation of my 33-item capsule wardrobe for the next three months. You'll notice that I've learned from other cycles and changed clothes accordingly: I don't wear skirts or dresses and I sure do love sweaters and scarves!

Also, the teal trench coat is about a dozen times cooler in person.( It's iridescent.)

Dream: Pizza Floor

I scored 0/44 pizzas, enabling me to escape easily from the pizza floor.

What part of "pizza floor" don't you understand? I scored 0/44 pizzas, enabling me to escape.

There was more to it than this. I was wearing all white, but I'll admit that doesn't look great translated into drawing. I might change it when it becomes a quilt. I was so betrayed, in the dream, though, when one of my allies put on a blue shirt. We were all in those white clothes together... who did he think he was?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Quilt Progress

This fabric spoke to me as soon as I saw it at the store. It was a little too light to be the border of my bed quilt (which is indeed still in progress) but perfect for the backing. The cat likes it, too. 

If he's going to sleep on the fabric, I might as well tuck him in.
If he's going to sleep on the fabric, I might as well tuck him in. 

Backing, biding, and border fabric for my bed quilt. 

Here is the border, binding, and backing fabric all together. The colors are a little washed out in the photo- they're actually quite vibrant except for the binding. I'm not sure how I feel about all the floral print, especially because there's not much in the quilt itself, but the texture is good and I like it more the longer I look at it.

Monday, September 3, 2012

A New Record!

I was feeling awfully smug about switching to Linux a couple months ago, but of course the built-in photo software doesn't play well with my iphone (or my camera?!). This is, I assume, entirely my fault because I haven't worked hard enough on it or even found the right terms to search for online to start working on it.

New Winner: Earliest Historical Romance

I do, however, have a new winner in the Earliest Historical Romance Quest. The Viking's Defiant Bride takes place in 867c.e. according to the back cover. This wins against the "uh... Viking-times that also had Ancient Egyptians??" of the previous title holder.

Romance Novel 

As always, I challenge you to find an earlier one! Join me on my quest!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Quilt Layout

Quilt Layout

I've got the blocks where I want them, now to start assembling it!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Patchwork Quilt Part 1

I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna make a quilt for my bed. I'm inspired by Eleanor McCain's 9 Patch/Color series and the colors in Gustav Klimt's Water Snakes II:

(My quilt will only have squares and no naked ladies.) I was expressing concern at pieces shifting as I put them together my coworker reassured me, "You have nothing to worry about if they're all cut on the grain."

ha ha uh oh. 

Here are a few blocks I haven't sewn together yet.

Quilt Blocks

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm Back!

Hello friends and strangers,

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I've moved to Virginia where I'm starting my dream job tomorrow. More on that as soon as I figure out what company policies on picture taking at work are.

In the meantime, I've been working on a sky scarf. Each day, I knit two rows of garter stitch (out and back) representing the color of the sky around the middle of the day. Here's the first month-ish:

I can't make any promises about a new posting schedule right now, but I will make a point to have at least one post a week.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Zipper Pouches

For knitting supplies: circular needles are curled up in the square one and the long one, as you can see, is the right size for double-pointed needles and a few other accessories. Many of my needles were my grandma's and I think of her when I use them.

Accessory Pouches 

Also note that I put the zippers facing the lefty way. Making my life easier one zipper pull at a time.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Organizing (and Heads Up)

I'm moving soon to start a new job! Posts won't be coming as regularly or as often for the next month or so.

Savor this Moment

One great thing about moving is the chance to declutter and organize. I've been thinking more about minimalism recently too.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Project 333 Minimalist Wardrobe JUL-SEPT

This is my third three-month experiment in a minimalist wardrobe. Here's what I'll be wearing for the next three months.

It's an approximation, but close enough to get a feel of the colors and shapes. I chose to omit purses from the list this "cycle" because I have three and I use three so I'm not concerned about my consumption in the purse department. Next cycle, maybe I'll bring my clothing items down to 20 and wear all the scarves I have and love. That would be an interesting experiment.

Friday, June 29, 2012

My Quest

I like historical romance novels (but not the ones that use time travel as a conceit) for many reasons. The covers, for example, are the best.

The Greatest Cover of All Time?

I have an ongoing quest as I browse used books-- I'm looking the earliest setting. I don't count the ones with a "faeries" bent because they're usually not pinned to a specific era, but if I saw one with "fae" or whatever that was clearly Pre-Roman Britain, I might make an exception. Viking Ecstasy is my current winner even though it's stupid. He's a Viking (790ce at the earliest) and she's an Ancient Egyptian (343bce at the latest, given the culture the author described).

Before you ask, I don't count Clan of the Cave Bear or its sequels, though I like them very much.

So if you spot anything (even if there's time travel involved) and it takes place before the late 8th century drop me a line!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stage Crew Face Sketch

"I can't imagine how you're feeling right now."

Another Face

"I can't imagine it either. It's a weird feeling." (Colored pencil)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Functional Bag for Gymnastic Rings

It's not particularly pretty, but it's going to work just fine.

I made the pattern as I went along. There's plenty of velcro and the fabric and construction should hold up to rough wear. I even got to use one of the fancy reinforcing stitches on my machine!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Stage Crew Quilt in Progress

I might have posted this sketch already, but I'm just getting around to working on a quilt about it.

"Stage Crew"

I have absolutely no idea what the dream was about or whether these figures were monsters or people in masks. Also, what was the show and why was I backstage? Was I dressed (or like) them?

Stage Crew in progress

Here they are hanging out on the wall waiting for a background. The background's going to be reddish and the figures receding into it... or maybe coming out.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Bad Sign Quilt

The last moment of this dream. I woke up before the crash, which was probably a good thing.

A Bad Sign Quilt

18" x 17" Machine appliqued cotton, ribbon, cotton batting. 2012.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dream Valley Quilt

From a dream: cold water, high bridges, steep ridges and mist.


16" x 24.5" Machine appliqued cotton, plastic film, cotton batting. 2012. 

"Valley" Detail

There was a visitor's center too, by the river or some kind of classroom.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Reaching Out Quilt

A new picture of an early quilt. Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting, polyester fiberfill .15" x 14.5". 2011.

Quilt #3 

This is still one of my favorites because of how I stuffed the veins that reached out into the border. It makes you want to reach out and pinch them. I should do more of that. Raised portions of quilts, not reaching out and pinching things.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Little Black Dress Part 3

This my fifth mock up of the dress, depending on how you want to count it. It's the second pattern I've tried and I think I've got it right this time. 

Dress Mock Up #5 

The next step is finding the perfect fabric. I don't want to be too picky, but I want something I'm going to enjoy wearing.

 Dress Mock Up #5 Back

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sneaking a Smoke Quilt

I liked this doodle so much that I made it in fabric. The matchstick pattern on the binding really does it for me.

"Sneaking a Smoke" 10" x 12.5" Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting.  2012.

I just wonder what cats are up to when they sit like that.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Can't Draw Bikes

I got about a third of the way into this one before I realized I had no idea what I was doing drawing this bike. I'd finished the important part of the drawing anyway... the cat.

Can't Draw Bikes

Wednesday, May 30, 2012