I sewed things!

Written on April 23, 2012 at 9:37 am
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I finished off the term, but no final grades yet as those aren’t released until the day after the last day of finals. In a way, I’ve found this to be both good and bad. Good in the fact that if you have later exams, you don’t become distracted with obsessively refreshing the page to see if grades are up. Bad because if you’re done early (like I was), you have to wait over a week before final grades are available. Either way, I know that I had at least passed everything and I know I did okay in all of my classes this term. So in lieu of finding a job or going on fancy trips (like some of my friends), I’ve been sewing!

All of my crafting lately has been for Blythe – I’ve been using the Doll Coordinate Recipe books that I have as they’re a great resource for patterns. I’ve been on a bit of a sewing kick lately, but I’m sure that’ll switch to knitting soon as I’ve been queuing up a bunch of sock patterns that I want to try and I’ve been crocheting as well and writing down steps as I do them – so patterns will be up in the near future!

The first two are from DCR #5, the third is from DCR #1. I did make some adjustments to all three of them.

First dress: I added ribbon ties at the bodies to go around the neck. For the second dress, I added a lining because I really didn’t want to clip and turn the arm holes without a lining. I probably could have done it without, but I didn’t want to. For dress number 3, the pattern is actually for a top (think camisole), but I added a longer ‘skirt’ to it to make it into a dress.

Modeled by Sophie.

Modeled by Primrose.

Modeled by Eden Mouse.

Frogging – ribbit, ribbit

Written on April 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm
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So the socks that I mentioned in my last post? I’m frogging them. It’s a fantastic pattern, but I was nearly done the first sock (and by “nearly done”, I mean I was able to do the toe) and I realized that I really hated it. I love the yarn, I love the pattern, but I just didn’t love the two of them together. I’m definitely going to do the Knot Socks sometime again in the future in a different type of sock yarn – probably some kind of gradient or semi-solid (not something that’s self-striping and self-patterning, too busy for the cable pattern). I think I’ll be using the yarn in simple ribbed socks (for me!). It’s kind of a relief, in a way, to frog them. Even though I spent around 20 hours on the (incomplete) first sock, it’s still worth it to me to frog it then to continue and spend another 20+ hours to complete the pair and then just to hate the socks in how they look. So – plain, ribbed, stockinette socks. That’s what that yarn is destined to be.

Besides those failed/frogged socks, I haven’t had a lot of time to craft. The term is ending soon (finals this week!) so obviously I’ve been busy with that. I do have quite a few projects that are currently on a mini-break while I’m busy studying, doing notes and such, but I do hope to share some progress with you all soon (possibly next week?). I have some doll clothes to share, as well as some other projects that have been sitting in time out for a while now that I really want to get out and finish!

I also want to share a list of crafting-related podcasts that I like to listen/watch, so I’ll be working on compiling a list of those as well (just a heads up – most of them are knitting related. There’s a lot of knitting-related podcasts, I need to find more crocheting and general crafts ones!).