Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sewing In My New Work Space...

Click! to enlarge...

Ah yes, I finally finished another dress, it had been a while... 

I still haven't figured out what to do about the overlap in the front but I'm certain I will find a solution. I'm very happy with how it came out, especially the lapped zipper in the back! I followed yet another (but free this time!) class on Craftsy ("mastering zipper techniques') and it worked like a charm. Don't know why it has taken me this long to figure out this lapped zipper technique?!  <wink>

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So in February I had the brilliant idea to turn our office room into a sewing room! It was full of Billy bookshelves (Ikea) and Mr. G. was more than helpful in taking out all the books and papers and then eventually the dreaded bookshelves themselves. (they are now stored in the garage)  Thank you Mr. G.!
messy shelves...
knitting corner (left), sewing table (middle) and cutting table (right) 
Olive's crate is underneath the cutting table...
peg board...
office area...


The room isn't quite finished, but it doesn't need to be. The essentials are there and this set-up works! Slowly I will add little bits here and there.
I love both sewing and knitting in this room. Our main computer is in here as well so I can listen to all my Pandora stations all the time: just marvelous! 

A couple of days after I took the main pictures, I purchased this trolley at Ikea. I had eyed it for several years now and finally decided to just go ahead and buy it. Needless to say it fits in perfectly and I love it to pieces!  {smile}

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Goats Galore!


Yesterday we went on a little (very little) road trip, right up on the hill behind our house. A little ways along the plateau you will find Dog Mountain Farm, a beautifully situated organic farm with, among other, tons of kids! (baby goats) Get ready for cuteness overload:




Miss M. got to hold some of the babies:


They also had ducks and geese and big black chickens and bunnies and pigs. So much fun!

Those big eggs on top come from the geese!

Spot the curly tail!


The location right up the hill facing the Cascades was just wonderful. The skies were so big!




What a fun afternoon out for our stay-cation!

Beeeeeh!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bryan Ferry...

picture from the net...

Last night we had tickets to see Bryan Ferry live at McCaw Hall in Seattle's opera house: he was spectacular!

Bryan Ferry arrived with an 8-man band and their sound was amazing. For his first song he sat behind a keyboard way in the back so I didn't spot him until Mr. G. pointed him out.  He switched off between playing behind the keyboard and standing center stage in his typical stance. Even though he has reached the age of 68 (!) his voice was still fabulous and his showmanship (his 'suave'ness) was certainly going strong. My favorite song was "Love Is The Drug". What a great evening of entertainment it was!  {smile}

Here you can read a good review of his concert in Vancouver B.C. from the night before...

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So yesterday was only the warmest day of the year so far: 78F/ 25C!!! Since we are enjoying our Spring Break, we spent the whole day outside. I got up early and went for a run and finally it was a good one! It has been months since I've had a good-feeling run so that gives me hope for the future. I ran passed first a very large plot of Peonies (many many rows) and then just around the corner I discovered a whole field with almost blooming Tulips, right here in our little village! {smile}

While I was out running Mr. G. took his pick-up truck and had it filled to the brim with dark mulch. (1 1/2 cubic yards!) He shoveled everything into the wheelbarrow (many times over of course) and I spread it around by hand. Yes, my hamstrings are now very tight! <wink>  


I edged some grass borders, did more weeding and helped Miss M. with her little 'Radio Flyer' project. Mr. G. drilled some holes in the bottom for drainage and she added some weed barrier material for the lining. Together we bought some plants of her liking and off she went. The other half of the wagon has Radishes seeded in.

Now we can move the flowers in or out of the sun as needed!


After all that work, I spent several wonderful hours in the sun reading a book and getting my tan on! What a day!

Now of course all the sun has disappeared again and rain is on its way, but with all this sunshine in our pockets, I think we can face everything again for a while...



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Works In Progress...


As I mentioned in my latest post, the creative juices are flowing!

Above you see the front panel of the latest dress that I am sewing. I've made this one before (see left) but with a different neckline and all in one fabric. I've found myself wearing it all the time and have received nice words about it, so I decided to make another one. (I usually don't sew the same thing twice)

I want to add something to break up the front panel, a button, a brooch or something, but haven't quite made up my mind yet...


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I'm also working on a knitted top-down raglan cardigan. This means that you start knitting at the collar and then work your way down to the waist. This way you can sort of try it on as you go along. I'm almost at the point where the sleeves will meet underneath the arm. I'm trying to mimic this kind of lace effect (see below) at the bottom part. We'll see how that goes, but I really like the simple lines formed this way...

via Tricksy Knitter
Well, we are enjoying Spring Break here which means that both the husband as well as the daughter are at home with me. The weather isn't fab but we will find things to do. The garden is a priority at the moment (I think the potatoes will get planted today!) so get ready for some mucking about!  <wink>

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mmmmm, Magnolia...


Oh yes, it is the season of Madame Magnolia. Her smell is just divine...


Things are just blooming and growing left and right. Taking time to take it all in...


I'm almost afraid to say it out loud, but I have been feeling really well lately! The creative juices are flowing and I'm just feeling good all over. Exhale..... 

This was yesterday:



{Smile}


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sipsey's Folly...


Well, last weekend I finished my Sipsey's Folly yoke sweater! My first knitted sweater ever! I loved the process (most of the time) and so didn't mind that it almost took two months to complete. As I have been saying: I'm taking my time and that was true for this project also...


I loved the yarn (cheap 70% acrylic and 30% nylon yarn from Patons (Beehive Baby Sport) at Joann's) and I especially loved my own designed color-work in the yoke! I found different patterns online and managed to combine them so that they would fit within the class pattern dimensions. I call the bigger, darker part of the pattern the "Flaming Trees"!


The only thing that I am not too happy with is the actual fit! Just look at this long elongated yoke going all the way up the neck, weird right? It looks better on, but there is an area in the front where it wrinkles a bit. Also the armpits are too low and a bit wide. The extra yarn in the color-work makes that yoke part almost feel like having a shrug around your shoulders. Not great but awesome for a first try!  <wink>

I am now planning either a top-down cardigan or a sweater with raglan sleeves and then want to add some lace and/or cable patterns. I'm busy doing some brainstorming, getting lots of info online. It is making my head spin!  {smile}

Not much other news to report. Our lovely Miss M. will be taking a plane down to Los Angeles this weekend to start her (school-led) college tour in California! Master C. did this tour also two years ago, but how did we get to this point so fast?

Miss M.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Knitters' Crush...

A few days ago, Ragnheiður Eiríksdóttir,   better known as Ragga was in town. Not only in Seattle but actually in my own town! 

Ragga came to visit Tolt Yarn & Wool  to teach a class which unfortunately I could not attend. (click on link for some fun photo's of the event) 
I did have to drop something off at the shop however and managed to time it just right so that we both arrived at the same time!

I took a chance and spoke to her in Swedish and what do you know, she answered me right back! In fact we had a whole conversation in Swedish! It felt like meeting a rock star in real life...

She also happens to be teaching a class on Craftsy for which I have signed on as well. Her sweaters so inspired the design on my own yoke sweater and it will be so much fun to be taught by 'her majesty' herself....  <wink> That will have to wait until a bit later though. Her sweaters are more for the fall and winter and I now want to knit something for lighter weather...

Ragga and Anna (owner of Tolt Yarn & Wool) also made it into the Seattle Times this week with a fun picture of Ragga explaining the 'steeking' method. (Where you cut right through all that you've knitted to make a cardigan! How scary is that?)


Anyway, I was all inspired!  {smile}

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So Spring happened this week! I managed to take a few pics in the yard and everything is truly taking of now, how wonderful!













Today I'm planning to clear out the whole patio and then to spray it down with the power washer! {smile} It might still be a teeny bit early to start planting (this last week we woke up every morning with temperatures around freezing...) but soon, very soon!


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