Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Sewing Continues...Along with some Knitting

Hello Dear Blog Readers! I've made some time to write up a post and share some pictures of the work I've been doing recently...and figuring out another giveaway for this week! Please keep reading to see what I've been up to and what the next giveaway will be. Only four more posts until I reach 400!

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I mentioned last week sewing up some tunics for a Very Special Client. I completed two new tunics and though I gave you a peek at one of them, I'm sharing full views of the completed garments...which were well received by my Very Special Client!

Here is last weeks peek...


...and here is the full view...This view's for you Mel! ;)



This is the other tunic I completed...


I REALLY like the way this tunic turned out, so much so that I may just use this pattern to make one for myself!

And here is a peek at the remaining dresses that will be converted into similar tunics for my Very Special Client...



These dresses had some interesting details with ribbon and buttons sewn inside the seams to create a 'billow' effect when they are buttoned up; this was incorporated into the new tunics as I cut the dresses and sewed them up. I will try to get a picture of one in 'billow' mode as the tunics are completed...

In case you're wondering what happened to the top portion of the dresses from the other tunics I made, here is what I did with them:


I finished off the edges to make it a tank top that is being worn by the clients very stylish daughter! I'm so glad this idea was well received - it seemed a shame to throw the top portion away when I knew it could be put to good use =-)


In the meantime I thought I'd share some images of a knitting project I've been working at for the last few months: my very first lace shawl!


For the new readers that have recently joined in my creative adventures, I have shared pictures of my favorite thing to knit - fingerless mitt's and I've been known to give some of them away. Many of my mitts are of my own design and I knit so many that I may have to start selling some of them. After all, there are only so many days I can actually wear them in sunny California!


One of the things I love about knitting mitts is that they often go by quickly, even if I am making notes as I go along...


...they don't take up much yarn and there is often enough left over to make up another pair in a similar style with the addition of a new contrast yarn...


However, a few months back I was smitten by a shawl pattern worn by a knitting shop employee who raved about the Nefertum shawl pattern designed by Kirsten Kapur that is available for sale on Ravelry...

Later that week, my LYS newsletter shared images of two shawls and when I found them on display, I was smitten by those too!! Before long I was on the verge of a new obsession with shawls. I have been working away at the Traveling Companion Shawl (a Ravelry freebie) and have made some progress...


I am very excited at the way it's turning out and I can't wait to begin working on the Nefertum shawl; however, this is one time I will NOT have more than one project going at a time! I'll share the completed shawl with you all and I hope this will be in time for my birthday in November =-)

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Now for the winner of last weeks giveaway...there were some great comments last week from folks sharing why they loved sewing or knitting and some of you do both as I do! But the winner for last weeks giveaway is Laura Catherine, who has two blogs - one for online marketing and one sharing her creative projects. It seems she is quite the creative beast herself!

Congratulations Laura! Please send me your address and let me know if you want the sewing book or the knitting book and I'll include some fabric or yarn from my stash to go along...

And now for today's giveaway...

I'm giving away a pair of knitted mitts and this is the pair I'm giving away:


How can you win this lovely pair of mitts?? Read on...

Rules for entering the giveaway...

The giveaway is open to all readers from near or far
You must leave a comment to enter the giveaway
Your comment will be about a current obsession you have, crafting or otherwise!*
Comments will close at 12pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday September 21
The winner will be announced at the end of the next blog post...which will be Monday or Tuesday of next week

OH! And if you want a bonus surprise goodie, follow my blog and let me know you have joined the "Tribe Of Creative Kindred Spirits"! 

Thanks for stopping by and for reading my blog! Good luck to all who enter the giveaway!

* -  For example, I have an obsession with film "Julie and Julia" and love watching it over and over!

6 comments:

Kathryn Hansen said...

oh Monica! Your tops are beautiful...I especially love the second one...I guess it's the sleeves! I can see why your client choose you...you are an excellent seamstress!

my obsession is art...i have to do/create art every single day, i also have to read books and blogs about artists, watch movies about artists, buy lots of artwork...yikes!! :- )

humel said...

Thank you - *love* those tunics!! Wish I could create such loveliness, my talented friend :)

And I'm fortunate enough to have one of your pairs of fingerless mitts, I'll soon be wearing them again, it's flippin' freezing here at the moment considering it's still September...

laura gaffke said...

You have the most beautiful work!

My latest obsession is "listening". I tying to pay more attention to my intuition which is something I struggle with. I have been trying to create more quiet time for myself by taking walks, sketching and writing. It is here that I can actually "hear" myself. T

hank you for this wonderful opportunity to win one of your delightful knitted creations! fingers crossed! love, laura

laura gaffke said...

Sorry for the typos! I meant to say "I am trying..." :)

Eydie said...

Hi Betty,
So glad I found your blog today.
Thank you for all the beauty and inspiration.
You are very talented and creative.

Karen Wallace said...

wow, wonderful work! Hugs