Monday, November 20, 2006


I'm still plugging along on my holiday knitting. I am just about done with the first batch and the biggest project can be seen below. There is no secret that I am working on a baby sweater for my new little niece, but since my sister-in-law hasn't seen it yet and it is a holiday present (although I am going to insist she opens this one up as soon as she gets it, since it should *crosses fingers* fit right now), I am keeping its exact identity secret...for now.

And I have to say, interesting construction of baby sweaters always amazes me. I have been working with a giant pink blob of mis-shaped bits for so long I was starting to think it was really an highly inappropriately-timed April Fool's joke. But, as soon as the first little sleeve made it's appearance, this blob's future life as a wee sweater was revealed...and man is it going to be cute!

Finally, I have been meaning to share with you for a few weeks now a new and very exciting endeavor that I am about to embark upon...

That's right! I will be sewing! I dabbled a bit with sewing during our stay at my in-law's house. My MIL showed me a lot to get me started, but we never had that much time and as soon as we moved out, it was even harder...besides she and I discovered how much fun stained glass was! Anyhoo, the lovely, talented and knowledgeable Cora has generously offered to share her sewing expertise with Knitzalot and I. (Thanks again, Cora!) She made some great suggestions for beginner patterns and fabric and took us on our fabric and notions-finding expeditions. Both K and I ended up picking out the same skirt pattern, which turned out to be unavailable when we went to buy it. However, this one is virtually the same thing.

The two fabrics above are destined for two different skirts. The red (which is actually a bit deeper red with watercolor-like darker saturations) is going to have a black accent trim at the waist and a black embroidered "something" on the bottom. The purple will also have a black trim at the waist, but will otherwise just be on its own since the print is just so much fun!

Finally, I made it to my first acupuncture appointment on Saturday morning and loved it! I am going back today and Wednesday to continue with my treatments and then I will taper down to once a week and then more evenly spaced appointments. One cool thing is that while my insurance does not cover acupuncture, my Flex pre-tax reimbursement program does! So, if this turns out to be something that is helpful for me, I can set aside more money for it next year.

Ok, that's it for me...I can procrastinate no more - I am off to concur the knitting mess that is my living room!

(This post is also an attempt to check if our primary feed is still 'unavailable' as Bloglines puts it. The atom feed seems to be working but the old blogger default feed that most people are subscribed to has been giving me an error message all weekend...and my previous post never did show up - grrrrr.)


Marisa said...

Can't wait to see your sewing creations!!

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Such exciting stuff. I wish I had the time to sew these days. There's a project (actually two) I need to do that's actually a necessity, but I can't get around to it. Ho hum. Can't wait to see that sweater.

Nasus said...

How fun! I remember sewing my clothes during the summer preceding my junior year in high school (too broke to shop).

Theresa said...

Bloglines is like the computer system we have at work - every 'upgrade' makes it worse. Have fun sewing!

Nonnahs said...

Can't wait to see your skirts!

amanda cathleen said...

ah, the magic of baby sweaters! Can't wait to see what you knit up for your lucky lil niece.
Good luck with your sewing! : )