Monday, July 30, 2007

Jammin at the zoo with Coachella

Last week we went to the Jammin at the zoo concert series in Lincoln Park. We went to see Toad the Wet Sprocket. It was the perfect night to debut Cocahella.

I used just under 4 skeins of Filatura Lanarota Summer Soft and discovered that if I go up 2 needle sizes when knitting in the round after I have already knitted (knat?)flat rows, there is no gauge change.

This was a very quick knit and not difficult at all.

Largest free zoo in the world

I said not tonight, honey!

Drinkin, as well as jammin at the zoo:

Last week was a friend's birthday and I made her earrings. Pink and green are her favorite colors:

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Wolfen Cam Monday

Island in the sun
Originally uploaded by skillj.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Craftiness ensues...

I've found my crafty mojo! I started Coachella for me and a leaf tie cardi from Fitted Knits as a belated bday present for a friend. And I've gotten some sewing done. I have a dress all cut out but I'm hesitant to begin sewing because I never really know what size to cut. The measurements on the pattern don't really help me much, they actually kind of confuse me more. But while I get the nerve up to sew the dress, I worked on other projects.
Here is an Amy Butler Frenchy handbag. I used Denise Schmidt "Katie Jump Rope" fabrics. I love that entire collection.

And, a Built by Wendy top for your viewing pleasure:

I love this fabric too! I found it at Hancock's and they had only a little left, just enough for this top. It's by a Japanese designer...can't remember the name and the name was written in Japanese characters on the fabric.

I might make another top soon, but wish me luck on tackling the dress!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Don't worry, I'm still alive!

Hello all! It's been a while, huh? Well, I can't say that I've been doing much. This has truly been a summer of leisure. I haven't even really crafted all that much. I knit way more when I was working full time than I do now and that's insane...because when I was working, I always said that it was working that got in the way of my crafting and that hasn't been the case. I went home to visit my sis and her family, I've spent almost all the other weekends with Christian's family, and we spend as much time as possible with Wolfen at the dog beach.

He really loves going there. The first few times we would be there for hours cause we couldn't figure out how to get him back on the leash (all of his obedience flies out the window where there are other dogs frolicking about in the sand & water)but we finally figured out that if you get in the water when he's swimming back to shore to grab him, he can't dart away. (Can someone please sign us up to have Cesar come and whisper to Wolfen to come back to us when at the dog park/beach?)
But I do have a couple FOs to share. Both of them were started when we moved back in the end of April and just recently completed.

Here is the Juliet cardi from the Debbie Bliss Rialto book. I used an 80/20 pima cotton/angora blend by Ardadia. It's a smidge too big but I can still wear it.

This is a bag pattern from Suss that I made with Suss Sparkle and lined with some fabric I found on Ebay. The button and handles are from M&J Trim.

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