Blocking lace. I love the effect of blocking pieces of knit lace. The yarn over holes open up and the stockingette stitch areas become smooth... I love it!
Sewing. My daughter decided that she needed a new dress. She did some shopping and came home empty handed. She went through my pattern books and found a dress design she liked. I slowly began to work on it. This pattern is from a collection by "The Golden Rule". Each pattern is printed in miniature and the seamstress enlarges it based on the measurements of the wearer. So I measured. I drafted. I made a muslin (I knew I would need it! The pattern was older and I was sure the fit would be different from my daughter's preferred style....) I modified the pattern and finally made the dress. I had to promise to not put her head in the final picture, but here it is. The collar is gathered at the neck and comes down to a point at the center front and back. The purple is amazing with her reddish-blond hair!
Knitting, frogging, and knitting again. I would like to knit shawls. I have a little "shawlette" that is wonderful to wear around the house. It's just enough to warm my back and shoulders, but not enough to get in the way of doing things. I have a new shawl book, so I found a pattern I liked and cast on. Of course I modified it...and in the end, I didn't like it. This is a traditional triangle shawl with a point at the center back. I'm not fond of the style (why did I cast on?) and I didn't like how stiff the finished fabric felt. I kept going, hoping that things would get better, but they didn't. In this photo, the shawl is off the needles and on a string so I could wrap it around me and see how it worked. It didn't. It got to sit on the table for a few hours while I did some research and chose a new shawl design. Then it got frogged.
This was one of the reasons I frogged the shawl. I knit a sample with an extra ball of the same batch of yarn on bigger needles. It was so much softer and had much better drape. I tried one more needle size after this picture. Swatching is really helpful!Laylock Knitwear Design. The shawls are fun, but scroll down and look on the right hand side for the "Shawl Knitting Cheat Sheet". Wow! It's a single page pdf with instructions for make five different shapes of shawls all from the same three stitch cast-on! I've decided to make a "heart-shaped" or crescent shawl because it will have longer ends for tying. And, I made some swatches: