Saturday, February 26, 2011

The tide is in

My new socks are done in Socks that Rock lightweight yarn from my sock club.

I love this colourway :: Tide Pooling

They go with every colour I wear more or less. I was in dire need for some new pretty socks.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Good Bergère

Me last Saturday putting the last of the ribbing back on a cardigan I offered to fix for my Sister. It is a cardigan she knit as a gift for her son but he's much taller than the pattern measurements and wasn't available for fittings.

I offered to take the ribbing off the bottom pieces to add a few inches to them.

Chloé was here to take a rare photo of me at work, if you can call it work.

I put the whole sweater upside down on one circular needle and made three seperate balls of wool to knit equal amount of rows on each piece to make the best of what chocolat yarn was left. I had to use some of the constrasting yarn at the very end since there wasn't enough.
Today was the day to sew the whole shebang and tack in all the ends. I really love my sister!!

On Friday she promises to swing by the shop for a wee visit with the zipper and I can knit up a collar and pocket bands with the ball of chocolat yarn she found at home...!!

I am happy Ritchie gets his long awaited cardigan. The men are really having a taste of the good life these days. I am almost at the saddles on the Hybrid for HD.

Chloé's new pup is really doing well. I can't believe his appetit. He loves his crate. Not a peep comes out of him at night. He has already adapted to waking up at the same time as us in the morning. No more 3 am howls like the first night.

He learned how to go up and down the stairs on Monday. He even carried his teddy bear down the stairs by himself. The weather has warmed up enough to take him out for his business which he likes to do.

He's darn cute but he is fast and his little teeth are sharp! He managed to bite me in a tender spot this morning when I tried to comfort him after the wee folk hopped on the bus. I should knit myself a chain maille vest for protection. :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

I've been cloned

Voilà my duct tape body form of myself. This is so much fun to make!

I watched several YouTube videos on Saturday (there are tons) and this morning sacrificed my tightest undershirt. I wore spandex shorts and covered my hips and neck in cling wrap where the undershirt ended.

HD did the wrapping and we used about 30 meters of tape. After about two even layers, you mark the natural waist you find by bending from side to side and your buddy cuts you out from the back. The undershirt is covered by the tape. Make sure you don't cut your bra. You close the cut line with more tape using the tape lines as a guide. I think it cost me about 20$ and it is MY body. Win win.

I really wanted a long neck on my dress form and apparently my own neck is rather short. HD said he had never noticed this before and we had a bit of an argument when I insisted he tape my neck anyways even if it was really short only to realize he then proceeded to tape passed the cling wrap at some point of our discussion and caught my little neck hairs... AYE! So I sacrificed a few hairs too. Anywho, this was a lot less scary than the time I had to make a death mask of my face for art class. Breathing through straws while the plaster dried. I was never so happy about my huge nostrils. Thanks Dad...

One of the best videos said to use pvc pipes to make a stand for your dress form but HD had the day off from work, the wood and drill handy so he whipped up a stand in no time flat. I still want to paint the base.

She stands at my height too!! I thought it was important for fitting skirts lengths.

We used some foam from an old deck pillow and some newspaper to stuff the cavity. It was weird seeing my body shape from the inside...

We used a recycled soup can turned upside down inside the neck to secure the piece of wood with screws. The whole thing took a few hours but now I have a perfect body form for knit and garment fittings! Woo-who!

Dress forms in Canada are called Judys but I want to come up with my own name for mine. Let me know what YOU think.

Now, I would love to make a fabric cover for my form and then add all the 'bolduc' lines to it. I still have some investigating to do to find the best way to mark the center lines. I already marked the natural waist and the hip line will be the widest measurement. I want to dig out my muslin to start sewing again. I have so much pretty fabric to use.

I have been inspired by Lucy of Corset Laced Mannequin
and Gigisews of Behing The Seams
Many thanks to people that shared the fun videos too!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Are you working on my shirt?

....and that is the question HD kept asking a week or so ago while I was up to my freakin' eyeballs doing my year end paper work. I have everything under control in the income tax category now so knitting has resumed, sleeves have been attached to the body.
I am decreasing toward those saddle shoulders. I have been reading every article I can find on Ravelry about the Hybrid. I have not come across another Hybrid made at this gauge and/or with helpful notes. Blazing a trail!

Another twist in the story of my life...HD agreed and bought a new puppy for Chloé's 11th birthday.

I am thrilled to have someone in my life that is smaller than me with more wrinkles.

His mother was a Pug and his father was a rolling stone...Chloé has named him Roméo.