Progress, projects, and pictures

20 Jun

I have had a crazy week!  I spent most of the weekend up in Cincinnati.  A church there had hired me for two large weddings on Friday and Saturday, and we got to go to this:

Ah yes… the Goetta Festival in Covington, KY (across the river from Cincinnati.)   In case you aren’t familiar with it, Goetta is a mixture of ground meat, spices, and steel cut oats, usually fried up and served for breakfast.  It’s better than it sounds (my husband, being a native Cincinnatian, is obsessed – look how pleased he is above, after eating his Goetta corndog and Goetta chili!)  I can take it or leave it, and I chose to leave it in this case and just eat a plain corndog for lunch.

While we were in the area, we visited Knit-on in Newport, where I picked up a copy of Norah Gaughan vol 8 (and Marc got to pet the adorably tubby store cat, Tanner.)  I’ve already cast on for Nespelem:

I decided to use Rowan Cashsoft DK.  I bought this yarn years ago, and I love the pretty silver color.  I thought about using cotton, as the pattern calls for, but I have trouble with my tension in plain cotton.  Plus, this will be much lighter weight – this yarn has 142 yds/50 grams vs the 115 per 50 grams in Berroco pure pima.  The yarn is quite nice, but I will say that it tends to split and is a bit artificial feeling (it has almost as much microfiber as it does wool, and a tiny bit of cashmere.)

My other sweater (Anais) is nearly done.  Right now I’m working on a tutorial for making machine buttonholes on a handknit sweater – I hope to have it up later this week!

Behold, my next sewing project:

I have been greatly inspired by the beignet skirts I’m seeing in Me-made June.  I made one a year and a half ago, but I don’t wear it much – I was not clear on the concept of ease, and while it looks super awesome standing up, it is not comfortable to sit in. This is the cotton chambray from the Joann’s Lisette fabric collection.  I do not plan to line this version – the lining is nice and all, but I love my slips (especially under a pencil skirt!)

I also want a fun sundress for the 4th.  Last year I made Burdastyle’s Tara.  This year I want to make this sundress:



The fabric is crazy, I know!  It’s also from Joann’s, one of their spring collections (long since sold out at my store… I’ve learned to buy the good prints early!)

My step-dad is in the hospital for planned open heart surgery.  He had the surgery this morning, and is doing well, but not great, so I expect that being with my Mom will take  up a lot of time for a bit.  Sorry if I owe you an email etc – life just happens all at once, doesn’t it?


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7 Responses to “Progress, projects, and pictures”

  1. Sarah Michel June 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    I’ve just started looking around your blog and wanted to say that those two sewing projects look awesome! Love the fabrics and the simple ease of them. Makes me want to pull out the sewing machine. :)

  2. Carolyn June 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    I hope your stepdad is doing better real soon!

  3. Louise June 21, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    great that you had time to post w. all that’s going on….

  4. Andrea June 21, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Yay for Nespelem – can’t wait to see photos of your finished product. I never get the urge to knit in the summer so I’ll be knitting Nespelem vicariously through you! Wishing your step-dad a prompt recovery.

  5. Katherine June 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    Best to your step dad. Hospital knitting is very therapeutic!

  6. Leah June 24, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    I hope things go well with you family. Sounds like a great trip! I really like that Simplicity pattern for the sundress, would you mind sharing which one it is? :D

  7. Elizabeth July 3, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I hope your father is doing better!

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