Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Peacock Feathers!

I think I mentioned being drawn into the Oink Pigments booth at Stitches west. What did it was the sample of their sock pattern Peacock Feathers! I immediately purchased the pattern and the exact yarn the sample was knit up in! I could simply not resist. Just a couple of days after Stitches I cast on.

Started slow but I already loved the yarn and the colors are just amazing!

Then the pattern started and I was hooked. 

It grew so quickly I just couldn't put them down. 

Took them everywhere and soon it was time to turn the first heel! I've decided that for 2 at a time socks, this type of heel would be the easiest for me. Will try that soon. 

Then the first sock was finished!

Second sock followed quickly behind!

And then there was a set of beautiful, soft and comfortable socks to add to my sock collection! This was the fastest pair of socks I have ever knit! I will definitely knit this pattern again. 

Go check out my Ravelry project page for more info on pattern and yarn. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


WOW! How did a month go by since my last post? I can't believe how quickly the time goes by! In the time since Stitches I have been happily knitting away on new things and my on-going cabled cardigan Burrard. I'll share some knitting updates soon, but today I wanted to talk about my latest sewing triumph!

Did you guys follow the Small Fry Skinny Jeans blog tour? I happened upon it on multiple blogs pretty far into the tour and after the 3rd time I saw it I couldn't resist. I purchased the pattern and then RAN to Joann's to get some cheap denim to try it out on.  Since Titchy Threads was offering a discount on the pattern during the blog tour, it made the pattern even more affordable than it already is.

I was nervous because, I mean, c'mon… Jeans! Who was I kidding? I'm no great seamstress. I'm still learning and hadn't even tackled a zipper fly yet! All the reviews I read, though, said I could do it. They all raved about the quality of the pattern instructions and you know what? I did it!! The instructions were great. I did get hung up a touch when it came time to do the zipper fly, but that was just because I didn't trust.. and I should have. I have learned from knitting that sometimes you just have to follow the instructions even if you don't really understand where they are leading,  and it will all turn out. (If you have a great pattern it works, not so much for a craptastic one.) This is a great pattern and even though I allowed myself to just take it slow and do a little each day to make sure I was doing it right,  it only took me 5 days. I could have done it quicker but I wanted to tackle each new technique with a fresh brain and rested body.  The results are spectacular, if I do say so myself.

Day one I tackled the front pockets! I was pretty happy with my topstitching. 

After a day break of looking at the instructions and not trusting that I understood, I tackled the zip fly, and it worked!

Then on to the back pockets and some simple topstitching. 

Then on to attaching fronts and backs and waistband! They look like jeans!

Oh my they are so adorable!

My crappy machine HATED sewing the belt loops on! I used a size 18 needle and my walking foot and it was still really really hard. 

He wore them to school that week and his teacher ASKED ME WHERE I BOUGHT THEM! Shazam!

If you have kids and love to sew, go now and buy this pattern it is fantastic!