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A Saturday post for all the cool people who visit my site on the weekends.

Remember the shirt I made in design school using fabric sent to me by my pal HEK Jenny? Well, I promised to show a photo of the finished shirt when I got a chance, so here you go:



This is the REAL pose-like-a-mannequin shot.
[Psst...wanna see a back view of the cuff with its ties?]
[What's that? Wanna see the back, too? Oh, ALRIGHT.]


In short: The pattern for this shirt was constructed by draping muslin on the dress form. The pattern was then drafted on paper using a graph ruler and a sloper. THEN I sewed it together. (I know that it may seem like sewing is a big part of my studies, but sewing is far from being the focus; it's just one of the many things we learn how to do so that we can bring our design creations to realization. Some people with whom I study don't enjoy the sewing bit at all, but for me it's a big bonus!)

[Footnote about the fabric: Dear Jenny sent to me as a gift and I must say that I received a lot of compliments on the fabric alone. It's SO snazzy. According to two of my fellow students - who happen to be exchange students from China - the fabric has a poem written on it in Chinese characters. In order to add interest, I deliberately cut half the shirt upside down, and matched up the pattern this way in the front and back. Oh, how fancy!]

And while we're on the subject of fashion school, we had our last open house at school a couple of weeks ago and I finally got a few of my projects back, which were still there "on loan" so that they could be displayed. I'm going to show a portion of one of my projects in fashion design so we can have some fun with it. The topic for this particular project was Uniforme, and we had to get *at least* one uniform - any uniform - and deconstruct it along with secondhand clothes (called fripes in French) in order to create a "whole new look". I got a fireman's jacket from a neighbor (who's a retired fireman), chef's trousers from the Bocuse restaurant and a bleu travail - which looks like a mechanic's overalls - from a friend. I also got a denim skirt from a secondhand clothes shop and a vintage lace slip that once belonged to a friend's great aunt. I ripped out the seams on a lot of these things (hours of work), and draped them on a dress form to create "new" garments, taking pictures of each one. We had to draw inspiration from a certain theme, and I chose "Route 66" as mine because the denim and mechanic's overalls reminded me of the old gas stations I used to see while driving on Route 66. Of all the "new" garments I created from these old clothes, I picked four of the most interesting looks that went with my theme and drew them onto my fashion figures.



This is a scan of a portion of one of my project pages.
Click here to zoom out on my drawings!
Footnote: Pantone markers, color pencils and artist ink pens on Canson paper.


Too add even more craziness, we had to include as accessories PANTYHOSE STOCKINGS that were donated to us by a [not to be named but big maker of pantyhose] company. Hence the wacky striped "armwarmers" on my fashion figures. Hee hee!



This is also a scan of a portion of one of my project pages.
Click here to zoom out on these drawings!


But that's not all. All of this is what I did in fashion design. For my pattern drafting course, I had to actually construct, sew and assemble the uniforms and old clothes together into ONE of the outfits shown on my fashion figures.

NOW it's time for a little fun. Of the four outfits shown on my fashion figures, which one do you think I chose to actually make?

P.S. And I will show pictures of it! :-)

Ahoooooy, Red Stripes!

Hey! Remember the GGH Bali I got last month? I bought it so I could knit it up into THIS:



"I know lots of good fun that is funny."


This, my friends, is the beginnings of the back piece of what Rebecca 29 calls the "Cropped Sweater". The original Cropped Sweater is worked in turquoise, ecru, brown and gold stripes, but MY version is worked in what I call Cat in the Hat Stripes, bay-bee! Just look at that. Every time I see it I think of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat. I could close the seam on that back piece, stick it on my head like a hat and hop up and down on a big ball of yarn (preferably, cashmere...or maybe alpaaaaaaaaaaaaca) while balancing a tray of margaritas and some of my stash...maybe the Rowan? Yeah...that's doable. "Look at me! Look at me now! With a pitcher of margaritas and thirty skeins of Rowan Calmer on the top of my hat!"

Just kidding. About making that into a hat, that is. And about bouncing around on the ball. But I wouldn't mind a pitcher of margaritas right about now.

thumb.jpg Dinner is a-calling and I've got some samples to work up for another school project, but before I go I'll let you in on the crazy outfit I assembled for my Uniforme project (described in this entry). It was a tough choice, but I ended up going with the outfit shown in my drawing to the right, because my teachers felt that the ruched sleeves (made from the upside-down chef's trousers) were a very interesting element. The denim "bustier" in that outfit was also a strong factor: It is actually the skirt turned around backwards with the waistband stitched onto the middle. (It's not shown on the mannequin to the right, but the finished bustier has an added denim jacket zipper as a front closure.) The skirt was made from the front piece of the bleu travail, assembled sideways with the collar at the back and the sleeves gathered to form a short layered train. I had to make this outfit so I could wear it (with funky stockings and some WILD theatrical Las Vegas-ish makeup for television news cameras [!]) during a student fashion show at a public event held in Lyon. (Footnote: I don't have the outfit at home so I can't show more photos of it; the school keeps it for a year so they can exhibit it and so we can wear it for another public event at the beginning of our second year.) And that is the end of my blabby Uniforme outfit post. Thanks for playing along :-)

Is this...could it be...a...SLEEVE?

Take out a red pen and mark this day with a great big circle on your calendar, friends. I have managed to knit a sleeve of my Cat in the Hat sweater right after I finished the front and back pieces...and I didn't dawdle. It's true. Check it out:



She likes me! She really, really likes me!


Usually when it comes time for me to knit the sleeves of a sweater I become just a teeny bit bored with the project and I get all yarn happy by piling on the new projects like I've got all the time in the world and five sets of knitting hands. Not this time. I knit right on through with this one and didn't even blink an eye at my stash. (Okay, maybe I did blink an eye. But I didn't succumb!) I think I'll go reward myself for my loyalty to Cat in the Hat sweater by making a pan of brownies and eating half of them by myself while they're still pipin' hot. Or maybe an ice cream float. Made with Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream and an ice cold bubbly soda. Don't tell my dentist.

And are you tired of looking at red and white stripes yet? You may be, but I ain't. Check out a few of my favorite red and white designs of the current season:


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[Click each thumbnail to see a full view.]


From left to right: Kenzo, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger. All are from their spring/summer 2006 pret-a-porter collections and each represents a different style and look despite the use of red and white stripes. Honorable mentions go to this chunky striped number with three-quarter sleeves by Armani and these knee-high socks by Lacoste. And while black and white stripes are going to be a big player in next season's clothes, let's give a big "merci" to Lacoste for including this fabulous slouchy RED and white blouse in their fall/winter 2006 collection. It's so magically Cat in the Hat*, bay-bee!

* I think that should be the new catch phrase around here for something that is cool. You know, something along the lines of: "Hey! Let's go yarn shopping. Wouldn't it be totally Cat in the Hat if we found some cashmere yarn on sale? Like, TOTALLY."

First, lemme give you the good news.

The Captain's Linen Jacket is all seamed up with knitted on neckband and intarsia stripes worked up on the front and back. Woo hoo! Here are sneaky peeks:


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Now the bad news. It is not finished, because it has no zipper. And the reason that it has no zipper is because the zipper that I have - which is the 35 cm zipper ordered through Phildar for this particular jacket - is too short. spring2006_linenjacket_zipper_thumb.jpgAfter I checked the schematics, measured my front pieces and verified that everything is the way that it should be, I noticed that this pattern calls for a 35 cm zipper for both the 5 year old AND 7 year old sizes. In all fairness to Phildar, I have to admit that I understand why they did this. Zippers in France are available in increments of 5 cm when longer than 15 cm. Other lengths can sometimes be special-ordered through some, but not all, notions shops (like my beloved La Mercerie in La Croix Rousse), but Phildar does not take these special orders because they do not fabricate these notions themselves. If Phildar suggested a 40 cm zipper for the 7 year old size instead of the 35 cm one, you'd have to sacrifice the rolled hem of the jacket. But this is an element that I would like to keep and sewing a zipper along the entire length of the jacket would flatten it out. (In the pattern the rolled hem is not sewn to the zipper.) Still, I think that a 38 cm zipper would be a better fit for this jacket. Here's to hoping that La Mercerie can special-order one in the right color and in that length, because sometimes it's a no go. Oh, well. Instead of griping further, basically I can:

a) Do what the pattern writers expect me to do by sewing a 35 cm in length zipper onto a 38 cm in length cardigan (not counting the rolled hem, which is an element I want to keep), even though the front edges will probably get all puckered in an unattractive fashion. OR...

b) If possible, special order a 38 cm in length zipper (notions shops only carry them in increments of 5 cm, hence my having to special order it) even though this delays my boy wearing his jacket for a few more days. I'm also tempted to order the 40 cm from Phildar and cutting off the 2 cm in excess because this zipper is nicer and the perfect color, unlike the one I can get at the notions shop, but it might take a REALLY long time to arrive. (Oops. Strike that part. This wouldn't work because this is a jacket zipper that needs to be opened at the bottom.

Sigh. I choose option b.

While I wait for the notions shop to open (isn't just my luck that it's closed on Mondays?), here's a little personal fashion blab for those who are interested in a peek at what I'd like to knit and sew this fall:

I've always been fascinated by corsets and bustiers and have worn tops or dresses inspired by them for years. Unlike all my aunts and my cousins, upon whom the family gene pool decided to bestow generous bra sizes, I got the short end of the stick in the boobage department. But the family gene pool decided to make up for its boobage stinginess with me by giving me a particularly small waist, so I've long held a fascination for garments that emphasize that body part. sketchbook_corsettops.jpgMany pages of my designer sketchbook shows photos of corsets, bustiers or corset-style belts with rough sketches I've made of corset-inspired blouses and tops. [Here is a peek at one of those sketches, which I drew back in January.] And let's not forget bustier dress-style top or my recycled outfit of last March, which featured a denim bustier (layered, of course...again, I love layering) made from an 80s jean skirt I got from a thrift shop. In short, waist emphasis is a look I've always favored and as a result it manages to show itself in some way in the designs I've presented at fashion school (including my dress* for the end of the year fashion show; it was a blousy baby doll number with a smocked waist-hugging wide belt in the same fabric), and I have a feeling this detail will always find its way in the clothes I'll be designing afterwards.

*I'll try to remember to show it when school lets back in. It was kept to be shown in Paris so I don't have it here at home.

fall2006_lagerfeld_thumb.jpgAnyway. Due to my little "thing" for this look, you can bet that I'm personally all over the bustiers and corsets that are popping up for next season. A few of my favorite haute couture looks are Lagerfeld's bustier and Prada's corset, because theirs are cut in masculine fabrics in neutral colors and shown layered, which takes away from the possible "too much" effect a bustier or corset can have as casual wear. fall2006_dolce_thumb.jpgAs for knits, Anthropologie has a knit corset that looks like it was inspired by Dolce and Gabbana's "snow bunny" knit corsets. As for all the bustier/corset patterns I've seen, my absolute favorites are the crochet corset (which reminds me of the sketch I made back in spring) in Rowan 40 and Kim Hargreaves's "Soul" from the Calmer Collection, which I knit for my sister back in summer 2003:


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And that's the end of my personal fashion chat for today. If there are others who also like the look I blabbed about today (I know that there are others who don't, and you can just save your typing fingers there :-), feel free to share your favorites with my corset/bustier lovin' heart!

Where's my pillbox hat?

The Skinny Rabbit Design Hour presents the toile for the short jacket I'm making:



This is just a toile.
(A sample made to perfect my custom pattern.)
This one looks a little bit like a bedjacket, I know.
It's muslin...whatcha gonna do?


It doesn't look like much because it's lacking details and, well, it's in muslin. (Pinkish muslin, which made Monsieur Le Hubby ask me if I was channeling Jackie O when he saw it.) I'm happy with the general shape and fit, so it looks like my pattern is good to go and I'll be able to cut into the fabric soon. I still have to draft the pieces for facings and lining, though. And I've decided that I want to include pockets so I'll try a couple of samples and then draft the pattern pieces for those.

In knitting news, I have something GREAT to announce. Remember how I ran short of Cork to finish my Mystery Project? I was planning to RIP OUT the whole thing so I could reknit it on a larger needle in order to match my row gauge with the pattern's. And just like that, my Mystery Project was saved from a trip to Ripdom by a very thoughtful knitter named (gotta put the whole thing in bold caps, I just gotta):

LING!!!


spring2006_linenjacket_zipper_thumb.jpgShe had some Cork in Mouse in her stash that she was kind enough to offer to me, and before you can say "thou shalt not rip out the Mystery Project" she packed them up and sent them to me from across La Manche. Cork is in the hooooouse! So not only has my Mystery Project been saved from the frogpond, but I've made a new online knitting bud who I discovered knits some fabulous things in my favorite colors (you have to see her cowl and her ribbed top with the diamante buckle) and has two really cute - and I mean REALLY cute - kids. LING (yes, all in bold caps again), you have star status around here. I and my sweater in Cork thank you!

I interrupt the knitting to bring you...

...a crazy underwear interlude. It's all about the chuckles and grins today.



(Ignore the plastic bag covering my mannequin.)


Extracurricular Project: Customization of plain white bra and panties [donated by not to be named lingerie company] using limited number of craft supplies [donated by a not to be named but well known craft store in Lyon] by second year fashion students. We had the weekend to do it.

Goal: make something THEATRICAL and DIFFERENT; not your typical lingerie customization. Basically, something craaa-zay. All customized lingerie - mine included - will be placed on exhibition in a salon. They are not going to be worn or modeled, obviously. Funny footnote: Today when I saw the other customizations I noticed that I was the only one who used just paper and glue. Stickin' to the basics, bay-bee! Yeeeeeeeeeeeah!

So now it's time for another Guessing Game, just to keep us entertained: I usually have a source of inspiration that is NOT "fashion" related when I create designs. What do you think my inspiration for this one was? And here's a clue: I tend to garner inspiration from objects, art, pop culture, period pieces, portraits, and food (among other things).

Tomorrow I will update this particular paragraph with a photo of my source of inspiration, so keep an eye out here for it if you're curious. Have fun guessing. (And don't get too serious. Remember, we're having fun here.)

Update: My inspiration was, in effect, a piņata. But! As I mentioned before, I was inspired by - I did not make - a piņata. I am fascinated by the bright colors and handcrafted paper look of piņatas, and *that* is what inspired me. So all that "hitting with a stick" and "filling up with candy" aside, piņatas - or at least the ones I've seen in all the years I spent living in Mexico City (and over there they're traditionally filled with jicama, sugar cane, nuts and fruit) - are colorful and interesting works of art, and their decorative paper is what I had in mind when I sketched out my initial design.

As for volume, I tried to create the same fulled and layered effect as the bathing suit worn by the retro chick used in one of my site designs. (Elizabeth was the first to notice it, but others mentioned it as well. Woo hoo!)

And as for the final effect I wanted to achieve, I was trying to go for a slight Brazilian carnivalesque type costume. While I didn't have Carmen Miranda in mind, the people who mentioned her and Brazilian dancers weren't far from the mark so bravo to you! And I think it's safe to say that I achieved the effect I wanted for purposes of the exhibition because when I showed my lingerie set to my fellow students some of them started singing "Braaaaazil! La la la la la la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaa!". Tee hee. Success :-)

P.S. My knitting blab will resume in next entry. But for now I must rush off to do some research for another school project we're starting tomorrow. In the meantime, have a good one!

I present to you my Time Hog of the Moment:


Unfinished jacket on a mannequin.
(It's missing collar, facing, bottom patch pockets with flaps,
sleeves, cuffs, buttonholes and on and on. Aaaaaahhhhhhhh!)


I constructed and drafted a pattern (flat) for this jean jacket by following a design illustration and am now in the final stages: Assembly. I'll work on a bit tonight (it's due on Thursday) but right now I need to draw and color some fashion figures for my sportswear design project and work up some samples for tomorrow. As Sil says (and she knows what she's talking about) the sweatshop Chez Skinnyrabbit is in full force right now.

In knitting news, I didn't knit a stitch all weekend! So what you see here is basically where I still am with my projects. Sigh. But I'm looking forward to taking about 30 minutes today to just chill in front of the t.v. while knitting on my CeCe Cardi. I'd love to show some serious progress on that one because I want it to be my next finished project.

While I do that, let's chat a bit. Which do you prefer....
Pullovers or cardis?
Lace or cables?
Intarsia or fair isle?
Stripes or variegated yarn?
Hats or socks?
Double points or magic loop?
Colin* or Keanu?

(I added my own preferences in my comments box.)

*Colin earned some serious points with me in the movie What a Girl Wants. There's a scene where he's wearing leather pants and he is a-smokin' in them!

Quick knitting update today!

First up, le CeCe Cardi au chocolat:



Crappy lighting alert!
Rainy day today. Humph.



Progress may seem to be slow, but them there are some loooooong rows, slappy. But I've got just a few more decreases on the sleeves to work and then I'll be working the neckband. Woo hoo!

In fashion school news, I finished the jacket with its 9 meters of seam tape and 4 patch pockets with flaps yesterday and turned it in. No finished photo to show (yet) because I finished it in school and it is now posing on a mannequin over there as I type this. Boy, did that the thing require A LOT of finishing (it's been a busy past few days as a consequence) but I'm very happy with the result and it even rendered a few compliments from some third year students. And remember the UNICEF doll* I mentioned the other day? I made the doll from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday night and turned it in Monday morning. (3 hours to make it! I didn't knit it this time around.) But before I turned it in I took some photos of it - with camera flash on, it was 6:30 in the morning, after all - so I could show it here.

Before I show it, though, I have to explain what it is. You see, we were given a theme and the theme for this year was "celebrities and charity work". Before names that you're used to seeing in American media come to mind, remember that I am in France and I go to a French school. Obviously, French celebrities like Johnny Hallyday, David Douillet and Coluche were among the first celebrities to be chosen by the students. So I had to choose a celebrity who is easily and quickly recognizable over here. Plus, it had to be a celebrity I could caricature in a doll without people wondering who the doll represents. As it's October and breast cancer awareness month, a search online of people who have used their fame to promote awareness rendered a number of names. I picked one who is well-known over here and did a caricature of her at a time when she was most famous. Bingo! When I pulled the doll out at school on Monday morning everyone who saw it immediately knew who it was. And, of course, I found a way to incorporate the pink ribbon into the doll. Now, without further ado, I introduce my UNICEF doll:




When there's no time to shop for doll-making materials, one resorts to the stash.
Feathers, furry ribbon, textile samples...so glad I hoard this kind of stuff.
[Click to see the images I used for inspiration.]


Ginger Spice, a.k.a. Geri Halliwell, and her removable Union Jack dress (breast cancer awareness, people) and pink ribbon inspired knickers. Think Pink this month :-)

*All dolls made will be exhibited for a few months. Afterwards they will be sold and all proceeds will go to UNICEF so that a child in need may receive vaccinations.

[Taps microphone.] Is this thing on?

Hello, hello! I know...this blog has been quiet and I haven't had a single free minute to visit other blogs for week but I am back now, bay-bee! And that's not all: As of today, I am ON VACATION from school. [Throws confetti all around.]

just a sampling of what I didI really need it. This past week was absolutely insane. I pulled two all-nighters to get out the huge sportswear collection due in fashion design on Thursday. With all the designs I had to come up with, the samples I had to work up [a small sampling of what I did is in the shot to the right], the 12 fashion figures I had to draw (of which 4 had to be rendered in color, only I ended up doing 5 because I like being crazy like that) [a small sampling of the fashion figures I drew and the designs I created are in the photo to the left], the flats and specs I had to prepare and the inspiration packet I put together I thought I'd never finish. just a samplingThe samples and inspiration packet take the most time while the drawings and color rendering are the fastest so I usually save that part for last. And then the layout...yikes. I was up until the wee hours of the morning on Thursday doing that. The whole project was just enormous. When I turned that sucker in I did a pirouette around the classroom and shouted "Hallelujah". For reals. Because I like being crazy like that.

What else? Oh yes. I just received the latest French Vogue in the mail. I can't resist sharing a couple of cool things that I think a few of you might enjoy, like: 1) looking at this knit helmet, and 2) the fact that there is a whole spread where the model is holding some knitting in every single photo. Rock.

Okay, I'm off to chill with the hub and son, have a kir and KNIT after a week of not coming close to even touching a pair of knitting needles. I'll have a finished object to show very soon because this is what I'm going to work on:



Is that...could it be...a NECKBAND, already?
It is, it is! [Runs madly around the room in circles from excitement*.]



People, I am *this* close to finishing my CeCe Cardi. I haven't touched it since last Sunday (when the progress shot was taken), but I just have a few more rows to knit on the neckband and that's it! After that all I have to do is sew the neckband down and we'll be calling this a finished cardi. I don't have a button yet but I'll go to the notions shop tomorrow so I can buy one. CeCe Cardi, here I come. High fives all around!

*My dog Lucy does that. (Here's a photo I took of her a few minutes ago for you.) When she's really excited or happy about something, she runs around in circles so fast she looks like a blurred cotton ball. Because she likes being crazy like that. Love the dog.

Short Coat!

I have my sewing machine out because I'm making a toile for the trousers of the tailored suit I'm currently constructing in pattern-making (I know; I'm supposed to be on vacation, but I still gotta do some work at home) and I decided to just go ahead and make my Short Coat, already. I cut the fabric on Tuesday night and sewed it up yesterday afternoon:



This is the REAL stand-still-like-a-mannequin shot.


Project details: This coat is based on the Simplicity Built by You 4109 pattern, because I love the sleeves used in it (they're flared manches talon cut on the biais). I used the pattern just to cut out the main pieces - which I modified, so the cut isn't exactly the same - and then I went my own way when it came to assembly. [Note: I changed the pattern pieces and did not follow the pattern instructions AT ALL so the result may be a little different for those who use the pattern as is; I used the pattern only to cut out some of the pieces.] The patch pockets and flaps are my own; they're the same ones I made for this jacket because I like their shape. I modified the collar and sewed it on the way I've been shown to do it in the industry here. I also completely lined the jacket, including the sleeves. (The lining is not a part of the Simplicity pattern.)

Here are some gratuitous finishing shots for you:

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If you're wondering how this thing looks on me, we've got my Captain Destructo to thank because he's also on vacation from school, and he took a few minutes to snap some shots* of me wearing my Short Coat:



*Not a bad photographer for a six-year-old, eh?
I may have to have him take my shots all the time now.
[Hey! Click here for the rest of the show-off shots.]


I'm looking forward to wearing this; I love how it looks like a little cape with sleeves. We're currently having the best kind of weather for this kind of coat so I'll be debuting it today as we're heading out this afternoon. And here's a secret: I didn't have to buy anything new to make it! The main fabric - a wool blend - was already in my stash. For the lining I used a satin print I had gotten from the fashion design studio where I worked this summer and the buttons, well, let's just say that my Willow has four buttons less than before. I was too eager to finish this puppy and as yesterday was a national holiday the notions shop was closed so I couldn't buy new buttons. Willow had its share of wear, anyway. It's time to bring on the Short Coat, bay-bee!

Two things to show you today:

First up, remember the jacket I made in pattern drafting back in October? Well, I finally got it back today! (It was on display at school which is why I didn't get it back until now.)



Psst...it's a little wrinkled.
I didn't feel like carrying it on a hanger in the metro so I packed it in my bag.


Quick specs on this: Remember, I am taking a double degree in both fashion design/illustration and pattern making. In fashion design - where we are graded on originality, creativity and innovation - we come up with our *own* designs and then work up a few in pattern making (which I haven't shown on my blog). However, in pattern making we are also requied to work up IMPOSED DESIGNS, where we are graded on technical aspects and workmanship. This jacket is one of those imposed designs, so I can only take credit for the pattern and prototype you see here. All of us were given the same flat drawing (which I'm not allowed to publish here) of a jacket and we had to use only that to construct a pattern, draft it, and then make the jacket. No free form is allowed for imposed designs; we all make a standard size French 38 and have to follow the flat drawing down to our estimation of the distance between pockets, collar height, etc. The only thing we're allowed to choose ourselves is the fabric and minuscule details, like topstitching, buttons, etc. As you can see, I chose denim, metal buttons and red topstitching. I love denim. (Must be my American side peeking out.)

Next up is my shexy Ultra Femme top. I worked a few more inches on Sunday evening and am now about to attach the sleeves. Woo hoo!





The last time I attached the sleeves my gauge whacked out and loosened up like a bad boy. This time, after I attach the sleeves, I'm planning on switching to a slightly smaller needle size as further insurance against loosey goosy knitting.

That's the end of my update today; I'm off to work a bit on my tailored suit before I pick up Captain Destructo at school. [Click here for a peek at where I am with my tailored suit.] Thankfully we don't have to turn it in tomorrow, because I'm far from finished. All of us are; we've had a number of conferences we've had to attend which slowed down our progress, so we were given another week to finish it. Woo hoo!

Kool-Aid to the rescue.

Remember my Colinette H20 hat? The one I knit using Colinette in ecru? No? Well, go here to refresh your memory. I'll wait till you come back.

Okay. So, I knit the Colinette hat and I had a teeny tiny bit left over. [Footnote: I'm a bit of a pack rat when it comes to leftover yarns for projects I've knit, in case I have to make repairs or want to reference the yarn or...who knows? For whatever reason. Even if there's just a little bit left over, I'll stash it away with the label wrapped around and then stapled shut so the label doesn't get lost. And yes, I do group the leftovers by yarn type in ziplocs...hello! I like being organised.] Anyway, I had a little bit left over, maybe two meters' worth, and I'm sooooo glad that I saved it because then I got to do this to it:



I love that knitters dye their yarns with Kool-Aid.


I dyed the sucker! Haha! I'm currently working on a project that has CORAL in the color range, and my leftover Colinette* was the exact texture I was looking for in terms of materials. But wait...my Colinette was ecru. Move on? I don't think so! Instead of searching around the stores for fabrics or notions in the exact colors and textures I need when I work on small SAMPLES for projects, I resort to things like machine-dyes, food coloring, Tria markers, ink, fabric paints, gouache, pumice stones (took one to a denim swatch once) and now: A packet of cherry Kool-Aid my parents had sent in a care package to Captain Destructo. On my first try, I achieved the shade I needed for my color range. Good thing my parents keep the kid in Kool-Aid :-)

*I'm not knitting the Colinette, by the way. I'm using it in an application on some fabric in a design sample. That'll be my fun for this Saturday afternoon. You have a fun Saturday, too!

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