Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pink Pansy and Fioretti in the Mail

Pink Pansy and Fioretti are completed and in the hands of the USPS with expected delivery on Monday. Yippee!, if they arrive on time since I did the mailing via self service kisok at the post office.

Here they are:

I am worried that Pink Pansy is going to be too big, and then when she grows it to fit it, it will be too short. This is just me worrying because if she loves the dress she won't care that it isn't perfect. 

The sleeves set very nicely and the contrasting piping looks nice. The buttons are the same fabric, but it is hard to as the contrast in the photo is is poor.

The hot pink piping is just perfect for Fioretti. 'V' is petite. It should fit.

   I like my dresses to look as good on the inside as the outside. Fioretti wasn't designed with a lining to cover the smocking so you see those messy knots. Pink Pansy has a nice lining. I think the lace edging is a nice touch. None of the dresses I made for Big 'R' suggested this finishing.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Knitting Socks

Last Fall I needed a small carry with you project while waiting around the hockey rink fir Little "I". I decided to learn to knit socks. I bought sock yarn and followed the instructions on the inside of label. The yarn is dyed so stripes form naturally as you knit.After I finished the first sock I found out it was too big. I started the second one for more practice, but I could not find end to pull the yarn from the inside. After spending 15 frustrating minutes I gave and knitted it from the outside of the skein, hence the stripes are in reverse. I decided it didn't really matter since they are too big on me and I just wear them around the house.

I did some research on the internet and found great write up on adjusting a pattern to fit your foot. It turns out I need 60 stitches on a size 1 needle instead of 64 on a size 2 needle. I made a purple pair from the same brand of yarn. They fit much better. This time I knitted from the outside of the skein and did my best to start at same spot in the dye pattern. They are almost a perfect match.

The socks are not knitted the same way. The blue socks are knitted from the cuff down and have a heel flap. The purple socks are knitted from the toe up and have short row heel. I definitely like the toe up style and simple heel of purple ones.

At the book store I found "Socks a la Carte 2 Toes up!" by Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade. It is a great book with flip page to design your own socks with different style foot, body and cuff patterns. All the patterns are for 64 stitches so I'll need to make some adjustments. I have picked out a lacy pattern and some interesting yarn. I didn't want striped yarn,but JoAnn's didn't have any solids. Four more weeks of hockey until hockey summer break. Maybe I'll finish a sock or two.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Dress Construction

Little C's Pink Pansy is well underway. The mini piping has been sewn. The fagoting added to the collar. The sleeves are waiting. The dress is a dress. It needs in its sleeves, buttons and a generous hem.

Pink Pansy has a little rest while I made Big R a dress, Simplicity 1897, for her National Society induction ceremony. It is rather dull looking on the hanger. She is tall and a turquoises belt and matching sandals it was stunning.

Here is Fioretti for Little V. Smocked and ready for construction. More mini piping in hot pink on the way.