Sunday, May 10, 2009

a little vacation.

I won't be posting for the next few weeks... I'm venturing back home to visit family and friends and fill my lungs with some salty air! Stay tuned to my flickr page for visual updates and thanks again for all the great compliments on my Spring (Ruffle) Top. I even made it onto the Sew, Mama, Sew blog! yay.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Spring (ruffle) Top!

I finished this cute spring (ruffle) top -- sans ruffles -- from Made by Rae in one afternoon! The pattern is from a tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew and I suggest giving it a try. It's very easy to follow and doesn't require much fabric. I used some old Amy Butler fabric I had in my stash and a little quilting solid that matched it well.

I might be getting the hang of this whole sewing-my-own-clothes thing!

Friday, May 01, 2009

yarn of transformation, indeed.

I downloaded the pattern for Stephanie Japel's Reclamation Scarf with it being the perfect project to take with me on my trip in May. A nice, easy knit to work away in the airport (along with a good book for the plane ride) and a chance to use the 2 lovely skeins of Alchemy Synchronicity that I rescued from the sale bin at my LYS a few weeks ago. Well, I was eager to try out the pattern (and the yarn) and got a little head start...

ohhhhh! the Synchronicity is just dreeeeeaammmy! So, so lush to work with, it's totally fair that it rings up at between $24 - $30 a skein. The 50% wool, 50% silk blend makes it both soft and shiny, as well as strong with just enough bounce (merino!) I really, really can't get enough -- but at that price I might have enough already.

And look at all the gorgeous colors it comes in! Wish these were all mine....

(photo taken today at Unravel Yarn Shop in Las Cruces, NM)