Sunday, 23 February 2014
In the meanwhile, here are a couple of pictures from Zug, a quiet little town 30 minutes away from Zurich. As you see, the Swiss really love their fountains-in-the-middle-of-the-lake:
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Here's the pattern on ravely, and here it is on the Stitch Diva website (that's where I got the photo above).
The only problem is that I'm stuck. Unfortunately, since the pattern is free, there's no where on craftsy to ask a question about it. I asked the question on ravelry but I'm not sure anyone will answer.
Here is where I am with this:
The instructions now say:
"Take a look at the glove at this point. You will see tiny imperfections at the beginning of each round. Orient the glove on your arm so that this side lays to the outer, palm side of your forearm when your arms are laid on the table. Put clip-on mrks on the 2 fpdc at the base of the thumb"
Which I understand to mean that I need to mark two adjacent stitches, like so:
However the next instruction line says:
"Next 5 (5, 6) Rounds: Increases - Sl st around post of first st from front to back, ch 3, fpdc around each st to st before first marker, fpdc around marked st and transfer marker to st just made, fpdc around same st so that 2nd st is on TOP of first st, fpdc up to and including next marked st, fpdc BEHIND first fpdc made in marked st, transfer marker to fpdc just made, fpdc around each st to end, sl st to top of beg ch-3—46 (50, 56) sts"
And I have no idea how to interpret this. I thought I might have been wrong about the marker but having two different stitches marked does not help.
Any ideas on how to proceed here? Not really sure what TOP and BEHIND mean either.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
You might remember me posting something about it circa September. After posting these photos, it stayed unfinished for a while longer, until I finally decided to make it up right before the craziness started.
The first few modifications were simple enough. Darts were the first thing I looked at. I toyed with the idea of taking fabric off where it was needed but in the end settled for bust darts only.
I then thought carefully about making a sway back adjustment, however in the end decided against it. I also removed quite a lot from the shoulder width, although interestingly enough not that much at all from the side seams apart for what I lost when cutting the flat felled seams. For the sleeves I didn't do anything fancy, I just cut a bit from the top (similar to what I did with the shoulders).
I finally took pictures of the finished product this week. I did a simple gathering job in the front, although as I said, I could have done better - I finally decided against a bust dart, but I think that might have been useful (although unclear if there was enough fabric?). The front is quite long, but I find I like it like that:
The sleeves can only really be work at 3 quarters length, because although they are long enough (barely) to be full sized, I did not rework them at all, so they are obviously too wide for me - I like the extra room in the biceps area though, so that's an area to consider for alterations in the future. This is what it looks like from the side.
At the back you can see I left a little "tail". I really like this feature but I'm now considering cutting down the small replacement buttons:
Here's a better view of the back, where you can see loads of excess fabric. I don't really mind this because it allows me freedom of movement. I think I do need a broad-back adjustment of some sort on most wovens, and plan to start working on figuring out exactly what that is soon (there are several ways to do one). You can also see the side towards the buttons is pulling slightly. I have this feeling that if I hadn't stitched it down one would see there's not enough room there.
This fact, combined with the fact that there's too much room in the front, makes me think that what would have been more successful would be to have created a side gusset (is that what you call them?). That would have allowed a bit more room in the back around the empire line - you can see where in the side picture above - it's lined up correctly at the top, towards the sleeve, and at the hem, but some type gusset would work in between.
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Besides the attack of the to-be-woven-in thread ends, I also can't help but notice this is turning out a lot like football socks. I might need to change gear to avoid a complete disaster.
Then, I managed to pick up my crochet book:
And decided my first project. Given I have no yarn stash, but seeing how I luckily picked up some yarn for mittens just last Saturday, I might get started on this earlier rather than later. In a miraculous twist of fate, I even have the right sized hooks:
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Since I only have one type of yarn (in two colors) I went for that:
I'm quite proud of the v-shapes on this parrten, here's a close up:
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Unfortunately the video doesn't show very well just how steep the incline was, but I still think it's pretty cool:
PS If this movie ever stops working, please let me know and I'll fix it! I had to resort to html tricks to get it to show up in the first place.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
I bought this embroidery book a while ago, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection, and while I did read it, I didn't do much otherwise. I'm planning to pick up embroidery again. The book, of course, is in storage along with everything else, but I'm sure the interwebs will be useful for figuring out what to do.
My first project - for which I bought supplies already - is embroidering Totoro on one of my work shirts. This is Totoro:
I really like crochet (final installment off craftsy class review coming next week!), but here I have a problem. I'm not sure what yarn to purchase. I think I understand the differences between yarn weights, but not having had much tactile experience with them it's hard to figure out what to buy around here. The choice seems limited too, so I think I need to look at online shopping.
I'm expecting Everyday Crochet to arrive next week, and then another few days for yarn and hooks and things. In the meanwhile, I want to make another scarf and finalize the pattern so I can post it here.
I also want to make this Ravelry project, but I need to order some yarn for it first - I tried to look for yarn yesterday in shops but none is labeled with the German equivalent of worsted so no idea what to buy! I'm seeing some friends who are having twins this year in about a month as well, so I'd like to make something for the little ones - I need to take a look at Ravelry to find something.
I've been thinking about this, and I think I can do fitting things with hand sewing only. I would like to get a good fit on Laurel for example, and that will allow me to do a few more reviews of Craftsy classes I bought.
Speaking of Craftsy, I also got a bunch of jeans classes, including Jean-ius so I would like to get started on copying my favorite pair of jeans. Having a pattern ready to go for what my sewing machine is back would be great.
Saturday, 25 January 2014
I've been working late and not crafting at all. To add insult to injury, I pass a Bernina store every day on my way to and from work and peek in through the glass at the machines (expensive!) and fabrics - those are probably expensive too but I haven't left work early enough to be able to go in yet.
I'm really looking forward to getting my sewing stuff out of storage!
Friday, 24 January 2014
Sunday, 19 January 2014
This year I set myself a challenge to get fit. For the first three months, I'm working out bodyweight and interval training, on alternate days. My first milestone, due in April, is to fit well into my pink dress.
This week was move week, and a particularly bad week for getting fit: I didn't eat well for most of the week and I didn't exercise enough.
Since I knew Monday and Tuesday would be impossible to get a workout on, I did a bodyweight workout on Sunday. I'm still following the nerdfitness beginner workout.
I had planned to workout at work on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday but in the end I only managed a workout on Thursday at home. This was my best yet though, 3 full circuits. The reason I didn't do anything on other days is: (1) tiredness and (2) no sneakers.
I threw away my sneakers before I moved since they both didn't fit in my bags and they were pretty much falling apart. I'm hoping to pick up a new pair before next week, as the Google Zurich office actually has two gyms, one of which with strength training stuff. Overall, working out there will be much better than at home.
Thursday, 16 January 2014
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
The class has 9 lessons, and lessons are certainly on the shorter side than the other the classes I watched so far. The lessons are:
- Chain Making
- Single Crochet
- Double Crochet
- Techie Cozy
- Half Double Crochet
- Granny Squares
Sunday, 12 January 2014
This week I only did bodyweight training. I wasn't sure what to do on my own so I decided to just follow the beginner bodyweight training model. I plan to start interval training when I get to Switzerland next week.
The most interesting thing about this model is that it's short and keeps me entertained. Maybe I'll keep at it!
I just followed the schedule and I discovered a few things:
- I'm not sure I'm doing squats right, they're just too easy
- lunges are easy as well but I'm pretty sure I'm doing those correctly
I thought I'd get the worst muscle ache after the workout on Monday but I was fine on Tuesday. Out really hit me on Wednesday morning and I spent all day limping from meeting to meeting.
I read a post and watched a video on how to do squats and it looks I'm doing them right. I also realized I need to learn how to stretch. That should be a priority before the next session.
I did not get more muscle soreness after the Wednesday workout, which might imply it was too easy. Actually got around to watching the video in the beginner class and it turns out you need to do the circuit 3 times! Oh well, this is going to get harder... I'm also doing planks incorrectly, go figure.
Someone was in the room I was exercising in by myself on Friday so instead of doing the body workout I went and did 20 minutes of intervals. Not the best thing in the world, but oh well... it will come in handy in the end, and doing something is better than doing nothing.
PS tomorrow - a post about a craftsy class!
Friday, 10 January 2014
This was the dress - the Abby dress from the 2012 collection. It also has a jacket, and both have pockets! Besides pockets, the dress has a full lining and Hong Kong seam finishes.
I got this dress in December 2012 and it didn't get a lot of wear - I think I wore it 2 or 3 times in 2013. Here's the dress in October 2013 - the picture was taken in front of the Crooked Billet in Wimbledon:
But the last time I wore it I did notice that it didn't fit very well on my hips anymore. I don't think it was visible, but my movement was clearly impeded. If you look at the picture above, the pull lines can just about be seen.
So, as part of the new year's resolution, I'm setting a getting fit challenge: by the time this dress is out of storage, circa April, it should fit my hips as it did when I first bought it.
For this challenge, I'm not planning to use the scales to track progress. What I want is to work my muscles, and get rid of the fat - getting on scales will not help (muscle is heavier...). I will, however, use my measurements as a way to figure out where I am. Since both my measurement tapes are in storage (go figure), I will be using an innovative way to measure, by just keeping track of lengths of string. I guess I could also buy a tape measure if I remember next time I'm in a haberdashery store.
Last time I went on a weight loss journey I did what most people do: lots of cardio and eating a lot less. However, I discovered if don't like cardio that much and have not find a suitable replacement yet.
While I was looking for ideas about what I can do, I found this website called nerd fitness. The stuff on there sounds sensible but I'm not sure it will work. Still, I'm giving it a try for milestone one. Who knows, I might just find something I like doing!
The one thing that's clear is that this will take a lot of determination! No easy way out, I'll need to really work for it.
I'll be writing up my progress every weekend. It will be interesting if my chosen method - alternating days of bodyweight exercises and intervals will work. I'm giving it 3 months, and then will revert to cardio and the like if it doesn't work.
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
So instead of buying one, I'm crocheting one. I don't have a pattern, this is me putting together a model using stitches I have learned while crocheting other patterns.
Hopefully I'll be able to finish it this week and take pictures at the weekend!
Monday, 6 January 2014
Everything is packed (sewing machine included) and I decided to finally write a post about resolutions and everything that happened over the past year, so a word heavy post will follow.
I don't think I did much sewing in 2013. However, I DO assure you I made more things than I posted about. Truth is, 2013 was just a hard year and more often than not I crashed in the evening and at weekends than doing any sewing. I have a bunch of things I never posted about, including this dress which I made for friends' wedding:
|It's a Laurel!|
I got around to doing some big life decisions though. After three and a half years in London, I decided the UK isn't for me (see, some Romanians are leaving the UK *chuckle*). That meant that when the opportunity presented itself, I didn't hesitate. The funny thing is - I wasn't planning to move, it just happened. Starting this January, I'll be in Zurich. I'll miss the pubs though.
Then, I bought auxetically.com. Right now, it just redirects here, but I'm not sure what I'll be doing with it. I'd like to extend this blog to write about more than just sewing... which brings me to my next resolution - I want to post more, not only on my blog but on other blogs too! I religiously read 200+ sewing blogs but very rarely comment on any of them.
Speaking about resolutions, I want to sew more. Muuuuch more than I did in 2013, which (ironically) will be hard since I will be sans-sewing machine until April(ish). Not ready to put a number on it yet, but I'd like to have more than one post a month about something made.
Together with sewing, I also want to get my fitness back. When I started this blog (4 years ago or so), I was keeping to a diet and going to the gym 3 times a week, but I stopped doing that about 18 months ago and it really shows. I'm getting back on the program, but this time I'm researching things properly and will keep to it. Hopefully the getting fit will help my sewing come April :)
I'm also crocheting now, mostly things that don't have a pattern. My first "made2014" post will be about that. I also took a bunch of new crochet classes on Craftsy so I'll be going through those as well. Which reminds me - I never did my Craftsy review series. I'll get back to that in 2014, probably starting with the crochet lab one since I've been doing that a lot lately.
A lot of words, right? If you're still here - let me know... would you be interested if I put posts on life in Switzerland and fitness besides sewing up here? Or any other subjects?