Monday, May 29, 2006 

Yes, I know it's 1 o'clock in the morning... But I just finished sewing a Chelsea bag, and had to share some pictures. I'm pretty happy with how it came out (though, of course, it isn't perfect). The pattern was easy, and I finished it in a day. I think I may try the Dorothy clutch next. I'm going to use the same interior lining (little pink flowers) as the Chelsea bag. But, I have some striped material that coordinates perfectly with the two materials on the Chelsea bag that I'll use on the Dorothy clutch. Since the Chelsea is a pretty "wide-open" bag, I'll probably toss more sensitive contents into the coordinating clutch, which can then be put inside the Chelsea bag.

Friday, May 26, 2006 


I've long loved Amy Butler's patterns (who hasn't?), but simulatneously loathed the prices. Okay, so $12.95 isn't that bad... but I am that cheap. I'm the person you see hoarding patterns at Joann's when they're on sale for $1.00 each. I managed to find a number of Amy Butler patterns on Ebay for only $8.00, plus about $0.45 each for shipping. Brand new, never used. Seems like a good deal, if you ask me. I haven't seen them cheaper than that before, and I've looked.

My acquisitions include:

Now... to find some great fabric for cheap. Maybe I'll have to hit up the clearance section at Britex Fabrics near Union Square. I think I'd like to make the Chelsea handbag first, and then a Covington. I've got a 3-day weekend, and no real plans, so maybe I can manage to make at least one of them.

No progress on the dress from below. I haven't even started. Maybe I'll start on that this weekend, too.

Friday, May 05, 2006 

Since my blog went on hiatus two years ago, I came into possession of a lovely new sewing machine. My wonderful boyfriend bought a Janome 4623 Limited Edition Plus for me for my birthday. I've made a few things, including some skirts, and a purse (which needs to be repaired before I can finish it), and this jean quilt blanket that Jonathan and I use for camping. I've also bought lots of patterns and lengths of material that currently just gather dust (kinda like my yarn stash).

Last night I was browsing around the internet, and happened upon this gem of a website ( ) dedicated to dresses! I had so much fun looking at all the pictures, and reading her posts that it inspired me to start sewing some more again. My first project will be the short, strapless dress from this pattern:

I have this pretty blue and white fabric, with these tiny little flowers on it, that would be perfect for the dress. I just need to pick up some ribbon, boning, and a zipper. I'm thinking that, after it's done, I should make a little knitted shurg to go along with it.

Sunday, April 23, 2006 

Yay! Tax season is over, and free time abounds. This is the first Sunday in months that I haven't had to work, and that I was able to sleep in. I spent most of yesterday doing some serious spring cleaning, so I think I'll devote today to leisure.

The baby shower was last Saturday, and I'm happy to say that everything was finished on time, and well received. However, I did stay up rather late in the nights before, seaming, stuffing, blocking and adding buttons and embellishments.

Here are some pictures of the finished products!

For the blanket, I used the Big Bad Baby Blanket pattern from "Stitch 'N Bitch." It's made using Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Ivory Sprinkles. I have a TON of this yarn in my stash, and decided to put it to use. Since I started this blanket before I knew the gender, I figured this would be a nice, geneder-neutral yarn. I'll be making a larger, gender-appropriate blanket later, after the baby is born (so we're certain of the sex), which I'll probably gift to the baby for Christmas.

Having barely put a dent into my stash of the Ivory Sprinkles Wool-Ease, I decided to make a teddy bear to match the blanket. I used the Cashmere Teddy Bear pattern from Erika Knight's "Simple Knits for Cherished Babies." No cashmere here, though... This pattern was very easy to make. Though, the bear did come out pretty small. I think it was about 6 or 7 inches tall.

This is the first of the two cardigans I made, using the Daisy pattern from My seaming skills are still fairly weak, so I had to rip out the seams on this one a couple of times until it looked good. Outside of the seaming, the pattern was a cinch, and it took no time to make up one of these bad boys. I used Caron Simply Soft in Sage. Sure... it's an acrylic, but it knits up very nice, feels great, and is machine washable and dryable. My thinking on baby clothes is that, while making a cashmere sweater for a baby sounds great, it'll never get used, because what new mother has time to hand wash and reshape an item of baby clothing? I'd prefer to give things that the baby can spit up on, without the mother having freaking out that it might be ruined.

This is sweater number two, which came out a little better than the first, since I had already been through it once before, and knew what mistakes to avoid. Again, I used Caron Simply Soft, only this time in Orchid, which is a really great color. My seams came out much, much better on this one, because I basted before hand, and really took my time sewing it up. I had inherited a bunch of old buttons from my late surrogate Great Grandmother (she was sort of my Great Grandfather's girlfriend, but she had been a friend of the family for a very, very long time, and her and her late husband, and my great grandparents were all good friends). So, for both of the sweaters, I used buttons out of that collection, to give it a very special touch.

And, here are some pictures of the soon-to-be parents opening their gifts! (I also bought them a pimped out high chair... but I'm sure you don't want to see pictures of that).

Friday, March 31, 2006 

It has been too long since I last gave any love to this blog. Two years, to be exact. Sadly, much of that time has been marked by family tragedy, as opposed to knitting progress. In an effort to get back on my feet, emotionally and mentally, I've decided to respark my knitting fire.

If any of you are familiar with the old Purl Girl, you'll notice the look of my site has changed. I scrapped the old pink and gray template for this fresh new one. I'll be making more changes as time wears on. Hopefully this will include a revamping of my free pattern links website that hasn't been touched in nearly two years, as well. So, stay tuned!

I've recently started knitting more, since finding out that my middle brother and his girlfriend are expecting a baby (a little girl to be exact!) This will be my first time being an Aunty, so I'm super excited. I've already mostly completed a baby blanket and a teddy bear (pictures to come soon). And I may start on a 5 Hour Baby Sweater this weekend.

As a final note, I clicked around to see which of my old favorites are still out there. Happily, many are still blogging away, and I look forward to seeing what they are all up to. Of course, some have since gone the way of the dinosaur, and I hope they all continue to find joy in their knitting and lives. I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and favorites, so feel free to shoot me an email about your blog, if you'd like me to check it out!

Monday, April 05, 2004 

Remember me? Obviously, it's been awhile. Tax season is drawing to a close and I'm ready for it to end. That's not to say I'm not enjoying it, because I most definitely am. I'm just tired, and ready to have my free time back. My apartment is in need of a good cleaning. I need some decent rest (no more getting up at 7 on Sunday mornings!). I must start going to the gym again. And my poor, neglected knitting needles could use some love.

That's right. I committed the knitter's sin of neglecting my needles. Shame, shame on me. As soon as April 15th comes, I plan on entering Knitter's Rehab by trying to finish up some of these projects that are languishing in my apartment. I've got one more napkin holder to finish for Jonathan's mom. A scarf to finish for my best friend. The Shapely Tank Top (which is now half finished) that I have been "sort of" working on. My Booga Bag that still needs i-cord straps, and needs to be felted. Plus a variety of other things that still need work/finishing. Add to that all of the projects I have yarn for that I've been wanting to do, and I should be set for awhile.

Jonathan and I went to Reno last weekend with a few friends. I came home down about $40. Not too bad, but I'm a big baby when it comes to losing, so I'm not very happy about it. I was being creamed by the slot machines (everyone else was cashing in on them, except me), and was down about $30. Then Jonathan wanted to go play Blackjack, and I went with him. I put in a $20, and on my very frist hand (ever) I got a Blackjack. We left the table about 15 minutes later. He was up about $40, I won about $32 causing me to break even. Then, yesterday morning, before we left, our friend Mark insisted on going back to the casino to try a little more. We went back, hit the Blackjack table again, and each lost about $40. Mark was the biggest loser of the weekend, ending up about $200 down. Jonathan evened out. I shouldn't have played again yesterday morning.

Regardless, it was fun. If you're in Reno, and looking for a nice buffet, try the one at the Atlantis. We went Saturday night, when it was steak and seafood. The food was very good, fresh, and plentiful. The buffet was a little pricey ($23/person), but it was worth it. Plus, the casino in the Atlantis isn't too bad, in terms of smoke. Both Jonathan and I can't stand cigarette/cigar smoke. If you had someone near you puffing away, you'd notice it. But for the most part the air was breathable.

Also, in case you didn't notice, the new Knitty is out. I'm still reading the articles, and haven't checked out the patterns yet (I like to save the best for last), so I'll report back on that later. In the meantime, here's my Knitter's Geek Code. Enjoy!

[KER+ EXP+ SPM++ Den+++ Bam Steel@ Lux++ Wool++ Cot Syn (-) Nov@ Stash++ Scale+ Fin->+ Ent?>+ !FI Int?>+ Tex+ Lace?>+ Felt++ Flat Circ++ DPN+ ML? Swatch- KIP+++ Blog+ SNB++@ EZ FO14>+ WIP4+ GaugeF- S DK+ W++ B+ ALTCr->+ Q- X-- Em- Sw+>++ Wv- Sp->]

Monday, March 15, 2004 

I've joined the Shapely Tank Knit Along over at Rose-Kim Knits, which starts on March 22nd. I went to Elann to see if they had anything good to use to make it with, and they had Dale Kolibri, which is the yarn used in the pattern. I picked up 6 balls of Hunter Green to make it with.

I'm also going to try to (finally) finish the Tahki Ravello Shell. It just needs to be sewn up, and the neck and arms need to be finished. Since we've been having unseasonablly warm weather in San Francisco this last week (and it looks like it's going to last through this week at least), I'd like to finish it and wear it.

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