Saturday, September 21, 2013

New Dress!

I've been having so much fun with my new sewing machine..
It's just makes me happy! 
I've finished a dress I started a while back that was in the UFO's pile,
and cut out and made this one a few days ago.

I'm quite in love with this pattern, it's just so simple! I'm thinking of making a few more like it and perhaps add some crocheted lace.
I have a few patterns for Crocheted lace I've been wanting to try and what better to use it on then a dress?!

I so enjoyed the pleating... is it wrong to love all the part of dressmaking most seamstresses dislike?

I love the pleating, zippers,hems.. only thing I don't like are armholes.. I don't mind putting them in so much as the way they usually fit.. but this one... fit perfect and isn't snug in anyway! Yeah!!

I've finished my blue/green mullet socks (who's names such a pretty sock pattern mullet?) 

They were SO much fun to knit! Kept me on my toes (Ha! Ha!) with all the cabling.

I also dyed a bit of yarn I purchased from Knit Picks.
It takes dye SO well! 

Kool-Aid dyeing of course.. I'm still addicted it's so fun and easy!

Sadly these pictures don't show the true colors.. there much richer in real life.. 
the lighting is horrid down here right now.. but were getting rain that we REALLY needed! 

Things have been entered in the fair! hoping we do as well as we did last year!
but no matter what, it's still fun to enter them!

We had an unexpected treat last week! 
went into Florence to see the Nina & Pinta. Christopher Columbus's ship replica's.
They sail around the US on them. 
It was fun.. I was disappointed that they don't let you go below decks, apparently there fitted up like a yacht for the people sailing them.. 

But we had fun! I admit I was thinking more of Pirate's then Christopher Columbus while on them though!!

well that's all for now! Hope your all having a lovely end of September! 
It's FLOWN by for me! 
It may be because I'm slightly dreading turning 23...
I know... it's not that old but for me it's the oldest I've ever been!

Till next time! 
Keep Smiling!

Cami Lynn

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Socks & A Sewing Machine

I'm afraid most of my post for a while will have socks in them...
I've joined the Ravelry group again this year for the monthly challenges.

Here are the Mystery Socks I'm working on for September.

Really loving the craziness of them!! 
The little tubes attached to them are Needle holders, ordered from
There made of cardboard, so not the best quality. but they'll work very well for now!

Second pair of Socks for the September Challenge  

I like this one, but the knitting around the gusset seems to be a little tight.
Ah well the trials of trying different sock patterns! 
I love the cabling though! 
A bit fiddly to keep track of but worth it in the end (and these were done on size 1 needles! Yikes! )

I also received from my KnitPicks order, a couple skeins of bare yarn which I intend to dye.
I've been wanting one of these forever.. (Since i got my yarn ball winder) 
But there a very pricey item, So when i saw that they were having a sale i finally got one!
And .. I LOVE IT!!! 

It makes winding skeins of yarn SOOOO much easier!!
And my loom (In the background) just sold! I've been wanting to sell it for a while now, as I'm not really into weaving at this time and needed the room more. 
So when it gets picked up I'm hoping to replace it with a crafting table! 
as you can see I've been a wee bit crowded with it in there! 

AND (Drumroll please) selling the loom allowed me to get something I've been needing for a LONG time now...

Isn't it a Beauty?!?!? 
I have several sewing machine's but there all very old and work SO well on Denim
(which i LOVE but they don't do button holes and such!)
I'm still amazed.. you pop the button onto the maker and it makes the button hole the perfect size! 
I'm in awe... 
And it has a ruffler (which i'm sure I'll have fun with once i get back into historical sewing!)
A quilting foot, and so many more! 
It's amazing, I love it and I'll quit boring you now! 

A family friend also gave me some silk cocoons that he actually raised himself, to see if i could make them into fiber.
It took a GREAT deal of boiling to get them de-gummed. but it worked! 
Now i just have to spin the fluff! 

The fiber is SOOO fine and soft. As soft as my hands are and all the lotion i put on them before handling it. (I read somewhere that it helped) It still caught on my fingers a bit! 
That's all folk's! 

Here's a lovely picture I took while riding around in the fields. 
Summer's coming to an end, I feel Fall in the air.

As Shakespeare Said..
"Summer's lease has all to short a date."
I feel boots and scarfs and crackling bonfires coming!! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Shawl & Socks.

Goodness how this Summer has flown by. 
I'm starting a sock knit along this month, It's a mystery knit-along so i have no idea what it will look like when i'm done. (I so enjoy these!)  
So I tried to get a few of the other projects i had on my needle out of the way first.

I finished a shawl I had started for mum earlier this year, I ran out of yarn on the last 4 rows of the Shawl.  (SO annoying) 
So I calmly buried it in my UFO's box, till I was ready to deal with it again. 
 At the beginning of the month, I stumbled across a lovely little pattern "Foamy" 
(I believe this link only works if you have a Ravelry account)

And it was a dream to knit up! So fun and easy to re-design a little.

And turned out quite lovely, if i do say so myself!

And Mum's quite happy with it! 
It's made out of Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton & Silk. It's so lovely and soft.

I also made a pair of socks! 
(I admit to casting these on.. they weren't already on the needle)
There was a lovely little challenge i stumbled upon to knit Striped socks for August and i just couldn't resist. 

I did mess up a bit with them.. I cast them on at night and accidentally picked size 1 needles instead of 2's. which made them a wee bit snug fitting..
I also didn't make the foot long enough, got impatient and did the toe.
But i love them anyway! 

That's all for now hopefully back soon with another update on my Obsessions! 

Lord Byron ... 
Was most helpful with the picture taking.
He lazed about and watched with a critical eye. 

~Till next time~

Cami Lynn