onsdag, november 29, 2006

My very own warning sign...

Christmas presents!

I am in full present-making mode (when I am optimistic of not getting tendonitis), so I thought I'd give a little hint. Some of you who are reading this will recieve presents, so I won't be too detailed...

torsdag, november 16, 2006

The World is Collapsing

Lovely. In my workplace, there are five people. One is working on another project until April. One is at the moment on vacation in Italy. One is on sick leave with mouse arm, not a good thing in the internet business. The fourth had to call in sick today with a beginning mouse arm, hoping that a week's rest will make it better. Which leaves: me.

Jolly good.

There is so much to do! I am trying to work 500%, something that is not humanly possible, and tomorrow is the deadline for my paper. It is a silly little paper, with pass grades only, but I have not finished reading the curriculum. Gaaah. I will probably be up until 3 AM, and then proceed to work 500% tomorrow as well. And overtime is sceduled for the weekend...

In the meantime, you can enjoy a picture of my lovely new crocheted hat. It is très cute, even though I say it myself. And easy peasy :)

I used this pattern from DROPS (in norwegian), but made it in one colour and skipped the pom-pons.

Why am I posting when I have so much to do? I missed my train. And starting a new task will take longer than the thirty minutes I have to wait.

onsdag, november 15, 2006

The finished product

This is the finished jacket. I'm actually rather happy with it :)

The fabric is still lovely, and I adore the waistband. The collar turned out nice, too.

I've been wearing it for the last couple of days, but the snaps have been moved around a bit. That's one of the challenges of changing the pattern and making it up as you go...

Sorry about the blurry picture, I think I need some practice in the self-portrait department. Or possibly get an assistant.

This is a detailed photo of the waistband. I love the fabric, don't you? I still have some left (it was a scarf in its previous life, and I made ribbons from it), and it will be used in a secret christmas project :)

So for those of you who are expecting presents, I will not reveal more ;)

I have started crocheting, and finished a slightly modified hat yesterday. Tonight I will start on Guro's hat, if I manage to buy some yarn. Pictures will come.

torsdag, november 09, 2006

In the meantime, crocheting

I have been working on a slow project for a while now: a crocheted blanket made of small squares like the one above. It is supposed to fit a queen size bed, so it will take a while.

I don't mind, though. It's great having a project that is supposed to take a long time. I crocheted some in the spring, and then put it away for the summer, and now it's on again. It's great to do on the train every day, too! The squares are so small and handy...

The jacket will hopefully be finished in a day or two - I have bought the fabric and planned the rest of the procedure very carefully. I hope to get some done tonight!

I want to make a hat and scarf to go with the jacket too, most likely white. I got a lovely crochet pattern for the hat from Guro, and I don't think it will be too difficult to make a matching scarf.

Projects, projects... :)

mandag, november 06, 2006

Jacket Obsession

The jacket is now very close to be finished. I had to take the sleeves off, it turned out that the problem was the angle of the sleeve and the body. Stupid pattern.

Or rather, stupid me for not considering that a sewing book made in the seventies will have patterns that are not excactly the season's haute coutoure... The problem with this book is that all the clothes are rather bulky. Having experienced this before, I picked a size too small. The shoulder seam was still far off the shoulder, so I narrowed the width from neck to shoulder. If I had stopped to think, I would have realised that this would affect the way the sleeve hangs, but I didn't.

The sleeves had to come off (extremely carefylly), and I had to make new ones which allowed for a more contemporary look (i.e. not made supposing the wearer to be two metres wide standing with their arms straight out...). I didn't have enough fabric, so I'll have to buy more for the last sleeve before I can finish it off. And there's still the lining to do. But otherwise, I am done :) Can't wait...

torsdag, november 02, 2006

Seal of Approval

I have to admit that both the pun and the image came from Cute Overload. But this li'l fella is so cute, I had to post him.

I plan to make a softie in brown velvet that looks like him, as soon as I have finished the jacket. How cute would that be, if I could give it to a baby as a present? Unfortunately, none of my friends are pregnant. Hm. Better start a campaign :)

It can't be that hard, can it?

The jacket is progressing. I made the lining, both fabrics, and it turned out really well. Except for the fact that it is a little tight under the arms. I think I'll insert a little bit of the thinnest lining fabric to make it a little bit wider.

The outer layer is also progressing nicely. I need to make an adjustment for the boobs, one of the joys of being female... Unfortunately, I followed the instructions without thinking, and just attatched the sleeves to the body. I don't want to separate them again, as the outer fabric frays really easily. But if I make the adjustment a little lower than I normally would, and angle it upwards, it will be in line with the sleeve seam, and the sleeve needs to be taken in a bit, too. I hope it will turn out the way I planned!

The next step will be to finish off the jacket. I am going to cut up a scarf from the wonderful shop NOA NOA, and make an empire-inspired ribbon as well as edging om the sleeves and, possibly, a pocket. The collar needs adjustment, and then it's just the hemline and edges that remains. I hope to finish it during the weekend! (perhaps a little optimistically)

Exam time rushes closer as well. I take one class each semester, mainly for the student discount on trains and buses, but also for fun. This semester, it's a course in basic latin and its influence on European languages. Sounds incredibly dull, but in fact it is really interesting. Of course, I'm far behind now, what with an exhausting autumn etc, and in two weeks, I must turn in a qualifying paper in order to take the exam. Agh!

Ah well. It will turn out all right, I guess. I do it for fun, not for education. And if the two can be combined, what could be better?