Friday, November 06, 2009

Cardigan Progress

As promised, here's how my Mr. Greenjeans cardigan is coming along. I started it last spring (I think - hey, it's been a long time), but like my other knitting projects, only gets worked on when traveling, or when I can't work on my other projects. Instead of long sleeves, it has 3/4 sleeves, which should help me get it finished a bit sooner.

Once this sleeve is finished, I'll knit the second, and then it will be finished by adding a band all around the front and neck opening. In case you're wondering about the white, dotted line on the sleeve I'm knitting, it is my holding thread, like the one holding the left sleeve stitches. I've temporarily left it in so that I can take measurements from there when following the sleeve instructions.

Even though it won't be blocked until it is finished, I hope you can see the alternate cable and plain column ribbing.
Details: Pattern is Mr. Greenjeans , which is a free pattern from Knitty, and the yarn is Twisted from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Fabric for next project

I know, you're probably tired of me teasing you with fabric and no finished project, and frankly, I'm tired of only showing fabric and a bit of quilting too, and hopefully I'll be able to start showing projects again real soon, but this is all I have to show today. However, I have made some progress on my Mr. Greenjeans cardigan on the last few road trips and hope to show you a quick picture of that tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

More Construction Progress - dye studio

I know it's hard to believe, but this is not a kitchen, it is a laundry room that I'm going to use for dyeing fabric, and other messy projects that I don't want to do in my studio, as it has an easier to clean tile floor, as well as an exterior door, so that I can work outside, with almost the convenience of being indoors. I made sure we saved the old upright washer and dryer for dyeing, because it really is best for this purpose, and I'm not going to worry about water usage, because it won't be used every day, as I'm not a production dyer, and I'll be using a water-wise front loader for our regular laundry.
First order of business is to purchase enough plastic to cover the countertops!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Construction Progress

Yesterday, we checked on our renovation project, and other than a few little details that need to be taken care of, my new studio is finished! The rest of the house still has a bit more to go, and no, we won't be able to live there full time for a while, so I'll only partially fill this space when it is time to move in, but it will be great to have the space!!! This was the first time I was able to see the floor, as it was covered almost as soon as it was installed - it's a floating cork floor, and should be much easier on my feet when I do all the tasks that I like to stand for.

As you can see, there are lots of lights (daylight flourescent) because I said I wanted it to be like daylight, although I do have the option of turning half, or all of them on. Even though I have extra task lighting in my current studio, I am usually wanting more.

The entrance is in a wide hall, and I have double doors.

Hopefully, the beautiful view won't keep me from working, although it is a wonderful distraction, and will probably inspire some new projects.

Looking back at the entrance, my design wall will be on the left, between the hall doorway and the exterior door, while my office area will be in the right corner, so as to leave my sewing space close to the windows for lots of natural light!