|Makes you want to break out some ice tea and relax in the chair, doesn't it?|
Earlier this week I was in Paris for an afternoon to meet up with my friend L. She was in the south of France visiting extended family and sped through Paris, so I was lucky to catch her for the afternoon. T. and I came back from Alsace on the 26th, and I was off to Paris on the 27th! Unfortunately, I'm silly and I didn't take any photos of her. Well, there are two photos, but both are blurry, so that doesn't count. (On a side note, I really need to get a new camera one of these days.) She took a couple photos with her camera; maybe once she's back in her hometown, she can send me something to post. But it was great to be able to see L.; she had flown all the way out from Hawai'i - that's not a short plane ride!
Tomorrow we leave for Toulouse to spend New Year's with T's engineer school friends. Since I don't drive our car, as it is stick, all that car time equals more knitting time for me. I'm not as far along as I'd hoped on T's sweater, but I have (basically) finished the front and back. And I've started the sleeves; I'm doing both at the same time. I always tell myself to do that and I always forget. So yeah for me that I remembered this time! I did have a little mishap while in Alsace. I confused the neckline and shoulder instructions; I had to rip back a few inches. It wasn't too traumatic though.
And I'm eager to try a new technique that Interweave Knits posted a video on: changing one's zipper into a knittable object. I'll have to buy a knit-picker (do they have those in France?), but the technique seems brilliant, much better than sewing the zipper on with the sewing machine. Also, I learned that one should wash and dry one's zippers before attaching them to the garment. Never would've thought of that. Apparently zippers shrink too.
I haven't made any progress on my sewing project, but here's a photo of the coordinating fabric I bought:
|Main fabric is the spots, the coordinating is the light teal (?) below.|
I sewed the first elbow patch to one of T's sweaters, but it came out all wonky. I think I'm going to rip it out and try again. I had no idea how difficult this would be!
I'm excited to get back to sewing though, once I've returned to a normal schedule. I received some patterns as Christmas gifts and I'm ready to try them out.
|I'd like to attempt sewing with knits - that dress looks fabulous. But maybe not right away...|
I also received some lip balm as an unexpected gift and as I'm a major lip balm consumer, especially in winter, I'm excited to try it out. Plus, the name is hilarious. I couldn't pass up a picture:
|That's my Henriette Turtle pincushion in the background. My first attempt at sewing something three-dimensional.|
There's so many things to share from the holidays, so expect several future posts to be filled with pictures and maybe a few stories! Thank you to everyone and Happy Holidays!
P.S. I've learned a couple tricks on the blog. For example, now I know how to resize the photos and change the layout, yippee!!