I have been wanting to buy some nice fabric, and this week I finally made it happen. I was looking for some black silk to make a Wiksten Tank and a Henrietta Maria top (my favourite black top died a month or 2 ago, and I have missed it terribly). I went to Mary Jo’s cloth store in Gastonia, NC – a little over an hour’s drive from where I live. You walk into the store and realize it is more of a fabric warehouse, and where do you begin?
Unfortunately the store didn’t have any black silk (apparently they are recovering from prom season), so I resorted to Plan B. I bought a black wool crepe to make the Henrietta Maria in,
And this orange beaded silk for the Wiksten tank.
As soon as I saw the silk, my heart belonged to it. I tried to leave it behind, but it wouldn’t let me go.
I have now washed the wool crepe in preparation for cutting and sewing. Has anyone made the Henrietta Maria? The pattern calls for 8″ of positive ease, and that just seems too much to me. I think I’ll make the top a few sizes smaller for 3-4″ of positive ease.
Here you see my lovely cat assisting me in cutting an altered pattern piece for the Wiksten Tank. I love the pattern, but my shoulders are just a wee bit wider than most, so I’m adding a bit of width.
Isn’t he sweet?
I like to take a few glamour shots when I finish a project. The flowers are so beautiful this time of year!
Should I wear this yarn crown all the time? I’m hoping it will become a fad.
I pulled out an old project and have been sewing recently.
Kitty thinks sewing time is actually petting time. Silly kitty.
Pink Floyd has this album my husband loves called Dark Side of the Moon. I recently acquired some Rainbow in the Dark from The Fiber Seed. It seems I shall be making Pink Floyd socks.
Meanwhile, the swatch (I’m making Jaywalker socks) has become a kitty crown. My cat is reluctant to take up his royal duties, though. (I had to bribe him with treats)
You know that song and dance routine from White Christmas where Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen play two inseparable sisters? I may be a little farther away from my sisters, but we still think alike.
My littlest sister is a fiber artist, and I am pleased to say I taught her to knit. When she was here for my wedding she gave me a pair of adorable cat washcloths.
In contrast, my middle sister is a visual artist, specializing in drawing and sculpture. The Lord of the Rings was my earliest fandom (something I have passed on to her), and I incorporated some elements from the movie into our wedding (our ringbearer was dressed as a hobbit). Accordingly, my sister drew my husband and I a movie-esque poster as a wedding present.
I come from a talented family.
Sisters – Irving Berlin
There were never such devoted sisters
Never had to have a chaperone “No, sir”
I’m there to keep my eye on her
Every little thing that we are wearing
When a certain gentleman arrived from Rome
She wore the dress and I stayed home
All kinds of weather
We stick together
The same in the rain or sun
Two diff’rent faces
But in tight places
We think and we act as one
Know that not a thing could come between us
Many men have tried to split us up but no one can
Lord help the mister
Who comes between me and my sister
And Lord help the sister
Who comes between me and my man
Yarn: Amira by Lang Yarns
Pattern: Bluebird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
Time: 1 hour (ish)