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Archive for June, 2006

Show and Tell

Posted by jackie blue on June 29th, 2006

I am long overdue for a post - there just hasn’t been all that much to show lately. Cherry is coming along nicely - I have a back, one front piece and the second front piece is halfway there. I haven’t had too much time for knitting lately but I expect some beach time this weekend (FINALLY some nice weather in store) will remedy that.
I also haven’t been sewing yet, really, except for some practice seams and learning how to thread the machine, etc. But I certainly have been shopping in preparation. So here’s what I got lately:
First, on a button expedition yesterday, some buttons for Cherry:


And for Alice, should I ever finish THAT one:


During an outing to the Renegade Crafts Fair with some friends a couple of weeks ago, I picked up some scrap fabric at the Repro Depot booth before it was total mayhem in there. The brown isn’t enough for a garment except for maybe a spaghetti tank, but I liked it. The pink will become a circular needle holder - I bought some solid brown to line it and some batting so I might try a little quilting technique for that. (slippery slope, people…). The blue is barely enough for a skirt but has already been cut for one - I figure this to be my practice piece but if it’s wearable in the end, even better.


Then I went nuts with Denyse Schmidt fabric from Cia’s Palette. And yesterday bought thread and zippers to match, so I’m all set when I feel confident enough to make actual pieces. We have 2 skirts and a dress in the making here, folks. Hopefully I will gain the courage before summer is over, these aren’t exactly Fall items.


And now that I have been to a great local quilting store and know there’s another as well, I may not be able to control the printed cotton fabric habit that’s developing. I might just have to take a quilting class.

She knits! She sews! Well, not yet.

Posted by jackie blue on June 9th, 2006

Ok - so despite a crazy busy week, there’s been some knitting going on. Alice still needs the rest of her second sleeve, but the poor dear needed a rest. Cherry just came barging in and she’s taking over.


I just love working with Shine a lot more than that Cotton Glace which feels like twine. This is soft and luscious, and I’m getting pretty good gauge despite it being a sport weight vs. DK. Cherry is a great pattern for TV watching, almost mindless but just enough to keep it a little interesting.
And look what arrived today!


Several patterns to get me started on making some cute things. I still haven’t even attempted to thread the sewing machine, mind you. Maybe this weekend I’ll give it all a practice run.

Everyone is doing it, so…

Posted by jackie blue on June 8th, 2006

To procrastinate working (I am SWAMPED) I did that iPod meme going around. You know, the one where you put it on shuffle, and hit the next song for each question. I confess I cheated only slightly in that I skipped over all the Harry Potter audio chapters and the Pimsleur French lessons. Since those ARE NOT SONGS, it isn’t really cheating, right? Anyway, some of these questions are so redundant, but it was fun:

How am I feeling today?
Those To Come (The Shins)

Will I get far in life?
What am I Doing Hanging ‘Round (The Monkees)
Very good question

How do my friends see me?
Stay Where You Are (Ambulance Ltd.)
Restraining Order?

When will I get married?
Kicking The Heart Out (Rogue Wave)
Oooooh, not good

What is my best friend’s theme song?
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (The Smiths)

What is the story of my life?
Mary, Mary (The Monkees)

What was high school like?
Une Annee Sans Lumiere (The Arcade Fire)

How am I going to get ahead in life?
Cool For Cats (Squeeze)
Sorry, I’m a dog person…

What is the best thing about me?
Salesman (The Monkees)
Does that mean I should go back to retail?

How is today going to be?
What Do All The People Know? (The Monroes)
How appropriate

What is in store for this weekend?
Band On The Run (Wings)

What song describes my parents?
Lady-O (The Turtles)
Well, it’s true I only have a mother

What song describes your grandparents?
Hyperspace (Nada Surf)
They are all dead so I guess that’s true too

How is my life going?
Bring On The Ending (Matt Pond PA)

What song will they play at my funeral?
Pinball Wizard (Elton John)
I never really played that much

How does the world see me?
Fascination (Human League)

Will I have a happy life?
Making Plans For Nigel (Nouvelle Vague)

What do my friends really think of me?
Jumping Someone Else’s Train (The Cure)

Do people secretly lust after me?
There’s Gonna Be A Storm (The Left Banke)
Uh, oh

How can I make myself happy?
Is That Love (Squeeze)

What should I do with my life?
I’d Really Love To See You Tonight (England Dan and John Ford Coley)

Will I ever have children?
Moondance (Van Morrison)
If I dance at the moon, I’ll get pregnant?

What is some good advice for me?
Blackbird (The Beatles)
Take these broken wings and learn to fly…

What is my signature dancing song?
Can I Get To Know You Better (The Turtles)

What do I think my current theme song is?
One By One All Day (The Shins)

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
Mean To Me (Crowded House)

What type of men/women do you like?
Marching Bands of Manhattan (Death Cab For Cutie)
It’s those uniforms…

What kind of kisser are you?
Lillian Lies (Youth Group)
She does, I’ve never kissed her

What’s your style?
Whenever You’re Ready (Elton John)

What kind of lover are you?
Dirty Water (The Standells)

What would be playing on a first date?
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Paul Anka)

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Jackie, Dressed in Cobras (The New Pornographers)
I kid you NOT

So that’s it, the iPod never lies.

I might even have knitting to show tomorrow.

New Toy Two

Posted by jackie blue on June 1st, 2006

I posted some days ago about almost buying a sewing machine. After that post, Valentina calls me and says No! Don’t! I have one I will sell you, cheap. So, it was a good excuse to see her for lunch, and get to Economy Candy for the latest Candy Swap, and I took her machine. It’s a very basic model - no fancy stitches built in like the one I almost bought. No automatic buttonholes. But, it’s a good way to learn and figure out if I really want to do this, and the price was right. Plus it’s as good as new.


My mother gave me some scrap fabric to practice on so sometime this weekend, I hope to start sewing.
In knitting news, still working on the second sleeve of Alice, but look, oh look what just arrived.


Think I’ll resist casting on for Cherry? Ha.
There’ll be no knitting tonight, Jenn and I are going to see one of my favorite bands, Rogue Wave, in Brooklyn tonight. Gotta get out of the house once in a while!