Monday, October 31, 2011

Dream Job

New Look 6917 and 6808

New Look 6917 and 6808

How do you get your dream job?  Make the perfect interview outfit!  Okay, I don't know if it was prefect, but I did make this skirt and blouse combo and I did wear it to an interview for my dream nursing job, and I did get the job, so draw your own conclusions.

The skirt is pattern # 6917, version E.  It is a mix between a size 12 (waist) and a size 16 (hip), with about 2 inches taken off of the length to accommodate my shortness.   I found the fabric on the remnant table at Pacific Fabrics in Everett and, hence, got a killer deal on a very nice piece of purple plaid wool.  The only thing I would do differently in the future is I would underline the whole garment.  Having never worked with this sort of fabric, I didn't realize how much it would stretch.  Underlining would help the skirt hold its shape.

The blouse was a last minute thing because my perfect black sweater was dirty.  This is New Look pattern # 6808, version C, size 12, in black stretch poplin.  No alterations, if you can believe it.  The collar was a pain to figure out, but that is because I am a collar novice.  Fun little blouse.  Love the bow.  I will make more of these.

Patterns: New Look 6917 and 6808

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Knitting needle roll-up




I needed a pick-me-up project after hearing that my kitty had been hit by a car yesterday.  It was a very sad day, and I deal with grief by keeping busy and trying to ignore it (healthy, no?!).  My insane box of kitting needles had been driving me batty for a while, so I decided to make a roll-up organizer patterned after a few I had seen on the internet.  I chose bright fabric to boost my spirits. I think it is pretty happy.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hippo

Hippo
Knit this up for Ruby Jane, who was born about a month ago.  The pattern is from Itty Bitty Toys, by Susan B. Anderson, one of my favorite books.  The only change I made was that I used worsted weight yarn on size 5 needles (small for the yarn) instead of using two strands of sock yarn together. Now, I know that knitty folks get all obsessed with expensive yarns, but I am really liking simple, natural, washable fibers these days.  This 100% cotton yarn is super cheap, but knits up very cleanly (is that a word?) and feels surprisingly soft and squishable.  I love it.

The hippo was fun and easy to knit, and the final product is extremely snuggly.

Pattern: "Hippo" from Itty Bitty Toys
Yarn: Sugar 'n' Cream, 100% cotton, various colors