All Sorts of Updates

Time seems to have gotten the best of me the past few weeks.  My 9-5 work schedule has gotten exceedingly busy which has oftentimes left me drained by the time I get home from work.  Isn’t work a bummer sometimes?!  But Gertie’s coat sew-along has revived my desire to sew once again which makes me happy.  (Between you and me, I think I went 2 weeks without sewing a stitch.)  I find that I’m a much happier person when I’m sewing and creating things.

Update #1:  My wool coating fabric finally came in the mail!  *Yay*

It looks a bit brighter here than it does in real life, since I had to use a flash on it.  It’s much closer to the color I posted here.  I already steam-shrunk it in the drier, which was the first time I used this shrinking method for my wool.  The fibers seem a bit looser but overall it’s fine and will be great to work with.  I just need to find some lining and a wonderful contrast color for the trim.  Any thoughts on a contrast color for the coat??  I’m thinking either a dove grey, cream, or a complementary teal color (if I can find one).  What do you think though?

Update #2:

While I haven’t been consistent with my sewing, my knitting projects have been booming!  I feel like I’m soo close to finishing up my “Accessory to your Spring Suit” Jumper pattern.

Unfortunately, I have to frog about half of the sleeve.  :(  I did too many decreases and it’s too snug for my forearm now.

I have even knit a large section of my neckline collar and bow for it which gets me all the more closer to finishing it up in time for winter.

I’ve actually put this project on hold this past week (due to the sleeve frogging) in order to whip up a cute little turban for being outside in the cold.

The color is a bit distorted here, the true color is really a pale pink/coral color.

It doesn’t look like much yet, but here’s the official image for the headband via Ravelry:

It’s a free knitting pattern too, 100% perfect for a newbie.  The only things you have to know how to do is a knit stitch, a purl, and how to slip a stitch.  There’s no increases or decreases, just straight knitting.  I’m 75% done with this and I only cast on for it on Tuesday.  *Woooo*

Update #3:

Why am I making this headband for the cold??? Well, Felix and I started running together in the mornings, following the couch to 5k program.  I thought this headband would be the perfect accessory to keep out the morning chill while looking somewhat cute and retro (well, as retro as possible while wearing gym clothes).

(Image taken on day 1 of the running program, a few weeks ago now.)

I work out regularly doing weight training and cardio, but for some reason running outside is really hard on my lungs & heart.  I even used to be a consistent runner, back in the day.  Felix is an ex-smoker and he’s not as consistent with his cardio, so we thought we’d try this out together and see how we do.  We’re now in the middle of week 4 and goin’ good.  I’m gonna be doing even better once I get my warm turban finished up.

Hope you all have a great weekend!  I’m sure I’ll have loads more muslins for you to look at by then.  heh

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Comments (14)

  1. gail September 28, 2012 — 8:06 AM

    Your sweater is coming along so nicely! And good on you two for starting a running program! I run on my treadmill occasionally, but I also find it difficult to run outdoors. I think the air quality here in Chicago is just too poor – I end up gasping!

    1. Liz September 28, 2012 — 10:02 AM

      I can run on a treadmill with no problems too, but running outside is so much harder, I had no idea! I never thought about the air quality issue, Gail.

  2. Tasha September 28, 2012 — 9:07 AM

    I haven’t even caught up yet with your muslins even! lol I know what you mean about work. And right now I’ve entered this time where we are working crazy long hours on a yearly project, so for the next 2 weeks I probably will have almost no time (or energy when I have time) to sew or knit. Boo! I’m embarrassed to say the serger I ordered has sat unopened for 2 days…! (Well I did take the manual out to read it.)

    Your sweater is looking great, sorry you had to frog part of the sleeve. But it’s going to be just gorgeous when you’re done. I think the headband is really cute too. Almost turban-esque from the front!

    For contrasting color on the coat hmm… I like your idea of a dove gray or another teal, maybe a darker one?

    1. Liz September 28, 2012 — 10:05 AM

      Yeah, I’ve been a speedy blog-poster the past 2 days. :)

      No worries about the serger being in a box. I think I left mine in there for more than 1 week since I was daunted by the idea of using it and threading it. Once I thread it a few times, I don’t think it’s a big deal anymore. The manual is gold for teaching you how to use it!!!

      It does suck about the sleeve, but really it didn’t take me too long to knit it up. I should be on track in another week or so. Actually I’ll probably take advantage of the fact that I have to rip out my stitches/needles and will start on the other side of the sleeve instead.

  3. Meg September 28, 2012 — 10:55 AM

    Hmmm…pattern perfect for a newbie you say??? We could have matching ear warmers OMG. I’m so glad you and Felix and doing the running program – it’s always nice to have a running buddy to keep you accountable! Your jumper looks awesome – I’m so excited to see it finished because the detail on the front is just fantastic. And yay for starting your Gertie coat! I know how excited you are for this, and I know its just going to be smashing. I vote for the dove grey inside, just because the thought of that paired with the teal makes my heart swoon.

  4. maddie September 28, 2012 — 1:07 PM

    work definitely gets the best of me sometimes! Just like you though, I feel best when I’m creating and if I go too long without sewing, I get nasty enough where I force myself in front of my sewing machine, even if it’s in the wee hours of the morning.

  5. Shari September 28, 2012 — 4:31 PM

    Gorgeous fabric! I am following all your muslin changes and I think I’m going to have to take pictures of myself in a muslin instead of just trying to adjust it looking in the mirror. Then I could evaluate drag lines and such more easily to determine the cause. The link you had given me for fitting armscyes worked really well on the shirt I’m almost done with. Thanks again! I agree with Meg that the dove gray would be a nice combination with the teal. Nice job on the running progam-that’s something I need to get back to.

  6. Jo September 28, 2012 — 10:47 PM

    Yay knitting! I’m so into it right now! I’m also impressed by your muslin-ing process. I love seeing the process even if I’m too green to offer insights :)

  7. Jenny September 28, 2012 — 11:40 PM

    I like the idea of cream for the contrast, I think it would really add to the vintage feel of the design :) Have you decided on your embellishments yet? It can be soooo hard to narrow it down when inspiration abounds!!

  8. Lauren September 29, 2012 — 10:33 AM

    I LOVE that turban! so cool!

  9. Anna September 29, 2012 — 3:36 PM

    Steam-shrinking in the dryer. How do you do that?

    Dove grey sound like a great choice for contrasting fabric. And good job both of you for doing the morning running!

  10. It’s gotta be a dove grey trim!! The colour of your wool is delicious :)

  11. Ohh I want a funky running turban too :) I started running in Winter so that would have been perfect for me.

    I just completed the C25K program – I did it on the treadmill at the gym (winter!) I can’t believe I got to the end but it feels so good. I wanted to try and run for longer but it is way too boring running inside so now that it is spring I have taken it outside during the mornings before work or in my lunch break. I quickly discovered running outside is a lot harder than on the treadmill! Head-wind! Good music is key for me, keeps my feet moving :)

    I love your blue coat fabric too!

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