Taking a break from some island fun... enjoying our morning coffee and watching the humpback whales come up for air from our lanai. DH and I are having a wonderful time, a much needed break from our hectic lives.
We have been blessed with just two days with rain thus far, which allowed for the viewing of some beautiful rainbows in Napili Bay:
This morning we awoke to a cloud-free sky and calm ocean. We might just try our luck at Ka'anapali Beach's Black Rock for some snorkling. We saw one sea turtle on Tuesday off of one of South Maui's beaches, perhaps we will see more today.
In an attempt to not run out of yarn on the border portion of the Victorian Lace Today Curved Shawl(I've done that before, haven't I), I decided to stop working on the body of the shawl at the halfway point of yarn left. Luckily I think this will put me at what I estimate to be the specified measurements for the pattern (after blocking of course). With about 77 grams left I started binding off:
How fantastic is that bind-off?!
It's a picot bind off and I really like how it is turning out. I can see many applications for this handy little trick.... top-down garment embellishment would be a must!
The only downfall to the bind off is that is taking about twice the time as a normal bind off would, and multiply that be some 180 stitches. So, needless to say, it's taking awhile. I hope to finish the bind off tonight and start the applied border chart. I'm a little worried about how that the knitted border gets attached to the body but hopefully I'll figure it out.
It was a little breezy during the picture taking, hence the wonkiness. The skirt is not all all crooked!
Pattern:It's a Wrap by Indygo Junction. There are two lengths available. I went with the shorter option.
Fabric: I know I purchased it from Joann's, but it was almost a year ago and I did not retain it's information. I used three yards of the fabric (I had 3-3/8 yards), and it seems to be a cotton blend - almost a shirting weight. There is also an embroidery design all over consisting of leaves and flowers that really does not show up well in the picture (bummer!).
Cost: Fabric - I have no idea. The pattern was $12.75 and the thread came from the stash. So let's just count the pattern and consider the fabric free :) Total - $12.75.
Impressions: This skirt is really cute and pretty comfortable. It is a full wrap around, with the center of the skirt placed at the back. The panels and ties wrap around the front and then tie in the back. This is a "one size fits all" pattern and it fits me just fine. The pattern directions were pretty straightforward, and I had the skirt completed in the matter of a few hours.
With a little creativity, there are many "styleicious" changes and embellishments that can be done to make the skirt very unique. A wide ribbon could be used as a tie instead of creating one from the garment fabric; satin stitching and cutwork could be used along the bottom; any embroidery application could be used to jazz it up if using a solid fabric; a contrasting fabric panel could be cut and sewed on to the bottom; many pie-pieces could be cut from various fabrics and sewn together to create the garmet fabric - the possibilities are just about endless! I think next time I may take the "cheating route" and use the serger to create rolled hem edges in a contrasting thread color. How cute would that be?!?
Next up on the sewing table - a re-designed sundress all cut and ready to go:
1. Make progress on the front piece of Pandora. Not Done.
2. Finish the back piece of Bonsai Tunic and cast-on for the front. Done! I finished the entire garment :)
3. Finish the second Embossed Leaves sock. Start a new pair of socks using some of the newly acquired sock yarn from Stitches West! Half done - I finished the Embossed Leaves socks, but have yet to make a decision about what sock pattern to start next.
4. Sew a garment of my choosing. Done - I finished up a sundress.
5. Make progress on the VLT Curved Shawl.Done!
6. Track down and purchase two of the new Tahki Stacy Charles pattern books.Done!
7. Have some fun with knit/crochet jewelry making.Done - I've been working on a beaded crochet cuff.
8. Maybe start a crochet project or try my hand at hairpin lace (perhaps a practice shawl or something).Done!