Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy S'new'd Year! (Almost)

I made a snood from the free pattern that Karen made WORLD FAMOUS on her blog, Did You Make That?, a few months ago. Now she can add New York City to her world map of snoods!

I bought this Merino wool yarn from the Brooklyn General Store in early December and started knitting it up at a friend's apartment nearby. The wool came from upstate New York and was so fresh it still had some hay in it. Talk about organic! Does that happen?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!

Wherever you may be in this great big world of ours, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by those you love. Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments this past year, or even for just quietly reading along!

To anyone who may have lost a loved one this year, I hope the spirit of the season and the comfort of friends and family help you through....or perhaps you'll come across touching, unexpected moments that make you smile, such as the one in the photo above (even if they did get cat hair all over your ironing board).

And, in closing, may Santa's journey not be as treacherous as the one from this Christmas classic, otherwise there may not be many sewing goodies awaiting us this year. Santa-proof that house, Griswold!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!  :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Colette Oolong: The Sydney Harbour Dress

Here it is! My second Oolong dress, which I affectionately call the Sydney Harbour Dress, or "Hey Ma, I finally finished it!" Yep, after almost 2 months this dress is ready for the holidays. I've also included this in the Sew Weekly's "Free for All" challenge.

Hereby Proclaimed: The Sydney Harbour Dress
Pattern: Oolong Dress from Colette Patterns
Fabric: Slightly over 3 yards (3 meters) of navy Japanese cotton from Tessuti Fabrics in Sydney, Australia(!)
Pattern Level: Intermediate
Size: 4
Alterations: Raised the waistline 1 1/2"; shortened the hem to above knee length

Saturday, December 10, 2011

"Sewdreaming" in NYC

Some last minute business called me away to New York this past week, leaving my almost-complete Oolong dress on the sewing table a bit longer. Argh!

I'm still in the city and just thought I'd share some photos of a new-to-me fabric and knitting store I visited in Brooklyn today. It's called the Brooklyn General Store and is located in Carroll Gardens. I used to live around here and never knew this existed, but then again I wasn't sewing in those days so...

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It looks like an old-fashioned general store (or it actually was one, not sure). I love the ladder on the track up against the shelves seen in the photo on the left. I wanted to climb on it and sail across the room like Belle in Beauty and the Beast! Behind the ladder is a box full of Colette Patterns. There are also a lot of cute Japanese fabrics.

Have you been here? I was good and didn't buy any fabric! I did pick up some yarn for a little knitting get-together a friend is having tomorrow. I'm going to attempt the snood pattern that Karen from Did You Make That? posted on her blog. She's inspired so many versions that when I was looking for a beginner level project for tomorrow that's what came to mind! I think we tend to call those cowls here in the States, but I like the sound of snood better (was anyone else addicted to the game "Snood" back in the day?!).

Oh, and I also attended the BurdaStyle launch party a month or so ago here in NYC! It was held in a neat old bookstore in SoHo, and I found out later that the red dress in the photo here was created by Casey of Elegant Musings. Really cool to see the projects in person, but boy was it toasty in there. I also said "hi" to Gertie real quick, I'm sure she got a lot of those that night!

And I'll leave you with a glimpse of the holiday shops and the glowing marble fountain in Bryant Park. I bought some earmuffs to warm myself up and just enjoyed walking around, listening to the Christmas music, and watching people ice skate. Such a festive time of year in the Big Apple.

So long for now, and I hope to be near my sewing machine sometime soon. I haven't forgotten you, Oolong II!