Crazy to think that is was a little over a year ago that I picked up knitting needles for the 1st time.
Over the year I have made quite a few scarves, tons of washcloths, two sweaters, and a few little creatures.
Today, I am proud to showcase my 1st pair of hand knit socks!
These came to life thanks to the course Knit Sock Workshop offered through craftsy.com.
Donna Druchunas does a wonderful job walking through each step of the process.
Getting the toe started was the trickiest part, the rest was just a bit of shaping.
I made a few alterations to the original pattern.
Donna intended these to end a few inches below the knee, but I decided to extend mine over the knee cap.
I will need to add some elastic behind the ribbing so they stay up (no one likes a droopy knee sock!).
The original pattern also had a little diagonal lace pattern right before the ribbing.
I decided to omit it because I was not sure how it would look sitting right on my knee.
Here is a closeup of the lace pattern. It was pretty easy to memorize (esp. after doing it a bazillion times).
I knit these up using 3 skeins of Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Weight Sock Yarn.
Knitting has humbled me in many ways. You can work for hours and watch only a few inches of your garment come to life. Working from the ground up I am learning so many new insights about shaping and the importance of consistency. It has caused me to slow down with my sewing and really take the time to create quality garments.
I look forward to continuing my exploration into the rich history of knitting and its relationship to sewing.
When I pulled this light weight, printed cotton out of my fabric stash a few weeks ago I thought it would look great as a classic shirtwaist dress.
So I grabbed New Look Pattern 6587 and went to work.
I cut a pattern size 8 and did not have to make any alterations (yay!).
Pattern itself has very classic design elements and was a breeze to put together.
Definitely will be making more of these in other fun prints!
As I continue to try and work through some of my fabric stash this summer, I decided to make some skirts for my Etsy shop!
There are four new prints available from Running Amuck Designs.
Only $32.95 each.
Perfect way to spice up your summer adventures!
(custom sizes available)
Deco-Inspired Geometric Print
(custom sizes available)
Skulls and Roses Print
This summer I am on a stash busting mission!
I have all of this great fabric boxed up in my closet that desperately needs to be transformed into something useful.
After deciding it was high time I made the retro inspired apron of my dreams, I pulled out some purple, polka dot fabric from the stash.
Yes, this thing is loaded with piping AND rick rack
Couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!
Time to grab something else out of the stash (this includes fabric and patterns) and create something fabulous.
Well April was a busy busy month!
Costumed 3 dance shows:
DHPCo’s ‘The Stranger’ (pt. 1)
Nina Haft’s ‘To Begin with the Ending Already in Sight’
University of San Francisco’s Spring Dance Show
In the evenings I did find some time to relax and finish up some knitting projects.
Made this hand towel using Martha Stewart’s Cotton/Hemp Yarn.
The basic pattern texture came from the Pop Knitting book.
Today I finished up a little knit tomato from Amigurumi Knits.
The coloring is inspired by the Cherokee Purple Heirloom tomatoes (Chris’s favorite).
I also finished up a sweater that I started in early February.
Since the weather has cooled down again I should be able to get some pictures soon!
I am currently in the process of designing and constructing costumes for the 6th home season of David Herrera Performance Company:
‘The Stranger’ Part 1
“Due to the success of last year’s work, we are happy to announce that this season DHPCo. was awarded a Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant for the creation of ‘the Stranger (Part 1)’ as well as commissioned to show part of the new work at the University of California, Santa Cruz through their Theater Arts Dept. in May 2013 but WE STILL NEED YOU!
In Addition to our new work we continue our lineage of presenting and helping produce other local companies. This home season we invited one of the areas newest additions Requisite Dance (April 19-21) & local favorite PUSH Dance Company (April 26-28) to join our bill. Both companies will present premieres.Take a moment to check out our Indiegogo and also share it with your friends. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make ‘the Stranger, (Part 1)’happen!
If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation please visit our Support page on our company website to donate through our fiscal sponsor Dancers Group of San Francisco.
-David Herrera, Artistic Director
David Herrera Performance Company
I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of artists.
The support of a donation or just coming to check out some great bay area dance in April will be much appreciated!
Here is a little preview of what they are working on…
Hope to see you in April!
p.s. I might post some costume sneak peaks after the cast’s 1st fitting on Wed.
Last year I realized I had never sewn myself a basic collared shirt.
I picked up this cute shirting fabric from Fabrix (over in the Inner Richmond district) and took on the challenge of plaid.
I am pretty happy with how it all went together.
Side and front plaids all match up beautifully.
Look how nice the collar/back lines up!
However, next time I will have to get the plaid on the sleeves to line up better with the front/back.
I am happy this fabric was screaming for pearl snaps.
(no button holes! yay!)
Always feels good to use a hammer during the final step of construction!