So, I started to take a look at the projects that I MUST get made and finished before I can start sewing with a (garment) plan. oh boy...bring on the home dec!
- slipcovers for cushions to make for the entire boat. That will take 4 weeks of dedicated sewing when I'm not at work. My deadline on those is May 1.
- drapery panels and valances to make for the master bedroom. Two panels are hung already, two more reside on the dining room table. The fabric for the valances is still uncut.
- drapery panels for the dining room - the 4 panels are made and lined, the rods are hung, all I need to do is pleat the headers. I'm considering skipping the swags for over the top.
- padded cornice board cover for ds#1. I finished and hung the one for his living room a week ago. I now have to make the one for his dining room.
- Swag valance for Kitchen French doors and window over sink. Fabric is cut, ready to sew.
In addition, I have the fabric now and am really excited to make the Amy Butler Weekender bag.
So what have I been doing while not at work for the last week?
I've started 3 new knitting projects. Each have been started with deliberation.
Two require paying attention to. The other, while it looks complex, can easily be knit while at knitting group.
from Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore
I started an aran sweater for me using Lion Brand Fishermans wool, based on the recommendation of several knitters on Ravelry, most notably Janet Szabo of Big Sky Knitting. It's easily the most affordable yarn I could have chosen. I'm knitting it on 6's, which is giving me a nice tight fabric which will be great for those colder evenings on the lake this summer. It's not all that unusual for the temps to dip down into the 40's on the water up North. I bought the yarn for this at two different Joanns last week, and cast it on Saturday Feb 21. It is the most annoying thing, that Joanns and Michaels, where this yarn is most often found, can't be bothered to stock more than 4 skeins, if they stock it at all.
Pattern: Kashmir by Dale of Norway. Cast on yesterday before going to knitting group. This one isn't so hard on my hands, but I do need to get to a copy shop to enlarge the print on the chart. This pattern is OOP and quite in demand. I'd borrowed a copy from Marina, however wasn't able to start it while it was in my possession. Then while on a trip to northern Michigan several months ago I happened to find a couple of copies tucked away in the archives of a LYS, so now I own my own copy. This one is going much faster than I'd anticipated. I'm already on round 12 of the pattern, past the 14 rows of the lace and ribbing at the hem.
And lastly, cast on February 12, using some age old Filature di Crosa yarn from stash, I've started Wakame. from the Summer 2008 issue of Interweave Knits, designed by Angela Hahn
The other pattern that I'd really like to make from that issue is the Apres Surf Hoodie
In addition, I need some shorts and summer slacks before June.
And I'd love to make the trench coat that I didn't make last summer, and I'd also love to make the Marfy duffle coat using the Burberry rainwear I bought from Michael last year.
Or maybe the HP1030 from Hot Patterns.
So, how far ahead do you plan your projects?
How much of what you plan actually sees the light of day (or needle?)
post script: Marina's got a couple of gorgeous projects OTN now. I just looked at her Malin, and decided I needed to look up yarn requirements for that. Guess what's gone missing from my bookshelves? My copy of In the Hebrides. ARGH! Unlike my needles, which seem to find themselves all over the place, my books are very well organized.