I'm on a roll... this cute halter top was inspired by my daughter, who suggested I create a top with a little peplum design... off I went as usual with a picture in my head of what I could possibly do. Visited my favorite hangout, Super Saver Fabric shop... and purchased some Caron Simply Soft yarn (totally love this yarn b/c of its softness, luster and sheen)... worked up this beauty in a couple of hours and wallllla!!! Well, off I go to create another summer delight.....bye now....
I used two different yarns to create this piece. I had visited the Seaport Yarn shop some time ago and fell in love with the Elsebeth Lavold yarn, which is 65% wool and 35% silk. The hank I purchased was a Sandstone color, although it resembles a deep gold. When you look at the yarn it appears slubbed and irregular, but once I started crocheting... it was smooth and consistent. The other yarn was purchased at Knit-a-way, like the Seaport Yarn shop it has fine yarns.. and I opted for Cascade Yarns, which is 85% Peruvian Pima Cotton and 15% Silk. I decided to use the two yarns once I realized that I hadn't purchased enough... but once the piece was completed it turned out to be a good yarn combo .
During one of my lunch rendezvous... I ventured to a cute little yarn shop in Brooklyn called Knit-a-way. A nice comfortable spot with a large selection of fibers from basic to luxury yarns. While browsing the large selection... I noticed the young lady bagging up some vibrant colored yarn. I inquired about the type of yarn and she informed me that it was Senso 100% crochet thread and a popular yarn. I went on to ask could I work up something quick and was told its the perfect yarn for quick projects... well no more was said I purchased 6 balls and was on my way, and returned to work happy as a butterfly on a bush. What I had in mind for a quick project was a halter top and knew the colors would be perfect for the white suit I wanted to sport. I worked up the halter top over the weekend and was able to sport it with my suit and it was perfect... for it was hot day.
Created this little number for my daughter using New Look 6843 pattern. I really like the finished product and managed to match the stripes at the seams...whew!!! My daughter had the perfect top to match... and loved it, she plans on wearing it when she meets up with her friends for dinner next week ... I'm looking forward to working up one for myself. The pattern has four variations and I decided on Skirt A, which is a flaired style... a good staple for any wardrobe.
Decided today would be a perfect day to do some sewing. Set-up my sewing paraphernalia, picked out the fabric, pattern, and sailed along with the pinning and cutting. Now its time to get the thread and spool the bobbin... and then wtf!!!! the contraption that holds the bobbin falls out!!!.. Honeyyyyyy!!! my sewing machine is broke.. dh comes upstairs, takes a looksy and kindly tells me... oh I can fix that... as soon as I finish watching the game... of course I disregarded the fact that he just finished cooking dinner and its Father's Day... so where did that leave me..... just looking at the pinned skirt and wondering what shall I do next....
I know... I know... I should be working on my crochet projects... but decided I would check on my garden projects. Although I am not in to cultivating soil and all that other jazz that goes with being an agriculturalist.. I like to think I am an agriculturalist, I love working on my flower bed, herbs and planters... the weather is perfect and not too hot... now that the daffodils and tulips are done with.. i had cleared out my flower bed and purchased 3 flats of impatiens and 2 flats of marigolds, various herbs and purchased 100 packets of seeds from zinnias to sweet williams. This year I am staying away from the Morning Glory... they are so invasive.. I am still trying to get rid of the dried vines that are twined in my fence and pulling up the new sprouts...they are reseeders...ugggh.... The seeds are for my planters.. oh I can't wait for the burst of colors, its so refreshing... I checked on the progress of my seeds which are doing very well with all the rain lately.. the herbs are doing well too.. I added a new herb to my collection Apple mint... ummmm.. and cleaned up my garden center.. which was a mess... so back to doing what I should be doing... crocheting!!!
Water Bernat Solo yarn has a mohair look and is a bulky weight yarn, the fiber content is 72% acrylic and 28% polyester, and you get about 86 yards to a skein. Sometime ago I was in a yarn shop and came across a batch of 6 at a great price.. Initially was thinking of doing a shrug, but decided againt it and started the cardigan. While talking to my daughter about it, she suggested I try something different with the sleeves, so I went in search of my favorite acrylic yarn and selected a gray color... attempting to pick up the sliver of gray in the Bernat yarn. I'm trying to stay focused on the sleeves... I always put aside a project when its time to start on the sleeves... (uh... like my car coat) but will continue to push on... I checked out Awesome Ewe and the site has some really nice items.. looking to get some ideas on how to finish up sleeves, collar and if I should do buttons or a zipper.... so stay tuned to Sheilaz Crochetz Realm of Things.
Its 7:oo am Saturday morning and after a delicious cup of coffee I venture into my workroom (a/k/a guestroom) and look at my WIPs... and realize that I am just schizing... there is the sweater awaiting sleeves (Bernat Solo & Caron Yarn) ; the Car Coat with its partial second sleeve (Caron Yarn) ; the back of a baby sweater (Pound of Love); beginnings of a Tote Bag (Wool Ease); oh the Lilac Halter Dress; and my recent purchases of Easy Stitch & Save and New Look patterns and fabrics... oh my... I just can't stay focus... and in the mix of all of this... I need to paint my kitchen... sew summer curtains... do laundry... vacuum... oooooh and think about what to make for dinner.. what has become of me... I know what I'll do go back to sleep...zzzzzz
Finally tweaked it and its done... my daughter is participating in a school fashion show and will be modeling this Lilac Ensemble... I'm trying to persuade her to go with a grey satin tank and sandals to soften it ........but claims she knows how to work it...... ohhh must I say... she gave me grief over the numerous try-ons... had to explain to her many times... this is what designing is all about... of course, she was like ok mom... your telling me you are a designer now?... I said sure... can't I just pretend.... now she thinks I am hallucinating.....kids... what do they know.
Ok.... I figured since I had excess lilac yarn... I would make a halter top.... which seemed to be going well... then took a break and decided to check a couple of sites and came across Polo's Crochet Halter Dress... oooh totally nice and decided I would try something along that line... and continued on... getting all excited... actually dreamed about becoming the next urban crochet designer and all that jazz... and in the middle of my dream... the dress started shrinking....woke-up in a drenching sweat around 2:00am ... crept out of bed and went downstairs to peek at the work in progress.... and yes... removed it from the mannequin and continued working on it at 2:30am... totally insane.... now I am having problems with the sides... its too boxy.. and clueless as to how I should tweak it... now its 4:00am and I am like what am I doing wrong?...... my cat is looking at me like what are you doing sitting here invading my territory at this insane hour... I looked at my cat and literally asked what am I doing wrong?... Darla just meowed and sauntered away... like that's your gig.. not mine.... oh well back to bed.. tomorrow will be better....zzzzzz