Friday, November 14, 2014

Dans le Terrier du Lapin

Loosely translated "Down the rabbit hole", where it seems like I've been hiding the last week or so.  I also like the French translation of that phrase since it has terrier and rabbit all in one and how appropriate is that when you think about it. ;)

But enough of that, lots of fun stuff happening. For the first time in many years, a true complete family Thanksgiving is in the works, small as it is. And I started my holiday shopping early. I had been eyeing stuff all year long, here and there and sprung when the time was right. From now on it's all fill in as most of the important purchases are tucked away awaiting wrapping and tagging.

I had been a lapsed weaving guild member for a few years and finally decided to rejoin the Saturday Handweavers Guild. It's a shorter meeting time than the Rogue Valley Handweavers Guild, closer to home and just a better fit for actually making the meetings, which I did on Saturday of this past week. The bonus is it puts me in the Medford area on Saturday for a quick visit if I want to with my folks. Always nice. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy having my parents close by!

Other than the guild meeting there has been little movement on the looms, some but not a lot. I have nothing but home time carved out from now until Sunday afternoon (Patriots vs Colts at the folks), so fiber activities will commence shortly. In the sewing room I did manage to finish up one of the new patterns. The Vogue 1410 dress was completed.

I had to do a lot of shortening to the pattern and while I enjoy the way this one came out, I am not enough in love with the style to revisit it. There would be a ton of work I would want to do with this fit wise if I did another and I don't think the overall look is all that appealing on me.

 It was a fun make though and very comfortable and easy to wear.

The fabric is actually a medium weight cotton, so this can go the distance as far as season spanning and I made the armholes and neck so that I can wear it sleeveless in warmer months. And I added pockets! ;) In process is a baby wale cord tunic, a morph from my Grainline Tee sloper that I use for so many tops. It needs sleeves and hemming so is pretty close to finished.

I also "curated" some new fabrics. Fall fabrics are always my favorites. Interesting textures, fine wools and some great heavier weight cottons and linens. First up is a beautiful printed two sided stretch cotton, we think. It doesn't matter, it was love at first sight. Looks like hints of different weaving patterns to me.

 This will be a simple Lela Tunic by Green Bee. Let the fabric do the work in this comfortable and very wearable style. Next up is a light drapey grey wool crepe fabric

and lastly a perfect cross woven grey linen.

This has a lovely sheen and hand. I bought 3 yards and then went back and bought the rest of the roll. Good grey linen is hard to find and this is a quality and color much better than good. Use some now, save some for later for this will never go out of style. This year at least, the fabrics are a bit more somber. Sandi at Fabric of Vision pulls in all sorts of interesting fine fabrics and this looks like a "basics" year color wise. Lots of amazing fabrics in staple colors, blacks, greys, navy etc. No complaints here and I'm sure to be curating a few more in the weeks to come.

Parting shot: SQUIRREL!


  1. I applaud your foresight! Holiday shopping has not entered my radar just yet....maybe next week! LOVE the parting shot: terriers indeed!!!!

  2. Oh...from the heading, I thought for sure that you had a new terrier in the house!

    Wow...lots of fabric there! You are are amazingly prolific.
    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm not even thinking about the other holiday yet.

  3. Some very pretty fabric here. But I love that alert tail on your JRT.

  4. Hilary-Robin has a wonderful tail. Between that sword of a tail and those terribly incorrect ears, we always know what's on his mind!

    Valerie- Well no new additions yet, but one never knows...
    certainly not Gene! ;)

    Mary-Very yummy!

    LA-It is so much easier to do it early and I have been known to "fill in " a fair amount too. ;)