Vogue Knitting Day Two

I’m here again at VK LA and this morning’s tasks have been interesting. I’m working the info booth, helping people find their way around. We’re also called to float, so I’ve delivered things to classrooms and a couple of us were asked to help clean up a room that some teachers had a party in. Apparently knitters party like rock stars.

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Backstage at VK Live Fashion Show

I just got called to fill in as a dresser at the fashion show. So cool! I jumped right back into my former role as costumer from BHS Show Choir! The knitwear is fabulous, the models are beautiful and the energy is fun. I’m going to request this job for next year!

I just dressed a model for the Koigu fashion show. She had 4 changes. First was a crop top in seed stitch, double stranded. Second was a ski sweater. Next was a long dress in mitered squares. Then came a coat done in cubes put together with 3 needle bind off. The pieces are all gorgeous, but I was struck by the weight of them. They might be good in very cold weather, but not here in So Cal. Also, you’d build up
Your muscles wearing them around. I swear some of the pieces weighed about 10 lbs!

Next up, Hand Painted yarns. Lorna’s Laces, Prism, Mountain Colors, Claudia & Twisted Sisters.

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Inside out sweater?

Ok, so I just got caught thinking out loud. I’m gonna have to shut up. Beth Casey heard me say, “Is this mistake?” she said, “What’s wrong?!” I suddenly realized that I’d panicked one of the designers. I quickly mumbled , “Oh, nothing. I just have to cut this tag off.” What I thought was a mistake was the underarm seam on the sweater I was getting ready to put on my model seemed to be on the outside. Could be a design feature, but this garment was knit in the round. These were the only seams and they were prominent, as if done with a three needle bind off. I decided I’d go with it as is because that’s how it came out of the bag, but really, it could have been reversed. I wonder if it should have been… Maybe I should have been brave and asked her.

The garments in this show:
Lorna’s sweater, Entrelac jacket, hat, cowl & fingerless Mitsubishi with fur edging. Denali Plume I think they said. It was so soft, like rabbit fur.

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Cute hat, cowl & fingerless mitts

Sorry the photos aren’t great. They were from my iphone and taken from the reverse of the screeen.

Another Fine Mess

Alp Premier is a beautiful yarn I found in San Antonio a few months ago. I couldn’t resist the yumminess. It was approx $30.00 a skein. Since I had nothing better to do while DH was at work, (yep, he works there, we live here…) I bought it. It sat in the stash for a month or so while I finished MIL’s socks for Christmas. Lately I saw it made up into a shawl at my LYS. Silly me, I thought I could get away with only 1 skein.

I have already knit this poor yarn 3 times. 1st time was Cat Bordhi’s Mobius cowl scarf. It looked more like a clown collar. No pics, please. Then I tried to knit a shawl, but the needles were too small. I think they were 11s. So I tried again on 13s, my largest. Ummm… It’s way too small. I noticed that one person who made a shawl out of it on Ravelry used two skeins. I’m not willing to go for another skein. The next reincarnation will be a plain straight longways scarf. I better like it this time. What possessed me to buy it in this colorway anyway? I know it must have been the brilliantly colored ribbon yarn. As I’m knitting it I think of Masquerade. My kids did the song in High School show choir and I sewed all the costumes in brightly colored lame. It was beautiful. Well, at least I thought so. 😉

Scrappin the Night (and day) Away…

Here are a few things I’ve been working on lately. I went to a crop night at my LSS and got quite a bit done.

This was at our choir workshop earlier this year with the Gary Bonner Singers. The workshop was in Arroyo Grande. The layout was done probably a couple of years ago, but I hadn’t filled in in yet.
I came across these pictures in my box ‘o pictures from the kids high school years. I’ve got tons of them. Way more than I can put in a scrapbook. This is from 1999. The choir was singing Africa by Toto. The costumes were made by a Hollywood costume designer.

This is what I worked on today. The pictures are from my daughter’s solo performance in the BHS Pop Show 1999. She performed “He’s a Tramp” from Lady and the Tramp. The pictures were scanned so that I could do a digital layout. I love the background. I’m a little slow at digi, but I’m getting it. The background is Bittersweet from Dahlia Co Designs.

This one is my testimony. It’s my first digital layout. I did it for the FaithSisters challenge last week. Unfortunately I couldn’t get it in on time. Credits to Krystal Hartley’s FaithFreebie embelishments, embelishments from Linda Holt’s Persian Rug kit available on polkadotpotato.com, background by Cheryl Olson.

Journaling: I don’t remember a time that I didn’t know the Lord. As a small child I remember praying to Him, asking for favors, making vows. When my Barbie doll’s leg got broken I asked Him to heal it. I anxiously awaited the next morning when I would wake up and her leg would be miraculously healed. He said no.When I heard my parents fighting in the next room I vowed I would never do that to my children. It was painful to listen to and He heard my cry. He provided me with a wonderful husband who loves me as I love him. We have been together since 11th grade and married 26 years. I have always felt that God led me to him. I feel pretty lucky and grateful for His hand in our lives. He is my rock who I lean on in the tough times as well as the good. Sometimes I see His sense of humor and I laugh with Him. I marvel at the beauty of his creation and the sky paintings He sends me every morning.I haven’t always walked so closely with Him, but he uses life circumstances to bring me back to Him. I’m hanging on to Him for dear life.

Psalm 107:10-15 (NIV)

10 Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom,
prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God
and despised the counsel of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom
and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men.

IN OTHER KNITTING NEWS

The sleeves for the Oriel Lace Blouse are coming along. I haven’t got any pictures of them yet. They are about in the same place as before I frogged. Umm. Not quite. I haven’t gotten that far, but close.

I finished the scarf for the church ministry. I’ll start another one. Maybe even as soon as I get off the computer. The orange light isn’t a golden sunset glow. It is the light filtering in from the smoke of the California fires. Today it is almost clear again. I took that picture a couple of days ago. It even rained (if you can call it that) a little today. It would be nice if it just poured for a little while.

Well, I need to clean up my scrapbook mess, knit a little and off to bed. I’ve got an early day at church tomorrow. Singing on the worship team. Yeah!