Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dye Lots Studio

It's official, I am a business woman! I have opened my Etsy Store and have had my first few sales. I know it takes time to develop a following, but I am so excited about this new chapter in my life. I wake up every morning with a new idea in my head for a way to dye yarn or a new color combination. I have ideas for collections and color stories, too.

I love the label and logo that my sister helped me create.

Here are a few of my most recently dyed yarns. I really think they are lovely.

I've started knitting a pair of socks using this Pink Lemonade colrway.

I think it is really fun to find an inspiration photo and then try to re-create it in a yarn colorway. This one is a favorite. I am calling it Serenity.
I hope you will take a peek at my Etsy Store and let me know what you think about it. I'd love it even more if you would make a purchase! For you, my loyal blog followers, I am offering FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING until the end of the year. Just use the code RANDOMTHOUGHTSDOORDI when you place your order. International customers will receive 15% off if you buy 2 or more skeins of yarn using the coupon code INTERNATIONAL15.

Thanks for helping me get started in my new venture.
di xoxo

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Falling Leaves

Who doesn't love Fall? And a fall quilt is even better; so for my friend, Monika's birthday, I made her a Falling Leaves quilt. The pattern is by Vanessa Christensen. It's actually a kit. Her ombre fabrics are yummy and make these leaves pop on the background of the Robert Kaufman yarn dyed charcoal fabric. 

This was the first quilt that I used a stencil to mark some registration lines before I quilted it. Why have I never done this before? Although my quilting is far from perfect, the stencil did help me to quilt it more evenly.

I had the perfect flannel backing in my stash. This Anna Maria Horner cone flower print is a favorite so I am glad I got to use it on this quilt. Monika and her husband have just moved to Idaho, so it will help to make this quilt even cozier on those cold fall and winter nights.
I used the glue basting method to match that print when piecing the back together. I'm quite proud of the result.

When it came time to choose a thread color, I went with all the colors in the quilt, but wish I would have only used one. It was a pain to keep changing threads. My Juki QVP150 is not user friendly when it comes to threading it. I would rather thread a serger than this pain of a machine. 

It is bound in the plum colored fabric that came in the kit. I really think it is the perfect color to frame the quilt.

We took the quilt to a few locations in town to photograph it. 

Fall Breeze quilt

I think the quilt looks best in Monika's craft/bonus room, where it is easily accessible to cozy up on the couch while watching a movie.

For the label I made an extra leaf and just wrote my sentiments on it for Monika to remember when and from whom she received this gift.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Fall Breeze by Vanessa Christensen
Fabric: Leaves and Binding: Ombre from Moda
            Background: Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black
            Backing: Anna Maria Horner Flannel Cone Flower print
Batting: Warm and White
Quilted with a variety of thread by me on My Juki 150QVP
Size: 60" x 72"

Friday, October 12, 2018

My Body Model... the Knitting Version

I'm featured on the My Body Model Blog again. It's so fun to be featured as a knitter. Having only recently discovered my love for this fine handwork craft, I am honored that people find my makes interesting

And speaking of knitting...I have started a new online Etsy store. I have fallen hard for hand dyeing yarn and you can see and hopefully purchase some of my creations. 

Take a look here and see what I have been up to. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Great Granny Squared

I think this is my fifth Stitch Tease Bee finished quilt. Our bee has been together for over 5 years and although some of the members have changed, the talent and generosity in our bee remains constant. Last year I asked the girls to make Great Granny Squared blocks for me. My color scheme was influenced by a Fat Quarter bundle of Enchanted by Camelot Fabrics.

Here is the beautiful quilt , all finished and taken on a photo shoot when we spent a long weekend along the central coast of California last month. We were so lucky to have found this covered bridge in a winery of all places.

My buddy and fellow bee mate, Jennifer of the Knotted Thread, quilted it for me on her long arm machine with a beautiful all over feather motif.
For the binding and backing I used the yellow and plum floral print from the Enchanted line.

I set the blocks on point helping to increase the size of the quilt. It  finishes at 85" square.

Thanks to my lovely bee mates I have another quilt to remind me of this beautiful quilting community and the friendships I have made. I am so glad I started this bee. These ladies have become like daughters and sisters to me and I can honestly say I love them all.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Jump, Ride, Spin...a new line of fabric

I can finally share this blogpost.

Are you all familiar with Tracey Wirth Designs? She is a surface and textile designer and has her first fabric line coming out soon with Paint Brush Studios. Tracey is one of the nicest people I've ever known so when she asked if I'd like to play with her new fabrics, of course, I said yes. 
The playful nature of these fabrics told me that they wanted to be made into a sweet little Geranium Dress for my granddaughter. This seemed a perfect little dress to show off this pink print. I used a coordinating print from the same fabric line to line the bodice. I chose to make a combination of View A and B, so it has the cute ruffled sleeve with the pockets and pleated skirt. I finished it on the back with plastic snaps, which are perfect for children's clothing. I made a size 6-12 months.

 I also made a knitting project bag with my favorite print in this fabric lone. This bag is big; it's definitely a sweater project bag because it holds 4-6 skeins of yarn.

And just because I had the fabric and I needed a smaller knitting project bag, I made this one, too. This one is a one skein project bag, but I also made a needle minder case to keep the knitting needles safely inside the bag. It also helps to ensure that the knitting won't slip off the needles inside the bag. It snaps inside the bag but can be removed to use in other bags, too.

So here you see three fun projects. What will you make with these fabrics? 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Jaycee Cardigan

I finished this Jaycee Cardigan in July but I am just now getting around to writing a blog post about it. This last weekend we were away to our favorite Cayucos Beach rental cottage which allowed me to play fashion model on location.

This sweater, called Jaycee,  is a pattern by Isabell Kraemer and can be found on Ravelry.  I wanted a light weight summer cardigan for cool evenings and the early part of fall when the days are still hot but the nights can be cool.

I used Cotton Pure yarn from Purl Soho. The sweater is knit top down on US size 4 LYKKE interchangeable circular needles.

The pattern for the lace work on the yoke was easy to follow. Overall, the pattern was an easy one. 

I finished the sweater with some square buttons and a leather tag on the sleeve. I am still trying to find some knitting labels that can also be decorative. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wild Silk

One night during an especially bad period of insomnia I was trolling on Etsy looking for things to help me relax and make me smile. I came across this "wild silk" piece sold by the Delhi Store. I immediately knew I had to have it and it had to become something fabulous. We had plans to attend our friend's daughter's wedding mid-August, and I thought it might make the perfect wedding guest dress. But she only had two yards available. I ordered the fabric and then went searching for the perfect pattern.

In case you are wondering what wild silk is, here is the description from the website:"Wild silk is harvested only after the cocoons are left by moths. so they are not killed in order to obtain the silk thread but the thread is cut in the process hence giving the fabric a charming unevenness in texture and color."

I knew I wanted a sleeveless dress because the wedding was in Boulder City, Nevada, where August temperatures can soar to well passed 100'F. I decided to make Vogue 9050. I never make a muslin, but in this case I did because there was no way I was going to ruin that fabric. I sketched the dress on My Body Model Croquis and liked the look of it on my body.
I am so glad I made a muslin.  I cut a size 12 through the bust and graded to a 16 through the hips. The adjustments I made to the pattern were small but gave me the fit I was looking for. I cut the neckline 1.5" lower and opened the slit in the front to make more of a modified V-neck. I shortened the waist length because I am very short waisted and also did a slight sway back adjustment to take out some of the fullness in the back waist length. The hips were super curvy to I straightened the side seams a bit to take out some fullness.
I knew I wanted a wrap because even though it was going to be super hot, the air conditioning can be cold if it blows on you. I was so lucky to find this piece of silk Georgette at my local fabric store. They only had 1-1/4 yard and it had a tiny rip in it, but I was able to use a little creativity and seal up the rip and concealed it by wearing the shawl folded on the diagonal.I also found a perfect button to use as a centerpiece on the dress.

And, Voila! Here I am in the baking was 108" when the church service began at 2 pm. But, how perfect is this setting amongst the cacti, to take the final photo.

I lined the dress with a polyester/spandex blend that really was a dream to sew with and was very comfortable to wear. I had enough of the fabric to make my first Ogden Cami, which should appear in another blog post soon.