Thursday, September 30, 2010


This week has been a week for cutting and sewing skirts. A couple of them have been custom orders, and the rest are for the booth.

This one is for Stacey, and it's all cashmere, in really bold colors.

This one is Winter's. I love the blues and greens.

Red with fall tones, which have been really popular this season.

All blacks and grays. This one was born when I bought the black stripey sweaters.

A lot of folks have asked how long it takes me to make a skirt. I've never known, because I always cut a lot of sweaters into pieces for skirts, mittens, hats, pot holders, and collect the pieces till I have enough. I did this earlier this week with a huge pile of fall-colors sweaters. I've sewn one skirt from them, and have 2 more pinned, and more pieces that will go into future skirts, as well as some mittens and hats.

Today, however, I really wanted to make the above black skirt, and just about all the pieces I cut are skirt pieces. With the cutting and sewing, I'd say I spent about 5 hours. I have enough pieces to make another skirt the same size, and a bunch for smaller skirts (all the ones above are adult skirts).

So there. A skirt takes me about 4-1/2 to 5 hours, not counting the shopping for the sweaters, and the felting and drying, which are done in batches, so it would be hard to count that time. I guess we could say 6 hours.

It's a good thing I enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I've been busy with lots of sewing and markets and my first fall fair. It seems September may be my busiest month - at least that's the way my calendar makes it look! The Boy has started in on his audition and show schedule, so that makes it even more interesting. Anyway, my next big fair is the Garlic Fest in Bethlehem. It's great fun and has always been a busy show. Maybe I'll see some of you there?

Friday, September 3, 2010

No Hurricane?

This week has been a mish-mash of errands, doing little things to help my girl get ready to move back to school, getting ready for the school year with the Boy, and my own work. I don't have a lot of things done, but here's some of them.

I didn't quite know what to do with this sweater. It was big, and thick. I do have a standing order for Christmas stockings, so I made one from the sleeves. Then I had the brainwave that it would be great as slippers. I no longer had enough to do a double layer on the bottom, so the inner lining is cashmere. Not as thick, but I don't think anyone would complain. : )

A man at the Coventry market asked for a screech owl.

Longies made from a really thick, soft sweater. The top is from a thick cashmere turtleneck. These will be so cozy I wish I could wear them.

These are made from another really thick sweater. It took a while to figure out what to do with it, but the Nordic design finally yelled at me that it wanted to be hats and mittens. I was able to get 2 hats and 2 pairs of mittens from it. Dale of Norway never skimps.
And, finally, a mountain blue bird.

Have a great holiday weekend and stay out of the way of hurricanes, if you can!