Saturday, May 27, 2006

the beginning

silk ribbed lace corset swatch

Started swatching for the silk ribbed lace corset top with the Filatura Di Crosa "Brilla" in #406 Pink and size US6 needles.

Pre-washing/blocking, it was a little small, but afterwards, it looks spot-on.. still waiting for it to dry. It was fun dipping in in the water; the feel changed entirely, and the stitches (which looked a little wibbly due to being the first time working with this yarn) straightened up and looked lovely. The swatch is still wet, so the colour looks different, but the ball is the colour of the yarn (i tried to colour correct it to be more accurate..the picture still looks a little lavendar tinted..)

Itching to get started on the top, but have to go shower and try to sort out issues with the school.. I was supposed to graduate this semester from the Computer Arts program, and the Fine Arts program, and a multimedia certificate, but for some reason (unexplainable by all) i still have not received feedback about anything.. which is throwing all plans for fall semester into question. blaaaaargh..


p.s. regarding last post, the yarn did arrive in time for me to take on my trip, but i was... erm... distracted most of the time and didn't get a chance to work on it! hah..

Monday, May 01, 2006

not an online-yarn-purchasing virgin anymore!

i did a bit more research into what yarns might be good for the silk corset top, and after narrowing it down to a few contenders [Filatura Di Crosa "Brilla", Knitpicks "Shine Worsted", and Patons "Katrina"], i ultimately decided on the Brilla in #406 Pink.

it turned out that i think i can only find
Katrina online (and it's more expensive than the Brilla!) and the Shine Worsted looked like a good choice, but i wasn't quite sure i liked their shade of pink - "blush", and wasn't quite sure about how it would turn out with it being mostly cotton/modal.. [what IS modal? oh.. apparently it's essentially a variety of rayon and made from BEECH trees!.. hm..]

well, i knew that people had used the
Brilla with great results. i've never made an online yarn purchase before.. so i wanted to get something that should hopefully work out well, based on other people's experiences. (if i make another one, which if it turns out well, i may very well do so, i would probably try out the knitpicks Shine Worsted, since it seems like it would be nice too. i'm kinda eyeing that "green apple".. hah!)

so i ordered 5 skeins from
personal threads boutique, which.. erm.. i haven't heard any reviews of their shop, but it was the only place that could sell me the colour i wanted and at a resonable price online. so hopefully it will work out properly.. eek!

i, at very last minute today, was struck by the great thought of "if i order yarn for the silk corset top today, maybe i will get it in time for my week off.." but, i don't think it's likely, since i'd need to get it by friday before i head up to DC area. but here's to wishful thinking! i'm having a week off of work to celebrate both end of school (holy crap, i need to de-stress) and to go visit my long-distance boyfriend. (huh.. i typed boyfriend.. usually it's been "person i'm seeing..") but yeah, since he will be at work a few of those days, i thought that this might be a good projekt to work on (and ignore everything else on the needles/hooks. hah.) but i guess it will be a nice welcome home surprise.. as in, "gosh, sucks you have to go back to work, but surprise! it's a package full of yarn!"