The random number generator said #16 so the winner of the giveaway is Dodi of the lovely new-to-me blog live, laugh, food, craft. Congratulations Dodi and please email me your address so I can get the apron and wool out to you! Thanks to everyone for playing along - I am truly touched by all the kind comments you left.
"YEAH!!!! I was so excited when I saw this post. I have been working on this and wondered what the finished product would look like. Here is a pic of my strips. http://bellaandmolly.blogspot.com/2010/02/here-project-there-project-everywhere.html
I will have to let know when I get it done."
Yes, that's right, this woman trusted me enough to begin piecing even though I neglected to post what the finished quilt would actually look like until yesterday - how awesome is that!
And now for some answers to your questions...
1. How do you prepare your chai tea?
First, it's important to use a good quality chai tea bag. My favorite teas (that are available out here in the country) are Good Earth Chai, Tazo Chai, and Twinings Chai. Fill cup 1/3-1/2 full of milk and microwave for one minute to warm. Then place tea bag in the cup and fill to top with boiling water from kettle. Let steep several minutes and sweeten with honey. Enjoy!
2. What fabric did you use for this apron?
What size is your deputy tote and will it fit standard sized notebooks?
Well, I totally forgot to mention that the finished size of this tote is about 13" x 13 inches and that it will fit numerous 8 1/2" x 11" notebooks. (see photo above) I took this photo several weeks ago and since then I have finished reading the book Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. Nobody asked but just in case you were wondering it's a beautiful book and I really enjoyed it.
How do you get your sweaters to drape so well?
While the correct size is important, sweaters need to drape well in order to look good. My favorite way to achieve drape is to use a thinner yarn paired with slightly larger than recommended needle size. If gauge is too tight the resulting fabric will be stiff and even a perfectly fitting sweater will not drape well or look as good. Having said that, I do the opposite for cardis.
Updated to answer yet another wonderful question I just received:
- even though I use a one size larger needle, I still try to obtain stitch gauge so that the sweater fits. But I do not worry about getting the row gauge perfect - mine is usually a bit bigger than stated in the pattern but I don't worry too much about this because I usually like my sweaters to be about 15 inches from the bottom to armhole shaping so I just knit until I get that length. If I'm knitting top down, I just stop when I reach desired length. If you are a very lose knitter you will not need to go up a needle size because then you may have holes in your sweater.
- I also usually go down one needle size for the ribbing. This pulls the bottom, neckline and cuffs in a bit and creates a more tailored look. I did this with the Francis sweater above.
- another tip is to knit sweaters a bit shorter so that they don't drape way over the belly giving me that 'bump.' Shorter sweaters visually "cut" the midsection in half making the not-so-flat-belly less noticeable. If you do not know what I am talking about here - disregard this advice completely.
Drape is not so good for a cardi because it causes the bottom corners to sag and pull. For a cardi,especially this shalom cardi where the bottom edges are not supported by buttons, I achieved a tighter gauge by using thicker wool + thinner than recommended needles to get a thicker fabric with very little drape that kinda holds its own shape. I use this as a general rule but remember there are exceptions to every rule - when in doubt, follow the pattern recommendations.
What music do your kiddos like to make up dances to?We listen to a lot of music but our favorite music to sing along with and make up silly dances to has been the Groove to the Music Backyardigans CD. This disk covers all types of music including swing, jig, hip hop, salsa, country, zydeco and rock and is our family's favorite CD to dance to - silly or not. Go take a listen for yourself.
Please remember that I am not a sewing, knitting, tea brewing, or silly dancing expert. (hmmm, well maybe I am a silly dancing expert! I'll have to get back to you on that one.) Anyhow this is just how I do things so take what you want and leave the rest - or better yet tell me how you do things differently.
Have a wonderful weekend!