Socks and dresses

So…it has been quite awhile since I have had the time or energy to write about the goings-on. Much going on. As you can see here, I have given myself a new challenge – socks. Never attempted them because they seem so complicated, but suddenly I felt the need to learn the secret of knitting socks. So I bought Cat Bordhi’s book for knitting them on two circulars and off I went. I only really wanted to learn once I found they could be done on circulars…using 5 double-pointed needles was the stuff of nightmares for me. Literally. After I used them finishing a cuff on a kid sweater, I had a nightmare about DPN’s with minds of their own, slipping, moving, knitting weird things on their own. I will figure out ANYTHING so I only have to use circulars…but Cat already did it! And I love it. The girls consider them very special socks and wear them until they are stinky. Gotta love the washable wool. The pink and lavender sock is knit in Knitpicks Dancing and I love it! I hear they may be discontinuing this line, so I have to get in there and order more. Lovely stretch to it.

We went to our first feis for the season. The Comhaltas Feis in Emmitsburg, MD. This was the very first feis we ever went to and it will probably always remain our favorite. I was in charge of the trophies for the prelim and open championship competitions again this year. I love it. I have a perfect view of all the dancing and all the dresses. The message boards have been full of discussion for what seems like forever about the newest thing that the designer Gavin has been doing… a patch-oriented approach to dress design. I was surprised to see that there were actually not that many dresses made that way. So many beautiful dresses. Sparkle is the norm right now, but the designs were all over the map! Right on, dressmakers! As many wonderful designs as there are dressmakers. And they were all so “pretty”…the modern geometric designs were scarce and actually not among the prettiest. Wished I could have taken a pic of all the dresses, but I did not want to seem creepy sitting there behind the table with my camera.

But I did take some pics of the dancers in the dresses I have made. This blue and green one was designed by Susan Gowin of Feisdress. She did all the applique and I made the dress using her pattern. I had not seen the dress in awhile and I was wonderfully surprised to realize how much I like it! I hope I am always so enamored of the dresses I make.



Here is my daughter in the first dress I made. The design is by Alison Young and I used the Irish Threads pattern. This was the beginning of my foray into ID dressmaking. Now that I have learned so much, I can’t believe I pulled this off. Especially the embroidery. I have since learned so much about dressmaking, patterns (I only use Susan’s now), and embroidery digitizing. More on that next weekend after an event here in DC…something very cool that Susan and I were asked to be a part of.



And lastly, I finally finished the re-design of the black dress. This was made by someone else using an unknown pattern. The shawl is not hanging quite right in the pic, but overall, everyone is pleased.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicole
    Jun 01, 2006 @ 13:21:00

    Wow, you do beautiful work. The socks are great but I am impressed by the dresses.

  2. megs
    Jun 01, 2006 @ 15:12:00

    I wish I had know that was you handing out awards — I would have introduced myself. I saw the black dress in person and thought it was gorgeous. Also heard rave reviews of a the dress-to-be that was shown for fitting. Next time we’ll have to meet

    (signed below, but aka Susan’s webmaster!)

  3. Ann
    Jun 01, 2006 @ 23:52:00

    Thank you, both megs and nicole. And I had no idea you might be around megs! Maybe at Old Dominion!

  4. megs
    Jun 02, 2006 @ 07:14:00

    I was in the O18 competition (wearing one of Susan’s by the way) — missed seeing the dress-to-be, but our TC was thrilled with it.

  5. cynic the lamb
    Jun 03, 2006 @ 19:12:00

    Hi! I came across your blog through the Townsend Knitalong List. I have to say, your dresses are gorgeous! What beautiful work you do!

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