Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Works in Progress

Since my post yesterday was rather long-winded (a habit of mine, admittedly), I'll keep this one short.

I read a lot of paperback books (mostly borrowed or from the used-books store) and I hate how they get all beat-up and grubby. I found a pattern for a paperback book cover in a Japanese embroidery book my mom bought, so I decided to make one that will fit my cheap paperbacks, especially my old Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries (I'm reading Clouds of Witness right now). This cute owl (not yet finished) will go on the front and I've found a nice green floral/stripe for the interior fabric. I embroidered the leaves last night while Paul and I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation on one of the few cable channels we have. Yes, my aerospace engineer husband watches Star Trek. Definitely "White and Nerdy." If you haven't seen the music video, click here and you'll understand.
I hope I know what I'm doing when it comes to assembling the book cover. The instructions in the embroidery book are in Japanese...

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a Yarn Store in a Box from Halcyon Yarns. It came with catalogs and sample cards for all the yarns they carry. I have been looking for good yarn that I can afford for quite a while because most of my patterns call for Rowan yarn which is ridiculously expensive and I also buy a lot of old patterns that call for yarn that doesn't exist anymore. I just ordered the yarn below (color 35, click to enlarge) to make the sweater pictured (from Knitting Fashions of the 1940s by Jane Waller). The yarn comes in 1-pound cones for only $39.95 and this sweater calls for just 250 grams (8.8 oz.) so I'll be able to make something else, as well.

I'm looking forward to being able to share the work I'll be doing on both projects. Until next time!


  1. Hi Lauren,

    That's my favourite number from the 40s book! And you're very lucky to have picked up the original "Stitch in Time' so cheaply. Have you heard that there is a new, all-colour version just out? Check it out at


    Jane (Waller)

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