Where needlework is concerned I have been working on a couple of projects. First, there is a sense in which I finished another item for my Spring 2014 SWAP: the pants from Simplicity 1467. These have an identical waistband to the skirt from the same pattern, which I completed and like, but about the waistband of which I had strong reservations. Reading the instructions again, I decided that the waistband was supposed to be folded over again. Since this creates a waistband with four layers of fabric, it still seemed weird, but it took care of the problem of having elastic much narrower than the waistband. However, it creates a typical (ugly) elastic waistband, which is absolutely not how the pattern envelope looks.

I found a photo of the skirt in SewStylish and there is a clear photo of the skirt’s waistband — super wide and with no hint of elasticyness. I don’t get what I’m doing wrong.

I also don’t like the look of the hems I did. I think my hem just didn’t work with the fabric.

At this point I have several options. First, this fabric was on sale for $3.99, so I can just figure it’s a cheap pair of summer kakhis and wear them in their imperfection. However, I was seriously thinking about using this pattern for the gray pants in this SWAP as well, largely because I’m not that adept at zipper fly fronts, so I may go with option two and take things apart and try to redo them.


I’ve also been knitting with the blue green handspun mohair I bought in Colorado. That’s going swimmingly, though the ball of yarn is getting no smaller. Had I not just had two sweaters turn out to have insufficient yarn (note how I make it the fault of the sweaters), I would have remembered that lace weight yarn always goes way further than you’d think, and I would have started a shawl rather than a sweater.

Once again, I could undo all my knitting thus far and start over, or I could just keep going and muddle through.

I got up too early this morning and have done four hours of work already. I’m through for the day.

I have a lot of meetings and stuff like that coming up in the next couple of weeks, and my husband is working. I am therefore inclined to stay home and enjoy my solitude today, though I may have to hit the grocery store. If I do that, I might as well stop at the fabric store and see if the ladies there have any thoughts on the waistband issue. And it looks like a great day for a walk.