I'm still not done with Chrysopolis. I've gotten a lot further - I've finished knitting the section that I redesigned, and I'm back into the original charts now, but she's not done. And she's going to be a verrrrry long stole when she's finished. The redesign caused the addition of about 100 rows, so she'll definitely be a warm, wrap yourself multiple times in wonderful alpaca silk stole!
I also got quite a bit more done on Dem Fisher Sin Fru - enough that the rows now seem interminably long as I'm knitting them on my tiny needles. But she's coming along nicely. Or she was, before Christmas last year.
You see, I didn't get much done during the summer because our air conditioning went out and I was conserving energy and preventing more heat from being added to the house by not turning lights on in the evening. So not much knitting happened over the summer months. In addition, I had this lovely (not!) injury where I managed to kill the top layer of skin on all my fingers with overuse of nail polish remover, resulting in an inability to use my hands for much while the skin grew back/healed.
Then, towards Christmas, I finally decided that my shoulder, which has been bothersome since a fall in June of 2007 wasn't getting any better. I had gone in and been treated for tendonitis in December of 2008. I was told that with rest and ice, etc., that it would slowly heal. But it seemed to me that a year was too long, even for difficult shoulders. Sure enough, I was diagnosed with "frozen shoulder" and ended up having surgery in January to clean out the scar tissue, etc. Shoulders being difficult beasties, I'm still doing therapy and dealing with pain on a daily basis, and knitting has been out of the question for me. The position you have to hold in order to knit, especially when knitting lace with tiny needles, just is not conducive to a happy shoulder, so I've been doing other things.
Namely, I've gotten into sewing. Some new friends introduced me to costuming, and I started to have some ideas of my own that I wanted to explore. Plus, I'm tired of wanting a particular item of clothing and being unable to find it in the stores. Recently, I wanted a plaid skirt. Nothing special, just a simple red plaid skirt. NONE of the stores I've been to since I had that thought have carried anything even close to resembling a simple plaid skirt. One store, when I asked the sales lady about it, I got "Red? Plaid? No. We have lots of black skirts, though!" What ever happened to variety in clothing? Sheesh!
Anyway, even sewing takes its toll on my shoulder, so I can't do a lot of it, but because it's done with fabric, a little sewing goes a long way. I'm starting small. I've sewn some grommets onto fabric panels which are designed to cover pictures and create a festive theme atmosphere for a party. My first clothing project is a pair of wrap pants, done in a glittery, filmy gold material. Once I get the basic pant sewn, the plan is to do bead embroidery along the pant edges. I had seen this really neat pair of heavily beaded pants at a rennaisance faire, but couldn't afford them. I discovered the wrap pant design, which with a little modification will be almost exactly like the pants I saw at the faire, with the added bonus of being able to do my own beaded designs on them. It will have the added benefit that I can start to wear them right away, and add the bead embellishments slowly over time until I'm done.
Next on my list is a cape and a Victorian-inspired skirt, which will become part of a steampunk outfit I'm planning. The cape is going to be based off a very simple circle cape - the design I found online is actually the cape for a Darth Vader costume. Mine, however, is going to be gold, with black lace. And I have some truly nifty ideas for the skirt that I'm hoping will work out in practice. As per my usual, I found a pattern for a skirt online that I like, but I'm planning to make some changes to the design to make it match the image that's in my brain. And of course, for the steampunk outfits, something knitted will have to be done once I can knit again. I actually think Chrysopolis would work well on its own, as the color matches well with the steampunk palette. Also in the works are some modifications for my black boots and a hat, although I haven't quite decided on what kind of hat style I want to use yet.
So that, plus a lot of traveling and spending time with friends, has been my year. I'm also still playing with photography and learning my camera better, doing some volunteer web design, and exploring possibilities for steampunk-inspired beaded jewelry, but none of it has gotten to the creation stages yet. I think I've hit some sort of wall in terms of having enough time to explore all the creative ideas that have been crowding into my brain lately. We'll see where it takes me. One thing's for sure, the journey isn't boring!
I just looked back at my last post, and realized that it's been almost a year since I've visited this blog. Wow! It sure doesn't seem like that long ago. So let's try and get caught up...