Tuesday, January 22, 2008

My baby turns 10!!

Yesterday, we had a birthday party for about 2 hours or absolute chaos for 2 hours. We had 8 fourth graders and three eighth graders, all boys. The eighth graders decided that they would play video games away from the rest...it was a smart decision. The rest played, had pizza, cake and destroyed a pinata. Even though there was ice on the ground we kicked them outside for the pinata and there they stayed (by choice) playing until it was time to go home.
My baby (as a mother I have a right to still call him that) had a great time. We, the adults were a little shaken after it was over, but I believe a good time was had by all.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Taking a breather...

I finished the Butterick wrap dress
,it is done except for the hem. I tried it on and it is a disaster. I don't know if it is due to the modifications I made or the fact that the knit is so stretchy or a combination of both. The neckline gaps horribly and the length of the bodice is almost two inches too long. The only alteration I made to the pattern which I don't normally do is to lengthen the bodice by 1/4 inch at the armhole and the rest was added just below the waist. The last Butterick knit dress I made the armhole was binding so that is why I decided to do this. Of course I should have compared this pattern to the New look faux wrap I made which fits very nicely, but I didn't.
After my breather I'm going to compare all the bodice measurements and see what I can do to salvage a dress, which I this point I'm not even sure I like how the colors and prints I used look on me....

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Katia No 43 Modelo 37

I can't remember how long ago I started on this project. I kept putting it down and loosing interest. Maybe because I knew that all the details would not show with the yarn I was using (Sirdar Cossak, which I bought from Knit Picks when they sold other brands). This fall I decided that I was tired of looking at this poor UFO so I finished it. Well, I really like it! It keeps me very warm (wool/acrylic/viscose blend), and I really like the color. Mine turned out more fitted than the model's, I guess I could've made a bigger size.

I had to order the zipper from the Zipper Stop since it was and odd size. They offer excellent service.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

La famosa Tia Mirta (The famous Aunt Mirta)

I recently found out that youtube has videos of my wonderful aunt dancing. My aunt, Mirta Pla, was a well known and respected prima ballerina from the National Cuban Ballet (headed by Alicia Alonso). I was thrilled to find this video which showed her at her prime. I forget how perfect she was at her craft. Here she is dancing the Pas de Deux Clasique with Jorge Esquivel in Varna, 1964 where she won a silver medal. I hope you enjoy it!