Embroidery Project: Chef’s Apron

My newest embroidery project will be rather involved and with have several steps.

For Xmas, my hubbster got me a plain white apron and I have been holding off because I haven’t had time to decorate as I wished. I am trying to make time now.

Step one:
Embroider Chef Clark on the left breast of the apron. It is a satin stitch which takes forever…or at least it feels that way.

Step two:
Tie dye the whole apron. I haven’t fully decided what colors. My current thoughts are to dye one apron string yellow and the other red. The body of the apron will be red and yellow with some splashes together to make some orange spots.
I kinda want to do the tiny star burst pattern. To create this effect I will need to put a rubber band around the cloth with a small stone on the underside of the cloth.

Step three:
Once the tie dyeing is done I will make the final decision about whether or not I want more things embroidered on my apron.

At this point in time, I want to add some vegetables and at least a whisk. Perhaps on the pockets. I am doing this as a last step because I may be so excited to wear my apron in the kitchen that I save further embellishments for later.

Day Thirty-Eight: Project

Frustrating First Rows of a Hat

During Christmas break my old roommate taught (or re-taught) me how to knit. Which included casting on (getting stitches on the needle) as well as knitting. Once I got bored with just stitching rows and rows of yarn I asked her if she could help me with a hat.

This is the beginning of the first hat I have ever made. As you can see in the pattern it is super simple. Just knitting and purling (which I had to learn).

I started this project tonight and it was so frustrating for me because it has to be perfect the first time I ever do it—Feel free to roll your eyes.
I tried casting on once, but ran out of yarn on my tail before I got all 64 stitches on the needles. I pulled it all out and did it again.

Tonight, I got three rows done. That may not sound very impressive, but I have never done 2×2 ribbing–Knitter code for the uncool phrase, “knit 2, purl 2”–and I’ve also never worked with the round needles before.
My old roomie uses four small bamboo needles. I considered her method, but stuck to round because I’m notorious for dropping stitches.

Two Side Notes:
1) The yarn is deep purple, which is hard to see in this picture. I left my camera out West with my fiance when I went to visit his worksite last. Ditz that I am. I should be taking better quality pictures soon.

3) I have added to the ‘about me’ section and renamed it, “A Glimpse”  for anyone who feels they haven’t learned enough about me through my blogs. Is there anything my readers would like to see in my sparsely detailed section?