I Should Sew, But I Just Did My Nails

October 26, 2015

And, No, I’m not going to show you.  You see I had kitten help and now, they need some work.

My WIPs:

014  Raincoat.  I thought attaching the hood was bad, but the sleeve caps were worse.

007  Cardigan.  I’m ready to start the sleeves.

001  Gloves.  I’ll probably make the other three fingers orange and black.

I still need to make my little wall hanging for November and a friend needs a new pair of gloves for work.  I’ve got some stash diving to do.  Nails are dry.  Back to the raincoat.







Apple Pie and Hallowe’en Socks

October 17, 2015

Last week, I crossed the bridge to visit my children.  It was also an opportunity to buy apples for pie and shop.

I have decided to use Velcro rather than buttons for my raincoat.  I seem to have every color but yellow.   Well, so did the stores.  After three stores, I decided to go with pink with white hearts.  If it’s going to show, it might as well stand out, n’est pas?  The raincoat is coming along nicely.  The pattern is whole written with lots of  diagrams.  I can’t wait to show it.  Of course, now we’ll probably have a drought.

My first pie of the season is in the oven.  I can hardly wait.  Do I have pie with supper or for supper?

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No. I did not cheat!  I knit mostly at night and trying to pick up stitches along the sides in black was giving me a headache.  So, I decided, one was enough.  It’s not the first time my socks haven’t matched.  It’s more like the tenth or twelfth time.  When knitting the second sock, I purled the black whenever there was two rows to help it stand out.  I did Partridge stitch heels using both yarns.  It’s a great look.


Quiet Around Here

October 5, 2015

Ruthless Ruthie is at the vet’s getting her hysterectomy.  The others are getting some much needed rest and relaxation.

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My Hallowe’en socks are coming along.  I’ve finished the entrelac cuff and started on the heal.  The cuff was slow work and all the black slowed me down.  The rest should go quickly.

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And I would like to thank Jaala Spiro at Knitcircus for making this yarn for me.  And she didn’t even want extra for it.  I’m so happy.

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Why Knitters Have Cats

October 2, 2015

I never get rid of an old  sweater.  First of all, I’ll mend it.  But one can only do so much mending.  And, let’s face it, sometimes you get sick and tired of it.  It happens.  At my house I have what I call the sweater chair.  It’s high and sits next to the glass door and a heat duct.  It’s the perfect spot for kitties.

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Socks for Hallowe’en

September 23, 2015

yarn cardi 003  When I saw it, I had to have it.  Miss Babs makes great sock yarn so I know I can knit anything and I’ll be happy with the results.  At first I thought, ‘a pair for me and a pair for Jenn’.  Then it was,’ who gets orange and who gets bile green?’  Then, ‘how about one of each color?  This is stupid.  Just use both skeins in each sock’.  OK.  So that’s settled.  Next.  What pattern?  I knit a swatch.  (Yes.  I swatch!)  I could knit one round before the color changes.  Hmmm.  I’ve got to think about this.

socks wall 005  There’s always entrelac.  Eight rows of seven stitches was about as close as I could get.  I think nine diamonds around should be about right.  Also the first round should be in garter stitch so it will lay flat.  Or maybe reverse stockinet.  I don’t know yet.  I’m still playing.  I knit this with size one needles and I want to try  zeros.  I bought an eight inch circular and I haven’t tried it yet.


Finally! Dress is Finished

September 17, 2015

window babs dress 005I feel that I spent entirely too much time on this dress.  It sat for a few days because I couldn’t comfortably sit at my sewing table.  Also, I had to tweak it. I’m too big in some places and too small in others.  At least now I know what to do next time.  And the best part.  There are no buttons or buttonholes, no zipper, no hand sewing.  So it’s on to my raincoat.  Well.  No.  I have to make my little wall hanging for October.  Then it’s on to my raincoat.

I went to get my stitches out this morning, but doctor said no.  Now I have to wait until Monday.  He also wanted blood work and chest x-rays.  While out, I stopped at the Amish market and loaded up.  Sweetums’ eyes glazed over when he saw the bags.  He is such a Sweetums.

Well. Just Take Me Out and Shoot Me

September 13, 2015

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I fell.  In the  street.  Face first.  Broke my new sunglasses.  My favorite hat is soaked with blood.  I’m just walking along, enjoying the day, when the macadam jumped up and hit me.  Sweetums is trying to help and not turn green.  A very nice neighbor was driving home and she stopped to help.  She even volunteered to take me to the hospital.  (Maybe she noticed how green Sweetums was.)  And me.  I was pissed.  I was planning to finish my dress!  I didn’t have time for this!  Four stitches and three hours later, I’m back home.  Nice hospital.  And, you know what?  It’s now three days later and I still haven’t finished that dress!  But I’ve gotten lots of knitting done.


Sewing Stuff

September 4, 2015

fabric 002  I really really really want to make this  raincoat.  I spent about six hours looking over laminated fabric.  When I saw that yellow, I knew I found what I wanted.  The lining fabric was some I all ready had.  It complements the yellow so well.

The thing is—-I have a dress to put together.  When I saw the dress required bias tape, I felt much better.  I got out my cutter and went to town.

fabric 005  Naturally, I made too much.

fabric 006  I have some leftover, but I’ll use it on something else, sooner or later.

Ruthie Update

September 2, 2015

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As you can see, she is growing nicely.  It’s very hard to take pictures of her when awake.  She is very active.  It is very hard to believe her leg is broken.  You should see her run when Sweetums clinks the can of cat food.  She loves to pester the other animals, bite toes from under the bed, help sort the clean clothes and rearrange my yarn.

At first, when I pushed and prodded her injured leg, I got no reaction.  Now, she pushes and kicks back.  And she does NOT likes those toes tickled!  She goes outside and manages to climb the deck railing, but doesn’t walk it much.  She loves to bring in acorns and leaves and crickets and even a cicada to play with.  She is absolutely the worse color and has been stepped on a few times.  I can’t wait for Dr. Mike to see her and the progress she has made.

Time for a New Raincoat

August 24, 2015

My old one went ‘somewhere’ when we moved.  I thought, I really don’t need one anymore.  Then, last week, while getting my hair done, the rain came down in buckets.  Even though I was parked right outside the door, I didn’t want to chance it.  A hooded raincoat would have been nice.  My favorite quilt shop was having a sale.  I bought Amy Butler’s raincoat pattern, but I didn’t like any of their laminated fabric.  I started looking elsewhere.  I had no idea there were so many.  I spent about two hours looking yesterday and another hour today and I still haven’t made up my mind.  You know it can’t be ordinary.  Totally bizarre is probably my best bet—less likely to get run over.  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  I think I’ll go knit.

cardi 003  Out on the deck, of course.


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