A Happy Boy

July 24, 2015

Last evening, we shut off the air conditioning and opened windows.  I love real air and I slept very well.  The humidity has remained low so we’ve enjoyed 24 hours of fresh air.  Sweet Baby Rue spent the night out.  He loves the cool breezes on his fur.  And what did he do all day?  He got to sleep all day on the porch.  He was a happy boy.

baby sock 002

All Done

July 19, 2015

finished 002

I think I m going to get good use from this sweater.  Even though it is too hot, I tried it on.  And, it’s just right!  You’d think that after all the years that I have been knitting, I’d have the confidence that should go with those years.  But, I don’t.  I still agonize over every thing I make.  Is this good or bad?  Many times, I have taken things apart and re-worked them.  I have literally worn out both yarn and fabric with this craziness.  For the most part, it’s been worth it.  I usually finish what I begin.  There are a few exceptions.  I have a robe made from an old bedspread, a sweater and a vest.  The sweater and vest will be completed ‘some day’.  I’m still not certain about that robe.

Getting There

July 11, 2015

sweater 001

My sweater is almost finished.  I weaved in most of the ends.  One sleeve and side seam are finished.  The neckband  and sleeve cuff look like a different color, but they were made with one color rather than two like the rest.  I only had five hanks of the blue and seven of the multi so I improvised.  It’ll be nice on chilly days with the long sleeve tee or turtleneck.  And, well, it’s been fun to knit.

I was hanging up the last two skirts that needed fixing when I found another skirt that I was planning to shorten YEARS AGO.  I think I put it back because it is going to be quite a pain.  The hem is asymmetric and there’s embroider.  I told myself that I didn’t like the waistband anyway.  But, it has set-in pockets.  So, now it’s hanging on the wall behind my sewing cabinet.  It may be there a while.

Trying to Get Things Accomplished

July 8, 2015

Last night I finished the main pieces for my pullover.  Tonight, I ‘ll put the shoulders together using the three needle bind-off.  I also hope to finish the neckband.  Then, I need to blanket stitch the side seams and, lastly, rib around the bottom.

sweater 003  It’s a simple two stitch, one row pattern with a knit at the beginning and end of each row.  Yarn over, slip slip knit-a no-brainer.  If you must knit when you have a roaring headache, this is a great pattern.  The yarn I used is mostly silk which has very little give.  I went up a needle size in order to get the right ‘look’.

I’m really happy to be finally completing this top.  It should have been finished weeks ago.  I had no idea headaches could be so debilitating.

Migraines

July 4, 2015

I have had several whoopers the past month so I dragged myself to the doctor.  He sent me off to get an MRI and now I have to see a neurologist.  Needless to say, I am not happy.

I Like to Make Bias Tape

June 17, 2015

I decided to make another slip.  The one I had made last month only needed minor tweaking to be ‘just right.’  Lucky for me, whenever a pattern calls for bias tape, I make it myself.   It’s just that I make entirely too much.  What can I say?  It’s just plain fun!  But it certainly is handy for things like hat bands and slip straps.  It gives a little pizazz to otherwise everyday items.

slip tape 003  Now.  Which one do I use?

A New Collar for the Pup

June 13, 2015

gus 001  The latch broke.  I can’t complain.  The old one was over ten years old.  Actually, it’s a blessing.  I noticed his name tag was too worn down to read.  Now he has a new collar and tag in case he gets lost.  He’s a little tired now.  He had to show it off to all his friends.  He thinks he’s beautiful.

My projects have not been going smoothly this past week.  I’m not certain whether I had three migraine headaches or a three-day migraine headache.  My head was so full of mush.

Fiddly Stuff

June 8, 2015

pocket 001  I’ve mended nighties.  I’ve taken in skirts and pants.  I’ve added pockets where there were none.  I don’t know about you, but I have got to have phone pockets.

Now that that is over, it’s time for real sewing.  Since one nightie was tossed, I need another.  After digging through my stash, I came up with some insipid pink that I have no idea from where it came.  It is cotton, two yards long and 68 inches wide.  It’ll do.  Maybe I’ll put some embroidery on it.  And, yeah, it’ll have pockets.

A Surprise from Sweetums

June 7, 2015

silver blue socks 006

Silver pretties for my dresser.  One piece of glass is missing and the buff is worn down from the buffer.  I thought about getting it replaced, but it didn’t seem the right to do.  Some old things shouldn’t be ‘fixed’.  Thanks, Sweetums. You’re the best!

Blue Denim Socks

May 31, 2015

silver blue socks 014  Since I own about a dozen pair of blue jeans, knitting these made sense.  The yarn is Crystal Palace Panda Soy.  I would have liked to have made a more elaborate pattern, but the yarn said “No”.  It consists of four very loosely spun threads that were definitely out to get me.  I finally gave in and did a simple three one rib.  The socks feel great on my feet and they are machine washable.

I dragged out some yarn that must be at least ten years old a couple of weeks ago.  So far, I’ve taken my work apart twice.  It wasn’t right.  I didn’t like it.  It was boring.  Today, I am going a completely different route.  If I am still dissatisfied, I’m going to get rid of the yarn.  Because it is out to get me.


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