Hand and Machine

July 21, 2014

Saturday afternoon, I taught Sweetums jr how to embroidery.

20140719_144000  Here he is, working hard.

20140719_185911  Here is the result.  I think he did very well.  No blood.

Sunday afternoon, we tackled my old manual sewing machine.  He needed to get used to it.  Instead of pushing buttons, you have to turn dials and push and pull levers.  He had bought a pattern and fabric for shorts.  It was a ‘learn to  sew’ pattern.  He should have no problem.


View From Our Deck

July 16, 2014

wood duck kides 004  Mom Wood Duck out with the kids.

herons 001

007  And the Herons.

I Have Finished the Mending

July 13, 2014

Mending is such a pain.  Some of that stuff has been waiting for close to a year.  It is so boring.  My creative side wanted to throw it all in the creek.  I can’t help it.  I get these urges.  But the frugal side won out.  I mean.  That would be so wasteful.  And it took forever.  I would do everything but that for weeks.  I would make up reasons in my head for making something.   It was awful.  Luckily, there is always knitting.  But I won.

fix shirt 004  This is an extremely comfy oversized knit top.  I liked it so much I embroidered hearts on it.  How could I possibly get rid of it?  But it got to be over-oversized.  It was kind of ridiculous looking.  See that seam next to the hearts?  I did that.  I took out four inches through the body.  Now it is back to just oversized.  I’m happy.

Progress Report

July 9, 2014

006  I am surprised that I have made it this far without stopping to make something else.  I can get pretty bored doing the same thing over and over.  I have nine rows to go.  Then I start on the final third.  It’s charcoal, not a good color for me.  That’s why I knitted with the light gray first. Now I’ll have something to compare with it.

004  The edge looks good.

I’m Chilly

July 4, 2014

Why is that?  It was down right hot yesterday.  Rain and wind can do that.  I know.  Quit gripping.  But I do it so well.  Just ask Sweetums.

Enjoy your Independence Day.  I’ve got my red, white and blue blouse on and, of course, my hand knit red, white and blue socks.  And the best of all, my Mickey Mouse flag pin.  But, I’m still grumpy.


Blue Heron Warehouse Sale

July 1, 2014

Maria and I wanted to go but her granddaughter was in hospital.  The child is smart and talented and has learned to knit and sew with Grandma.  They spend a lot of time together.  Maria thinks the world of her.  So I went alone.

I woke up intending to get out the door early, but it didn’t happen.  I was one hundred years old that morning.  I couldn’t do anything and didn’t leave until after noon.  Still, there was a good amount to look through.

blue heron 002

I want to make summer socks in aqua or turquoise.  I couldn’t decide which one to buy so I bought all three.  The one on the right is nine ounces of cotton tape.  I have no idea what I am going to make with it.  I just liked it.

Then I drove over to Frivolous Fibers and found this.  It’s alpaca, merino and glitz.  Don’t ask.

lace yarn 005

The Underwhelming Yarn with the Undewhelming Pattern

June 30, 2014

Originally, I was thinking about striping the three yarns.  I found several that I thought would work, but I couldn’t make up my mind.  There was also the problem with carrying three yarns up the side that I did not relish.  I finally realized that a color-block would have to do.

shawl 009

Here is the middle section.  I’ve just started the first wing.  The finished shawl will be V-shaped.  It’s a Craftsy class so I’m learning as I knit.  It’s moving a lot faster than I had thought.  I’m enjoying it!  I think I’ll be happy with it.  If not, it’ll make a great gift for someone.

View from my Dining Table

June 25, 2014

woodpecker 001   Stopping by for a treat

woodpecker 002  Got it!

This Red Bellied Woodpecker is so hard to photograph.  I am so happy to finally get a decent picture.  The blinds on the door were only open enough to see the feeder.  I was sitting about twenty-five feet away.  This is why I bought a new camera.

Miss Babbs Scarf

June 23, 2014

I believe I mentioned that I did not care for the pattern that came with the kit. I liked the yarn except for the grey. It just didn’t look right with the other colors. Since I have A LOT of sock weight yarn, I’m certain I’ll find something to put with it. After all, It’s just grey.
scarf 005

scarf 003

No Gardening Here

June 18, 2014

yard 001  Here sits the stone for the new front under the windows.  It took over two weeks to get here.  Frank is working elsewhere.  I wouldn’t want him out there anyway.  The thermometer said over 100 degrees when I took this.  Even Sheena, Warrior Princess, is heading for the shade.



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