Archive for October, 2013

Trying Knitting

October 24, 2013

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing of late. Knitting—- not so much. I now realize that I will not be able to finish the quilt in time. But I still have this urgency within me. I am running low on fusible paper and I have decided on the border color. According to my gut, I must go shopping! NOW!! So, of course, something has come up every day this week to keep from going. My insides are going crazy. And I think I have managed to give myself a cold. So I’m popping one of those zinc lozenges every three hours. They are so gross!

Then there’s the knitting.  I  love knitting.  I get so much satisfaction from seeing a completed article.  I never have more than two projects going.  You know.  One that fits in your purse or a small bag and one that can only be worked at home.  Currently, I have FOUR things on needles and I am about to start on a fifth.  How the h**l did this happen?

P1050678  Silk shawl.  Half finished.  I was so bored that I had to stop.

P1050656  Socks.  Unusual construction.  But I can’t memorize the patterns.  Not a good carry around project.

Next was a small square for an ongoing afghan.  No picture.  It’s a surprise for someone.  It only took two hours.

P1050674  Scarf.  I bought this from Stacy.  It glistens and has charms.  A nice simple scarf?  No way.  I had to pick a SIXTEEN row pattern that, again, I have not managed to memorize.  Just when I think that I’ve got it, I find myself going the wrong way.  Hear that?  That’s me beating my head against the wall.

P1050684  It’s been sweater weather this week.  I got out my new sweater.  The sleeves are too short.  This is what happens when you try something on without wearing the correct undergarments.  By this I mean a long sleeve knit (or two) instead of a sleeveless top.  Luckily, I have most of a skein left.  I also plan to make the sleeve more narrow to help keep the warmth in.  A sweater is no good if it dosen’t cover those pulse points.

Maggie Pie Learns to Knit

October 23, 2013

I was very surprised when Flo suggested that Maggie Pie should to knit.  I was even more surprised when she said that she would do the teaching.  I said,”Are you sure you want to do this?”  She just gave me that look.  You know, the one that says, “Stupid Human”.  Cats are so good at that look. 

Lesson No. 1:  Find the end.

P1050663  P1050666  P1050669  P1050664  Found it!

P1050670  You expect me to do WHAT? with it?  You’ve got to be kidding.  It makes a much better floor decoration.  I might even catch a few humans with it.

Flo may never be the same.


Dot is NOT Happy

October 12, 2013

20131002_125531  She has been giving Maggie Pie sewing lessons. 


20131005_161201  And she was very happy with her progress.  She even let her work alone one night.

And, this is what happens.

P1050654  Maggie Pie made a little wall hanging for Hallowe’en.  She was so proud of herself.


Cats Can Sew

October 3, 2013

I’ve been outside a lot lately, enjoying the weather, when I should have been sewing. I had a little wall hanging to make for October and I am making a quilt for my nephew and his soon-to-be wife.  I have been making great progress on a silk shawl while sitting on the deck.  This is my second start.  It’s just doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy like I think it should.  Maybe I’ll feel better when it’s finished and blocked.

In the meantime, Dot has been trying to work on the quilt.


Here she has fused part of an applique before sewing it down.  Note the coffee cup on the far left.  I guess I really did smell coffee in the middle of the night.  I still wonder how she managed the iron.  It must weigh almost as much as she does.  Could Gus have helped her?