Archive for August, 2014

Cat Phone Case

August 23, 2014

What do you do when your son asks for a new phone case that looks like a cat?  You make one, of course.  Since I had already made one for myself, I ‘kind of’ knew what to do.

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Here’s all the pieces from left to right.

  1. Pattern cut from Do Sew.
  2. Shiny red for the lining.
  3. Black batik for the outside.
  4. Iron-on fleece to keep the red still.
  5. Iron-on interfacing for the black.
  6. That stiff stuff to protect the phone.
  7. Little pieces of fabric for a tail, eyes and nose.

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Here I have machine appliqued the pieces and added whiskers using a double stitch.  I love my machine.  The tiny bit of hand sewing I do anymore is embarrassing.  Sorry Nanny.  You were the best.

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My son was very happy with it.  He said something about feet.  I told him, since he now knew how to hand embroider, he could make four little sets of pads on the underside all by himself.  He said, “Yeah.  I guess you’re right.”  I could see the little wheels turning in his head.

These things are a real bitch to make so don’t even about asking me to make another one.

 

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What’s for Supper?

August 9, 2014

I can’t stand it when Sweetums says it, especially when I am grumpier than normal.

So.  Anyway.  I had this pound of ground beef. It’s what I get when nothing else appeals to me.  I looked through the kitchen cabinets and at some recipes.  I chopped some onion, threw it with the meat in a pan to brown.  I boiled some noodles.  So far so good.

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Then it time to pull stuff out of the cabinets and refrigerator.

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All Sweetums approved stuff.  You do know he’s from Oklahoma, right?

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OK.  So it was too much stuff.  I had to get out the pan that is so big, it has two handles.  But doesn’t it look good?  And it was.  I told Sweetums, “I won’t have to cook for a week!”  And gave him a big smile.

 

 

 

Starting a Mitered Vest

August 6, 2014

I had this beautiful cotton tape from Blue Heron.  It weighed nine ounces.  I knew I had enough to make a vest, probably a short-sleeved top, but I really needed the vest to wear with long-sleeved blouses.  When I held it up to two of them, it looked great–a third, not so much, but some blue Crystal Palace I have does.  I guess I’ll be making two vests.

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I made a sample of four miters to see what I liked.  My favorite is the one on the right, but it takes twice as long to produce.  The garter stitch and stockinet were ‘ok’, so I went with the left one, knit three rows, purl one.  I used a 5 needle and a 31 stitch base.  They are 3 3/4 inches across.  I may finish it with an attached I-cord.

more miters 009  It looks great so far.

Fast Socks

August 4, 2014

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I finished these last night.  It’s a cotton/rayon that I bought at Blue Heron about a month ago.  The yarn is a heavy sock weight or a light dk.  Whichever suits you.  It is supersoft with a nice sheen.  They feel great on my feet.  I may have to get more.

I used size 2 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  I knit one round, purled three, then knit one round again.   I did a 4K, 1P rib for 12 rows, then repeated the first five rounds.

socks 006 I love the way it striped.  It also made counting rows easy.  I changed to a 3-1 rib for no reason until the total length was about six inches.

socks 007  I continued the rib on the heel.  I used 29 stitches, beginning and ending with the purl stitch. I put the remaining 31 stitches on a short circular.  It saves me time.  I knit back and forth on the 29 stitches for 2 1/4 inches.  You may want to make it longer if you have a high instep.  I slip the first stitch on every row to give a nice edge to pick up.  For the half-moon on the bottom, I did the usual method, with the first row being 15, then 4, 5, 6, and so on.  I really hate writing all that out so if you are new to socks, don’t try this sock yet.

There should be 17 stitches left.  I picked up 11 stitches down each side.  I worked the decreases in the usual way.  I continued the pattern down the top of the sock.  When I was 1 3/4 inches short, I started decreasing six stitches every other row.  This makes a rounded toe which I prefer.  My second toe is a tad longer than my great toe.  There is nothing better than happy toes.

V-shaped Shawl

August 2, 2014

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I cannot make up my mind about this one.  I like the way it lies on my shoulders without my having to hold onto it.  That’s why I don’t care for triangle shawls.  Well, most of them anyway.  I do have one that I am very fond of.  I’ve got better things to do with my hands.

There was plenty of red for the center square.  I’m glad I had enough sense to switch to the grey and black when starting the sides.  I didn’t have quite enough to finish the sides.  I thought about taking out the last repeat, but that would mean losing many hours of work.  Finishing the sides with the red was definitely the way to go.  I really like the way it turned out.

I’m making another pair of socks.  Knitting socks always makes me feel better–especially after I’ve made something that I just wasn’t into.