Archive for September, 2015

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.

 

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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

yarn cardi 004

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

patterns ruth 005box ruth 009

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.