Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Another Reason to Knit

April 19, 2018

My brother called on my birthday.  My nephew and his wife’s baby was born the day before.  Drat!  He missed by one day.  I’m so very happy for the new parents and grandparents.  They have been waiting so long.  Now, I can make a proper label for his quilt.  And knit lots of stuff, of course.

  Baby socks from leftovers.  They probably won’t stay on his feet because it is silk and bamboo yarn.

  A boldly striped sweater that won’t fit until he’s two.  He will, however, be easy to find.

A don’t have much in the way of baby patterns, so I’ve been pouring through my books and magazines.  I can’t find what I have in mind, which doesn’t surprise me.  I may have to wing it, but some guidelines would be helpful.

 

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Cold Again

April 15, 2018

Lately, I have been feeling like the world is against me.  First, it was my laptop. Then, my phone wouldn’t charge.  And now, it’s forty degrees lower than yesterday.  And what do I do?  Go out and buy a new serger.  So now, I am holding my breath.  It’s brand new and works beautifully.  Last year I bought a pretty cotton knit for a dress, so I cut it out today.  I am so glad I have pattern weights.  It makes cutting so much easier.  The serger came with a dvd and I’m actually thinking about taking a class.  I am so ready for some sewing happiness.

  I made myself a pair of socks in anticipation of warm weather.  It’s silk and bamboo from Lorna’s Laces.  They feel wonderful!  Maybe I’ll make a little neck scarf with the leftover yarn.

Almost There!

March 21, 2018

I finished hand sewing the binding!  Yea!  But it’s still incomplete.  The sky bothers me so I got a few things to add to it.  I just can’t leave anything alone.

I also found tiny black buttons for Babar’s vest.  I have to get these finished in about a week.  The baby’s birth is ‘imminent’ and my nephew and niece have already left.

Sewing and Reading

March 12, 2018

Since I know I will be spending many hours hand sewing, I decided to try to catch up on all my unread emails.  Here it is late afternoon and I am finally under one hundred left to read.  I hope to finish in under four days.  I wish I could sew in the evening, but I always get a nauseous headache.  I don’t know why.  I can knit and watch TV at night.  Speaking of knitting,  I have been working on Babar’s royal cape.  Ten inches of stockinet is making me crazy.

Trying to Finish

March 11, 2018

I haven’t felt right for the past several days.  I can’t say what it was, so I’ll just say that I have been pooky.  Since I haven’t been running around, I have made good progress on Babar.

  He needs to have his clothes blocked and find buttons for his vest.  Don’t you just love his bowler hat.

 

Quilting Finished

March 6, 2018

  I have finally completed the quilting .  The binding has been cut and, if I’m lucky, will be on the quilt by the weekend.

  The elephants were added to represent my nephew, his wife and baby that is due next month.

  Babar looks good is his new pants.  His jacket is almost finished

Barkcloth

March 4, 2018

I like old fabric, especially bark cloth.  I look for beautiful patterns, good color, condition and price.  I like the depth and texture of bark cloth.  It adds another interest to the fabric.  I don’t mind paying $20 of $30 a yard, but not $100 or even $200.  I have five yards of the black and only one of the white.  Slip covers with a contrasting pillow comes to mind.  Curtains are a possibility, but I would have to line them to prevent fading.  You know, a jacket and skirt would be nice.

Babar now has pants.  I started his coat.  I hope I have enough green for his vest.  The yarn is Brown Sheep so getting another skein won’t be a problem.

Babar Is Finished

March 2, 2018

  Now I need to make Babar some clothes.

Home from La Boheme

February 28, 2018

Last Saturday, we went to see La Boheme, a favorite of mine.  And, obviously, for many others.  It was played in two theatres.  We were closer than I care to be, but in a very nice reclining chair.

Afterward, we got seafood.  Win got shrimp and I had crab cakes which pretty good, but not as good as mine.  They came with a terrible sauce that I took as an insult to the crab.  The waiter saw me remove the sauce to the other side of the table.  I told him exactly what I thought of it and to bring some Worcestershire.  I like a bit.  The sweet potato was good.  The green beans were wallowing in butter.

On my way home, I stopped at Wegman’s.  They have the Silk  yogurt that I can eat.  I bought Sweetums a loaf of crusty bread that he loves and two bags of my favorite oranges.  I wish they were closer.  I wouldn’t have to go anywhere else for food.

I also stopped at Cloverhill.  I needed another ball of red yarn and I wanted to look around.  Even though it has been through four owners, it has remained a great shop.  And, of course, I bought more yarn.

  Socks for me and Win.  A sweater for my soon-to-be great-nephew.

 

 

Cat in a Box

February 22, 2018

  It’s Ruth, our hell raiser.  I told her I was going to seal her in and mail her to Tasmania.  Sweet Baby Rue and Flo actually snickered.  This is the look I got.

I redid Babar last night.  I’m much happier with it.