Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

New Dress

September 9, 2017

  The pattern was very well written.  I will definitely get more from Snapdragon.  It’s a little bit big, but it’s a summer dress.  When I make it with knit fabric, I will definitely go down a size.  It comes with three more sleeves though their website.

Currently, I have been working on repairs.  I have a linen dress with ‘too short’ sleeves so I cut off the cuffs.  I opened the seam for several inches and finished off he edges, then made a hem.  The sleeves have a tab so I buttoned it over and it looks good.  I’m glad I left it on.  I usually pick them out because they bother me and I never use them.

Next up, a skirt that’s too long and an old shirt that I just can’t throw away.

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The Throne

August 23, 2017

Here she is.  Queen Flo, aka Sheena Warrior Princess, looking down her nose at me.  I tell her she is just  common brown tabby, but she refuses to listen.  She has been this way ever since I made her own wool hand knit pad.  She knows she is special.  No other cat has ever sat on it.  She will not allow it.  (And I have the rest of the island to myself.  I didn’t think it would work so well!)

Summer Socks

August 21, 2017

These aren’t summer socks.  These are socks I knit this summer.  They are for my daughter.  She saw the yarn and her eyes popped.  Not only is this her favorite color,  it sparkles.  What’s not to love?   I still need her to try them on.  Her feet are longer than mine.  More socks will be coming.

On the sewing front,  my bedroom runners are almost finished.  I still have a few squares left.  I might make a new cover for my tablet.

They Are Not All Winners

August 19, 2017

I bought a yarn kit.  The yarn was beautiful.  I also knew the price was half as much as retail.  I made the cowl.  I tried it on and looked at myself.  It wasn’t right.  I asked a friend and my best critic, my daughter, and they agreed.

  So I took it apart and made this pretty scarf instead.  It’s completely reversible.

Lacey Sweater

August 18, 2017

I could not get a decent picture of this sweater.  I took several and I don’t like any of them.  Oh! And now, I notice this doesn’t have the buttons and it isn’t blocked.  It really is a lovely sweater.  The yarn is lace weight making it perfect for cool evenings.  It felt like I was knitting it forever.  I’ve got to make something with thick yarn on big needles.  I need a little instant gratification.

Bronchitis Sucks

May 26, 2017

I am currently on my second course of medication for bronchitis.  I am completely wiped out.  About all I have accomplished is sock knitting .  I have not worked on my quilt at all!  I can’t stand it!  I need to block my new sweater!  Sweetums needs some shirts fixed!  I want to make myself a new summer dress!  I want to bake something delicious!

Here’s a little something I did before I got sick.  My favorite tote was falling apart.  The orange fabric is new.  It also, now, has a strong bottom.

Christmas is Over

May 19, 2017

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.  Christmas.  I don’t know which I enjoy more.

On Thursday, I took two classes with Lily Chin.  What did I learn?  I’m still wondering.  I took her class on the advise of a friend.  I found her to be quite unprofessional.  I think she thought she was being “cute”.  Even though she was reminded several times by students that there was a child in class, she continued to speak inappropriately.  I kept thinking, “I came two days early for this?”

Franklin Habit was a completely different story.  He was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.  I learned something new.  I got some great ideas.  It was over long before I wanted. That evening I made a swatch of the chart I made and I really like it.  And, now, I can’t find it.

The afternoon class was on garters and I-cord.  That one caused me to look at things differently.  It was so nice to really learn something.  He also discussed some pocket applications. I hope he comes back.

After class, I walked down to the main  hall.  I needed some DK yarn and Shelridge always has a wide range of colors.  I’ve bought yarn from them several times and never been disappointed.

  I realize that these look bland for me, but I have some animals to make.

I also visited my favorite broche person, Liz Printz.  One of mine needed some work and she was happy to comply.

  And I just had to buy a new one.

Getting Ready for MD Sheep & Wool

April 27, 2017

I’m taking two classes each on Thursday and Saturday with Lily Chin and Franklin Habit respectively.  It should be interesting and, hopefully, fun.  I believe that I should never stop learning. Otherwise, I might as well curl up into a ball and vegetate.  I have done my homework and gotten all my supplies together.  I needed several balls of worsted weight in solid or semi-solid colors, mainly light.  It wasn’t easy.  I like to work with finer yarns.  Currently, I making a sweater using lace weight.

I also made a list of the DK yarn I need to get from Shellridge Farm.  They have great yarn.  I few years ago, they moved their booth.  I almost fainted.+

Still Raining

April 25, 2017

Even though it was raining, Sweet Baby Rue had to check on the geese.  I didn’t think there was that much room in our little pump house.

At least he had enough sense to seek shelter.

I found backing for my Splendid Sampler.  The print is 104″ by 88″ and my quilt is 106.5 by 106.5 so I had to get the orange to add a border.

It was time for my machine to have a check-up.  It was getting a little laud.  Time to get out my embroidery machine and make a label.

The goose babies hatched early this year.  The warm winter was probably the cause. I don’t think I will ever tire watching them.

On the knitting front, I decided to try this mitten kit.  I liked not having to weave all the ends.  I didn’t like having to constantly watch where the colors changed and trying to adjust my tension.  They are knit on size 2 and I would have preferred size 0 or even 00 with this yarn.  My daughter said the little kids on her bus will get a kick out of them, so she was happy.  Isn’t it all that  really matters.  I also bought a sock kit that will quite different when finished.  There is no way that I am going to use size 2 needles for socks.

Lunch and a Movie

January 20, 2017

Instead of getting together to knit and bitch, we decided on lunch and a movie.

Okay.  This was started last Friday, but life got in the way again.

The week before, I mentioned how much I had enjoyed ‘La La Land’.  We met for lunch at a nearby chain restaurant.  It was okay.  The other two seemed to be very happy with theirs.  I guess that I expected something more interesting.