Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

I’m So Lucky

July 25, 2018

I have the best daughter.  Saturday, she came down with her fiancé to get my storage/spare bedroom organized.  I had wire shelves to assemble and plenty of fabric and accessories to fill them. I had one set of shelves assembled when we first bought this house, but that cup ran over a long time ago.  Sweetums had a habit of dumping stuff in there that he never got around to storing properly or throwing away.  And I got into the habit of dumping stuff on the bed.  There was stuff under pillows, comforters, blankets and a coat rack that I needed.  With my bad knees and Sweetums’ bad back, cleaning it out was close to impossible.  Enter my well-organized daughter.

  In five hours, it looked like this.  She brought some storage boxes and vacuum bags and Duke’s label maker.  I honestly believe she had a good time.  Everything is so handy now!  I’m so happy!

Duke brought along some tools.  He fixed the ceiling fan in the living room.  I really missed it.  It helps move air around when I’m cooking.  He also put up a new blind in the storeroom.  The old one was pretty ratty.  It is so nice to have someone who can do these things. I believe I am really going to like having him around.  We called three or four electricians who either said “no” or told us to get a new fan.

And the bed is ready for a guest.  That is if they don’t mind sharing it with Maggie Pi.

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Summer Socks

June 24, 2018

  I don’t go barefoot or sockless.  I don’t wear flip-flops and seldom wear sandals.  I can’t stand to get sand between my toes. This peninsula is just a big sand pile so I’m screwed.  I keep my feet covered which is sad because I love pedicures.  Nobody gets to see them and they are pretty.  So I make socks.

  I love these colors.  I don’t think I have anything that they won’t match.  These are cotton so they are four stitches bigger at the ankle than at the foot.  I should be finished with these tomorrow.

Next is Jaipur from Katia.  It is mercerized cotton.  I’ve made socks with it before and I love it.   The label says to use size 2-7 which is ridiculous.  I’ll use 0 or 00.  I used 00’s before and I liked the results.  The only trouble is I don’t know where they are, so these may be done on 0’s.

Simply Knitting

May 26, 2018

I have been wanting to collect all my Alan Dart designs into a binder.  I recently found plastic sleeves that are high enough.  I guess I should mention that the pages are British and longer than ours.  I got out my spiffy little cuter and spent nearly eight hours vandalizing my Simply Knitting magazines.  I also removed any other patterns that I thought I might actually knit which was very little.  And the magazines went into the paper trash.  I wonder what I will get into tomorrow.

I finished making myself a pair of gloves a couple of evenings ago.  I used a partial skein of sparkly self striping sock yarn.  I love to make gloves.  It’s the only way that I can get them to fit.

Physical Therapy

May 24, 2018

Going to PT three times a week is really cutting into my crafting.  I know it is good for me and I’m noticing a difference, but I can’t help think, I could have gotten so much accomplished by now.

Even though I really can’t stand it, I’ve decided to try organization.  I want a designated space for my serger.  I’ve found some great videos on serging and I am anxious to start.  The end of work table #2 would be nice, so that’s where I began.  I looked at the yarn that has been piling up.  It has gone from bad to worse since MD Sheep & Wool.  I got out some handled bags and printed up patterns.  Suddenly everything started to fall into place and I’m making some progress.

Here is little A’s quilt.  It was so much fun to make.  I switched a few things and added some birds and planes and elephant family to help to make it personal.  And the sun too.

 

Not Getting Things Accomplished

April 28, 2018

Lately, I’ve been trying to do everything without getting any sense of accomplishment.  Having physical therapy three times a week does not help.  At least this place is much nicer than the last one.  The walls are a soft taupe, not a hard bright yellow.  The place is well-lit without being bright.  There are windows.  It’s not noisy.  There is a television, but it’s not laud.  Compared to the clapping, stomping and singing at the other place, it’s down right quiet.  I still don’t see the joy of daytime TV.

I tried to install my old, old embroidery software.  I finally gave up after a couple of hours and removed everything. What can I say?  It was handy.  The better one was in the closet under a bunch of stuff.  I shouldn’t be so lazy.  So now I have to install again and input my personal information.  Ugh!

I’ve been watching serger tutorials and have cut out a knit dress.  I am anxious to start, but I have to complete the quilt label by next Thursday.  It’s hard to  be good and impossible to be orderly.

Then there is the baby sweater for little A.  The front and back are finished and I have started the sleeves.  I would like to finish that by Thursday also.

 

 

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.

 

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.