Monday, January 12, 2015

Finally Completed

I don't care whether it's sewing or knitting, there's always getting through that last little bit to get the project finished.  I've had this scarf off my needles for a few months now, but did I get it completed immediately. . .obviously not.  It's the handwork that gets me.

In clothing construction, it may be the hem or tacking down facings.  With knitting, it's weaving in the ends, and in this case "hemming" each end to create the picot edge.  I love the effect, but carving out the time, or maybe psyching myself up to finish something isn't always easy.  Sometimes I wonder if it isn't a hesitation to have it finished, and then I can't just look at it anymore because I usually give it away.

I did complete two knitted objects last week, though.  I got the handwork on the scarf done, and also finished knitting a cowl/hood made from baby alpaca yarn.  When I started it, I wasn't sure who it would go to, but ultimately I decided to keep it.  Truthfully it got done because I knew we were getting some really cold weather coming, and must admit I absolutely love wearing it!

The pattern is called The Twizzle and Lace Scarf by Laura Battermann.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Where Did October Go?

I don't know what you're busiest month of the year is, but mine is definitely October.  When I say busy, I don't mean doing all of the creative things I love, either.  Sigh.  Don't get me wrong--I love my job, but October usually means at least two out-of-town trips spilling over the to weekends and at least one weekend devoted to Homecoming where I work.  Not at all conducive to accomplishing my list of things to make.  Well, it's over, so now I can get back to my list of "Things to Get Done Before Thanksgiving or Christmas."

Did do a little knitting today in between meetings I had to run.  Hope to get more done soon!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pillow Cases

Part I:
When I went north to see my Mom this summer, I bought four pillow case kits to make for the grands.  The twins get butterfly prints that are coordinating, but not the same.  Those are done.  Also got Mr. O one done for Halloween.  That's a BIG deal at his house, so thought it would work.  Also got some animal print fabric for a second one for him.  My problem now is Miss V.  I bought a kit, but I really don't like the fabric.  Think I'll be making it up, but giving it to a store to donate to the pillow case challenge.  Tomorrow's goal--to go through my stash and find something purple and blue that I know Miss V will like!

Part II:
Miss V was easier than I thought she would be--found some dragonfly fabric she actually picked out when she went with me on quilt store shop hop in June '13. Now all six are completed.  From left to right they got to Miss V, Miss E, Miss K, not sure, and the last two for Mr. O.  He has to play catch-up as the girls have been around longer to get more pillow cases!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Miss K's dress is ready

It's August and that means school is just around the corner.  When Miss K was here for Grandma Camp, she picked out a t-shirt fabric that has flowers and butterflies embossed on it for her first-day-of-school dress.  I'd made the pattern for her earlier, but as a top, so it needed a little extra to get the right length. I used my handy-dandy Accuquilt 2.5" strip cutter to cut a couple of strips, sewed them together, serged the seam, hemmed and then attached to the dress with my gathering foot.  I really love the fusible 1/2" knit tape from to put around the hems for the sleeves and the neckline.  I can't wait to see her later this week to see how she likes it.

PS  I got Miss E's second pair of capris done, too.  They're shamrock green and go with the top I made her during her Grandma Camp.  This may be a record--two outfits in a single day!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Getting Miss V Ready for Her First Day of School

It's that time of year again--getting close to back to school.  I'm excited because I've done more sewing earlier this year than in a long, long time!  The dress on the left is Miss V's first-day-of-school dress, which has become a tradition.  She picked out the pattern and the two fabrics, and as always, her taste is impeccable!  I've also made her a top and capris. The top is a turquoise and white zebra print and the capris are the turquoise, both in knits.  I really love sewing for her as she is so appreciative of each and every outfit!

Friday, June 27, 2014


The summer school class is over and I'm finally free to turn on my creative side.  I have so many different projects I want to do between now and September!  I've already started sewing for the granddaughters and I've been doing some knitting as well. I'm going to take a class in Portuguese knitting soon--it looks like a great technique to use when knitting ribbing or doing a lot of purling.  One of my projects is to knit face clothes for each of the grands.  Have two done and two to go.  Actually I've started on the third one.  So much to do and so little time!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fixated on Socks

I figured by now I'd be knitting sweaters, but I got sidetracked.  I fought the urge to get into slippers and socks, but it didn't last.  Now I'm hooked.

Maybe I can blame it on Craftsy.  They had this free class on short rows, and the topic absolutely fascinated me!  When I was watching I was envisioning doing bust shaping, and then they mentioned sock heels.  That made sense, but I still wasn't hooked.

Next I was in a bargain bookstore, and guess what I found.  That's right, books on knitting socks.  I bought them because they were great books for less than $20 for the lot.  I read some and learned a lot, but I still wasn't hooked.

I was in Austin on business, and happened to visit Hill Country Weavers.  Now that's an amazing yarn store, let me tell you!  I was impressed, bought some really pretty fingering yarn, and decided to visit the website and bookmark them.  When I went to the website I happened to glance at the upcoming classes, and guess what I found.  A class that was on a Saturday that followed one I had to be in town for business anyway on knitting socks toe-up with short row heels using the magic loop method.  One of life's "meant to be" moments, for sure!

The picture above shows the finished product.  There really are two and I wear them as slippers all the time.  They are comfortable and wash well.  Since they're mostly wool, I don't stick them in the dryer.  Now I'm working on my first real sock-yarn sock using a merino and nylon blend on size US#2 (really small) circular needles.  The first sock is about finished.  It's a little bigger in the foot than I wanted, but it's a live and learn process.  I'll probably make its mate a little smaller, but I'll wear them with pride.  I'd love to make pairs for the grands for Christmas, which seems a long way off now, but truly isn't.  We'll see if this sock love affair lasts. . .but for now, I'm having a ball and I'm hooked!