Monday, March 2, 2015

Socks Completed

I've been knitting socks on and off for about a year now.  Can't believe I took my first (and only) sock class in Austin last February.  Miss V and I have slippers, and I've made Misses K & E socks as well as Mr. O.  I must say that I've tried different techniques to do this and will probably explore some more soon, but the next pair is for me!  I finished the last two pair (Miss E this week and Mr. O in time for his February birthday) in the last three weeks.  

These two pair were done with self-striping yarn.  I used toe-up on magic loop technique.  The heels on both of these pairs were done using German Short Rows.  They still left small holes where the two short row sections come together, so on the next pair I'll try a different short row heel.  I bought the Fish Lips Kiss Heel sock pattern from the Sock Therapist on Ravelry. 

I must admit I have a weakness for sock yarn.  I think I have enough to make a dozen more pairs. I love using my Addi sock rocket needles to work these.  I like the extra length the needles have, and the sharper points really make some of the stitches much easier! 

Just one more thing--I'm actually finishing a belated Christmas present before I get to do my socks.  My daughter has been waiting patiently for it.

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 www.emmaseabrooke.com 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

Summer!

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!