Sunday, April 19, 2015

Design Wall & On The Needles

It took some doing but I finally got April's Tiger Lilly block put together.  It is not quite like the designer's plan but it is as close as I was going to get.  I call it "making it my own" rather than "I just couldn't get mine to come out like hers."  I have gotten a little over half of the stitching done on this Deco Gardens block and still have to stitch the Gingerbread Man

And in-between cutting, fusing, and stitching I have been knitting.  Besides the two pair of socks I have going I have begun my tunic.  The pattern is basically easy but the yarn is turning out to be as brilliant as the picture indicated.  I have to keep going doing the stockinet stitch for 15 to 15.5 inches so it will be showing up for some time.  The good news?  This sweater does not have sleeves.  I hope to have more done by Friday. 

As usual I am linking with Patchwork Times X 2.  And I hope you all have a great week.  Gari

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Gingerbread Men and Deco Flowers


 It took me a while but I am finally working on my BOMs for April.  See that crease in the fusible: it came from a fold and is the fusible separating from the paper.  I was really annoyed but after I drew the pieces and cut them out it settled down.   

So, with a little hunting around for interesting fabrics, April's Gingerbread Man is ready for stitching.
So finally, here is my Design Wall.  All four of my Gingerbread Men, all together.  Someone on the Fat Cat Yahoo group asked if anyone was making these so I am going to share this picture to show that, at least so far, I am and I'm keeping up.

And then, after some knitting time, I got back to BOM work.  I have the yellow fabric fused to their pieces so now I need to finish the green pieces. You can see the picture of the Deco Garden's flower for April but, as always, my choice of fabric may make mine look a little bit different.
I will be linking with Patchwork Times and then back to work on my BOMs. With any luck I will have them both done soon so I can start something new. :-)
Have a great week,  Gari

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Socks, Socks, deSocks, and a Tunic

I am so pleased at how these socks are turning out.  The pattern is called Monkey Socks and can be found at Ravelry.  I like how the stitches lean back and forth.  Even though I know it happens  because of how the pattern is written, I still don't know how it happens. 

I'm not as far along with this pair.   They are the ones I am working on in the studio and I didn't go over there for two days this week.  But I still love this yarn and how bright these socks are going to turn out. 

And here, to my disgrace, are the socks I am ripping out.  They had really turned out nice but way too small.  So I let them sit for a little over a month and today I began the ripping process.  I'll probably do it a little at a time cuz I would rather be knitting than ripping .... wouldn't you?

And why would I even consider starting a new project?  Because I saw this tunic in a Lion Brand ad and couldn't resist.  (and no, this isn't me although I certainly wish it was)  Anyway, as soon as I saw the ad I printed out the pattern.  And then I decided I wanted it to look just like the one in the picture (only a little bigger) so I sent for this:

Isn't this a beautiful box? I love the colors and can hardly wait to get started. Of course this may slow down my sock knitting but I don't really need the tunic or the socks until next Fall so I can take my time and enjoy the knitting/yarn ride.

I will be linking with Patchwork Times on Friday and then I will be knitting, sewing, knitting, etc.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.  Gari

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Progress on all Fronts

My monkey socks are coming along even though I have had less knitting time this week: I am almost done with the third round. 

We finally got ready to move my cart to the bedroom, not an easy undertaking for two 70+s, both of whom have bad backs.  But after a few days of moving almost everything in the bedroom, we finally got it done.
Because of the strenuous work we were doing, and our ages, we took several breaks.  DH used his breaks to watch the movies he downloaded.  My breaks were to rest in the studio and begin a new pair of socks.  I really like this yarn, a hand dyed done by the owner of our recently closed yarn shop.  It is a soft yarn that feels very strong.  It is good to have a studio project again.  And I may even start a third pair since I now have my comfortable bedroom chair uncovered and ready for occupancy.   

I don't know how everyone else keeps their needles but I have found that mine are all over the place.  To make matters worse, as our LYS was closing everything was on sale and I tried to stock-up on whatever I thought I might need and that especially meant needles.  And of course that meant that my needle problem increased and I needed to figure out a solution.  I decided I wanted to get a small card catalogue: each drawer would hold a different size needle set(s).  However, card catalogues, whether small or large, are VERY EXPENSIVE.  Then last week I found this little chest of drawers.   
My plan is to segment the drawers by either 4 or 5 so I can have either 12 or 15 different sizes, each in it's own little space.  I am going to label each section and try to stay organized.

And on a clearly non-knitting note, today Taco Bell returned to our small town.  About 3 years ago the old one closed because the owner of the building wanted to raise the rent and wouldn't make needed repairs.  We have mourned the closing and today cheered the brand new building, new owners, and the tacos I like the best.
Friday I will be linking with Patchwork Times and then I will be sewing, knitting, sewing, and knitting all day long.  Hope you all have as much fun as I will be having.  Gari


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Design Shirt

This week was more of a knitting week and somewhat of a recovery from too much exertion.  Therefore I chose to work on something that allowed me to sit and yet find a sense of accomplishment.  This is a shirt that I have had for a couple years, wanting to put owls on it but not finding what was just right.  Then Artistic Thread Works came out with this set of owls and I knew they were perfect.  I don't like overdoing embroidery designs on one shirt so I like the front as is, just three and spread out.  The back, however, I am not sure is finished.  My original idea was to have 6 owls on the back but I stopped at 3.  The shirt is quite long and I feel that it is looking quite blank.  I would be interested in anyone's ideas about whether or not to fill in some of the space.


This afternoon we had a visitor.  I was in the studio starting a new pair of socks when I heard the dogs barking like crazy.  This happens pretty regularly but when they didn't stop I had to go out to see if someone was there and this is who I saw.  I watched him for quite some time and he only moved his head: looked toward us, away, and back again.  I think he thought he couldn't be seen if he stood still.

But then he decided that no one was coming for him and he just wandered away.  And as a parting gesture he crisscrossed at the end of the driveway driving the dogs to bark in a frenzy.  It was really funny and was the laugh of the day.

DH is on Spring Break this week and I have already scheduled a week of Spring Cleaning.  I started today in the studio and tomorrow we are going to be working toward rearranging the bedroom.  We brought home two large boxes to put possible giveaway things.  And, of course, there will be a lot of throw away stuff.  We have to do this because we ordered a new massage chair and it should be delivered the following week.  But rest assured I will also be spending quality time in the studio, stitching on my BOMs and prepping the new ones.

As usual I will be listing with Patchwork Times and then it is off to work I go.  Have a great week.  Gari

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Socks Started

Last weekend my daughter called and asked me if I would drive her to the doctor.  She has developed a sharp pain in her back and needed to find out what it was and what could be done to relieve her.  Knowing how long a wait I could anticipate I quickly grabbed some sock yarn, wound it into two balls and did my Judy's Magic Cast-on to get two at a time toe up socks started.  Later that evening I checked my many sock patterns for one I had been seeing on the Facebook page Addicted to Sock Knitting.  The one I came up with was Monkey Socks that I had been seeing online.  I have never followed a pattern well, difficulty following directions has always been a problem with me, but everyone said this was an easy and fun pattern so I printed it out and got ready to start.  On these socks I have completed one 11 row round and despite several problems, always on the first sock, they seem to be coming out all right.  I can't remember what the yarn is but will try to find the band before the next showing, but it feels like cotton (not) and is soft to the touch. 

The funny thing was watching people watch me knit.  They commented on the "tiny" needles and asked what those two little nubs (beginning toes) were going to be.  Then they just stared at me as I knit.  Nothing like being on display while you are knitting.  However I was the only person in the waiting room that brought something to occupy myself while I waited.  Interesting.

Then I thought I would share one more time my bright green, etc., socks and how they look on my feet.  This was taken while I was waiting for DH to finish his antiquing last weekend.  And I am wearing them again today as here in the Deep South it is cool and my feet were getting cold.  I figure I will be packing up my socks pretty soon but the weather is encouraging me to keep them out a while longer.  No problem.

I hope everyone has a fun weekend.  DH is on Spring  Break for the next week so we will be moving furniture and doing a little spring cleaning. Since I have become somewhat disabled he is doing more and more of the heavy cleaning but I plan to be in there doing what I can.  And when we work together it is work and fun with lots of laughs along the way.  Gari

I am linking with Patchwork Times' On the Needles post for this week.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Off the Wall Finishes

For the last couple of weeks I have been working on this little wall hanging to give to DH for his 74th birthday - today.  The design was created by Denise of Jusquiltin.  This picture was taken when I had pinned the sandwich together, ready for quilting with my DSM.

 I enlarged the above photo of the finished/quilted piece hoping that the quilting would show better (will take another picture this week when the sun is out).  Anyway I used the built in stitches on my machine to finish this piece: wavy lines going up from the tub to show the steam from the hot water, waves on the tub, a feather stitch on the duck, etc. 

I wanted the lip of the tub to look like stenciling, something I have never tried.

And here are the waves on the tub itself.  I made this wall hanging to hang on the door of DH's bathroom as he is a tub person and can spend hours reading in the tub.

My next project was this mug rug.  I received it in an exchange but even though it is well made it had not been quilted. If I were going to hang it on a wall it probably wouldn't have been a problem but I use mug rugs all of the time.  Thus I had to quilt it.  I stippled the bug background and then stitched around each of the dots on the bug's back.  Wavy lines and feather stitches were used on the stripes.  I also put a black dot in each of the hand appliqued dots, just to be sure that when this is washed everything stays together.  And now it is sitting beside my chair, waiting for my next cup of coffee.

 As I said, today is DH's birthday.  I took him out to eat and then we did some antiquing.  The only thing I saw that I wanted was this hand made horse that I thought would look great on our deck.  He is about 6' long and carries a real full sized saddle.  However DH didn't think I needed a $600 6' rocking horse so I had to leave it there
Here is DH showing off one of his other gifts, a Jeep t-shirt.  He loves his Jeep (it is the third one he has bought over the years).  And the logo is 1941 when Jeep started for WW II and when DH was born.  Cool that Jeep honors his birth year, right?  Anyway I got him the shirt, a Jeep folding chair, and a Jeep decal to put on his Jeep.  Doesn't he look like a happy man?
My other finish this week was this pair of socks.  I have really enjoyed knitting them as the colors are bright and so very random.  I wore them today because it was a little cooler than it has been but I doubt they will get a lot of use until next winter.

And this picture is for Wanda of Exuberant Color.  She has been an inspiration to me in the Christmas cactus department as I have never been able to keep one alive until recently.  But this is my 3 year old cactus, blooming like mad.  The 2 year old is healthy but no blooms are there.  And the 1 year old, in the kitchen, also is healthy but no blooms.  All my hanging plants went back out on the deck this week and these three will be going out tomorrow. I am really happy that Spring is finally here.  We are having warm weather and Spring rains, just what we need to keep everything green and alive.
I will be linking with Patchwork Times on Monday and Esther Aliu's blog on Wednesday.  Have a great week everybody.  Gari