Thursday, November 20, 2014

Needles Still Clicking

crop sweaterI am pleased to show my progress on the cropped sweater, which is not going to be cropped.  I have a long way to go to get to the bottom so I may be at this for quite a while.  I am looking at the sleeves to see if I can do the in the round rather than flat.  I’m still shying away from seaming.

I did sign up for a Craftsy class that has a lesson on seaming.  I have viewed it once and will be looking at it again next week so I can finish off my completed cardigan.  Those pieces have been hanging around for a few weeks now and really need to get together.



sleep socksMeanwhile I have been somewhat diverted by a new project, sleep socks requested by DH.  He has not asked for anything knitted so I was excited to be able to do these for him.  The pattern is from Very Pink.  I did make a change in the toes.   She called for the provisional cast on but I really like Judy’s Magic Cast on better.  I just can’t seem to do a good job with the provisional so I chose to do it differently.  The heels are done with short rowing.  Now all I have left to do is get the leg part long enough.  On my socks I like the leg to stop shortly after the ankle but DH wants a long leg so it is 2 x 2 rib for several more rows.  I should have these done before the next freeze hits here.









taco soupFor our below freezing evening this week I made  crock pot taco soup.  Every time I make it it is different according to what ingredients I have on hand and every time it turns out great.  And it was perfect on a 25F night.

























white Christmas CactusAnd lastly my white Christmas Cactus is really blooming.  Last year I got nothing but this year it is covered by buds and this one open double flower.  So I guess we are already started decorating for Christmas.

Today I begin my 10 days of DH 24/7.  He is retired but continues to teach 3-5 classes a semester.  However they get Thanksgiving week off and then 3 weeks off around Christmas.  This means that we will be having a lot of 1 on 1 time:  whoopee!  I guess it’s that level of excitement that has kept us together for almost 54 years.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody and keep warm.  Gari

Linking with Patchwork Times.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Reorganization

sewnMy design wall does not change much these days but I am beginning to sew my blocks together.  By this time next week I hope to have several more together and maybe even a flimsy.


















moving stuffI spent several days moving furniture out of this area while I prepared to move 3 white bookshelves in.



























bookcase through the doorwayThen I emptied a bookshelf in the room next door and began moving it into the cutting and knitting room.  You may notice that there is not a lot of wiggle room to slide this piece of furniture through.


























narrow passageAnd the space didn’t get any bigger as we moved along.  I should explain that I had by this time moved all my fabric stash out of the former storage areas so it was filling the cutting table, a couple of laundry baskets, and an executive office chair …… with some overflowing.






















started filling-tabel half cleared  I finally got that shelving unit in place while DH built two more new sets and all three were finally in the room on Friday.  The began the task of putting the fabric on the shelves.  You may be able to see that I have uncovered almost half of the cutting table.









so farAnd I am slowly filling up all the space.  I put all the batiks in the first section.  Oh, my,they almost glow.  The rest are being filled with quilter’s cotton.  Every time I move from room to room I try to carry a small pile of fabric. 

At the rate I am going I should have it all on the shelves by 2015,  that is if Bonnie Hunter’s mystery doesn’t take up all my time in December.  Winking smile  But really, I still have about 5 shelves worth of fabric still sitting in the other room, waiting for me to make bunches of trips so I guess I better get busy. 
Gari


As usual I am linking with Patchwork Times.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lots of Needles

still in partsThis is a picture of my temporary failure.  I have been unable to figure out how to mattress stitch the sleeves onto the body of the sweater I had hoped to have done by the end of October.  I have tried several times but pulled the yarn out when the sides didn’t come together right.

I am now on a hunt for a good video that will show how to attach the sleeves for an almost seamless seam.  Know of one?




new sweater startedMeanwhile I have started a new sweater. It’s a free pattern from from Lion Brand Yarns and called a Cropped Raglan Sweater.  I saw it in a video tutorial by VeryPink.com.  This is a top down sweater with the sleeves built in.  Like Staci and Very Pink Knits, I plan to lengthen the body and sleeves, crop tops do not look good on me.









yarn label This is the yarn I am using.  I bought it last summer and wound all the balls today so I am ready to get this one completed. I hope! 













On Monday I will be sharing what I have been doing other than knitting, and it isn’t even quilting.  But I have been busy and I have been using my time wisely. 


Meanwhile I am linking with Judy’s On the Needles post on Friday.  And after you check out the creations linked to her post, have a great weekend!  Gari

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Progress (?)

16 patchesMy design wall is pretty much the same today as it was last week.  I have sewn a couple more sets for blocks and have even sewn one block together.


















unsewnI decided I needed to begin cutting up the chenille.














block sewnAnd that led me to decide that I needed to sew one block together to get a true measurement and then began cutting.  I only have a few of the chenille blocks cut but we are well on our way to seeing a quilt top.

I have been really slow on the quilting front both because I have been knitting a lot and I have ALL of my fabric on the cutting table, chairs, and the floor waiting for the new shelves to be built.  We did buy two sets of shelving, I already had one almost ready to move into the studio, so I hope that sometime next week I will be able to get at least some of the fabric off the cutting table and clear some work space.

I did spend some time collecting fabrics for the Bonnie Hunter New Year’s mystery.  I changed the colors a bit and next week I will share what I am planning to use: I can’t get a picture until I can lay it out on the cutting table.  Disappointed smile

Monday I will be without a car as mine has to go to the “car hospital.”  One day last week I got in the car and there were lights on the dash I had not seen before.  As we were going down the road, and discussing what those lights might mean, I tried to engage the cruise and nothing happened.  I figured a fuse had blown but it turned out a “sensor” had died and needed to be replaced.  It also had to be shipped to the parts department.  It arrived late Friday and will be installed tomorrow.  I will be glad to get it fixed as I really like having the cruise working and I love having the car available.

Meanwhile Monday morning will be spent cleaning and maybe even taking some time to watch one of the Craftsy classes I have purchased.

As usual I will be linking with Patchwork Times and I expect you to check in there to see what everyone there has been working on. Winking smile  Then have a great, fun and creative week.  Gari

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Finish, An Almost Finish, and a Beginning

sleeves done & new socksI almost have a sweater: the sleeves are done and ready to be put on.  And, like with almost everything I do, I am stalling because I am afraid it won’t look good.  But I know I can’t just have two sleeves lying around like loose body parts so I guess I will be sewing them on the body this weekend.

And also there in the picture is the yarn for my next socks.




small startI guess this is a pretty small start but you have to start somewhere and here I have the cast-on and the set-up row for the toes.  I have been using larger needles for the last couple of weeks so my hands are having to adjust to how small these are.  Always a challenge.









pockets almost doneI started working on the pockets and have them almost ready, also.  You know, I may just have a sweater before the end of the month.








doneBut while I wait on that finish I must show today’s finish.  These are the softest socks I have made.  They are the only reason I am looking forward to cooler weather.  Be right back















morning napNow, if anyone is looking for good help around the house I can recommend these two.  This was the scene when I got out of the shower earlier this week.  I guess they got tired of waiting for me.  And they didn’t even make up the bed!
























My plans for the weekend are to finish my pockets and begin mattress stitching the sweater parts together.  I also plan on buying two bookcases as part of my new wall of fabric:  I must get all that fabric off of the cutting table so I can get going on quilting projects.

And I hope your plans are to check out other people’s knitting projects over at Patchwork Times.    Gari

Monday, October 13, 2014

Creativity is Happening

16 patchesMy Design Wall continues to grow at a slow pace but grow it does.  These are still now sewn together: they are sewn in sets of two only.  I decided to not sew the full blocks together until I have as many as I need and I have them moved around as much as needed to be balanced. 













IMG_3807I still have these to sew together and I will be cutting more black on white and, as I start refolding my stash to put it in it’s new shelves, I may cut more of the brighter fabrics as I think I am going to need more of these blocks.




























chinnele #2I have decided that I am going to pair the above blocks with this chenille.  I bought this bedspread several months ago to use in a quilt but right now I am thinking “jacket.”  That means that I have to make at least three to four yards of “fabric” for jacket pieces.  I may be at this for quite some time.  Be right back
























upcoming redworkI am also working on an embroidery project.  This is my test piece but the real one (1 of 10) will be red work. 

I am also hoping to do a couple of new embroidered t-shirts.  I sometimes forget how much I enjoy embroidery but right now I am kind of wanting something new to wear.  Laughing out loud























rain forest  This afternoon we had RAIN.  I posted on Facebook that it looked like we were living in a rain forest.  And right now we are waiting for a really big storm to come through.  It should get here later tonight, after we go to bed, so I am hoping that I will sleep right through it. 

Of course I am still knitting but I will report on my progress (and there has been some) on Friday. 

Have a great week and be sure to drop in on Judy to see all the beautiful work others have been doing.   
Gari

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Almost Off the Needles

end of the yarnHere we have the progress I have made this week.  And we can see that I am about to stop making progress.  The loose yarn on the top is all that is left: and I still had at least 20 more rows to go.

So off to the internet I went to see if Webs had more of the closeout yarn I had ordered.  And, no, they did not. 


IMG_3801So, after much thought and creative thinking, I decided on this gold heather.  It will be a band at the top of the sleeve and also will be the color of the patch pockets.  I am also thinking of doing a little duplicate stitching to help reinforce the idea that I planned to use the gold all the time.









correct colorThis picture is a true representation of the colors.



















IMG_3784And I am almost done with these socks.  I like the upper part to be pretty short so it will only go about 2” more and then a very elastic bind off.



I also wound yarn for a new pair of socks so I should have them on needles this weekend.



















stash movingAnd in between knitting bouts I was moving fabric.  I have emptied one bookcase and have started on the second.  I also emptied several small bins of “quilting junque” so I could put them and the shelves that came with them into a yard sale for dog rescue.  All of this activity is so I can change everything around in the studio.  What fun we are going to have !?!     Gari

Linking to Patchwork Times.