Friday, September 19, 2014

Knit one, Pearl one, Pearl, Pearl, Pearl

9 12 inches frontsTalk about lack of knitting excitement.  This is my two sweater fronts at 9 1/2” with only 17 1/2” to go.  It is 1x1 rib and then pearl back over and over and over again so it is not hard, except when I get off on the 1x1 and have to rip out 3 rows, but with 106 stitches between the two fronts, it doesn’t go very fast.

Can you see that little orange marker in the lower left corner?  When I started doing the two fronts together I got confused as to which one I left off with.  So I have them hooked together so they almost knit as one.  This has made the process much easier and kept them even.

toes doneI finally got back to my new socks and got the toes done.  I am now ready to just knit on the foot part (yes, I know it is called the instep but to me it is just the foot part as opposed to the toe, heel, ankle/leg).  This yarn is very soft so I plan on having very warm feet this winter no matter what the weather.

tire planterSo for a little color I thought I would add this little vignette from our deck.  The chair is one or two we got at an arts festival in Fairhope, AL a couple of years ago.  They are really comfortable.  We bought some several years ago and wore them out so were really happy to see this family owned business still going.

The bright yellow/orange planter was purchased last weekend on our Flea Market trip in FL.  It is made from a golf cart tire.  For some reason I was impressed by this recycling use and also I had the perfect plant to put it in.  We needed a little color on our deck and this was just the thing.

Today I am taking it easy as I seem to have pulled two ribs apart and have a very painful left side.  DH bought me an elastic band to hold my ribs together but it doesn’t help much when I either cough or sneeze.  Also I have found that shallow breathing is tiring to do over an extended period of time.  That said, my hectic plan for this weekend is to spend a great deal of time knitting.

I hope everyone has a great weekend (share with me, please) and I am, as usual, linking with Patchwork TimesGari

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quilting Slowly

off the floorBut I am about half done and the end is off the floor, something I get very excited about. 

front quiltingI love how the quilting shows so clearly on the colored pieces and then seems to melt into the black and white strips.  Close up all of the quilting shows but the mistakes do not.  Isn’t that great?

labelThis is the label for this quilt.  I didn’t put my name on it because it is a charity quilt and most places don’t want the quilt maker’s name on it. 

2 12 inch GO cutterThis is kind of funny looking, isn’t it?  Can you guess what it is?

It is the 2 1/2” Go die and mat.  I really didn’t think this was something I would want but recognizing that I really don’t enjoy cutting fabric, and that I am planning on making more kids charity quilts which frequently use 2 1/2” strips, I decided this was a more worthwhile purchase than I had previously thought.  Anyway, it arrived this week and although I haven’t had time to use it yet, I am very pleased with it.  Do you see those black lines?  They are there to set fabric on to cut at different degrees for different shapes.  Doesn’t this seem like fun?

yard sale bootyAnd here is my excuse for not getting any more done.  We spent all day Friday chasing the Flea Across Florida trail.  It seemed like a great idea but several of the sites were either not there or we couldn’t find them.  Now understand that we traveled the less populated route, which was a very pleasant ride, and never did get to the city areas.  But I have the names and addresses of several antique sites that we can visit at another time.  Anyway, we did buy this sculpture and the tomatoes (great for BLTs) and some other things I will try to have pictures of next Friday.

Be sure to stop by on Friday when I share my knitting.  And before then click on over to Patchwork Times to see the artwork of other quilters.  Have a great week, Gari

Thursday, September 11, 2014


IMG_3700Anyone remember this picture?  It was on last weeks knitting post where I gleefully announced that I thought the back was finished.

 Now, here is the real back, finally finished.  Can you imagine how I felt when I finally read the pattern and found that I had miles and miles of knitting to do before the back was finished?  But now it is bound and waiting for the next parts to join it.

sleeve startedSo I started on the first front.  I would have liked to work two at a time but each side takes 53 stitches and my needles won’t hold that many.  

IMG_3719I have started up the leg on my gray socks: I will only go up about 3” before binding off so it shouldn’t take too long.

new socksIn fact I was so excited about getting the above done that I started a new pair.  This yarn (no I don’t know what it is) is so soft it is almost difficult to knit.  But I am looking forward to wearing them when it turns cold here.

moon over studioDid you see the beautiful moon last week?  I took this picture as it was headed over our trees.  I call this picture “Moon Over My Studio.”

I hope that by next Friday I will have my gray socks done, one side of my sweater close to finished and the new socks ready for heels.  If that is the case I have a new project I am wanting to try.  Always a good idea to have something on the ready.

Now, have a great weekend.  We have plans both for being busy and getting some rest so we better get started.    Gari

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Frame Up

My design wall was used this week to put together the backing for my latest charity quilt.  The rows are 2” wide and each piece are various lengths.  I love the cat fabric at the top and the blue fabric is a Christmas theme which also runs sideways.  I figure that each of them will give the recipient something special/fun to look at.

IMG_3706Then today everything got loaded on the frame.

IMG_3703And the quilting has begun.  I am using Glide in both the needle and bobbin and all is going well.

IMG_3704The quilting design is something I saw in a video on The Quilt Show Weekend newsletter:  Angela Walters.

IMG_3705I first drew this on a white board, boy did it look awful.  However I have learned that I quilt better than I draw so I plunged ahead.  I only have 2/3rds of the first row done but I feel I will finish soon.

And I even got the label done but forgot to take a picture so I will post it next week.

And, if you read my “on the needles” posts, you will want to catch next Friday’s post where I will be sharing the “funny on me” joke.

As usual I will be linking with Patchwork Times and then I hope everyone will be having a great week.  Gari

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Knit One, Pearl One

IMG_3700Look, I have the whole back of my sweater done, I think.  I am knitting it in the studio and found that I had left the pattern in the house so I will be rereading it after I write this to be sure.  If so I will be binding it off tomorrow and casting on one of the front pieces.  They will go faster since they are just a little over half of the back.  I still can’t get over how thick this sweater is going to be: it will surely keep me warm in the winter.

IMG_3701I also just finished the heel on my gray socks so I am starting up the ankle and will be finished with these soon,

IMG_3699And I did go out and buy some bright sock yarn along with some more fall-like yarn.  I would have started a new pair of socks except that the battery in my scale died and I keep forgetting to get a new one but it is now on our “to do” list for tomorrow.  Then I will be weighing the balls and then split them by weight so I can start my next two toe up socks.

I also have two new washcloths which I knitted while I was waiting at the doctor’s office this week.  It was interesting that I was the only one there who brought something to do.

And now it is time to close this and get busy on a quilt back that has been yelling at me to finish.  So have a great weekend and I’ll see you Sunday.   Gari

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Slowly Moving Along

IMG_3694I have moved this charity quilt to the frame where it is resting, waiting for me to make the backing.  I can’t remember if I told you the name I have chosen, it is “Nothing is All Black and White.”

IMG_3695I started on the backing but made some mistakes.  Here is where I sewed two pieces of fabric to one piece, not planned: I had done one full seam and half of the second when I noticed there were the two fabrics stuck together.  So I started to unsew the seam and then saw that I had done the same thing with the preceding seam.  It was then that I decided that I was feeling somewhat frustrated and needed to stop what I was doing and spend some time peacefully knitting.

xxThis is my plan for the backing.  Each row will be 20” and the colored pieces will be randomly placed.

Happy HalloweenI did get one finish for August.  This little wall hanging was made last year but I didn’t get around to binding it until this last week.  I have a table runner that also needs binding but I seem to have run out of black fabric.  Oh, my, I guess I need to go fabric shopping.  Embarrassed smile  Oh, I got this pattern from Rhonda at Ravelly1.

Tomorrow I will do some unsewing, resewing, and sewing to hopefully get my charity quilt up on the frame.  I really feel like doing some quilting.  But for sewing/quilting breaks I will be knitting: I am almost done with the back of my new sweater.  I hope to be on to one front piece by the time we meet again on Friday.

Meanwhile I am linking with Patchwork Times and I hope you have a great week.  Gari

Friday, August 29, 2014

Knitting My Life Away

back is coming alongI am growing more and more excited about this sweater.  I am only about 10” in on the first piece but I am loving the texture as well as the lavender heather yarn.  I am enjoying this so much that I have abandoned my brown sweater (lots of mistakes) and now plan to rip it out and start over, later.  I really don’t mind since I am enjoying the act of knitting so much.

wrong sideAnd don’t you love the “wrong side” of this piece?  I am trying to figure out how to use it on the right side, maybe as a band on the sleeves.  I am thinking that I can knit both sleeves at the same time and thus there is a better chance they will be the same length.  Smile with tongue out

almost to the heelsI haven’t neglected my gray socks: I am almost ready to do the heels.  Once I have that done I will go ahead and get the bright yarn for the next pair cuz I only do short legs and cuffs so these will be done quickly.  Or I may just get more needles and start the others right away.  I would like to have socks going both in the house and the studio.

I got the results from the MRI and let me share one line I was “amused” by:  “There is diffuse disc desiccation and facet joint DJD compatible with age.”  That was really unnecessary, I think.  And I didn’t know what DJD means (will find out next week).  But the gist is that I have a pinched nerve due to disc bulges.  Now I just have to find out which of the several possibilities we can do to relieve me of this problem.  After that we will tackle the second of the three body breaking down problems that I have.  Sometimes it’s no fun getting old.  Shifty

Have a great Labor Day weekend.  We are celebrating being retired from paid labor while still able to labor in the fields for our Lord.   Gari

Linking with Patchwork Times.