Sunday, November 17, 2013

Still Catching Up

My babies-Lisa and ToddOn Saturday our youngest children became 45.  They were so cute. 

Lisa at 45 (2)
Todd at 45

But these were the pictures they posted of each other on Facebook.  I blame it on their spouses.  Angel

This is what is on my Design Wall, my fish from Fat Cat Patterns.  I think I am up to date, or maybe there is one more, I’ll have to finished fishcheck.  I know there are 11 there but I did one twice, by accident, so it doesn’t count.  I guess I will need to go through my patterns to see which one didn’t get made.  Crying face

fusible drawingI thought I’d show how I draw my fusible pieces.  On the big piece, the outside line is the fish.  Inside that line are smaller pieces that go with this fish.  After I get it all drawn I cut about 1/4” inside that outside line and that leaves me all that inside fusible to use.  Usually I will also “window” the medium pieces but when I was doing this fish I was so eager to see it complete I forgot.  Tisk, tisk.

Nov fishAnd here he is in all his glory.  When I first went fabric hunting, I was thinking of doing him in blue.  I pulled 7 different fabrics but they just did not want to be a fish.  About that time the darker purple started yelling from it’s shelf.  The other two chimed in and we had a purple chorus  and then a fish.

blocking slippersI finished these angora slippers and they are now on the blocking forms.  They are kind of funny looking (one at least) but it was an experiment.  The second one looks more like the picture on the pattern.  But I’ll bet they both will feel soft and warm.

back to sockAnd today I finally got back to this sock.  This is the one I had started, on bamboo needles, when one of my sweet puppies found it.  By the time she had played with it the yarn was in tangles and four of the needles were like broken matchsticks.  I put it all aside until last week when I spent 3 hours untangling the yarn and then today I began knitting it again.

steel needlesI am, however, using new needles.  I found these steel needles recently and I really like them.  They are sturdy, of course, but they are not slick.  I only bought the one set but there may be others in my future.

Now I am going to get some sleep so I can get busy finishing up these projects and be ready for Bonnie’s mystery quilt later this month.

Have a great week,  Gari


Lois (AKA Onnie) said...

Your fish are beautiful! I love applique!

Lori said...

yes, blame the spouses, because that look was NOT inherited through genetics! love the funky fish. I love to see what everyone knits, because I don't-- I think it takes LOTS of talent.

Jessica said...

I resemble that remark!

Kate said...

Happy birthday to your kids. They both look like they know how to have fun.

Your fish are a swimming in success, they look great.

Sue Daurio said...

Love the before and after of your kids, looks like a whole bunch of fun around your house. Fishies look great.

Michelle said...

It's been quite a while since I visited Fat Cat Patterns -- now I'm off to look for the owls and fish! Great tip for using the fusible -- I'm going to try that next time.

Bonnie said...

Love the before and after pics of the kids. Hum, I might suggest there is a bit of genetics going on -- look how they both kwirked their smiles the same way. Thanks for the info on the adhesive. I bet that helps keep the appliqué soft.