Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It Happens

I spent all day unknitting a sweater. All of the basic body pieces were knit, with the ends sewn in. In fact I had even sewn the shoulder seams. I still had a very bulky collar to add, when I decided that it was just all too much. It's a chunky yarn. Lightweight, but probably too warm for a large bulky collar around my neck.

I just know that it would be too hot, and too scratchy. 
I do not like un-knitting. Especially with sewn in ends. I ended up having to cut out parts of the knitting. Those ends were tucked in, and they weren't coming out. I used a needle and tried to pick it out, but it didn't work. It is totally a waste of yarn, but it couldn't be helped. 

Isn't it funny how much the yarn matches the carpet in my sewing studio? It is "Glen", by Debbie Bliss. I already have another pattern picked out, One that is knit from the neck down, with very little sewing. That is perfect for me, as sewing knit pieces together is one of the things I do not like to do.

Even my partner, Rowan was bored. Unknitting is not fun for anyone. Right?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Little Lace Flashback

I know, I know. I've already blogged about this. In 2013. BUT, I haven't knit lace for a while and I thought this might give me a little pinch to give it a try again. 

This is Bee Fields, by Anne Hanson. A pattern designer that just knits perfection in yarn. My own humble opinion of course. I held on to the pattern for years until my skills caught up with this. It was still iffy. I used two lifelines at a time, and had to rip it out so many times that I threatened to run over it. It's still the favorite thing I have ever done. So much so that I never wear it, because I'm afraid something will happen to it.

What's the favorite thing that you have created?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Time To Baste This Quilt Top

I've spent the last week finishing the top of the Gypsy Kisses quilt. It is foundation pieced and hand appliqued. I'd say about half of each. I quite frankly was just fascinated with the construction technique. Applique is much easier for me than a lot of curved piecing.
In fact all of those lovely curves are just appliqued on top, and then the bright pink background is cut away underneath. It saves multiple layers to quilt through. I quilt by hand, so thinner layers are a very good thing. 

I still have a few days worth of quilting on Sugar Kisses to finish, and of course the binding. 

I have saved the last two weeks of my lovely Downton Abbey to watch with a cup of tea. I can't stitch while watching, and no interruptions please. I can't miss one bit of scenery or a glimpse of a beautiful glittery dress. What am I going to do without Downton? There's just nothing else like it. The manners, and the family, and the Britishness... Lady Mary, and Carson and the Duchess.  I think I'll have to go read Gone With The Wind again. It's my go to place when I need a little comfort... I'm turning off my phone.  Oh, and Goldfish. I think I better go buy more goldfish. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Yarn and Fabric Deprived

Oh, the trauma... So traumatic that I couldn't even write about it. My local yarn shop has closed. Forever. Gone. I don't know of another shop that is anywhere near where I live. At least not a full shop. One with lots of yarn. Yarn that you could knit a shawl from and at the same time choose yarn for a sweater or two. There is a very cute shop about an hour away that has some cute yarn for scarves, and a chunky shawl or two, but not really for sweaters. I can't order yarn online, unless I know exactly what it is. How can you select a weight, or feel how soft it is? Or even more importantly, how can you tell the true color? I've tried ordering yarn online, and that delicious raspberry color is in reality sort of mauvish. Not true clear raspberry. I'm a color snob. I can remember colors in my head. exactly. It's my super-power. Are you laughing? It's true!

So now, my favorite fabric shop is no more, (Thimblecreek, in Concord), and my favorite yarn shop (By Hand, in Sonora) is gone as well. I have a lot of fabric for the next project that I have planned. Stay tuned. What about the next big quilt that is calling to me?  I do not have any yarn for the next big projects that I want to knit. At all. Zip.

Here is the cowl that I knit. It's the last yarn that I bought in my forever yarn shop... I no longer remember the yarn that I used, nor the pattern. It was a kit. All I can tell you, is that the yarn is as soft as a feather, but still shows a lot of stitch definition. 

I apologize for the bad photos, but it's bucketing rain here, and it's very dark. Now I'm off to the tea kettle again for a refill. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy Camping

We have been talking about this for more than ten years. We've been to dealers and to two recreation vehicle "shows". Boy are they confusing... We found this model last year, but didn't buy one. A year of thought and Ta-Da --we are the owners of a brand spanking new fifth wheel. We don't actually have it yet. That will happen in about two more weeks.

It only sleeps four, but we have to haul it with our truck that only seats five or six. We also have two big Golden Retrievers who are soon going to join the happy campers club, and they will take up a seat or two in the truck. Hopefully our Grandchildren can come along on some of our trips, but they will have to take turns, I'm afraid. Anticipation will make the going more fun. Just think of the s'mores, and wildlife viewing that will happen. Board games and hikes... I could go on and on, but I'll spare you.

I have a lot of shopping to do, but I really don't know where to start. I know that I will need to be super organized, Storage boxes and label makers and be still my little OCD heart. Right? Plus I'm sure I will need a few decorative items. It's all sort of overwhelming, but we can't use it to take a trip without stocking all of those cupboards. 

Where should we go first?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sugar Kisses AGAIN

This is what is in my quilt hoop right now. Those of you who have read my blog in the past will think that you have seen this before, and you have... Theses next two photos are of the first one I made. I gave it to my Granddaughter. 

I don't blame you if you think you are very confused. The pattern is called Sugar Kisses, by Verna Mosquera.  Stitching two of the same quilt is difficult for me, as I'm easily bored.
  I applique and quilt by hand, so I'm slow. I'm giving this pattern to a friend, so I won't be tempted to stitch another. I'm keeping this one for myself. 

We had about four inches of snow last night, and I've spent my morning shoveling, in between cups of tea. 

And one last thing before I go. Isn't this the cutest sewing bag ever? I bought it at our local bookstore. Mountain Books, in Sonora, CA.. They have a lot of treasures...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Should I Or Not

I recently had a friend tell me that she misses my blog. I can't decide if I miss blogging... I guess I do miss being able to save a visual diary of my projects. It seems that I write the same thing over and over, but that's the nature of my quilting and knitting projects. I do a lot of hand work, and I have a lot of projects in the works at one time. So, even though it looks like I'm not making progress, I am. Maybe I should just work on one project at a time until it's completed, but I get tired and bored, so I don't think that's going to happen. 

 So, here's a quick update--

We went to Glacier National Park

We have a new Golden Retriever puppy. His name is Walter.

I went to Disneyland, twice since I've lasted posted.

I've had my quilt group here at least three times. I planted a vegetable garden. I've knit, and I've quilted, and I've been coloring in my coloring book, and I've worked on jigsaw puzzles, and I've read a lot of books. 

Alright. If you are still here, I'll just say that I may be back...