Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Clear the Decks!

 The boys' room was emptied, cleaned and rearranged. 
 Bill did come in to offer assistance (muscle!) for getting the bed turned around.  
 Lena was quite interested in the work we were doing. 
  She dislikes the vacuum and the broom is not appreciated either. 
  As soon as they were put away, she came in for a visit!
When the furniture was settled and the walls ornamented, 
I covered the seat of this yard sale chair Bill had in the shed. 
 It is nice and soft and just right for a bedroom.  
The nightstands are out of storage, too,
 but one was in need of repair so I will see them by the end of the week.

I find hard work to be very therapeutic.  How about you?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Give Me a Minute, Please...

 Sweet socks for youngest grand child are finished, this is from the leftover Pairfect sock yarn.
I knit this on 48 stitches, 2.5mm needles. 
 We've had a few chilly mornings that he could've used these,
 though he is such a warm body, he wouldn't have left them on long!
Now this one is also knit over 48 stitches but it is a man's size 10 sock in worsted weight yarn, not fingering!  I also used a #4 needle;  these are for my Dad who is experiencing cold and snow in CNY!
I am going to make him some socks from fingering weight also but I had to weight for the yarn order to come and so I will make these ASAP .  
Saturday was our first morning for a fire-it wasn't completely necessary 
but desired for a celebration of our last morning with our grandsons.
 Their 'extended vacation' has drawn to a close;  
we savored the slow with snuggles and all too soon we headed out for their parents.  
I  finished E's socks once there-I only had a 1/4" and the bind off!
We were able to stay and help unpack and settle all their belongings in their room, etc.
It was a great transition for all of us.

I worked on Dad's sock on the way home. 
 Life will be different for us again. 
Bill says it's an empty nest adjustment all over again!
 Life's always about adjustments.  
 What a simple sentence for a very complex set of emotions...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Face Lift

 I did a spontaneous double-take on this fabric and instantly saw it on my dining room chairs.
This set is old;  inherited from Bill's parents.
 I had a rough idea of the fabric needs and thought I had the foam measured out right.  
(I didn't but that comes later!)
 When I pulled the seat off the chair and pulled the staples from the cover, 
I was quite surprised to see another layer underneath!  
The velvet was disintegrating and the padding was so discolored and musty!
  You've served your time;  goodbye!
This fabric is typical of the 1940's and I have even seen another chair at a friend's and she concurred the time frame.   
Since that was when his parents married, 
we assumed the set was from then.  
 I am thinking much earlier now!  
  
 The chair seats are of solid mahogany-no pressed plywood these!  
The wood is still in great shape and no splits or warping.  
 (I wish I had treated it with wood oil before I covered them again!)
 I traced a pattern......cut out my fabric,
 cut out the batting to cover the foam and then cut out the foam.  
Covering chairs is easy in this case;  no sewing but there is a lot of muscle-
in both pulling staples and real tacks 
(the small black kind most of you will remember if you are over 50! lol) . 
 Also a lot of picking up and turning over to unscrew the seats with the drill 
and then reverse the order to put it all back together again! 
 It is so worth it to have the dining room get a face lift! 
 I will show you the whole room when I finish the other two chairs! 
Remember, I said more on that-yeah, I ran out of the foam
 but we will stop and pick some more up today so I can finish them!)
  (I'm pretty sure there is enough to do a table runner, too!  Yippee!)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Another 'Silver Shawlette' in Teal

 The shawl with its modifications is completed!
How light and airy it is with fingering weight yarn instead of the DK handspun yarn I used for the first shawl!
 Right off the needles it looked a bit wrinkled and stubby.
 Blocking sure works magic on a lace shawl!  This blocks out to 14" deep and 7' long (6' in the crescent shape to fit on my blocking board!)
 I didn't decrease at the leave tips but kept the stitch count high to make the shawl longer.  I also made a seamless change  to the body of the shawl by using garter stitch for the short (long !) rows to 'fill' in the body of the shawl-remember this is knit bottom up!
  I also added a yarn over edge to the top of the shawl.
I can't wait to wear this shawl-it is a perfect weight to bridge the weather from hot to a bit more moderate in our Autumn.  

I did use just a bit over one skein of KnitPicks Chroma Fingering yarn on size 7 needles.  There is enough yarn left in the skein to make a pair of socks, no problem!  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Studio Called

 Orange blocks cut out and one sewn for the LeMoyne Star quilt.  There are nine block of orange so one down!
I moved the rows over like this so I could use more room on the design wall.  I only need some grey blocks when I finish the orange and then I can begin to think about organizing their layout! 
 I needed room so I could lay the log cabin triangles out  to get a feel for how the colors would play to give me a pleasing pinwheel secondary pattern.  This is only a test so I can figure out the size and rows, etc;  I think I need 10 more blocks at least and I think I will make it with the reds being in shortest supply!  I have a back up plan , though! lol
Here's a cute project I came across from Emblibrary.com if you have a machine that embroiders, too.
These are made of felt-I will make a bunch for the grands....

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunshine in a Bush

 These blossoms remind me of orchids but they are Cassia!
 The whole bush is covered with a dense cover of these 2" blooms.
 The bush is 15" of sunshine!
I see them out my front door and the front yard is brightened with this radiant color!

Monday, November 13, 2017

I'm Here!

 New sweater knit is progressing nicely-
this is the left front worked up to the armhole-now ready for some decreasing for there
 and the V-neck edge.  
Lovely yarn and interesting pattern. 
 (Drift)
 New to the needles is Shale which knits up quickly on larger needles
 and will most likely find itself in the dyepot  upon completion
 since the natural is too white for my likes but we will see.
And this completed top is destined for some sleeves! 
 It is a beautiful yarn of Merino and Angora so it is warm-
not so great for summer but just right for our winters if it only had some 3/4 length sleeves. 
 I will be picking up the yoke stitches and knitting down for the sleeves.
  Because I think I can.....

Clear the Decks!

 The boys' room was emptied, cleaned and rearranged.   Bill did come in to offer assistance (muscle!) for getting the bed turned ar...