Saturday, December 15, 2018

It's the Pits

 The boys have still been under weather;  the littlest back to the doctor's again even!
I have struggled to participate in my own life....But little by little each night I add a few stitches and finally, the sweater is complete!
I reversed the pattern and knit it  bottom up, this left a little bit of grafting under the arms is all.
Right to blocking so I can get to wearing it!
 I also alternated the cables to zig zag across the front 
and the back!
The sleeves turned out to be a perfect match to the rest of the sweater
even though they were made on the machine!
Now what sweater to make?  I have some sock yarn purchased for one but no idea of a pattern!
And this is what we did this week!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Blocked and Blocks!

 And then I went to the post office to pick this delivery up!
I turned to EBAY to replace my sewing machine that died.
 I bought a Designer Diamond Royale;  all the bells and whistles for the seamstress, quilter and machine embroiderer!
 The embroidery part of the machine is stored in this fancy case!
I immediately ran it through its paces and we are friends already!
I had the two textra Christmas quilt tops pieced in no time!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Plus Two

 I managed to cut two more quilts out from the bottom of the Christmas prints scrap bins;
one fo an adult and one for a child.  (I might have one more for an adult but I ran out of cutting out time!)
 After Will got home from school and Ethan woke up from his nap
we had fun doing a Christmas craft;
felt shapes cut out on the Accuquilt cutter and
and some glitter glue!!! 
 It was a sparkly hour of fun!

Monday, December 10, 2018

And Then There Were Three!

 Three little Christmas quilts finished and ready to deliver to the hospital.
 The little replacement sewing machine worked well enough, if a bit awkwardly for me!
I didn't realize how many movements in using my cadillac machine have become second nature!
All washed, dried and now folded up ready to go!
(There is another quilt on the design wall ( you can see it in the background of the first photo)
and if I can get it done this week, 
I will bring it along but if not completed by Saturday, I will let it wait until next year!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

A New Sock Saga

 Machine knitted socks!
I enjoyed a new kind of lesson for myself;
it helped to understand how a short row heel and toe were made!
 This is how the sock looks on hanging from the machine bed just before I took it off.
 And laid out as it comes off the machine-
all it needs is some finishing at this point.
30 mins from cast on at the toe until I bound it off at the top of the leg.
The socks have an inside seam so the second sock has a mirrored layout.
 This is how the seam side looks;
 and the toe has to be grafted to the top of the foot,
and the white waste yarn is unravelled and removed.
Ta da!
One pair of women's boot socks in worsted weight yarn!
The next pair will be for a man (after a little math!)
and all in one solid color to eliminate the extra tail ends!

Saturday, December 8, 2018


 First fire of the season! 
 So  glad to share it with the boys. 
They like throwing their pine cones into the fire to watch the colors and burst of flame!
It never grows old!
Keeping warm with OJ and adding my two pattern repeats each night, no matter what....

Friday, December 7, 2018

In a Bind

There was only 3" left of this backing fabric so I cut it close but I managed to quilt all three on this one piece of fabric! Ha!
See, one, two and three Christmas lap quilts all waiting for the next step!
I trimmed all the layers to match the top,
and dug in the stash to find fabric for bindings for all three.

And now disaster has struck-my fancy sewing machine has died.
I Googled the symptoms and the consensus was to get it to a repairman.
I called my 'local' tech who is more than an hour away, and she said it might be only $225 to fix if it is A but if it is B which is notorious for this model ,
you can take it to the dump.  
(and my machine is only 13 yrs old but for a computer that is ancient! lol) 
Ack!  Wail! 
So for now, I am using my little Eversewn Sparrow which is a scooter to my cadillac
 but better than nothing!
I will get to those bindings later today if I can!
(In between rocking, wiping fevered brows, fetching and cleaning up after popsicles 
 and , of course, there is the perpetual running of noses!  
If only I could spin snot into gold.....
Yes, both boys are sick, at the same time.  It has been a hard few days!)

It's the Pits

 The boys have still been under weather;  the littlest back to the doctor's again even! I have struggled to participate in my own l...