Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Roping

 Might I mention that this is an incredibly wonderfully organic creative process!!!!!
The slightest angle on the row you are sewing and you can get a whole different look!
It is far less messy then the coiling we did in pottery class!
I love the subtle shading of the thread color.
And I tried to make different shapes for the 'holes' this time.
When there is only one, it shapes the rim asymmetrically which is interesting.
When you try to center a swirl on each end, it is a bit interesting to line them up
 but it makes both ends lift up and look like handles.
I am working on a graceful ending for the baskets, too. 
I am going to be making these for quite a while-
they satisfy the a lot of creative aspects with a relatively fast turnaround.
I love containers-and so do a lot of knitters-it must be that left/right brain balancing act!!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Feet on Floor!

I haven't felt like I was up to sewing the shoulders and pick up the button band stitches.
But I felt like I could last night.  
And then I promptly sewed both fronts on backwards.
I didn't discover it until I had started picking up stitches on the second front and I had this armhole on the front neckline.....
Ripping out stitches for the shoulders was a LOT of fun!
But I  did it and seamed it again and picked up the stitches on the front bands again 
and now I can get going on this sweater finish!!!! 
 I did give myself a bit of a reward...
I cast on this new pair of fingerless mitts because I was intrigued with the construction!
It is brilliant.
I had planned on dyeing the yarn first as it is a skein of the Bare Hare by KnitPicks;
it is so delicious in my hands while knitting!
But I didn't want to wait to cast on so they will get a kettle dye when I am finished!
I decided to go with an easier border arrangement for the leftover scraps from the Quilt of Valor.
I just might be able to sew this together in a few days now!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Fernandina Festivities!

 Visiting youngest son and his family for an early Christmas.  It was so quiet and peaceful with just one family at a time!  
 The kitty posed for typical Christmas tree use as far as they are concerned!  
Here is the new sweater (or vest, I haven't decided yet!) I am working on.  I am using the pattern I made the green sweater from so I have the skeleton and can flesh it out any way I want!
I am a knitter after all!

Now back to my role as Grandma and playing with the kids!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Southdown

I now have 200 yards of two ply sport yarn
from the breed of sheep called Southdown.
This yarn is from the class of sheep called down breeds 
so it is springy and plump!
There will be little to no felting when washed.
It is next to the skin soft.
Other than the nepps in this particular fleece, 
this was a great spin and will be a pleasurable knit!
And Lena jumped into the warm ~clean~ clothes when I set the basket down for just a minute
on the way to take them to fold!
Of course, I left her there and she took a 2 hour nap all nestled snugly!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Parts of a Whole

I have finished knitting all of the parts for the Drift cardigan!
Usually I sew all the parts together and then block it 
but I decided I would try it this way so that I could block each piece according to the schematic.
  It was also easier to make sure all the parts were matched this way. 
 Once dry, I have to sew it at the shoulder seams and then pick up and knit the front button bands.  

I was slammed with a migraine first thing on Tuesday and still dysfunctional yesterday.
Migraines are such thieves of time.
Now today I have to go for an MRI to check the progress of the MS.
Too bad I can't knit while in that tube for hours!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Threads that Bind Quilters

 I enjoyed quilting time with my local group-
my throat is still pretty sore but the medicine is starting to kick in gear! 
 I finished the other 6 blocks while there so I can squeak a table topper out of these.
 I have only a few blue pieces and a few more of the beige
 so I am playing around with the idea of  angled blocks for a border
 to really use up every last piece from this collection.
 While at our stitching time, a woman came in and asked if we would be interested
 if she dropped off a few unfinished quilt tops from her m-i-l who passed away.
  We naturally said we would be glad to look them over and donate what we couldn't use-
you never know what you are going to get!
She said no one in her family did any sewing let alone quilting 
and she wanted them to go to people who would appreciate the work that went into them.
Well, we hit pay dirt!
  These are very old tops (flimsies my Aussie friend calls them!)
  We each picked out one and said what we thought we would do with  it.
 Most had condition problems-they have been stored a long time and smelled of moth balls.
 When this quilter ran out of fabric for a strip-she just pieced a similar color and continued on her work.  
You can see this red square had several pieces to bring it up to size. 
 All of the quilts were pieced by hand with a few blocks sewn by machine, too.
The pieced block on the right was done by machine.
There are 81 pieced blocks and two different fabrics used for the red blocks. 
 There are fabrics from the 30's, 40's and 50's in this quilt; 
 some of the other tops were from the 50's and 60's. 
 We sure had a wonderful time examining these donations!
  I think I will layer this with batting and backing and quilt it.
  Of course, many quilts made in FL of that time period were just backed and quilted without a filler so it was a light covering for the bed not a quilt for warmth. 
 But since this was made by a woman in Jacksonville,
 she would have experienced cooler temperatures for winter
 and would have appreciated a quilt with a cotton batting. 
 I will think it through a bit-how do you weigh in?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Patience

 I'm  patiently knitting on the cardigan, Drift,
 and managed to do about half of the sleeve while in the doctor's office yesterday! 
 How do people survive waiting so long without their knitting!!!!?
When I finally saw the nurse, my blood pressure was its usual 118/62  because I knit! lol 
 (I am on meds now to knock that sore throat bacteria out of my ballpark!)
 I am patiently plying  the Southdown singles into yarn.
There is just no hurrying some things that we do and the slow down is good for us!
What are you doing that is requiring patience?

Roping

 Might I mention that this is an incredibly wonderfully organic creative process!!!!! The slightest angle on the row you are sewing and...