Saturday, February 24, 2024

WARPED ALRIGHT!

I measured out my 120" for the warp for my 24" Knitter's Loom by Ashford and began threading! 
Of course, there were a few setbacks out of my control! 
 The few of the plastic spacers that hold the take-up beams both in front and in the back broke apart in pieces when I put some tension on them while warping!  Thankfully, I had emptied my loom bag to make sure I had everything I needed to work before I began and I remembered seeing 4 new ones which is just what I needed to replace the broken ones-two in the front and two in the back!
The warp wound on without further mishap and I was glad the next step was performed sitting down even after my break for lunch.  I then tied on all of the yarn to the front 'beam' and was able to begin the weaving.
 
I was a bit shaky at first but after 4-5 inches it smoothed out. 
I even had to repair a warp thread that broke because it was a thin spot in my handspun!  (Sock weight Coopworth wool)
I piled a ton of pillows behind me so I was comfortably seated and watched Poirot while a storm raged outside! 
 So much wind and driving rain!  The cats enjoyed my company in front of the fire again-I have been in bed for so long they missed our fireplace room time together!
When I had 10" done, I knew I needed to lay down again!
  Yes, the meds are helping  but I am pretty pitiful still! 
 I'm glad I powered through the warping and have this ready to weave now.  It should provide some good therapy! 
 (Thinking of the convalescent homes 
and their many handcrafts to heal body and spirit!)


Friday, February 23, 2024

FINISHED OR NOT FRIDAY

I'm a bit behind on the Stars Like Spaghetti MQAL but the last clue is out so I know what I am aiming for now!  How pretty is this?!
While laying in bed, I organized each block to get a variety of colors already decided and in the order I sew them together.  It worked well because I could make the last three blue blocks I needed.
(Yes, Lena was determined to lay on the blocks...)
I did the same thing for the red blocks so I can finish them over the next few days!  I can make a block in about 15 minutes which is a reasonable time to be up still!  Only a few more to go!
Of course, we all know the way we eat an elephant--
that's how I am sewing right now!  

 

Thursday, February 22, 2024

COMBINING TWO LOVES

I dug out a favorite straight skirt pattern and took measurements of the length and width of each piece. 
 It will be lined, with a zipper and no waistband.   
And why is there a heddle sitting in the front of this picture? 
Because I am going to weave the cloth to  make this skirt!!!!  I dug out a bunch of wool --not sure I am going to use the rose yarn but it might make a good mix using only one strand at a time in the cloth.  I figured out how many threads to get the width I need and how long the warp needs to be.  I could do the figures but not enough oomph yet to warp the loom.  I am hoping to do it in a few days!  Until then, I will just keep watching YouTube! lol  
I did find this skein in the bin of handspun but I knew it was superwash and that wouldn't wash the same as the 100% wool so I grabbed it and cast on for another easy scarf like the teal one I made last week.  Garter stitch is just my speed!

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

FRESH AIR

Just before lunch yesterday, I took a walk around the driveway loop;  it was 62*F and there was such warmth in the sunshine!
Bill pulled a chair out for me and I ate my lunch right here! 
 It was wonderful!
Lena was happy to be with me outside; 
 she even walked around the loop with me!
She took a bit of a wash--
and then a good roll!
No, I didn't sew all of these blocks but after a good long rest,
I did sew the bottom left blue one--finally!  

(I am back on an antibiotic which is giving me the boost I needed to fight the swollen tonsils and pneumonia in one lung.  My body has been working so hard to fight the Covid, it got overwhelmed!)
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

I TOOK A WALK!

It was a short walk, just around the driveway loop, 
but it was a walk!  I had seen the azaleas from the house
 and just had to go out and see the fluorescent beauty of squatting right down with them!
There are all kinds of blooming bromeliads to enjoy, too.
Lots of calliandra blooms still.
The camellia bushes are still full of flowers!
Even the big pink ones.
The Turk's Caps are pleasing to the hummers--yes, we have a few all winter.
I came in after the one loop but I did love the fresh brisk 49*F air!  I was ready for the recliner and some rest!

(Today was week 3 of Covid pleasures.  I had to call the dr about the swollen, goose egg tonsils and they called in some antibiotics for me.  I'm hoping this will be just what I need to edge ahead of this virus!)
 

Monday, February 19, 2024

FEELING GREY


 The rows are  V  E  R  Y  long but I have made a full repeat of the pattern on the Delicate Shells Shawl!  
Only another 40 rows to go!

Sunday, February 18, 2024

JUST GARTER STITCH LOVE

Kate of The Last Homely House says this pattern for homespun yarn is not really a pattern because you just cast on 1 or 3 stitches and then increase in the first and last stitches of every row until you run out of yarn!!!!  So I used the yarn I had just spun last month which is 200 yards of DK weight in Merino/Silk blend.  I used a #9 needle and used all but about 25" to make this scarf!
It is so soft!  Just right to keep your neck warm when the weather hits a chilly spell again with lots of rain! 
(That is If I was up and about which I am not! lol)
I walked to my raised bed garden and picked some radishes and baby green beans!  I chopped them up and put them in a salad for lunch.  Since my stomach has been tender, I used a mild vinegar/oil dressing and enjoyed it immensely!
 

Saturday, February 17, 2024

PIECES

I worked hard with the last of the whites to make the pieces needed for Clue #5 of the MQOV.
I've added it to the pile of the other two week's clues which are piled up and waiting for me!
 

Friday, February 16, 2024

INGREDIENTS

I'm eating fresh grapefruit for the vitamin C!
I did finish the borders.  It is a nice size now-36" x 48".  I'm not sure about the tassels so I made three and I will think about it.  It is still not blocked yet but as soon as I get upright longer, I will give it a good steam press.
My daughter sent me some love--she painted it in watercolor and filled the inside with love--she and her husband and son all had Covid in the Fall so she knows the only way to feeling better is patience.  Next week will be the portal to getting back on my feet!
 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

FROM SCRAPS TO COMFORTS

This was my view off and on yesterday;  watching YouTube (The Last Homely House) and bringing all of the pieces
 of the hexagon crochet units into a blanket!
It takes some attention when working the pointy ends which I kept in the hexagon shape while the sides were straightened by adding half-hexies.  I will be making tassels for the points when I am done adding all of the layers of bordering rows.  I really like the contrast of hdc rows followed by a sc row in the back bars. 
 I want to use up all of this yarn! 
 I will show the full photo when I have it completely completed!
 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

YARN, REST, REPEAT

I finally got enough courage to try and find the matching point to make the second sock.  Those greys/blues and spots all seemed to blend together!  When I had wound a good sized ball, I thought I saw the right spot and it worked out perfectly the first time! 
 Good thing.  I don't think I would've tried a second time now!
I used up the last gob of yarn from the granny square skein and made a second ear warmer head band.  Who knew you could get out of breath laying on your back and doing some crochet!  
 

Monday, February 12, 2024

SLICING IS ALL

I am chomping at the bit to be back in the studio but sitting and sewing isn't an option yet.  So, I decided to bring the bin of fabrics onto my bed and cut up some of those strips of fabric to give me the pieces to Clue #3 and #4 so they will be ready and waiting for me!  Who knew I could work up a sweat
 just from sitting up and wielding that rotary cutter! lol
 

Friday, February 9, 2024

TWO LITTLE BARLEY HATS

One in a newborn size and one in a toddler. 
 I used acrylic worsted weight yarn from the stash.  

Thanks to Tina for the inspiration to give this hat a try--it was fun to mix garter with stockinette!  
These two hats (and one more I can get out of this skein)
 will go in the donation box.

(No, I am not even up to 20% of my normal yet in this bout of Covid.  That is one of the hardest parts of having an auto-immune disease; there is nothing to fall back on when you get sick! )
 

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

UNDER A SHADOW

For the first time in several days, I picked up some yarn and a hook to work on something.  I have been completely knocked off my feet with this Covid.  I am sleeping all night (10-12 hrs) and napping several times for hours at a time during the day.  I have had this yarn for months and finally tried to work on it yesterday;  it is the Delicate Shells Crochet Shawl by Yarnspirations in some Cotton Kings Sultan Shadow yarn which is a cotton yarn made of loose strings-not like any cotton yarn I've ever used!  It is a #2 yarn and I am using a  G hook.  This shawl is interesting in its construction because it is made lengthwise so long rows!  It's okay, it matches my speed right now which is just slightly faster than holding still!
 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

HAVE A HEART!

I crocheted the two green ones on Sun/Mon and the two pinks yesterday.  The heart one I made twice because I didn't make the heart wide enough the first time!  Did I write it down, no.  It doesn't matter;  what does matter is that I did it just to keep my brain from freezing up!  
 

Friday, February 2, 2024

NOT UPRIGHT EXACTLY

Yes, it is Covid;  JN.1 to be exact.  It could be worse because the fever is gone already and I was even able to sit and knit for a while.  Nyki is checking to see how soft the yarn is.
I dug out a Dotz project and worked on it for while when watching an old version of Murder on the Nile.

I still don't recommend this adventure mainly because it sure does mess with your social calendar!
 

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

DOWN FOR THE COUNT!

Flu or Covid? 
 Right now I don't care what the name of this is;  
I only know that I feel miserable!
 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

RODENT INFESTATION!

I was rather unfocused today;  I decided my ironing station needed a cover-so pretty now!
I pulled my next pattern to do! 
 This is not an old one but I want to do it so I will!
I am quilter, hear me roar!
See what I purchased from Amazon;  it is especially handy because it opens ALL-THE-WAY!  So many of the tackle box style sewing boxes only open a bit and then tip over easily.  This is an easy access case to de-clutter the top of my sewing table! 
 You can see the round ice cream tub I have been using to try and hold all of the tools I use.
It's now easy to reach and easy to set out of the way
 when I need more room pressing.  A win.
And look at these cute mice! 
  Yes, the one on the right is a dormouse!
You can see how much smaller these mice are;  I used DK weight yarn and an E or 3.5mm hook.  I winged the pattern to give it the mouse shape to fit my preference.  
 

WARPED ALRIGHT!

I measured out my 120" for the warp for my 24" Knitter's Loom by Ashford and began threading!  Of course, there were a few set...