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!)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Oh, Look! It's Working!

 I finished both sleeves on the knitting machine, 
 I even used a new way to seam the sleeves;  
it is a chain stitch just like you will find on store bought knits.  
It was done with a small latch hook to poke through both layers of the edges of the sleeves,
 securing the yarn and bringing it to the front to secure the slip stitch, repeat! 

 It was so much quicker than stitching with a darning needle!
And they are finished in time to be added to the Plymouth Yarn pullover that I have worked bottom up instead of top down!  
Soon I will be joining them and facing any yoke obstacles!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Golden Feet and Framework

Once I received the pattern of the foot for the recipient of the new socks,
I could begin my work!
Do you use a pattern like this for socks?
The second quilt is on the frame and will move on quickly now that the plan is set in motion 
and I am loading one right after the other!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

What's on Your Front Door?

A blog friend, Nancy, has asked us to share our front doors for the season!
I have a wreath, the tall side pines are relatively new and the two Christmas cactuses are very old 
and faithful in their blooming!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Spun-Gold Socks

A new skein of yarn will soon be a pair of socks;
CookieA's Monkey Socks to be exact.
 It is even caked and labeled and ready for needles!
Now to wait for the foot dimensions so I can begin!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Le'Enveloppe II

 I learned how to do a new-to-me edging on the knitting machine for the poncho for Abigail.
 I went all around the poncho hem and also on the armhole.
It is called worm trim but it resembles a kind of twisted I-cord.

Saturday, December 1, 2018


 All piecing and trimming was accomplished today!
And I might've solved the backing problem--
the quilts fit on the one piece of backing fabric I found,
 if I turn them sideways!  
Since I will be doing a loose meander across all three, this will work easily!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Getting Ready

 My niece is due to deliver soon and so I thought a baby hat and one for big sister was in order!
Machine knit on the LK150 with a picot edge this time!
 I pieced one quilt-I will have to trim the sides to make them straight and then load it up on the frame!
 This one will be pieced next....
...with this one up for third. 
 I will complete these three quilts and then if I still have time, 
I will make more!

Thursday, November 29, 2018


 Not as in grouchy but for cranking out tons of these tumbling blocks 
for Christmas quilts for the hospital!
 I have pulled a pile of prints that will work for kids so I can make my 49 pieces for each one.
 I like two contrasting colors but might have to improvise for some of the piles 
when there isn't quite enough of one print.
This is a win, win endeavor;  I use up these piles of fabric 
and the quilts will cheer up an unfortunate child this holiday season!

Next up is the marathon of piecing which should go very quickly with these large
and easily pieced blocks!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

No Eyesores!

 Off the frame and ready to be bound!
This is half of the blocks from the Summer Blooms kit from Connecting Threads.
 I used scraps from the fat quarters for a border.
 And at the end of yesterday, I was able to bind it!
I even remembered my little label!

I need to get to work and sew the blocks for the other half of blocks!

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...