Friday, June 14, 2019

Stepping Spritely!

 Yes, my first pair of socks from the single bed machine!
That second sock was so much quicker than my first attempts!
I remove the live stitches from the machine onto the circular needle and graft the bottom of the toe to the sole stitches;  then I stitch up the side seam.   
I did this work in several waiting rooms and in the car today.
( An hour to do all of the machine work and just under an hour to graft and seam. 
 I am sure I will improve that time as I get more familiar with the process, too. )
Not surprisingly, I loved every minute of it!
 After the doctor appointments, we went out to eat again and then drove on the beach.
We saw this shrimping boat and watched it as it headed back after a day out fishing.
 It was a balmy 81F outside, no bright sunshine so it was utterly relaxing to drive along,
watching the sea birds, listening to the waves and unwinding inside and out.
 There were a lot of these areas taped off--turtle nest sites!
A few months from now, there will be volunteers guarding the newly hatched babies
 as they rush to the ocean.
 We headed back to the access road and then home.
A very wonderful evening to close out the day.









WOUND UPDATE--DON'T LOOK IF YOU GET SQUEAMISH!







This is the wound at the doctor's today.
It still looks miserable until you realize that the pink skin around the wound 
is the area that used to be the size of the open wound--so we have seen it shrink by 50%.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

One and Three Quarters!

I stitched up the seam of the first sock
 and cast on the second right away
and made it this far when I had to quit!
It's so frustrating when you have to 
stop
because you
have 
another 
doctor
appointment!!!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Pass it On!

 A new pair of socks are at work on the knitting machine--
there is enough yarn to start and finish a pair this time!
 And I made another Flamingo embroidery on a blank tote;
this one has my friend's name on the side;
she wants to learn how to crochet!
So, of course, she needed some supplies to get started
along with a tote bag to keep it safe from her little boy, dog or cat! 
I even remembered to sew my label into the side seam of this one!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hot Cakes

 I saw the pattern on the right in an email about a KAL by KnitOneCrochetTwo 
I didn't want to have a summer cotton  yarn knit
 but I did love this Plymouth Hot Cakes gradation yarn in worsted to knit the vest!
(this is an exquisite acrylic/wool blend)
 I almost knit the cardigan on the left but instead stuck to my original plan.
I'm glad I did;
I will save that cardigan for the next project!
I was nervous that all that garter was going to be boring
but I was wrong!
 This knit is flying off the needles because of the beautiful yarn and colors!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Living and Learning!

I am taking another class to better learn how to make a sock from fingering weight yarn 
on the machine. 
 It turned out beautifully and you can 't tell how many times I had to knit that heel 
until I figured out what I was doing! lol
Sock number two went much faster, 
until I ran out of yarn.
Then I realized that this leftover yarn from the Begonia sweater needs to be used to 
adjust the size of the neckline so the fit will improve
 and I will not rip out anything.
Sometimes you need to step away from a project to know what to do.
I knew what I was doing when I breezed through piecing the rest of the blocks for the charm pack.
It will take a while until I am up to full creative speed again!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

All Around Town

 We did a little of this the other day!
 Followed by a lot of this!
 And the mesmerizing work of the waves did wonders for all of us.
Coming and going allowed me to add another row to the array of little squares!
I had originally thought I would be done with this row (a 10 x 12 block arrangement)
but now I am thinking about another row or two! lol

Friday, June 7, 2019

Now What?!

 Begonia Sweater
KnitPicks Stroll yarn-3.3 skeins
#6 needles 
Lessons--I find the yoke construction doesn't fit me as well as sweaters with set-in sleeves;
the yoke tops hang and grow so the neckline stretches when it is worn a while.
Cool construction-the raglan seams are WIDE-they are done with 13 sts between decreases 
which is very unusual.
The ribbing makes this sweater very squishy and has a nice fit.
THAT SAID-
I might rip parts out and make the yoke differently;
I will lose the raglan portion and make set in sleeves 
and the front and backs will be classic style with shoulder seams....
I have until winter to work the bugs out of my ideas!
In the meantime, I have started a blanket using the log cabin method!
Easy and a nice project to do in between projects--
I have nothing on the needles right now!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Extra, Extra! Read All About It!

 The Begonia Top is hot off the needles!
 It fits perfectly and feels delicious!
I have a few details to finish up and I will do a modeling tomorrow!
Also, all the stats and modifications will make it a wrap then, too,
but I couldn't wait to share my excitement!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Beach Therapy

 Bill had a doctor appointment this afternoon. 
 After a very encouraging visit, we headed straight to South Beach Grill
 and enjoyed a delicious meal and uninterrupted conversations.
The ocean breeze worked its magic; 
 blowing our concerns away 
while lightly teasing our napkins from our laps.
 We ended up having a divine appointment with men who were teaching the surgeon a new
treatment for wound care and were still there as we were called in for our check-up.
  It will replace the wound vac--the bane of Bill's existence!
They took one look at Bill's elbow and said they could treat it right now!
Did we want to hear more about it?!
We agreed after a crash course of what they were planning and we watched amazed 
as they walked the doctor through the procedure.
First , his wound was filled with 'ground pig bladder' 
which is a powder to spark cell repair in the wound.
Then it was covered with a material similar to artificial skin, 
a protective layer and then bandages.
We go back in 10 days to check the progress;  in the meantime, no wound vac, 
no changing dressings every two days
 and a whole less pain!!!!
 He has the same limitations as to activities-which are no lifting or bending of the arm 
no swimming, still!
 I have to admit, it is the first time we have had hope since this whole ordeal began 14 weeks ago.
 See what I mean-smiles and relaxing prevail!
 The beach has a new free Library-painted so pretty
 except for a bit of graffiti--someone feels so profound; 
 "The world changed by example not your opion  opinion."
Mildly profound but rent your own billboard!
The sunset over the inter-coastal waterway at low tide;  the oyster beds are clearly seen.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Life Anew

 The last of the packing/moving has taken place.
 The last swim has transpired,
 a little of sewing has begun.
A new chapter begins as we close the book on the last two years 
and look forward to writing a sweeter, kinder life for all of us.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Full Circle!


 As the morning breaks, I realize that today is the last day of school for Will
and I have the privilege to drive him to school which closes our full circle
 because I drove him to his first day, too!
What a year it has been.
Today is also the last day with the boys under my watch-care;
they are moving with their Dad to be closer to his work.
Through this whole ordeal of family upheaval they have lived with us or 
for the last 6 months with their dad near us so Will could continue being at school and Ethan could stay with us for the day while Dad works more than an hour away.  We also picked Will up from school each day and then our son picked them up after he finished his work day.
It was hard and wonderful every day of the two plus years of this whole upheaval.
This plant is called a Bleeding Heart Vine (Cleredendrum family) here in Florida.
I think it is an appropriate plant to highlight today.
It is beautiful when you get up close. 
And here is a glimpse of the pond lawn area-
the flood is receding just in time for the rainy season to begin!
We will see what happens here through the next month.
Savor this day of lasts.....

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Really?!

 I can't believe she messed up a two row repeat?!
But this was a success today!
Going to watch the classroom awards at the end of his kindergarten class!
What a wonder he is!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

United!


Two sleeves and a body unite.
I sped around the sleeve stitches as if on a speed boat;
going around all of the yoke and sleeve stitches is like shifting
to a fully loaded barge!
I will soon find my new rhythm.
And I will be adding short rows here at this point
to increase the height of the back armhole
just as you would find in a paper sewing pattern.
Full steam ahead!
Now to yoke...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Substitutes


Since the design wall was empty
and
I can't do any rotary cutting,
I put some charm packs together to make some charity quilts.
Then I did a swatch for some new yarn 
which I want to use for a machine knit sweater.
We will see how it goes! 
(I've learned a new way to make a gauge for machine knitting;
all the counting is done while it is knit so there is no counting after.
I merely measure the distance between the dots for stitches per inch
and the rows between the white rows and voila!)
They even sell a gauge ruler which I have ordered so it is going to be even simpler!
 The plumeria is in full swing!
The scent wafts throughout the lanai.
(If you look closely under the topmost bloom
you will see that the sandhill crane photo bombed me!)
Coming in at a close second is my first yellow lily!

Stepping Spritely!

 Yes, my first pair of socks from the single bed machine! That second sock was so much quicker than my first attempts! I remove the l...