"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman

2/17/19

Sewing Project Finished

I finished my sewing project. This is a case for storing circular knitting needles.



The pattern I used is an old Butterick Pattern B5006. I found it on Ebay but it's also available on the Butterick web site. The outside is from a remnant I found in the stash. It's from Timeless Treasures Tree of Life collection. I used this fabric to make a small knitting bag for carrying small projects called the boxy bag a few years ago.

The pockets are made with some quilting fabric I bought for another sewing project that I didn't get to yet. It's supposed to be lining for a tote bag, but I liked it for these pockets. The background fabric is something I found at Joann's a few weeks ago.

There are 12 pockets in this little case. Every one of them with curved corners. I got pretty good at sewing those corners by the time I got to the 12th one. It will hold a lot of needles.



As sewing jobs go, it's not my best, but better than I expected. Except the top stitching. I am so terrible at top stitching. So I won't show it to you.



I had planned to make this before Christmas for a gift, but life got in the way. I will give it to the recipient next time I see her. Better late than never.

We have a lot of snow. We're having a sun break today, and then it's supposed to start back up again tonight. We are way above average for February snowfall. Right now there's about a foot of it on top of the garage. It's not slid off yet. I hope it doesn't do what it did that year it all sailed off halfway across the back yard slamming into a small tree, knocking it down, as well as breaking the heat pump.

I have been working on Margaret Tudor. I started the thistle panel. I got about 30 rows into it and frogged it. It was so sloppy looking as I learned the various chart symbols for stitches along the way. I finally caught on to it (the chart), so I ripped it out and started over. It's looking much better.



The stitch definition is great with this yarn. It's easy to split though because I'm using very sharp pointed needles. I think it's an Addi Turbo lace, if I remember correctly. I will have to be more careful so I don't make a mess of the yarn.

I spent part of this morning trying to take pictures of the birds eating at the buffet. It is very hard to get good pics of Chickadees. They don't stay still for more than a nano second. I did get this Black Capped one, which isn't too bad.



I got a good one of a female wood pecker. Haven't seen her mate around though. I hope he's okay.


I had 3 Magpies this morning eating at the suet cages, but they flew away every time I tried to approach the window to take their pics. I've got lots of birds right now. Besides these, I also have a large flock of Purple Finches, a pair of Nuthatches, and something new for us - three Dark Eyed Junco's. What is not here is Pine Siskins. I wonder where they went?

Live long and prosper. \\//

2/13/19

WIP Wednesday February 13, 2019

It's WIP Wednesday and I have something to post.

I finished 4 panels on Margaret Tudor, which I haven't taken pics of because I didn't want to. After the 4th panel, I started another layette set because KnitWits.



I have 3 pieces of the orange and teal fleece so I'll be working with those colors for awhile.

I also started a sewing project. I intended to sew this before Christmas because it was going to be a present, but then life got in the way so I'm doing it now.



I'm about a fourth done with it, and I'm very proud of how it's looking so far. I got the outside part done. It has 4 pockets in it, plus a strap, and a velcro tab for closing. My best sewing job in a long time. I'm making a circular needle case. Only 10 pockets left to make. I found a very old McCall's pattern for it on Ebay last summer.

The last few days it has been snowing, and snowing, and snowing. It's a good 3 feet deep in the back yard. The snow falling off the roof is up about a foot above the windowsills.



The freeways and highways are in various stages of being opened or closed because the conditions are so dangerous. We didn't even have knitting yesterday.

Right now the sun is shining, giving us a much needed break. More snow is expected tonight and for the next week. Winter is making up for the mildness of it's beginning. We're okay. There's lots of food in the house, and I've got tons of knitting, beading, cross stitch, and sewing projects that I can do.

Live long and prosper. \\//

2/5/19

Margaret Tudor Reborn

At the beginning of the year I like to set myself a knitting goal. Sometimes I accomplish it, sometimes I don't. This year the goal is Margaret Tudor.

About 10 years or so ago I was working on an Alice Starmore pattern called Margaret Tudor from her book Tudor Roses, first edition. I stopped working on it because I discovered I didn't have enough yarn. I have to enlarge the pattern because it doesn't go up to my size and I miscalculated how much yarn I would need. I put the sweater on hold while I looked for more of the yarn, which had been discontinued. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find any. So I ended up frogging the project. I was very discouraged over the whole ordeal.


Margaret Tudor (First Edition)

In December of last year my knitting friend Dorothy was talking about a Starmore sweater from the same book that she wants to make but hadn't been able to get herself motivated. We decided that we would start our Starmore projects in January together and encourage each other to keep it up.

In January I ordered some yarn. I got Palette from KnitPicks in Iris heather. It's a gorgeous wool fingering weight yarn. Pics do not do it justice.



The pattern calls for Scottish Fleet, a yarn I detest. It's sport weight, according to Ravelry. However, the gauge is 9 sts to the inch. That is awfully firm for sport weight. I don't even think I could get that kind of gauge, and if I did I know it would hurt my hands knitting it. I'd practically be knitting cardboard. I perused the notes of knitters on Ravelry who have made this sweater and most of them used fingering weight yarn, so I have chosen to go with that.

I very carefully knit test swatches as directed by the pattern instructions. I got gauge with size 1 needles. Last week I started knitting.

This sweater is knit in panels that are sewn together. I decided to start with the easiest panel. I cast on last Thursday. It only took two days to knit it. There was a serious problem though. The panel was only 17 inches long when it was done. It's supposed to be 22 inches. Clearly I was having a gauge problem. I decided to knit it again, and went up to size 2 needles. Lo and behold, it turned out perfect in length and width. Hooray! Size 2 it is. Here's both panels so you can see the difference.



I don't know why the swatches were so off, but it's not the first time this has happened to me.

I need two of this particular panel, so I'm well into the second one.



I'm kind of excited about this project. Doing it with Dorothy is going to be fun.

Live long and prosper. \\//

2/4/19

Layette Set #37

This is the first officially finished project of 2019. Layette set 37 will go to KnitWits.



The Cardigan



Pattern: Polka Dot Cardigan by Linda Jo Park

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Cloverleaf  by American Thread Company
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 348 Tangerine

Yarn: UnKnown Acrylic, but probably a Red Heart yarn
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Medium Teal ?

Needles: Circular size 6 and 8

Started: December 25, 2018
Finished: January 3, 2019

Comments: This is the third prototype of my design. Checking to make sure I've got it right. This is the back.



Here is a close up of the stitch pattern. It's a 2-color Moss stitch.



I had a very hard time finding buttons to go with these colors. I found these ones online at Embellishment Buttons on Etsy.



It's not what I really wanted, but they'll do I guess.



The Hat



Pattern: Polka Dot Hat by Linda Jo Park

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Cloverleaf  by American Thread Company
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 348 Tangerine

Yarn: UnKnown Acrylic, but probably a Red Heart yarn
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Medium Teal ?

Needles: Circular size 7

Started: January 5, 2019
Finished: January 19, 2019

Comments: I didn't put ear flaps on this hat. I think I like the ear flaps better.

The Booties



Pattern: Polka Dot Booties by Linda Jo Park

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Cloverleaf  by American Thread Company
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 348 Tangerine

Yarn: UnKnown Acrylic, but probably a Red Heart yarn
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Medium Teal ?

Needles: Circular size 8

Started: January 26, 2019
Finished: January 29, 2019

Comment: I used a larger size needle. I think I like the smaller better.

The Blanket



Pattern: Shell stitch

Size: 32 by 28

Yarn: Cloverleaf  by American Thread Company
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 348 Tangerine

Hook: Size G

Started: January 30, 2019
Finished: January 31, 2019

Comment: Now you see why orange and teal. I have fleece in those colors.



And that's the end of that. I have KnitWits this week and I'll be turning this in.

Live long and prosper. \\//

1/29/19

For River

We have had an addition to our family. One of my nephews and his wife have had a baby girl (no names for privacy reasons). They named her River which I think is a pretty name. Her birth prompted me to finish the layette set I've slowly been making for her. Here it is.



The Cardigan



Pattern: Polka Dot Cardigan by Linda Jo Park

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White Glow

Needles: Circular size 6 and 8

Started: November 1, 2018
Finished: November 30, 2018

Comments: When we found out about the coming baby they claimed to know if it was a boy or a girl but refused to tell us which. I was told they didn't want us to choose the traditional pink or blue for colors. So I went with Black and White. Scientific research has concluded newborn babies love black and white because of the stark contrast. They really can't see colors very well until they reach 3 months of age or later.




I am working on writing the pattern for this cardigan. I've got a test knitter working on the first version of it. She's finding all kinds of mistakes.



The Hat



Pattern: Polka Dot Hat by Linda Jo Park

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White Glow

Needles: Circular size 7

Started: December 18, 2018
Finished: December 24, 2018

Comments: I put ear flaps with ties on this hat. Trying to decide if I'm going to do that in the pattern.



Pattern: Polka Dot Booties by Linda Jo Park

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White Glow

Needles: Circular size 8

Started: December 4, 2018
Finished: December 13, 2018

The Blanket



Pattern: Polka Dot Edging

Size: 36 by 30 inches

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White Glow

Hooks: Size G

Started: January 20, 2019
Finished: January 25, 2019

Comment: I googled and found this cute Polka Dot edging. The blanket will not be included in the pattern. I found the fleece fabric at Joann Fabric and Craft.



I need to get my nephews mailing address so I can send this to him. Babies grow so fast.

We had a snow storm last week. Got 14 inches overnight. It reminded us it's still very much winter. I have lots of birds at the Parkarosa Buffet now. A whole bunch of Purple Finches have moved in. Must be at least 20 of them. They're entertaining to my cats.

I am waiting for FedEx. Southwest Airlines was unable to find my Kindle and have given up the search. I am sad. I really wanted that felted case back more than anything. I hope whoever has my Kindle enjoys it, though they'll have to register it under their own account cus I disabled it the day I discovered I'd forgotten it. Now I've completely deleted it.

I ordered a replacement Kindle which is supposed to arrive today. Amazon didn't have the model I had in stock as new. Just a few used ones. They've come out with a new model and are pushing it pretty hard. I read all the reviews and decided I don't want the new model. I want the PaperWhite Gen 7 model I had before. So I ordered a used one. It cost quite a bit less which is a plus. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a white one at the time, so I will have to be happy with black.

Live long and prosper. \\//

1/17/19

WIPs For Today

Thought I'd post a couple WIP pics. I've been working on this cardigan for the next layette set. I just need to find some buttons for it.



I started the hat for it.


I don't know if I'm going to continue making these for this whole year, but for now I'm content to make another set.

I need to finish the black and white set I'm making for the nephew and his wife, who are expecting any day now. I just need to get the edging on the blanket fabric.

I've also been working on the Felt Applique stocking. It's coming along nicely.



Don't have much snow out on the ground. Maybe 4 to 6 inches. Kind of unusual for this time of year, but not unheard of. I remember having a winter when I had my shop (early 2000's) where I needed to have my parking lot plowed only 3 times the whole winter. We have had several dry cold days. Even a bit of sunshine, which felt so good. Snow/freezing rain is supposed to move in tonight. I'm ready for spring.

Took down the Christmas tree and decorations last week. Ruth helped me. The fur kids were running around and knocked it crooked. Several of my beaded cover ornaments fell on the floor and broke. Decided, after cleaning up the broken glass, since it was leaning over anyway, might as well take it all down. I won't have problems repairing the broke ornaments. I'm going to put the covers on plastic ornaments instead of glass this time. They've got some really pretty ones now that look every bit as good.

The birds have come back to the bird buffet. Mostly finches, chickadees, Flickers, and magpies. Snow on the ground seems to be their reason for showing up.

Live long and prosper. \\//

1/16/19

First Finish of 2019

Someone gave me some sock yarn a couple weeks ago so I decided to use some of it to make a pair of socks for the son-in-law Frank. His birthday is coming up in a few days.

The yarn is actually more of a gray blue, but the camera would not cooperate. I'm just glad it was light enough outside to take pictures. It feels like this has been the darkest winter ever. It actually hasn't, but it feels like it.



Decorative Rib Socks for Frank

Pattern: Didn't use one
Size: Mens size Medium

Yarn: Regia 6-f├Ądig
Content: 75% Superwash Wool/25% Nylon, sport weight
Color: Denim

Needles: Circulars size 3

Started: January 6, 2019
Finished: January 16, 2019

Comments: I used a stitch pattern I found in Charlene Schurch's book Sensational Knitted Socks



It's a very easy stitch pattern and looks so pretty.

I need to get these in the mail tomorrow.



Live long and prosper. \\//