Cleaning Out the Cobwebs

Cleaning Out the Cobwebs

I used to sew all the time, mostly for my children when they were little. I have found a new love of sewing for myself thanks to Lotta Jansdotter and Grainline Studio’s patterns. But, frankly, I had forgotten how fun it is to sew little things!

Yesterday, I managed to put together a Geranium for Genevieve – it is almost complete but for buttonholes and a hem.

Buttonholes… yeah. It’s been a good long time since I have done any buttonholes on anything (save for knitting!!)

I need to clean out the cobwebs by doing a few practice buttonholes before attempting them for real.

But, I love the simple but really awesome details of this little pattern! I was worried the flutter sleeves would be hard, but they were so easy and are so cute!

I found some buttons in my Nana’s button box but I am undecided on which buttons to use… thoughts?

Finding Success in Failure

Finding Success in Failure

As you can see, I did not get my Beekeeper Cardigan finished and there just might be some more frogging in order. As Mary said in an email to me bright and early this morning: “Purling sleeves in the round is not fun.”

No. No, it is not! Flat knit sleeves may be in the future of this cardigan – I will do a trial run on the right sleeve later this week.

However, the weekend was just glorious. Quiet. Peaceful. Occasionally, being alone is the best thing for the soul. And, Sherman is the most accommodating of companions – quiet most of the time and usually happy to just sleep wherever I am.

There was a bit of drama early Sunday morning when the Cardinal family had a crisis with one of their babies after we had some unbelievably torrential rains. As you can hear, Sherman was most upset also but, it ended well, and the babies were all back to their usual routine of loud demands for their poor parents to feed them… NOW!

Today, though, is all about getting a couple of Geranium’s started for Genevieve!

I hope your Monday is full of successes!

Fiber Friday | 7.13.18

Fiber Friday | 7.13.18

By the time you read this, Steve will be off to his work weekend extravaganza and I will be ensconced on the sofa attacking Day 4 of the Beekeeper Cardigan Knit Along. I have roughly 5 inches to go and then the ribbing of the body as per the pattern…BUT!!! I have seen some really awesome cropped models of the Beekeeper (especially like this one) and I am contemplating doing something similar. I love the idea of making my new tunics multi-seasonal by adding a layer. Although, I think I’d like the sleeves a little bit longer. What are your thoughts?

We had a Thursday night happy hour to make up for Steve missing tonight and I made a cocktail that was really incredibly delicious! It is from Ming Tsai’s Simply Ming Show. I made the cocktail exactly as written with Thai Basil from my garden and with Bombay Sapphire East Gin. Oh.my.gosh… it was so good! If you are looking for something different to sip, I highly recommend it!

If you are knitting KK’s MKAL, clue 4 is out today! I managed to get through clue 2 and started on clue 3 last night, but I was having trouble remembering the k3tog and the sk2p, so after tinking back a row, I set it aside last night. Apparently, I need to either mark the pattern to remember or get more sleep than I have this week.

The links were slim this week, but I did manage to find some things of controversy (of course) and interest to add in to the knitting links!

This Rolling Stone article on ICE is deeply troubling.

This is beautifully done… and powerful.

The knitting community is not without controversy, sadly. I knew of a bit of an uproar over BT which is why I did not post links to their latest collection. I would like to think that this community is better than this, but apparently not.

Did you see Dot? I loved it and especially appreciated how they made Dot!

Now for some actual knitting links!

Kate Davies Traigh

I love Black Coast (and Holst Garn is a LOVELY place to order from!)

And, finally Nacre

That’s all I have for this week! Have a great weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

Make Nine 2018

Make Nine 2018

Yesterday, I saw this post from Gale which then took me to IG where I happily fell down a bit of a rabbit hole looking at #makenine2018 collages.

But, Gale was the starter of all this craziness and thanks to her I have also become a Ravelry Stalker of Kirsten Kapur’s pattern page watching for the release of not one, but two patterns: The September House Sweater and of course, her Mystery Socks which I hope will both be out soon.

I was going to “cheat” a bit and add my Treysta, but since I have less than 20 rows to go, I feel like it is already done (or it will be today!)

I have a little bit of sewing here, and lots of knitting.

Here is my Make Nine 2018:

  1. Ysolda’s Strokkur: I have the yarn, and am itching to cast on!
  2. Veronika Cardigan: I hope to spin some Romney to knit this.
  3. Merchant & Mills Curlew Dress
  4. Lotta Jansdottor’s Tunic from her Everyday Style book
  5. Through the Loops Mystery Socks
  6. Blaer: again, I already have the yarn for this
  7. Hygge, from Laine Magazine Issue 3: This is knit with Brooklyn Tweed Loft, so I am going to try and spin a similar yarn.
  8. Stopover: this time as a pullover!
  9. Autumn Forest, again from Laine Magazine: This is the only project that I have already in progress, however I have a good bit to still knit with 15 pattern repeats to go!

In addition to this, I would like to find some kind of sock mojo this year and maybe knit a couple of pairs of socks in addition to this list. I am amazed by those who somehow manage to knit a pair of socks a month… I have plenty of single socks that are sadly waiting for a mate. Either I find some sock mojo, or perhaps I start a trend of wearing mismatched socks!

What about you? Are you joining the #makenine2018 challenge?

My Year of Stitching

My Year of Stitching

December 31st, I completed my last stitching, in the last month of my year long project. I have to confess, it was most bittersweet. I felt both an incredible sense of accomplishment coupled with an intense melancholy at the ending of this epic project.

Yesterday morning I began the process of steaming each sampler, readying them for assembly in their final destination of 3 separate wall-hangings.

I apologize in advance for this photo heavy post, but here is my Year of Stitching in review:

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Which brings me to this year’s project… I began this on the first day of winter, December 21, and my idea was to do a square each day. But, it was lacking… so much. In my review of last years pieces, I was reminded how much I like the puzzle-like quality of some of the pieces best of all. BUT, rather than take out the stitching I had started, my idea will be to work this in by stitching around it. The past two days have seen this addition, and what better than two days of crazy clear blue skies and sunshine! After yesterday’s running stitches, I felt a sense of ease and rightness come over me and I knew I was on the right path. The other thing I am going to give myself some leeway on this year will be the option to stitch for longer than 15-20 minutes. This also feels very good and really just makes sense to me. After all, I am much more comfortable with the stitching process than I was at this time last year. So, less fussing and more stitching.

As always, if you want to start your own year long stitching project, I would be happy to help you get started! Just leave a comment and I will help you begin!

September Stitching

September Stitching

I am not sure I am liking the grey linen for this quarter. It is a little darker than I thought it would be, but I am forging ahead with it.

However, in September, I learned some new-to-me techniques of applique. Wool felt is truly a thing of beauty. I had no idea at all, but wow – I really loved working with it!

I also loved using darker color threads as my world changed dramatically this month. The trees are changing, plants are dying, and things are settling in for a new season.

One thing is certain, each day’s stitching was a high point of my day. And, learning new things is always good!

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