Knit Lit

The one where I Friday fill-in

And…here we go!

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1.   It’s cold and I like it.

2.   Fried green tomatoes are sooooo good.

3.   My favorite health and beauty product is my own homemade cleansing grains.

4.   I love a nice long ride, especially if I don’t have to drive.

5.   Well, first of all my name is Heather and I’m a yarnaholicSecond, I don’t think it’s a problem.

6.   Gap credit card and me; those were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was eerily possible.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sewing having a severe headache that makes you want to drill a hole in my head to relieve the pressure, tomorrow my plans include doing the sewing I planned on doing tonight and Sunday, I want to go to church!

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May 29, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | 1 Comment

The one where I took the day off

I am exhausted!  I think it is ironic that I accomplished more out of the office than I ever have at work.  Boy Child is out of school, but his summer camp does not start until next week.  So, I decided we needed a project.   When we moved into this house two years ago, I was able to get a toy box/bookcase I remember from my childhood.  Apparently, my Grandpapa built it when my Mom was young.  She painted it yellow to match my room.  When my little brother came along, she painted it blue and put it in his room.  There it became a thrown for me when I commanded him to clean his room.  I also was a wonderful big sister as I tricked him into climbing into the toy box and then promptly sat on the lid so he was trapped.  I know!  Nice, hu?  When it made the move to my childhood home, it was again in my brothers’ room.  While cleaning it out one day, my baby brother found what he dubbed a fuzzy rock, which ended up being one of our Christmas oranges.  Yum!  After we all left home, the toy box made its way to my Aunt Jackie’s house where it was painted a fourth time.

I am so happy to have it back.  Though, throughout the years it has seen some wear.  Today, Boy Child and I did what we could to restore it to all its previous glory.

2009-05-28 Box B1

Imagine it with another strip of moulding on the left side.  I had removed it before I remembered my camera.

2009-05-28 Box B2

The bottom had received severe damage and had to be removed.

2009-05-28 supplies

First, we went supply shopping.

2009-05-28 Box A1

We sanded the rough edges and replaced the old moulding with new.

2009-05-28 Box A2

We replaced the bottom.

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We have also painted the entire thing white.

2009-05-28 A4

So far, we only have one coat.  Right at this moment, we are letting the first coat dry and plan on a second after dinner.  I think for our first building project we have tackled on our own, with little preparation I might add, we have done a  wonderful job!  I also hope Grandpapa is proud of us.  I know it means a whole lot to me to have something he built with his own hands roughly 40 years ago.  Thanks Grandpapa!

May 28, 2009 Posted by | Boy Child, Building, Family, Finished, Random, Vacation | 3 Comments

The one where I Friday Fill-in

1.   Moving changes nothing unless you change first – this goes for houses, jobs and relationships.

2.   Nothing in life is free.

3.   My best quality is my honestyIf you don’t want to know how I really feel, don’t ask.

4.   Don’t sweat the details; when you do, things usually don’t work out.

5.   In nearly 10 years, I have raised an awesome child.

6.     Time away from the office is what I need right now!

7.  And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to doing nothing, tomorrow my plans include doing nothing some more and Sunday, I want to, surprise, do nothing!

May 22, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | 2 Comments

The one where the sewing makes me happy

I love to sew.  It is so much faster than knitting.  Though I still love my knitting, there is something to be said about the ability to whip up a couple of skirts in an evening.  Last night, I took out a panel on my yard sale skirt.

 

2009-05-21 Flower Wrap Close

 

It’s still a little large.  I decided to take it for a whirl (hee!) today. 

 

2009-05-21 Flower Wrap Skirt

 

The whole wrap thing isn’t working for me.  Every time I sit down, it comes open.  So, I think I’m going to remove the snap and add a zipper instead.  This will make it a large circle type skirt.  I still like it.   

 

I also broke out the “good” fabric since I ran out of my “practice” fabric.  I am so incredibly happy I did.  I LOVE my new skirt! 

 

2009-05-21 Owl Skirt

 

It, too, is a tad too large.  The fabric so makes up for it. 

 

2009-05-21 Owl Skirt Close

 

Yea!  How cute is this fabric!!  I ended up only using half the amount I ordered.  I love this print so much I think I will make a bag so I can take it everywhere!   I made my own pattern.   I think I added a little too much ease and made my seams smaller than the instructions called for.  Surprisingly, I used the seams from the yard sake skirt instructions.  This time, I took my pinking shears to it before I encased the seams.  I will definitely make more of these.  Next time, I will cut out the ease.  Then it will be perfect. Yea, again!

 

I did not make as much progress on my Buttercup top as I thought I would. 

 

2009-05-21 BUttercup Sweater

 

I ended up sewing during commercials a bit and knitted during the show.  I am awesome at multi-tasking!  I even started on a top I plan on wearing tomorrow.  If I finish it, I’ll try to take a photo. 

May 21, 2009 Posted by | Fabric, Finished, Knitting, Sewing | 3 Comments

The one were I knit a top to go with an elephant skirt

At the risk of sounding like a grumpy grouch, I feel blaaa, not be confused with a sheep ‘baa’, but rather Blaaa as in yucky.  I have to say that if I did have a sheep, I probably wouldn’t be feeling blaaa in the first place. It’s a conundrum.  Baa!  It is also awful to not be happy, sad or angry.  I’m so used to my emotions being extreme, whatever they are, that when they aren’t, I’m not sure how to proceed.   I’m just here. I admit I feel a little more excited as I drive home each day.  At least that is something.

 

Monday night, Hubby had to work late.  I spent the entire night watching Star Trek: The Next Generation(I love you Jean-Luc!) and sewing.  I attempted the ‘easy’ yard sale skirt from Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing.  It took me all night and that does not bode well for her other patterns getting made by me! I have read a couple of reviews that said the L/XL size is actually rather small; and if you are of average size or larger, you may be better off adding another panel. (I will note that this suggestion came from someone who wears a size 10-12.  On what messed up planet is this considered larger than an XL?!?!)  Me, I decided to add two.  You know, ‘cause in my mind I am an elephant.  Of course, it ended up too large. 

 

I’m not exactly happy with the construction she used in the pattern either. I like my seams to lay flat.  The pattern calls for the panels to be sewn together with the right side facing out, then the seam encased by folding the panels wrong side out and sewing a second seam.  This creates a weird seam that is hard and bulky to press down.  Now, having said that, it could just be my very new sewing skills that caused this problem.  I also decided to forgo the waistband and just rolled the top down.  I much preferred this look and will probably use this for other skirts.  I sewed on a snap closure, which adds a little more security to the whole wrap skirt idea.

 

Hubby has to work again tonight, so I will use the time to take out the extra panel of the skirt, so I don’t look like I should be going to a sock hop with Richie Cunningham.  I also think I will take a cue from another seamstress and make the last panel straight down instead of curved.  We’ll see, though.  Even with all that, I do have to say I really like the fabric.  It is a light blue with bright flowers outlined in chocolate brown.  I also realized that my new green top will match it perfectly!  I’m so happy that I had the foresight to buy less expensive fabric to work out all the kinks on.  I’m saving the good stuff for when I have my perfect skirt pattern down.  I think I’m going to attempt one from Sew What Skirts tonight.  Since I found paper on a roll at Wal-mart, I can now create my own pattern.

 

Speaking of the knitting project, I am making a fair amount of progress on my June sweater considering whole nights have been taken up with sewing, and I’m working with DK weight yarn on size 5 needles.  I haven’t tried it on yet, but I think I am just past the bust line.  It will get a fair amount of work done on it tonight.  The 2-hour season finale of Criminal Minds comes on at 8 pm.  Since my sewing desk faces away from the television, it will immediately be abandoned in favor of knitting.  So, for two solid hours, I will be dedicated to knitting on the top.  I’m optimistically hoping I will finish the boy tonight.  After that is the cap sleeves, and voila! A top is done!  I really hope this one comes out.  I love the color, and I think the Berocco Comfort will stay fresh through summers in Alabama. ~hot!~

May 20, 2009 Posted by | Books, Fabric, Gripes, Knitting, Sewing, TV | 2 Comments

The one where I Friday fill-in about the new project

And…here we go!

1.   If we had no winter we would have significantly less knitting.  ~Shudder~

2.    Moving 2 sticks around with string and making something beautiful is a perpetual astonishment.

 
3.   If I had my life to live over, I wouldn’t worry about things as much.

4.    A new skirt will be had inside of four and twenty hours.

5.    If you’ve never been thrilled, you’ve never sewn/knitted a garment for yourself that turns out like you planned.

6.    To be interested in the changing seasons is to discover everything about yourself.

7.    And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going to Boy Child’s soccer game, tomorrow my plans include going to Boy Child’s last soccer game of the season and Sunday, I want to sew, sew, sew!

 

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I didn’t get around to sewing last night.  I find it very difficult to sew while I’m sleeping.  Now, if anyone out there knows a way around this challenge, please let me know.  Of course, when I woke up around 9 pm, I thought about starting something.  I talked myself out of it, though.  I kept thinking I would get sleepy.  I kept telling myself that for three more hours.  Sigh.  Do you know what I could have accomplished in those three hours? Sigh.  Instead, I played video games and watched TV.

 

I have been knitting a little.  I decided to start work on Buttercup (Ravelry link) using Berocco Comfort DK in the color lovage.  I can not get the color to come out accurately.  It is a great color.  It looks like a leaf after a spring rain.  Pretty.  I don’t even care that it will probably make me look like I have Malaria.  I like the color.

 

2009-05-14 Buttercup

 

I’m a little further along.  I think this is going to be worn alot this summer.  It’s maching washable, so that’s a big plus.  It’s on sale now at WEBS.  I think this project is going to come in under $15. Yea!

May 15, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in, Knitting, Yarn | 2 Comments

The one where I talk about yarn instead of knitting

So, I had to escape the office yesterday.  That is another unpleasant story, so I will leave it alone for now.  I will say that I was tempted to kill my co-workers.  Instead, I got these:

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Claudia Hand Painted – John B

2009-05-14 urban fever

Claudia Hand Painted – Urban Fever

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Koigu KPPPM – P814

We all know that sock yarn does not count as stash, so yeah.  I really want to try out the Claudia Hand Painted.  I haven’t knit with it before, but it is soft and squishy in the hank.  Yum!

I also picked up three new pattern books. (click covers to see patterns)

2009-05-14 Round Pond Cover

2009-05-14 New Harbor Cover

2009-05-14 Heron Island Cover

I’ve been thinking about these books since before Stitches South.  Mrs. S gave me a $20 off punch card, so it was really like buy two get one free!  I was planning on showing all the patterns I want to make, but there were too many.  These books are great!

May 14, 2009 Posted by | Books, Magazines, Stash, Yarn | 1 Comment

The one where my knitting hates me

None, I say none of my knitting is working out.

2009-05-13 Shrug

Take the twice knit shrug.  I knit it with the yarn the designer used with the same size needles.  I even knit it a smidgen smaller than I thought was reasonable.  It is STILL too big!  Look at it.  It is falling off my shoulders.  Granted, it fits much better than the one knit our of Touche.  On the up side, I have no problem throwing this sucker in the dryer.  We’ll see how it comes out.  Laundry day is Saturday.

Taking the fact that nothing is working  into consideration, I threw 1 skein of all my summer yarns into a bag with all my circular needles and went to work with the plan of knitting up a bunch of swatches.  This is what I ended up with …

2009-05-13 Kerchief

It is this kerchief.  I used Valley Yarns Goshen yarn.  I ordered a couple of skeins in the last WEBS order.  It looked like a good fiber combo.  I wanted to try it out before I invested in a sweaters worth.  I have to say, I love this yarn so far.  It feels wonderful to knit with.  The fabric is almost perfect.  When I’m back on buying yarn, I will definitely get more.

Oh, the most important thing … my Mother’s Day present from my boys.

2009-05-13 Sewing Station

I have a wonderful new sewing station!  My boys got me a desk so I can keep my sewing machine out all the time.  Because it is downstairs, I won’t bother them when I get on a sewing jag in the middle of the night.  It’s also near the Playstation when I have to put the sewing machine in time out.  I do need to find a better chair.  The one I am using is just a temp until I can find one I like.  Thank you my most precious boys! I love you bunches.

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Knitting, Sewing, Yarn | 1 Comment

The one with the skirt

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And…here we go!

1.  Apples are to oranges as yarn is to fabric(Both are yummy!)

2.  I do not believe humans are causing “Global Warming,” and that’s all I have to say about that.

3.   I think I hear my knitting crying.

4.   Our flag represents the lives that were lost throughout history so that we may be free; which, I’m sad to say, seems to be for naught the way the current administration is headed.

5.   Do what you want to do, but don’t expect me to always follow/listen/approve.

6.   Boy Child walked through the gardenand behind him was a Radio Flyer wagon; in the wagon was a bucket filled with things he found on his adventures.

7.  And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to shopping with Hubby (Hopefully I’ll be able to find a sewing table so we can eat in the dining room again.), tomorrow my plans include cleaning house and Sunday, I want to sew some more!

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I am happy to report that I was able to complete my goal of sewing last night.  As a matter of fact, I sewed for 6 straight hours!  It was lovely.  Though I do have to say, there were a couple of times the sewing machine almost took a flight off the deck and into the creek.  I still have no idea why after hours of perfect stitches (by the machine at least) it went berserk!  I spent ½ an hour ripping back a gobbled mess of thread.  The real kicker was that it was at the tail end of my last project.  I would have put it in time out, but I really wanted to wear it to work today. In the end, it all worked out. 

 

2009-05-08 Flower bag

This is a knitting project bag made from scraps.  I love how the three patterns work so well together.

2008-05-08 Black bog 

This is another knitting project bag made from the scraps from Mrs. S’s bag.  I love, love, love it.  I have discovered that I prefer the two ribbon handles to the one.  They both work just fine, but the two ribbon bag seems to close more securely.  I think that will become my new go-to bag.

 

I was also able to complete my very first skirt I would actually wear in public.  As a matter of fact, I’m wearing it now.

 

2008-05-08 Skirt 

(It is really hard to take a photo of yourself!)

 

This was made some of the fabric I picked up yesterday from Hobby Lobby.  I adore the colors in the print.  It also doesn’t hurt that there are butterflies.  Including all notions, I think it cost me around $10.  I used a Simplicity pattern that I bought the last time I tried the whole sewing thing.  I did not follow the directions.  I used the pattern but adjusted the waist and used elastic instead of a ribbon closure. 

 

2008-05-08 Skirt Side 

Look, it even has splits up the side!

 

2008-05-09 Skirt and Birks 

And it matched my Birks perfectly!

 

I did learn some stuff.  First, I do not have an accurate picture of my body.  Some days I’m convinced I am much larger (like last night) and others I’m still the same size I was in high school.  Thus, I need to be able to try on stuff as I’m making it.  Even doing this, I still made my skirt a little on the big side.  The good news is that I can always make it smaller if I need to later. 

 

Second, I forgot I have a not small backside.  I didn’t take that into account when hemming my skirt, so the back rises up a little in the back.  I don’t care though.  When I look down at it, I don’t see the back.  It is all good.  I’m just happy that it actually comes down to my ankles more than anything else. 

 

Third, an iron is your bestest friend in the whole wide world.  Since I was working with 100% cotton, I didn’t need to pin anything.  I just ironed creases and off I went.  It was so easy!

 

Fourth, when all my equipment is working properly, sewing can be just as meditative as knitting.  It is also a great feeling knowing that you created something that is all your own. 

 

Sewing is definitely here to stay.  Like with my knitting, I know I will only get better as time goes on.  I’m going to let go with my perfectionist tendencies on this one and just enjoy that I made something that I like.  I’m going to wear it with pride.   

May 8, 2009 Posted by | Fabric, Finished, Friday Fill-in, Sewing | 4 Comments

The one where I find a new love

Apparently I have not been blogging enough.  I have to say it was just because I was trying to protect you all.  My life, while busy, has been boring.  I was just trying to save everyone the frustration of logging onto the Internet, clicking on my site and discovering a post about how I folded the laundry or scrambled to fix something for dinner out of the nothingness that is in our pantry.  Like I said – boring.  However, since there has been a request for more blogging, that’s you Buck, I will share with you what has been going on in my life.

 

1.          Last week Boy Child and I were having some difficulties with behavior.  I say we both were because I was not living up to my job as a good mommy.  Several weeks ago I purchased several books to help me: How to Really Love Your Child, How to Really Parent Your Child: Anticipating What a Child Needs Instead of Reacting to What a Child Does, and The Five Love Languages of Children.  After reading book #2, I learned that the number one reason for misbehavior in children is that their ‘emotional tank’ is not full.  That is where I failed Boy Child.  I did not recognize that I was not filling his emotional tank.  So, I decided to rectify this oversight.  While Hubby was working Friday night, Boy Child and I had a movie night.  We made nachos and popcorn.  We ate movie candy.  We watched a couple of movies.  We had a great time.  I also decided that the computer was working against our family time.  I made a deal with Boy Child.  Neither one of us was allowed on the computer.  I have to admit it was tough at first, but we ended up having a great time.   Both our tanks were filled.  I recommend wholeheartedly these books for any parent who wants to be the best parent they can be. 

 

2.          I finished this shrug using Berroco’s Touché in some unlisted color I’m calling ‘natural silver’.  I loved every minute of knitting with this yarn. It was soft and drapey.  Though in this case, the drape in this yarn worked against me.  It turned out very, very large.  I loved the yarn so much, I wore it to work in hopes I could fix it.  No go.  It will be unraveled and used for another project.  I ended up purchasing the yarn called for in the pattern (Cotton-Ease) in Taupe.  I am now 1/3 of the way done with the second one.  So far, it appears to be more successful than the first.  Sadly it looks like a big pile of nothing until it is done, so there are no photos. 

 

In the vain of knitting shrugs, I have also started on this one using Berroco’s Pure Pima in ‘Mellow Rose.’  I really like this yarn.  I’m not sure at this point how it is going to look finished, but I love the color so much I can forgive it for a lot.  Again, I looks like a whole lot of nothing now so no photos.  I do find the lace pattern in the Retro Redux Shrug is easier to keep track of than the other.  I would rate both as easy patterns, but I seem to be making more mistakes in the first one.

 

3.          I had lunch with Mrs. S on Monday, so I was able to gift her with these:

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As a thank you for the shawl from SS, I decided to sew a few bags to keep her own shawls safe from snags.  These are my first ‘real’ projects.  I admit I have sewn the curtains that are hanging in our house now, but I’m not sure that counts since it was only 2 straight lines on each panel.  I also sewed a skirt once that turned out so poorly; I sent it straight to the trash.  I think these bags turned out well, though.  They also gave me the sewing bug. Bad. Right now, I would rather sew than knit. Hubby has to work tonight, so I am planning on spending the entire night sewing.  Today I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up the notions I need for tonight. While I was there, I noticed the cotton fabrics are on sale 30% off.  I picked up a couple of different patterns to practice on before I work on the “good” fabric.  The one exception is the bug fabric I picked up a couple of weeks ago.  I’m going to use this for pajama pants.  Those will get made tonight.  Yea! I’m also planning on a skirt, too.  Cross your fingers that all things will turn out well.

 

That’s all folks.  I told you my life has been quite boring.  If I complete my goals tonight, I may have something more interesting to show you tomorrow.

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Fabric, Family, Finished, Knitting, Sewing | 3 Comments