Thursday, July 19, 2018

Finished Another Buggy Barn Crazy

Finished this today just in time for a birthday luncheon for my friend Sara.  I was sewing the label on an hour before I was suppose to be at the restaurant. Talk about cutting it close!!  My sewing stuff is in the finished attic but there isn’t any air conditioning up there so it’s like a sweatshop up there in July and August. We had a window unit up there but it somehow cracked the window and it took the window company three attempts to get the size of the replacement window right (dispite the fact that they have this house in their computer because they put the windows in when the houset was built...aye yi yi) i thought rather than risk another broken window and go through the replacement process again with the window company, it would just be less aggravatin to just have no air conditioning up there.  Maybe I’ll rent out space for a hot yoga class up there.  :). Anyway Sara loved the quilt and the pink and purple shawl I previously posted.  The pattern is Buggy Barn Crazy. I’ve made this one before. You cut through a whole bunch of layers of fabric at the same time. Minimal preparation before you actually get to sewing.  The fabrics I used are an old spring line from RJR Thimbleberries.  Quilted it with a ribbon and rose panto pattern.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Flying Monkey Shawlette

Bought my one and only (and probably last) gradient yarn.  They’re pretty but so limiting as to what you can do with them.  Just thought to keep it simple and do a basic triangle shawl just to use up the yarn.  This pattern is a freebie on Ravelry called Flying Monkey Shawlette.  Brainless knitting.  Yarn brand is Frejia hand dyed fingering weight purchased from a Massachusetts yarn shop while I endured listening to the shop owner’s political rantings about what liberal cause he was supporting with the sale of some yarn.  Note to self: Shop on line and dye my own yarns. :)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

More Yarn Dyeing

Took a little break from downsizing today after my weekly trip to drop off stuff at the Salvation Army.  Been wanting to do a little yarn dyeing out on the back deck.  The goal was to match the yarn that I had previously dyed completely willy nilly in a yarn dyeing class.  I have no idea what colors I used in the class except for one...lichen. Why take notes when you can just randomly slop dye around?  As of right now all I have is 7 different colors of dye but even with those limitations I am really happy with the results.  It’s an absolutely gorgeous day here in New England.  Not hot, no humidity and a really nice breeze. This yarn will be dry in no time and then I can’t wait to cake them up :).   Three color shawl maybe something along a Find Your Fade type project for one set and then a two color shawl with the two color set.  I have one more skein from the class I want to match but it will require a pastel yellow dye and a bit of lime green.  Next non-downsizing project on the to do list is making homemade pesto sauce from the garden basil.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tabouli Finished

Well it’s blocked and the buttons are on it and I’m very happy with the results.  Really upped my “sweater game” with this pattern with the help of the KAL group on Ravelry and the on line tutorials by the designer Carol Feller.  Learned a lot of new stuff (well to me anyway).  I learned short row sleeve caps, having a sweater with saddle bands and one row button holes.  I also had to hit a couple of Youtube videos and on how to sew in CORRECTLY a shank button.  It’s easy on fabric but sort of a booger on a knitted item.  I thought it would be hard to find (around where I live anyway) buttons to match but I lucked out and found great matching buttons in the right size at Joann’s Fabrics.  The back up plan was to look for colorless clear buttons.

So it’s rather hot here for New England but nothing compared to when we lived in the Central CA area and the humidity here is nothing compared to living in Southern Maryland and VA.  The temps are due to drop drastically soon so maybe I’ll get a chance to wear this sport weight sweater soon.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Another Chemo Cap

This one is for another friend (Bernie).  How sad is it that you have a “go to” pattern for chemo caps.  Ugh cancer sucks!  This is a free pattern by the soon to be out of business Classic Elite Yarns (who cares).  The pattern is called Fresco Slouchy hat.  The yarn is Cotton Fair by Premier Yarns. Bernie is a outspoken patriot and I’m sure she’ll like the hat and the pin.  :).#MakeBernieHealthyAgain!!!!  

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Caught up on Tabouli Clue #3

Caught up with Clue #3.  Learned a lot because I’d never done short row sleeve construction before.  Tried it on and it fits really good.  Going to look for buttons but am also considering putting in a zipper too.  Will see. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Homespun Project

I’m totally a rookie spinner.  This is one of the first attempts that was knittable.  A lot of it wasn’t :). I don’t even remember what the fiber was.  Today I wove in the loose ends and blocked it. The pattern is a freebie on Ravelry called “Gathered Scarf”.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Places That Accept Fabric Donations????

Okay I need to downsize the fabric stash.  I just don’t have the quilting mojo like I used to.  More than 32 years....I had a good run :).

I used to be crank out a quilt every month.  Just not feeling it and if I had to define myself, I’d say I’m more of a knitter now and just an occasional quilter. Knitting sure takes up less space. That’s for sure.

I contacted one Project Linus Chapter to see if they could use fabrics and so far no answer. Contacted another Project Linus just over the state line to see if they need fabrics and their answer is pending.

So I could use some ideas from the Blogosphere......What charities accept fabric (pretty much all 100% cottons) donations? Help!  I need ideas!!

I’d rather not yard sale it and deal with the crazies (Is it me or are yard sale groupies sort of looney?) I’d also rather not waste a lot of time setting up a yard sale only to sell 2 yards of fabric to the person who came to the front door at 6 a.m. when the yard sale starts at 8 a.m.

I listed some items on the local town Facebook yard sale page and it’s been a bag of mixed nuts.  When I listed a free love seat sleeper sofa, I had some nutjob in NY ask me if I’d deliver it to her.  I went to google maps and saw that it was a 7 1/2 hour trip one way to their town.  Yeah I’m not spending 15 hours on the road to deliver a free sofa :) How boring is your life if you live in NY and you’re following a yard sale FB page in New England?  Another nutjob wanted me to mail them something in CT.  Ya know like I’m Amazon Prime :).


Monday, June 25, 2018

Progressing along on my Tabouli Sweater

Working on Clue 3 of Tabouli.  I had a feeling this sweater might be above my knitting paygrade but so far knock wood I’m hanging in there. I think it’s all downhill from here.  We finish up with Clue 4.  I should probably start searching for buttons but I hate to do that before it’s blocked.  I’ve also never put a zipper in a sweater before....hmmmmmm maybe?

I like the weight of the NUA yarn. We’re having a sort of cold summer here. I’ve been grabbing for a light weight sweater frequently.  The other day I was actually wearing a jacket!  What the heck? It’s almost July!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The “Katie Shawl” by Cozy Up Knits

Finished this shawl today.  It’s the Katie Shawl by Cozy Up Knits.  These girls are the podcasting sisters on Cozy Up with The Stitching Sisters.  I’ve already made the Jamie Shawl for the sister Jamie and the Sisters Shawl for the whole group and now I finished the Katie.  Still have to do the Sara which I don’t think they’ve come out with yet and the Krissy which I know they’ve come out with already.  

Can’t remember what the purple yarn is.  Some unknown fingering weight in my stash.  The pink is Dream In Color Smooshy and the color is Cool Fire.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chemo Cap Slouchy

I can’t believe I’m knitting with this color.  After all the “pussy hat” nonsense, I find this color cringe worthy. At least this cap doesn’t have ears :)   
This is for a friend’s wife undergoing chemo and she wanted pink so she got it.  The pattern is by Classic Elite Yarns (a company closing...not that it matters. Their Hub store is a LYS for me.  When they opted to get political after President Trump’s victory, I opted never to buy another thing from them.) This pattern was free. It’s called the Fresco Simple Slouchy.  I made it out of Premier Yarns Cotton Fair purchased at either Michael’s or Joann’s. I recommend it for chemo caps as it is very soft.    I made the smallest size.  I tend to have bigger gauge and usually have to drop down a needle size and I thought without having hair, I didn’t want the cap to be too big.  I have one more to make for another friend but haven’t asked her yet what color she’d like.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

“America First” Shawl

I bought this as a kit at a fiber festival in CT last year.  The pattern name is called “Afloat” but I will call it the “America First” Shawl.  Let’s see how many people are triggered by it :) The charm I bought on Etsy from a smart maker who represents both sides of the aisle.