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Workbasket Wednesday #2

Son’s 2017 Christmas sweater ~

Long before my break on Tuesday was over, I had run out of yarn. So close to the end of the sleeve!  I put away the sweater and looked around for something else to do.  YES!  The Hawaiian quilting project!  looking…looking…looking…darn!  No white quilting thread (or any other kind of thread, for that matter).  Made some notes on my “Things to do” list and pouted.

I took the sweater home with me on Friday and worked on it during the long, holiday weekend.  I finished the sweater with MUCH HELP from Pixie and Walther.  They are SURE that the sweater is for them.

OK, when I said that I finished the sweater I meant that the body of the sweater was complete, all the ends were woven in and the seam were all seamed.

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To have the sweater completely finished, it needed to have THE FLASH insignia put on it.  I was planning on using the duplicate stitch method, so had needed to have the sweater finished before I worked the  insignia.  I got out my grid paper and started to draft out my design.  It was not going to be as easy as I had imagined.  It NEVER is.  😀  I gave it up for that night.

Due to the AMAZING weather all weekend, I was distracted by other projects around the house.  There was painting in several rooms (I am done-done with my sewing room!  YES!!)  There was laundry and general house cleaning.  There was bread making.

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I had so much starter that I made 3 loaves.  I gave one to my neighbors.

The cleaning of my car (isn’t it dumbfounding how filthy a car can get with just daily use.  It was GROSS).  The power washing of: the 13 black rubber stair treads, the deck stairs themselves, the long carpet runner from the kitchen, the patio in the dog’s yard, all the backyard sidewalks, the backyard laundry patio and the backyard concrete stairs.  I am glad that I got all the work done (there is still plenty of TO-DO items on my list though), but it didn’t get me any further on my sweater.

I went to the interwebs and printed off the insignia.

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Crocheted (crotch-a-ted) grey poodle~

I found myself bumping up against the clock, as usual.  I looked around my sewing room for some project to take to knitting group.  My eyes lighted upon my collection of Weldon’s books.  I grabbed a book, opened it up and quickly flipped through it.  I came across the pattern for a crocheted poodle.  I have had a fancy to make the animals in these books so I also grabbed some grey yarn and crocheted hooks and hurried out the door.

Crochet is still a new-ish skill for me and the patterns are old and not written to today’s format, so I wasn’t sure that I would be able to make it at all.  I started reading the pattern… sure enough, not written to today’s format. “make a chain of single crochet to the size of the dog”.  What?  Um…OK.  So I started out with my best guess.  Then there was the looped stitches.  The book was great at explaining them and they looked like they did in the picture.  I’m sure that the ladies watching me learn a new stitch had a painful time.  It wasn’t pretty, but I did eventually figure out a way to streamline the process of the looped stitch to make it less fiddly for me to make.  About that time the knitting group was over and I decided to pull it out and start over, using my Pixie as a model for the sizing.

DeAnna’s birthday hankie ~

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Early last year I planned to make hankies for each of my knitting ladies for Christmas.  I ordered the good quality handkerchief linen, looked up how to hem stitch the edges on u-tube, looked up embroidery patterns on antique pattern library, photo copied them on to Transfer-Eze,  and hem stitched all the hankies.  Then, they were set aside for other projects.  I had plenty of time. Right up until I didn’t.  I ended up making something else for Christmas gifts for the ladies.  Now, it is time for DeAnna’s birthday.  The time to finish a hankie is upon me.  I figured I could finish it in the 3 days that I had before her birthday celebration on the second Wednesday of January.  Booooooy, how I had mistaken how long the detailed monogram would take.  I missed the deadline.  She had mentioned that she wanted some sourdough starter, so I brought her some of that on the day of the celebration, but she had to wait until 3rd Wednesday for her hankie.  I hope it was worth the wait.

DIL’s Christmas Sweater ~  If you remember back, for Christmas I made and gave her only the sleeves of her sweater.  They were very colorful and crocheted.

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DIL’s Christmas sweater sleeves

The sweater is knit, but the color called for in the pattern was light pink.  DIL isn’t really a light pink sorta girl.  So, after she opened her gift at Christmas, I had her pick out the color of the yarn that she wanted the body of the sweater to be, from the Knit Picks website.  She choose a lovely purple color called Serenade.  I ordered it up and waited for it to arrive.  If finally arrived on this last past Saturday!

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I took the yarn with me to work.  That way I can knit on this sweater on my breaks and lunch.  I also took it with me to knitting group.  The color of the yarn is really beautiful and the ‘hand’ of the yarn is sensuous.

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Friend Barb’s birthday gift ~  I have been working on this steady, each evening.  But, you know the rules… no pictures or details until the recipient has received the gift!  😀

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Throw back Thursday – A ‘historical’ blast from the past

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Me with friend Missy. 

I believe this was in 1994 because my daughter Josephine is hiding under my long skirt.

Missy and I are dressed to be part of our friends’, Colleen and Brad, Wedding.

I remade my gown into my quilted Christmas tree skirt.  I get to see it once a year and think of my friends and my daughter (as I quilted it while pregnant with her – and she passed away, while an infant.  In fact… she would have been 22 today!  Happy Birthday my little angel-girl!)

Ms. Colleen posted this picture on her facebook page.  How fortuitous! I guess my interest in historical clothing goes back longer than I thought.  And, as I am thinking about it… Momma made me a dress for snowball back in high school that would be a nod to past fashion.  I will have to locate that photo as well.

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Hers · Knitting

10th Day of Christmas – Wednesday

Another COLD day!  Brrr!

Work kept me hopping today!  Usually I would post a work basket update.  If I haven’t posted it during this 12 days of Christmas, then it is still secret and it will have to wait until next week.  😉

Tonight was the gift exchange for the knitting group. It was also supposed to be the night that Peter joined us for knitting for the first time (the guy that I met at the restaurant last Thursday).  Peter didn’t show up (I had brought a gift for him, just in case.  The gift exchange took place though!

Daisy was the first one of the group there, as usual.  She had made stitch markers, stitch/row/repeat counters, and Portuguese knitting hooks for each of us.  They were individualized to each person.  They are amazing and beautiful.  I began using mine right away!

Wilma had crocheted each of us several pot scrubbers!  I love them!  I had actually been thinking of them the day before and had  remembered that she had been making them earlier in the year.  I had hoped that she was giving us some for Christmas.  I lucked out!  Many of the ladies mentioned that the fiber was hard to work with.  We ALL were very glad to get them!

Barb had made everyone something different based on each lady’s preferred color preference.  Each gift was very lovely and perfect for each lady.  Mine was a beautiful and soft Alpaca neck warmer with a shiny shawl pin.  It is red (my favorite color, I do have many though), and soft and amazing!

DeAnna is our baking queen.  This year she completely out did herself.  We received: a loaf of banana bread, Reese’s peanut butter chip cookies,  snicker doodles, soft molasses cookies, Butterfinger bits cookies, and Oatmeal scotchies cookies.  On the way home from knitting group I was hungry so I opened one of the bags of cookies (each type was separated into their own bag).  The bag that I opened was snickerdoodles, not my favorite kind.  I ate one anyways.  THEY WERE AMAZING!  They also didn’t make it home.  All gone.  YUM.

Nancy always finds the coolest things in her shopping adventures.  Whether shopping at garage sales, estate sales, vintage stores or whatnot.  This holiday was no exception.  She made each of us a soft tree ornament based on the same pattern as the cathedral window quilt pattern.  They are beautiful and will make a wonderful addition to my tree.  She also found the sweetest antique/vintage blown glass ornaments.  Mine was an old fashioned Santa.

I made a knit/crochet stitch marker and put it on a bracelet/stitch marker keeper.  In the past, DeAnna has made us some beautiful and fun “knitting jewelry” (stitch markers) that would make lovely charms.

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bracelet AND stitch marker holder

After knitting, I swung by Sister’s house to drop of our gifts to her and the Nieces families.  Picked up gifts from North Carolina Brother for us and for Son’s family.  Christmas, this year, is quickly coming to a close.