The Fix is in!

knitting with cat

There are times when you agree to stuff and you end up thinking you should have your head examined!

A good friend at church had a little problem, that wasn’t so little. She was knitting this lovely little cardigan for her great grandchild and something went wrong.

Having sewn in one sleeve and the right side up. The other however was sewed up without the sleeve. This is were the trouble began.

I must say that this very experienced knitter is a very exceptional seam sewer! While trying to open the seam at the shoulder to insert the sleeve, things went pear shaped.

I have to admit I would most likely have thrown in the towel. While trying to remove these very well concealed stitches 3 or 4 edge stitches in the front panel got snipped. Luckily the back was fine, however a hole 9 stitches deep and 5 rows long developed… Yup! 

The final row wouldn't come out smoothly when grafted. The stitches were too mangled. I figure a blind man would be happy to see it. Matched the colour and patched the 10 st across, knitting the side stitches seamlessly on the right side. the 7 rows join up and lay smoothly below.  Fixing a patch against an open edge was a first for me and a little nerve racking. Very pleased with the overall result :0)

The final row wouldn’t come out smoothly when grafted. The stitches were too mangled. I figure a blind man would be happy to see it.Starting from the most secure stitches at the bottom of the hole, I matched the colour and patched the 10 st across, knitting the side stitches seamlessly on the right side. The 7 rows join up and lay smoothly below.
Fixing a patch against an open edge was a first for me and a little nerve racking.
Very pleased with the overall result :0)

Remember my post on mending? Well I went back and forth three sides of the hole, using the most stable stitches. The tricky part is working a patch against an open edge. Wasn’t holding a lot of hope that this would work out. 

Finished it up by fixing the shoulder seam and inserting the sleeve. Then with a long thread secured the underarm leaving 1/2 the yarn to sew the sleeve, and the other half to mattress stitch the side seam. Then returned to the under arm to continue to sew the sleeve together.

Finished it up by fixing the shoulder seam and inserting the sleeve. Then with a long thread secured the underarm leaving 1/2 the yarn to sew the sleeve, and the other half to mattress stitch the side seam. Then returned to the under arm to continue to sew the sleeve together.

Visualize, visualize, visualize, work at it till it looks as you see it in your mind. Be optimistic and plaster a smile on your puss!

Finishing advice:

I am a great advocate of sewing knitted garments together with the outside facing you. Follow the rows on either side to make a straight and seamless line. When working a shaped edge, I lightly pin (Coiless pins preferably plastic) the front and back, then working as smoothly as possible, easy the pieces together using the closest stable stitch to fit them together. Really important to match increases or decrease where possible. This is so much easier on the front side of the work. A knitting teacher once told me “That sewing it together right side out and seam to seam, made for a better finish as you can see what is actually happening. You don’t wear sweaters inside out. If you sew it together inside out, the inside will look lovely, but the outside will look like you sewed it together inside out!”

Part of my family is Catholic, so for the each of the children’s first communions I have made them a Rosary. Only one more to go after this. Finally finished this one. Thank goodness the other side isn’t, I would have 18 more to do! The Protestant side is very prolific!

I also do Protestant Rosaries. For those that are interested in this meditative prayer practice.

This is a Catholic Rosary for my cousins daughter. Catholic uses 5 decades of 10 beads.

I also do Protestant Rosaries. For those that are interested in this meditative prayer practice. I am considering making some for my Etsy shop.

This one is mine. Note that the Protestant version of the Rosary has fewer beads.

This one is mine. Note that the Protestant version of the Rosary has fewer beads. 4 wks of 7 beads.

If anyone is interested in Rosaries, let me know in the comments and I will provide links for making and use of both kinds.

WIP List = 9

  1. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal
  2. Zuzu’s Petals
  3. His/Hers Socks
  4. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  8. My Fair Cardi 
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf   Kal/feb2015 

FO’s 2015 = 8 + 1 = 9

WIPS 2015 = 9

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 13

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 5

cya next week :0)

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I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

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WIP Wednesday- lush update

because wool fixes everything

I’ve been working surprisingly faithfully on three big WIPs this past week. Surprisingly for me anyways, as there is nothing more alluring to me than a great hat pattern. Oh-la-la I get weak in the knees. Nothing like a good hat to cure what ails you! But I have resisted, I have persevered, and I have some nice results for my efforts!

Beauty #1… The ever gorgeous Lush cardigan. She’s been on my needles since May of last year, and I have finally buckled down and put some mileage on her!
After months of black hole body stockinette…the bottom is bound off!

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And hark! It’s one completed arm!

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There is nothing I love more than a malabrigo rib. It’s simply glorious, yes?

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I’ve got the second arm underway, and all day long to knit (other than feeding and entertaining children. But I’m damn good at playing babies and crash…

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The post in which we all *squee* in girlie delight

Wishing I had a little Ballerina, I gotta boy which is good too :0)

because wool fixes everything

My baby girl has made all my girl momma fantasies come true.
Adorable and sweet- check
Brilliant (obviously)- check
Loves pink- check
Loves tutus- check
Loves sparklies- check
Loves ballet – check check check!

As a redhead, pink is like the holy grail for me. I love it. It makes my heart pitter patter. I tried to wear it a few times as a kid…any fashion is cute under 6. After that, yikes. I have some unfortunate pictures of a nine yr old me, in a pink leisure suit, with pink glasses, and a really bad hair cut. *shudders*. Thankfully I embraced my ginger status and put aside the pink. Good decision!

So now I have this smart, gorgeous, blonde little bundle of pink loving ballerina, so what else could I do but outfit her in the best pinks the yarn world has to offer!

Exhibit A. Her ballet shrug!

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Inspiration Monday – yarn for the greater good

because wool fixes everything

We’ve had a bit of a week round these parts. My oldest turned 8 (woot!) in the middle of March break last week and so the whole family took off for a fun filled day in Toronto. Train ride, eating out, hockey hall of fame…we packed it in. Meanwhile, earlier in the week he had stepped on a needle, and unbeknownst to us, poor kid had a chunk about an inch long stuck in his foot. An ER trip finished off his birthday. He’s since been limping around while we fight the infection. Did I mention he has an extreme needle and blood phobia? Oh yes. Fun times indeed.

In the midst of this chaos, I got wind of the fundraiser Three Irish girls wool was having, and was tossing around the idea of buying a skein of the ‘you are my sunshine’ sock yarn. Not only did I need…

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WIP Wednesday- thrummed goodness

A newer Blogger and a friend!

because wool fixes everything

Another polar vortex is upon us. I’m not quite sure what makes it a polar vortex, but my weather app assured me it’s stupid cold out, so I’ll drink the kool-aid and be all affronted that it’s so cold 😉

I’ve been limping my way through this winter wearing a cheap pair of fleece mitts. Considering I have to be out at least twice a day in the howling winds of these numerous polar vortexes doing my mothering bus meeting duty, It baffles me why I didn’t fix this situation earlier. Not to mention the hours upon hours I’ve spent in hockey arenas this winter! My poor cold fingers.

I decided last night watching the weather forecast on the news that it was time to get going on my thrummed mitts. I’ve been sitting on the wool all winter, and since my long cord is now free (cancan! She is…

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WIP Weds: Welcome to the finish line!

It’s over, but what great moments!

Congratulations Team Canada!

10 – Golds, 10 – Silvers, 5 – Bronze

Ravellenic Games is also over

Team Canada

Team Canada

Pattern list: 8 in 17 days

 Woodland Sprite Bonnet 

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Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater

I designed this for the Olympics - freebee people. Enjoy :0)

I designed this for the Olympics – freebee people. Enjoy :0)

Drip Stopper 

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A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!

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 Another Pair of Mittens 

This little nesting doll was a gift from my husband many years ago :0)

This little nesting doll was a gift from my husband many years ago :0)

 O Canada Mittens 

This is a double barreled entry. Ravellenic Games and Soper Creek Yarn Challenge :0)

This is a double barreled entry. Ravellenic Games and Soper Creek Yarn Challenge :0)

This one is doubling as my LYS 2014 yarn challenge entry. The yarn we are to use is Red and White too :0) 

The Palms

The Palms

 Worsted Wingspan

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Buttermere Shawl 

Finished preblocking

The WIP’s List will be back on Friday :0)

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

FO’s 2014 =  13 + 1 = 14

WIPS 2014 = 11 – 1 = 10

 Stash Used 2014 = 33 + 1 = 34

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 4 + 1 = 5

Thanks again cya at the Finishing line :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

For my Green Entries 

  1. Alpine Abode Enhancement (Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater )
  2. Flying Camel Spin (Alchemy 100% Merino Handspun)
  3. Free Dance (Drip Stopper) 
  4. Hat Halfpipe (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!)
  5. Mitten Moguls (Another Pair of Mittens)
  6. Scarf super G (Worsted Wingspan)
  7. WIPs Dancing (Buttermere Shawl)

For Purple Entries

  1. Charity Curling (Another Pair of Mittens, Woodland Sprite Bonnet, coffee Cup sweater, Drip Stopper)
  2. Junior Ravellenics (Another Pair of Mittens, Woodland Sprite Bonnet)
  3. Beadathon (Buttermere Shawl)
  4. Lace Luge (Buttermere Shawl, Woodland Sprite Bonnet )
  5. Nordic Colorwork Combined (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, O Canada Mittens, coffee Cup sweater, Worsted Wingspan
  6. Single-Skein Speed Skate (Another Pair of Mittens)
  7. Stash Skeleton (Buttermere Shawl and A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, Woodland Sprite Bonnet, Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater  ,Drip Stopper, Worsted Wingspan

WIP Weds: Happy Halloween all!

Happy Halloween everyone.

Photo: :)

Just too funny not to share lol

Andy’s Capp Two, – Done!

Both sizes: smaller 9 1/2" larger 11"

Both sizes: smaller 9 1/2″ larger 11″

4 more to go!

Oct Kal for the Carry along forum on Rav: Iced 

This is going to be a hang over into next month. The collar is just eating the yarn, and going on and on!

This is going to be a hang over into next month. The collar is just eating the yarn, and going on and on!

Getting ready for the Church Bazaar on Saturday

Did some beading.

Cross weave Bracelets

Cross weave Bracelets

and raided the button Jar for these

These are fiddly but fun

These are fiddly but fun

and a second one,

Roses, Pinks and a little burgundy

Roses, Pinks and a little burgundy

and one more

Violets and purples

Violets and purples

If they don’t sell look for them on Etsy next week.

The last opportunity to vote. vote here!

I’ll let you know on Friday what it will be

Is anyone interested in a Sports Bra, Ladies Underwear, or Unisex Boxer Shorts Tutorial? I am thinking of making some and will record the process. Please list which you are interested in. So far there has been one vote for a Sports Bra. Anyone else want to weigh in? I will probably be doing an example of each. So I am going to try a poll to determine which to plan first.

Current WIP List (7 + 2)

 

 FO’s 2013 = 96 + 1 = 97

WIPS 2013 = 7 (+ 2)

 Stash Used 2013 = 84 + 2 = 86

Sewing FO’s = 4 

Books 2013 = 34 + 1 = 35

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket 

Psst! Only 8 more Saturdays till Christmas!

and on Ravelry.com  

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