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

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Autumn has arrived!

My guy at 1yr old

My guy at 1yr old

It was on this day 24 years ago, my DS hit the atmosphere.

He has grown into a fine young man in spite of us.

Wishing him a very Happy Birthday, and many more!

In celebration of the season, I am doing a super secret coupon code for 25% off on both my Etsy shop and my Ravelry shop.

Visit Willows Pocket Facebook page Please Like, Coupon code is amongst the more recent posts.

Sadly I don’t think I am going to get my Kal done this month. However the book is almost finished. 

Quicksilver Lace Shrug 

Book: Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman by Maria Hamilton

Book: Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman by Maria Hamilton

I have also had a run on Flashy Earbud Sweaters in my Etsy store. 

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So I’m busy making more.

 My Birch Leaf  is coming along nicely. 

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But I can honestly say this is the Ball that never ends!

Wishing you and yours a happy week till we meet again :0)

WIP List = 12 

  1. Quicksilver Lace Shrug started Sept 5/14
  2. Flashy Earbud Sweaters started Sept 23/14
  3. Birch Leaf started Aug 18/14
  4. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 
  5. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  6. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  7. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  9. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  10. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  11. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  12. Simplicity Lace Scarf 

FO’s 2014 = 34 + 1  = 35

WIPS 2014 = 9 + 3 = 12

 Stash Used 2014 = 60 + 1 = 61

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 25 + 1 = 26

Thanks again, cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

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World Wide Knit in Public Week?

June 14-22, 2014 –  World Wide Knit in Public Day 

I am chronicling my outings this week

On Tuesday June 17th we gathered as a little group and knitted, crocheted and chatted at Coffee & Cakes, a local coffee shop. 

My favourite local cafe

My favourite local cafe

I finished

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel.

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel.

On Wednesday June 18th another little group gathered at Roses coffee shop. 

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Worked on

My pink bamboo scarf

My pink bamboo scarf

Thursday June 19th Music in the Park 

The Tricotresses ;)

The Tricoteuses  😉

Our Friday gathering 

At Roses Cafe again

At Roses Cafe again

Friday June 20th a little Yarn Crawling at my LYS  more on this weds.

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And Saturday my Birthday!

Sending you a virtual slice of cake :0)

WIP List = 9

  1. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  2. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  3. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  5. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  6. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  7. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  8. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf  

FO’s 2014 = 27

WIPS 2014 = 9

 Stash Used 2014 = 52

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 13

Thanks again cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

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Dramatic Renewal of Purpose

Renewal of Wedding Vows 

Our Wedding Day June 2, 1984. You must be getting tired of this picture, but I wanted to show the then and now :0)

Our Wedding Day June 2, 1984. You must be getting tired of this picture, but I wanted to show the then and now :0)

When we met with the Rector to discuss the service, he asked if we wanted to go with our own vows or to go with the new book of common prayer or the old. It seemed to me that we should use the service that we used 30 yrs ago as it has worked for us so far ;0) 

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We all met at St Georges Anglican Church at 1:00 pm on Saturday.

St. Georges Anglican Church, Newcastle, Ontario, Canada

St. Georges Anglican Church, Newcastle, Ontario, Canada

We were lucky that our original Best Man was available, and my son stood up with me as my Man of Honour. He and my father also did a readings. 

My Father and Son.

My Father and Son.

My boutique

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We adjourned to our home for a potluck BBQ, and celebration.

All and all a heart warming event shared with dear friends and family.

A lovely gift of flowers from dear friends who could not come.

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Also finished my sweethearts Clog Socks as an anniversary gift. 

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel.

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel. He really likes them :0)

I think we are good for another 30 years. Oh, my Husband and his friends are now referring to me as the 2nd wife…

WIP List = 9

  1. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  2. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  3. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  5. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  6. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  7. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  8. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf  
  10. Clog socks – for DH as Anniversary gift

FO’s 2014 = 26 + 1 = 27

WIPS 2014 = 10 – 1 = 9

 Stash Used 2014 = 51 + 1 = 52

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 13

Thanks again cya Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

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Preparing for Tomorrow

Anniversary

This Saturday I am remarrying my sweetheart all over again! 

Our Wedding Day June 2, 1984

Our Wedding Day June 2, 1984

It’s been 30 yrs and we are going to Church to renew our vows, in the presence of god and our friends and family.  Followed by a Pot Luck BBQ in our backyard. I will post pictures on Wednesday. 

Sorry, I don’t have much to say fibre wise, but I am a tad busy today running around grocery shopping, house cleaning and organizing.  It’s crazy around here. Both my guyz are helping, thatz why it’s crazy around here ;0)

It’s been 30 years

Our Wedding Day June 2, 1984

Our Wedding Day June 2, 1984

Yes my sweetheart and I have been married 30 years.

We have had both sickness and health.

It has been a good life so far, we have traveled, we have worked hard for a  comfortable place to live, and had a son we are both very proud of. We have many close friends, and are very blessed that the parents that we both brought into this marriage are still with us.

Very year, I have been more and more aware that the critical decision to say “I do” so long ago, was the best decision I ever made. 

At 23 yrs old, the age my son is now, I made a life choice that has rewarded me in so many ways through out the years.

I want to Thank my Darling Husband for being my partner in life. I hope we will be blessed with many more happy years together.

Stashbusting, Projects using Leftovers!

Would you trust these guyz?

Would you trust these guyz?

DH’s Birthday on Monday, so for “The Lord of the Rings” biggest fan.

Bombur’s Traveling socks

His favourite gift is always socks!

His favourite gift is always socks!

Went to a Family Baby shower on Sunday. 

Toddler Tootsies – my design

Little socks decorated the parcel

Little socks decorated the parcel

Pine Forest Baby Blanket

The expectant mother was more impressed with the socks... lol

The expectant mother was more impressed with the socks… lol

As some of you know I have a few on going projects to suck up leftovers from my numerous projects.

Left over Cowl – Fingering 

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Beryl Blanket – Fingering 

63 + 4 = 67 Hexes

67 Hexes

Box of Boxes Blanket – Fingering

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Not sure what to do with Dk bits and pcs.

Maybe Stone Soup Throw – in Dk

I plan to do Hexaghan Blanket – for my Worsted odds and ends. 

WIP List = 10

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  9. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  10. A Sun Hat #3  started Apr 11/14

FO’s 2014 = 19 + 2 = 21

WIPS 2014 = 10

 Stash Used 2014 = 40

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 12

Thanks again cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

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