I have a Plan!

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal

Only a few more rows to go!

Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser done!

Namaste Yoga socks #1- Finished!

My design, will publish soon.

This is a fundraiser for the Sick Kids Hospital Yoga rehab program.

Aquisition: Crown Jewels by The Yarn Therapist

Self stripping, designed for shawls! I have plans on knitting this on my vacation :0)

WIP List = 9

  1. Namaste Yoga socks #2
  2. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  3. Without Moonlight #2 
  4. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done! 
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  9. My Fair Cardi 
  10. Buttermere #2  ran out of yarn!
  11. Zuzu’s Petals frogged I have a better plan
  12. Namaste Yoga socks #1 – done
  13. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done 
  14. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser – done

WIPS 2015 = 14 – 5 = 9

FO’s 2015 = 23 + 2 = 25

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21 + 2 = 23

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Finishing bee!

knitting with cat

A day of mild celebration!

Yes I sometimes actually finish stuff!

Without Moonlight Shawl (Kal)

I am delighted with how this turned out.

I am delighted with how this turned out.

Be Simple Scarf 

This is a lot brighter than it appears. getting to be my favourite scarf for my Royal blue overcoat

This is a lot brighter than it appears. getting to be my favourite scarf for my Royal blue overcoat

Untangled #1 / Untangled #2 / Untangled #3

Intangled (3)

And the artical of the week, by 

7 Tips for Knitting Garments During Weight Fluctuations and Growth Spurts

WIP List = 13

  1. Be a Little Different Scarf
  2. Drip Stoppers – for church craft sale
  3. Dish Soap Poncho #3 – for church craft sale
  4. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  5. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  6. Zuzu’s Petals
  7. His/Hers Socks 
  8. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  9. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  10. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  11. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  12. My Fair Cardi 
  13. Simplicity Lace Scarf –  Kal/feb2015 almost done 
  14. Without Moonlight shawl – Kal 
  15. Be Simple Scarf 
  16. Untangled #1
  17. Untangled #2  
  18. Untangled #3

FO’s 2015 = 11 + 5 = 16

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 13 

WIPS 2015 = 13

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 16 + 3 = 19

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 5

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

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)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Frustration knitting and Prize winner!

knitting with cat

What do you do when you are almost finished a Kal and the yarn comes to the end in your hand?

Ratz!

 EZ Baby Surprise Jacket for my facebook group Kal. Ratz!

You knit one or two of these 

(2) XL coffee cup sweater, I'm doing about 1/2 dozen of these for our church craft sale.

(2) XL coffee cup sweater, I’m doing about 1/2 dozen of these for our church craft sale.

and more of this. 

Be Simple Scarf almost done!?!

Be Simple Scarf almost done!?!

and read some of this 

Totally awesome sequels to Pride and Prejudice. Just love the relationship that Linda Berdoll has envisioned.

Totally awesome sequels to Pride and Prejudice. Just love the relationship that Linda Berdoll has envisioned.

and wait for the LYS to open. 

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Picked up the needed yarn for my Kal 

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Oh, and I won 3rd place in the Soper Creek Yarns Challenge!

Bunch of great work! Congratulations everyone!

Bunch of great work! Congratulations everyone!

My effort!

My own design; Sanquhar cowl

My own design; Sanquhar cowl

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 = 6 + 2 = 8

WIPS 2015 = 9

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 10 + 3 = 13

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 4 + 1 = 5

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

The scarf that never ends?

knitting with cat

“This is the scarf that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends. Someone started knitting it not knowing what it was, and now they keep on knitting it forever just because…”
Do you get where this is going?

Be Simple Variations Scarf

It feels like this is just going on and on.  I am enjoying it and it isn't entirely mindless. This project is a subtle pleasure which I have been breaking up with other things.

It feels like this is just going on and on. I am enjoying it and it isn’t entirely mindless. This project is a subtle pleasure which I have been breaking up with other things.

Zuzu’s Petals

This project needs a little more attention. Maybe next week.

This project needs a little more attention. Maybe next week.

His/Hers Socks 

Ready to start the inserted heels for these puppies!

Ready to start the inserted heels for these puppies!

This weeks Fo’s!

Bandana Cowl #2 Febkal

DONE Woohoo!

For DH :0)

For DH :0)

WIP List = 8

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

FO’s 2015 = 3 + 1 = 4

WIPS 2015 = 9 + 1 = 8

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 5 + 1 = 6

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 3

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

First past the finish line of 2015!

Well it’s a brand new year and we all survived Christmas!

Hue and Value Shawl 

Hue and Value Shawl

Hue and Value Shawl

Finished in the wee hours of January 1/15. It was a challenge in my flu and drugged state, but we both survived! I think I would do this one again :0)

First new project of 2015!

It’s -30 with the wind chill here in Canada tonight, so the mind turns to hot chocolate and warm clothes!

Sanquhar Cowl by Wendy D. Johnson

Fell in love with this as soon as I spotted it!

Wendy's version

Wendy’s version

My version, I have my eye on a new blue winter coat.

Chart A&B another longterm project.

Chart A&B another longterm project.

I begin 2015 with WIP List = 8

  1. Sanquhar Cowl – Long term project
  2. Left over Cowl – Long term project
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  5. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  6. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  7. My Fair Cardi 
  8. Simplicity Lace Scarf   
  9. Hue and value shawl 

Thanks again for an interesting and eventful year.

It wouldn’t have been the same without you. 

FO’s 2015 = 1

WIPS 2015 = 7 + 1 = 8

 Stash Used 2015 = 3 

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 1

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

Happy New Year 2015!

Well it has been an active year. 

Fibre related Christmas gifts from my family this year!

Book: Knit Nordic by Eline Oftedal and a skein of Madeline Tosh Sock (spectrum)

Book: Knit Nordic by Eline Oftedal and a skein of Madeline Tosh Sock (spectrum)

The last few projects of the year 

Knit by the dozen socks my design 

Knit by the Dozen Socks. I started knitting these while I was ill socks. Modification: Inserted heel rather than Short row in the original pattern.

Knit by the Dozen Socks. I started knitting these while I was ill socks.
Modification: Inserted heel rather than Short row in the original pattern.

My Favourite Top-Down Socks 

These worked up just as nice as My Favourite Toe-up socks.

These worked up just as nice as My Favourite Toe-up socks.

my design – yet to be published 

and I am madly casting off my Hue and Value Shawl 

Hoping there is enough yarn to finish casting this off...

Hoping there is enough yarn to finish casting this off…

As I look back on my New Years Resolutions for 2014, I am stunned by the number of things I finished this year.

In 2011 – 105,

2012 – 78,

2013 – 112 

2014 – 61

It’s been a good year!

Projects in 2014

Resolutions for 2015!

  1. I will Complete 8 WIP’s on my list
  2. I will knit the lovely Madeline Tosh Sock yarn (spectrum) my DH gave me for Christmas 2014! 
  3. I have given up on organizing my stash, instead I will parcel up 15 projects with pattern,  stash yarn etc that I will make this year! Ok this sounded like a great plan, last year and yes I did parcel up 14 projects ready to go…still there nothing happened. Going to add one more for 2015…
  4. I will make ALL items for the Church Bazaar and craft sales from stash!
  5. I will not replenish my stash as it deminishes unless DH approves  (update this lasted for 25 days last year) I am going to see how long I will last this year!
  6. Goal this year, significant stash reduction! Again!
  7. I am counting making my studio usable as a minor success. However the Guyz tidied the house for Christmas and the a lot of stuff has disappeared and 4 laundry baskets are missing, I am guessing where… back on the list since 2013!
  8. I will complete one handmade gift for each of the 11 people that will be joining us Christmas 2015 
  9. I will make my DH and DS each a Scarf this year
  10. I will spin more. I have been spinning a little more, and I need to dig out my sewing machine this year too.
  11. I am going to invest in Shelving and containers and organize (sort of ) my stash and studio. 
  12. I will join Fibreholics anonymous (Just kidding :0)
  13. I am going to use more none virtual patterns, I have loads of knitting books, magazines and patterns I should use them!

Total of 13 Fibre Resolutions for 2015, we will see how this goes :0)

The Jar 2014

I begin 2015 with WIP List = 8

  1. Hue and value shawl 
  2. Left over Cowl 
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  5. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  6. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  7. My Fair Cardi 
  8. Simplicity Lace Scarf  

Thanks again for an interesting and eventful year.

It wouldn’t have been the same without you. 

FO’s 2014 = 61

WIPS 2014 = 8

 Stash Used 2014 = 80 + 3 = 83

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = O

Books 2014 = 37

cya next year :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

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