The days were glorious last week down right chilly in the morning by after lunch time it was another pretend I'm a cat and do next to nothing on the deck. The sun felt so good it made me want to peal a layer of clothes off then there would be a hint of a breeze that made me glad I didn’t. I did take a book out to read and some knitting one day. Mittens for DD and a stocking cap, fingering held double my color repeats match up pretty close on the balls of yarn ceating the pools of color. This is yarn I bought in Monatana last summer and that is the best color pom pom I could find in alpaca. It is so soft. The synthetics just made me cringe, I'll admit I'm a fiber snob. I love natural fibers. Yesterday was grey all day and every gust of wind took more than a few leaves off the trees. Its time to start wearing sweaters and wool. The socks were meant to be knit cuff down with a Wool and the Gang yarn that was dyed to make the spots if the gauge was right. I'm a toe up knitter so those stripes by the toe were to check your gauge and should be in the cuff, I'm right on. The wide blue section was for the forgotten heel of the cuff down which I have never done but I think it could be done toe up, anyway it hit the gusset and the heel for me it just interupted the gold and spots but they are on my feet under my jeans does it really matter?!? and the yarn was on sale. --Ann--
Friday, October 22, 2021
Another gorgeous afternoon on the prairie yesterday. I dry mopped the hard floors after lunch and it was just too nice to go to the sewing room, I sat on the deck instead, I took some reading out but I didn’t open it, I didn’t even look at my phone. I listened to some little birds and watched a squirrel having a late lunch, I looked at the trees so many are a brilliant red or yellow a few have not turned color at all. I pretended I was a cat and did nothing. —Ann—
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
A new quilt started, I have admired this quilt for a very long time. It’s in the 12th anniversary book by Red Wagon Gerry Kimmel-Carr, it was published in 1999. I’m making it much smaller than the book. 60 x 20 inch backgrounds for the poppies reduced to width of fabric by 13 inches, same size blossoms but shorter stems and a variety of plaids. I just love plaids. Another cold front is moving in. Those lazy afternoons on the deck with a book are gone replaced by busy afternoons with the sewing machine. —Ann—
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Then I was so intent on finishing just one thing that day I forgot to take a photo of the whole piece of fabric that I spend days stitiching and I do mean days. I used my dresend plate wedges to cut the panels for the trees some have three panels the one on the far right has four. I think I need to sew one seem up and the next one down for straighter trees.
Monday, October 11, 2021
UGH like a potato sack!! Compare it to the sweater of the same pattern ugh its about 8 inches too big. 2 inches on each side plus front and back equals 8 inches.
I did knit my swatch and my stitches on size 7 needles were spot on but I think I have a tendency to knit tighter on a small piece and on a swatch I am knitting a row and purling a row so the tension is different than knitting in the round. This yarn was too expensive for it to be an ugly ill fitting sweater so I will rip and either knit the same pattern on smaller needles or try a different pattern that will work for the size stitches I was making on size 7 needles. That might be the smartest thing to do since I know the gauge so find a pattern that has that gauge. Its just time spent in front of the television on cooler nights. and it is football season hubby seems to find a game every night.