Apr 14, 2013

Two Steps Forward




Good News: This pile of bags means I can move some fabric stash OUT of the sewing room and into the box of "stock" awaiting the opportunity to be sold.

Bad News: There may have been a stack of fabric rescued from my Gram's attic that is currently in the washer that will soon be housed in my sewing room.

So I guess the real question is, what kind of project bags do YOU like? I see a lot of sewing in my future...

Mar 4, 2013

March Forth

It's time to do exactly that. My last, and favorite, grandparent passed away in early February, and it has thrown me for a loop. Yesterday was her memorial service, and I think we did her proud and sent her off in style. I cannot begin to express how loved I felt by the friends, neighbors, and coworkers of mine that attended the service and luncheon. I sometimes forget how lucky I am to be surrounded by such a great group of people.



But today is March fourth. It is time to get on with the act of life. There has been knitting, and planning...all of which I hope to share with you soon.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Feb 1, 2013

Lloie's Big Night Out.




Working the short rows as I wait for Angelique Kidjo to come on stage.

Hope your Friday night is just as fun. Actually, it's a big weekend. Tomorrow I'll be at Knit Michigan. Hope to see friends and spend the day shopping and knitting.

Jan 28, 2013

Found Time

I began the day hoping for a snow day, then was sure we weren't going to get one, then surprised that we were called off. I like to think I use found time well, but this morning found me napping.

As I continue to work through my UFO pile, I find myself both excited about discarded projects and disgusted at myself for leaving them incomplete. My weekend was spent determining how I increased for sleeves on a Lloie's cardigan I began nearly three years ago, and pleased that the notes I left for myself actually make sense. I'd hoped to join the sleeves with the body today but indecision kept me from commitment. I've been uncertain about sleeve length, and now became worried I wasn't choosing the right length for the body.



After a quick consult with a friend on twitter, where I was told that more grey stockinette stitch would not ACTUALLY kill me, I made the body longer. Not really long ENOUGH, because I needed some color in my life.

I cast on a headband for a colleague. Nearly finished but for the edging, and I hope to do that tomorrow.

Apparently I found time to create a new UFO.

Isn't that what I've been trying to avoid?

My day ended with a productive meeting with friends from my guild. Amidst the conversations, I do think we hammered out all that we needed to as we prep to host a teacher in March.

All in all a good day, but I always feel like I should be so much more productive when I find myself with so much unscheduled free time. Tomorrow it's back to the real world.

And more grey stockinette stitch. Hopefully the headband was a good vaccine for the boredom. After all, I do have the color work yoke ahead, that should keep me focused, right?

Jan 25, 2013

Pinch Me

I can't believe it's at this point.


And with the completion of Cloud Chaser, I'm in the single digits with my UFOs.

Seems like some good photos should be up here soon. I have several things to share. I'm realizing I never got good shots of the Philosopher's Wool sweater I finished, and I was so excited to show off Matlie's Birthmas vest yesterday that I didn't show you mine.

Here's a peek.



Jan 23, 2013

Birthmas

It's a long story...






Jan 22, 2013

Karma

When I found out that my Sunday plans were to be thrown out the window because J was sick, I have to admit to feeling a tiny bit of joy to know that I could spend all day doing whatever I wanted.  I was eager to make a dent in my Cloud Chaser.  I stayed far away from the germs and knit on another floor than where the sickness was.  I dutifully checked in every hour to be sure that there was plenty of Gatorade, blankets, bananas and brown rice available.  I thought, under the circumstances, that I was being a pretty good wife.  And I did get some serious knitting done.

Then came Monday.  I was sure that my stomach was making every effort to leave my body by any means necessary.  I can't really fault my friend Matlie for her lack of sympathy and lust for my knitting stash and finished sweaters when I told her I was near death.  After all, it was my secret joy on Sunday that got me into this mess.  Karma can really do a number on you.

Watch out Matlie, it may be coming to you next.

I muddled through school today, and took a four hour nap when I got home.  Truly, I think we've been lucky as this bug seems to be only of the 24 hour sort.  We're on the mend, but not completely ourselves yet.  With a long week ahead, we're both trying to put off all but the necessities. I've sanitized much of the house, and tomorrow plan to wash all blankets and sheets that may have been missed in our cleaning on Monday night.

I did finish much of the collar I was fretting about on Friday, but this vest may forever be tainted in my mind as the one I knit while I was near death.  Hopefully I can make some new memories when I wear it.