Friday, July 1, 2016

Lots and Lots of Stockinette Friday

Still knitting away on the Simple Tee.  I have about 50 rows left on the front before I start armholes.  I'm going on a short road trip with my quilty friends tomorrow, so I will get some mindless car knitting in.  I offered to drive, but my friend knows I like to knit so she offered to drive.  She is a sweetie.

Check out Judy's Patchwork Times to see what everyone else is working on.

Whoa!  I see Judy has posted some knitting goals.  So here is my list:

Simple Tee--finish this first

Business Casual Socks for my sweet boyfriend.  I started these and found that I should not work on anything else but this pattern.  I kept messing up and decided to frog.  I need to knit these straight through and not work on anything else so I don't forget what I am doing.

Hat for BF's sister.  Her birthday is in August.  She gets a hat for birthday, scarf for Christmas.  Already have some pretty Malabrigo for it.  I want to knit the hat first and use the rest of the the yarn and another skein for the scarf.

Baby stuff--my daughter's friends are all having babies!!  I need to knit up some gifty stuff.

Other than the scarf, I don't think I am doing much Christmas knitting this year.  It makes me crazy.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Design Wall Monday--Row by Row!

Good Monday!

Such a busy weekend at the Crazy Sue house!

Saturday morning we picked up a rescue Weimaraner and transported him to a vet hospital about an hour away for treatment.  Prince was a sweet guy--I hope he does ok through heartworm treatment so he can find his furever home.

Next my sweet boyfriend drove me to three sewing shops for a return and a couple of Row By Row kits.  I am such a sucker for a contest!  then we sat in traffic for 2.5 hours waiting for an accident to clear.  I think we were only about 8 cars back from the actual accident.  Thankful we were not involved, and I hope that everyone was ok.

So I did get a little sewing this weekend.  My first Row by Row, from Block Therapy in Gautier, MS. It took me ALL weekend.  I just did not understand the cutting directions.  I finally gave up and just started whacking.  I did not cut the fabrics out quite right,. but I don't think anyone but me will know.

I left it on my design wall so I can admire it when I get home this afternoon.  Now to start on the next one!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Catchin Up Friday

Oh wow has it been busy at Crazy Sue's house!  My lovely daughter was married to her sweetie on the beach last weekend.  It was really a beautiful weekend and everything went so well.

I did manage to get a little beach knitting in:
This is the back of the Simple Tee.  I finished the back and started the front.  It wonderfully relaxing Knit in Public Day! I only had time for a few rows then, but it was just the calm I needed on the big day!

I also took my BF's Business Casual socks.  I killed them.  I realized I had a hole (maybe a yarn over by mistake?) and tried to tink several rows.  What a mess! I started over.  I was only about 15 rows into the pattern.  I will work on it after the Simple Tee is done.  I think it requires more concentration and should be the only project I work on.

Have a great Friday!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Simple Tee

The new needles came (thank you French Knot in Diamondhead, MS) and I started on the back.  The Simple Tee is pretty much straight boring, relaxing knitting, which I am enjoying.
I think I've knit about 40 rows.

What is on your needles?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Finish!

I finished Drachenfels this week.  Oh I do love it!  I used two different Madelinetosh yarns, Tosh Sock and Dandelion, which has some linen in it.  I really am happy with it.
Wingspan view

I started a pair of socks for my boyfriend, Business Casual in Cascade Heritage Sock.  Wow is that stuff soft!  I think he will really like them.  This will be the third pair I have knit for him.

I also bought yarn for Churchmouse Yarn and Tea's "Simple Tee" pattern.  Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in ice blue.  I had to drive near the local yarn shop the other day so I was able to select some yarn.  When I got home I discovered I didn't have the right needles (how is that possible??) so I am waiting for those before I knit a swatch.  The LYS is really good about shipping.  It is over an hour drive, so I don't go over there much, but I do try to order from them instead of other online retailers if I can.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Splendid Sampler Progress

So this is where I am at with the Splendid Sampler blocks.  I am really behind, but I am not letting that get to me.  I was on travel for the past two weeks and did not get any sewing done.  The top two are ready to hand applique.  The sewing machine is finished except for the heart in the middle.  I appliqued one and it looked awful.  Haven't decided if I will re-do.

I'm really enjoying the project.  Several ladies in my guild are working on it also and it is so fun to see everyone's blocks.  They are all so different.

I have to get a new tire today (maybe two) so I will take this along and work on it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mending the "Small" burn holes in a quilt...

Quilters should not do mending. Period. But my darling DIL's sister asked me if I could repair a couple of "burn holes" in her quilt, I agreed.

HOLY COW!  They are lucky they did not burn the house down!!!
There are two similar holes, each about 7" in diameter!!  The batting was polyester.  It melted along the edges.  I think the backing fabric was a blend, because it is a little melty too.

I have been looking at this for months and decided it was time to get it done and out of my sewing room.  While I was on my long run Sunday morning, the idea popped into my head on how to construct the patch.

 I used a 7" diameter plate as a template and cut an even circle from the quilt.  This removed the melty parts.  I cut batting (I had to piece my batting.  I only had a few scraps of polyester batting), front and back parts.  I cut the fabric pieces at least 1/4" larger, so I can turn under the seam allowance.

I carefully aligned my repair patch (three layers) in the hole.  My plan is to applique the front and back circles onto the quilt, keeping the batting in the center, then quilting over it to hold it in place.

Wish me luck!