Before I started the Pan-Am Jacket, I read through the directions. There seemed to be something off or just plain missing near the end, but I thought that this must be one of the few times when I just need trust the pattern and do it to understand. Now that I am near the end, I realize that there is indeed a piece of the pattern missing! I have tried to find errata on the Interweave website and even gone to the KAL boards to find information. I've even checked for posts on Ravelry. I finally looked at the notes on the projects of people who have already finished their sweater. One post in particular was very helpful. She is very specific about the changes that she made and goes into fine detail about how she knit the border. Now that I've read it, I just hope that it isn't too late. I may not have picked up enough stitches at the beginning of the border. I will finish any way, though, hopeful that blocking will remove any issues. I am so near finishing and really hope that I can accomplish it before Saturday morning. It would be so nice to show off the finished project to my little knitting group!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Last Saturday, K and I had a wonderful time knitting on our KAL sweaters, the Cassidy cardigan. We had finished all three bodice pieces and both sleeves. During this past week, both of us blocked our pieces in preparation for Saturday morning. Upon meeting, we began to sew the shoulder seams, using mattress stitch. The both look great! Next, we picked up many stitches to begin the hood. I managed a few inches on the hood before we broke for the afternoon. We agreed to finish knitting the hood by next Saturday so that we can pick up stitches for the front bands. Maybe we'll even finish the knitting next week!
The sweater is rather bulky to carry with me, so I have continued to work on the shawl that I started last week. I have it about two-thirds finished at this point and am really liking the way the yarn and pattern combine. I may be able to finish it before Saturday, too.
Posted by Danielle at 8/21/2012 10:00:00 AM
Friday, August 17, 2012
Here in the Seattle area, we're finally receiving some hot (for us) weather. As a result, I have not felt like doing much. Instead of the many other projects that have kept me busy in the past, I am now feeling the "bite of the knitting bug." However, the heat also makes me feel like I have a license to start new projects as my works in progress are all heavy wool sweaters. Sitting in the heat with over a pound of wool in my lap sounds like torture rather than enjoyment!
|5% of the pattern knitted by early 8/16|
|30% of the pattern knitted by the time of this post|
Posted by Danielle at 8/17/2012 10:00:00 AM
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I've had good progress on my current sock project this week. On Saturday, I finished the first sock and the toe of the second. By Monday afternoon, I had finished the heel turn on the second sock. All is going well and I expect to have a finished pair by Saturday.
Next up: returning to the Cassidy cardigan. The two of us doing our mini KAL agreed to have the back and fronts blocked by Saturday so that we can start the hood together. All that is left on mine is the hood and front bands, so I am excited to get started on the next section. I intended to get started on the blocking before now, but supposed to be very warm this week, so I am unworried about it drying in time for Saturday's meeting. I plan to wash each piece in the sink and then lay it out to dry.
As for the Pan-Am Jacket, I may need to wait a week or two before continuing on it as having nearly two pounds of wool in my lap when the temperatures are reaching 90 degrees and no air conditioning really isn't very comfortable.
Posted by Danielle at 8/14/2012 10:00:00 AM
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
|toe of sock, second try|
Posted by Danielle at 8/07/2012 10:00:00 AM
Thursday, August 02, 2012
I haven't been cross stitching much this past week as I have been reorganizing my scrapbook supplies. I recently purchased a Scraprack and have been making alterations to my organization so that I can incorporate this new way of storing everything. Yesterday afternoon, I was making some slight changes to the themes that I have used to sort and store my stickers and die-cuts. I have created a few more themes and put all sizes of the same theme together rather than storing everything by size, then theme within major categories. I was using huge categories like: nature, kids and holidays. Now I have about a dozen that cover nature and kids. Holidays and seasons will remain in their own section. Watch the first video in the "Get Organized Challenge" on the Scraprack website if you're interested in the specific organization technique. I still have a ways to go, but am really excited that this should cause me to use much less space for storing my supplies and make them easier to find an use.
Next step: sort and store my paper. Hopefully, I'll finish this step tonight. I have an appointment, which will limit the time available.
Posted by Danielle at 8/02/2012 03:00:00 PM
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I have not been accomplishing much lately on any one project: knitting, cross stitching, sewing, cooking, etc. Instead, I have been dabbling in everything. I have been spending some time in the garden and working on about four different knitting projects in addition to reorganizing closets and cabinets in our house to eliminate clutter and make things easiser to find.
On the knitting front, I have been working on sleeves for two different sweaters: the Pan-Am Jacket and Cassidy. On the jacket, I need to sew the bind off in place and then start the second sleeve. On Cassidy, I am nearly finished with the second sleeve. Next up: blocking and the hood. Cassidy is a KAL with a friend that I knit with on Saturdays. I have been intentionally working slowly on it so that I don't get too far ahead of her. We have both been flirting with many other projects during the knitting of this one, so I am not at all surprised that it is taking sooo long to finish!
Posted by Danielle at 7/31/2012 10:00:00 AM
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Since I have returned to cross stitching, I am not knitting quite so often. My shoulder hurts a little less, though, so I think this returning desire to stitch may be healthy for me!
Most Saturdays, a group of friends meet at a Starbucks for knitting. There is a core group of three of us, but many times one of four other knitters join us. Most weekends, someone stops to talk to us about our craft and sometimes they, too, are knitters. A week ago, one such person asked if she could join our little group. Of course, we said, "Yes." Fast-forwarding to Thursday afternoon...I already knew not to expect one of the core members, as she is out of town. The second was offered some overtime at work, and would newly be unavailable, so I arrived on time and waited to see if anyone showed. It was a pleasant day to sit outside, sip coffee and knit. The new girl never showed, but I had a very nice time working away. About a half an hour before I was ready to leave, a lovely lady and fellow knitter sat down nearby and we talked until I needed to go. It was altogether a wonderful experience that I don't often enjoy.
As I was working on my Pan-Am Jacket, I finished the body, moved the stitches onto waste yarn for later, and began the first sleeve. (I don't have an extra needle in the correct size right now, or I would have used it instead.) Later on that day, we made a 40 minute drive to some relatives' house for a picnic and during that time I worked on cross stitching. However, while we sat outside, enjoying the tree-filtered sunlight, I pulled out the jacket and knit almost half the sleeve in a relatively short time period. I still love working the pattern and taking frequent breaks to cross stitch is helping me to stay interested in the rather simple stitch pattern that comprises the bulk of the sweater. I am looking forward to cooler days and the finished project!
Posted by Danielle at 7/17/2012 10:00:00 AM
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Looking to eat more whole foods and regulate my insulin and blood sugar levels, I am working on "going Paleo." I have a friend who has done this successfully who loves this way of eating. As always, incorporating lots of seasonal veggies is always heathier than processed foods, so I expect this to help my overall health.
In the past I have enjoyed throwing a "dinner party" where friends come to my house and we put together freezer meals. These are raw food meals that only need to be thawed and cooked. Everything for the main dish is in the bag. Side dishes like a vegetable or salad are made while the main dish cooks.
I just discovered a set of 40 Paleo freezer dinner recipes at savingdinner.com and invited my friend K to join me for filling the freezer. We typically spend at least 6 hours on a Saturday morning chopping veggies and meats, adding spices and condiments and filling the bags. It is fun and takes a huge bite out of the preparation time for future dinners. The new recipes are created to make 20 meals at a time. I'm not sure that we'll do more than 8-10 recipes at a time, because it gets expensive and takes too much time. We both usually divide each meal (meant for 4-6 people) into 2 bags so that we have the right sized meals for our households.
Posted by Danielle at 7/07/2012 09:00:00 AM