Friday, December 19, 2014

AWOC

I've been AWOC (Away Without Crafting) for a little while because....well I haven't been crafting. I have been working, tutoring and getting ready for Christmas. Aside from a few games of Candy Crush or Bidwordy a few nights,  I really haven't touched my computer or my crafts.

Since there isn't much new to show you with my WIPs, I thought I would share with you a small quilt that I made a few years ago at a class in a now defunct quilt shop near my home.
This is a small two-sided quilt. The first side matches the colors in my daughter's bedroom. 



The second side is for Christmas.

It really is a cute little quilt. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Slow and Steady

This is month is going by way too fast. Last night I was home alone and I decided that I had to use that time to concentrate on sewing the side seams of my mom's vest. I don't know why I feel so daunted by sewing the seams. I watched this video for sewing vertical reverse stockinette seams. It was so easy. I think I mastered this seam quite well.
I am impressed with my progress as a knitter if I do say so myself. That seam is pretty invisible. I am sorry about the poor color of the picture, but yesterday was a miserable, rainy day all day. 

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along today. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to. 

I am not reading anything at the moment. I can't find any time for it right now. I need to be crafting, baking, writing Christmas cards, finishing decorating and of course shopping. When I sit down to relax a little, I read my favorite blogs. 

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shoulder Seams

It is time to sew the shoulder seams on Mom's vest. Since I am a fairly novice knitter I went back to the tutorial I had bookmarked on-line and refreshed my memory. One problem.....the tutorial is for sewing shoulder seams in stockinette, my garment is in reverse stockinette. At 7 a.m., I searched and searched the internet for something, anything, that would tell me how to sew these seams without using the back-stitch. Nothing! There is not one online tutorial or article for sewing purl shoulder seams invisibly. 
Eventually, I did come across a small notation concerning using a crocheted seam to get a neat, sturdy shoulder seam. Maybe, but I really wanted to get a definitive answer. 
Finally, I thought to myself "Cathie, you're a smart lady. You are really good at crochet. You are very comfortable with crochet. You can figure this out!" I did. The bound off edges look like the loops on a crocheted piece. I tried two different ideas, one on each shoulder. 
First I started joining the shoulder with the typical single crochet stitch.
This looks okay on the right side......,
but the seam is very bulky.
Next I decided to try a crocheted slip stitch. Bingo!

The slip stitch doesn't show as much on the right side....
and the seam is much less bulky. It actually looks like a back-stitched seam.
 This is the first shoulder that is finished.
 It is not beautiful, but I think it looks fine. It worked up very quickly for me. 

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to. 

Once again, I am not reading anything at the moment. I am too busy working, crafting and decorating to have the time. 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Decorating

It is unusual for me to begin decorating for Christmas prior to December 1st. Since I don't know how many days I will be working each week, I realized I have to take advantage of any free time available to decorate my home and start baking. 
Traditionally, the first Christmas item I put out is my Advent calendar. 

This year Hubby and I set up my New England Village on Saturday. This is the full view of this year's set up. It changes a little bit each year.
A skaters holding their dresses are some that my Mom gave me that I grew up with. The gliding girl and the boy are more recent purchases (by recent I mean sometime in the last 15 years).
I think that I always place the church in the center .
Can you see Santa and his reindeer on the roof of the home on the right?
Even my village has a fabric and quilt vendor....the two figurines on the right below. You can also see the jam and jellies vendor in the picture above.
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Stitching Finish!

I hope all of my blog friends had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving filled with family and friends. My daughter visited us for a week. We didn't rush around doing things. We just enjoyed each other's company. Hubby and I are looking forward to having her visit us again at Christmastime.

I have been lazily working on my Thanksgiving towel. 
I finally finished it on Saturday. It isn't my best stitching, but it is just for my enjoyment.....next year. 
Today it is supposed to be in the 50's here on Long Island. It will be the perfect weather for Hubby to hang the Christmas lights. I will be helping by checking that they work and handing them to him while he is on the ladder. I really just watch the process, but I like to be close in case of emergency.

 I hope to get back to stitching my Christmas gifts. I put them away while my daughter was here as I didn't want her to have any idea about what she might be receiving. 
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what she and other bloggers are stitching. 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Finally...

I was happily knitting the neck shaping on the right side of Mom's vest when lo and behold I realized that I had the shaping on the wrong side. Ugh! I should have looked at the left side to determine exactly where the neck shaping should be. So I had to frog 20, yes 20, rows.
Happily, I have now finished the right side. Yay! Next up is ironing, seaming, pockets, button and buttonhole bands and collar. 
It sounds like a lot, but believe me I am turning cartwheels that I am at this point. What a knitting journey this has been so far. I really hope there will be no more frogging on this vest. I could have been finished a long time ago without all the frogging I have done. Ugh....

I am really trying to finish my Thanksgiving towel by Thursday. Not that it matters this year as I am visiting rather than hosting. Still, I don't want this hanging around until next year. I just have back-stitching and a bunch of "Gobble"s.
I can't see the stitching at all on this at night no matter what light I use, so I can only work on it during the day. Of course it is pouring rain today so stitching is going to be a challenge. Almost there.

As for reading, it is just not happening right now. I would rather work on my crafts for Christmas. Of course, I am perusing my recipe books and magazines for Christmas ideas. I will be hosting that holiday and making numerous cookies.

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.

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