Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Barn Jacket Knitting Done!

First I want to thank all my readers and new followers. I truly enjoy hearing from you and seeing what my fellow bloggers are doing.

I have finished knitting the collar of my Barn Jacket. All that is left is sewing on the sleeves and sewing up the side seams. I hope to get started on that today. I am so looking forward to finishing this. It has been a long road knitting my first cardigan.


 


Ten inches of snow fell last Thursday and I re-injured my left hand shoveling. I don't think I will be starting another knitting project for a while. I really need to find out I have done to my hand. 

I have plenty of cross-stitch and quilting to keep me busy right now although I use my left hand for both of these. I could probably crochet since that really only requires my right hand to be active. I really should get back to my Granny Square Roses.

This week I have been trying to complete some basic mending. I have four pairs of pants to shorten for myself. I am only 5'2" but petite lengths are just too short, so I buy average length pants and shorten them myself. Easy enough to do but tedious. I really wish misses pants had lengths like men's, although I always seem to have to adjust the length of my husband's pants also.


I'm also trying to adjust the size of a deep-pocket full-size fitted sheet for my mom because it is just way too big for her older style mattress. You just can't buy sheets anymore that are not deep-pocket style. There is actually an 8 inch difference in length from her older style sheets. She swears it is too wide also but that difference is only 2 inches. Again, not a difficult task but also somewhat tedious.

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what others are crafting and reading.
I am still reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. I really enjoy the way she weaves a family's story by looking back and forth in time through the individual's memories and present life. There is always a mystery to be solved that has implications for several of the main characters. Quite interesting.

Hubby cleared the snow so we can contiune feeding the birds, and couple of squirrels, on our back deck. This is the view from our living room.


Thanks for stopping by!
 

24 comments:

Deb Hickman said...

I love your cardigan, grey is one of my favourite colour knits, it goes with everything. Fabulous photo's of the birds.

Flattened Affects said...

What an amazing Barn Jacket... I hope to be half as good one day! And I love the bird pictures too. Thanks for sharing.

Mama Gone Green said...

how fun to be almost done with your cardi! What sweet bird pictures as well.

Ranee @ Arabian Knits said...

Congratulations! The red bird is such a lovely color contrast to the grey. Thank you for sharing your work and your photos.

Donna said...

Your sweater looks great so far. We are injured left hand sisters. Mine is just hurting from using it too much. Tracey from the Clover Blog recommended I try Blue Emu for the pain. I will let you know how it works. Hope you are feeling better soon!

Mary G said...

The jacket is GREAT! Congrats on your first sweater project .. that's a big deal.

Hugs
Mary G.

Joy said...

You've done a great job with the jacket Cathie, it looks lovely and cosy and I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing it often! Good luck with altering that sheet - a bit of a nuisance that it's necessary but nothing worse than a sheet floating around and wrinkling under one's body eh!
Those little birds are so sweet and I'm happy to hear they can still be fed during this bad weather, well done! Joy x

Erica Saint said...

Oh lovely sweater! Hope your hand feels better soon.

sylvia said...

We love feeding the birds too, and the ones who visited you are really pretty! and that sweater turned out great!

karen said...

oh it's lovely!! I bet you are thrilled to have it completed :)

ducksinthepond.com said...

Your barn jacket is terrific! I hope your hand feels better soon!

CathieJ said...

Thanks Deb, that is what I thought when I chose the color. I also figured it might hide any mistakes I made.

CathieJ said...

You will be. I am fairly new to knitting also. You get the hang of it.

CathieJ said...

I can't wait to finish it, just need a little time.

CathieJ said...

Thanks Donna. Doctor appointment soon.

CathieJ said...

Thank you.

CathieJ said...

Thanks Erica.

CathieJ said...

Thanks. I hope so too.

CathieJ said...

Thanks joy. I still don't know if the alterations I made worked on the sheet. I hope so but then there will probably be more in my future.

CathieJ said...

Just some seams to sew still.

Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley said...

Love that photo of the cardinal (it is a cardinal, right?). We don't have them here in the Pacific NW, lots of robins and blue jays, but no cardinals. Your knitting is coming along beautifully and that sweater will certainly be a favorite garment. Sounds like you've got your hands full with projects of all varieties!

Meryl Carver-Allmond said...

What a sweet little cardinal! They're my favorite this time of year--so bright and pretty flashing against the cold and grey.

CathieJ said...

Yes Lisa, that is a cardinal. We have them year round along with sparrows, robins and some blue jays.

Michelle said...

Oooh - I like the detail at the collar and cuffs.