Thursday, January 15, 2015

Knitting again

I have had a real hard time getting back to my mom's vest....now a really belated Christmas present. I finally returned to it today.....mainly because I am home sick from work. I have no voice to speak of, no pun intended and felt really sick when I woke up this morning. Feeling a little better now, but I am still speaking in a whisper.
So if I am not at work, I decided it would be a good chance to figure out the buttonhole band. The pattern calls for only two buttons, but I know Mom would like to have buttons from top to bottom so I had to do the math to evenly space the buttonholes.
Once again, I found the directions confusing. It had you using the RS pattern on the WS in order to cast-off some stitches and then reverted to the WS pattern on the RS when you had to cast-on the stitches. I didn't like how messy the first two buttonholes looked so I ripped out 30 rows of 7 stitches. I did some research into buttonhole bands and started over. I am much happier with the way the buttonhole band is progressing now. I am 60 rows into a total of 110 so I hope to finish this today.

I still have to finish the armholes and collar, but that should just require following the pattern....I hope. 
I have missed Yarn Along with Ginny for the past few weeks so I thought I would use this post to update my book reading also.
I got these books as Christmas gifts. I love getting books as gifts as they can be gifts for a lifetime to be read and re-read over the years.
The top two books are Elm Creek Quilt novels. My daughter gave me these and the Kate Morton book. She didn't even know that I have been wanting to read the Elm Creek Quilt series. My mom bought me the Ina Garten cookbook. 
 I just finished reading The Quilter's Apprentice this morning. I really like the way Jennifer Chiaverini writes. I loved reading this book that combines family and friend relationships with quilting. This series reminds me a little of the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber that I really love. I am looking forward to reading many other Elm Creek Quilt novels.

Thanks for stopping by!


4 comments:

Donna said...

I'm glad you are back to knitting again. You got some real nice books for Christmas! I hope you are feeling better for the weekend. Enjoy!

CathieJ said...
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CathieJ said...

Thanks Donna. I have high hopes for feeling better for the three day weekend. More reading, knitting and cross-stitch.

mamasmercantile said...

So sorry to hear you are poorly, hope you feel better soon. Nice to see you are back to your knitting and almost finished the sweater. Some great gifts.