Archive for January, 2020

Called Interference

January 25, 2020

That’s what the weather has done for Sis and me this week. Because of the rain/ice situation on the roads, we decided to stay in our nice warm and dry homes. No running around or crafting together this week.

However, last week at the only sale we went to, we found some pretty neat items. The lady was a crafter and even sold her crafts evidenced by what we found.

These are ornaments in the shape of owls and little camping trailers.

The owls are pretty cute the way they are. But the little campers were kind of plain, so I took my glittery fabric paint pen and added some bling, bling.

Just the top one is the one with the glitter and then I added a button on the wheel to show Sis what I thought we should do with them.

This is the project that Sis and I were going to work on if she came over this week. But, alas, it’ll be waiting on us until next week. (If the weather doesn’t call another interference.)

I’m still knitting on the little white lap afghan that I’ve mentioned before. I passed the round with the 1,096 stitches and was beginning to get a little cocky with myself. I made a mistake (which was not unusual) and tried to fix it by going down two rows instead of “unknitting”. Oops! I made a big mess and had to wind up “unknitting” it anyway. A whole round! I’m not even going to tell you how much time it took to unknit it and then re-knit it. Yea. That’ll teach me to get cocky!

But I didn’t give up and now I’m down to four rows to go. I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for sure. (I just need to not get cocky again!)

I’ve finished another UFO this week as well. This is a little cross-stitch item I started last Fall.

(Sorry about the glare, it’s behind glass). Isn’t it cute? I’m thinking if I can get another one made before Valentine’s Day, then a certain couple of grandsons may get them in the mail. We’ll see.

Year Of The UFO’s?

January 20, 2020

I guess I should name this year the year of the UFO’s. Believe it or not, I haven’t started any new projects this year — yet. I have, however, been finishing some of the 44 count UFO’s that I made a list of a few weeks ago.

Some of these projects were very near to being done. I put them on the back burner because of various reasons, but mostly because I got bored with them especially when another project come along.

So here’s a few that I’ve finished in the last couple of weeks.

This project was started last year to put in our craft sale, but I got distracted and didn’t get it finished.

All the pieces were there, I just needed to sew it all together.  Done!

A kit I picked up at an estate sale, started before Christmas.  Done!

This is a project in plastic canvas that I started who knows when. Last year sometime I think. It was supposed to be a set of coasters in the shape of a piece of pie — six pieces and a little “bowl” to keep them in. But, I fizzled out on it. So these two pieces of pie are now fridge magnets,

and the little “bowl” will hold a set of salt and pepper shakers. Done!

A sweater that I started last year. Got all the knitting done and it just needed to be sewed up. Done!

The picture doesn’t do the color any good. It’s a green/gray shade. Here’s a close-up of the pattern.

A scarf I started on the knitting loom last year. Done!

It’s a green and white. This picture shows the color a little better.

And another bowl made out of the macramé yarn like the other two I made last year and put in my craft sale. Done!

That “yarn” was very hard to crochet with and made beautiful bowls,  but I’ll not be making any more of these.

These projects made a little dent in my list of UFOs.

I’m still working on the white lap afghan that I mentioned in a previous blog entry. The larger it gets, the longer it takes to knit. I just knit the longest row with 1,096 stitches. Wow! Definitely the biggest and most challenging knit project I’ve ever made. And if I didn’t keep making mistakes and having to “unknit” to correct the mistakes, I could maybe have been a little further along with it by now.

I think it’ll be downhill from now on. Only 20 more rows to knit and the stitches will start to decrease a few each row, so I can see the light of the end of the tunnel. Instead of casting off all those stitches, however, I’ll be crocheting an edging on it by picking up and crocheting three stitches together and making a chain between the picked up stitches all the way around. That’s so there will be loops to fasten a fringe to finish it up. Boy o’ boy, I’ll be glad when this project is DONE!

I’ve also been working on another projects in-between this afghan. I have to or my mind would explode. But they’re all UFOs. So far I’ve been a good girl and haven’t started any new projects yet. (I need to quit tempting myself by looking at the new books and magazines that are coming out with all the new Spring stuff.)

Repurposing

January 15, 2020

I’ve been taking inventory of all of the crafts that are filling the many totes on the shelves in my garage waiting for the next craft show. Some of these crafts have made many trips to the shows. It’s time to do something with them because we obviously aren’t selling them.

One of the items we made back in ’17 was a set of these bottle aprons that we cross-stitched some really cute designs on.

We’ve sold about three of them. Not good sellers. I guess not too many people want to decorate their bottle of wine.

So after thinking about this awhile and remembering that Christmas tree ornaments sell so well, we decided to cut these down and make ornaments out of the rest of them.

This is what Sis and I have been working on these last few weeks. Since there hasn’t been any estate sales to go to, (because of the holidays), we’ve met at her house and worked on these.

We’re using some stencils in different shapes to cut them out, then we’re backing them with Christmas fabric and stitching around them with a buttonhole stitch. Lastly, a little stuffing goes inside, a hanger, and they’re finished.

I’m sure that I’ll be able to do this “repurposing” with some of the other crafts that have been sitting for a while as well.

What Did I Get Myself Into?

January 8, 2020

I don’t know how I totally forgot to mention this project that I’ve been working on since after Christmas. It’s a knitted lap afghan in white #2 Luster Sheen yarn and using #5 needles.

This pattern is in an Annie’s Attic booklet that I bought several years ago. And I’ve had the yarn even longer than that. When I came across the booklet while looking for something else, I remembered the yarn, put the two together and started the project last Fall.

It started out with just eight stitches on four double point needles. It will have 158 rounds, when completed, with increases on every other row. Lots of ssks, yo, and k 2 tog’s.

Wow! It’s a challenge to say the least. But I love it! Yes, even when I have to concentrate on it so much I get dizzy and even when I make a mistake and have to “unknit” back. Luckily, however, it’s being knit in four panels, so usually I only have to “unknit” one panel.

I’m up to row 140 now. I’ve had to break out my set of interchangeable needles that I bought at an estate sale a couple of years ago.

I didn’t think that I would ever use it — I just wanted it because I’ve always wanted a set and couldn’t afford it starting out. In all the years that I’ve been knitting, I’ve bought many circular needles and I thought I had almost all I would ever need.

The 24″ needle I was using was getting pretty tight with all the stitches that were accumulating on the needle. I didn’t have a 36″ needle in a size 5 so the interchangeable one came in pretty handy.

I just finished row 140 last night and now have 820 stitches on the needle. That’s a lot of stitches! It takes me about 45 minutes just to go around one row.

This is definitely one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever tackled. I’ll never forget the problem-child afghan I made a few years back. That one was quite the challenge as well.

And this one. The scarf I had to do a lot of “frogging” on because I couldn’t seem to concentrate on the row I was on at the time. But it was worth it!

Back to the lap afghan. Yes, I will finish this. I don’t know what it is about knitting, but I do love me a good challenge once in a while. I’ll keep you posted.

Not UFOs Again!

January 4, 2020

Here’s a picture of a cross-stitched kit that Sis finished back in 2009. I’ve admired it for years thinking that I would like to make one some day.

I have a kit similar to this pattern in my stash. It’s just getting to the point of making it.

But first — UFOs!

Yes, I know. I talk about this every year. Always at the beginning of a new year, it seems. It’s part of my life, these UFO’s.

Ok, here I go again.

Happy New Year!

I started working on my UFOs a little earlier this year; well, last year actually. After all the craft shows and the family get-togethers were out of the way, I went through all my UFOs and made a new list. Because some older ones are finished and out of here and new ones have taken their place.

Ready for this? The count is . . . . . . 44!  Yep, and that’s just the ones in the house. I’m not counting what’s in my little shop out back. However, to make me sound a little better, I “inherited” some of the UFOs that came in sacks of crafting supplies that I’ve been buying at estate sales. So not all of them are mine.

Before the year ended, I had finished the knitting on a sweater that I’d started earlier last year. It just needs the side and sleeve seams sewed together to be finished. So technically it’s not finished yet. But, oh so close! I got side-tracked on getting Sis’s sweatshirt finished so I could give it to her for Christmas.

There was a bag I knitted in wool yarn in the stack of projects to finish. It just needed to be finished by felting it and sewing some handles on it. So I threw it into my wash, got it felted, and then just sewed the handles together because I thought I would like that better than using hard handles. Now it’s a finished project.

It’s kind of cute, IMHO. I’m thinking about sewing some little buttons on it or something to decorate it a little.

Now on to this year.

My “resolution” for this year is to sew more. Most of my UFOs are sewing projects. Sewing doesn’t take a whole lot of time, unlike knitting or cross-stitch, so I should be able to get a lot of them finished this year.

Unfortunately, I have to “get in the mood” to sew. And I hate to make a mistake. It’s ripping out and/or cutting it wrong (my biggest fear) and that’s a lot more time consuming then just ripping back a row of crochet or taking a couple of stitches out of a cross-stitch project. Maybe I’m just lazy. In addtion, if I cut it wrong, the fabric can’t be put back to its original size.

Here’s a project (not mine) that I finished up on Jan. 1st. It took a whole hour or so!

Wish I had more of these kinds of projects.

Hopefully I’ll have more projects finished to show next time.