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Love to Knit and Sew

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Location: Amsterdam, New York, United States

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Having Fun With Sewing

I've been keeping the sewing machine busy the past few days. I am making cool ties for The Hugs Project and for Ship Support. And I got some flannel at WalMart yesterday to make receiving blankets for the Rez. In fact, I've got them hemmed already this morning!

I will work on more cool ties today. I'm at the filling them with gel crystals stage, so getting very close to having to start some new ones. I'll count them all up when I get these finished and post them.

When I joined The Hugs Project


I learned from their files how to make an inexpensive hugs/cool tie turner out of PVC pipe and a dowel. It really works well and has allowed me to speed up making the cool ties a lot! I'm really glad I found them!

Got a wonderful box of fabric, cone thread and elastic from Mary Di Blasi today. This is the second box she has sent me to help me make things for the Rez. With a little help from my friends! Isn't that how the song goes! Amazing what a few people working together can achieve to help others live a little better.

I've also been learning to use the round knitting looms. With the arthritis in my hands, it gives me a change of pace from regular knitting and I can still make hats! JoAnn's had a 40% code online so I sent for the set of 4 Knifty Knitter Looms. Different sizes, different hats!

Back to the sewing machine for me now!

Sunday, August 06, 2006


It has finally cooled down the last few days--how wonderful! So much easier to knit and sew when the temps are more moderate!

I'm still working on my Socks for Soldiers--20 min a day. I'll get those biggies finished one of these days!

I did some sewing this past week. I made 3 more pairs of boxer shorts for Patrick. He really likes them.

I cut out more shorts for the kids on the Rez and will be sewing on them today.

That's about it for today!

Thursday, August 03, 2006


The Socks for Soldiers are growing right along. I have 9 inches done on BOTH socks now. I'm knitting them in white and they will be dyed black when finished.

I've had some inquiries about the Magic Loop Method and thought a few pictures might be helpful. I will upload a number of photos now and when I get to the heel, toe, etc. will post more. Till then I'm doing my 20 minutes a day and they are getting bigger!

When you turn your work around, the front needle will be hanging down to your right. Push the needle back through the stitches (home position) and you are ready to knit again.

The work has been turned around and there is one loop hanging to the left. Pull the back needle out to form a loop and you are ready to knit again.

And here is what that looks like.