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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Packing is going well for my move back to Calif Oct 7th

Moving is so messy! But it is an opportunity to clean out the stash and share with the ladies at the Rez. With winter coming on, some extra yarn will be welcome, I'm sure.

My sewing machine and sewing supplies are packed and will be going on the plane with me. I am allowed to take 2 pieces of luggage checked in, so I am stuffing all my clothes around everything else! So far it's working pretty good! I'll just throw them in the dryer with a wet wash cloth when I get to my son's house and let the dryer steam the wrinkles out!

I'm taking along a Stash Shawl project that I started because of reading Ann's blog, Sheep Shots. It is knit from the top down and very easy to manage. With circs, I won't be poking my seat buddy! And worsted wt is easier for me to see at night. The yarn is gray and I'm making red stripes. It is for one of the elders on the Rez--but I can see myself making this one again! I'm really enjoying working on it.

Back to sorting and boxing books for the trip.

Keep knitting,

Saturday, September 23, 2006

I took a deep breath and cut the Toes Off!

I've been wanting to lengthen my Cranberry socks for sometime now, but the idea of unraveling those toes rather intimidated me. So I took some sharp scissors and CUT THE TOES OFF! THEN I unraveled the socks back to where I could easily pick up the stitches, knit another inch, and start decreasing for the toes again. Much easier than I thought--and I feel so proud of myself for being In Charge of My Knitting! If I hadn't learned so much from Elizabeth Zimmermann and her wonderful books, I can't imagine that I would have tried this! LOL But in her book, Knitting Without Tears, she tells how to knit circular sweater bodies and then cut a steek for a cardigan or for the sleeves. The scissors and I became good friends out of that experience! And now these socks are much the better for being the right length. I even added some reinforcement yarn to the toes during the knitting. Two birds with one stone, I figure!

Mitten sewing continues. I cut out 12 pairs of teen size mittens and I'm working on them now. The box will be mailed at the end of the week to the Rez. I did get the serger sent off to the Rez last Friday, so they should have it Monday or Tuesday. I feel good about sending it--it will get much more use there than here. As I said before, my Ergo3 does everything I need.

Well, back to those fleece mittens!
happy knitting and sewing!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Working on Mittens

I ordered some fleece from Malden Mills online and got 17 lbs of great fleece for mittens and hats, etc. for $45. They sell their remnants in bundles and they sure are a bargain. This time I got beige and rose, both really large pieces. Sometimes the pieces are smaller but always very usable. You don't have a choice of color, but the fleece is very good quality. I have twelve mittens cut out already and will cut out more tonight. I think the rose will be used for long sleeved shirts for the kids on the Rez. It is a lighter wt than the beige. I'll put some different trim on the collar, cuffs, etc. to give them some individuality and make them in sizes for the school kids.

I ordered the new carriage with wings for the Bond and tried it out. Works SO much better! But I've put the Bond away for now in favor of sewing all these mittens that need to get done before Oct. 1st. We will be making things for the Elders next month and I will probably make some shawls and shrugs for them on the Bond. With the new carriage, I can see that actually happening!

I was able to get the Kwik Sew Toddler book with patterns on eBay for cheap. The toddler patterns are designed to accomodate kids with diapers and have extra room in the crotch. I sure like these Kwik Sew books with all their sizes. They run very true to ready-to-wear sizing, too.

I'm thinking of giving my serger to the Rez. I find that I really don't use it much anymore because of space limitations--and I know that Julie would use it at the Main where the ladies do their quilting. So it would definitely have a good home! My sewing machine/embroidery machine does everything I need--and does it well. I think they have discontinued the Kenmore Elite Ergo3 19010--which is a shame, as it was an excellent value and it is a real work horse. Janome makes it and it has all the features that make sewing a pleasure. But there are always the Janome models to choose from and if I had to get another machine, I would shop for one of those. The Ergo3 looks to last for a very long time, however, so not much chance of that! LOL

I sent a big box to the Rez and included a lot of the sewing books that I don't use anymore. There were several serging books in there, so I need to email Julie and tell her to hang on to those for reference for when the serger arrives. Will try to send it to South Dakota soon.

Well, back to sewing mittens. Will post pictures later when I make some progress!

OTN: a BSJ for a family friend, socks for Piper and a new pair of socks for myself.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Well, we adjust as we need to!

The knitting looms didn't turn out to be a very good idea for me after all. I found them awkward and harder on my hands than regular knitting, so will send these off to the Rez. Someone there may enjoy them. They show pictures of teens knitting with them, so will send them to the Main. They have lots of craft projects for the kids. Will include some yarn to get them started.

I finished 35 of the cool ties for Ship Support and have another batch in progress. It is good that we only mail once a month as it give me time to get things done without feeling like I have to hurry.

Mary and I wound up sending to WIC 15 pairs of shorts for kids, 11 bright cool ties for them to work in the garden, 22 flannel receiving blankets and 20 baby washcloths. I also made 7 diaper bags. I have a larger diaper bag pattern that I will make for the next box. Takes a lot to get those babies from one place to the other!

I'm still waiting on the fleece I ordered to arrive. Will be making mittens for the kids for school. Also found a pattern for a baby bunting to sew. They show it with a zipper, but I am going to use velcro squares for closures. Much cheaper than zippers and don't break! Very secure, though. JoAnn's has velcro in big rolls and I will use one of their coupons to bring the price down. I get free shipping from them anyway--and no sales tax, so it makes a good deal for me. And it comes right to my door!

I did order the new Bond carriage with wings. I have it set up, but haven't tried it out yet. It does run across the bed much smoother than my old carriage, so that is encouraging! The wings are to pick up the yarn and prevent stitches from dropping off so easily. A problem that I was having with the old carriage.

I'm going to be using the Bond to make some hats for the kids and some rectangular shawls for the Elders this month. Easy stuff that I don't have to sweat over!

Time to get to bed. Rise early and start knitting!