First I want to share a funny with you. Remember I’m laughing with you, so you can’t laugh at me, only with me. The instructions for these sweater sleeves is as follows: “increase 1 stitch each end of needle every following fourth row to 37 sts . Continue even for 5.5 ins 14 cm total length. , end with a purl row.”
Now I thought that didn’t make a lot of sense, but like other times, when I don’t totally understand, I blindly follow instructions. Ok, I did here as well At the end of 37 stitches I had 5.5 inches. Then I continue on aiming for a total of 14 inches. About 8″ I decided this just did not make any sense at all. These sleeves will be so very long. I read again, re read again, and must have re read the instructions five or six times before I realized they switched telling me from inches to centimeters. Then I played the frog game (rip-it) Has this happened to any of you or am I alone?
Sleeves are now done and I’m ready to knit the hood, then put the sweater together and put the front button and button on it.
It rained nearly all day today. That’s good, the earth is dry so needs some water. The forecast is the same for the next 10 days; that should take care of filling our pond. It’s a good day to bake, but this body doesn’t need extra goodies.
Rain like this makes for a great day to enjoy a fire and that’s exactly what we did. I did some knitting on the little sweater, but didn’t get enough to show. Even Kiwi was enjoying the added warmth.
So I came to the sewing studio and finished the body of “Knitter’s Gifts” by Denise Russart. She creates such fun patterns. Next month she will tell us how to do the fancy borders.
The first sweater used less than half the skein, so what’s a person to do after they have finished shopping? Knit of course. This is how much of it is knit. It still needs sleeves and a hood if enough yarn.
I put these pieces back up on the board and plan to finish except for the borders this week. The borders are for November’s bom.
Then after researching more ancestry, I pulled myself away long enough to do another block. These are bigger and have more curves, so they take a bit longer. This is the first of four, I’m planning for this week
The day started out a bit rainy this morning so we decided a fire would be a good thing. We had breakfast and then enjoyed the fire while we rested and read. Then the sun came out for a bit, but it was still cool. It was a great day for resting and reading and eating.
Here the animals are all waiting for me to get down there and let them into their night abodes. I think they knew winds and rain were just around the corner. The chickens, ducks and geese are put in first.
Then it’s time for the sheep. See , all but one has a fabric winter coat to keep the hay out of their coats. I still need to order for the one missing a coat. Because the wool continues to grow, each will need a larger coat every 3 months or so.
And last of all the alpacas are given a bit of grain in their building where they like to stay out of the rain, but with the doors open.
See how these chickens blend with the fallen maple leaves
and look again at how much the bantam baby has grown in a couple months
Today’s Sew Fun leader, Lee Fleek, spent a fair amount of time on stenciling and stamping which I haven’t delved into as yet, so I don’t have much to report on that except, if that is something you are interested in, there are a number of new products on the market. Here a couple items she showed. This book she liked and below that is a really cute table setting she put on some fabric as well as a portfolio she made.
These snowflake hangings are from the CD “Snowflakes 2″put out by Purely Gates
They were designed to be used with or without mylar and can be used in so many ways.
From this CD which has all the designs to make this quilt,
she made this stunning quilt. She said it was the first quilt she completed and the instructions were so good, that it was easy to do. It is all programmed in the pattern.
Fiskers has produced some new shears for cutting very thick fabrics and another for cutting heavy items like metals.
And who can resist an owl? Aren’t they cute?
Other items not photographed included some charms, bodkins, Pleather scraps for purse handles etc. yo yo maker, rhinestone setter, and a few table runner patterns.
And that, my friends, is your infomercial for this month, which I hope you enjoyed.