Sunday, May 31, 2009

At The End Of Month Five....

Last year on May 31 I had used up 50 balls of yarn & something over 7000 yards of yarn.

This year on May 31 I have used up 33 balls of yarn & 7042 yards of yarn.

Do you realize this might be the only consistency I've ever had in my knitting?????

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Knitter On The Edge!!!!

Okay, edging.

There haven't been any posts in the last couple days because I was trying so hard to get here:
I'M ON THE EDGING!!!!!!!!

I know--I haven't forgotten the purple swoopies. This doesn't mean the shawl is even CLOSE to being done, but I am on the last part. This time I looked it up--the lace mohair edging-abyss had over 1300 rows of edging. This one has 880 rows. That is MUCH better....which I might be reminding myself around row 359.....

Theo is a little depressed about the lack of sewing
but the prospect of FINISHING a knitting project--and finishing up that 880 yard ball of yarn--has really been distracting me. I'll see if some tummy rubs make up for it....

....or show him the video clips of the water therapy just as a reminder......

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

For One Brief, Shining Moment.......

Yesterday, after having almost forgotten all about it, I received an email from Elann.com telling me that the stock levels had increased for the yarn I had planned to buy on January 1 for a sweater for Andy. Excited--since I had already DECIDED to buy the yarn at the end of last year so it would be fair game to order now--I eagerly clicked on the link and found they did indeed now have the yarn in "licorice."

2 whole skeins

Not even 2 skeins of the same dye lot. To be fair, Elann has no way of knowing that I am actually looking for an entire sweater's worth and had no interest in just 2 odd balls, but that is a really cruel thing to do to someone who's in the second year of a total yarn diet.....

Monday, May 25, 2009

Never Start a Project While On Pain Killers

So.....in my last post I blithely mentioned making the tablecloth 10 squares by 18 squares. Now, I'd like to think that in normal circumstances it would have dawned on me that 10 times 18 would mean 180 squares, but in this case, it did not. It didn't hit me until last night. 180 squares!!! I don't even have the material for that (Dana, I might be buying your material after all), and considering I've made something like 70 blocks now, I may not have the strength.

180!!!!!!
Sure, I love how it looks, but 180!!!!!!

Aside from washcloths, I have been knitting the shawl for my mother's retirement (a year ago now):It's making progress, and I was just beginning to get frustrated thinking I should have used up at least one 440 yard ball of lace yarn by now, when it dawned on me--this yarn is in 880 yard skeins. In fact, I specifically bought it BECAUSE of the larger skeins because it meant fewer joins.

Really, I swear I did not have a lobotomy when I went in for surgery. It just seems like I did.....

Friday, May 22, 2009

Surprisingly, No Dish Cloth Today

However....
I finally committed. Having the black next to the strawberries had been my first choice, too, so it's pretty much unanimous. The blocks aren't sewn together yet, but I like how it looks. I'll be putting 10 blocks across and 18 down, I believe, which should be a big enough table cloth to cover our dining table. Then I'll back it with 2 layers of flannel to protect the table, and bind it--maybe in black. Because there won't be any batting, it won't need to be fully quilted, but I could do a little decorative stitching on it--maybe on the green?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Um......

I think it might be an addiction.....
Theo can no longer stand the sight of cotton dishcloths...Are there knitting interventions????

On the sewing front, I decided that if indeed I need to take a break from a sewing project because of fatigue from the surgery, that would qualify as a "darn good reason," so I have ventured into the tablecloth project. I think all the strips are cut out for a "rail fence" layout, and now I just need to decide if the black or the green looks best next to the strawberry print:
One moment I like the black better, then the next minute it's the green. The green actually matches MUCH better than it looks like it does in the picture. Earlier today I was leaning toward the green, but now I'm back to the black. I do NOT remember them mentioning indecision as part of the surgery recovery process!!!!

Thoughts?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Is It An Addiction?

Meet cloths 10 and 11:
So, I'm either REALLY doing the Project of the Month, or I've sprung a screw & have become addicted to cotton circles. Either way, it adds 660 yards of yarn used up from the stash.

Sewing project number 3 is done:
For an experiment, I thought they turned out pretty well. It's hard to see, but the thread is a metallic gold that really looks sharp on the plush.

I haven't decided on sewing project number 4. I'd like to start cutting these

for some summer table cloths, but cutting things out is still really hard for me, and I have promised myself to finish whatever I start for the 10-in-a-row, so I need to be able to do the next project. I was thinking of playing with some ideas for decorations...or if I get REALLY desperate I can look through the rather large pile of sewing WIPS and finally finish a few of them. Yikes--that really would be a sign of pure desperation......

Monday, May 18, 2009

I Finished The Dress!

After a slight rearrangement on the sewing front, I have finished the dress, so number 2 out of 10 is done (the bags all getting to count as one). I am getting stronger every day, but I think it will still be a bit before I could actually lay out and cut out a new pattern--everything taking a surprising amount of energy--so I decided to play around with a simpler sewing project:OK, looking at that picture, if you guessed I was trying to make fabric bacon strips for some unfathomable reason I can't say that I could blame you, but these bizarre objects are napkin rings.

I am a big lover of interesting napkin rings, but so often the ones one can find in a store are both badly made and expensive, so I had been thinking about playing around with ideas for a while. I think they would be fun gifts--especially personalized ones with favorite quotes or names....

It was 94 today & we have opted to not turn the air conditioning on yet--in fact, I think the heat is still on as it FROZE just a few nights ago, so Theo found it a bit too warm in the sewing room, so
he decided to snooze out in the hallway. He's a dedicated sidekick, but he's no fool. He looked so comfortable, I was seriously tempted to join him!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Is It 6 Weeks Yet???

There is SUCH a fine line between "optimist" and "slow, slow learner." Really, somewhere deep down I know that it takes a while to recover after surgery, but every day I'm still surprised by my inability to do things. I had my first outing on Thursday--my mother taking me to the grocery store--and I had to spend the rest of the day in bed. If I'd have known that I would have aimed a little higher than fresh produce. Did you know taking a shower can be exhausting? I didn't either, but I actually have to lay down and REST afterwards!. Three and a half more weeks.....three and a half more weeks....then, LOOK OUT WORLD!!!!

I'm still struggling with sewing for any length of time, but I did get the bags finishedand because I really need to be DOING something, I'm stockpiling gifts. Yet another washcloth:I like Alison's idea of using them for baths instead of dishes--at least the round ones. Who really feels that festive about washing dishes?

Yesterday I dug out an old pattern for Christmas ornaments:The tall one looks a little silly--it was one of those "oh-I-don't-need-to-look-at-the-pattern" episodes which consistently get me in trouble but which I even more consistently continue to not learn from.

This one is my favorite:I actually have no idea how much yarn they use, but I'm giving myself 10 yards per bell toward the stash. Not that the Red Heart icky acrylic yarn has ever been counted as being "in" the stash, but yarn used up is yarn used up.

AND, I got 2 steps done on the dress! At this rate I could be finished by next week. Thank heavens there isn't a zipper--that could cause a serious setback!

Onward!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Two Weeks Down, Four To Go

When they said it would be 6 weeks to recover, I don't know exactly what I thought, but I know I expected to really be able to do almost everything. Obviously, I have been choosing to live in Fantasy Land.

I'm doing better every day, but I now believe that they really mean 6 weeks. There has been one more dish cloth, because these circles are addictiveand it used up the last of a big cone of cotton, which makes me feel good in the STASH PROGRESS sense.

The shawl for my mother is getting the most attention:
though has lost out 2 days running to reading murder mysteries. I would never have believed it, but I really can't knit all the time. The baby blanket has gotten some attention
though it still doesn't look like I've progressed much. I have discovered the key to needlework:

small projects...and possibly a shot of tequila


After this it will be back to pillowcases & smaller items.

I have altered my 10-in-a-row sewing regime just a bit. Because I'm not always able to sit up for long periods of time, regular sewing is still a bit too difficult (though I have high hopes for tomorrow). The embroidery machine can work by itself, soI'm making some gift bags. I thought they'd make fun hostess gifts--maybe a jar of homemade jam & a muffin mix--or a dishcloth.......:)

My sidekick continues to take good care of methough in all honesty I think he's getting a little bored with my inactivity. He meows at me in a rather exasperated tone before curling up with me, so I think even he thinks I've taken this napping thing a bit too far. Soon.....very, very soon........

Then it's back to that dress!

Friday, May 8, 2009

A little Knitting Break

In the high-excitement world of post-operative recovery, I was finally a little tired of knitting today (something I truly never thought I would say), so I read. Normally I knit while reading, but I'm still a bit fuzzy, so multi-tasking is a bit above my head right now. I wonder if this is what it's like to be a guy?

I almost cast on a celebratory pair of socks today, but the sock yarn would require some major moving of boxes in the sewing room, and I can't lift things for another 5 weeks. Of course Andy would have helped if I asked him, but if there's one cardinal rule amongst yarn hoarders, it's:

Never let your spouse know the true size of your stash.

I might be a bit addled on pain killers, but I haven't lost sight of the important things.....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Temptation

9 days and 7 washcloths later, I was a bit tempted to order yarn today. Not that I need any--or was even tempted by any particular yarn--but I'm already bored with my recovery & have 5 more weeks stretching in front of me. Not that I don't have a basket FULL of knitting projects, a bin full of half-finished knitting projects, and a 6 YEAR SUPPLY of yarn, but I think I was looking for something to do. Luckily, shopping for yarn takes about the same amount of time whether you buy or not, so I browsed for a while today. BUT, I did not give in! However, I'm thinking I might move past dish cloths. 7 qualifies for a completed Project of the Month don't you think?????

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

One Week Down!

So last Tuesday, I had surgery--nothing major--and while it seems odd to wait until now to say that, we still have the hostile ex wife obsessing about us & she seems to read my other blog almost daily and I didn't want to give her a chance to do something vile while we were either not home or just under a lot of stress. I am happy to report that everything went well & it was really nothing serious and I got to come home Thursday. My sidekickhas taken upon himself to nurse me back to health--even diligently waking me up every 4 hours for my pain medication--and I was even able to do a little knitting the day OF the surgery, though I was too groggy to correct people when they asked about my lovely crocheting. I didn't get as much done as I would have liked because it's sort of hard to knit with an IV in your arm, but the new shawl is looking greatand the dish cloths are piling up:
The pain killers are making me a bit too nauseous & dizzy to sew, but I'll be off of those in a couple more days, then look out world!!!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dishcloth Number 1 is Done!!!

After the complete failure to complete April's project, I felt obligated to start May's project early. After all the big, involved projects I have been working on, quick stash-burning projects are QUITE a novelty. Of course, I'm actually having to add the kitchen cotton yarns to my stash on Ravelry before I can say they have been "used up," so it looks like I'm going the completely wrong direction on the stash, but there will be fewer yards & yarn!!!!

And the fact that I had completely forgotten about these yarns in my stash tally is going to be largely ignored......

Friday, May 1, 2009

It's May!

And time for the next Project of the Month bag. This month will be.........
Cotton washcloths!!!

Years ago, I made tons of these things, but got discouraged when I discovered how badly they faded when one actually used them in hot soapy dishwater, and haven't made any since. However, the faded cotton washcloths are STILL my favorite ones to use, and one of my friends recently commented on how much she loves the ones I gave her several years ago, so I have actually been looking forward to this bag. Isn't it funny--it's only May, and I can't remember all the projects I picked to put into bags, but there are a few I remember & have looked forward to. If course the really fun thing about dishcloths is that one can make up any pattern at all--there's only going to be one dishcloth and it doesn't have to match a darn thing. Great chance to play with designs.

And on the sewing front.......no quilt activity. We're still in the "needing time apart" stage, which also translates as "Toni is getting her tail thoroughly kicked by the darn quilt" stage. I have all the blocks done & all laid out, but sewing them together & matching all the points and seams is a bit frustrating and best set aside for a while.

In the meantime, I was in a real sewing mood, so I prewashed several fabrics,which Theo helped me iron, and I was just about to embark on a manic project-starting bender, when it occurred to me....

I have STARTED a lot of sewing projects lately and haven't finished nearly as many.

A braver woman might have opted to count the sewing WIPs, but I am no fool. That number might be even more daunting than the knitting pile at its worst. INSTEAD, I have resolved to finish 10 sewing projects in a row. They can be new projects, but I have to work on it straight through before starting a new one.

Really, I think this is a workable idea (provided I mostly stay away from quilts), and to celebrate, I have decided to start with a new spring dress in one of my best colors:Theo is quite excited to be sewing againand I have had the sense to choose a relatively simple pattern. The pockets are already done & sewn on, the bodice is put together and.......THERE IS NO ZIPPER TO DEAL WITH!!!!

So, could there be finished project number one by the end of the weekend????????