Friday, October 30, 2009

Finishing Friday, And A Finished Object!

Really, how many times has that actually happened for me?

Remember the October Project of the Month?

Ta-da!!!!  A simple little blanket, and my first ever tied quilt

because in general I don't really like tied quilts, but on the second-to-last day of the month, I can learn to be flexible......

Theo was so thrilled to be sewing again that I actually had to scoot him away from the machine a few times

I will never understand how the cats can be positive that the vacuum cleaner equals certain death, but they are both completely unafraid of the noise of the sewing machine.  Personally, I've sustained more injuries from sewing than vacuuming......but that could have something to do with how often I do each one, come to think of it. 

I finished the blanket early enough that I had time to finally finish the ribbing on the alpaca sweater.

I thought I had taken pictures of my first attempts, but apparently my pride intervened.  I decided to change the neck of the sweater from the original pattern, and since it was to be in garter-stitch anyway, I decided to do the two side edges and the neck all in one piece and just using increases to turn the corner.  My first attempt--which involved picking up the number of stitches the pattern actually called for--was a large, flapping disaster.  After a few hours,

I have button holes in reasonable places, the corners are not so sharp one could break rocks on them, and it actually looks like something I might wear.  Progress indeed. 

I was really hoping for a Finishing Friday "Two-fer," but I just didn't get there.  It might have had something to do with that little fling with the kimono shawl around 3:00.........

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Theo's Week

My little sidekick is in deep disgrace this week.

Now you may not be able to find it in the picture

but there is a live bird hidden in the greenery.  This planter resides here

which, being inside the house, is a rather unfortunate place to have a bird.   Especially when the bird isn't bright enough to notice the open door below, or to even notice the arctic air blast coming into the house through the open door.  Nope, it took a step ladder, a feather duster, two humans, and this
 
to catch the darn bird. Jjust in case you ever need to know this, covering the top does actually decrease the number of times a frightened bird will fling itself against a Rubbermade container while your spouse frantically looks for something large enough to slide under the container to carry the bird outside and away from the cats.  Not eliminate, but reduce.  The bird was able to fly away after Andy released in into the yard, though it may be suffering a little post-traumatic-stress disorder.  I know it lasted for about 3 hours for me.

Theo did some groveling with two dead voles the same day, but two voles on the carpet is NOT worth one in the bush, whatever the proverb says...... 

And Today's Lame No-Knitting Excuse Is......

Planting the garlic in 32-degree temperatures before the snow came, and baking whole wheat bread.  And it turns out that one doesn't sufficiently warm you up after the other.  Go figure. 

Tomorrow is Finishing Friday!  Whoo hoo!!!

Hee Hee

You know, some days the commenters are funnier than I am! 

:)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Alas! There Has Been No Knitting Today....

.....but there is a garden plot almost ready for the garlic and there's freshly baked zucchini bread.  I know--it doesn't help me much with the Double Dog Dare challenge, but on the other hand, knitting NEVER makes the house smell this good. 

Monday, October 26, 2009

Prepare Yourself For A Shock

The pirate costume pants required MORE buttons than the pattern said it would.

I know, quite shocking, wasn't it?  Who would EVER have seen that coming?

Since I am listening to Christmas music in spite of it still being October, so I have decided to be charitable.  Perhaps the folks at Simplicity have decided on some sort of new outreach program where they employ those who cannot read, or perhaps they are working with those suffering from drug addictions, which I could admire.  Of course, I might have saved the actual pattern-writing jobs for those NOT taking drugs, but that's just me.....

Saturday, October 24, 2009

So They Don't Still Have The Buttons

Be honest now.  Is there anyone who didn't see that one coming?

This one was so predictable that even I saw it coming--and you know, that's saying something.  Last night when I was sewing on THE NUMBER OF BUTTONS THE PATTERN ACTUALLY SAID IT WOULD USE, I made sure to do a little spacing on the cuffs


so that the new buttons--which would never match the old buttons--would make a design of sorts.  Of course, as it turns out, there were exactly two choices for buttons in gold and the right size, so I'm not even close to matching here, but I think it will be dark at the party anyway.  The old buttons

and the new buttons

If anyone asks, we're going for authenticity, because at the time that this sort of thing would have been worn, buttons would have been seriously unlikely to match anyway.  Fair enough, they wouldn't have been all shiny & gold either, but that's another story.  At any rate, I think they'll work.  And he who complains can make his own darn costume next time.......

Friday, October 23, 2009

Finishing Friday


Andy's FINISHED pirate costume coat complete with the 28 buttons that the pattern envelope said it would need. 

I'm off to the store tomorrow to track down the remaining 6 buttons that the coat actually requires.  

What is it with designers???????????????

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm Trying Really Hard Not To Say This...

...but I am immensely proud of myself today.

There, I've said it.  I know I will probably bring down the wrath of the sewing gods upon my boastful little head, but maybe they're not as vengeful as the knitting gods.  I'll burn a little summer cotton tonight in sacrifice to the just to be on the safe side.  In the meantime

TA-DA!


My first attempt at continuous quilting with the embroidery machine!

Okay, to be fair, it wasn't an intentional attempt.  My intention was to do a few unconnected pieces of design on each side--basically enough to keep the batting from going crazy in the washing machine but nothing too "involved."  That was before I discovered this:

 The design I had just embroidered onto the quilt that has taken THREE AND A HALF YEARS to make was only made for continuous design.  Not that there were any directions with the software--which I will point out is the only embroidery software I bought from Husqvarna (the company that made my sewing machine) and for the insane price of $89.00, I think they could have chipped in a blasted instruction book. 

So now I had the problem of either figuring out a way to duplicate the circle on the other side, or figuring out how to join the designs.  Taking a deep breath, I measured, marked, remeasured and.....

It worked!!!

I still have to do some hand-sewing on the corners as I can't get the silly machine to duplicate the design or do a mirror image or anything else.  But one side is done, and my ever-present companion was on-hand to help me prep to tackle the next side

Now be honest--do you think my friend would notice if only one side were quilted? 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

So You Might Have Noticed....

....that lately a lot of my posts have been about knitting but not so much about MY knitting.  That would be because there has not so much been a lot of "my" knitting happening.  Granted, the dratted yoke pullover is finally done, and when we are back on speaking terms I will have Andy take a picture of us together in what I hope will be a new, warm, loving relationship.  Right now the best I can manage is to NOT give it a raspberry every time I pass it, but then again, I have never really been known for my maturity....

Having learned a few lessons (and a few new swear words) on the ribbed yoke pullover, I decided to do a little pinning and double-checking on the alpaca cardigan BEFORE sewing any seams

and it's looking good, so when I get some knitting time, I'll be finishing up the second sleeve and MAYBE knocking off another WIP before the end of the month.  The first priority is

Andy's pirate costume started two years ago and which my very patient husband is hoping to get to wear this year.  (We've been invited to a Halloween party--this isn't a weird pirate-fantasy sort of thing).  I finished the hem, and for the record, a narrow hem is a really, really, REALLY stupid idea when working with velveteen. 

It's really bulky and hard to do--especially since velveteen doesn't like to be ironed.  Moving past THAT lovely episode, Friday will be devoted to adding more braid and adding buttons & button holes--I know, you're all jealous.  If there was a zipper thrown in to the mix, I'd probably cheerfully go cast on another ribbed yoke pullover instead. 

Luckily (and frankly, surprisingly) I was able to locate the in-progress pants without much difficulty, so they will be Saturday's project.  There is a vest as well, but we're not talking about that right now....

And when I REALLY need excitement, I drag out

the first bridesmaid's quilt.  I'm still in the slip-stitching abyss of attaching the binding to the back of the quilt, which takes FOREVER.  I'm half done.  I've tried a few different ways of attaching binding, but they just don't look as good, and I figured if it's going to be this late it should at least look like it took 3 years to make. 

Even my trusty little sidekick has found this just a bit too boring, and has decided he wants to try his hand at kayaking. 



He hasn't heard about that water part yet.......

Monday, October 19, 2009

If The Television Industry Had Learned to Knit

*  Mr. Rogers would have had more than one sweater

*  An "I Love Lucy" episode would have shown Lucy tied helplessly to a chair after her attempt to knit straight from an unwound hank of lace yarn.

*  We would have seen Dumb Donald's face on "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" because his stocking cap would not have been the size of a garbage sack.

*  On "Bewitched," Samantha could have twitched her nose and actually knit as fast as the rest of us only think we can.

*  Pee Wee Herman might have been caught knitting in the movie theater, and might still be on the air......

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Double Dog Dare Challenge Update

As you may remember, the Double Dog Dare Challenge is to get down to 10 WIPS (which is sort of amazing when you think about it.  I mean, there are people who could get all the way down to NO WIPS, but to even get close to single digits is a challenge for me), and so far one has been frogged and three have been finished.  Theo is guarding the last one as it dries, just to make sure it's safe.  

That puts me at 14 WIPS left--4 more.  OR, if I get really motivated, 5 more and I could have less than 10 WIPS, which would, of course, be amazing, astounding, and possibly a first for me.  A braver person would aspire to NO WIPS, but let's not get crazy here.

And on the sewing front, I have started the October Project of the Month!

It's just a simple flannel baby blanket, and now that the blocks are together, I think I might add one more row as it's a bit smaller than I think would be useful.  I mean, sure, babies are small but they grow at an astonishing rate to the great chagrin of knitters everywhere.  So, one more row, then padding, a flannel back, and maybe some little yarn ties to quilt it, which I think I can get done before the end of the month.  Then again, this is coming from a woman who thought that making 4 quilts in one year for her bridesmaids was a reasonable goal...........

Friday, October 16, 2009

One Woman's Harrowing Experience

"It was dreadful," says knitter, Toni Sutton, when asked about her recent foray into the WIP Wilderness. 
"It had been a long and brutal battle already.  There were bodies everywhere.


"The sweater was there in the distance--lurking.  I could see the results of my last failed effort--that woolly Victorian collar:


"It was ghastly.  I mean, a sweater collar that can actually pick up satellite television?  Can you imagine the horror?"

When asked, Ms. Sutton admits to some pretty unorthodox methods.

"Several knitters had tried the traditional methods--smaller needles, changing the neckline--but the results still weren't good.  Keeping the pattern remotely intact just wasn't enough to control this WIP.  It was time for some alterations.  I took the cable down to a lopsided 5-stitch pattern, then switched one of the stitches to a purl on the third row from the end.  Very unusual, but nothing else would work."

Still, even with all her adjustments, it didn't quite work as she had hoped.

"A cable pattern will pull often pull knitting forward, and with only one purl stitch in-between cables, it just wasn't enough to stop the pattern from rolling.  It pulled so much that not even a few rows of garter stitch could stop it.  I used a little extra yarn and ran some lines of tension into the back of the cable--basically to pull it backwards.  Quite awkward and very, very unorthodox, but when you're facing such a ferocious WIP, you sometimes have to bend the rules."

And it looks like bending the rules might have finally worked.  The sweater is washed and blocking, but it looks like it might finally turn out to be a normal sweater,


with a neck that won't even pick up AM radio.

A thrilling tale, to be sure.  And does Ms. Sutton have any advice for other intrepid knitters who might wish to try this sweater in the future?

"Take your smallest knitting needle and stab yourself repeatedly in your right leg, chanting 'I must not knit bad designs.  I must not knit bad designs.'  It will save the knitter a lot of time and frustration, and ultimately be a lot less painful."

There you have it folks!  Sage words of advice from someone who has truly seen it all.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled knitting. 

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday

Tomorrow is Finishing Friday.  It's me, that darned ribbed yoke sweater, and some audio books.  Someone is going to come out victorious.......

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

If Shakespeare Had Learned To Knit.....

For some reason, when Hagrid pulled out knitting in the first Harry Potter book, it made me absurdly happy.  I don't know what he was knitting, or if he ever finished it, but it was just this little glimpse of a shared interest and it made me happy.  So, I'm thinking that maybe more of our literature could use a little knitting--you know, to make it more accessible....which of course led me to...... 

Romeo and Juliet:  The besotted Juliet knits her beloved a gorgeous sweater in an all-over cable pattern, which invokes the dreaded Boyfriend Sweater curse and Romeo immediately dumps her, and they both live on to marry others and live to ripe, old age.

Gone With The Wind: When Rhett leaves Scarlett after not giving a damn, Scarlett remembers she still has her beloved Tara, which she converts into an alpaca farm and she makes a fortune selling Damn Yankee Yarn, which will later inspire a musical of a similar name.

Wizard of Oz:  Dorothy doesn't end up with the silver slippers as metal footwear would cause some pretty severe blisters.  Instead Glenda gives her the Wicked Witch's comfy felted clogs, which are so comfortable that she decides to stay in Oz and gets involved with the Scarecrow, whom she always had a bit of a thing for anyway.

Kafka's Metamorphosis:  Gregor awakes to find he has turned into a bug during the night, but he has on a nifty fair isle sweater that strangely has room for all 6 legs--which doesn't make the story any stranger than the original

1984:  Big Brother catches Winston knitting in the unapproved "continental style," and subsequently sends Winston to the Ministry of Love of Wool for "re-education."

Dante's Inferno:  Tantalus is surround by baskets and baskets of the finest cashmere wool, but every time he reaches for his knitting basket, it is jerked just out of his reach

Hamlet:  When Ophelia is rejected by Hamlet, she does NOT kill herself, but takes up knitting, opens her own yarn shop, and decides that she's better off without that wishy-washy boy anyway




Why yes, the glass of wine is half-empty.  Why do you ask?

Closer & Closer...

The slip-stitching of the binding is going pretty slowly (though compared to the THREE AND A HALF YEARS that the rest has taken, it's pretty zippy),

but at least Calisto is getting some use out of it as a yoga mat.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Yarn IS The Answer, No Matter What The Question

As most of you have probably noticed, America is in a bit of a turmoil right now.  If I were feeling like a rabble-rouser, I'm mention that this is generally what happens when a Democrat is president because the Republicans are sore losers & if they can't fry a man for lack of military service (which becomes a nonissue once there's a Republican president who has no military background) or whether or not he smoked pot in his life (and wouldn't it explain a lot if we discovered that Bush smoked pot WHILE in office?), then they go after him for us being in a war that his predecessor started.  BUT, I'm feeling all warm & fuzzy and bipartisan tonight, so I won't.  I will say that we are having some issues here in the good old USA, and if no one else is going to try to do anything about it, I will.  So, here it is, Toni's PLAN FOR PEACE:

 * Starting tomorrow, for one month everyone in the country is to take up knitting.  They may discuss knitting, ask knitting questions, and tell knitting stories, but they may NOT discuss anything non-knitting related.  I don't know how they're handling it, but the rest of us could really use a break.

*  Everyone is to pick out the yarn of their choice.  There are a few in our midst who should pick out a few different colors--maybe black and brown and white and red--and learn that all of the colors can be great by themselves, but when they're mixed all together they can create something truly magical.

*  Each knitter shall be required to carry a supply of bandages in their knitting bag.  If a knitter accidentally pokes his or herself with a DPN and needs a bandage, the knitter closest to them will kindly provide the injured knitter with one of his or her bandages.  The giver is forbidden to ask if the injured knitter is covered by Blue Cross or Blue Shield.

*  Each knitter shall be required to make an object for someone else and will be prohibited from calling it "socialism."  Each knitter will repeat the phrases "act of kindness," "do unto others," and "golden rule" until they are memorized.

*  Each knitter shall listen to the discussions of the knitting others are doing, and is required to participate in discussions of the types of heel turning, and may ask questions or provide supportive comments.  Yelling "You lie!" or calling another knitter a "Nazi" is prohibited and the offender's knitting will be immediately confiscated and frogged.  While starting over, the knitter is to think about how he or she might have handled the situation differently.

*  There will be one large communal project.  Each knitter will be required to knit exactly 5 stitches on the communal project, no more or no less.  Then the knitter will pass it to the next knitter.  If everyone works together, it will result in a lovely piece of artwork that will later be set on display as a tribute to the spirit of cooperation.  If one knitter refuses to share or do his or her part, it will never be finished and nothing will ever be done.  There will just be angry and frustrated knitters.

*  Each knitter shall try several types of yarn--some natural, some acrylic; some thick, some thin; some expensive, some not expensive.  The knitters will note that there are good and bad characteristics of each, and while they may have favorites or like one better than the others, it does not take away anything from the other yarns or make the other yarns any less wonderful.

*  On their last day, knitters will be shown a display of antique fisherman's sweaters--some with cables, some with more elaborate patterns, some a bit more plain.  They will pay careful attention to the detail, to the twists and turns--some that were even difficult--and how they smooth out when looked at from a few feet back.  They will be told the history of the knitter--how perhaps she might have preferred the u-shaped cable needle instead of a straight, or maybe she was a bit overly fussy with her ribbing, and that maybe she really passionately hated the way the sleeves were working out, or that she really wished she could afford the more expensive yarn her neighbor was using--but that as time has gone on, all of the pettiness and foolishness of the knitter died along with her.  That sleeve problem that she thought was SO important at the time is no longer even noticeable.  Perhaps no one even remembers her name by now.  But the beautiful thing that she created--maybe out of love, out of duty, or out of a sense of responsibility--has endured and maybe leaving behind something of beauty made up for any smallness or meanness in her life.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Things I Have Learned From Knitting

*  Every group has its sadists.  In the knitting world, we call them "designers."

*  There is no cat so old or so lazy that it won't unravel your lace knitting as soon as your back is turned.

*  Knitting probably isn't the answer to every problem, no matter how much I think it must be.

*  It's wrong to think badly of friends who choose to live in warm climates where knitted woolly items are completely useless.

*  Next time I'm feeling just a little too cocky about my knitting, I will pull out that darned ribbed yoke pullover again.

*  Learning to laugh about knitting is probably much healthier than shoving a problem sweater into the blender.....and less damaging to appliances.

*  Being allergic to animals is probably actually a good thing.  It's the only thing keeping me from trying to keep an alpaca in the back yard.

*  If you want your obsession with knitting to seem "normal," convert others.

*  I will never be able to knit as fast as I think I can knit.

*  I shall try not to discriminate.  There really, truly are people with wool allergies, and it would be wrong to call them "wackos" or "anti-sheepists."

*  Next time I feel like knitting takes forever, I will spend some time hand-sewing the binding onto the back of a quilt.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Finishing Friday

So remember when I had all those pictures of unfinished quilts?



Yeah, I didn't exactly show you all of them.  This is a quilt I started as a gift for one of my bridesmaids.  As you might remember, Andy and I just celebrated our third wedding anniversary, so this one is nicely aged.  As am I, frankly.  Anyway, it needed one more row of quilting through the center, then it was time for.....

 the binding.  Now, there are a lot of ways to do edging.  There's the one continuous strip--which looks nice and is clever, but I ended up with a seriously squished corner.  Then there's the cleverly-cut-enough-material-to-fold-over-for-the-binding method, which as it turns out requires a bit better concept of straight lines than I seem to have.  Then there's the cut 2 longer strips, two shorter strips, and sew them on one at a time approach, which is my normal choice.  I however, opted to forgo all of these and strike out on my own, creating a new binding technique which we'll call "dumbass."

So, if you are cutting binding strips, it might behoove you to realize that two will need to be longer than the other two, as you're going to sew two parallel sides with the shorter strips and then conveniently, the longer strips will go the whole length PLUS the extra width created by the new edging.  The Dumbass method is where you make all 4 strips long enough to cover one side and one bound edge only, meaning that you won't be able to just sew a strip completely on.  No, you'll have to sew it partway on, then sew on the next strip partway, go back and sew up that first strip, now sew the third strip partway on, then go back and finish the second strip.....and right now I'm bogged down somewhere right in the middle of this.  Still....

It is, finally, after three and a half years, almost done.


Now, you've probably noticed that HUGE blank space of blue all around the edge--sort of hard to miss.  The theory has always been that I will--in one of those full competency moments that I sometimes have--use the embroidery attachment and create a lovely border all the way through that field of blue.  Normally one would actually do this BEFORE the binding, but I thought if the quilt got put away again it might be ANOTHER three years before my friend ever got the darn thing, so I am adding the binding now and IF BY SOME MIRACLE I GET THE EMBROIDERY DONE, it will be wonderful.  If not, I'll just be giving my friend a slightly bizarre quilt three years late.  By now, she probably considers me a slightly bizarre friend, so it all works out nicely.

And of course, Sewing Kitty was on hand for moral support and shedding.....

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Someday.....

Carol Burnett said "Comedy is tragedy plus time."

One of these days, that ribbed yoke pullover is going to be REALLY funny......

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The New Issue of Knitter's Magazine Has Arrived...

...and it has reinforced my decision to cancel my subscription.

Not that I'm criticizing them--I've been subscribing for a very long time and they have provided me with some pretty amazing sweaters.  It's just that since knitting has become "trendy" the patterns have become "trendy," and if I am going to spend a year or two (you never know here at WIP Central) working on a sweater, I want it to still be in style by the time I finish it. Provided that I ever do, of course. 

So, I flipped through the magazine, noticed there isn't a single thing I will ever knit, and put it in the bookshelf in the sewing room.  Why not just throw it out?  I was raised by packrats.  It's true. My parents moved into their house when I was 4, and until last summer when their basement was flooded, there were still boxes that hadn't been unpacked since they moved it 30+ years before.  They kept everything.  Somewhere down there, my Ballerina Barbie whose face was half chewed off by a mouse probably still exists--along with a Malibu Barbie who had some sort of tragic run-in with Silly Putty and was never the same since.  It's just impossible to rate the nostalgia value of such items....

So, my magazines go into the shelf until a point about two years hence when I will get frustrated with the overflowing shelves and sit down to sort through all of my old knitting magazines, and if I make it through more than two or three without dropping everything to cast on some MUST HAVE pattern lurking since June of 98, I may finally donate the magazine with all it's "so '09" patterns to the library.

Who says I don't have a system?

Monday, October 5, 2009

In Which I Heal My Battered Ego

Not that the ribbed yoke sweater has exactly won, but it hasn't exactly lost either.  We have, for the moment, declared a truce and are ignoring each other's existence.


However, I did have some crafting time this weekend and thought I might spend it with the Kimono Shawl






but someone beat me to it.  And let's face it, I am never that cute while knitting, so I let Theo have it for the day and went digging in the WIP bin. 

I started this sometime last year, and the body just needed a few inches on the body, which I finished with NO frogging, swearing, or re-editing of a pattern (which made a refreshing change) and

I have started a sleeve!  It's a simple pattern and will make great portable knitting, so it is the current favorite project, but it's going to take a little while to finish, and I was in need of some instant gratification, so I finished a few more towels

(Obviously, I'm loving this design), and cut out and embroidered some felt gift bags

and I even figured out how to enlarge a design while embroidering--on purpose and everything!  And the finished product.....

Take THAT ribbed yoke pullover!!!!

I am nothing if not childish....

Friday, October 2, 2009

Finishing Friday -

--and I am taking the coward's way out.

Sort of.

I was all set to do battle with the ribbed yoke pullover, but we are having some friends over for dinner tonight, and I didn't think receiving another ass-whooping by a bunch of superwash would put me in the best frame of mind for entertaining, so I have chosen a safer route today. Sewing a few seams on the pulloverand a couple pattern repeats on the kimono shawl which recently celebrated it's second birthday without yet being finished. Of course, it isn't actually the oldest WIP--there's a shawl on size 0 needles that just turned 5, but that is a bit more understandable. I mean, size zero needles? I'll be finishing that one the day I file for Social Security...provided my eye sight is still good and knitting hasn't finally snapped whatever will be left of my brain after the ribbed yoke pullover....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's October 1st!

How did that happen?

So, um, about the September Project of the Month....It's not so much "finished." More along the lines of "never started" if we want to be technical and everything. I did round up all the cardboard & empty toilet paper tubes to make it, and there was a point last week when I could have sat down to finish it, but then I realized that I don't currently need it for a gift, and by next Christmas all of the cardboard would be bent or crushed. So, feeling guilty and thinking I should finish SOMETHING in September--and it obviously wasn't the sweater-that-shall-not-be-named, I dug out the Christmas blankets I made earlier this year and thought I would put the names on them. To say Theo was excited to be sewing again would be a huge understatement. He was purring and purring and I didn't have the heart to move him, so I decided to embroider a few more gift towels.OK, fine. I decided to grab the fleece blankets then. If I had any thoughts left that he wasn't doing it on purpose, that smug little look put an end to them. Not to be outdone, I decided to put some snowflakes on a towel for our "winter" theme which would only need the smallest hoop so could be done on my lap.(I think it needs another snowflake right in the center as the one on the right is a bit too far away, but I digress....) At this point it was obviously just a battle of wills and Theo wasn't messing around anymore. He went straight for the bolt of the wash-away stabilizer, which would have stopped me in my tracks had I not already hooped one towel, so while he snoozedTa-da! The stabilizer still needs to be washed away, but I am quite pleased with how it turned out. And outsmarting Theo is always a perk. He was not nearly as happy as I was, so he gave up on the sewing room table and opted for being Guardian of the Sewing Roomwhich left me free to finally finish the darn blankets. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out:which is a long way of saying I DIDN'T finish the September Project of the Month, but I did finish SOMETHING in September, which brings me toThe October Project of the Month. It's flannel to do a little patchwork baby blanket. Cute, simple, and able to be stored easily. AND....the garden froze last night, so I might have crafting time again soon. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course, there is this to be dealt with.....