Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Green Sweater for myself (Brown Sheep Co, Inc. Lambs Pride Superwash in Cactus Pattern #994 from Knittin Pure & Simple) I made it longer in the sleeves and the body which turned out to be almost too long.
Also, finished a pair of socks, one of the two Criminal Minds Mystery Kerchiefs (still needs to be blocked) and a hat for myself (Eliots Ass-Kicking Hat by Megan Ellinger). The hat turned out a bit big next time I will make it on size 1 needles.
I've also been busy knitting some hats for charity. I'll post pictures of them later.
I also rediscovered the musical Jesus Christ Superstar (my all-time favorite musical), thanks to the Youth Minister for grades 7-12 at my church. I don't know how Glenn Carter can hit some of those notes. (this is my favorite version of JCS). Glenn Carter is spectacular (as are Jerome Pradon, Renee Castle, & the rest of the cast). However, I don't care for the soundtrack. It's not complete. One of my favorites isn't on it, Blood Money. It is on the 1996 recording (also with Glenn Carter but as Simon instead of Jesus).
October also found me traveling with the mercantile, P. Palmer Drygoods, to Cedar Creek, VA. I drove down to Fort Wayne to meet up with Kay, Marta & Major. We did see the most amazing rainbow I've ever seen on the drive down to Cedar Creek. Kay & Marta then continued down to Westville, GA after the Cedar Creek event.
This year I did not make my daughter's Halloween costume (not enough time). She went as a Gothic vampire. A friend of her's came down and the two went trick or treating with their dads. Both of them dressed in their reenacting clothes (one Union cavalry trooper & one Confederate). They all seemed to have a good time.
I think that is about all for October. If I think of anything else that happened that was interesting I will post it later.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
but when I have lots of cool yarn I tend to knit one to see what it looks like knitted up. So lately, I've been busy trying to finish all of my started projects (both sewn & knitted). Here's some of the knitted things I've finished recently.
Finished socks x ???:
Started: Oct. 2008
Finished: Sept. 8, 2010
ONLine Supersocke 100
I ended up using two skeins. One wasn’t
enough, especially since I wanted them
to match as closely as possible.
Started: Feb. 28, 2009
Finished: Sept. 1, 2010
Sunshine Yarn Twist Sock Yarn
Color: Stupefy (HP sock yarn club)
Pattern seemed to take forever.
I had actually started a different pair of socks in this yarn and had
one done when my daughter
informed me that she wanted "plain" socks.
Started: Aug. 23, 2010
Finished: Aug. 29, 2010
(just in time for the
first day of school.)Zwerger Garn Opal Harry Potter Color: Tonks
Another "plain" pair of socks, these are mine.
Started: Feb. 5, 2010
Finished: Aug. 23, 2010
Zwerger Garn Opal Harry Potter
Projects I've also started & finished:
This is the Reid Kerchief by ThreeBagsFulled. I ended up slightly modifying it because I skipped a row or so. My daughter is extremely happy with it so it doesn't really matter. I used Araucania Ranco Solid Color 119.
Also, finished a hat for my daughter using leftover Fantasy Dark Horse Yarn (color: 40). I used the pattern Zinnia Dahlia by Petra Hoy.
New(ish) projects: On Sept. 11, I started knitting a hat for myself, I'm using Eliots Ass-Kicking hat by Megan Ellinger. I've modified it a bit so that the ribbing when rolled back is 3x1 instead of 1x3 (reverse of what she did). I'm making it in Roasted Coffee fingering wt NatureSpun by Brown Sheep. So far I'm 1/2 way through the second pattern set. I am hoping to have it done by the time it snows here.
Monday I started working on a pair of mitts for my daughter (Araucania Ranco Multy Color 117). I'm using the same pattern I used for both pair of mine (Fingerless Mitts by Sandi Rosner). I finished the first one today. It looks really nice - though kind of stiff, I'm using size 0 needles instead of the size 2 listed in the pattern. She just tried it on and told me that they were snug.
This morning I received the third clue for the Criminal Minds Mystery KAL (Knit-A-Long). I've finished the first 8 rows, just have to do that one more time and then the first 4 rows again. This is the first KAL I've done and I'm really enjoying it. Thanks, ThreeBagsFulled. Can't wait for the next clue (and the next KAL).
Monday, September 27, 2010
Here are pictures of a few of the sewing projects I've finished since May (not all of them though - that would take up too much space.)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Now on to the sewing stuff. Last month I finished three outfits for a Civil War period wedding in France. I ended up making three white pleated front shirts, three pairs of black trousers, one silk shawl collar vest, one silk collarless vest (trimmed in black), one lined wool sack coat & one lined wool frockcoat. The jacket & vest for the youngest was made by a friend of mine.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The Fort Wayne Ball is the first Civil War Ball I've been to that does a ball the right way. Dance set, food, dance set, more food, etc. I wish more did them right. Most events have "balls" which I wouldn't consider a ball. I'm sorry but I refuse to wear my good silk dresses to those sorts of "balls", most of which are outside. Enough of that. As I said the Fort Wayne ball is definitely worth going to.
Add to the to do list.....
New ballgown for next years ball!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Just like any dog (and I mean any dog!) They can bite. I know plenty of people who would agree that they really don't like the little yippee dogs (you know the ones, the owners think they are oh so cute when the misbehave, because they don't bother to train them).
I don't care what type of dog you own, you have to be a responisble owner.
- Get them spayed or neutered.
- Get them trained. (There are loads of qualified people out there that can help you. Our local humane society has a Pit Bull specific class.)
- Always know where they are. (Just like children they can figure out how to sneak out.)
- Always supervise them when they are with friends and family.
- If you have other dogs or are planning on bringing in another. Talk to a professional animal behaviorist first.
- Beware of where you get your dog. (My dog came from the local humane society who does extensive behavior testing before letting any dog out for adoption and then rates them as to what type of home they can go to. i.e. no children, children over - insert age here, no cats, no other dogs, etc. So that people have some idea what they are in for.)
Please don't judge this breed because of the few that aren't breed ambassadors. Breed specific legislation doesn't work. The people who want these animals for the wrong reasons will ALWAYS find a way to own them!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Now, it's time to get back to all the sewing I have to get done.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Knitting projects on hold.
- Frankensocks + 4 or 5 more pairs of socks
- Herringbone Scarf
Knitting Projects to come.
- Civil War stuff
- Something out of the Hand painted skein of Top of the Lamb.
Tunisian (Afghan) Crochet....Too many to list.
Sewing projects.... Let's not go there. Way to many besides the corsets.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Last month was the Midwest Civil War Civilian Conference in Springfield, IL. It went really well. I think we had more people there than at any of the other ones. I hope that we keep up the momentum! We had great speakers & topics! I hope everyone who attended had a great time and I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
Last night the Olympics started, unfortunately, on a very sad note. My prayers are with the family of Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died during a training run yesterday.
On a lighter note, in the last couple of months I've rediscovered Tunisian Crochet and have been working with a friend to translate 1860s knitting and crocheting patterns from German to English. I'm in the process of making them into sizes that modern people can wear. Along with that I've also become active on Ravelry.com again. I've joined Team BAU (Criminal Minds fans) for the Ravelympics (http://www.ravelry.com/). I've decided to enter 7 wips (works in progress), 1 shawl, 1 sweater, & 1 lace. Here's the progress so far. I started this this morning and already have the vest & belt done. (Did I say I love Tunisian Crochet - I find it's faster than knitting!) My goal is to have this one & the other two that are wips finished by tomorrow evening. My new needles came in the mail today so now I can get started on the lace piece for the games.