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Progress…and not so much progress

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The prep work for the church’s first ever craft show is going well. We are basically at our pre-set limit of 50 booths, give or take a couple. It was interesting to see what sorts of vendors we did/didn’t actually have apply to the show.

In the meantime, the work on the boys’ bathroom is essentially complete. The one item that’s left is replacing the light fixtures in the bath, but we’re doing it ourselves so there’s a little less pressure timewise on that aspect. We’re still attempting to find the fixtures we want. In the meantime, the work grew from just replacing the bathroom floor to replacing the floor, removing all the wallpaper, retexturing the walls, painting the bathroom, two bedrooms, and down the hallway upstairs.

All of that additional work required pulling all the toys/clothes/stuff off the furniture and either jamming it in the closets or stuffing it in boxes. The boxes are currently residing on the floor in the living room downstairs, in our bedroom, and out in the garage. The extra furniture is still sitting in the walk up portion of the attic upstairs.

I’m personally counting it as a victory that the nine foot long pinewood derby track case was finally removed from the floor in the dining room where it’s been sitting for the past three years. The track is is its new slightly shorter, slightly lighter (but still heavy) eight foot long case, which was taken to the Cub Scout Pack storage unit after the district pinewood derby last weekend.

Next on the agenda(s) are making and painting plywood signs for the craft show to put in people’s yards for advertising, moving the furniture back out of the attic, unpacking all the boxes of boys toys and books, and making paint/floor/tile selections for the downstairs bathroom, which is currently next on the repair list.

Slow but steady progress here

Friday, January 13th, 2012

The lace portion of the new sweater has been finished. Now it’s on to the stockinette stitch section, which truthfully is the largest piece. At least I can do that without referring to the pattern every row.

In the meantime, I’m slowly but steadily ironing my way through the monster size bundle of team fabrics that’s been sitting on the floor in the dining room for the past couple of years. I purchased three medium flat-rate boxes of NFL team fabric scraps from someone else, only to discover that I’d overlooked the fact it was coming from a home with someone who smokes. To say that the fabric reeked would not be an understatement. I washed it a couple of different times, wound up stuffing it all back into large black plastic garbage bags, and just let it sit with the hope that the odor would finally dissipate. Last fall I took a more proactive stance once again…washed it all once more, and draped it outside for a day or two (took a week or more to air all the pieces). There’s still something residual there, but Dave and I can’t quite decide if it’s still cigarette smoke or a result of sitting in the plastic all this time at this point. We’re trying to get things picked up and put away so I’m going through, organizing, ironing and storing all the pieces now. By the time all was said and done, I came away with at least a little bit of fabric for all but two of the NFL teams. I started ironing with the teams that only had a small amount of fabric on hand, and quickly went through the majority of the teams. What’s left are the five or six teams that have a fairly large amount of fabric each.

In other news, our church is planning to host a craft show this spring. We have a date on the calendar, and hopefully as of Sunday we’ll have more than two people willing to help put it together. (Guess who is one of the two current people!) More info (or not, depending on time) as this develops.

Also in other news, one of the two speech paths is likely to start maternity leave as of next week. No official word yet on when/what extra work I may be doing for the district. At least the other one isn’t due for another month. I initially thought the babies were due within a couple of weeks of each other.

At least the knitting part is finished

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Sleeves, back, and both fronts of the sweater are off the needles. Now I need to clean off the bed in the sewing room so I can block everything, seam it up, and do the crochet edging. I’m making progress…slowly but definitely.

A Deliberate Slow Down

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

I frogged the sweater swatch last night and loosely wound it on the swift. I’m going to let the yarn sit and relax for a couple of days before winding it into a ball and finishing up the sweater sleeves. Right now it’s still fairly crinkly.

Working both ends against the middle

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I pulled out the sweater I’ve been working on again this weekend. Just commenting on how close I was to finishing the sleeves seemed to give me the impetus to get back onto it. I rechecked my measurements, and I only needed about 1 more inch to reach the decrease point. Saturday was too busy for anything except taking that measurement and figuring out the adjusted math for the decreases, but then I was all set for Sunday. The only potentially looming issue was the fact that I was watching one of the two remaining skeins slither down to next to nothing and the second skein was getting fairly low as well. Sure enough, about two rows before the decreases started, the first skein ran out. I did have some more on the remaining skein that I was using for the second sleeve, so I just started using the yarn end on the outside of the ball for one sleeve while using the yarn pulled from the middle for the second sleeve.

This of course meant that the last yarn I had on hand started disappearing at a rather alarming rate. Doing the knitterly thing, I started knitting faster as I got closer to the end just to see if I was going to run out of yarn.

The jury is still slightly out on that point. I have one more decrease and the bind off left to do but company arrived yesterday evening before I could finish. There’s about two or three yards left, but I did notice a bad spot in the yarn as well. I scrounged through the project bag and thankfully I located the yarn from my original swatch. Ultimately I should be okay. I just have to frog the swatch and do some research on relaxing the yarn again. While I may not need it to actually reach the sleeve bind off point, I will definitely need it for seaming.

Short Lived Glory

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

After spending so long on my first socks, I wanted to be sure I got the most mileage out of their first public appearance. I wanted to be sure Dave was available to get pictures, and I wanted to be able to show them off, so I waited until the Pinewood Derby to wear them. Several friends who had seen me working on them would be in attendance and the derby workshops that had occupied Dave’s time for the past three weeks were now finished.

Dave was flying out for Atlanta later that afternoon as well, so I made certain he understood I wanted some pictures taken of the socks before he left.

So, off to the pinewood derby, complete with showing off of the socks, then home again. About an hour before Dave was supposed to leave, I reminded him about the pictures. Off came the shoes and he took some pictures (which we discovered last night were nowhere on the camera anymore, so we’re not certain where the files wound up.)

But as Dave finished up, I turned my foot to one side and noticed something on the bottom of one of the feet:

Picture of sock with hole in it

Picture of sock with hole in it

There it was…I couldn’t figure out how I’d managed to drop a stitch without noticing it. I quickly took the sock off to try to minimize the damage, and headed upstairs to get some “regular” socks on, since it was somewhat chilly in the office. On the way upstairs, I kept puzzling over how I’d managed to drop a stitch without noticing it previously. Chillingly, I remembered this incident and wondered if this was the sock in question.

I came back downstairs, and started examining the hole once more. It really didn’t look like a dropped stitch, it looked more as if the yarn had snapped. Suddenly I realized that I was looking through the hole in the bottom of the sock, and I could see clear through the front of the sock as well. There was another hole on the top, in roughly the same place:

Front to Back Holes

Front to Back Holes

I’m assuming at this point that I will have to cut the entire end of the sock off and re-knit it, but that’s definitely going to be for another day.

In the meantime, I spent nearly two years off and on working on those socks…and I was able to wear them for about 7 hours all told.

Sock pictures, at last

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
First Socks

First Socks

Pattern: Crossover Rib from Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Uhmmm…Regia, I think. The dog ate the ball band.
Size 2.5 mm needles

Lace et al Update

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Apparently (so far at least) the fourth time around seems to be working. I’m just past the first pattern repeat on the Ring of Lace Wrap. Now that I’ve gotten that far along, things seem to be going more smoothly.

Dave and I have been busy trying to unearth the desktop in the office and trying to locate any unoccupied surface in the dining room for the past few days. The dining room table typically serves as my work/cutting area, with everything else stacked in the sewing room. A couple of weeks ago, a friend came and spent the night when he lost power on the coldest evening of the season, so I had to pull everything out of the sewing room on short notice. I simply stacked it all in the dining room. Between that and the things that came down to help with the pinewood derby, it was impossible to walk more than two feet into the room. The floor is (mostly) clean. There are boxes of books to be put away, but the boys have to clean the toys out of the corner in front of the bookshelves before I can tackle that project.

Part of unearthing the desktop is catching up on some financial data entry. We have stacks of statements that were simply set aside to be dealt with later, and later is finally arriving. I think that’s going to be our focus for the next few days, but I still intend to get the sock pictures up when I can. Things are taking longer than expected, because for the past several nights, Dave and a co-worker have been in the office trying to get some issues for work resolved.

Catching up seems to be the operative item for the past couple of weeks. I also made some pajamas for the boys. They picked out fabrics last summer, and I finally got around to making them. I made some winter flannel ones for Daniel, and then some short summer ones for both boys. Daniel originally selected one flannel and one cotton fabric, while Michael selected two cotton fabrics. Michael has decided that he either wants a second summer set, or possibly even a shorts set with the second fabric, so that’s going to be a project for another day at this point. They’re both wearing their “summer” pajamas now. I still need to hem the pants on Daniel’s winter ones before they’re completely finished.

Coming Attractions

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Dave took some pictures of the socks Saturday, but he left for the airport shortly thereafter. Originally we thought we’d get them up that night, but things didn’t work out correctly.

He’s getting back into town tonight sometime, camera in hand.

I hope to have the pictures up this week, and then you’ll get to hear “the rest of the story”.

Third Time’s Not the Charm

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I cast on yet again for the latest project. I generally try to initially put stitch markers every 50 stitches, just to make counting easier. On my second attempt, as I worked my way up through the several rows of stitching I did manage to accomplish, I finally shifted the markers to every 60 stitches. I reasoned that with a six stitch pattern repeat, it made more sense and I could easily tell if I was where I was supposed to be at the end of each section.

So for my third cast-on attempt, I decided to go with markers every 60 stitches rather than every 50. It didn’t seem to make sense to use the 50 count when I knew I’d just shift everything once I started the pattern anyway.

Apparently I can no longer multiply. I dutifully placed markers every 60 stitches, but I still cast on with six sections…so I wound up with 360 stitches per round rather than 300.

Back to the frog pond yet again….

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