Monday, May 19, 2014

Lengthening a Sweater

My grandson is long and thin. The cardigan I made for him last Christmas turned out wide and short waisted. What to do. I borrowed it back and lengthened it 3".

Close up of extension
I picked out the cast on edge, put the live stitches on the needle and knit down. Then I picked up stitches along the front edge and knit the button band. I sewed the bottom edge of the existing button band to the button band extension. The added length made it a five button sweater instead of four, but I had a set of yellow buttons in my collection. I know where the addition starts, but at least it doesn't jump out at you.

Social Media

Lately I've been seeing a lot of articles and YouTube videos on the downside of all the social media technology. Some of them are pretty smart and point out good truth; that maybe social media is anything but. We're so busy chatting on our phones, or taking and sending photos, we don't talk to friends and family sitting in the same room and miss the moments we're in right now.

One of the observations that struck me is how emotionless the sharing on blogs and Facebook often is; the information is sort of homogenized. Well there might be a good reason for that, we all share different versions of the same life situation or scenario depending on who we're talking to.

Take my blog for instance. I'd like to think it's a nice place to visit, the quilting and sewing are fun and the day trips to the coast or the redwood paths near our home add beauty and interest.

But what it doesn't share is the full-view-of-life. Work is a total bear, family members suffer one illness after another, there's worry about finances, possible loss of a job, and on-going health issues. Generally you won't hear much about these things here. I figure we all struggle with these situations and more.

One day, completely by chance, I met one of my readers. She told me she'd found my blog by accident while Goggling a quilt pattern. She said she kept coming back because the posts were full of creativity, beauty and nature, like a mini-vacation.

Wow. I'd fulfilled a goal I hadn't realized I'd set. Thank you reader.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April Sewing

I've been plunking along on the blocks for the Quilt of Valor. 48/48 finished last night. Finally.

And I made some Nursery Intensive Care Unit (NICU) isolette covers. The nurses at the hospital like to put these over the isolettes to block the bright lights.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Inlet Trail

It rained HARD last night. I couldn't wait to walk the Inlet trail by my house. The sound of rushing water was everywhere. And so were the wildflowers.

I spied little pink flowers, that from behind looked like Shooting Stars. I came home and looked them up in a wildflower handbook - Calypso orchids - no bigger than a thumbnail.

Horsetail was sprouting all along the creek banks.

The ferns are starting to come back, they're loving all this water.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Paper Basket

I saw this on Facebook and wanted to share.

It's made from paper packing strips. There's a great tutorial here.

Spunky Says

You hide...

I'll count.

Friday, March 21, 2014

More Quilt of Valor

And in among all the other sewing, I'm still piecing blocks for my Quilt of Valor.

Half way.

Friday, March 14, 2014


... at last! In January I was cleaning closets and purging UFO's. When I came to this knitted fabric rug I was determined to toss it. Then I saw how close I was to being done. Now that it's finished, I'm really glad I persevered. I love the colors! And while it's not soft on bare feet, it *is* thick and cushiony. Just right for relieving fatigue while standing at the ironing board.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Preemie Quilt

I had leftover 'coins' from the Stacked Coins quilt so I made a matching preemie quilt.