Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tuesday tidbits

in which our plucky heroine shares some random bits and pieces...

This showed up on the Stitcher's Guild message board, and I found it very inspiring... I hope I am that cogent and useful when I am 82, should I be gifted with that many years...


Making slow if steady progress on my SWAP sewing, I've started the first of the indigo/blue/denim pieces, the indigo pinstripe shirt-dress. Stitched the skirt portion mostly together this evening, save for binding the hemline. There were some lovely engraved mother of pearl buttons in the button box that have laurel wreaths around the outer edge, that will be very suitable once the bodice is also put together...

Body and sleeves are completed, so I'm starting on the yoke of my Solbein cardigan. Photo shows the yoke prior to beginning the colorwork patterning. I've added some short rows to the back of the neckline ribbing, as that helps move the neckline into a more anatomical position. Our necks are not centered front to back on our bodies, but somewhat more toward the front...

I knit the body and sleeves bottom up, separately, and will join them together and then graft the yoke in place. This also allowed me to use my new favorite invisible tubular cast on for all the ribbed edges. Both really stretchy and really tidy. I'm apparently incapable of simply just following directions. And, by knitting the various parts of the cardigan separately, it will allow me to be able to adapt the shape to better fit my own non-standard shape.

February SMART goals (x=extra)
1 bright feathers top for Mom leaky undersink-
2 taupe/teal feathers knit top neckline binding-
3 11 4oz jars marmaladex -
4 mushroom print blouse
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5 Seville marmaladex x
6 4 jars Awesome Sauce x x
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15 x x x

today's gratitude - warm knitted clothing, and hats, and gloves... When I was really little, my mom knit things for me, well for all us children. When I was only a bit bigger, she taught me how to knit, before I was in school. Now I knit for myself, and for others, and some of my friends knit for me. Sticks and string have been a part of my life for over half a century


  1. I'm so envious of your experience of a mom who knits and who taught you to knit. What a wonderful skill and craft - useful and a creative outlet! Your sweater bits and skeins of yarn in the shades of blue in the photo are so beautiful. I can't wait to see the finished cardigan. You are making such good progress with your SWAP this year. :)

    1. Mary, I am ever grateful that my mom taught me sewing and fibercraft, or rather that she started me on the pathway to doing them. I know my little sister and brother don't have much interest in those sorts of things, but for some reason I always did. I am not a fast knitter; many of the people who are also in the knitalong have already finished their cardigans. Nonetheless, it will be a good addition to my wardrobe, and I look forward to wearing it with my denim pinafores!

  2. what a gorgeous shot of your gorgeous knitting!!

    1. Thanks Claire! It is slow going, but when it is done I predict it will get a lot of wear... I can really use some lightweight cardigans to wear in the house during the winter. I have been thinking about you, and hoping that the snow in Seattle isn't being alarmingly troublesome!!