Sunday, February 22, 2009
It's been a rough week
I have been knitting and baking both are very therapeutic. It was my friend Christine’s birthday and she requested this cake. My Grandmother didn’t even make this cake but I recognized the recipe as soon as I saw it as the cake my Great-Grandmother use to make. I use to love that cake and really wanted to try this recipe. I did a modified double boiler by using a mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water, it worked great and Christine just called to tell me that “I put my foot in it” lol. I had enough of the filling left so I made us a two layer cake. I didn’t want to waste my lemon filling—okay, I just wanted a cake.
The recipe is from my Taste of Home magazine, this is a wonderful magazine if you love to cook.
I've had this yarn forever but once I finally got the knitting thing down I knew I wanted to make a sweater out of it. I’m not using a pattern, which is something I would never do with sewing, I always use a pattern for garment construction but with crocheting and knitting I feel more capable of attempting something because unlike sewing if it doesn’t work out you can always frog it and start over, if you cut the fabric out wrong you could ruin some perfectly good fabric. I am attempting to make a boatneck sweater, I don’t know if it will be short or long sleeve will decide that when I get there, I’m leaning toward short sleeves because I would be able to wear it during the Spring.
That's about it for me, I have to finish dinner, and try to fold the never ending pile of laundry. What's for dinner? Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, greens, and cornbread, oh yeah and for dessert we get a lemon filled cake, yummy--what diet?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I am such a Geek
This is a database that would catalog all your patterns and allow you to have pictures of the completed garments, add notes and have the pattern stats all at your disposal. For one you would never have to purchase a pattern more than once because you would know by searching for the pattern number before going to the store if you already had it. It would be even better as an iPhone appt so you could actually search while you're in the store. I just read on Yahoo that some guy made over $600,000.00 on an iPhone game, I'm sure there's not that many geeky crafters out there but I'm just wondering.
This is strickly in the development stage and I'm just wondering if anyone would actually use it. I am also going to develop one for needlecrafts and fabric stash management, so that you could catalog your fabric/yarn stashes.
I would really appreciate your input and any development suggestions you might have.
That's enough geek for today, now I'm going to go cut out that suit.
I almost forgot to mention, the needlecraft group at the library was so much fun, I apologize for not having any pictures but I forgot to take my camera and next time they meet I plan to take the day off from work so I don't have to rush off. Thanks for all your helpful suggestions ladies, I really enjoyed the meeting. People with hobbies rock!
Friday, February 13, 2009
I'm a good Mommy
Really I just wanted to get them off the sewing table so I could move on to some serious sewing. I think I'm going to make the one on the right McCalls 6977. I've had this pattern forever, it's copyrighted 1994 but the notched collar and welt pockets intimidated me before but I think I'm going to go for it, with all the resources at my disposal I'm sure it will turn out great. I'm not sure which fabric I will use, either a khaki or a light weight grey polyester, probably the grey because I have a pair of black sling backs that I'm dying to wear. I have a bright turquoise that I want to use to make the one on the left, McCalls 5672. Can you tell that I'm so ready for Spring.
And I leave you with a picture of my first knitted item, it's just a dish cloth, I trimmed it with single crochet. Tomorrow I'm definitely going to the needle crafts group at the library I have to show the librarian my dish cloth lol.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy crafting, whether it's sewing, crocheting, knitting or scrapbooking just do whatever makes you happy.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
By George, I think she's got it
I remember receiving this issue of my beloved Crochet! magazine and feeling like it was a slap in the face with the Knit N Crochet section, although I love the car coat on the cover. What was that about! With the exception of Sheila, I know very few people who do both. I think knitter’s secretly look at crochet as knitting’s ugly cousin lol and feel kinda sorry for us poor souls who just can’t master those intimidating needles.
Maybe after several more hours of practice I will try this sweater, I don’t like the sleeves so I’ll change those but I don’t need to be afraid of those twin needles any longer and this week I will shop for knitting tools of the trade. I wasn’t going to invest anymore than I already have until I was able to do the basics. I’m happy to say that perseverance paid off and I learned a lot about me and the way I learn. It’s not enough for someone to show me how it’s done, I need to understand WHY it has to be done that way. I wish I had figured out this little personality quirk sooner I bet I would have done a lot better in math lol.
Well that's it for the knitting update. I am so proud of myself, it took awhile but I figured it out. Just so you know I like both crocheting and knitting. I just didn't want to limit myself by not being able to knit there are some things that crochet is far better at, ex. afghans but I really like knitting for sweaters and other wearables.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Look What I've Started
My DD will get the black/white and I'm making me another pair to match my GS. So much for that jacket that I've been wanting to cut out, it might miss this season and be made in the fall. The weather is warming up so I might make a few transition outfits.
I probably won't get to sew today but I've been cooking a good old fashioned Sunday dinner that would make my Grandmother proud. She had 11 children and would cook Sunday dinner for all of them and their kids, and their kids, every Sunday. How she fed so many people on a cooks salary baffles me. On the menu today is Roasted Turkey Breast, garlic mashed potatoes w/gravy, and brocolli with cheese sauce. For dessert I finally made a key lime pie, can't wait to cut it. Just so you know, all diet bets are off on Sunday that is my one day to eat whatever I want. I hope everyone has/had a great weekend.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Like I need more patterns
I got McCalls 5712, 5718, 5526m 5527, 5670, 5393 and 5817. Like a lot of post I've seen this
past week, I'm tired of winter and want to start sewing for spring but I won't sew for spring until I can wear the clothes but I can be ready to sew.
And I felt guilty for not making my DD some pj's, she only wanted the bottoms but the fabric had a flaw so I didn't have enough, while at Hobby Lobby I found these two pieces and my GS wanted some too, so I think I will make them some this weekend. It wasn't .64/yd but $2.00/yd is still a good deal. I got enough of the orange/white to make me another pair, I really like the ones I made.
I have had the hardest time finding calendars for 09, everywhere I went they didn't have any but I was really blessed because I stopped in Brerean Christian store and they had all their calendars and planners marked down to 90% off. I saw this one and knew my GS would get a kick out of it. I got this corkboard at a yard sale years ago and had the bright "parenting" idea to create a "Weekly Wonders" board. Every time the kids got a good grade on a paper or some award at school I would make a big deal about putting it on the weekly wonders board. The kids really got into it and now my GS does the same so of course his artwork is displayed on the "Weekly Wonders" board.
Under the Weekly Wonders it says, and other things worth mentioning.
Here's a parting shot of my grey turtleneck, I really like this simple little top, since I doubled the fabric on the entire top it's quite warm. I think I will get a lot of wear out of this.
Almost there, it's almost the weekend. Have a happy Friday and a great weekend.