A couple of Presto tops

In January I decided to make a couple of tops. I chose the Presto top by Coco  Savage, I made a size large and the first one I made was the burnout cotton/poly ?, I bought from Fabric mart. I loved the pattern but the hardest part was the front seam. Two  front pieces sewed down the center fold, but I liked being able to adjust the depth of the v neck at this stage of the pattern. The  sleeves were a little too narrow for me and they  tend to roll up above the elbow. People thought I had lost weight and got a lot of complements.\

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The second blouse was made with a light mesh fabric from Fabricland, I made the sleeves a little wider. The fabric match up the front was not as good this time and the other problem I had was the hem, my fault, I used stretch lace hem tape, which I thought was a good idea but where it was sewn by machine it pulled too tight and so I have taken out that seam binding and will probably machine stitch the hem in place. I can’t resist a paisley especially in blue and brown which I can wear with jeans and brown pants.

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Shams at Communing with fabric has also made the top a few times.

I will be making it again. I love a nice tried and true pattern.

 

Back shady patio.

We have been living at this location for a few years and the gardens have not felt right. So we hired a gardener to do the heavy lifting. The heart balloon appeared one day, I thought someone loved what we had done, but no it just blew in and I confess, it made me happy.

In Feb,the gardener  came and did half of the garden and I thought that I would leave the rest until I thought it all out. Nothing like half of a plan. I really liked the big blue pot and then of course, the rest of the plan came together. More river rock and a few more pots, some artificial turf and it will seem perfect to my eyes.We have slowly added more plants, polished the glass baubles.  I need one art piece to hang on the wall near the kitchen window, I was thinking metal or wood, now I am considering making a floor cloth and hanging it up. Just have to think up the design.

So last Sunday, the artificial turf was put down.  Thanks to my son and his wife, my grandson  tested out the toys on the new surface, who worked on that. I added a new tablecloth, place mats and glasses.  I love the new look. It is shady in the daytime, and sunny at supper, but now we even enjoy sitting inside having dinner looking out into a new improved space.I suppose it will take another year till I figure out the front sunny hot patio.

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Bunnies and more socks

I made my third pair of bunnies, just took me until after Easter to get them done. So that is a total of 6 now and I think I am done these little rabbits. I ordered a bunch of yarn from Knit Picks to try a variety of yarns.The pattern is from Little Cotton Rabbits on Ravelry.

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I have had a crazy zauberball  from Schoppelwolle for a few years and it was always slated for socks for me, but I made another pair for my hubby, still just plain ribbed socks. They still fit over his heel and high arch and yet stay up over his slim legs.  I must say I love the colours in this pair, it makes for a fun knit as you want to see what the next section will look like.

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A little washed out in the photo. It was a bright day.

Two Pairs of Socks.

 

I have slowly been knitting 2 pairs of socks for my hubby. I thought that I knew the pattern inside out, having knitted so many pairs of socks  in the past.I couldn’t remember how to turn a heel or how to the kitchener  stitch to do the toes. Then with both pairs I made one sock too short. I have now marked the ruler with a Sharpie so I hope that helps on the next pair.

The blue pair with the Trekking (XXL) yarn was first, just 2×2 rib. The first sock had a white section and I thought that another white band would appear in the rest of the ball somewhere but no, that was the only white section in that ball.

The next pair was with Stroll Tonal in Kindling from Knit picks.  I started in a 2×2 rib but then switched to a Fibonacci sequence over 17 stitches per needle.So 1P,2K 3P, 5K, 3P, 2K, 1P per needle. So 6 weeks of tv knitting, time now to go on to something else.

I started another pair of socks for him.

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We Remember Them

IMG_2762 Remembrance day 2015.

Two months ago we were in Gallipoli. It is the 100 anniversary of the battle. Newfoundland sent it’s own troops, it was not part of Canada until 1949. Canada fought with the United Kingdom.

So many soldiers died on that battlefield. They were so young.These poppies  were unexpected and  it was so sobering to me.

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There are so many memorials and cemeteries in this area, all the graves are well cared for and the whole tour was very respectful of both sides of the conflict.

Do you colour or sew for meditation?

I don’t think I was aware of the new craze of colouring for adults until a friend received a colouring book and pencils for her birthday. Since then I have seen the books everywhere in the magazine and or book stores. I have now seen them at airports, in Vancouver, London and Istanbul. I didn’t know it had gone global. It is just not one or two mags but about a dozen available on a dozen topics and complexity. I was never a fan of colouring as a child, just could not stay in the lines, I blame a wandering eye.

It is meant to be a way of unwinding, meditation and or an outlet for creativity. A whole book was too intimidating but a small postcard book, in a Turkey museum , peaked my interest. I did one small design when I was on a boat for a week. Can’t imagine I will do another until I am on another trip.

I unwind with my sewing, cross stitich and other handicrafts. Come to think of it, that is my creative and meditative outlet as well.

Amazon has 44 offerings. Here are some samples.

Two Rayon tops

This fabric has been in the stash for so long.  I think 5 years at least and the store changed it’s name.

I used a Vogue pattern 9117, for the tank top, I find it a bit wide in the neck  and a little low, but I like it. Not sure I want to travel with it, I had it in Toronto for 3 weeks and it never made it’s way out of the bag, I didn’t want to hunt down an iron.

The button up blouse, I used McCall’s  Pattern 6512, ( it is no longer in the listings) the first time I made this blouse I didn’t really have enough room in the bust and those 3/4 sleeves were binding on my forearms. So this time I left off the necktie and made the short sleeves. I also did a FBA, I think I added too much. On the other hand, it is comfortable, cool in the hear and can be worn over the tank top.

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I think both of these tops will be going to the thrift store. While I love the fabric, it doesn’t really feel like me. I have seen people in the nursing home where something similar, oh dear. Why keep it. if the fit is off? Those green pants need a rethink as well.

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