End of January

The weather has been pretty good, dry, only a day or so of rain, this week.
The weekly knitting report: socks are finished. I started some plain gloves but once again, I need to consult another book or two to get it all straightened out in my head. I am more used to following sewing patterns with drawings of each step. I did buy Patons Book 7 on Mittens and gloves.I had a ball of cotton linen combo and am making a couple of washcloths. Nothing worthy of a photo.

Sewing: Sorting out the pile of abandoned projects: First up a blouse, No pattern any more so made my own adjustments. There was a long tie that was supposed to go around the waist, I think on the inside. I gave up on that and converted the tie into a bow at the waist. Added some snaps and hooks and eyes to keep it closed and finally a little gathering in the back to snug in the back abit. I am sort of wondering if this is a complete waste of time and will I like it any better this time. I discovered a few more tweaks are still needed.

The second abandoned project was a winter faux fur coat. Vogue 7627 size medium, now out of print. I got some toggle closures the other day and finally figured out a few things that had me stymied. I remember last time I was so frustrated with the amount of vacumming it caused with fur flying everywhere. It will need a cold blustery day to be worn but will take up less room in the closet than 2 bags in the sewing room. Toggles and a better seam finish at the collar are still needed. It is a pretty heavy coat to wear.
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Dare to be Inspired Days had the first outing of the year. We went to Plac des Arts to the tapestry show, which was great, we also enjoyed the two other exhibits. We then went to Fabricana and followed it up with lunch.
I wore my new cardigan, Miss BB and it was reallly comfortable.
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I did get to exercises a few times but made the mistake of putting on my runners, I thought that they would be better than the walking shoes I normally wear. Big mistake not enough padding in the toes. So I aggrevated my arthritis, strained the hips and back. Discovered I need to make adjustments to my hand position. So every thing now is feeling better, Must listen to the body!

2013 Week 3

THe sweater dress is finished. I haven’t been able to find a belt to wear with it yet but I am not sure that I need one either. The grey has a bluish cast so I wore navy tights with it. It sure makes a change from grocery shopping in jeans and it was nice to wear all evening as well. The trials and tribulations were mentioned in the last two posts.
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Knitting: The socks are 3/4 done and They are a bit snugger that usual but I am still happy with the results. I am looking at the next projext, I think I should consider gloves with some of the new yarn.

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Other things: THe exercise regime has begun, I hope it can become a habit going to the gym. So far we have walked to and from the gym as well. It sure was cold today with the fog, it seems to seep right into the bones.

The cleanup: I shoved some of the fabric into a large rubbermaid container. I also found a bunch of things, that I will attack again, one blouse and a coat both over 5 years in the heap and ready to be tackled again.

Week 2 in January

The Christmas stuff has now been put away in numbered boxes, here is hoping this new system works.
The weather has turned dry and cold so managed a few walks. Hubby and I have signed up for an assessment at the local rec centre.

Books, I added a link in my last post and spelled the author’s name correctly this time as well. I knew nothing about the Armenian diaspora in 1915. That book will stay with me a long time.
Next I read the Crossing Place by Elly Griffiths, a new detective series in England that I quite enjoyed.
Sewing: My sweater dress has been a series of errors and has needed some major problem solving.I started with the Plain and Simple T from Hot patterns. Extended it to the right length and cut the scoop neck. I took in the sides another few inches, so that part is better. The first collar I envisioned (folded over attractively) was a complete failure. Of course, I had already unpicked it out a couple of times before I gave up on that particular idea. That lovely zigzag just sank down into the knit so well. Yuck!
So I recut the collar, managed to get one side bigger than the other but hey, someday I will get good at this. This one I hope has an attractive cross over feature and it will be lovely to wear during these chilly days. I will get pictures tomorrow.

My commenters suggested fabric stash management ideas. I did go to OurSocialFabric last December with a friend and took a small stash donation but they had this great knit for a shirt for hubby so I bought home 3 yards at #2 a metre. The next sale is at the end of the month. Local manufacturers and donations from other sources, both trying to recycle and keep things out of the landfill. Lots of excited shoppers clutching their bags of goodies.

Knitting: I haven’t managed a good photo yet of hayride but I like the pattern with the slip stitch bands and seemed to have a brain freeze when it came to the short row heel but finally it is looking good.I am loving the new needles.

Some cousins had a 24 hour plane delay at the airport, so we picked them up from their hotel and drove to Steveston to look about for a while and had a cup of tea before taking them back to the hotel. It was a glorious sunny day.
Today we had a little snow.

First week

The first week of January 2013. Started very slowly, taking life >easy. I am hoping to post a weekly update this year. I only did 30 posts last year and I don’t know if I can get the momentum and discipline needed to post that often but that will be my goal.

I gathered a lot of the ornaments from the tree onto the table, took down the tree. Still to be put away, all Christmas boxes need to be labelled. I have decided to use smaller boxes, so they will be easier to carry. The boxes will be numbered as well, 1 of 8 to 8 of 8. That way should work better.

I dragged (pulled Out) all the fabric that wasn’t on shelves in the sewing room and shoved them in the office on the floor. Until I make a decision, what to do with it. I had to clear out a space to see what was what. Something is going to have to go.
I cut out a sweater dress on Thursday night, and got it close to being finished for a party on the weekend. The collar had me stymied for a bit. But I think I have it solved now. The fabric came in a 10 yard bundle from FabricMart. I had bought a belt for it but no way did it work, so I am on the lookout for something else.

Knitting: I did get my cardigan together and just had to sew on the buttons since new years.
I also started a pair of socks,Christmas gifts new needles and yarn. Colour Hayride from Knitpicks and their latest needle offerings. I love the finish on the wood,silky feeling. I am using a slip stitch pattern to make socks for my self.

Reading: Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian.

Garden the Amaryllis is out! It is quite dramatic and called Charisma.
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Celebrated a retirement in VIctoria, it was a lovely gathering. We had a great time. IMG_0862

Closing out 2012

LIke most people, I had some successes and some challenges. Mostly they were in my crafts and a few other issues but that is life.
On the reading front, I enjoyed my Koobo Vox. I read over 70 books and some with hard covers as well. It didn’t leave a lot of time for other hobbies.
I didn’t always get to my blogging, or even to commenting on other blogs.
Knitting, lots of socks, a few shawls, and a sweater still needing buttons. THey all involved a lot of ripping out, re-reading of patterns and redoing. BUt I still enjoy the process. I have lots of yarn to work with this year.

Sewing. I had great plans, I had some success. I am closer to getting a long sleeved, button front blouse to fit me. Still some tweaking to do but I am getting there. I liked a couple tops, and a couple of dresses that I made.

Photos. I started to reorganize my photos on my computer. I have a decade to re file and that should make things easier to find. I had also lost all my usb keys and photo discs. On a cleanup for CHristmas, I found the container with them in it. Even after taking photos, it takes me awhile to get everything together.

Organization. Several things were unable to be found, photo usb keys, seam rippers, Christmas stuff, Obviously, labels must be clearer on boxes, and I need a designated place for things.

So lots of things are planned for next year, mostly the day to day stuff.

Wishing every one the best in 2012.