Saturday Sleeves and a Quiz

I sewed in the sleeves on my Halloween shirt today. I did a pretty good job, but if you look carefully, you can see a little puff on this one. I may take the seam in a bit, but I’m going to get the collar and front placket on first. If I can get it all sewn together tomorrow, maybe I will be able to make all the buttonholes this week and sew the buttons on so it’s ready to wear by Saturday!

Sleeves have always been a challenge for me in tailoring. I usually try to avoid setting them in after sewing the side seams, but sometimes you don’t have much of a choice — like with this pattern. I had to sew the underarm seams before sewing the sleeve plackets and cuffs.

Which rolls me right into Karen’s latest quiz!

1. What craft skill are you most proud of? Not an entire craft, just a little skill that you feel makes you a practicer of your craft with a capital C.
2. Do you have a secret mistake that you made for ages and when you learned you were doing it wrong you wondered how you managed for so long?
3. Is there an item that you’ve made so many times you feel like an expert? Is there one that even though you’ve done it over and over you feel like an amateur?
4. Would you like to teach your craft? Have you? Do you feel like you’re giving someone a special gift when you do?

1. I’m always proud when I can make a garment I can actually wear, and do wear. I’m proud when something fits and suits me.

2. I still get turned around on slip slip knit (SSK): Do I slip knitwise or purlwise? What is the default? Also, the first time I sewed a tailored blouse, I had the sleeves in backward. I never made that mistake again, though.

3. I don’t feel like an expert on anything, but I do feel like I’m intermediate to advanced on most sewing and knitting. There are some things I have done several times but I don’t do often enough to feel skilled. There are also some things that I do a lot of, but materials can vary a lot so the results also vary. That’s something I just go with.

4. I have taught knitting, sewing, and felting to children and adults. I’ve always enjoyed it and I think students have always learned something, as have I. Even if that something is, “Break the rules. Trust yourself. Make lots of mistakes and learn from them!” I don’t have the headspace to teach right now, though.

I hope you will join in on the quiz!

I was driving home after a storm and pulled over to get a photo of this rainbow.

Last Day of Staycation: A List and some Pics

  1. I framed my felt piece and I love it. Thanks to everyone who left kind comments and bolstered my confidence. My friend Sharon said (in our Mother Artists at Work private group to everyone) “Be proud of your work!” She’s right. We should all be proud of our work.

2. I’m going to try to make 2-3 more pieces before the end of the year. This will help me gauge if a solo show next September is something I can manage.

3. I mended my favorite thrift store cardigan with the help of a Katrinkles’ Darning Loom. It accidentally? came out in the shape of Ohio. When Hannah told me she liked visible mending, I didn’t think I would like it. I was wrong. I like it! The gold is my turmeric dyed Cotswold. Also, elbow patch.

4. Bob and I hiked a total of 20 miles while we were on vacation. I will be applying these to my Move 4 Fair Trade mileage.

5. I voted by mail. I followed all of the instructions and took it in person to the post office. That was on October 7. I have been tracking my ballot, and it still hasn’t been marked as received. If my vote hasn’t been registered as counted by November 2, I guess I will be voting in person on November 3.

These are my anniversary gifts from Bob: a silly shirt that reflects my philosophy of life and the new Bill Callahan album.

Here is our Halloween watched list so far:

I will continue to add to this list and post it again at the end of the month.

Are you watching any spooky or spoopy stuff for Halloween?

A Quiz about Craft Project Management and Low Key F2020

All my projects fit in a corner, and I feel ok about that.

Karen has a new quiz and I’m on it!

Questions:

1. Are you a one project at a time crafter or do you like a variety to suit your mood?

2. Do you reward yourself along the way with a new project after reaching a certain goal?

3. How do you decide which project to work on? Do you require that you work on a less loved project before you work on the one that is really firing you up?

4. How do you know you have too many things going at one time? If you had to chose between a project that is nearly done and a new exciting one which would you pick? Are you a process crafter or a project crafter?

Here are my answers:

1. No limits here. I always have a variety of projects going. But I have to have at least one or two mindless stockinette projects at hand.

2. Occasionally I feel overwhelmed or guilty about the number of my works in progress (WIPs – I’m throwing in explanations for readers who don’t get the knitting lingo) and I might try to finish something and reward myself. But most of the time I just ignore the number of my WIPs, because it’s my hobby, not my job. I said it’s my hobby, not my job. (I can’t hear you!) I said hobby not job! Is this thing on?

3. No requirements about what I have to work on other than I should enjoy myself.

4a. I always have too many projects on the needles. It’s my MO.

4b. I almost always pick the new exciting project rather than resentfully finishing something that isn’t bringing me joy.

4c. I’m a combination of product and process crafter. The finished object (FO) is definitely motivation, but if I’m not going to enjoy the knitting, I’d better not cast on. I have decided to knit the Arrowhead Cardigan (Ravelry link) which is colorwork with steeks (when you cut the knitting to add finishing, in this case the front bands), and it’s rated advanced. Now I’m wondering where I’m going to get the head space to make it.

But look at it. It will be worth it. Right?

Feel free to answer in the comments or if you’re answering on your blog leave a link so we can all read your thoughts on project management.

A friend of mine posted this (YouTube link) and it made me smile so I’m sharing it here. Warning: adult language and ear worm, but pleasurable ear worm, especially right now.

Boo!

Tomorrow is our Blogville Knitters Virtual Knit on Skype. We are having such a good time. I hope you will join us. DM me on Ravelry or Instagram if you need details.

Friday FO

Finished Pumpkin Spice Latte Socks

If you look carefully, you will see these socks are not identical. Leave a comment if you spot it.

But they are fine. I don’t care. Yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply in Cardamom. Cuff is double eyelet rib.

I got my hair chopped off. I love it.
I brought in my plants since it’s been getting cold at night. They get so much sun here. I think they will be very happy this winter.

And right on cue for 2020, I’ve finally got two tomatoes on my plants. The leaves are already dead. Too funny.

I guess I’m going to have to learn how to darn. I’ve got a hole in the elbow of my $1.99 Marks and Spencer thrift store cardi. Hopefully I can find a tutorial on YouTube.

I’ve watched the first episode of Great British Baking Show. I’m hungry for more. (See what I did there?) Bob and I finished the first season of Raised by Wolves. If you like sci fi, as we do, you might enjoy it.

Tomorrow’s Saturdate theme is Karl Urban. I was thinking of Star Trek but we’ve seen it too many times. Bob has Dredd and The Irrefutable Truth about Demons on the calendar. I think Karl Urban is funny.

A few weeks ago we watched the new Charlie Kauffman film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.” Do you like Charlie Kauffman? I like Charlie Kauffman. I’m enjoying the film, you know, just going with it, and then at the end I look at Bob and say, “What the hell just happened?” And we laugh. It’s an enjoyable experience. Plus David Thewlis and Toni Colette are two of my favorite actors.

I hope to get some crafting done this weekend. Wish me luck!

Wednesday WIP and a Color Quiz

Foursquare Cowl in Chinook Fleece Artist Yarn

I needed a project change so I picked up my Foursquare Cowl, designed by Whit. The variegated yarn is the Celtic Colours yarn I purchased in Nova Scotia last October. The purple is the same yarn but a different colorway. I think these colors are really gorgeous and I’m looking forward to wearing this cowl soon! Fall colors are my favorite. Or are they?…

This is the perfect segue into Karen’s latest quiz about color!

We are all artists. We use our supplies be they fiber, yarn, beads or whatever to create pieces that express our vision. This vision can have texture or color. Let’s talk about color.

What is your favorite color? How is this color reflected in your crafting?

My favorite color changes. It was cerulean blue for a long time. But right now I’m really into orange and red. My favorite color to wear, however, is grey.

Do you prefer bright colors or more subdued shades?

I like deep, rich colors, especially jewel tones. But I feel more comfortable wearing neutrals. So whenever I’m choosing colors for myself, I vacillate between those two options.

Does your color mood shift with the seasons? Do you carry one color all year and just change the accent color?

My color mood shifts, especially in the spring when I favor white, pink, icy blues and pale greens.

Is there a color you avoid? Or maybe it’s underrepresented in your crafting?

Like others, I tend to avoid yellow. I really like yellow, but it’s a color I can’t see myself wearing.

When you pick out your crafting supplies how important is color to you? Is it the first thing you consider or is it a bit further down the list?

I rarely choose to knit something based on color. I’m more interested in the fiber content, garment construction, stitch pattern, and how the yarn feels. Color is usually the last thing I choose, and it’s a difficult decision for me. I’m not naturally gifted with an understanding about how colors work together, or how a color will make me feel when wearing it. So I deliberate over color choice. Unless it’s stripey socks, and then it’s all about color!

Do you ever consciously choose a different color palette just for the change?

If I try to consciously choose a different color palette, it becomes a very unnatural sort of 180 degree knee jerk move that usually doesn’t work out. That’s why I joined a yarn subscription, so I can be surprised by new colors and try them.

I’d really like to knit something in a rich chocolatey brown. Brown has been out for a while, and I’d like to see it make a comeback.

Feel free to answer in the comments or if you’re answering on your blog leave a link so we can all read about your opinions on color and how it pertains to your crafting.

Year of Projects Update

Finished Arachne Sweater

I finished my Arachne Sweater! I love it! I think the cropped silhouette and short sleeves keep the vintage vibe alive. I had plenty of yarn and I look forward to making a Seamwork Rachel shirt to wear under it in this print.

Surely I’m not the only one whose YOP list stays the same number, or even grows?

I want to sew more Rachel shirts, one for each season. I want to customize the fit and make it my go to shirt pattern. I also want to do that with a pant pattern, but I haven’t found the pattern yet.

Our curtain rods should arrive today, which means my linen curtains just moved up on the sewing list.

Laura Kate asked me to share a sketch of my idea for my fiber art piece. I don’t feel comfortable doing that yet, but I am glad I have a more concrete idea. I will share something later, once I’ve made a little more progress.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

Bob and I watched Driveways yesterday. Highly recommend. We shared our mutual love of Brian Dennehy. Then we watched the latest episode of Lovecraft Country. Highly recommend. Then I thought we were going to make it a Brian Dennehy weekend with a Lovecraft Country intermission, but Bob surprised me with an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that was a Doug Jones breakout role. I don’t love Buffy (the show, although I love the movie) but we think a Doug Jones weekend is imminent. And I wouldn’t mind rewatching the first season of Buffy in October.

Is it too early to watch Hocus Pocus? It is, isn’t it.

A Quiz About Gifting

Bob in the gansey I knit for him, which has since been washed and felted a bit and no longer fits. I told him it will fit me now, but he won’t give it up.

This quiz is from Karen at Nothingbutknit2. I love her quizzes.

Do you gift your handmade items?

Sometimes, if I feel inspired.

Do you have limits around who you gift to or what you gift?

Only family and very close friends. I also have a rule about being able to let go of the gift. Meaning, whether they use it or not has to be unimportant.

What type of things do you like to make and gift?

Hats, scarves, sweaters. I think I’m adding socks to the list.

Have you received handmade items?

Yes, from my Grandmother. And last year I received two handmade gifts from people at work, which I really treasured.

Have you ever asked for a gift back?

No.

Do you gift handmade items for holidays?

Yes, for the kids occasionally. I had an idea to knit a pair of socks for all the kids, plus Bob, for Christmas this year. Marilee talked me down. But I would like to do this some day.

It’s Saturdee! We have neither a theme nor a plan for Saturdate. Arachne is almost done and I’m ready to start the cuff on my PSL sock. I sketched an idea for a felt painting! It’s a long weekend, so maybe I will get a chance to start it. It’s cool and fallish outside. Virtual Knit tomorrow!

Midweek Mentions

Finished PSL sock with DOUBLE EYELET RIB cuff

First of all, I need to apologize for sending you down the wrong pattern path on my Pumpkin Spice Latte socks. The cuff pattern is Double Eyelet Rib from Interweave’s Harmony Guides. It didn’t register that I had been giving the wrong stitch pattern name until I went to cast on the second sock and nothing made sense! You can find that pattern easily online. It was also easy to convert to a pattern in the round.

Rustbelt Fibershed and Praxis Fiber Workshop are hosting the One Year, One Outfit Project to make three wearables sourced from our local fibershed in one year. I want to do this SO BAD but I am also aware of how much time (and money) it would require. I can’t even keep up with my Year of Projects updates!

I bound off the bottom ribbing on my Arachne sweater, and I will start on the neck ribbing soon. Then I’ll knit the sleeves with whatever yarn I have left. I’m going to sew a Halloweeny shirt to wear under it. It’s almost fall!

Vintersoll: A Color Game

Original Vintersoll design by Jennifer Steingass

The teal will be the main color. I have an extra hank of Solstice DK, and I can dye it any color I want! (Mwah-ha-ha!)

I wanted this rust to work, but the color values are too close. Although if I used the cream for the motifs, it might be fine.

Eggplant would work.

If the brown were a little darker, it would work. I really like the brown.

This could work, and I would probably choose this if I wanted to use a variegated yarn. But –admitting to a knitting quirk — I don’t like to mix fiber content. I’d prefer to dye the Solstice DK.

The light gray surprised me. It would work.

Same with the organic walnut.

What do you think? Leave your vote in the comments!

This is my favorite part of knitting. It’s why I have so many projects on my list! If you look at the projects on Ravelry for this design, you’ll see all sorts of gorgeous combinations!

A Quirky Quiz

Karen posted a quirky quiz on her site. I do love a quiz!

Do you have any quirky decorative pieces that you just love?

My house is full of quirky art and quirky handmade and quirky fair trade and quirky vintage. I don’t even know where to start. But I think my Christopher Walken nightlight sums it up.

Do you have quirky food habits? What is the quirkiest?

Other than allergies and intolerances, my quirkiest food habit is probably texture. I don’t like anything crispy and crumbly, like Halva. Crumbly is okay. Crispy is okay. But not both. Bugs. That’s why.

Everyone has a favorite shirt. Do you have a favorite quirky piece of clothing? Maybe it’s super comfortable. Maybe it’s your favorite color.

I love to wear overalls, or bibs, as they are called here.

We all love to craft. Do you have quirkiness involved with your crafting?

Yesterday, in honor of Sock it to Me Monday, I knit on my Pride sock as I walked the bike path. It wasn’t a stellar experience, but I think I will do it again. It felt like something that will improve with practice. Quite frankly, I would love to knit in public more often.

I like wood needles. I don’t like knitting with metal or bamboo or casein. I like that there are casein needles with glitter in them. But I would probably just look at them and not knit with them. And, no, bamboo is not wood. Bamboo splits. Wood doesn’t. And I don’t like the little join at the end of the needle on the circular needle sets. I guess I like my knitting experience to be smooth (wood), but not slick (metal). I think of this as being fussy, though, not quirky. I’m also fussy about natural fibers both in knitting and sewing and anything I’m wearing next to my skin. And I like my shoes to be leather, or wool for slippers, because I want my feet to be able to breathe. Canvas is okay, too, but I usually have to wear cotton or wool socks with canvas shoes. What was the question again?

I hope you will play along and tell us all about your quirks!