FOF: Day 7

September 7, 2010

I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend.  I had a fabulous weekend.  Bill worked from home on Thursday and took me to my allergy shot and out to lunch.  Then he was home on Friday for a vacation day, and the rest of the weekend.  It was a nice change of pace to have company during the day.  We did lots of relaxing, watching tennis and baseball, and working on projects.  Bill did a couple of things around the house, and I’ve been working on my focus on finishing.

As of Day 7, I have completed eight projects total, five more projects since my last update.

booties, done!

I finished these baby booties (rav link), which I started about two weeks ago and then put down.  They were simple enough, but a little bit of a weird construction.  They are knit flat and then sewn up.  If I were to make them again, I would try and modify the pattern to knit them in the round.  The botties needed some blocking so I gave them a bath and stuffed them with saran wrap so they would keep their shape.  These are going to be a gift for a pregnant friend.

tawashi, done!

My next completed project was cotton tawashi (rav details here and here).  Tawashi is a traditional Japanese scrubbing brush, or sponge.  I had some cotton in my stash, and I started knitting these in September of 2009.  They were easy enough, though boring.  I’m curious to see how they hold up.

coasters, done!

I was on a roll on Sunday night and I finished these coasters. The patchwork had been completed, they just needed to be stuffed with batting and quilted.  The quilting was easy enough, but I challenged myself on one set and practiced my free motion skills. The free motion skills needed some work, but I’m happy with the result. Not sure what I’m going to do with the top two sets, but the bottom set is for my living room.

BB Chevron Love Mitts, done!

Next up with a pair of Chevron Love Mittens (rav link).  This was actually the first pair of these mittens that I started.  They were about 90% complete when I realized that I was knitting very tightly.  These were my first attempt at colorwork and I was also doing something funky with the yarn on the inside, twisting it. The kit comes with a generous amount of yarn so I started new gloves and left these to sit.  All that needed to be finished was the top decrease section and the thumbs.  And weaving in the gajillion ends.  I also had some drama where I ran out of one of the pinks for the thumb (short by about 20 inches).  I gathered up all my scraps and used a felted join to put them together.  What a pain!  And it added about an extra hour of work while I tried to figure out what to do.  Once I finished knitting and joining and weaving, I gave them a bath and stretched them out a tiny bit before I laid them flat to dry.  They look better and aren’t quite so small so I’m happy.

dog bed, done!

Last up is CJ’s bed.  I had this large piece of green foam sitting in my craft room for over a year.  I had no good place to store the foam so it’s been getting in the way and annoying up like you would not believe.  I had the cream canvas/duck cloth in my stash and the side is done with Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden fabric, also from my stash.  The dog bed is for my living room, and I have the same Pop Garden fabric as my window treatments, but in a different colorway.  I think I did a pretty good job on the bed. I put in a zipper, though I’m hoping I don’t have to wash this much because it’s still a pain to get on.  The cover is also a really good fit, so that means I measured well and sewed accurate seam allowances.  I also finished the edges on the inside which you can’t see, but trust me it looks good.  Bill wasn’t sure CJ would know what to do with it, but my girl hopped right on it and made me happy.

I’ve been working on a couple of other projects, seaming my lizard ridge afghan.  I also had to frog some of my cocktail capelet because I saw a pretty obvious mistake, but I’m back to where I was pre-frogging.

Believe it or not, I’ve also had some time to read.  I finished Sense and Sensibility and am now 25% through The Girl Who Played With Fire.


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