Sunday, October 5, 2008

I'm sewing, knitting and cooking - ABC along

In the past 2 weeks or so, I have filled my freezer with soups. I've made corn chowder, beef stew with barley, split pea soup, and hamburger soup with cabbage. I've also dusted off my bread maker and made 2 loaves. I know how to do it the old fashioned way, but the machine can cook while I'm at work!

Work has gotten much busier. I'm getting lots of dressmaking jobs. Luckily I can delegate much of the alterations work. This black dress is a homecoming dress. The top is knit fabric, actually I made a short knit dress and sewed the skirt and vest to it. The skirt is many layers of tulle, with one layer of knit with shiny dots in the sandwich. I'll try to get more pictures in the next week or so.

I have a lot of knitting on the needles right now, a lot for me that is! I finished one pair of Christmas gift socks. Yarn is Grundl Four seasons Cotton Stretch, and I used every inch.This is the 3rd pair of socks in the gift pile.

I'm working on socks for couple of birthdays this month. A granddaughter wants red and black. I'm using my new Japanese books for these. The red yarn is Regia 4 ply. There will be black on the cuffs. A daughter has a birthday this month also. I just stared socks for her. The pattern again is from a Japanese book. Yarn is Four Seasons sockenwolle.

Lastly, I'm knitting September Mystery Socks from a Ravelry group. I bought the yarn at the TKGA convention last month. The socks need to be orange for the challenge. I bought Yarn Place Chaussant, but the yardage is short. I used Oasis Yarns Aussi Sock for the toe. The picture shows the sock sole.

I also started a sweater that's been on my wish list since I bought the pattern about 5 years ago. This year I was able to buy the yarn. I bought 10 balls of Noro Silk Garden at Knitter's Fantasy in April, only to come home as find out that I needed 5 balls of a contrast color. August was the month for that purchase, and I started the sweater the end of September. The body is knit in one piece, show folded here. Each mitered square is knit separtely, picked up from the row below.

I also finally planted my mother's day rose bush. It came in a pot, so was relatively happy until I could figure out where to put it. I also planted some daffodils. I usually forget to plant bulbs in the fall.

S is sock drawer. this drawer holds most of my hand knit socks. I seem to be addicted ot sock knitting and have some socks in another drawer. I really need 2 drawers in the summer when all the socks are clean at the same time.

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