At last! The Matrimonio Bolero was finished. After much wiping sweat off the brow, I tried to get the crochet edging done but I can admit a weakness. I cannot crochet to save my life! Even with the help of the New Haven Knitting Group. Many tried to help but when I went back home, I just ended up tearing it out. I don't have any regrets though. It received many compliments and it is now a heirloom piece for me.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
The Matrimonio Bolero is coming along quite well and is about half way done. I do suggest putting in safety lines for your first few lace projects. It is simply a nightmare when you make a mistake or drop a stitch and have to try and make sense of the whole thing. I think that I have been able to fix a couple of mistakes quite well. I hope to have this done in about a month. At which point I will go full force on making more projects for the wedding. Those will include paper flowers, pendant flags, photo booth back drop and other small items that will be laying around.
Lastly, I have been using my Addi Turbo needles which are heaven sent. Literally, when the mail package I am quite sure that I saw it floating down from among the heavens and landed on my door step. They are so slick and the stitches don't get stuck like my old screw on Susan Bates. You still have to push the stitches along depending on your gauge but nothing like it used to be. I definitely recommend them.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Long overdue, below are the Christmas projects from this year and the prior year.
Christmas Sweater Ornament for Jim's mother. I used some Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock weight yarn in turquoise and if I remember correctly, size 1 needles. It took about four to five hours but turned out great. My only regret is not embroidering the year on it.
(Right) Polar bear ornament for Jim. Needle felted.
Needle felted bunny which was picked up at Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in the fall.
Needle felted chipmunk.
Welldigger Knitted Hat using Yak yarn
Cozy Ribbed Knitted Hat using Yak yarn
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Happy New Year!! This year has been great so far. It started quite well while attending a Gogol Bordello concert with my sweetheart and ringing in the new year with more confetti than expected. They put on a heck of a show and know how to rock out with bottles of wine in their hand. For those that might not know of them, they are a gypsy punk band and unlike anything you have ever heard. Definitely check them out if you can.
This year is going to be amazing! As I am finishing up accomplishing several goals I set for myself last year, I am very excited for what I have earned. I have focused on knitting a lot more and incorporating it into my busy schedule which has made me feel great about feeding my creative side. I have also set the date for getting married this year and am going in heavy with planning and getting everything organized.
Many that know me would think that I would have everything planned by now and would know exactly what I wanted but in fact, I don't. Come to think of it, I actually prefer it this way. Everything is a fresh decision and I know I can put my heart into everything I want to get done. I have already taken care of the invitations with my Gocco printer which was quite the task. At first, the machine did not cooperate and it was a challenge to make a master. After that, I had to make sure that I aligned the paper correctly and pressed each invitation evenly. In the end, they turned out pretty good. I also made RSVP postcards and hand sealed each one with hot wax.
More knitting projects to come along with holiday gifts that I have made.