Turning points

Sunlight Shawl beginnings 

After three or four attempted cast ins and now two days in (only an hour or so each day.) This is my first time using fingering weight yarn. I fear this will take forever and am in no way confident that I’ll complete it by my trip next month. Just keep knitting….

Sea Wall socks at the start.

 
My goal is one diamond per day & it looks to have seven per sock. I do not have a sz 2 needle so didn’t jump up for the main sock body as the pattern instructs. I’m sure it’ll be fine. Aren’t they spiffy so far?

Cutest dog face ever.  

This is my new friend Brody. He’s the sunlight after two of my favorite cats disappeared a few weeks ago. I have wanted an Old English Sheepdog since I was a child. Yesterday was his first day with us. He’s eight months old and we need to train him. He makes me smile. Instant love. My husband is the best for making this happen. I really hadn’t been smiling since Thunderbird and Little Friend disappeared, but this guy brought the light back. 

It’s highly appropriate that I begin knitting “the Sunlight Shawl for Sad People,” as soon as I can, because I recently found out I’m in dire need of more sunshine. I’ve been out of sorts and recently found I’m severely lacking in vitamin D. So supplements and sunshine are in order – STAT!

I adore the name of the SSFSP, and it will be my first shawl. I just ordered some Bronotta Aerial colorway Golden Pear from  the Tinsmith’s Wife in the dear little town of Comfort, TX. I messaged them last night from an Instagram photo because it looks perfect & Wendy said its sure to be the perfect match-up for the shawl. I can’t wait! If I’m lucky it’ll show up tomorrow and I can cast on.

In other knitting, I have to wash my yarn (balsamic vinegar spots from its time as the 5th Avenue Infinity scarf) for the sleeves of my Lila.  I did find the Woolite, so if I wash it tonight, I can let it dry in the sun tomorrow & then get back to work. I need to finish it for my upcoming Oregon trip.

Speaking of travel knitting, I snagged some Moonrover Stalagmite on Wyld as a Valentines treat. I love her yarn! I need add to my sock collection. The hand knit socks I made last year are my favorite & the best thing I added to my wardrobe. I have a ball of Moonrover Botanist left from last year and will try the SeaWall pattern from TinCanKnits graciously gifted over their Holiday season of sharing. I’m aiming to WIP through all of my untried ravelry library. Which leaves me the Tenement socks for the Stalagmite.

Will these lofty goals come to light and help lighten my spirits? We shall see, but one fact remains it is far easier to knit outside than to sew outside. And life dictates that I catch some rays to increase the Vitamin D and banish the sluggishness felt by its absence.

A Sewing Safety Net 

This weekend I took the plunge and started a project that I had wanted to do for at least three years. I’ve been in a sewing funk while anxiously awaiting completion of my new sewing space, but barely hesitated to begin recovering a chair.  Now, to me it isn’t just a chair; it’s the chair I thoughtfully picked out to rock my babies in when I prepared to become a mother over eleven years ago: an upholstered Dutailer swivel rocker in a whimsical circus toile. 

 
Naturally, this moved from kids rooms long ago and has been well loved by humans and pets alike. But, cat scratching has ripped parts, it’s dirty in ways that can not be cleaned and the swivel rocker portion broke. My husband has been trying to get the “thing” out of our living room, but my claim that we need seating has won out.

So how did I finally find the bravery to attempt recovering it? I ordered a new chair the previous weekend and my fear of messing it up vanished.

We made a trip to JoAnn for fabric to make a gift and I found a small grey-blue herringbone in a polyvelvet that suited my fancy. So along with a tack remover and new staple gun I got to work after finishing the birthday sewing (Lane Raglan & fleece pillowcase).

Photo heavy deconstruction.  

(Over time the cats had pulled some of these metal teeth away and they wouldn’t lay flat any longer.)

  

          

And that was progress from Saturday afternoon into the evening. Yesterday, I cut out the new pieces and did my best to recall how to put it back together.

     

   
This is where I stopped because I couldn’t get those awful metal teeth to clamp back on the sides. It made it very easy to see that not only would nail head dress it up, it would be much less of a headache to tack things down again.

I have to figure out what I’m doing for the new & improved chair base as well, but first off to JoAnn’s for the nailhead trim. 

So far cost is: fabric $37.50 for 4 1/3 yds & $21.97 supplies.

 
  

Well we’re all one month in to 2016 and beginning to feel the rhythm of things.  I know that assessing progress can help to maintain momentum so here’s an update.

In January, I started a Nettie, a modified One-hour Top and continued knitting my Lila. One of my crafting goals for the year is to work on projects from start to finish, and I broadly let it encompass several categories to allow for multiple projects at a time.

 Looking at it from a successful perspective, I can say I chose to work on my Lila and have made good progress! I am close to finishing the neckline and starting the sleeves. Hooray! My only roadblock is washing my frogged yarn that has splotches if balsamic vinegar dotting it, letting it dry and then praying that one skein per sleeve is adequate. 

Looking at this goal from a “needs improvement” perspective, I did not finish anything because:

 (a) I wanted it now and rushed (I made a short sleeve version of the One-hour top in a “not-my-style over-sized zig-zag fabric but have not finished any of the edges. I will probably never wear it out of the house, so there is zero motivation to complete this task.) 

(b) I started projects when I did not have the time to do it in one sitting.  & (c) then I wanted to work on my fitting skills, but do not have the patience for it.

(My Nettie: cut one size, realized where I need to grade for shoulder & hip, stalled out because recutting knit is a giant P.I.T.A. and I’m not sure how to make sleeves match if I grade the armsyce.)

(d) I only want to see when my new sewing space is finished and things will be just the way I want.

So, I’ve stuck to my plans just not in the get stuff done way I had hoped.