Archive for October, 2007

My Green Gable is actually coming along since putting the sleeve back on and increasing the sweater by 1 1/2″ so I’ll be taking the sleeves off tonight and trying it on.  I’m praying that this time it will be enough room in the sleeves and I can move on to the body.   Still working on my socks on the Magic Loop and I have to finish them before the end of this month for Socktoberfest ’07.

 I’m loving RAVELRY sooooo very much and meeting new people and seeing who’s done what with your stash really helps so much.  I’ve never been a planner when it comes to my knitting and crocheting but it is definately getting better.   The positives of Ravelry more than outweigh all the time you spend looking around.  I’ve organized my stash, discovered patterns I didn’t realize I had and found WIP’s that are in need of jumping into the frogg’n pond while other ones are going to become FO’s.   So if you haven’t signed up for RAVELRY stop on over and join the fun.          

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I’ve been working on my Green Gable for a while now to be more specific it’s been 2 months.  It’s not that the pattern is difficult I’ve made it twice already.  The problem is I’m a plus size and just when I thought I had knit enough to fit under my arms NO it’s not even close to being where it will provide a comfortable fit.  In the process of knitting this top I have come to understand why I knit garments for everyone but myself.   

I have a problem with facing my size.  There have been times over the past 4 yrs. where my weight has been really good and wearing a size 14 looked a whole lot better than a size 20.  I’m pear shaped(smaller on top and more ample on the bottom) which makes shopping for plus size petite clothing, oh yeah, I’m 5′ tall so it’s very difficult finding things that work for me.  I keep telling myself that I can sew and that will eliminate the problem but I haven’t been able to make that work either so right now I’m just a bit fustrated.  I think that there’s still more I have to learn to make things work for me and my body type.  It feels as though I’m hitting a creative no this is personal road block in my creative perspective.  My dream since I bought my first sewing machine, was to sew and create for my girls and myself so far it’s only been for my girls with a few skirts for myself. 

I’ve been working on my Ravelry site for the past week  and I love and fully understand why and how you can become so engrossed and obsessed with it.  I’m still loading my stash info and needless to say, I’m overwhelmed by what I have and what there still is of it to load to the site. 

There’s just so much to see, drool over, and learn.  There are some very familiar groups there and people and I had to remember to come back and post on my blog.  So much as been going on lately on my job and with my family.  I just don’t know where to begin. 

I’m still working on my Green Gable~Coral but have hit a snag when I miscalculated the armhole for my size.  Thank goodness I had only removed 1 sleeve and am putting it back on the needle to increase the armhole about 1 1/2 inches to ensure a comfortable fit.  This is taking a lot longer than what I had originally planned but I’ve been so consumed with the wonderment of Ravelry that not much knitting has been going on.   I want to get my socks on the needles so they can be done for the Socktoberfest ’07 and I’m giving the 2 socks on Magic Loop method a try so I’m anxious to see how this goes.  There’s an excellent tutorial at CometoSilver espcially designed for the visual learner.  I used this with my DD’s Walking on the Wildtide Footies and the Short Row Heel was the best I’ve done since learning the Toe-Up method. 

Well, until  

Yes it did!  My Ravelry invite came Friday and unfortunately I haven’t had the time I want to get everything set up.  There are so many people I want to find like David of Sticks N Strings podcast.   Well, I’ve got to go to work in the AM so I’m signing off for now.

I have done a new baby quilt and I’ve made some progress on the T-shirt quilt I’ve been doing for the past 2 months.  The baby quilt turned out really cute except it was the first time I used the satin binding and it didn’t do as well as I would’ve liked.  Overall I feel the blanket turned out good but I’ll definitely work to get better at working with the satin binding. 

Okay now on to the T-shirt quilt, it was started with black borders to make the T-shirts pop and then my customer wanted the quilt top change to how it looks currently.  I’m half way done with the top and will be working to get it completed by next week.  Please stay tuned for pictures of this project. 

 Soulful Quilters is still looking for members, please join me in providing warmth and comfort to those less fortunate. 




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