Monday, August 10, 2015

First day of school 2015

Summer was over way too quickly!
Eleri is starting 1st grade. She will be in the same class for all of lower elementary.
Her locker is on the bottom. Perfect for her.
Bye, Mom. I have things to learn.
Niall is starting 5th grade. This is his second year in upper elementary.
 He plans to have an excellent year.

Rowan is starting 8th grade. This is his last year at Sterling Montessori. 

He is a good sport about having a stalker mom.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For Lisa - How I cheat on sewing flat seams

I've tried to do French and flat seams all sorts of ways, and always fought with wrinkles and oddities. I forget where I saw how to do it this way --if it was a tutorial or someone showed me-- so when Lisa asked me I couldn't tell her how to find it.
So here goes.

Step 1:
Sew your seam with the normal seam allowance, with the wrong sides together. It feels wrong. Do it anyway.
2: Trim one side of your seam, but leave the other one long
3. Press your seam toward the long side
4. Fold the long side over the short side, so your cut edge lines up with the seam you sewed and press it down
 and it looks like this
5. Fold this bit over and press it down, so your raw edge is all snugged in there and can't get out.
See? It looks great! But you still have to sew it down.
6. Sew it down, getting as close to the folded edge as you're comfortable with
Done! It looks professional, and it wears well. I do this for the center seams in pants. It takes a little longer, but most of it is done with the iron so you don't get little folds and bunches once it's sewed down. There's probably an easier way to do it, but this is the way that works for me.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Quart Cozy

I had someone ask me for a cozy for her quart sized mason jar, and I couldn't find a pattern that I liked. I wanted it to be simple so it would work with variegated yarn if I had some I wanted to use, but it also needed a see through bit so you'd know when it was time for a refill.
Enter, the quart cozy

Worsted yarn, leftovers should do it. I knit on size 6 needles. Gauge ~5.5sts per inch
Cast on 56. Join to knit in the round.
K2P2 ribbing for 7 rows.
Begin pattern section. Cozy is knit in stockinette with one panel of the pattern stuck in wherever you like. Or you could go nuts and put it in twice. That's completely up to you.

Pattern Section
Row 1 - P2, SSK, YO, K3, YO, K2tog, P2
Row 2 - P2, K7, P2
Row 3 - P2, K2, YO, sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, YO, K2, P2
Row 4 - P2, K7, P2

After your piece is 6.5" (including ribbing) begin to decrease
K5, K2tog for 1 round
K4, K2tog around
K3, K2tog around... and so on, ending with a K2tog round.
Thread your needle through the last 8sts and pull tight. Weave in ends. Enjoy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


In which I am determined to photograph everything I knit this year.
We're off to a great start.

Monday, August 11, 2014

First day of school

7th grade. Holy cow.
4th grade. Much too fast!

Kindergarten. Oh, my heart.

She was beyond ready. Me? Not so much.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I've not been blogging since we lost our Loki. Most everybody knows that we have gotten a new puppy. We named him Hagrid, because he is hairy and not at all large. He is cute and takes a lot of time. I still miss Loki, but having a puppy around helps.
In other news, I FINALLY finished Rowan's Christmas present. Yes, I know it's March. It was a complicated knit, on size 2 needles. Frankly, I'm proud of myself for getting it done in 3.5 months. We had all that stuff happening, and Rowan had a surgery, and I simply had to take breaks from it to maintain my sanity. The front wasn't hard at all, but miles of stockinette on tiny needles has its own brand of peril.
But now, behold... The Vest. Be aware that this is not blocked. He couldn't wait for that to wear it. I'll block it later so I can enter it in the Carolina Fiber Fest.
It's not terribly impressive from the front, but that's a lot of knitting. Keep your hats on for the back.

I believe this deserves nothing less than a SHAAAA-ZAAAM! And it's big on him. He can wear it for years. 
And since Jane said that the colors he chose work well for not only the Order of the Phoenix, but also for the Weeping Angels...
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Needles: Size 1 for the cuffs, Size 2 for the body