Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Last Friday I woke up feeling like myself again.  What a surprise!  There were still a few "hurdles" to accomplish, but today is my first day completely free of headaches and feverish feelings.  What a blessing!

I was able to go back to my latest sock knitting project:
This is a pair for our grandson, Zack who has a birthday on December 20.  I made a pair of socks for Zack some years ago and he loved them.  So here's a new pair, made with Patons Kroy Sock yarn, a colour called "Singing the Blues."  I like how they are turning out.  

When I use self striping yarn I try to get the two socks to match, by pulling out the yarn end from both balls (socks take two 50 gram balls) until I have a colour match.  Thought I had it here, but it's a little off.  The finished sock ends with three repeats of the medium blue.  This second sock with need four repeats of that blue stripe instead of three.  Hope that doesn't matter!  I don't think Zack will mind.

Also today my quilt club back home in Alberta held its annual Christmas party.  We have some fun with gifts each year.  We don't draw names, but we each bring a hand made gift representing about $15 to $20 worth of materials--or whatever.  I had a bit of fun with that this year: I bought a gift certificate to IDA where we buy our yarns and fabrics, wrapped it in a little note that was a gift certificate for a pair of made-to-measure, hand-knit socks that I will make for the person who dared to choose as their gift a tiny envelope.  I wonder who will get the socks!  And I wonder what present my friend Carroll picked for me!  Lots of fun!

Thursday, December 7, 2017


I've been missing in action here--been quite ill with a variety of infections and headaches. It was diagnosed last Friday as Sinusitis and I've been taking antibiotics since then, but am still troubled with headaches and feverish times.  If I'm not recovered by Monday, when the antibiotic series is complete, I'd better go back and get some more help.  Hope to be back in action pretty soon.

Thursday, November 30, 2017


A comment arrived in my email--sometimes the comment section just won't work; email me instead and I will publish it.  My cousin Joan wrote: I was beginning to think that Marcy was working on an elephant costume for a play or next Halloween.  Also, I was glad that it's your project and not mine!

Well strictly speaking it's Marcy's project, but that makes it mine, too.  I still really like that pattern.  I'm eager to see how it turns out when it's all sewed together!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I tried to reply to Kathy's comment, but it doesn't publish, so I'll do it this way:
Well, we can look into that!
A note to others: She's my daughter, so it's possible I'd make her a jacket like this.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Yes, this is a jacket from a VERY interesting pattern:

We're making the light beige version on the right.  Marcy picked a very appropriate fabric, a charcoal knit with a fair bit of "body."  She has the nifty button and frog for it.  We still need to sew in the sleeves and turn the huge collar inside to make it a facing.  I think it will be very stylish and very comfortable.  In fact I like the pattern so well I bought a copy for myself.  

We are both puzzled that it's labelled "EASY stitch 'n save" as this pattern is NOT easy at all.  I have about 65 years of experience in sewing clothing, but I have to read the pattern carefully to figure out what goes where.  Marcy is gone on a Caribbean cruise right now, so there's no progress being made at the moment.

I had a dear friend since High School/College days visiting the last 10 days, and thus didn't have time to sew anyway.  This Thursday Dear Son #1 will arrive for a visit.  December looks to be as busy as Decembers usually are!

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Clue: It's a garment of some sort that Marcy is making for herself.

Monday, November 20, 2017


Marcy and I are deep into a sewing project.  Who can figure out what this is?