Man o’live … it really is cold and windy out there tonight! I went out for a smoke and I thought that I was going to get blown away! So that is why I made my Awesome Vegetarian Chili for dinner, along with cornbread (not from scratch, but still very good.) A full belly, along with a couple of Sam Adams seasonal brews, and a new episode of SVU … fantastic.
Well, I’ve been a busy lady as of late. I’ve been knitting, sewing, and trying to keep the drama under control in my Fall yarn swap. Let me start there, if I may … and if you don’t mind a little ranting.
I love to run swaps. I have so much letting others have such a great time, get great goodies, and make new friends. I also enjoy all of that, as well as getting to know so many awesome knitters! But sometimes things happen and people are not able to keep their commitment to the swap. They may have work issues, family trouble, or bad health. I understand that and have no problem if someone comes to me and says, hey – I’m sorry, but because of (insert reason here), I can’t participate in the swap any longer. This way, I can get an angel lined up and everyone is happy. I do not, however, appreciate it when people do not communicate with me or their pal, leave their pal hanging, and send packages really late – or do not send them at all! This is when I go from friendly, happy to please Swap Mod to Queen Bitch of the Universe Swap Mod. Really … I don’t need all the details … just let me know and leave it at that. Arg. Thank you for letting me vent.
Now … onto the good stuff. I finally have a few FO/WIP photos!
I finished John’s scarf a month or so back, but now that the weather calls for it, I got a great picture.
- Project Name : John’s Scarf
- Pattern: One Row Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
- Yarn : Colorchanges by Ironstone Yarns
He really loves it, especially the fact that it is machine washable. I was thinking, if he spills coffee on it, I can wash it. But with those colors, it may not even show!
Now, these have been a lot of fun. I’m finally making another pair of socks for myself! I’ve got one sock and another toe down. I’m so OCD about knitting socks … I have to at least start the toe of the second sock right after I BO the first one, or else I will never start the second sock. I’m using JoJoland Meloday Superwash, and the pattern is a Crosshatch Lace.
Rebecca, at work, saw me working on these and wants a pair in the exact same pattern and the exact same yarn. So, I need to get going on those, probably in December. I’m also working on a few extra knitted Christmas gifts right now. Those, I’m sorry to say, I can’t share, as they are Top Secret!
Onto the sewing front! My Mom and I have been busy working on my first full Civil War outfit. Now, I purchased the hoop skirt already, so we need to make the chemise, drawers (which are more like pantaloons, but without a crotch,) the under petticoat (which goes under the hoop skirt,and since the hoop skirt is flounced, I don’t need a petticoat to go over it!) the corset cover (which is basically a sheet shirt that hides the corset,) the dress, and then the cloak. Ya know … check out THIS website to know more about what I’m talking about. So, with my Mom’s help, we finished the drawers the other night.
I know that they look huge and un-weilding, but really … it’s not about a fitted garment when it comes to these, it was about modesty. Which is funny … considering that they have no crotch! I will be wearing regular undies with these; I don’t care what anyone says, that’s what I’m doing! Now, my Mom – who is super smart when it comes to certain things – made my petticoat the other day …. out of FLANNEL!!!! My first event is December 13th, and we will be outside laying wreaths at Arlington Cemetary, and then outside at a Christmas event. I will post photos soon of the petticoat, but probably when I have time to get the corset on with it.
Ah … so throw all that in with work and trying to stay sane … it’s not an easy job. But it’s getting cold and dark out, and with my depression, it’s much better if I keep a lot on my plate!
Have a great Halloween everyone, and a great rest of the week!
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