Most of us have a desire to do things that others appreciate. There is nothing like some “kudos” in life. But what if it falls under a category that is not healthy? What if we strive to please and get others approval – and then when we don’t, it sends us into a tailspin? I must admit I have had this happen to me recently. Not that I am proud of it. But I have a feeling I am not alone in this malady. I have a healthy outlook on life for the most part. But because of a crushing experience about 16 years ago, when someone I trusted turned on me, I now have a tender spot in this area. Understandably so. So, when I encountered what felt like a blow of disapproval from someone of similar standing in my life, I must say, I did not handle it well. But what I have come to realize is that I should never strive to gain others approval in an unhealthy way. We can never live up to everyone’s expectations of us. I am loved and accepted by God just as I am – I do not need to strive to win His approval. I am His child because of my trust in Him and I can be settled in that. And, I am also blessed by friends and family around me that love me as I am – so I need to hold very lightly the need for people, that do not really know me, to give me their approval of things they do not understand. Interesting that we never stop learning and growing in this life, isn’t it? 🙂
I decided I wanted to draw up a pattern that mimics the newer fashions in the department stores. They are full of dropped hems, asymmetrical hems or some kind of addition to the hem or sweater body in some way – such as lace or organza hems or inserts, a peplum or maybe a self-fabric ruffle at the bottom hem. Anything other than the norm. So, I decided to make this pattern with a little shorter front than usual and a much longer shirt tail hem in the back. Then for a mixed media addition to it, I did the bias binding on the fronts and neck edge in a matching faux suede fabric. The top has self-lapels that lay back when worn. I did have to stretch my brain a bit, because the fronts get longer on the sides and the backs get shorter on the side to meet. 🙂 Then I had to figure out the short rowing to get the angle I desired. So, inevitably that ended up in knitting one of the fronts a couple of times…back to get advice from my mathematician husband – my ever-handy knitting advisor. 🙂 Then the other trend in the stores is much looser bottom hems like a Boho style jacket. With that in mind, this pattern is drawn up with a more fitted top edge and a more flowing, looser bottom edge – although this has dropped shoulder sleeves so that innately makes a looser fitting top, as well. Thus, this is a 1 size fits most pattern. I realize that does not mean it fits everyone, but a lot of folks. 🙂 It was a fun, challenging pattern to design and I hope you will give it a try. See the pattern above for details about machine, yarn, etc. The knitting is actually very easy! 🙂
I love to get into my PJ’s and slipper socks for evening TV viewing or reading. I have purchased a lot of pairs of “fat slipper socks”, as I called them, over the years, but they always end up feeling too tight and I constantly pull at them to make them more comfortable. So, I decided to make me some that were a bit looser and that would feel better. I think I inherited that trait from my mother – she was always having me hunt for loose socks for evening wear in her later years. So, I went to the bulky machine so they would be thick and warm. They looked huge off the machine, but when I got the toe stitched up with Kitchener stitch, they fit perfectly! Not too loose and more importantly – not too tight. No more pulling and adjusting my slipper socks all evening. 🙂 The pattern is above if you would like to try a pair. I used Red Heart 4 ply yarn and knit them in the round with the ribber. Ahhhh…comfy AND warm toes. 🙂
I have not done any work with Img2track Knitting Software for a while, so I decided to make a couple baby blankets for charity. I generally make much larger afghans, but these are both about 500 rows. They are double bed jacquard with 2 stands of 2/24 yarn and measure about 29 X 34. They are lightweight, soft and fun! 🙂 You can click on photos to get a close up look.
As we begin a new year, many are not sad to see the old one end, as this has been a traumatic year for some in a variety of ways. And, I like new beginnings – although I am not one to make new year’s resolutions. I think lots of folk avoid them for fear of risking failure – again. But, I did begin a project in the last couple weeks to clean out drawers and closets that sorely needed attention. Where does all that stuff come from, anyway?? 🙂 So, I thought if I would resolve anything, it would be to continue that project until they all have been cleaned – again. A new beginning – to be able to find things I need and to just live a less cluttered and simpler life. Another new beginning God loves to give is to those that wonder what their future will hold. None of us know the length of days on this earth and we all need to be prepared for when the number of our days are up. The most important new beginning we can ever have is one with Jesus Christ as our Savior – to know that when we put our trust in Him, our future is secure. A new beginning that is a less cluttered and a simpler life to live – one resting in His work on the cross for us instead of striving to be good enough to make it to heaven. I wish you all a joyful and secure new year! 🙂
I have been on a doll/toy making adventure. Our Knit Club charity has said they like toys and it is not something I have ever knit before, so I have thoroughly enjoyed it – something different than my usual knitting. I came across the pattern for my little Nordic skiers in the machine knitting book “A Time to Save Time” by Sande Baas and Marty Godlewski. I could not resist it because the Fair Isle sweater was so cute – so I made two. I punched a card and dug out my standard gauge punch card machine. They are about a foot tall. Although one looks a tad happier than the other one – I so need lessons on faces! 🙂 Then I was in the Fair Isle mood so made some chemo hats. The burgundy one is definitely a winter weight hat, but the pastel ones are lighter for indoor wear. The pattern for those 2 are above. I think I will move on to some Img2track baby blankets. 🙂
I had cancer surgery on my nose last March and this winter has been hard on my nose – it is cold in the evenings when I am in my house! For some reason I guess the circulation is different or something. And even though we keep our furnace set at a comfortable temperature, I sit around all evening holding my nose because it hurts. A side of effect of surgery I did not anticipate. I kept saying in jest that I was going to make me a nose mitten, but on our quiet Christmas afternoon with all the festivities over, I sat at the knitting machine to try to come up with something. The first try looked like a bird beak and I laughed at myself as I looked in the mirror. The second attempt was still too long and beak-like. My third attempt turned out well. I made 2 I-cords to loop over my ears and attached them in just the right places along the side to enable holding it all in place without obstructing my view. I won’t win any beauty contest with this contraption on and do not intend for anyone to see me in it but my loving husband – but I am looking forward to my evenings in my recliner a tad more comfy! 🙂 If you or anyone you love suffers from a cold nose you might try my pattern above as a starting place – since all noses are not the same size. Not the usual knitted piece – but hey…you never know! 🙂
I did not do a lot of gift knitting this year. But I did make a friend a scarf and some mittens to match. The mittens are on the bulky machine and the scarf is on the standard gauge and the patterns are above if you would like to try either of them. The scarf is Tuck Lace, which I really like in order to get a lacy effect without the work of the lace carriage – plus the yarn had a bit of a shiny thread in it.
I am looking forward to my newest toy arriving– an SK270 fine gauge, 3.6 MM knitting machine. Ooohh…let the fun begin! I wish you all a merry Christmas! 🙂
The charity our machine knitting club knits for has asked for small toys, so I have knit a few. This is the last batch I knit up. They are so much fun to knit and to think about and pray for the child that will receive them. The one on the left, a Comfort Doll and the center gentleman have instructions on the Bulk and Mid-gauge Facebook page. Although the center one was originally made a bear, but I wanted a doll so made the face without the short row shaping for a bear nose. Then I thought he needed a hat but when I put it on his head, it looked like a bowler derby hat so then he needed a bow tie! Haha…. The one on the right has instructions in the toy section of http://www.needlesofsteel.org.uk/ I really wish my mother would have taught me her expert skills at embroidery, because my little faces could have used some help. 🙂 But hopefully they will be enjoyed. Maybe you would like to try one for a stocking stuffer for someone special in your life. Merry Christmas!
As I have been Christmas shopping in the major department stores I am seeing Ruana’s everywhere this year! They are just the thing for a quick cover up and as I looked them over I thought I could make one easily. I made it on the mid-gauge machine and used the plating technique – so easy on the LK150. Both yarns were 2/24 which is lightweight for the mid-gauge, but because of the plating it takes a thinner yarn. Some have fringe – but not all of them and I decided I was not really a fringe kind of person so opted for ribbing instead. But my little LK150 does not have a ribber and I am not one to do any hand tooled ribbing! So, I did the ribbing on my standard gauge machine and took it to the mid-gauge and hung on the same number of needles. It worked beautifully! I wanted the plating to show, so turned back the front edges and put a button in place to keep it turned out. I also put a button on the sides so the front and back would hang evenly off my shoulders. I did the no-roll edge on the stockinet and used 2 colors that harmonized well together. Both yarns have a subtle touch of pink, blue and purple when viewed up close. The pattern is above blog title. 🙂