Monday, August 23, 2004

Sweatshirt jacket

Last week I tried to post two pictures and a post, but somehow when I posted I lost everything except this picture. This is a picture of a jacket made from a ready made sweatshirt. I found the pattern at the quilt show last weekend.

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Right now I'm working on a short sleeve shirt that I'm going to wear as a light jacket until the weather gets colder. Then I will make the sweatshirt jacket. I'm going to get started really soon on some knitting. My knitting guild is going to start a sweater in September and I have some other projects in mind that I want to work on this winter. I would also like to work on some socks that I started last year. I actually should probably get those made so I can wear them this winter.

I'm at work right now and some coworkers and I just got back from lunch at the Cracker Barrel. They have some really cute Christmas ornaments there right now. Some pretty blue and white mittens, and snowmen and other things. I also bought a sock monkey ornament. It's really cute. I remember awhile back that Willa from the Knitting Zen web site was working on a sock monkey stocking, I think it was. I think I'm going to go to her site and look it up. Oh dear, I feel a sock monkey obsession coming on...

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Quilt Show and Lace Tales

I'm recuperating this weekend from the quilt show that I went to in Nashville this past Thursday and Friday. It was a wonderful show and I got lots of great pictures of the quilts that were in the show. It took me two days to get through all of the vendors, and I bought some great stuff. Spent way too much money.

I found something unique that I'm really excited about. There was a booth there from a company called Lace Tales, and they had some beautiful embroidery things. It is all embroidery done with the stem stitch that is used in Redwork embroidery. They had pillow shams, shirts, baby pillowcases and more. It was almost overwhelming and I'm sure I didn't see everything they had. I bought a nice cotton shirt that I want to embroidery some lilies, and birds on and I will probably wear it as a jacket. I'm really enjoying this stitch. It's really easy and goes pretty fast. I'll post pictures when I finish it. I started the embroidery on the shirt last night and I'm anxious to get back to it. I'm also having to stop every now and then and work on the baby hat that I'm knitting to go with the green baby sweater. Both hat and sweater will be going to the new baby sometime this month or next.

I also bought a neat applique pattern to put on a sweatshirt and make a jacket out of it. The one on display was really pretty. I might start that next when I finish the embroidering on the shirt. I really would like to have the sweatshirt jacket to wear this winter and fall. I bought many more things too, but I haven't even gone through it all yet.

Gotta go ... I have to embroider!! But, I may need a nap first ....

Monday, August 16, 2004

Baby Sweater Finished!

The green baby sweater is finally finished! I really like the way it came out. It's kind of hard to see in the picture, but the sweater is a light green with specks of color throughout. Now I'm working on knitting a hat to match.

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I just got back from my knitting guild meeting. We are going to start knitting a sweater in September. The pattern is in the October 2004 issue of Knit 'n Style magazine. The sweater and pattern begin on page 16. There are choices for the neckline. I don't like anything close to my neck, so I think I'm going to choose the roll neck option. When I have more time I will scan the picture and post it. It's late and I'm going to be going to bed soon. I haven't posted in awhile because the baby sweater is all that I have been working on, and I have been really working on it to get it finished. When I finish this hat, I have a vest that I have to finish and then I'll be ready to start the sweater with the rest of my guild. Sigh .... So much I want to do, and so little time to do it.

Saturday, August 07, 2004


Last night we went to our Friday night Nightfall Concert Series in my city and heard Bernard Allison for the first time. I love the Blues and R&B music, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, and I was not disappointed. This concern was, without a doubt, the best of the Nightfall series so far. Eddie said he had heard Bernard before at the annual Bessie Smith Strut that we have here every summer during our annual Riverbend Festival. Bernard really connects with his audience. He is a true blues, R&B guitarist, although he is much more than that. He jumped off the stage during his concert and down into the audience and "walked the crowd" all the while playing that bluesy guitar. Eddie and I were right up in front of the stage, so close we could have grabbed his ankle. It was so cool. I hope he comes to Chattanooga again really soon.

Well, now if I can come down, for a little bit, from my high of Bernard Allison, I'll tell you about my knitting. One day last week my mother-in-law called me at work and told me that one of Eddie's cousins is having a baby this month. She asked me if I could make one of the raglan baby sweaters. I told her I would be happy to, so I have been working on that for the past few days. I have the raglans finished and now I'm working on the first sleeve. I've had to frog a few rows on the sleeve, which has been a little frustrating, but I think I'm finally on my way to finishing it. I'll post a picture when I finish it because right now it looks really weird and out of whack because the front of the sweater is on a stitch holder and the other half is dangling on another holder. It's hard to imagine, from the way it looks now, that it will eventually be a baby sweater, but hopefully, somehow it will transform into one.