Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Embroidered Pillowcases

I have been thinking about our sunroom about to be built. We had to take out a loan to pay for it, so that means that I will be curtailing my spending alot. What that means is that I won't spend any money for anything unless it's absolutely necessary. I'm not complaining, though, because my sewing room is full of projects. I have enough yarn and other projects to keep me busy for the next 5 years, probably.

Then I started to think about Christmas and how much we usually spend. We don't spend a huge amount, but with the number of people in Eddie's family it could get expensive, and has in the past. So, I make alot of things to give as gifts. In fact, over the past few months, I have already bought several pair of pillowcases that I plan to embroider and give as gifts to his sisters, and his mom. I would be thrilled to receive a gift that had been hand embroidered by someone, so I hope they will feel the same way and not feel slighted because I didn't buy them a store bought gift. I think most people appreciate hand made things, but everyone is different.

Right now I'm trying to finish as many pillowcases as I can before I start knitting the sweater that my knitting guild is going to knit this fall. Actually, I'm kind of discouraged about that. The yarn I bought for the sweater is Cotton Twist by Berroco. I love the yarn and the color I chose. The gauge is very close to the gauge the pattern calls for. I knitted a swatch for the gauge with 3 different sizes of needles, and the largest size is the correct gauge, but I don't like the texture of the swatch knitted with that needle. It seems too loose to me and is not closely knit. I like the next smallest needle. So, I have decided that maybe I will use the smaller needle and use the next largest size in the sweater in order to make it large enough. I can't believe that the thought actually went through my mind that I wouldn't even make the sweater at all because of being discouraged about the gauge. I have already bought the yarn for the sweater and I can't go buy more different yarn, so I will have to make do with what I have.

I'm at work now, but when I get home I will try to post pictures of the embroidered pillowcases and also the swatches that I knit for the sweater.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Sock Monkey Pictures

I have been a little out of pocket the last few days. My aunt passed away yesterday afternoon and the funeral is tomorrow. But, today I decided to take a picture of the progress, so far, of my sock monkey stocking. I think it's coming along pretty well, even though I thought it looked pretty big. When I took the picture it didn't look too big. I used the size needles the pattern calls for. I couldn't find the yarn the pattern calls for at my yarn shop and I didn't want to have to order off the Internet and pay shipping, so I bought Plymouth Encore in a Red, a sort of offwhite (not bright white), and a heathered beige that seemed close to the sock monkey body. It was the closest the yarn store had, anyway. The color numbers are 1886, 148, and 1415 and I bought one skein of each. I can't tell you which numbers go with which colors because I have already taken the labels off and gotten them mixed up.

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The picture below is from the Christmas Stockings book and is what the stocking is supposed to look like when I finish. I hope it resembles it in some small way. Knitting it right now is really helping me to get through this funeral business.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Sock Monkey Ornament

I was in the Cracker Barrel the other day looking at their Christmas ornaments, and I found this cute Sock Monkey ornament for $2.99. I'm almost positive I saw the exact same ornament on eBay for $12.99. Cracker Barrel has some really cute ornaments and the prices are very reasonable.

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I started thinking about other sock monkey things I might be able to find. Then I remembered awhile back that Willa from Knitting Zen had knitted a Sock Monkey Stocking from the Christmas Stocking book. I thought maybe I would try to knit one too, so I went to my local yarn store and bought the yarn. I couldn't find any wool in the colors that I needed, but I did find some great colors in Plymouth Encore, which is a wool/acrylic blend. I'll post some pictures really soon.