Friday, June 12, 2015

Drops 73-6 by Drops Design

It's almost been a year since I started this summer vest/top.  I bought more yarn last week and thought it best to finish one project before starting something else.  :)   My husband always asks why I don't finish more projects.  It's because I get bored and want to move on to something else.

I finished the front section which was half way done and then started on the back.  Here's how it's looking so far.



It's not perfect.  I have had a very difficult time following the lace pattern only because there are so many notes and references to lace pattern 1 (which was not included on the pattern) so I went with lace pattern 2 and 3.  OY!  I will be happy to have it done and don't think anyone besides me will really notice.

EEK!  After looking at the back compared to the two side pieces I've noticed that the back is not long enough which means I have to rip back and continue in pattern before starting underarm decreases.  Crying many tears here.  Many.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer Sewing

I finished up two quick sewing projects this past weekend while Phil was out training dogs.  Today he's out at a NAVHDA field test with one of our puppies.  I have plans to get the sewing machine out again today.  Yesterday I made valance curtains for my daughter in law's home.  I should have taken photos but I didn't.

The first project is for grandson Michael.  Vintage seersucker fabric from the thrift store using a vintage pattern from 1972.  Size 12 months.  I added snap tape to the crotch for easy diaper changing and red buttons at the shoulders.


Next is a sunsuit for our bonus granddaughter Beverly.  Again, thrift store fabric using a vintage Butterick pattern.  Size 4.  Half-inch red heart buttons on the straps.




Monday, April 20, 2015

Peasant Dress for me

I wanted something to wear around the house other than jeans (so constricting) or nightgown (too revealing) so I downloaded and printed out the SisBoom Meghan Peasant Dress on Saturday.  I made the dress on Sunday and wore it that evening.

I used a medium weight linen fabric that I probably bought on ebay although I don't remember.  I made it in a size large but could should have made an XL because it just wasn't roomy enough for my bosom.  The entire pattern including instructions contained over 100 pages in various sizes, three bust choices and multiple sleeve lengths.  The pattern was very well designed and easy to follow.  The only thing I didn't really like was the 1/4 inch seam allowances.  I would definitely make the dress again in a larger, roomier size.




Update, 5-14-2015:  I made another peasant dress for myself; this time in cotton.  I used 1/4 inch elastic and lowered the waist.  I did not put elastic under the bust.  I also went with short sleeves.  I wore it yesterday and it was very comfortable.


My bedroom curtains were not the best backdrop for this dress as the fabric clashes.  The background of the fabric is a baby blue.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thanking God

As part of continued monitoring by my oncologist, today is my six month check up.  

I had blood work done last week and received my lab results on Friday.  Receiving them in advance of the appointment with the doctor helps calm my nerves!  My CEA is still 0.5 which is well below the normal range.  Yipee!  

This September marks eight years since my cancer diagnosis.  How thankful I am to God for allowing me this perfect give of more time on Earth with family.  Our family has grown in the past eight years.  We now have three granddaughters and a bonus granddaughter plus a grandson.  We are also expecting another grandbaby in September!  God continues to bless!  I thank Him for all things.

Monday, March 30, 2015

A New Knit

I bought the softest, most beautiful Alpaca yarn from Alpaca Direct.  It's by Cascade Yarns and is called Eco/Pure Alpaca (not sure which because each tag had a different name on it) in the Sphere colorway.

I had selected the V is for Vivi pattern by Big Bad Wool and ordered the yarn for the pattern.  I made the 12 months size for Michael.  I had a few mistakes but nothing so bad as to detract from the overall pattern or loveliness of the yarn.

It took me about three days to knit.



The first photo is true to life.

I was able to find the same yarn online through WEBS (yarn.com) in a beautiful spring green color and plan to knit up a shrug or bolero for Lilly.  While the yarn was on sale at Alpaca Direct for $14.95 it was further discounted at yarn.com for $9.95 a skein.  Happy shopper!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

More Snow

I know.  It's a never ending theme.  Snow.  We live in western PA, an hour east of Pittsburgh, in the Laurel Highlands which is part of the Appalachian Mountains.  It snows here sometimes until May.  Yep.  MAY!





I took these photos this morning.  The first three are looking out my back door.  The last one is looking out my front door towards the road.  You see my F150 4x4 stuck in the driveway?  We had rain for two days.  The driveway was solid ice.  It was no problem driving out yesterday but coming back was a whole other story.  I'm going to give it another try today to see if the snow under the tires makes a difference and gets it unstuck.  Fingers crossed!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sadness

On Monday I lost a friend who I had met on the colon cancer alliance support page.  I took to him because he's like my husband; addicted to hunting, fishing and waterfowling.  He had been a survivor for two years and then it came back.

The wife of a friend who I had babysat for as a teenager also has cancer.  She was diagnosed about four years ago and, although she had finished treatment, was not in remission.  Now it's metastasized and she's in severe pain.  She'll be starting back with radiation and possibly chemo soon.

Another very dear friend has stopped treatment because it wasn't working.  She was at home with hospice workers and family but was moved yesterday to the hospital.  She's been fighting a long time.  I met her online in 2009.  She was in remission and I was on chemo.  She has been a spokesperson for colon cancer awareness.  You are immediately drawn to her.  Such a vivacious personality!  I'm not ready to lose her or anyone else.  My heart is crushed.  Make each day count.  Love your loved ones.  Forgive those who have wronged you.  Please #LiveLikeMichelle !

February 28, 2015, Michelle is no longer in pain and suffering.