It’s June! Less than six months until Christmas. Yikes! The only way to stick to a commitment of giving handmade is to start early and keep things easy. And that’s where this book comes in handy. Sixth & Spring generously sent me a review copy of 50 Garter Stitch Gifts To Knit. I don’t often accept offers like this. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do it right.I said “yes” to this one because of the “quick & easy” part. I can make use of that. In fact, I managed to make a project from the book in between all the busyness! I chose the striped pillow and whipped up a 14″ version in deep Full O’ Sheep yarn. It just needs the companion chevron pillow for a complete pair.With 50 different garter stitch projects, you’re bound to find something for more than one person on your list. You may even want to make yourself something. Personally, I have my eye on the Wavy Drop Stitch Scarf.So if you’re trying to stay ahead of the game this year, consider making it easier on yourself and keep things simple.
On a occasion, the hard work takes place outdoors. The sewing machine sits idle and the days are spent doing never-ending yard work. The beautiful weather we enjoy means weeds are a problem for most of the year, but especially in the Spring. Mr. P had three days off last week and we made good progress on the weed crop. We hauled a load of rocks from my brother and got them situated. It will take a few more trips before we have enough to do all the things we have in mind. For now, we have a beginning on the lizard houses. (Not that we are building houses for lizards, but that’s what stacked rock becomes. Stinka will be thrilled to have more “playmates”.)We found the plant above at the local plant nursery. It’s a gorgeous drought tolerant plant called Ohia Lehua in Hawaii. I love the gray green foliage and am looking forward to it reaching its full size of 5 ft. x 5 ft.Of course, our efforts were supervised by the felines. Stinka in particular had something to communicate to anyone and everyone. Poor Pete could only observe and stay out of her way.
This week, it’s back to the sewing machine. The first box of fabric to be turned into samples has arrived. It’s time for the craziness to begin! If you need to stock up on fabric for your own kind of crazy, be sure to visit Quilt Home. The Daily Specials section has some incredible prices on great prints–perfect for backings.
Do you ever have days where you are reminded about all the ways our technologically enhanced lives can go wrong? And by “reminded” I mean “hit over the head with a 2 x 4”. There’s a lot I love about technology. A lot. Things like connectedness and readily available information, digital cameras and blogging to name a few. But when something goes wrong, it usually goes wrong in a catastrophic way. I know hard drives are not meant to last forever. I just keep expecting them to last longer than they do. Fortunately, this time, I had everything backed up. But there have been many hours lost this week to setting up the new desktop. And tweaking Windows 8.1.1. (Can I just say how much I despise Windows 8? It is not an operating system for old school users. It doesn’t think you need to know about your Program Files. In fact, it acts like you’re a five year old playing with your mother’s tablet. Seriously, Microsoft!)
But enough ranting. I’m mostly back to normal on the computer front. The only thing that has saved me is my AMH EPP. Without it, my sanity would be in question right now. Here’s how it looks with four rows sewn together (crunchy, wrinkled paper and all).Some of you have been asking about a pattern for this. I absolutely plan to write a pattern when I’m finished. It might be a couple months or so before that happens–a terribly long time to wait if you’re in love with this look like I am. So…I will put together a “Getting Started” post for you.
Look for it over the weekend. I’ll include ideas for fabric selections, fussy cutting and the basic information for the components. I’ll also try to remember to include a photo of how I sew my pieces together. I don’t like stitches to show if I can help it. My trick is not to sew them the “correct” way. I do it my way and I like the clean look.
If there are any other design tips and hints you would like me to include, just tell me in a comment. I’ll try to incorporate it into the post.
And now, if those pesky monkeys will just stop throwing wrenches…