Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Helpful Stitch Markers

I'm knitting a pair of socks for my friend's grandson. A lot of his things go missing at his day care center, even though his name is written inside his clothes, as someone is always saying that they didn't know that they were his. I'm knitting his name right into the sock, so no one can claim them.

I never remember which decreases belong on each side of the sock, so I've made myself two simple stitch markers. A 'K' for k2tog and a 'S' for the sl1, k1, psso that is called for in the pattern. My decreases don't match. I have to find something better to look like my k2tog.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stitch Ripping

My son was InterRailing at the beginning of the summer. I sewed a black zipper onto the back of the black belt he took with him, so he could hide some money there. I've been putting off taking the zipper off. Black zipper, black belt, black zigzag stitching, poor eyesight. Does anyone blame me? It's done now.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday's Menu Planning

M: Oatmeal porridge
T: Cereal
W: 4 grain porridge
T: Raisin and brown sugar oatmeal porridge
F: Whipped porridge
S: Toast and something
S: Eggless pancakes and maple syrup


Weekdays: Aiming to have leftovers from the night before
M: Vegan Johnny Marzetti (pictured)
S: grilled cheese with red pepper
S: leftover chili

M: Bourbon Tofu, carrot
T: Frozen Fish Bake, Rosemary Baked Potato and Carrot Slices, Green beans
W: son's away, so freezer leftovers
T: if son is still away then freezer leftovers again
F: Frozen tuna and oven potatoes
S: Chili
S: haven't a clue

Evening snacks:

M: Rich, Fudgy Vegan Brownies (pictured), cantaloupe
T: Rice cakes with cheese spread, kiwi
W: Mandarin
T: Apple and Red Lingonberry Whipped Porridge
F: Bread and cheese, banana
S: undecided
S: undecided

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Sister's Sock Project Bag, Part 1

I wanted to make myself a knitting project bag (or two) so I went to our local thrift store to look what material they had. I saw this pink material and thought of my sister D. She is the sewer in the family and I thought that I could surprise her with a bag too. So I bought all 5 pieces. They were all the same shape but I was sure that they would be big enough to make the size bags I wanted.

I like to make a list of the steps, often I write it down but sometimes I just keep it in my head. So here's the list for my sister's bag.

1. choose material ✔
2. wash material and iron it ✔
3. find 2 pieces that have matching lines on the sides ✔
4. cut material into rectangles ✔
5. measure the piece and cut out the same size from a piece of newspaper (37 X 41.5 cm) ✔
6. fold newspaper lengthwise ✔
7. decide how wide I want the handle to be, add seam allowance and mark it on the top of the newspaper (15 cm) ✔
8. decide how deep the bag part should be, including seam allowances and mark it on the side of the newspaper (27 cm) ✔
9. draw a curved line from edge of handle to side mark and redraw it if it isn't a shape I like ✔
10. cut along line, open out newspaper and then pin it to the two pieces of material ✔
11. cut along edges of handle and unpin it ✔
12. google flat felled seam ✔
13. pin top of handles together, right sides facing out like most sites said to do (next time put wrong sides together because I didn't really like the way it looked) ✔
14. sew flat felled seam and iron it ✔

I'll finish the bag next time!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Well I've Done it Again

I started another blog! Now I have to go find all of the others and either delete them or try to bring them here or link to them. Will probably take awhile.