Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Busy Week

The weather here has been ridiculously cold so far this Spring which has made it very difficult to garden and plant....but it's been terrific for knitting!  This week has renewed my love affair with the knitted stitch and I've accomplished much.  

Last evening I started, or rather should I say, I RE-started this beautiful cardigan.  I had started it last year with the intention of making something for myself after having made so many things for the sale pile.  It ended up being abandoned and frogged only to be picked up again yesterday.  As you can see here, I have just about completed the back and I love it.  Of course my test swatch lied (they always do) and I've ended up with a slightly larger gauge than called for.  Since the gauge is so large to begin with, with nice fat stitches...I'm just going for it.  I stretched out the fabric over myself and it does fit with a bit of ease which is fine by me.  The pattern is actually a little more closely fitted than I want it anyway :)  I'm making it with 3-ply MacAusland's undyed yarn in a beautiful wool/mohair blend.

Since Saturday, I also managed to accomplish this very simple Islet Lace Shawl.  I cast on and knit until I was almost to the end of a second skein...then cast off.  Yup, that's how much planning went into it!  It's just right and very warm which is something that I unfortunately still need in this cool weather.  The colour is a darkish pink dyed over grey which gives it a gorgeous plummy/silver finish.  Again, this one is knit with MacAusland's but in 2-ply.

Well I must leave you, I'm aching to get back to my cardigan.  Who knows, I might even finish it this week!  Happy stitching everyone:)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Crochet

I recently made a few crocheted bags....

...then sewed in some cotton lining....

...a few of them were embellished with these sweet flowers...

...and the straps were either made out of knitted I-Chords or these nifty tuck stitch "braids" on my knitting machine...

I loved the crocheted flowers so much, that I thought I'd try making a little rug for my camper out of one....

I wonder if I will tire of crochet soon and make my way back to knitting.  I guess they truly do go well together don't they?

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Spring Planning

Mr. and I have been putting some time and effort into the restoration of our little Trillium 4500 camper.  We absolutely love this little piece of Canadian, Fiberglass Heaven!

This is a photo of what the original upholstery looks like.  Although it's in very good shape for it's age, I have a thing about used foam and bedding (especially when it's over 30 years old).  Besides, this pretty lady deserves some love and affection!

So I took some new foam and some new fabric and made new cushions.  I had to anyway as we are turning the bunks you can see above into a one bed/small dinette combo.

There were 4 cushion in all to make for the dinette/bed, and I also made 2 more small ones to use as armrests.  The camper came complete with an ugly, snap-on, vinyl map pouch too that we removed and you can see the new one I made below with the same fabric used for the curtains.  Much prettier.

I'm afraid the photo of the curtains below, just does not do them justice.  First, I've changed the position of the rod pocket and hemmed them since this pic was taken, and just does not show how pretty the fabric really is.  All that's left to do now in the interior is to lay the new flooring (laminate), and build a piece for the big bed out of plywood to turn the large dinette into a quasi-permanent bed,  and I think I'm going to crochet a small circular rug for in front of the big bed also.  We have the paint colour for the exterior, it's a nice soft, creamy yellow.  I'll show more pics later on when it's all put together.