8/21/16

I LOVE THIS YARN!

I do love THIS yarn...especially for a new accessory design I'm working on that a softer yarn seems to work better...best!  Although it is a 4ply acrylic yarn, it  feels, knits and crochets more like a merino-bamboo blend...with better body.

 As you can probably guess, I have a yarn stash that can only be described as an accumulation beyond life expectancy.  Still...I did not have all the colors in THIS yarn needed for my new design line of knitted and crocheted wearables.
 
Yes, I said both knitted and crocheted.

You know of course, I am not ready to 'Show and Tell' all, but as I said, it's wearable and it is both knitted and crocheted.  My two favorite make it quick yarn thingies.  Quick is a key word for me when it comes to knitting because, I am not a fast knitter...even with over sized sticks.  Plus, I get bored with anything that takes longer than thirty or forty minutes to see some significant results.  So, I just cheat.....
...on my Bond Knitting Machine!
I Love This Yarn....and This Knitting Machine!

8/14/16

Back to Blocking, Bags, Broaches and Booth

You would think the last thing I'd be doing in the 'Dog Days of Summer' with temps at 103 degrees, is sitting with a lap full of knitting and crochet.  Nevertheless, it's happening and it's about that time!

Yep, time for the season opening of my 'Fall Chicken Farm Art Center Booth' on 'First Saturday, September 3rd'.  I'll be raising the Pink Tent and setting up for only the second time this year.  Seems like March was ages ago.

Anyway, here's a preview of what's on the blocking table, what's been in my lap, what's up with Bags and how Broaches are making a comeback.

8/12/16

A Seamstress Story From 1851

"Yes, my dear ladies, it is true, your fingers will forever be prick free.  Your thimble a thing for your descendants to treasure, and mark my words, with this machine your stitching will be todays hi-fashions and tomorrows heirlooms."

 Pfffttt, what did I care about hi-fashion when my wardrobe consisted of this black sack, white pinafore and ridiculous hat.  The only likely heirloom would be this silver tray from which these 'dear ladies' are served pricked finger food.

By the end of the evening, the inventor and master salesman had orders for a half a dozen Singer Sewing Machines from mother's sewing circle friends.  Confession time.  The black sack dress, pinafore and hat was a bit of an exaggeration.  The 'Server/Maid' outfit was worn as a sample/example of 'Maid by Maude' seamstress shop modeled by me.  Maude is my mother whose pricked fingers stitch maid uniforms entirely by hand.  My own pricked fingers can hardly wait for the foot powered petal machine to arrive.
 Oh, and I lied...I do care about Hi-Fashion...I really do!
Maudie Sue
Apprentice Seamstress
 
On this day, August 12, 1851,
Sewing Machine Patent Model No 8,294
was issued to
Isaac M. Singer
 
Today, August 12, 2016, 165 years later....
...I am SEW thankful my great great grandmother was an
Apprentice Seamstress.
"Your thimble, a thing for your descendants to treasure...
your stitching tomorrows heirlooms." 
Spot on Isaac Singer!

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