Sunday, August 31, 2014

Almost Done

This past week I finished knitting my main golf club covers:  the driver, the 3-wood and the 5-wood.  After checking my golf bag, I decided I needed one more cover for my 6-hybrid.

Thankfully, Chris Knits in Niagara has a free knitting pattern on her blog.  Val an Ravelry member (no blog) has kindly shared her directions for adding stripes to the "socks" (bottom part of cover).  Today, with others doing handwork at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, I shall finish knitting my last golf club cover.  As you can see, it is almost done. Yay! I will look forward to starting other needlework projects.

A note to other knitters in regards to these covers.  The original directions are for knitting in the round.  I was clumsy uncomfortable with holding more than two knitting needles.  Therefore, I opted to knit them flat and join the seams by hand.  It has worked out well.

The "hoods" (top part of cover) are knitted with eyelash yarn and wool that is to be felted for a tighter and more protective cover.  After I finish the last cover, I shall be washing these in hot water in order for the wool to become felted.  That will be a new experience, and I hope it works.

Also, having fun linking up with Karen at Sew Many Ways.  May the U.S. and Canadian viewers have a safe and care-free Labor Day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Elsa Costume

There is at least one sewing goal that I would like to accomplish during the month of September.  That would be making an Elsa dress as a Halloween costume.  Elsa is a Disney princess/character from the popular Frozen movie.

Normally, I am not this organized to start a project early.  However, the licensed Frozen products sell out quickly.  When I saw this pattern at my local Joann's; I purchased it along with some pretty blue fabric.

My motivation is also putting this goal in writing as part of Design Originals by KC  monthly's Laundry List Link Party kindly hosted by Kathi.   Other items on my list are:

I don't know if others prioritize their lists, but Elsa shall take precedence this month.  Wish me luck on sewing with such fancy material!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Slow Knitting

Today I am doing some hand stitching (knit stitches) with others at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.  I have completed last week's club cover (5-wood) and hope to knit some rows on the driver.  I am reversing the colorway.  It will have a green sock (bottom ribbed section) and the top (hood) will be knitted with fuzzy black yarn.

It should have been completed by now, but this week's excuse (a good one) is taking an overnight trip to attend the AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids.  It was a very nice quilt show and worth my trip.  A wide range of wonderful quilts nicely hung and displayed.  

It is always so hard to vote for a favorite, but this quilt received my ballot.

This is the fabric that I purchased.  A dot quilt is on my list to do.

The best part of attending the show was finally meeting in person a dear blog friend, Teresa from Fabric Therapy!  Such a delight.  This is her "Baltimore Rhapsody" which is all hand appliqued and quilted.  Did I mention that she designed the blocks and the patterns are for sale.

I had another pleasant and serendipity meeting.  I meet two very nice, friendly ladies that are in the same guild as our Slow Sunday Stitching hostess, Quilter Kathy of Kathy's Quilts!  Jackie and Susan traveled from Ontario to attend this quilt show.  

My cousin and I (pure chance) sat near them at lunch which was in a huge convention hall with LOTS of quilters taking a break.  The next day we met again at the show and chatted some more.  Now I have remorse as, I did not take their photo.  They spoke highly of Kathy and all that she accomplishes!  It was a pleasure meeting them and hearing that Kathy is as nice in person and talented as she is on her blog.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fun Fur & Fuzzy Redo

Today I am redoing a golf club cover.  It is fuzzy knitting with one strand of 4-ply wool and one strand of Lion's Brand Fun Fur.  I like the bright green color and the softness of the Fun Fur.  Knitting the hood (top of golf club cover) in a stockinette stitch is going quickly with size 10.5 needles (6.5mm).

I am glad these knit up reasonable quickly as I am in the midst of the redo from being unsatisfied with my too loosely knitted socks (bottom part of golf club cover).  Have you done a redo on any of your stitching projects?  I think redos happen to many of us at one time or another. The Fun Fur is making the redo enjoyable as is stitching along with others today at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.

Today, while driving home from purchasing fresh-picked sweet corn from a local farmer, I spotted a small field of blooming sunflowers.  It was a pleasant surprise.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Knitting Golf Club Covers

Today I am linking with others' hand work at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.  Last Sunday I first started knitting my golf club covers.  This week, two covers were finished.  I experimented which colorway I prefer.  I am liking the chartreuse green fuzzy yarn for the "hood."

Today I started knitting the third cover (the driver).  However, I was sidetracked by a lovely summer outing.  Within an hour of our home, an historic tall ship, the Niagara, was docked in the quant river town of Algonac in Michigan.

The ship was an impressive site and a lovely summer afternoon was spent along the blue waterway of the St. Clair River which divides the U.S. and Canada.  It was worthwhile being sidetracked.

If you had a nice weather today, I hope you had a chance to get outdoors.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Knitting

August 10, 2014 Slow Sunday Stitching and Golf Club Covers is updated HERE.

This stitching project goes along with one of my other favorite activities - golf.  I am knitting a set of club covers to match my new golf bag.  The knitting is coming along nicely, and I enjoy making them.  The tops (hoods) will be knitted with eyelash yarn and will have a fluffy furry look.

The free pattern was found via Ravelry and were designed by Chris Knits in Niagara.

I cannot take credit for the striped pattern that I am adding as they were a modification by another Ravelry member (Midget403) who does not have a blog but has made wonderful knitted items that she shares on Ravelry.

This summer has been busy and going by fast.  Other than attending some nice quilt shows, these golf club covers have been my only indulgence in needlework.

I did make time to do my very favorite summertime activity - walk along a sandy beach.  This is Lake Huron near the town of Oscoda, Michigan.

May you all enjoy the rest of the summer!  Of course, that may include a visit to this week's Slow Sunday Stitching hosted by Kathy's Quilts.