What Are You Working OnThe baby sweater is still in pieces. I am taking a class at my local yarn store, Blazing Needles, and next Tuesday night is for learning to put the pieces together. 3-needle bindoff, parallel mattress stitch, and perpendicular mattress stitch.
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Don't they look sad, all curled up with their ends (for sewing up or weaving in) and live stitches held on purple waste yarn? I have never blocked such a complicated piece before, only hats and scarves, and the blocking has been a production. I am only half-way through though. Here is a picture of the back, I think, soaking:
In a week, I hope to have my baby sweater assembled. The back and two fronts are drying, and I have just a few rows left on the second sleeve, after which I will soak and block the two sleeves together. Threading the blocking wires between the stitches is every bit as tedious as I anticipated.
I finished a new bracelet last weekend. It is the shop's pattern for August, and I decided to not make the September pattern. I have SIX, 6, SIX unfinished beading projects. I was shocked when I realized how many there were. I have beads and patterns for 5, and I have my semi-abandoned February lacey-netting heart project. AAAUUUGGGHHH!
This design features Duo beads at the narrow point of the chevron to hold everything together. Two colors of 11-seed beads, one for the sides of the chevron, and the other to nest in the middle. 3m crystals and 15-seed beads on the ends. It was a slow start for me, I think there was a specific right-handed direction I had to work around. Once I sat down and finished a couple on my second session with it, I just powered through to the end. #yay for me. I have hardly taken it off since. It's so pale and delicate and low-contrast, rather a change for me. It looks almost bridal, the way the colors work together.
I am preparing to sew some pillowcases. I have my feature fabrics and am trying to find the right band fabric. Pillowcase tutorial are my directions. They are a nice break from curtains.
I learned to make caramel sauce. The big secret is to stop stirring and do NOT stir again until you add the butter. I am a compulsive stirrer and I utterly destroyed the first batch. My daughter thought I was very funny for taking a photo of the pan of sugar. Also, I love my Calphalon pan. She was a workhorse yesterday.
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