Sunday, September 05, 2010

Next Verse, Same as the First?

I've joined the pieces of my second Am Kamin sweater. The first one, I knit in pieces. This time, I'm knitting the raglan yoke as one piece. The original design is nicely shaped so the front is cut lower than the back -- I've already done some short rows that go from the sleeves around the back - in other words, adding an extra set of rows everywhere but the front. Later, I'll use short rows (I think) to shape the neckline.

The cons of this alternative are that right now, the rows are SO long. But nearly every row gets 8 stitches shorter.

And, in the "you learn something new everyday" department, I used Meg Swansen's article in the last Interweave Knits (Fall 2010) to learn to make the crossed, twisted stitches without a cable needle. After two sweaters (almost) and hundreds of cable crosses, I think I've finally got it!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Is it finished?

The roman shades in my dining room are finished.  As you can see, I chose the fabric with the trees, and, I don't know if you can see them, but there are birds as well.
Here's an action shot, lowering the shade.
And another shot of it closed.

I made the roman shades with instructions from this book,

which I've used several times over the last 20 years or so.  The shades don't require a lot of sewing, in fact, in some respects they're simple.  But because everything needs to be straight, and even, and fit the window, they're not easy. It did take extra long to finish these, because my sewing machine broke in the middle of the project.   

And the last (I think) finishing touch is this picture by Mary Beier.   My husband and I were charmed by her work at a local art show.  It turns out to be a little modern for the room, but it makes us happy.  That's one of my most important criteria for decorating -- I choose what pleases me.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Last First Day

IMG_1861, originally uploaded by phenager.

Actually, probably not the last first day. There's many firsts ahead. But, this week my daughter had her last first day of high school.

Away we go!