The Scary Part

Knitting is all done – yay!
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So here we are, dawdling over this purse of mine.  I have procrastinated and made excuses  and have had all other sorts of busy life has got “in the way” events; in fact, this post is a clever means for me to delay some more!  I’m scared, you guys.  I still have to make the lining and the pockets and put in the magnetic snap and affix the strap and…wah!  I even bought another sewing machine (for cheap, of course!) so now I’ll have to learn how the basics work – and it is a basic sewing machine – before I can continue.  Oh, golly.  It’ll take me all of 15 minutes to figure it out once I sit down.

To put another fly in my ointment, I discovered that in my zeal to get this puppy finished, I miscounted.  By one bloody stitch.  But I ain’t going back, nor am I going to start all over on this one.  I’ll just have to live with it and hope no one else notices.  Since we’re all friends here, I’ll show you,  just don’t tell anyone!

Oops – and I was steaming when I found it. grrrr

It’s so obvious, you’d think I would have seen it in time; however, I was at least three inches above the boo-boo before I noticed it.  I’d been going back on this one so many times, you’d think I’d never knit a pattern before, and this was the straw that broke this camel’s back!   At least it’s only on one side…sigh.

My dogs are barking because they need to be exercised, meaning I get to be exercised, meaning I get to wait a little while longer before I tackle the sewing machine!  I bet you haven’t seen such elaborate ruses to avoid something before!  LOL!

Hopefully, next time I write about this, we’ll have a functioning purse going on.

Progress at Last

At this point it was so tight I thought the yarn would snap!

It started out easy enough.  I saw a wonderful pattern for a purse and I had to have it, so I purchased it and all the goodies that go with it and started with my usual verve and gusto at the beginning of a project.  First sign I was going to have trouble was when the bottom strip was turned into a complete circle and working in the round began.  Ay-yi-yi!  The author did warn that it would be a little tight.  I swear, everything was squeaking!  But I persevered.

Then I had to figure out how to do the particular loop stitch that she defined.  I was literally scratching my head and cocking it to the side in hopes that I might understand!  I would sleep on it for a night, and then, enlightenment.  Ah.  And then I’d get real happy then realize that my stitch count was off.  And we had to go back several times because of my enthusiasm.  *note to self:  don’t have a compelling television drama going while you’re knitting*

Now we're jammin'.
Now we’re jammin’.

There were also several other rounds of instruction that had me baffled. I don’t why, because they were easy enough and in standard knit language.  Sometimes, I think I may just work myself up to thinking it’s going to be difficult, when in fact, it’s not.

So, we have overcome some obstacles and it’s starting to look like the beautiful purse I saw pictured and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time – or I don’t get the time – to work on this.

Now, after having said I shouldn’t work myself up into a frenzy of worry, guess what I’m doing?  To finish this purse, I will have to line it.  I mean, I guess I really don’t have to, but I want to.  Knit and crochet purses generally need lining or they can’t hold anything.  And you’re thinking “Get to the point”.  Shush!  I will.  I don’t sew.  I mean, not really.  And of course, the lining must be sewed.

So, don’t be surprised if I post another blog with me crying that I ruined everything because I messed up the interfacing or something!  I’m keeping my fingers crossed, everyone.

Pssst….I still can’t wait to finish it!!

It Begins Again

DSC_0056-1As most crafters know, the completion of one project invariably leads to another.  This one will be more challenging as there is a lot of sewing.  I’m a bit worried about that, as I don’t really sew, but I want this purse!  And I chose a nice bright red color so everyone will be able to see it. ;-p

Airy Lace Shell…a lesson learned

So I managed to finish working in all the loose ends, which, by the way, took all of two hours.  Ugh!  I had my misgivings after I first started working on this project that maybe I shouldn’t have chosen this particular one because I look like a barn.  But it looked so pretty, I had to!  Oh, well.  I’ll look like a barn when I wear it!  And yes,the armholes are a bit long so I photoshopped my bra out of a

The cool, collected look


sense of decency and decorum.  I was also surprised that this shirt isn’t more see-through….not that I wanted that.  And it truly is airy because of the open weave.  While I was making it, I doubted that it would be something I could wear in temperatures over 50°F because the top must weigh close to three pounds.

The pattern instructions say this is an intermediate project, but I disagree.  I believe all but the most absolute beginner could finish this.  It’s fast and fun and the pattern is available for free at:

Loose Ends

I have finished my 2-day project after a week.  Eh – it happens.  It is correctly made, but it looks so much better on the skinny model.  On me, it looks like a walking barn!  And we are now at the most irritating part of any crochet or knit project:  tying in the loose ends.  I want it to be over!  >:-(  LOL


Tell me I’m not the only one who has this bad attitude…?

Here is the free pattern where I got it, if you’re interested.  Enjoy!




I like to think I’m fairly serious with my fiber arts, but this person takes that to a whole new level.  I adore the concept of color swatches, but the reality of cost and time involved makes this just that for me…a great concept!  This looks like a tool a professional designer would use.  For those of you deadly serious about color matching, or even just a little curious, I recommend perusing this article.  I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Good Intentions

I hate when a 3-day project starts creeping into 4 days, 5 days, etc.  Yesterday I ended up napping in the middle of the day which always leaves me feeling worse than when I started (don’t ask why I did it) and today I ended up spending the better part of the afternoon working on knitting tutorials.

Oh, well.  We will finish our crocheted top soon…A good start