Monday, June 28, 2010

The 4 oz. Skirt

This is a wrap-around skirt I got at the Good Will Bins on Friday. I really like the fabric and I like wrap-around skirts, but it was too big around and too long.

Too big around was an easy fix - I just moved the button over several inches.

Too long? Cut six inches off! Then I used some red and white polka dot fabric that I also got at the Bins to add a little interest along the bottom.

Totally ready for summer now!

And at .89 per lb. I figure this skirt cost about .22 cents!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Crap by the Pound!

Yesterday, my sister-in-law Carol and I went with another sister-in-law, Sandi, and her friend Deanna of Recycled Lovelies to the Good Will Bins in Salem. Carol and I had never been, so Sandi and Deanna initiated us into the mysteries of Bin shopping (Crap by the pound)!

It's always hit or miss at the Bins, I knew that, and it can be a little yucky, so we dressed appropriately, but I did find some treasures.

I was looking for fabric, yarn, and linens primarily. I didn't find unused yarn, but just look at this gigantic granny square afghan I found! It is obviously the work of a demented grandma - individually the squares are rather hideous - but all together it has a certain j'ne sais quoi! Its dimensions are enormous and it is very heavy. Certainly an outdoor or college blanket. That lovely little straw bag in the forefront is in perfect condition and Cheerleader is going to revamp it into a Lolita Bag. The pillow form has a new life ahead of it as well.

Here is a pile of delicate linens, a silk scarf and hankie and miscellaneous articles of clothing getting ready to lose their Good Will Fragrance.

Here is another pile of crap. Four cardigans, a pullover sweater, an intricately embroidered Indian Shalwar Camise, an old metal tool box, an old beveled mirror, a book and some picture frames.

The prints in two of the picture frames were meh. But the mats, glass and frames were in great shape. So I spray painted the frames antique white and printed out two photos I took in the garden this spring. and Ta Dah! Art!

As I get more stuff cleaned and repurposed I will post more about it. The four of us bought about 80 lbs. of crap and paid .89 per pound!

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Blast From the Past

My parents came last week for Cheerleader's Graduation (I feel like I should change her name since cheerleader doesn't apply any longer, but it feels weird to change a name!), and my mom brought me all of her knitting paraphanalia - about a thousand knitting needles and darning needles, several crochet hooks and blah, blah . . .

But the funniest thing was the patterns!

They are primarily from the 60's and 80's (apparently the 70's weren't good for knitting for my mom). I had to take some pictures and share - not only am I terribly amused, but I actually want to knit some of these items! Too bad the girls have outgrown Barbie!

Isn't this a darling couple in their his and hers knitted sweaters!

This entire pattern book looks like "Fun with Dick and Jane."

Why is he so aloof? Doesn't he like the matching sweater she knit him?

Friday, June 18, 2010

New Arrivals . . .

Look what arrived!
My order from Webs!
I'm so excited, I can only speak in exclamations!

2 skeins of Lace yarn - check
10 skeins for a sweater - check
7 skeins for a shrug - check
4 skeins for a small cardigan - check
4 skeins for a circular shrug - check
2 skeins for mittens - check
6 skeins for socks - check

Cast On!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Phoenix Rising . . . Again

I wasn't entirely happy with the button band on the Phoenix Cardigan. I decided to wear it for a few days and see what happened.

Here is what happened. I became completely unhappy with the button band so I added to it.

Happy Now!

By the way I noticed that I have now made more knitting posts than crocheting posts! I've crocheted for 25 years and knit for 9.5 months, but I've made more knitting posts. hmmmm.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Phoenix Rising

Rising from the ashes of the lamented Rosebud Cardigan (you didn't know I had frogged it did you?) comes a new cardigan - The Phoenix. Designed - mostly - by me and incorporating one of the stitch patterns from the Rosebud - this cardi fits!

That interesting stitch pattern is the Wheat Ear Rib Stitch. Couldn't work the Rosebud stitch pattern in as this cardi is worked top down and it is vital for that bobble/cable combo to be worked bottom up. I still love this yarn (knitpicks Merino style in Hollyberry), and I still love the Rosebud Cardigan - but I could not make the thing fit.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Calla Lillies and Forget-me-nots.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Graduation Gifting

Cheerleader is graduating this coming Monday! One year ahead of her planned graduation date - she is only 161/2 and will be entering the community college in the Autumn!
But that isn't what this post is about - because I can't reveal our graduation gift to her yet (she occasionally reads this blog).
Instead, I will show you what I am giving her cousin - who is also graduating a year early - for a gift!

An essential sewing/repair kit and some laundry aids - what college kid (away from mom for the first time) doesn't need something like this?

I got the idea for the sewing kit from the May/June 2010 issue of Victoria Magazine. The laundry bag and ditty bag that it is packed in is from here.
The rest of this week and into the weekend is packed - Memorial Service for a beloved Uncle, two high school graduations and two graduation parties. That's a lot of food, family and friends.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Move over Maya Angelou

Dateline: Corvallis, OR
June 3, 2010

Not only are the June socks done, but I have written two Haiku about them.

Like doves on my feet
The best socks I ever had
To knit you is joy

My hairy legs are
not meant to dishonor you
the socks of my heart

I'm waiting by the phone for the Poet Laureate Committee to notify me that I am this year's nominee.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


The back yard is looking lovely!
The dogs really wanted to be in the photo for some reason.
You can just see the crabapple tree - though right now it is being upstaged by all the flowers.