What happened to November?

Well, I got really, really, really busy with several projects: knitting, sewing, refinishing and reupholstering a desk chair, sewing, knitting, sewing, knitting, and getting ready for a new addition to our home.

I finished (finally) the November socks for my daughter. These socks seemed to take forever. I put them on hold while I was helping my sister recover from surgery, then one of her precious greyhounds got involved, our two closest grandkids moved to Michigan, my birthday happened, and the list could go on and on. Here are the socks in all their glory.

I love the colors and it’s really hard to capture how pretty they really are. The honeycomb pattern was fairly easy but I did have to concentrate on those rows.

My sister gave me some fabric with a plate and silverware design so I made six placemats for my daughter.

These two chairs have been sitting in my basement since I rescued them from iPad aunt’s garage in 2015. I stripped one chair, refinished it, and put on new upholstery suede fabric. I took lots of pictures during the process but I’ll just show you the before and after. If you really want to see all the work-in-progress pictures, let me know and I’ll try to make some sense of them for you. Personally the before and after pictures should be enough. I plan to redo the other chair but that will have to wait till next spring as I have to do some of the work outside.

This quick sewing project took about an hour or two. I made mesh laundry bags to send with all of the socks I made with the hand-dyed yarn we dyed in June.

The Karate Kid’s socks were next on the project list and I finished them in record time (for me at least). I used this Syncopation Sock pattern that I’ve used before. The pattern is written for toe-up socks but I made these from the top down. I love the colors and wish I could keep them for myself! They deserve a post of their own so I’ll just show the finished project for now.

All of the socks I knit for my three grands and my daughter along with the mesh bags and placemats will be boxed up and sent to Colorado ASAP.

Another quick and easy sewing project was this leash. The fabric is a heavy brushed cotton that looks like a patchwork quilt. I had everything in my sewing stash so, in less than 30 minutes, it was done.

I just started this sweater (I’m just using one color) the other day and have a deadline of December 16 to get it off the needles…

…because we are getting ready for a new addition to our family.

A female miniature schnauzer puppy! No pictures of her right now but I will soon. Very soon! For the next several days puppy-proofing the house will be our #1 priority!

Oops!

See that orange stitch holder? I dropped a stitch waaay back 12 rows just at beginning of the heel flap.

It looks farther down into the sock than it really is. I hope I don’t have to rip it back into the leg but just to the row with the orphaned stitch.

Good thing I like this yarn and love my daughter or I wouldn’t be too happy with this pair of socks right now.

PS Happy Birthday to my Wonderful Brother! 🎉🎈🎂❤️

After the untangling

After untangling the yarn, spending a few more days helping my sister, seeing our grandkids one more time*, and getting my ankle working right**, I finally got back to my knitting.

One November sock finished and the second sock started.

This pattern isn’t hard at all but does require some fine motor skills when doing the Honeycomb Knit stitch. Fortunately, it’s only once every six rows.

I’m really liking the stitch definition on the leg portion and will try to get this second sock finished soon. The depth of color is awesome!

My grandson’s redyed socks are next up…and I can choose the pattern myself!!

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*Our two grandkids that only live an hour and a half away are moving. Today. To Michigan. That’s about a 7-8 hour drive.

**I started physical therapy on my left ankle/foot to get some relief from the Achilles Tendonitis that has been plaguing me for several months. It’s a slow process but seems to be working.

It’s all good

Four hours and forty-minutes later…

I’m back in business. No more tangles!

The three-hour trip back home from my sister’s took five hours. A traffic jam caused by an accident plus the GPS taking me on the scenic route made the trip way too long for me.
I’m heading back to help out again on Tuesday.

  • Notes to self
    • Take ZIPPERED project bag and use it.
      • Do not take dark-colored clothing…dog hair.
    • Look at the GPS route before leaving.
    • Have some meals/menus planned.