THSS II Sailing School

I’m finally back on track with Helen Stewart’s The Handmade Sock Society Season II from 2019.  I last posted about these socks in November.

I made some headway on them while traveling then life happened and I got sidetracked.  Does that happen to you, too?

Anyway, now that the Ruana and quilt are finished (along with some other projects I’ll post about later), I’ve picked up the fifth sock pattern and making great progress!

The yarn was from our trip last October called Gloomy Gus.  I love how the blues and greens flow into each other.

Sock one is finished (except for the kitchener stitch toe) and the ribbing for the second sock is done.  I’m hoping these will be in my sock drawer by the end of the week.

Are you working on any WIPs (works in progress)?

Ruana update

My sister-in-law finally received the ruana I was making for her.

No pics of her modeling it but here is the finished neckline area.

And the tag with all the essentials. most importantly the 65,644 stitches!

The finished size is 48 inches wide by 60 inches long.  I had a dream that it was so big that it dragged on the floor but in reality, it reaches mid-thigh.

I’ll see if she can send me a photo of her wearing it.

Now, back to some sock knitting!

What I’ve been doing

I finally finished the quilt for my Colorado grandson!  Happy Dance!!!

I love it, I Love It, I LOVE IT!

Once the top was pieced together, I added two borders to make it bigger to fit a twin-sized bed.  The finished size is 72 X 94.  I think I may have made it too large but, well, it should still work.

This is before the outside border was quilted.  I just ran a line of stitching next to the white border and again next to where the binding would be sewn.  I hope that area won’t shift without much quilting to hold it together.

The front.  Shout out to Mr. Aitch for standing on a stool and holding it up for the picture.  It was raining and the front porch was the only option.

The bottom right corner has a surprise for our grandson – his name (machine embroidered).

The back.

The bottom right corner has the dedication: To Lennon with love from Nona 2020 PJH.

And another surprise on the blue stripe running down the back – his initials.

Here is the quilt on a queen-sized bed. It’s plenty long enough! You can see the variations in the blues and greens better in this photo.

Vintage mute

Our oldest grandson plays trumpet in his middle school band and the regional honors band concert was this past weekend.  Fortunately, we were able to attend the concert and he did a fantastic job playing with his peers from eight surrounding counties.

As usual, I snapped this picture mid-blink.

Anyway, he needed a bag of some sort to store one of the mutes for his trumpet.

mute is a device fitted to a musical instrument to alter the sound produced: by affecting the timbre (or “tone”), reducing the volume, or most commonly both.

I found this vintage musical fabric in my stash.  It was vintage as it is only 36-inches wide and it came from my grandmother’s house.  I don’t know when the fabric manufacturers changed to 42-44 inch wide fabrics but it was a long time ago (1960’s or ’70’s).  I thought it was perfect for the bag except that it had some pink instruments on it and I knew that he wouldn’t like that.  So I got out my permanent fabric markers and went over the pink with the red and filled in some white trumpets with blue.

The lining is from an old fleece robe that was too long and coordinated with the outer fabric.

I cut the parachute cord drawstring too short to knot the ends so I just wrapped some black thread around the ends about 20-25 times, stitched it securely then burned the nylon ends with a lighter to keep them from fraying.

The bag has a simple box bottom.

I’m not sure if he liked it but it will keep his trumpet mute clean and cushioned on his case.