Meanwhile, I am thinking of making a swink , which has a knitted collar and cuff, and seeing as I just learned to knit a few weeks ago at the sew social. My first knitting is below and the dropped stitches are where I was attempting purls…… and when I cast off I used a crochet hook. Currently I am practicing some knitting before I start the sweater to make sure I can knit, as I am still unsure as what to do with dropped stitches and I certainly don’t understand the book instruction! The second swatch is my second practice. Half way up, I decided to try seed stitch and I am not sure what I did wrong yet, but I had to unravel that row and start some plains and purls to get used to knitting and to be able to recognise the stitch (still all looking the same to me!)
I started on another up-sew, of an old cardigan. Its a primark from some years ago, and I used wear it in the summer, its incredibly thin, and has limited life left in it but I really like the colour, and remaking will extend the wearing of it. I have to stitch down the neckline, and fix the hem yet. It will be a rather light sweater. I had to make the front from three pieces as taking the pockets off made some holes, and the ribbed panel at the front of the cardigan became the centre back of the back and the side panel in the front! I used a basic jersey block and left the sleeve seam intact and just reattached the sleeve at the armhole.
I did manage to get my cards made and printed in time for international post dates. When I used make my own cards first, I used make a lino or etched plate and print on the press (one year I even printed wrapping paper!), but in the last few years, I found the best cards were also the quick doodles/sketches I did in my notebook and since then, I do a drawing, scan and print…………..
my favourite card done in the last few years is still this one….. (I finished it in photoshop and I should have done it by hand) it reminds me of the ee cummings poem, I carry your heart in my heart
Merry Happy Christmas!