Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Vegetarian Breakfast Skillets

Two breakfast diners, two skillets:
Both have onions, peppers, vegetarian apple-sage sausage from Field Roast, and a handful of packaged broccoli slaw. An egg for DS2's and leftover peas & mushrooms for mine and we were good to go -  - with the addition of a few slices of leftover baked tofu and blueberry/mango smoothies.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Afghans for Afghans, Finished!

Finally, buttons are attached, tails are woven, everything is blocked.

I don't love the necklines of the vests, which might be why I hid them away  set them aside in the first place. The pattern is from Knitting for Peace, which is a lovely book with good patterns, but my suggestion when knitting these side-to-side vests is to be aware that you are decreasing a neckline, and do it loosely.

I'm happy to get these off in the mail for their deadline of May 13. I started another vest (different pattern!) but know better than to hold these up waiting for it to be finished!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Afghans for Afghans

This morning's work: Finishing work on two vests, one "little" boy and one teen, for Afghans for Afghans. The current campaign requested some specific items and sizes, and I had already started these vests and forgot about them when they were put away during a renovation. The finding of projects begun is a blessing and a curse, no? You wonder how you could have left them unfinished, forgotten, while acknowledging a head start on something!
Knitters who use the Elizabeth Zimmerman method in Fee's Sweater Workshop will recognize my notebook of calculations for a child's sweater.
Two vests and the beginning of a sweater. The vests need to be stitched at the shoulders and then picked up around the edges, forming a finish at the waist and buttonholes for the front.
I decided to add a sweater to my package, a child's size 10 pullover, crew neck. Done in the round from the bottom up with no seaming it's a fast knit and results in a lovely sweater. I finally found a good chart of measurements needed for raglan sweaters since I don't have an actual size 10 child here to measure. The chart is here in the Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan Sweater pattern at Woolworks. I haven't used the instructions, relying instead on the no-pattern method from the Sweater Workshop, but it is handy and includes a chart of yardage estimates.

Please refrain from pointing out that during the time it has taken to create this blog post, I could have stitched a few seams. Procrastination of seam finishing is probably what put the vests out of sight in the first place.