Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Back to regularly scheduled programming

Phase One of retiring to the boat is complete. We’ve successfully closed the sale of the house in St Louis and moved out.

Now I’m going to separate the blog content again, and keep this to the original intent, and that is to devote this space to Fiberarts.

All the lifestyle content will be available over at www.svfarniente.blogspot.com

So I may have mentioned that I injured my shoulder/back/neck while slamming in all the packing and moving. All that tension transferred down to my left arm and hand, and has seriously affected my ability to hold a needle.

What to do? Read?….yeah, well, if I were reading anything of substance that might be satisfactory. But I’ve read enough fiction in the last week that reads like Made-for-TV movies that I’m done with that for awhile. I need to create.

I may have mentioned a little over a year ago that I picked up a Bond Sweater Machine (knitting machine) on ebay. It stayed in the original packing until this week. I just never opened it.

Why? I don’t know. Anyway, I opened it several days ago and began reading the directions, and knit up a sample using the Spinnerin Wintuk acrylic yarn that came with it….gives you an idea how old this thing is!

It’s soooo easy, and honestly, it’s FUN! Unless I get into a lot of fuss and bother it only knits stockinette. That’s ok though.

Yesterday I set up the machine and knit the skirt portion of this darling little dress. Took it off the machine and transferred it to needles to hand knit the skirt border and the bodice. Set up to take off time: about 2 hours. And that’s because I had some challenges getting the first row to knit. I expect it’ll take me 6 hours or more to knit the rest of it by hand.

Pattern by Minnow Knits, Sunflower #186

Yarn – Luscious by Kollage, 63% cotton 37% nylon elastic.

Monday, March 15, 2010

former sewing room

former sewing room
Originally uploaded by mlweaving
The studio space is now back to being a basement.
In fact, at this point the table has been disassembled too.

The moving truck to take the furniture into storage will be here tomorrow at 7:00 AM.
Kinda hard to believe.

And, just so you know, this has been a lot harder, packing up, than either of us anticipated. Not the packing, although that's work, but the sorting and deciding what little we can keep. Then deciding where to put it has been the next chore.
So right now I'm a bit of an emotional wreck. I know I'll get past it.

sigh, back to sorting the contents of my closet, chest of drawers and nightstand. Dh just left to go to Goodwill with the SUV full of black plastic garbage bags containing most of our personal clothing and belongings.