after a little stutter start...where the ruffle got sewed to the waistband instead of the pants leg...I got into the groove----and then got smart. I made up a little 'kit' for my oldest granddaughter, and Rach and I will make a couple pairs of these together.
:: 4 pairs of capris + 1 sewing project kit
the CandyMan had a basketball game that took exactly
this long (with time allowed for some serious cheering---they lost by only 2 points after an early 13 point deficit.)
:: 1/2 pair of AG socks
The Bling's mommy asked her if she wanted Santa to bring her (fake) AG doll some clothes or things. Oh, NO. Grandma's making her clothes. That's all I want. YIKES. The pressure is sort of on, Grandma. (Grandma is clothing 3 AG dolls this season.) Off to the stash....maybe another coat....
the problem with working from the stash (sigh). When it became clear that I was seriously going to run out of yarn....I worked both sleeves at the same time....
then grabbed some pink for the cuffs. To make it look like this was the plan all along, I blanket stitched around the little jacket. OK. I think that worked. Now, it needs a hat.
OOPS. It didn't take long at all to figure out the pink wasn't going to make it (AGs have really big heads), so the hat had to turn into a headband.
I like it. But, the best part......I found some pink AG UGGS here!!! Now that's an outfit!!!
:: hat + headband + UGGS on order
PapaGeek had to get a couple things for an upcoming trip....and we decided to wander into the Art Gallery shop. Remember when we did this? I think the advantage/disadvantage of the bombee knowing who the bomber is...... they know who to call for more!! YAK needs a Santa hat for the season. With so many wonderful patterns 'out there' (have you taken a look at my Ravelry favorites lately???) I've never felt the need to do much designing. Sure, I tweek, adjust, amend patterns all the time, but never do the.....get-out-the-tape- measure-and-start-from-scratch thing.
:: woke up Saturday morning to the first real autumn morning...the kind of morning where you can don a sweater and wooly socks and not be shedding them by 10 am. I actually wore the sweater and socks ALL day. (I ditched the scarf sometime mid-morning) A little foresight, and I would have been quite happy with some fingerless mitts, too. It was glorious.
'Someone' else needed his scarf---
it had grown to nearly 22 feet; it was time to stop collecting pieces and to deliver it.
It wasn't exactly a surprise 'bomb'; PapaGeek had spilled the beans at Rotary a couple weeks ago, so the director was kind of expecting it sometime....he and the President of the art guild loved it. I think YAK did, too.
:: then off to the little fall festival at our farmers market. Some face painting and crafts for the little ones; the science guy was there blowing out the eyes, nose, and smile on a jack o' lantern (he nailed papaGeek--I think it was a mistake). Homemade Jam (a bluegrass group) was 'jammin'; there were samples of fall food (the sweet potato chili was so yummy I had to buy a bunch of sweet potatoes --that marketing worked well), and of course, all the end of season garden goodies---some ready to cook, some already canned. I love this time of year. (I know, just about every post I've written since mid July has had something to do with how much I love fall and can't wait for it to be here......now I'm afraid it's not going to last nearly long enough...ugh, I must stop wishing/dreading the weather and just live in the moment!)
:: Miss V and I followed that with a quick road trip to our favorite little lunch spot (she's recovering from shoulder surgery and really NEEDED a road trip!) and found ourselves buying...
yarn!! I bought just this one ball; she bought four and can't even knit for weeks. (Isn't that proof that yarn is a healing, comforting, soothing thing? another reason to keep a healthy stash handy--the fondle factor counts for a lot)
:: reception Saturday night at the Yeiser for Christine Wuenschel and Denise Stewart-Sanabria's Confrontations and Observations.
Yak was still smiling!!!
A very very special thanks to Valerie, Erin, Melissa, Genie, Leigh, Sandy, Adele, Vickie, Tien, Sophie, Tammy, and Cyntia for helping to make this scarf-thing happen!
I finally finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It really is a classic and I enjoyed it a lot. I started The Language of Flowers and have found myself pleasantly surprised that I've not only gotten caught up in the story, but in the fascinating use of flowers to project sentiments. (the zinnias in the picture are for all of you--'absent friends') It's proving a rather quick read, which is good because my pile of Yarnalong recommendations is HUGE!
On the needles....oh, my! I haven't been this excited about a project in a L-O-N-G time! I can't believe I didn't think of it; the idea belongs to my friend CoffeeGal Val (who has more creative ideas in more different mediums in her little finger than I'll ever have my whole life.) She's known I've wanted to yarn bomb something for a long time. But, it had to be just the right thing. Her idea? Meet our town's new YAC.
Our YAC (which stands for Yeiser Art Center) was created by local artist Theresa Perry, sculpted from styrofoam before being fiberglassed and painted. The hope, obviously, is to draw more attention to the local art center, to entice children (and adults) to their programs, but also to reenforce our committment to the ArtistRelocation Program that has been in place since 2000. He sits in the heart of our downtown on Market Square.
He needs a scarf. He NEEDS a scarf. (Probably a hat, too, but we'll start easy.)
I really felt this should be a community project, so I've been rallying my knitting friends all over town to help. Well, actually, I just started rallying this morning (about 30 seconds after I got Val's email--I'm more a do-er than a planner, so of course, I cast on before I made my first rally-plea!) I figure YAC is going to need between 15 and 18 yards of scarf. Our "guidelines" are: worsted wt yarn---CO 60 stitches---needle size 7-9--all garter stitch; any color or combination of colors welcomed; any fibers will do just fine. A couple of us will stitch the pieces together, maybe do a bit of embellishing and pompom-ing and hopefully in a couple weeks we'll have a warm and wooly YAC.
I've never asked for help from the knitting community at large before, but because we've lured artists to Paducah from all over the world, I thought some of you might actually WANT to be included in our effort to warm-up the YAC . Somehow, we'll add names and locations to the scarf.
I think he's smiling!!!!
If any of you would like to garter-stitch a couple inches to be included, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send you a snail mail address!!!