Thursday, October 8, 2009


I couldn't think of a nicer title.  October is such a nice month, isn't it?  We haven't gotten snow yet, but things are getting cozy; there's the anticipation of the holidays and most of all, sweaters.  I love sweaters.  I can't wait to make myself a really awesome sweater.  I'm not saying that will happen anytime soon.  But let's just go ahead and start with that.  I am making the February Lady Sweater, as previously stated, and I will show you my progress here... 

Bad as this picture is, I think the sweater looks nice.  In the picture.  I am not really sure it is going to fit like I pictured in my mind, I think it might be really loose.  So do I finish it and call it my first sweater, or do I care that it fits and I'll want to wear it forever?  I don't know.  I definitely would prefer for the garter stitch to end higher up than what I did, and I think the sleeves are going to be huge, so this tells me I could have ended that section a few inches sooner.  Live and learn.  I am torn, so moving on to the third option: put it down and start something new!  The something new is almost done, though, so I am going to have to decide.

With all the big events of the last few weeks, and the flu floating around our house, I feel a bit discombobulated.  However, I think I'm over the worst of the flu, and with the steady drizzle outside, it feels like a good day to get some things in order.  I did get the living room decorated for October, complete with spiderwebs all over the fireplace, and a sign on the door that says, Enter if you dare!  Now that my sister has moved out, it is time to move all my sewing, knitting, art, back into my room.  And I have something new to put in there, as well.  You might remember we had some unexpected house guests last year.  Cousin Debra called to tell me her mom, Aunt Ruthie, had passed away and did I want my great-grandmother's sewing machine?  Of course I do!  I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with it, but I couldn't pass up this opportunity.  It still works, too!  Again, not the best picture, but I could not move this thing outside to get better light.  It's so heavy; I can carry my modern machine with one hand!  If you click on the picture, you can see a little more detail.   

I mentioned my mother-in-law won some alpaca yarn at the fairgrounds recently.  She has become vert interested in the alpacas, and I have gone to a couple of open houses with her in the past week.  I have learned more about spinning, roving, plying, and so on.  Wouldn't that be great to have my own connections to some great yarn?  She asked if I'm interested in spinning.  I am interested; we'll have to see where this goes.

I went to the first book club meeting and found that, while we were reading half the book, most people went ahead and finished it!!  I had not.  We are meeting again at the "end" of this book, and switching to meeting once a month.  I am only now past halfway, but enjoying the book.  It's definitely not what I expected! 

I hope you are all staying nice and warm.  It's cold here today; it's supposed to be warm tomorrow, cold on Saturday.  Ah, Colorado!


Nana said...

Sounds like you are really up & running after a busy week and sick family. You have so many exciting interests - now spinning! : ) I knew that book would surprise you!!

Thimbleanna said...

Love the new October orange! Love the sweater too -- really doesn't look bad from here -- I love that pattern. I'd love to make one, but a little hesitant. I wouldn't mind at all where the garter stitch ended up on the chest. And WOW! How lucky to have your g-grandmother's sewing machine -- what a treasure!

Candace said...

Your new header is wonderful, Karen! I love the sweater - especially the color! I would keep making it as is and wear it over turtlenecks - I think it looks great!
How wonderful to have your great-grandma's machine - it looks exactly like my grandma's - she was a tailor.
If you ever want to know more about spinning, my friend raises alpacas and spins their yarn - she can give you some great advice!