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Sandi Wiseheart

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  1. I’m Sandi, and all I want for last Christmas is to finish something. ANYTHING, but preferably something for me that I could wear. That sounds selfish but over the past few years I realized that I don’t have much of my own work to wear, not in the knittables department, anyway (I’m primarily a yarn person). I discovered that stuff I have knit previously either doesn’t fit any longer or went off to live with other people. (To be fair, I have a number of pairs of earrings and some necklaces that I wear that I have made/designed, but I really want some yarnly to wear!) I’m nearly done with a hoodie, as many of you know. I’ve got about a half-dozen rows left on the buttonband, and then a couple of seams to sew up, buttons to find and sew on, and maybe then I can post a pic of me wearing it. Here’s a photo of Tim using his tail to point out things he finds objectionable (at least that is what I think he’s doing).
  2. Thanks! I think Trello is so new to me that I don’t know enough to know what I need to ask. 🙂
  3. Well, it looks festive from here! And, for the record: I don’t believe I have ever seen a Chanukah festive garment of any sort (beyond the religious in-synagogue looks). I am thus deathly curious as to what constitutes “an ugly Chanukah sweater”. When things, uh....get less crazy....!!..then perhaps a photo of same would be fun, but NOT NOW. I’ve been thinking of you. Xo I’ll be doing some sewing-type crafting this weekend as well. Melody will be gone from 4 AM Friday to 10 PM Sunday, so I have to find ways to stay out of trouble, more or less... I’ve got the link to that serger in my Trello lists. (Trello, slooowwwly starting to figure it out and I think it’s brilliant, if I can nudge my brain to actually consult the dern thang now and then! LOL
  4. Slightly off-topic: Is that a holiday vest with light bulbs? OMG. I love holiday clothing that is festive without having to wear Elf Barf. Ahem. Anyway, really looking forward to this. I don’t have a serger yet, but I can see one in my not-too-distant future. I’m actually glad to have a chance to see how other folks use theirs before investing in one myself. I’ll have a better idea of what to look for. (Although, let’s be honest, I will probably end up purchasing the one Kim got because it seems everyone likes that one!)
  5. Melody’s Maple Granola is actually a year-round breakfast staple for us, but Melody makes batches for the local church Christmas Bazaar, so it’s sort of festive! You can obviously play with the ingredients to get a custom mix of your own! P.S. I have never put chocolate chips in this...but I have thought about it! (I hope the file download works. It took me a stupid amount of time to figure out that my ipad doesn’t like this particular task. Worked fine with my phone. Darn Gremlins.) High in protein and all tgat good stuff. Oh, and we use the darkest maple syrup we can get up here (super dark, delicious!) for the flavour. (Needless to say, for this recipe, ya gotta use the Real Stuff or the flavour will suffer.) Breakfast of swim champions and knitting sopranos. wiseheart-granola.pdf
  6. Thanks, @Carol! After washing, the scarf turned out to be incredibly soft. I showed it to my therapist (I like to start sometimes by showing whatever I am working on), and she kept petting it for several minutes. Then she kept it on her lap for a but as I talked, stroking it like a cat. She said it’s a good thing she dislikes pink so much. Ha! She did give it back but I could tell she really liked the feel of it. That’s a nice win, considering I used scrap yarn (worsted weight mercerized cabled cotton) for warp, and ordinary sock yarn for weft. I used a VERY firm beat as I wove. It’s not stiff material, though.
  7. More ends woven in. I think all the ends in the body section are accounted for. Both side seams now sewn. The hood is about 2” long by now. I tried it on. It’s going to be “roomy” given the 30-odd lbs I lost since finishing the body parts, but oh well. Given how easily this yarn breaks, I am not at all sure that this particular garment will be around very long. I’m not sure how fragile the knitted fabric is. I have more pics but the internet is wonky here tonight.
  8. I don’t have a photo, but the scarf has been washed and dried but not pressed yet. (I did end up adding some machine-stitching to the ends right at the base of the tiny fringes to help it all hold together better. So far so good.) As for the hoodie sweater: I have sewn one side seam, picked up stitches for the hood, and knit about 1.5’ of the hood so far. I also have been gradually weaving in ends, and I have finished about a quarter of those. (The yarn breaks easily, as it is a single; this has resulted in many broken ends mid-row and many unseemly words from my mouth!) That was a lot of ends, with more to do. No photo of that either, but I just felt like saying YAY after working on this for a couple of hours today.
  9. I think my “cowl” turned into a scarf... I hemstitched the ends, but I think I trimmed the fringes too close to the stitches. I am going to add some machine stitching to make sure it all stays together. Then I’m going to give it a good wash and dry and press. I’ll post another pic after that’s done.
  10. @Kuchylm, thank you! And now that I’ve done my AM chores, maybe I can let myself sit long enough to finish the last bit of the sleeve cap on sleeve #2. I only have 30 rows left (including bind off); and of course they are all short rows in which half are decrease rows. Sooo. I have 50 sts now, and need to decrease/bind off down to 20 for the final BO. Hmmm. Let’s see.
  11. I decided we needed a thread for posting victories/finished objects. A finished object is whatever you say it is. In other words, this is the place to crow about milestones as well as crossing the actual finish line. I’ll start: After months of not finishing anything, I finished a sleeve for the hoodie I am knitting. YAY. I have already completed both fronts and the back, as well as most of the second sleeve. Left to do: the sleeve cap of sleeve #2; the hood; the making-up; the edging and button bands; and weaving in ends—and blocking, of course. But I FINISHED SOMETHING.
  12. @Corrie: What @Kim Werker said! (I am bleary-eyed so will be considerably less eloquent.) I, too, thought, wow, she is STRONG when I was watching the practice video. I admire what you did: Discovering something that intrigued you, having the courage to sign up and even TRY, which is the hurdle I think a lot of folks (coughmecough) get stuck at. And even though it was REALLY hard at times, you ended up doing something wonderful! One of my take-aways from this is that if you stick with something through the difficult bits, if you manage to finish something you can feel good about, then that helps with overall self-esteem. (I don’t know if you said that exactly, but that’s what I got out of it.) One of the challenges for my own creative processes has been that I learned a very bad habit while showing up to work as Knitting Daily Sandi. I wrote 3 newsletters a week, and, when a new issue of the mag came out, I would write about the patterns, etc. One approach that I found readers liked was when I chose a pattern from the latest mag to knit for myself, and post about the yarn I chose, mods I made, etc. In reality, what would happen is that I would start these projects, and, because I am not a terribly fast knitter, I couldn’t/didn’t finish things before the next issue came out and the whole process would start again. I already had a tendency towards not finishing things, and the above process just reinforced that. I think it did become a habit, not finishing things, because just now, I looked back at my photos and Rav projects page, and, wow. I’ve only completed 3 projects in five years: Hiro (cardigan), completed 2014. I re-knit the collar Fall 2018. https://www.ravelry.com/projects/sandiwiseheart/hiro Ruth’s Leafy Mitts, 2016 https://www.ravelry.com/projects/sandiwiseheart/leaf-collectors-mitts Pansy hat, 2018, https://www.ravelry.com/projects/sandiwiseheart/pansy-garden-tam I have finished several small spinning projects, but nothing big. However, I have a dozen UFOs, at least, in various project bags and boxes around the house. I think finishing projects has just become a solid goal of mine. Not to put pressure on myself, but to give me something I can show off! I’m going to go get my headphones so I can watch your final performance, Corrie!
  13. Brava! Brava! I love it! @Corrie this is amazing! (I’m watching from my hotel room at Rhinebeck, btw.) You are so controlled and graceful in your movements. The dismount was really good, smooth and natural-looking. I also liked (not sure about the right terms) the “designs” you created with the hammock/ribbon as you wrapped it around limbs as you did various poses and movements. So well done! Yay!!!
  14. I love the hair, @Corrie! I like that you put little streaks of grey in there as well, because Bride of Frankenstein. 😉. You could go a little heavier on the white hair streaks if you wanted to. I have no idea what a BumpIt is, nor why you would want three in your hair. But hey, what do I know?
  15. Stitch marker cases? You could sort your markers by however you sort them (mine are by type and then size) into different cases and mark the outside of the case somehow. Or if the cases come in different colours/shapes—even better. . . . Is it weird to sort one’s stitch markers? I just assumed everyone does this...but maybe not? If it is weird, then I totally own my weirdo status. 😎
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