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I finished a shrug!

damascusannie's picture

I've been working on this shrug for my daughter since last spring and finished it last night, just in time for her birthday today. It's Encore worsted weight and she picked the openwork pattern. I designed it myself--not too hard! BTW--I also took this opportunity to learn a new skill in my photo editing software: saving a picture in a web-friendly size.

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie


Edited 11/13/2008 12:20 pm by damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
Katina's picture

(post #29367, reply #1 of 87)

Beautiful, Annie. I use a lot of Encore - great colors, economical, knits up well, wears well. Suddenly I'm thinking shrugs for gifts - thanks!


Katina

damascusannie's picture

(post #29367, reply #2 of 87)

I really like Encore, too. Shrugs are great. They knit up faster than sweaters but make a nice change from hats and mittens as gifts. I'm hoping to knit a couple for two of my other girls for Christmas.

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
Katina's picture

(post #29367, reply #3 of 87)

Err, impolite question - do you actually ever sleep?!

damascusannie's picture

(post #29367, reply #4 of 87)

Certainly! But I quilt during the day and knit in the evenings. I'm a bit of a twitchy person, so it's good for me to keep my hands busy. The shrugs should work up fast in worsted weight on fairly large needles.

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie


Edited 11/13/2008 5:42 pm by damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
Josefly's picture

(post #29367, reply #5 of 87)

Very pretty and cozy-looking. Is it knit all in one piece, without any seaming necessary, as it looks? I'm not a knitter, but would like to learn.

damascusannie's picture

(post #29367, reply #6 of 87)

Yes, it is knitted "in the round" without seams. I hate sewing up seams later.

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
Katina's picture

(post #29367, reply #7 of 87)

We're members of the same club.


Katina


 

Gloriasews's picture

(post #29367, reply #8 of 87)

Very nice, Annie, & pretty colour.  Looks cosy, too.  Your daughter should get a lot of use out of it.


Gloria

ThreadKoe's picture

(post #29367, reply #9 of 87)

Bravo Annie!  Nice shrug, nice pictures, nice girl!  Feels good to get a UFO done I'll bet.  Cathy

damascusannie's picture

(post #29367, reply #10 of 87)

It always feels good to finish a UFO. I'm knitting the second sock in the pair I'd started a couple of weeks ago on the new needles and LOVING them! They are smoother than my wood or bamboos, but not so slick that they slip out of the socks when I set them down. I really like the 6" length, too.

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
ThreadKoe's picture

(post #29367, reply #11 of 87)

Bonus!  A UFO on new toys!  I am working my way through a mending pile right now. :(  Stuff that should have been done last spring before things got packed away.  Then I am putting that invisible zip in!  It is NOW or NEVER time Girls!   Cathy

damascusannie's picture

(post #29367, reply #12 of 87)

Mending? I've heard people talk about doing it, but I have NO idea what it is. (giggle)

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
ThreadKoe's picture

(post #29367, reply #13 of 87)

Um, let's see, fixing clothing that has had seams come undone due to poor thread.  DH's pants that have had the back seam split, (an ongoing problem with his workpants), buttons to be sewn back on because they were not sewn on properly in the first place,  holes in DH's work clothes.  Come to think of it, the pile is mostly HIS!  He is hard on his work clothes!  I refuse to buy new ones he is just going to destroy just as quickly as mended ones! 


I would rather make from scratch than mend, but sometimes......    Cathy

damascusannie's picture

(post #29367, reply #14 of 87)

My husband is hard on his clothes, too, but since he works construction, he only wears button-up shirts for good and jeans for work. By the time the jeans need mending, they are pretty well worn out and he just gets new ones. It was different when we were farming because he'd often snag his jeans on barbed wire, so I would patch that sort of thing.

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
ThreadKoe's picture

(post #29367, reply #15 of 87)

DH spends a fair amount of time walking the fields, checking the crops, marking and cutting fenceline trees, picking rocks from the fields.  He has heavyduty workclothes because of it.  There can't be any small cuts or tears that could catch in the machinery.  So I spend a lot of time mending them.  Better safe than sorry.  Even the tiniest rip can catch in the PTO.   He likes the workshirts and heavy jackets, and the fencelines sure do a number on them!   Cathy

damascusannie's picture

(post #29367, reply #16 of 87)

Yep--typical hazards of farming. Construction just doesn't seem to cause quite as much damage to Jeff's clothes as farming used to.

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
MaryinColorado's picture

(post #29367, reply #26 of 87)

Maybe you should send him out the door with a roll of duct tape!  (when I worked in an office I was always in charge of the "emergency sewing kit", I think if I lived on a working farm, I'd keep duck tape handy.) 


I shop at the Army/Navy Surplus stores for those heavy duty items like Carharts, it saves a few pennies.   They quit selling women's bib overalls here, so last time I was in Illinois I went to the Farm stores and had my choice of several styles at great prices.  I bought long ones and short ones.    They are so comfy I don't think I'll ever get "too old" to wear them.  I "should" embroider on them to make them more feminine though, just for fun like I did in my old "hippie" days. 

ThreadKoe's picture

(post #29367, reply #29 of 87)

I buy mega rolls of the stuff on a regular basis!  You would be amazed what you can fix with that and baler twine in a pinch.


Even bubblegum!  We were planting 25 acres of hay seed one year, when the seedbox developed a fine hole that the very fine seed just kept pouring through.  We handed out sticks of gum for the kids to chew to the really sticky stage.  We patched all the holes we could find, then smoothed them over best as we could.  The seeds stuck to the gum and stopped the flow.  It was a quick and easy fix in the field.  At $7.00/lb you do not want to waste an ounce.     Cathy

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #29367, reply #32 of 87)

ha ha ha!  Love that one!  If "Necessity is the mother of invention", you are must be "necessity's" mother!  Way to go, lady!!! 

Josefly's picture

(post #29367, reply #28 of 87)

Invisible zipper - yes! You may be surprised how easy it is, compared to the lapped versions. Good luck.

I finally tried my hand at sewing knits!...something I've been putting off for ages and ages, thinking my old machine just wouldn't do a satisfactory job. I bought a mock turtle-neck, right color, wrong style, and cut off the neck, making it a moderate scoop, cut a strip off the bottom of the shirt to make the neck-line band, sewed it on with a slight zig-zag, then top-stitched the seam down using a double needle. Re-hemmed the shirt and the cut-off sleeves with the double-needle. Success. I'm so proud, and so excited to know I can now do something with all those knits in my stash.

ThreadKoe's picture

(post #29367, reply #33 of 87)

I had finally got the invisible zipperfoot for my machine...but misplaced it!:(  Put it away safely while the studio was being cleaned and refreshed.  Now I cannot find it.  I thought I put it one place, and it was not there.  Swiss cheese memory at work again.  Found a few other things that had been "Lost", but not what I am looking for...


Going to bite the bullet and put the darn thing in without it.  Need to move forward.  I also found a couple of really cute doll/clown patterns that I purchased years ago.  Going to make them for my step neices and nephews for christmas.  Need something fun to work on.  Cathy

Josefly's picture

(post #29367, reply #37 of 87)

I like to use my regular zipper foot to install the invisible. I'm pretty sure there's a video tip on invisible zipper installation, using a regular zipper foot, on the Threads site.

Your doll/clowns DO sound fun (sorry for the caps, wish I had italics). You have lots of room for creativity there, yes?


Edited 11/16/2008 1:58 pm ET by Josefly

ThreadKoe's picture

(post #29367, reply #38 of 87)

Yes, I have seen regular zipper foot insertion videos and instructions.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?


Yes, the doll patterns are similar to each other, but the clothing varies.  I should be able to mix and match to hearts content.  Lots of room for creativity.  I should be able to use up lots of scraps as well.  Cathy

JeanM's picture

(post #29367, reply #39 of 87)

There is a way.    Just click on the I above the message typing area.  (Or isn't that what you mean?)

Josefly's picture

(post #29367, reply #44 of 87)

Hmm. I can't find an I above the message area. I have such a selection in my email message area, but not here. Do you? Would that be a function of the browser?

JeanM's picture

(post #29367, reply #46 of 87)

Josefly, I clicked on Reply at the bottom of your message and the box comes up to type a reply.  Just above the box, in blue, is a B, an I, and a U.  You don't have that?  I thought everyone saw the same thing.  Hmmm.  I use IE7.  Does the browser control that?  I thought this site does.  Can't one day go by where I don't have to learn something, 'cause these days  it's getting close to "one item in, one item out"!

damascusannie's picture

(post #29367, reply #48 of 87)

The B, I and U don't pop up when I hit Reply either--and I have a Mac. Instead there's a row of blue boxes under the message and signature boxes. To include a picture, I have to click on the "Attach Files" box and follow the directions in the window that comes up.

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
JeanM's picture

(post #29367, reply #50 of 87)

Thank you for commenting.  Now I know and can let others know who have the same situation.  First thing I'll ask is if they have a Mac.


I do read your posts, have checked out your site and machines, and did admire your shawl.  I have not commented because I thought Geez, this poor gal must be on here 24/7---does she need more posts to read?  Of course, if you didn't want to be so helpful, you wouldn't, right?  You are so busy that you might be eligible for the prize (see the comment in my profile).  Thanks again.

damascusannie's picture

(post #29367, reply #53 of 87)

don't worry about posting--I can type pretty fast. 8^)

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
Josefly's picture

(post #29367, reply #57 of 87)

Thanks, Annie, for checking out this mystery with me and JeanM. Do you mind saying which browser you use on your Mac?