Stocking Progress and a SAL

First, I have joined some very talented people in an interesting SAL.  I have done SALs (Stitch-A-Longs) before – where each person participating stitches the same design over a period of time.  Those a super fun,  This one is different…I get to choose something that I am currently working on and post my progress every three weeks.  Then link up to the other people in the SAL so we can all share our progress with each other and with others.  I am looking forward to this as hopefully it will keep me on track.  I have chosen the Candy Cane Santa Stocking that I started mid-July for my son.  This is my first post for this SAL and I am excited to be joining!IMG_0824

This is where I am right this minute.  This is the header where my son’s name will be stitched.img_0745

This is where I was not too long ago.img_0744

This is the pattern I am stitching.  I am hoping to finish this by the end of the year so my son can use it at Christmas time.

If you get a chance, please take a look at these lovely blogs and check out the progress on some fantastic projects!

Avis,ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineMary MargaretTimothyHeidi,

Chocolate and Raspberries

My 15 year old son saw this recipe in the latest issue of the Family Fun Magazine and had to give it a go.

I helped wash.

I helped wash.

Gathering the chocolate!

Gathering the chocolate!

Working away.

Working away.

This is actually the 2nd bowl of raspberries!

This is actually the 2nd bowl of raspberries!

I just barely had time to take this one last photo.

I just barely had time to take this one last photo.

Both bowls disappeared in less than 30 minutes!!  A win!

15

Someone in our home turned 15!  I keep getting blindsided by these growing kids.  15 years old just seems so…well…old.  He’ll be driving in a year!

Belgium Waffles with whipped cream for breakfast.

Belgium Waffles with whipped cream for breakfast.

Super duper chocolate cake for dessert after dinner.

Super duper chocolate cake for dessert after dinner.

It was all about him today.  He had his favorite breakfast, favorite lunch (Chipotle), favorite dinner (steak, potatoes and salad) and favorite dessert.  I think he had a good day!

Name Pillows

Every year, for Christmas, I make our family individual gifts.  I have made scarves, hats, mittens, blankets (that was a crazy year!!! 5 twin size and 1 king size blanket in one year), jewelry, jammies, etc.  This year I made Name Pillows!  I made one for each of my kids, one for my husband and one for my niece.

The hubby.

The hubby.

#1 Child.

#1 Child.

#2 Child.

#2 Child.

#3 Child.

#3 Child.

#4 Child.

#4 Child.

#5 Child.

#5 Child.

Niece.

Niece.

IMG_6462 - Version 2 IMG_6465 - Version 2They are really not very hard to make.  I’ll try to write up the tutorial in a few days to share with you!

 

Ta Daa! Second Time Around

So… I was so excited to finish Ty’s sweater.  It was exactly as he wanted it down to the extra long sleeves to cover his hands while he was riding his bike to school in the morning.  The mornings can be a little cold for his fingers.  I blogged about that Ta Da here:

https://stitchingirlblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/ta-daa/  The final pictures were taken right before he left for school that day.  He came home that afternoon as usual and nothing appeared out of whack.  UNTIL….the next morning when he wouldn’t put on the sweater.  Hmmm.  I asked him about it and he finally told me that I had been right and the sleeves were too long for him.  The sweater was uncomfortable.  ACK!!!  I knew this was going to happen, but I made it to order anyway.  I let the sweater sit in time out for a couple of days and then started the arduous task of taking it apart.

Taking out the underarm seams.

Taking out the underarm seams.

The first step was to take out the underarm seam.  I sewed this together under the arm from wrist to waist.  I only undid the seam to just below where the sleeve attached to the sweater.  Then of course I needed to take out the seam attaching the sleeve to the sweater.  I did this to both sides.

One sleeve separated from the sweater.

One sleeve separated from the sweater.

While waiting outside of an Oboe lessons for K, I took the sleeve off the sweater.

First sleeve totally off.  Time to do more measuring!

First sleeve totally off. Time to do more measuring!

After the first sleeve was removed, I had Ty try it on and we measured how long the sleeve “should” be.  I measured several times just to make sure!

Getting "live" stitches back from a cast off edge.

Getting “live” stitches back from a cast off edge.

It took a little bit of doing, but the cast off edge was finally back on the needles.  I’m not quite sure why I did it this way.  I guess I was afraid that if I didn’t get it all back on the needles, the sleeve would start unraveling unevenly.

Live stitches waiting to be ripped out.

Live stitches waiting to be ripped out.

5 1/2 inches of ripping to be done.

5 1/2 inches of ripping to be done.

We needed to rip and rip and rip back a total of 5 1/2 inches.

Some of the yarn that was "un-knit".

Some of the yarn that was “un-knit”.

As the sleeve was ripped back, I rolled the yarn into balls.  I can use it for something else.

Both sleeves detached.

Both sleeves detached.

Such a sad sight indeed!

2nd "Ta Daa" moment!

2nd “Ta Daa” moment!

I guess the 2nd time around is a charm this time!  He totally loves it and check out that sleeve length – Just Right!

The sweater visiting the beach :o)

The sweater visiting the beach :o)