I pray this situation resolves very soon. I have had my son living with me a few times. The last time he and his young daughter were living with me. It was very hard on me physically as well as financially to help with her. We survived and it helped our relationship. Now, he is getting married for the first time at 41. He now has custody of his son who is 13 and his daughter who is 5, each by different mothers. This lady has two daughters and if she could she would adopt his children at the drop of a hat. At detriment to me, I have always put my family first and I am paying for it with my health. Only you know what is right for you to do in this situation. I pray that God will bless you for your decision.
I know that my knit stitches are tighter than my purl stitches. Over the years I have improved in getting them closer in tension. I find that if I concentrate on really working to get the tension the same, I do not enjoy working on a project nearly as much. It has been a result of just practice that the two have become closer. I am perfectionistic tendencies and I have just had to work to let those tendencies not keep me from having fun with knitting. I knit lots of dishcloths because I like the small projects and using different patterns. The friends to whom I have given the cloths have appreciated them and have been in awe that I would give them such a gift. So, I have had no complaints from those who usually do not know much about critism of the fun. When I get the statement that the cloth is too pretty to use, I tell them that when the cloth is worn out, I will make the person another one. Some use them more as a decorative piece. So it's a win/win situation for each of us. So, I'm learning not to worry about the difference in the tension nearly as much as I once did. Unless it is obvious in something that will really show such as a garment, I don't concern myself to the point of worry. Good discussion topic.
How adorable! I hope you have a child who can play with them. If not, the outfits are perfect and I hope you enjoy them. At the end of 2017, I ordered the yarn (correct weight that I did not have in my stash) to make my granddaughter some dolls and outfits for Christmas 2018. The yarn is still on top of box of yarn in my sewing room. Jessica will turn 6 in July, so she's not too old by any stretch of the imagination for me to work on the project for birthday or Christmas this year. Her half sister got an American doll from me this year. She selected a native American doll. I had asked her mom if she would like some "regular" clothes and didn't get much feedback. She is 10. I didn't get to see her at Christmas because she was with her dad when they came to visit me. So, when I saw her a few weeks ago, I asked the girl and she lit up when I asked her if she would like some knit and sewn clothes. So, now I have some new projects that appear will be appreciated. When my daughter was doll age, she didn't like to dress her dolls. She took their shoes and socks off and all her dolls were barefoot. One year I worked and worked to make twin outfits for Cabbage Patch twin dolls and she did not play with them. I wasn't sure that she would ever have children as she seemed to have no interest in dolls. Now she has two boys and is a great mom. You never know. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.
I'm glad that you have been able to knit. I lost my husband 5.5 years ago and I have not been able to touch my sewing machine since. I do knit some - usually just dish cloths. I have given most of them to widows in my widows group at church. They have been a big hit. I also knit some preemie hats from time to time. I have recently been suffering from MDD (major depression disorder) and haven't even touched my knitting needles for three months at a time. My friends realize how seriously depressed I am when I don't knit at all - even a row or two a day. I don't know if you have a Grief Share in your area or not. It is for anyone who has suffered a loss, not just a spouse. It is a wonderful group. I have made a couple of wonderful friendships of ladies who are like sisters that I never had. We check on each other every day to make sure that the other is OK. Now someone makes sure that we each get home safely. Someone cares about us. We have taken each other to doctor's appointment as needed. We are family since none of us has other family in town. God bless you.
I only got 14 and I'm probably over 50% British. I was born as a US citizen. I probably couldn't pass a US citizen test either though.
Wonderful job. At times I get "a bee in my bonnet" and knit preemie hats. My daughter's two sons were each preemies so I have a special place in my heart for preemies. There is always a need for baby hats. I love to knit them as I watch TV.
Great job! I love the school bus yellow. You are wise to make it so that he can wear it two winters. Do you have a pattern to suggest for the raglan sleeve? I love how raglan sleeves fit and I love not having to set them into the sweater. He is a cutie!! i'd love to make sweaters for my grandchildren for Christmas next year, if I can get my knitting mojo back. I haven't picked up my needles in two months. Maybe having a purpose such as that would do the trick. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.
Think what it might be like not to have a spouse any more. I lost my husband 5 1/2 years ago. I miss him every day.
Love them both, Years ago when I was in college, for one of my math ed classes, I made a mobius dress. My friend was taking the class for graduate credit and I was taking it for undergrad credit. We had the same professor, and he gave her the assignment and so not to have her outdo me, I made a dress also. He seemed surprise that I made one also and never said a word, per se. It was fun. It was back in the early '70's. I have not done any mobius knitting. Yours is beautiful and I bet it was fun. Now I have something else to add to my to-do list.
Linda, Thanks for the information. The hat is beautiful is the dual colors and the scarf is great, too! I just downloaded the free pattern.
You might try contacting a shop that sells smocking patterns even if they are for smocking machines. Someone at the shop might be willing to assist you. Sorry I haven't smocked in over 30 years and I only did smocking by using a pleating machine so I cannot help you. I think the idea of a smocking guild or a needle arts guild is a great idea. You might be surprised if you just ask, there are many people with hidden talents and hidden patterns in the attic. If I had someone to do the lifting, I think my daughter's old dress patterns (non-smocking) are in the attic in the back somewhere. She's now 38. They may be in tatters. When I was in graduate school about 10 years ago, I did drag out her Cabbage Patch dolls for a presentation. I used a different one to represent a different type of student. The dolls were quite a hit and added interest. My professor asked me where I found the dolls and then answered her own question. I wish I could help you. I don't know where you live. If need be, you might find a guild online and then contact the guild via email and get help that way. I don't know your timeframe. Good luck!
Some people may not have been taught that if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all.
After reading the many posts of agreement of how unkind it is for others to be unkind in their comments about our hobbies, I'd like to share a recent experience on the other side. Our new sermon series is on Lost and Found. All of us have suffered losses in our life. We each will have unthinkable losses in our life. The pastor wanted to make the widows aware of the widow ministry in our church that is available to any widow in the community, not just our church. A video technician from the church came to the night meeting last month and shot a bit of video and some snippets of it were shown last Sunday and then Melissa who heads the widow ministry joined the pastor on stage so she would be a face with which others could connect. Melissa asked many of us to come for the video shooting. I had been planning to make dishcloths for the day group which I usually attend, but I had not made enough for that group. I decided to take what I had made for the evening meeting. There were enough for the group with two extra. I had wonderful comments about how my work; my talent; my generosity; etc. My friends have commented that I am lucky to have this talent to help me do something with my time so that I am not lonely. So many of them feel lonely. Yes, I felt lonely for a long time. I used to just sit and do nothing. At first I lost 40 pounds, which I have yo-yo'd and lost and found many of the pounds. Now I'm content and I have to say that knitting is one on the things that has helped. I've only had negative comments about dishcloths as a gift once. I did give some dishcloths and towels as some gifts to a ladies retreat at a different church once. A lady made a comment that she wanted something nice not something that was work. I never gave another thing to that church's retreats again. Perhaps I should not have been swayed by the comments of one lady, but if the gift was not appreciated, I was not going to spend my time and effort where it was not appreciated. So, my point is that there are friends who will tell you that you are talented and they appreciate your talents. I never know what is in the mind of someone who is negative, just as the woman who made the negative comment to me. Does it evoke a childhood memory? Does it remind the person of a failed attempt in the person? Some people still have to say something negative to someone else to try to make themselves look better to themselves, even though it has the opposite effect on us. No matter what a person's skill level is, a person who is engaged in a hobby is engaging the brain, using skills, hopefully staying calmer, and enjoying life. Focus on the benefits of having a hobby - it's good for the soul!
Eggbert is absolutely adorable. Is this your design? I have a 4 year old granddaughter that would love him. She and her dad lived with me for 2 years. She saw some Yarn and told me she liked it and asked me to make her a hat.
I have had no problem with it. I wonder if it might be that I am not a fast knitter. I have knit scarves and hats using magic loop.