Monday, June 25, 2012

What's been happening

I have been absent for quite a few weeks. Here is the main reason.

Grandchild #9 arrived on June 7, one day before her parents' tenth wedding anniversary. Sarah Elena weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and is a very welcome sister to Hannah (9), Jacob (9), Ben (6), Joe (4) and Isaac (almost 2). Her mom is still getting used to having a second girl after four boys.

I was with them for three weeks, helping out with cooking and entertaining the kids, and drove back home over the weekend. The car's air conditioning was malfunctioning, so Friday was an extremely hot day. Thank goodness, the weather became overcast and rainy for the remainder of the drive, otherwise Teddy (my dog) and I would have been prostrate from heat exhaustion.

I have been sewing, just not posting any photos. I made another summer shirt in navy linen, and a pair of cream pants using Katherine Cheetham's pattern for Pull On Pants. Smart patterns, those Petite Plus Patterns. No alterations needed. I should sew up more of them.

Also knitting. I finished the red sweater and it is blocked, now lying in pieces waiting to be sewn up. And I started another sweater, this time knitting in the round from the bottom up. Plus I knit baby blankets for Sarah Elena. Not that she needs them; everyone got blankets for this new baby. I will post some pictures later.


  1. Congratulations on grandchild number 9! That is just awesome!

  2. Congratulations on grandchild number 9. Happy to hear that everyone is well and you had time with her and the family.

  3. Welcome back. What happy news!

  4. Congratulations! That is wonderful news!
    Julie; I am sorry I did not reply to your comment earlier... I did not pre-treat my silk hessian before using. Is your matka an old sari, or a new piece? My (in-expert!) opinion is that if it is old or second hand then I would give it a gentle hand wash, and if it is new fabric from a good source then I would think it is good to go... I hope this helps! Thank you for your query. :)

    1. thanks Carolyn, it is new yardage, I will go with your advice and sew it up! if it shrinks when cleaned, it won't matter much as the pattern is boxy.