MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, October 11, 2019

A finish - of sorts, kinda, maybe

I started this sweater for our oldest grandson last Christmas and got bogged down for two reasons.... #1 - it was going to be too big and #2 - I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to make the hood look right.  So it got put in the time out box until recently when I decided it was either finish or frog time.  I took the hood off and just replaced it with a simple ribbing around the neck.  


And - I also finished these....four pairs of sleep pants for #2 son and daughter-in-love.  



It's impossible to take decent pictures of lounge pants!!  So, they're simply in a pile so you can at least see my fabric choices.  All flannelette.   Men's are made using McCall's 4244 and women's are McCall's 4979.  


- Have a look at the eye candy found HERE.

- Some great ideas for your fall decor can be found HERE.

- Two easy ideas for storing your bobbins HERE

Today's quote...."The rest of your life could be the best of your life"

27 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who puts knitting aside for various reasons. I am finishing a couple of little sweaters myself. It's not only quilts that end up as UFOs around here. I'm working on them slowly - both the knitting ones and the quilting ones. That sweater is a nice pattern and it's fortunate for your grandson that you saved it.

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    1. I don't normally put things in a time out and tend to finish them....or totally scuttle them. This was a rare exception. Glad it's done and on it's way outta here!

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  2. The sweater looks great and I bet your grandson has grown quite a bit since last year so the sizing will be just right now too!! Cute fabrics for the sleep pants! Have a great weekend! Christine xx

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    1. Yes, he's most definitely grown so hopefully it will fit him this year. I can't credit the pattern designer because I've totally lost it somewhere (might have gotten rid of it knowing I couldn't make it come together properly).

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  3. The jumper looks good with the crew collar...I'm not sure if I saw the hood in an earlier post. The casual pants will be appreciated with winter coming on.

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    1. I don't think I showed this sweater before (altho' it's quite possible!). My kids love the sleep/lounge pants and it seems I'm 'on' for repeats as they wear them out.

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  4. Great work Mary Anne! It’s nice to have a finish!
    The sleep pants look good too!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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    1. YEs, it's great to have a finish, particularly when it's something I've had in the time out corner for far too long.

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  5. Nice sweater. Eye candy pictures are gorgeous

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    1. I would love to be able to make landscapes like those!

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  6. You found the perfect solution for the sweater! And the sleep pants look so comfy. Fantastic work, as always!

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    1. Thanks Renee. I'm just glad I was able to salvage the sweater and didn't have to do an entire re-knit.

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  7. Are you quite sure you don't have a magic want hiding away. I am always amazed as to the amount of pretties you finish in such little time. Love that sweet jumper. It is perfect for a little boy.

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    1. I very rarely sit idle - drives me nuts - so I'm always working on something. Sewing is done throughout the day and then I switch over to knit/crochet in the evenings in front of the tv. So, sad to say, no magic wand - it's just called getting bored easily!

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  8. That low tolerance for boredom causes great productivity. And skill, from all the practice. Lovely stuff, again.

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    1. I've never been able to sit and actually do nothing - other than in the car (as a passenger, not the driver...lol). I can last about ten minutes and then I start getting antsy.

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  9. Hi Maryanne beautiful finishes my friend ,love your grandson's jumper,hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend xx

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    1. Thank you m'dear - it's a long w'end here (Canadian Thanksgiving).

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  10. What nice gifts you've made there. I sometimes put projects in time out and later I can think with a clearer head whether they will work, or if they need to go (or be frogged). :)

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    1. I don't very often put anything into a time out - it's either finished or trashed and I get on with something else. This one hung on for two reasons - I hated to frog all that knitting and (probably even more to the point) I completely forgot about it.

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  11. Wish I was as far along on my Christmas gifts. You're such a talented knitter.

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    1. I make most of my gifts so I have to start early! Plus we have a new wee grandson arriving the end of the January and I simply HAVE to do my grandmotherly duty and make him some things! Hmmm - as for being a talented knitter, not so much! If it's a complicated pattern I steer clear.....simple is my thing.

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  12. Little mystery: your Thanksgiving post shows up in my feed -- Happy Thanksgiving! -- but when I click on the link I get an error message saying the post doesn't exist.

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    1. Hah hah. Sorry about that! I accidentally hit 'publish' and had forgotten that I needed to add the quiet book pictures. Had to wait until this morning to have the right light to use the camera. It's there now....sorry to confuse you!

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  13. Worth waiting for!

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  14. Excellent finishes dear. Your Christmas gift giving is truly completing long ahead of hectic pressure season. I love handmade practical gifts for loved ones and friends. You are such an inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Sherry. I think I'm pretty much done with Christmas making - other than a few little things. Now I can play with things that are baby-sized!

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