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A Wool Gathering - Part 3, What I did on the way to the fair (Apron Project) PLUS "My New Grandbaby"

As many of you remember, back in June our guild decided to do something we are calling "The Apron Project". Each member gets or makes an apron, then they do something to embellish their apron, they they pass it off to one of the other guild members, and that guild member also does something to embellish the apron... we continue this process until each person has embellished each apron. We can pretty much do whatever we want to do, but hopefully it will be something utilizing an animal fiber.

Once all aprons are completed, we will submitting them to the local French Art Colony for an exhibit hopefully during May for Mother's Day.

As you may recall, I purchased a "vintage" apron at a local antique store, and using some off white yarn that I had spun from Corriedale wool, I knitted lace and sewed it around the collar and across the pocket.

Here is my original apron with the lace attached:

At the last guild meeting we finally exchanged aprons, and I took the apron that Marlene, our guild leader and felting artist had created... well, actually it was not even an apron. Marlene has a problem utilizing tools. She cannot sew, cannot knit, cannot crochet, and even though she can spin, prefers wet felting to anything else. Oh well, each to her own.

Marlene created a piece of fabric, with a merino wool base and another fabric, I think organza felted on top of it. Creating a beautiful fabric. Here is the fabric that Marlene handed to me:

I spent three days trying to decide what to do with this piece of fabric. I couldn't just knit a piece of lace and sew it on. It wasn't even an apron yet. So I kept thinking. On Wednesday, Marlene emailed me and asked if I was finished yet. I was honest, and told her that I was still thinking. After responding to the email, I decided it was time to take action. So I went through my yarn stash looking for black and white. I don't knit much in these colors and all I could find was a ball of Black Stroll Sock yarn, and a ball of Carbon Twist Stroll Sock Yarn.

I then decided it was my job to turn this piece of cloth into an apron. I needed strings to tie at the waist and something to bring the top pieces together around the neck. Then I did something NO knitter should EVER DO... (do as I say, not as I do)... I performed a design as I knit project. In other words, I winged it!

I originally decided to do a garter stitch belt and sew it across the middle of the fabric, and the same for the neck strap. So I cast on five stitches, and on each of the next two rows I increased the stitches by doing a ktfb after the first stitch of the row. OK, so now I had a nine stitch wide belt, and I started knitting. I decided the loose ends should be about two feetlong to allow a bow to be tied in the back. So I knit, and I knit... sometime on day two I thought how totally boring this simple garter stitch belt was going to be, so I decided that from one side of the apron to the other side I would create a waist band.

I didn't want the waist band too wide, so using the backwards loop I created two additional stitches on each of the next two rows. I kept the garter stitch on the first two stitches on either side of the band and made a stockinette center. I did this across the front, then switched back to the garter stitch for the rest of the tie on the other side.

OK, the entire time that I'm knitting this, and by the way THIS is what I was knitting on the way to "A Wool Gathering"... I'm thinking about the band around the neck. I am so tired of garter stitch that I can't see straight. Then sometime between my house and the fiber event, the light bulb comes on - "I-cord." I'll knit an I-cord and attached it to the corners of the apron. Brilliant idea! And I-cord won't be as boring as garter stitch, and it will also match the center of the waist band, looking like stockinette stitch.

Early this morning I FINALLY finished the belt/waist band and then started on the I-cord. I sat at my computer all day, doing this I-cord and talking to Knitting Community friends. It made the day pass much faster. Finally right before dinner I had finished up all of the knitting. Here is a picture of the two knitted pieces of my apron:

After dinner I started the sewing. While I love to sew on a sewing machine, I HATE hand sewing, as do most knitters that I have met. But I plugged along. I had my neighbor come and be my model to make sure the placement was right on the neck band and the waist band/ties. I used the yarn left over to sew with, and didn't have to make knots to tie it off... I just wove my yarn through the knitted material and tucked it through the band to make it disappear.

Here is the finished (well, at least my portion) of the Black, Gray, and White apron -

And here is a close up of the waist area, so you can see how it looks:

And this is the finished neck with the I-cord:

Ok, so I have now answered the FINAL question about my day at A Wool Gathering and everyone knows what I was knitting for 6 hours. This just proves what a slow knitter I am.

I am now finished with blogging for at least a week. I have an alpaca sock to finish and a baby blanket, and I want to make some progress before Marlene brings me yet another apron to embellish.

One last bit of news, my son called this evening, and he and my DIL are having a BOY in February. That is all for the Blue Lake Knitter for a bit.

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Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 24, 2009 at 7:56pm
At the ultrasound they asked my son if he was a big baby... apparently their baby is already pretty large... and the DIL is a short petite young lady... I told him, you were only 5lb 7oz and only 19" long... not THAT big a baby... my son said he could see all the fingers and toes, etc. He is really wowed by this whole thing. I can't imagine my baby being a daddy... how awesome! --S
Comment by cherylbwaters on September 24, 2009 at 7:52pm
Oh, the memories! A foot stuck in your diaphragm and kicking it constantly.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 24, 2009 at 4:42pm
Thanks, I pretty pleased with both aprons... can't wait to see what comes up next... there about 9 or 10 to do.

Re: little gestating one... apparently he is already kicking the stuff out of his momma... poor thing. --S
Comment by cherylbwaters on September 24, 2009 at 4:37pm
Sorry, I'm late to the party. Don't know why I always forget to check the blogs. Both of the aprons you have already worked on are terrific.

I predict there will be little tiny knitting projects gestating everywhere for a soon to be heartbreaker who will be gestating along as well.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 23, 2009 at 6:39pm
Thanks Knit4... I thought is turned out pretty good myself... though I puzzled over it for several days... once I got started it just flowed. I'm tickled for a grandson... my DIL was really hoping for a girl, but so far the baby looks very healthy and well, and that is the important thing. --S
Comment by Knit4Many on September 23, 2009 at 6:33pm
That was a good idea for the apron. Nice job. Its amazing how what can seem like the simplest things seem to take forever to knit. I can't wait to see the others you put your touch on. Congrats about the grandson!!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 22, 2009 at 7:36pm
This is just an after thought.. but right before I left the wonderful A Wool Gathering I was waiting in line to buy some dpns... like I don't have enough knitting needles... anyway... every where I looked there were ladies in cotton teeshirts.. and each one had "fiber" clinging to them... not lint, not dandruff... wool fiber (or maybe alpaca)... who can tell... fiber was flowing everywhere you looked. --S
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 21, 2009 at 7:47pm
Peggy, I promise! Each time I put my touch on it, I will post a pic, and when the whole project is completed, I'll do a special post of all aprons and all guild members. --S
Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 21, 2009 at 6:20pm
Susan: Congrats on the future new addition! Lots of opportunity for knitting! What a great apron. Can't wait to see the others. I assume photos will be forthcoming as you work on others? --P
Comment by Carol Meissner on September 21, 2009 at 4:36pm
Congratulations on the news about your little grandson to be born in February. I'm very happy for all of you! Thank you also for sharing the pictures of this apron. It is a remarkable piece of work although I couldn't imagine anyone ever really using it as an apron. But for art, it is stunning. Hope your other projects bring you much joy. Carol

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