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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How my DISorganization Works in Your Favor and I *Heart* Cables!

While trying to decide what apron to make from my (many) patterns for the Geat Apron Challenge Eggstravaganza, I discovered that I had not one, but TWO patterns of an Edwardian apron.  I still have visions of making this and trotting around the homestead like a modern version of Emma (in gum boots) - but it's not on the near-future-list.  I have purchased other patterns from Candle on the Hill - they are very nice to deal with and have a wide variety of styles and patterns.


 Here is the link to this pattern - Edwardian Apron

If this looks like something you have wanted to make since Bo Didley was a baby, leave me a comment below.  I will choose a winner tomorrow (Wednesday) and will put it in the mail this week. 

Over the holiday weekend, in between driving, cooking and construction, I learned how to knit cables!  (Yes, Melanie, you were right - again - it is incredibly easy)  As I rummaged through my pattern box, I had come across patterns for two headbands I have longed to knit.  Spurred on by having some down time and watching a how-to video on YouTube, I sprang into action.  Needless to say (hey - if I move a few letters around, it's "Needles(s)" to say) I managed to knit both headbands by Sunday.  I am a cabling-fool!  Next on the handwork agenda is learning how to crochet.  I have visions of Granny Squares dancing in my head.

22 comments:

  1. Congrats on your cable-knitting success! :o)

    Please enter me in your drawing, Susan. That apron pattern is lovely!

    Have a good day.

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  2. Oh be still my heart! AN APRON PATTERN! We all know how...um...*easy* it was for me to make my apron without a pattern for the apron sewoff (you know, having to start and recut and cuss about a hundred times....)NOT!! I've been converted. Apron Pattern God, I ask for your forgiveness. And I promise if I am chosen the winner for this fabulously awesome pattern (would look SO cute at my new farm!!!) I will sew it up with patience, love, and a minimum of cuss words. Yours truly - me.

    Oh! And congrats on learning to knit cables! I have also heard its not as hard as it seems...but I just started knitting myself and it still looks scary to me. The power of Youtube is amazing, isn't it?

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  3. Ummmm. I have been daydreaming of historic pinafores and aprons for months now. Tasha Tudor had the best early Victorian version and a regency version sounds fabulous! :)

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  4. Derrrr... I mean Edwardian! Ugh. Not sure why I called it regency. Maybe because you said Emma? Dang. My brain is rebelling against me! And my phone is being ridiculous and not letting me edit. Please don't enter me twice because of this. Am I complicating things? You could delete my original comment if that helps! Crap! Sorry! *palmface* Don't hate meeee!
    (Kinda thinking this is an indication that I need a nap. Is 8AM too early for a nap?)

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  5. Crocheting is SOOOOOO easy! You know why? Because even I can do it. Trying to learn to knit threw me for a loop so I settled for the next best thing...crocheting. You'll get it down in minutes!

    And as for the Apron Pattern Giveaway; You are Satan reincarnated, you know. I don't think any of us (including yourself)have healed from the Great Apron Sew Off. And now you taunt us with the chance to win anoth.......

    Wait, it doesn't have RUFFLES! Count me in sister!
    :)

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  6. Count me in too...I love aprons...Have 2 or 3 vintage ones hanging in my kitchen for bread baking day and such.

    I can't knit or crochet...but this COULD be the year for me!! (2012, that is) LOL

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  7. MF - You are in. Yes, there will be a cabled something in every stocking this year. And maybe a cabled stocking!~

    Mama Tea - You are too funny. From your lips to the Apron Pattern God's ear....

    TF - Edwardian, Regency, Victorian - it's all Greek to me! I do not hate you - not one little bit - nor do I think that 8am is too early for a nap. Especially if one has been up since 4am!

    CR - In my distorted mind, I figured that - if I struck again quickly - you all wouldn't have time too really grasp how awful I was in the first place! The Edwardians were 'above' ruffles, thank goodness. I was looking at your neat little crocheted dish cloth (that I won) and wondering if I would ever be able to turn out something so perfect. Sigh.

    Akannie - I love a full-coverage apron. It frees one up to get all creative/messy in the kitchen.

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  8. Adorable apron!!! IwantitIwantitIwantit! How's that for sounding like a selfish little brat? (I still want it.)

    Your kind offer of this pattern has spurred me on to offering a duplicate apron pattern I have. Not so lovely as yours, but maybe someone will want it. I'll get it up on my blog asap.

    Yes, Virginia (or should I say Sweezie), crocheting is a LOT easier than knitting. So then why can I knit up a storm but not crochet worth a diddle? I blame it all on my mother. She was a master crocheter, could look at something complicated someone else had crocheted, go home and recreate it. I knew I couldn't begin to compete with her, I guess. But the talent skipped only one generation as Chicken Mama takes right after her grandmother and crochets fantastic creations without a pattern.

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  9. I love Bo Didly...count me IN!
    I never could get the hang of crochet.

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  10. Ooo, A pattern! Too much fun, count me in- even though I've got some historical apron patterns already- you can never have too many patterns- or too much fabric. ;)
    Judy

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  11. Mama Pea - Is that a little foot I hear stamping? I am in total awe of Chicken Mama's crocheting ability. Those hats are divine! I think my reluctance to tackle sock-knitting was due to my mother's being able to knit them with her eyes closed. But I put on my big girl Sweezie pants and had her show me how to turn the heel. Voila!

    Nancy - He's the bee's knees! You're IN!

    Judy - Isn't it amazing how giddy we get about patterns? Especially someone else's patterns...

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  12. When my mother used to turn into a fabric store, my eyes would glaze over and utter boredom would set in, as she spent, what seemed like HOURS, pouring over those pattern books! This is one of the reasons I don't sew today.

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  13. Please, please throw my name in the hat to win that lovely apron pattern!!
    I'm glad you are having fun knitting cables! They are a LOT easier than they look and make things look so classy! :)

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  14. Sylvie - I assume, then, you are NOT entering the giveaway...;o)

    Candy - You are in. I know! I just feel like putting cables on everything.

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  15. OOOOhhhh, nice apron. I likey. I have no idea how to use a pattern, but I guess I could learn. I would prefer that Mama Pea get the pattern and we could just all place our orders for finished aprons ;)

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  16. Jane - Oooooh, I likey your idea! Mama Pea? I feel the stink-eye coming on....

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  17. I'm going to be honest here. If I had the time, I would like NOTHING BETTER than to take orders and make (free of charge) aprons for all of you who would like one. Okay, let's all put our noggins together and figure out how I can spend a solid week or two in my quilt studio making aprons and not have to participate in our remodeling venture (of course, someone would have to keep working on the remodeling, preferably in double time) or any of my other daily tasks. Ideas? Anyone? Speak up.

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  18. OK, I lit up when I saw that pattern because it looks like an apron that might ACTUALLY keep me some what clean when cooking. Please tell me I'm not the only one that can wear a regular apron and still ruin shirts.....

    Anyone?? Anyone at all???

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  19. Mama Pea, Well I am up for a vacation. I would happily devote two weeks to help with the remodel. Hey for an apron, I would do it. Only trouble is I travel heavy. Two dogs, birds, horses.....if there is room at the inn, we are in ;)

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  20. Jane, you coming up here for a vacation would look a lot like we must have looked when we originally moved up here from Illinois umpteen years ago. Not only did we make nine round trip trips (600 miles one way moving ourselves) but our last trip included two milk goats, one donkey, a dozen chickens and a dog. Oh, yeah, and a two-year old child.

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  21. Susan, I think you really came up with a winner with this apron pattern. My daughter just saw that I won the pattern and immediately sent me a request for one of the aprons as a Christmas gift!

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  22. Hey! I have a birthday coming up....hint, hint.

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