My Singer HD-110 finally arrived just in time for Holiday sewing, at least I thought. I was too tired the night I received it to open it, but got up early the next morning...umm like 3:30am and proceeded to unpack it, got it threaded and ready to test. Within a nano of pressing the foot pedal a needle broke....WT*?!%. I removed the broken needle inserted another one and again the needle broke... I went through this process for 4 needles and was totally miffed. Despite it now being 4:30am, I kindly woke up my guy to help me figure out what was wrong. After showing him what I did, with sleep clearly in his eyes he checked the machine and in his Barry White voice informed me that the shank was off causing the needle to hit the needle plate. The machine has to go back...humbug.
So what have I been doing since that dreadful morning.... more crocheting of course. I've managed to bump out another Simple Shawl in Red Heart Heather Grey yarn. All done in single crochet.
This project took me 2-1/2 days and provided instant gratification. I started another one, but this one will take some time, I'm using Angora Extra (70% Angora / 25% Wool / 5% Nylon) in Rubino, which I purchased form Robin during her Yarn Blow Out Sale. The yarn is soooooo soft and using it for a shawl is the perfect project.
Simplicity 2850. I thought I'd retired the pattern, but ummm nope. Since I've acquired 4 batches of knit prints in increments of 2 yds, I realized that S2850 was the best pattern to use for the prints and again the pattern didn't fail me. I've become addicted to bold & funky prints and have taken to pairing them with my collection of sweaters. The four tops I made during Faye's Month of Tops have been in heavy rotation. They work well for work and also for the weekend, just grab and go.
With the temps in the 30's, wearing just a knit top with slacks or a skirt under my coat is not doable. So I am enjoying playing-up my sweaters with the bold prints. A great way to had a splash of color or more likely a batch of color to an otherwise dowdy outfit.
Off to begin cutting another one.... Enjoy the rest of your weekend.