Monday, April 20, 2015

Message to my dear husband:


I may have mentioned this once or twice before but my dear husband does not cook.  He does lots and lots of other things, but does not go into the kitchen.  So unless I make a huge recovery soon, it will be basic easy to cook fast food this week.  So no menu plan this week, as it will depend on how I am feeling as to what we have type of week.

I finished off the quilt top on Sunday as I thought that wasn't too strenuous a job:
 I have to say this quilt does not photograph well.  It's much nicer in real life.
The border and any other plain cream is Free Spirit Designer Solid in Natural.
The orange is Architextures by Robert Kaufman in Tangerine.
The rest of the material is Dear Stella Piper line.  

I am hoping I have enough orange left for the binding and I still have to pick up the backing fabric.  It's around 55 inches wide and 74 inches long.  It's for dd for her family room.

I have been watching this Youtube video:




I got this far before I managed to get totally confused.  It's the way I am holding the yarn which is confusing me.  It doesn't feel natural to me.  So I need some one on one time with one of the ladies I knit with to show me what I am doing wrong.
I am on with ball four of five with the blanket.  My tension sucks and is very "holey" in places...oh well onwards and upwards as they say.

21 comments:

Angela said...

I think learning to crochet is like making pancakes- the first few are mis-shapen and not much use, but they improve as you go on cooking!!

Maggie said...

Beautiful quilt, i love the colours.

Your knitting is growing nicely, your tension will come with practice, try giving the yarn a gently tug as you pull it around the needle, I found this worked for me when i was knitting the cables on the last baby blanket.
Holding the yarn to crochet was one of the things i found difficult, it felt very unatural and awkward for me, but the more you do it the better it gets, so don't give up :-)

I too have a husband who never cooks, hope you feel better soon. xx

Enie Dub said...

That quilt is stunning!!!

Wean said...

Message to MY dear husband:
Don't come back !
ha ha

Boyett-Brinkley said...

The quilt is lovely! I can't knit or crochet -- I didn't get that gene in my DNA -- so I can't help you there but I do love the quilt.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

It's good for hubbies to learn to manage food intake. Yes, even if it is a frozen lasagna! Mine has done well in this regard. He likes things well-done, though. I cannot eat his muffins!
He is excellent at dishes, though, if I cook!

Take good care.

Rose said...

I am lucky...my hubby is as good a cook as I am, if not better. And he enjoys cooking part of the time.

I was hoping you would feel lots better by now.

I think you have done wonderful with the knitting.

Marilyn K said...

Your quilt is lovely. Knitting tension will improve with practice. Get lots of rest and send your hubby for take-out! Hope you feel better soon.

Linda said...

Perhaps your husband can learn to cook while you learn to crochet. LOL! Your quilt is beautiful, and I hope you feel better soon, dear Gill. :)

EG CameraGirl said...

The quilt is very pretty. And the blanket colours are very nice. Don't worry about the tension yet. You will gradually get better at it!

Frugal in France said...

I have exactly the same problem with tension. I used to knit much too tight so I tried to make it looser and now, starting to knit again after many years, it is "holey" too. I actually had to unknit the stuff I was doing and start on another scarf. It doesn't look that good but I'm going on anyway. I suppose my knitting will get more regular in time. I used to crochet a bit too when I was pregnant, more than 30 years ago. If I managed it, anyone can, believe me ! You'll get there in time ! Congrats on the quilt !!

fizzycat said...

Hope your library stays machine free!
Wow the quilt is fab.
I have an eccentric manner of crocheting myself, due to being presented with a crochet book at twelve and being expected to teach myself! tend to use one hand to guide the hook and the other to lift yarn over! I have been shown the correct way but always revert as its faster!Hope the cooking situation improves!

Cat Lover said...

Sorry you are still feeling unwell. Your quilt looks lovely! I could never quite get the hang of tension with my crocheting. My husband does not cook either. He will happily do dishes though!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Once you get the hang of crochet you will love it. Your quilt looks wonderful.

Anna of the Mutton Years said...

Mr Him is an excellent cook. Lucky me. My ex husband also. One year they cooked Xmas lunch together. Strange but we are friends with my ex andhhis wife. My ex father in law could not even make a cup of coffee. His wife was determined her son, my ex, would not be as er useful in the kitchen.

Mum said...

When I crochet I hold the tail between my finger and thumb and the yarn between my middle and ring finger. I could never get to grips with it any other suggested way. You have to keep everything fairly taut.
xx

MartiDIY said...

Sorry you still aren't feeling well. I think if my hubby didn't cook and I wasn't well, I don't think I'd want him to start learning just then. lol

William Kendall said...

My dad can cook for himself, mostly the basics.

At least being ill has been a bit productive.

Pom Pom said...

Your quilt IS pretty! Aw! I wish you weren't feeling under the weather. Hubby could manage some soup, couldn't he?

DeniseinVA said...

Your quilt looks beautiful, I net it looks gorgeous actually seeing it. Never crocheted before and am still interested in learning how to knit.

Everyday Life On A Shoestring said...

That quilt looks gorgeous. Cooking is not my husband's strength although he is gradually improving, but then he's really good at all things DIY and that's not my strength, so we make a good team.