Sunday, January 22, 2012

Knit Top #5 - Love/Hate Relationship

Well, after all the hours I spent today on this knit top -- #5 of the 6 -- that I wasn't going to keep, I better like it!  I am really into these knit flowers right now.  They will probably be totally out of style now that I've figured out how to make them.  I never have cared what is in style or out anyway, so I guess it only matters if I like it or I don't.  I'm a real plain Jane dresser -- don't like to draw attention to myself.  Lord knows, my big mouth gets me enough attention and usually the kind I don't want.
I used to work for this high-fallutin (??? Did you know that you have to already know how to spell a word to look it up?  It's true.  I have no idea in the world how to spell "fallutin".) oil company when I was in my 20's.  I made a lot of my clothes then, and some of them were from doubleknit.  I thought my clothes were nice, and I never really compared them to what the other girls in the office were wearing.  One day I was entering my office, and three girls were standing outside my door and one of them -- the big boss's personal assistant -- and VERY pretty -- said to the other girls, "Can you believe she wears DOUBLEKNIT!!!"  I wanted to dig a hole in the floor, crawl in it, and pull the floor over top of me.  I was so self-conscious after that about all my clothes.  I felt like I was wearing rags.  I heard the same girl talking to some other girls one time and she was talking about her $250.00 silk jacket.  Dear Lord!  My whole wardrobe probably didn't cost $250.00.
She actually looked like that, only prettier.  I even remember her name.  She was a nice girl too.  She didn't know I could hear her.

ANYWAY, I digress....

I went searching through my stack of sewing adventures from the last few weeks and found Knit Top #5 this morning.  What I didn't like about it was the bust darts were too high and there was way too much fullness around my body.  I had to take two waist darts in the front to get the fullness out.  I took lots of pictures, but I must have filed them in some far off file by mistake because I cannot find them.  After I did that last week, I threw it aside because it was the fabric that had the little blue flaws in it.  I looked it over this morning and decided to experiment with some more knit flowers.  I figured if I destroyed the flowers and/or the top, it wouldn't matter. 

So here it is:  Knit Top #5 -- all done -- with flowers all around the front neck and little glass beads in the centers.  What fun it is sewing on those tiny glass beads with invisible thread!  Not sure if I love it or hate it.  Guess I will wait to see what Jerry says.  He will tell me the truth if it kills me. 

It was fun making the flowers, and I think I like them.  It's all those darts I don't like.  AARRGGHH!  It either looks like a maternity top or like this.  Guess I'll have to get used to it.

Every time I wear this blouse, I will remember that while I was sewing all those itsy-bitsy glass beads on the wind was blowing and howling outside. 

I kept hearing a metal sound outside like something was clashing against something, but I didn't look to see what it was.  I thought maybe that metal stuff wrapped around the chimney was clanging or blowing off or something.  I wasn't about to chase it down the street if it was. 

I kept sewing on itsy-bitsy beads, and all of a sudden I heard a very loud crashing sound of metal against metal.  I thought, GOOD HEAVENS!, are we being bombed or what?  I better look outside.  So I put down my project, unlocked all three locks on the back door, and walked out to find our large BBQ Grill laying face down on the ground and the propane tank laying on its side next to it.  First, I had to take off the giant cover that was tied around it.  I was able to lift the propane tank up and make sure it was turned off, but I couldn't even start to budge that grill!

That sucker weighs 1000 pounds (or might as well), and every time I try to pick it up, the lid wants to open, and it all falls down worse than it was before.  SOOOOOOOOOO, the grill will be staying on the ground until Superman shows up.  My neighbors are older than I am, and I sure can't ask for their help.  When the wind blows here in Oklahoma, it REALLY blows!

That's it for today. 

Hugs, Joy


  1. Joy, I LOVE the yellow blouse with the flowers on it. I remember your saying yellow was your least favorite color, but it looks great on you.

    If I can come over before you leave, I'll try to help you put the grill upright, or maybe you can get Jacob to swing by and the three of us can get it down.

    Who needs Superman when we are Superwomen? (Well I'm not today!)

    You are amazing, woman!

  2. I thought you'd found a superman! You just needed one.

    The top looks great! You are getting to be a professional at making flowers.

    Hugs, Phylly


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