PE 800 and more continued.....
Well...... Here we are a month after I turned my PE 800 in for repair and I still don't have it back. A tad upset with Tops (the brother dealer who farms it out for repair) and Brother for having so few contractors to do a faster turn around. Reason I was disappointed in Tops is because I called them on Thursday and asked when I could expect my machine back. Linda said it would be back the next day, Friday. Didn't happen. If they were more realistic about when it would be returned I would be fine. Instead telling me that it would be back the next day (Tops doesn't do the repair themselves - they ship it out to Sarasota) and that not happening was disappointing. I was getting ready to start working full speed ahead. Oh well such is life. If my machine isn't back this week I'll call Brother and let them know they need to train more repair engineers.
Downside, it has slowed my machine embroidery down considerable. I haven't posted any real time consuming products online because I wouldn't be able to keep up with demand. On the upside it has created a time where I can explore and develop procedure for future products like quilts, table runners, cushions and so much more.
It has also allowed me to do some knitting. I love sewing however knitting is my first love and passion.
I've been creating a shawl/scarf and am now about half way through the hem and it is behaving beautifully. The curl is amazing. No I din't know how it would turn out. I'm not one of those super organized knitters who knows exactly how something will look once it is completed. I admire them but its not my nature. Do I knit by the seat of my pants. Mmm... possibly. I prefer to think of it as allowing creativity to flow in the moment.
For shawls I start with the first 2 main stitches. They are my foundation. After that inspiration takes place. In this case the shawl became a shawl-scarf.
Did I tell you it is made in two strands of cobweb wool. What is cobweb wool you ask? The wool is approximately the same diameter as sewing thread. Extremely fine, soft and luxurious looking.
Mostly I try to do lace stitches with dimension. If someone buying the shawl-scarf doesn't like to block I want it to look good without blocking. And to look sensational if they do.
As the first two foundation patterns unfold, I start to see how the next pattern should look. That in turn reveals the next pattern and then the final foundation rows for the border. The shawl-scarf is truly a work of art that is revealed bit by bit.
So between the starting 2 and the final border I have 3 other stitches creating a lovely textured design while moving into a great 10 stitch base for the border.
Then I designed a border to fit within the ending pattern in the body of the shawl-scarf. While I was knitting I also wanted to create a curl that could either be draped around the neck or curl beautifully if left to hang. This I can tell has happened from the first half of the border.
It'll probably take another couple of weeks to finish. Knitting is a love and though I never get the money for the amount of work, I feel satisfied that someone has something very unique and beautiful. Just knowing beauty and the love of creation is in the world is satisfying for me. It makes me feel that this love is doing a little bit to help heal our world. Especially in this time when hate and fear are so prevalent.
I'll tell you what my next knitting project is later. It's already forming in my mind. Very excited.
Stay safe out there and be kind. It is sorely needed
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