Saturday, July 1, 2017

July's Hopes

I can't believe that I haven't posted since June 1.  My life is an endless array of boxes and plastic bins.  The final push is this week.  We move July 10.  

I have managed a little knitting and completed the Open Air Shawl.

I have been teaching a machine embroidery crazy quilting class at my LYS.  This is the first time I have tried digitizing a pattern.  I have learned a lot but still have a long way to go.  This is one of the blocks I worked on.  It needs some button, beads and charms.  The technic for this class was using ribbons and lace to embellish a seam.  I need to finish July's block and pack up my sewing room.  This month we will work on Free Standing Lace.

  1. Pack to move--almost done
  2. Visit DD in VA and Family in PA--had a wonderful time
  3. Read In the Woods--done
  4. Open Air Shawl--done--Q2 KAL for ESK
  5. Architexture Shawl--frogged--Casted on again June 28
  1. Move
  2. Q3 KAL for ESK--Sweater
  3. Architexture Shawl
  4. Read:  A Connecting Thread

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Goals

Since we sold our condo in a record 10 days, I knew not to plan on accomplishing much on the knitting and quilting front.

There are boxes everywhere!  The movers will be hear July 10.  This move to an apartment is temporary.  We will eventually have an in-law suite with Miss Katie and her family.  July is down size move #1.

I have had a trip planned to visit Miss Meg and the boys in VA for six months.  Probably not the best time to go away but I have been looking forward to this trip for months.  After a few days with them I will take a train to Phila to visit my family and then go to the Big Guys 50th reunion from the University of Scranton.  The Big Guy will stay home do some packing until it is time for the reunion.  I have high expectations of finishing both knitting projects while on a plane and in a train.

Open Air Shawl


  1. Patchwork Times Challenge for May is #11--Aunt Grace's Garden Party--packed away
  2. Architexture Shawl--on the needles
  3. Book:  In the Woods--3/4 read

  1. Pack to move
  2. Visit DD in VA and Family in PA
  3. Book:  In the Woods
  4. Open Air Shawl

Friday, May 26, 2017

On the Needles

Life in our house has been crazy with a capital C.  We put our condo on the market and it sold in 10 days.  I am not complaining.  I know how lucky we are.  The big Guy and I will eventually move into an in-law apartment with DD#2.  But in the meantime we will be in an apartment.  When the realtor was helping prepare our place for sale, he ventured into my sewing room and with a bit of shock said, "O MY!!  This is a WORKINGING ROOM!!!  Tidying the room for showing was a major undertaking.  Fabric is tucked away in far too many plastic bins as well as enough yarn to knit for every one who lives in Alaska!  It has been humbling for me to see what I have accumulated.
I chose a simple knit to work on at night when I need a little down time from packing.  I am making Purl Soho's Open Air Shawl using Madelinetosh Dandelion in Whiskers.
Writing this post has made feel as though there is some normalcy in my life.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Yarnathon Update

I know I have mentioned my love affair with all things Eat Sleep Knit.  This year I am on team Taffy Giraffe.  It is time to work on a few badges for my team (Tower).  You buy yarn and earn points.  Points earn prizes.  Even though I am on a yarn diet of sorts,  I knew I wanted to purchase some birthday yarn.  All but one of these skeins has a planned project.
One of the badges, Patty Cake, earns precious points for "caking" or winding hanks into tidy little yarn cakes of wooly loveliness.
As you can see I had a productive afternoon but not all of the skeins were cooperative with the swift and winder.  There were some no so lovely tangled messes that had me working from both ends on 3 of the skeins.  That was the only not fun part of today.

Friday, May 5, 2017

On the Needles

I finished Adorable Ewe and I am just waiting for the buttons.  I used Madelinetosh Vintage in Posy that was in my stash. 

And on my needles is Architexture Shawl  in Mrs. Crosby's Train Case in French Chambray.

I am off to Judy's blog to see what others are working on.


Monday, May 1, 2017

I don't know where the month of April went but it is gone, gone, gone.  Our family is going through some difficult times with medical issues as well as a move for the Big Guy and me.  I am adjusting to the move and have been crazy busy getting the house ready.  We had an open house yesterday.  Not sure if anything will come of it.  But now that I can wrap my head around the move,  I want everything to move along.  As you can see I have been anything but productive this month.  I decided to cut way back with my expectations for May.  On a positive note I finished Knit Purl Hunter's Adorable Ewe KAL.  I am just waiting for the buttons to come in!

  1. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for April is #1 Home Tweet Home
  2. Knit Purl Hunter Adorable Ewe KAL--done except for buttons
  3. Continue Architexture Shawl
  4. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt
  5. Label Jelly Roll quilt
  6. Label George's quilt
  7. Read:  In the Woods
  1. Patchwork Times Challenge for May is #11--Aunt Grace's Garden Party
  2. Architexture Shawl
  3. Book:  In the Woods

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Get it Done

Where did March go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I had high hopes on January 1 that this would be a productive, organized year.  Not even close by any standards. Our family has had its share of monkey wrenches this year and it seems we have a few more to work our way through.  I love pretending that I am working studiously on Judy's UFO Challenge for 2017.  I am hoping that she will host the challenge in 2018.  I may have a fighting chance if it is carried over.  Here is to a more productive month.


  1. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for March is #5--Aunt Mindy's Flower Baskets-didn't even look at it.
  2. Finish Qwist Hat and Mitts--hat yes mitts no
  3. Work on Sophisticated Traveler--DONE
  4. Work on Archtexture Shawl
  5. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt--maybe in April
  6. Label Jelly Roll quilt
  7. Label George's quilt
  8. Read:  Lilac Girls
  9. Guild BOM and Pincushion

  1. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for April is #1 Home Tweet Home
  2. Knit Purl Hunter Adorable Ewe KAL
  3. Continue Architexture Shawl
  4. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt
  5. Label Jelly Roll quilt
  6. Label George's quilt
  7. Read:  In the Woods