Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

To all of the new graduates this season--Congratulations.  And to your parents--Job well done.

Ten things I would say if I gave a commencement address. 

  1. Be the solution not the problem.
  2. Be patient.  Getting there first isn't all it is cracked up to be.  And you will miss so much.
  3. Don't be afraid to fail--you will.  And what you learn from those failures is priceless.
  4. Share your time, talent and treasure.
  5. Nourish your spiritual life.
  6. Learn a new word everyday.
  7. Always listen to opposing points of view.  You never know what you will learn.
  8. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  9. Enjoy and embrace each day you wake up.  Don't waste a minute of it being negative.
  10. If you weren't blessed with a family that surrounds you,  make your own family with kind, loving people.  Don't demand perfection just love.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Loopy Acdemy Semester 2

I finished Loopy Academy Semester 2 with a few days to spare!!!  The three projects for this semester were:

  1. Striping - knit a project that has stripes somewhere in the design. (Not self-striping yarn.)  I chose Asaka in Navy and White for Little Mr. C.  I love the little pocket.  he is coming for a visit this week.  We haven't seen him since Christmas.

Felting/Fulling - knit and felt/full a project.  This is only my second attempt at Felting. I like how these mittens turned out.  My thumbs need a little more work.  the yarn is Cascade 220 in Iris.

Slipped Stitches - knit a project that includes slipped stitches in the pattern.  Honey Cowl has been on my to-do list for a long time.  The yarn is Shibui Baby Alpaca.  It is do soft and lovely to  knit.  I can't wait to use it in another project.

Fabric Report Week 20

I seem to be in the middle of several projects.  A few are waiting for labels and binding.  I haven't purchased much fabric this year.  My goal was to use what is in my stash.  And I have been doing a fairly good job of sticking with that goal.  But I just happened to need a little something.  And low and behold 25.5 yards happened to jump into my car and make its way to my sewing area.

Fabric in this week:  25.5 yards of loveliness
Fabric out this week:  0
Fabric in YTD:  42.5 yards
Fabric out YTD:  54

All in all I would say not too shabby.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Yarn Report Week 18

A yarny box of loveliness arrived today from Eat Sleep Knit.
I have mentioned in other posts about ESK's Yarnathon. And since I reached to 10 Kilometer mark I received some extra goodies.  (I am doing my part for my team, the Cowlettes.  Since January I have purchased 6.2 miles of yarn or put another way 10936 yards).  In this box you will find 5280 yards of yarn.  One of my SIL is a die hard Eagles fan.  And for the Mitered Project KAL I will be knitting him the Mitered Afghan in Green and Off White.

Yarn in this week:  5280 yards
Yarn out this week:  936 yards
Yarn in YTD:  12959 yards
Yarn out YTD:  2146 yards

On the Needles Friday

Just finished my first Honey Cowl.  The yarn is Shibui Baby Alpaca.   I am submitting this for Loopy Academy Semester 2.  I am going to cast on another Loopy Academy Project--felted mittens.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Get it done May

Where did April go!!!!  I don't know what I was working on but I didn't complete as many projects as I had hoped.  Thank goodness for another month.

April 2015
  1. Block 2 and 4 of Aran Afghan
  2. Finish Petal Swap quilt:  quilting, binding and label
  3. Knitting Sampler for my LYS
  4. ESK KAL project:  mitered project or shawl--ordered yarn for mitered blanket KAL
  5. Loopy Ewe Academy Semester 2 projects--finished 2 of 3
  6. Felt Nova mittens

May 2015

  1. Begin ESK Mitered Corner KAL
  2. Felted mittens for Loopy Academy
  3. String Bean Quilt:  bind and label
  4. Petal Swap Quilt:  finish hand quilting, binding and label
  5. Aran Afghan Blocks;  2,4 and 5
  6. Bricks and Mortar Scrap quilt:  complete top and send to long arm quilter
  7. Sheep quilt wall hanging:  machine embroider 4 blocks

I hope I accomplish a little more this month.

      Friday, April 24, 2015

      On and off the Needles Friday

      Have you ever had days when you just can't get out of your own way!!!  Enough whining.   I finished my first project of Loopy Academy Semester 2.  This will be my entry for the striping project.  The pattern is Asaka and the yarn is Cascade 220 sport in navy and white for Little Mr. C.
      In a previous post I mentioned that I knit samples for my LYS.  I use the recommended needle size and knit various stitch patterns.  The red yarn is Panda Silk from Crystal Palace Yarns in a bamboo, superwash merino wool and silk blend.  This sample is being worked on size 2 needles.


       The grey sampler is Linea Pura from Lana Grossa.  It is a ribbon type cotton silk blend.  It needs a little blocking.