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Saturday, December 8, 2018

12 New Things


I love how Judy of Patchwork Times, gets my creative thoughts in gear.  In addition to her UFO challenge, she is adding 12 New Things.  I usually have something new on my needles for ESK's Yarnathon.  Since I don't know the categories yet, I can't plan anything.  But I love doing machine embroidery.  I recently traded in my Viking Diamond Royale for a Viking Epic.  I haven't been able to do much with it since the move.  I try to make a few things each year for my sister's Church Christmas Bazaar.  Most of the items listed below will be done on my new machine.


Judy’s 12 New Things Challenge 2019

May—ITH Bags
Sept—DMC Hat
Nov—Trim the Tree Placemats--a kit I bought several (many) years ago.
Dec—Mug Rugs

Friday, December 7, 2018

It is Never too Early to think about 2019





I like (love) participating in quilting and knitting blog challenges.  Judy of Patchwork Times has been hosting an UFO challenge the past few years.  I eagerly sign up and do manage to work on my projects.  My list is ready but no pictures since everything is still in storage.  But we HAVE A MOVE IN DATE!!!  The movers will arrive on Dec. 17th.  So I should be able to sort out my UFO's and take some pictures. 


Judy’s UFO Challenge
1.    Aunt Mindy’s Flower Baskets
2.    Return to the Thirties
3.    Aunt Grace’s Garden Party
4.    Hocuspocusville
5.    Leftover Jelly Roll
6.    Schoolhouse Churn Dash
7.    30’s Four Patch Euro Swap
8.    Guild Sampler
9.    Home Tweet Home
10. Camp Oda May Path A
11. Turning Twenty in the Spring
12. Joy of Life


Friday, November 30, 2018

December Here I Come

You won't be surprised to hear that we still haven't moved into our apartment.  My standard answer is still 4-6 weeks.  (Yes, I have been saying that since September.)  I feel as though I am living a version of Dante's 10 Levels of Hell.  The worst part is that everything is in storage.

I try to keep Christmas time calm and not get caught up in the hustle and bustle.  I try to keep Faith, Family and Friends at the center of these days.  What I do get excited about is the blog posts for planning for next year.  I like participating in UFO challenges, BOM programs and other fun challenges.  I always start strong and end with a whimper.  But I feel as though I have a large internet universe of friends.  The one challenge I tend to stick with until the end is Eat Sleep Knit's Yarnathon.  If you are a knitter, you may find this great fun.  The new theme and teams will be announced on January 1.

So considering the state of my living situation, I am okay with what I accomplished in November.


NOVEMBER

Knitting: (all  projects for the Yarnathon
  • Vanilla Socks--Q2 ESK KAL--in progress
  • Hand Spring Mitts for Q4 ESK KAL--done
  • Ruby and Cables Mitts--done
  • Ribbed Fingerless Gloves--done


Quilting
  • Judy's Challenge #-2 Malcolm's Umbrella Critter and #9 Guild Sampler--in storage
Crazy Quilt on line class with Kathy Shaw
  • Complete Task 6--done
  • Begin Task 7 and 8
Read
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

DECEMBER

Knitting:
  • Vanilla Socks--Q2 ESK KAL
  • Mia's Holey Hat
  • Jarita Tee--ESK Yarnathon



Crazy Quilt on line class with Kathy Shaw
  • Begin Task 7 and 8
Read
  • To Sleep With the Angels

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Goodbye October, Hello November

A little venting to get things off my chest.  We are still living in a guest room with the lovely Miss Katie and her family.  Our in law apartment was supposed to be ready mid September but we are still 4-6 weeks away before we can even think about moving in.  Everything including my winter clothes are in storage.  LLBean came to the rescue with a few sweaters. 

Enough complaining.  Hopefully I will be a little more productive this month.

OCTOBER
Knitting:
  • Vanilla Socks--Q2 ESK KAL--in progress
  • Hand Spring Mitts for Q4 ESK KAL--in progress
  • Cozy Reversible Cowl
Quilting
  •  Aunt Mindy's Flower Baskets--finish label--packed away
  • Judy's Challenge #-4-Hocuspocusville--packed away
Crazy Quilt on line class with Kathy Shaw
  • Piece Block--done
  • Begin working on seams--in progress

Read
  • The Boston Girl  Beneath a Scarlet Sky




NOVEMBER

Knitting:
  • Vanilla Socks--Q2 ESK KAL
  • Hand Spring Mitts for Q4 ESK KAL

Quilting
  • Judy's Challenge #-2 Malcolm's Umbrella Critter and #9 Guild Sampler
Crazy Quilt on line class with Kathy Shaw
  • Complete Task 6
  • Begin Task 7 and 8
Read
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky





Friday, October 5, 2018

Basic Crazy Quilt Class 101

A few weeks ago I wrote about taking Kathy Shaw's Basic Crazy Quilt Class 101.  I finally got my block pieced!  It is hard to work on projects with my stuff in storage.  Our in law apartment was supposed to be ready in September.  The expected date is now mid-November.  I must admit that this adventure is getting old.  But I am going to make the best of it.

I hope to start working on the seams today.

Monday, October 1, 2018

What Will October Bring

The move is done but the in law apartment isn't ready.  It may take another 4-6 weeks.  We are living in the guest room and everything is in storage.  Ionly have a few cool weather pieces of clothing.  It is a good thing we don't get snow in October (usually).

SEPTEMBER

MOVE--living in guest room
Vacation in New Jersey-- weather not great but fun with family

Knitting:
  • Maize Mitts #4--done
  • Vanilla Socks--in progress
  • Jarita #884 in Ravelry Juniper Moon Neve--hibernating

Read
  • Firefly Lane   
  • The Boston Girl

OCTOBER

Knitting:
  • Vanilla Socks--Q2 ESK KAL--on hold
  • Hand Spring Mitts for Q4 ESK KAL--in progress
  • Cozy Reversible Cowl--on hold
Quilting
  •  Aunt Mindy's Flower Baskets--finish label--I can't find it.
  • Judy's Challenge #9--Guild Sampler--somewhere in storage

Crazy Quilt on line class with Kathy Shaw
  • Piece Block--done
  • Begin hand embroidery along seams--in progress

Read
  • The Boston Girl--done
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky
There has been a change in Judy's UFO.  It is #4--Hocuspocusville.  Mine is in storage.

NOVEMBER

Knitting:
  • Vanilla Socks--Q2 ESK KAL
  • Hand Spring Mitts for Q4 ESK KAL
Quilting
  •  Judy's Challenge #
Crazy Quilt on line class with Kathy Shaw
  • Complete Task 6
  • Task 7 and 8
Read
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky








Sunday, September 23, 2018

Teaching friends a new technique

Every January first I look forward to Eat Sleep Knit's Yarnathon.  I always have big plans when earning badges and participating in the KAL.  One of the badges is Teaching a Friend a new technique.  Before I moved I got together with friends twice a week for knitting.  This picture is from my Tuesday group and I showing them how to do a picot bind off.  Although I can't knit with my friends as often as I have in the past, I hope to see them during the holidays.  Applying for this badge makes me realize how much I miss my friends.

Check out the Yarnathon.  It is so much fun.  I am on Team Narwool this year.  I am not the most prolific knitter.  But I enjoy knitting things that I wouldn't necessarily think of.