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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stash Report

Kind of a busy week.  I purchased fabric for self-binding baby blankets and two pillowcases at the request of my youngest.  So far this year I have only purchased fabric for this project!! 

Fabric in this week:  11.5 yards
Fabric out this week:  11.5 yards
Fabric in YTD:  11.5 yards
Fabric out YTD:  11.5 yards

I just needed to see a little progress in print.
 These are for little Mr. C when he moves to his big boy bed.
These are for Little Mr. M who is a now 2 months old.

My yarn progress is another story.  When the New Year arrived, I got caught up with participating in KAL's and de-stashing.  My good intentions has gotten me stressed out with trying to keep up.  I have a new resolution to slow down and enjoy the process and not focus so much on the outcome. 

Yarn in this week:  0 yards
Yarn out this week:  257 yards
Yarn in YTD:  850 yards
Yarn out YTD:  1737 yards

Qwist hat finished.

This is Sophisticated Traveler about half way done.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Finally a Finish

I don't think I have ever had such a difficult time with an easy pattern.   But I love everything about this hat--the pattern, the yarn, the color, the little cable detail up one of the sides.  There are matching mitts but I don't think I have enough yarn left to make them. 

Qwist Hat

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March's Aspirations

This has been a difficult month in our family with life-altering medical diagnoses for several for those near and dear to our hearts.
I had a lot of knitting mistakes this month that needed to be frogged.  No more multi taking for me!  Hopefully March will be a little less stressful..

  1. Work on Great American Aran Afghan (GAAA)--still need to finish last block--blocks done and now need to make them the same size and put it together.
  2. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for February is: #9  Leftover Jelly Roll--didn't even get to take it out of its storage basket.
  3. Cast on Quist Mitts and Hat for ESK KAL--hat almost finished. 
  4. Continue to work on Sophisticated Traveler--discovered I was using the wrong size needles.  Pattern calls for size 5 and I was using size 2.  It was half-way done when I frogged it.
  5. Continue working on Joy of Life applique
  6. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt
  7. Label Jelly Roll quilt
  8. Label George's quilt
  9. Read:  Lilac Girls--good story but have not had much reading time.
  10. BOMGuild double monkey wrench, Feb and March Color Safari

  1. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for March is #5--Aunt Mindy's Flower Baskets
  2. Finish Qwist Hat and Mitts
  3. Work on Sophisticated Traveler
  4. Work on Archtexture Shawl
  5. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt
  6. Label Jelly Roll quilt
  7. Label George's quilt
  8. Read:  Lilac Girls
  9. Guild BOM and Pincushion

Saturday, February 25, 2017

On the Needles

Did you ever have any of THOSE projects that drove you crazy.  I actually have two going on at the same time.
This is the 4th restart of my Qwist Hat.  It is not difficult!!  My excuse is that I have a lot on my mind with a family medical issue.  I try knitting when I need a little distraction.  But I think I should stick with stockinet stich with no increases or decreases.

4th Cast On

Making a little progress.

Another project I have been fretting over for more than two years is the Great American Aran Afghan.  It started out as a class at a LYS.  We were going to do one block a month for 24 months.  I have completed 23 blocks but will only use 20.  None of the blocks are the same size even with blocking.  It was a frustrating project.  I thought I was a decent knitter but this project has undermined my confidence.  I am trying a crocheted edge to bring the blocks closer to size of the largest.  This project is not for the faint of heart.


Friday, February 17, 2017

On the Needles

I have been participating in Eat Sleep Knits (ESK) Yarnathon.  I am a Taffy Giraffe.  I wrote about it in this post.  I didn't need a 4th cast on but one of the tips broke on my circular needle!!!  In the overall scheme of things, needle breakage in the middle of the row is no big deal.  The past few months have been stressful with one of my DD receiving a cancer diagnosis.  Surgery was two weeks ago and she is doing amazingly well.  I have been her Mom-Nurse since surgery and enjoyed every minute of it.
 Picture #1 shows the broken needle.  Since I was in the car knitting (while the Big Guy was driving) I kept it carefully on my lap so as not to disturb the stitches.  Fortunately I had another pair of #4 circulars at home.
I had a few hours of knitting last night and made some progress on my Qwist Hat.  I love the little cable detail on the right side of the picture.
So life is looking up.  DD is recovering well and has a bright future ahead of her.  I am finally making progress on my Yarnathon project and I love it.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stash Report

There hasn't been much movement in either my fabric or yarn stash.  While I am busy at my sewing machine, I don't have anything to show for it but next week will be a different story.

Nothing finished on the knitting front but I did do some major frogging.  My LYS asked me to do a KAL late Spring or early Summer.  I will be doing Architexture in Mrs Crosby's Train Case in French Chambray.  I hope to cast on this week even though I am trying to catch up with a few challenges.

Yarn in this week:  850 yards
Yarn out this week:  0 yards
Yarn in YTD:  850 yards
Yarn out YTD:  1480 yards