Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015

Last year I participated in the Grow Your Blog party for the first time.  Not only did many visitors commented on my blog and several started following my posts but I had the opportunity to "find" many new friends and visit their blogs.  I have learned so much about blogging from these many sites.  And I am looking forward to visiting many more this year.

Needle turn applique is my obsession.  This is just one example of my many works in progress.  It is called The Joy of Life designed by Rosemary Quinlan.  This is the second of 9 blocks. 

But I rediscovered my passion for knitting and started participating in KAL and challenges.  I spend a lot of time browsing Ravelry.  My Ravelry name is Mumsiemagoo. 
Last night I cast on the first block in the Great American Aran Afghan that a group of us at our LYS are working on.  Not much progress to report.  But my latest completed project is LWD Slip Stitch Cable Hat.  I used a skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina worsted yarn in Nassau Blue. 

Thank you for stopping by.  I look forward to "meeting" many new friends.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Yarn Report Week 4 2015

I have definitely had a change in my numbers--lots of yarn but not much progress.

Yarn In this week:  2022 yards  21 skeins of Frog Tree Pediboo Worsted for the Great American Aran Afghan.  We are working on this as a BOM at my LYS

Yarn out this week:  190 yards
Yarn in YTD:  3317 yards
Yarn out YTD:  810 yards
Next week won't be much of an improvement, Eat Sleep Knit had a sale for 10K members and I couldn't resist.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Yarn Report Week 2

Finishing Loopy Academy helped put me in the plus column. 

Yarn in this Week:  0 yards (not that I wasn't thinking of it)
Yarn out this week: 620 yards
Yarn in YTD:  0 yards
Yarn out YTD:  620 yards.

Ten on Tuesday--10 Things to make the winter less bleak

I often daydream about warm tropical places this time of year.  And I can be a wee bit envious of friends and neighbors who travel.  But I do enjoy being home and doing things that many would consider mundane.  But it all makes me happy.

Lounging on a warm sunny beach with a lovely cabana gentleman bringing me a frosty, fruity adult beverage.

Sitting by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and my current knitting project.


Sipping hot tea and a good book.

Meeting up with a special friend for a leisurely lunch.

Puttering in my sewing room.

Working on my genealogy research.

Organizing drawers, clothes, shelves--you name it.

Cooking something new.

Did I mention the cabana gentleman on a sandy beach.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Loopy Academy Semester 1 and Off the Needles

I was a little late "matriculating" for Loopy Academy.  I had hoped to finish on time--December 31 but I needed a little extension.  My 3 projects for Semester 1 are done!  And I am very pleased with my finishes.
Freshman Year, First Semester Assignments (each project needs to use at least 175 yards):
  1. Cowl in a multi-colored Fingering weight .:  I used Blue Moon Fiber Art Socks that Rock lightweight in Tea and Alchemy.  The pattern is Irish Mesh Cowl.
  2. Hat from a designer new to you, in a Sport or DK weight.  Shibui Baby Alpaca in Bordeaux and the pattern is Whitman.
  3. Mittens in a solid or semi-solid colorway in a Worsted weight.  I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Cermak.  The pattern is Irish Hiking Mittens.  I have never made mittens but this won't be the last time.
I can't wait for semester 2.

2015 Finish A Long First Quarter

I will do just about anything to finish some projects.  This Finish A Long fits in nicely with my "road map" for the year.  My goals for the first quarter--January-March are:
  1. Little Mr. C's Hoot quilt:  only 4 of the 9 machine embroidered block are done.  I had hoped to give it to him at Christmas but we see how far I got on that project!

    Complete Petal Swap Guild challenge.  The 12 Dresden plate blocks need to be assembled and quilted.  I have until May 2015 to finish but I decided to be ahead of the game.

My first Custom fit V neck cardigan.  I have the last sleeve and edge finish, blocking and seaming to do. I need a little incentive.  I am excited about this project but I keep squeezing it in.  Part of me is afraid it won't fit.

Pot o' Gold Socks.  I am not a sock knitter.  I would like to be one.  My LYS offered a wonderful class.  The socks are toe up with an after-thought heel.  I am determined to finish these socks.

If I can complete these 4 projects that will be a major accomplishment for me.  I am so eager to see what others are working on.  So, I am going to link up with others participating in the Finish- -Long

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Organize Your Studio Week 1

Prairie Moon Quilts has a challenge to Organize Your Studio.  Each Thursday they will post a weekly challenge.  This week is Organize your oldest UFO.  Now I'm not sure which one is the oldest but I did manage to organize each project with its pattern, directions, fabrics and notions.  They are now neatly lined up in my closet with a label.  Projects that I had started but that I know I will never finish have been repurposed or given away. 
I should have taken a before picture.  But now I can see things and I don't fear an avalanche when I open the door.

Week 2 we will organize/sort/purge books and magazines.  I am going to add patterns to that as well.
It is time to be realistic about what I want to keep and what I want to gift!