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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Knitting with the Girls

There are several of us who enjoy dropping in at our LYS-Craftworks in Northborough once or twice a week for a few hours of knitting, chatting and Christmas cookies.

This afternoon I took a picture of our little group and for the first time wore a sweater I made for an Eat Sleep Knit challenge.


I am the second one in on the left wearing my Rosewood Sweater.  I was so excited how my sweater fit that I am swatching for another.

It was so nice taking a break from the holiday rush.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Silhouette Cameo vs Brother Scan n Cut

It is no secret that I love applique.  Needle turn is probably my first love but I enjoy using my embroidery machine.  

Sarah Vedeler is a beautiful designer and she is currently doing a 40 day series of tips and technics.  If you like machine embroidery, check out her series. 
Today she talked about Electronic Cutting Machines.  I have been considering buying one.  I have it narrowed down to Silhouette Cameo and the Brother Scan n Cut.  I will definitely use it to cut freezer paper templates and I would like to use it to cut fabric templates for use with my embroidery machine.  Does anyone have any advice for me?

This is a little quilt I made for Little Mr. C.

Friday, December 1, 2017

So hard to believe another year is coming to a close.  And there have been some major changes that I didn't know about this time last year.  We have down-sized to an apartment and are building an in-law apartment with one of our daughters.  I am looking at what is to come as a new adventure.

But there is still yarn and fabric that need to be transformed.


November

  1. KPH Mystery KAL--in progress--done
  2. GAAA begin finishing--in progress--still working on it
  3. EQ university Applique Class
  4. Tool Box Fingerless mitts for LYS KAL--done
  5. Read:  Moonspinners
  6. THANKSGIVING--survived
December
  1. GAAA finish
  2. Soccer hat for James
  3. Curragh Hat
  4. Wayside Crazy Quilt
  5. Cast on Building with Lace
  6. Frog Cape Cod Sweater
  7. Read:  Death at La Fenice
This is the mystery cowl that our group at our LYS was knitting.  It is from Knit Purl Hunter.  I hope to have a few pictures of some other treasures.


    Friday, November 24, 2017

    Yarn and more

    I hope everyone had a happy, enjoyable Thanksgiving.  Since moving to the apartment and holiday stuff in storage, I realized I wasn't in a position to entertain.  But that did not stop me.  We have four chairs and five plates and we were having 7 for dinner.  It was less "Martha Stewart" and more "Wally World".
    I love this time of year not only for the holiday spirit but also finishing up projects and planning for the New Year.

    I finished a Tot Topper for Malcolm.  It is a cute little penguin with earmuffs. 

    One Tool Box Mitt is done and the other cast on.







    And this afternoon I treated myself to a lovely skein of Shalimar Paulie for a pair of Chalk Hill Mitts.


    Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    November Goals

    I am trying to keep  this month realistic with my expectations for the month.  This months goals will probably spill over into December.


    October
    1. Knitting:
      • Irish Hiking Scarf for ESK--done
      • KPH Mystery KAL--in progress
      • GAAA begin finishing--in progress
    2. Quilting:
      • Labels on George and Paige's quilts--soon I hope
      • Wayside Crazy Quilt--in progress
      • Schoolhouse Medallion Center--haven't started
    3. Read:  The German Girl; Moonspinners

    November

    1. KPH Mystery KAL--in progress
    2. GAAA begin finishing--in progress
    3. EQ university Applique Class
    4. Tool Box Fingerless mitts for LYS KAL
    5. Read:  Moonspinners
    6. THANKSGIVING


      Sunday, October 29, 2017

      Where has the month gone!

      Sometimes I find that I can't get out of my own way!  But I have finished cataloging my yarn stash--that was a humbling experience but hasn't stopped me from buying more.

      I did manage a finish this month.  The pattern is Irish Hiking Scarf.  It was easy but I love the elegant look of cables.
      i am also working on Knit Purl Hunter's Mystery Cowl KAL.  There is a group of us doing it at our LYS.  The yarn is Hikoo Oh! and my the color is Fudge.






      Hopefully I won't be a stranger around Blog Land. 

      Sunday, October 1, 2017

      Knitting Report

      I love,love, love when I finish projects.  This month has been productive. 
       Three Holey Hats in Malabrigo Chunky are done and ready for holiday gifting.

      I have struggled to be a sweater knitter.  Sweaters that fit me.  I have made lots of baby sweaters.  But we know babies don't complain about fit.  I purchased a class on Craftsy by Amy Herzog.  It has a little more ease than I would normally like but it fits.  I don't like sweaters or tops that are too tight and too short.  I can't wait to start another sweater.