Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday --ok Tues

At my LQS there is an Embroidery Quilt BOM program that I have been doing the last couple of years.  This year we are using Anita Goodesign's Landscape Animals.

This is my progress so far.  It is a fun project.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Stash Report

I have bee avoiding this post like the Black Plague.  I mentioned a few posts ago (I think) that I went on a yarn crawl with three of my Wooly Friends.  We each had a shopping list with a few items--nothing extravagant.  I was looking for a specific gauge ruler.  And I wanted to purchase yarn for a baby blanket for the new little grandbaby due in Jan.  We saw lots of amazing samples that got our creative juices flowing but we exercised remarkable restraint.

We purchased our "passports" at our home LYS.  The canvas bag had some knitty loveliness.
These were my purchases after visiting 5 shops.  I think I did well.  The yarn at the top right is to make a cowl.  The yarn is soft and feels wonderful against the skin.  The left forefront is Sueno in a blue gray for the baby yet to come.  And tucked under the gauge ruler is a skein of encore and a hank of roving to try my hand at thrummed mittens.

So now that I have tried to justify my purchases I am going to fess up to my numbers. 

Yarn in since I last calculated:  2719 yards
Yarn out this week:  0 yards (lots of WIP's)
Yarn in YTD:  18405 yards (No I am not missing a decimal point!)
Yarn out YTD:  6538

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Falling Off the Wooly Wagon

Do you ever feel the need for a little accountability with yarn purchases or fabric purchase?  I always have good intentions but often times have a few special things that just beg to come home.  Such was the case when working last week at my LYS.  Like most well intentioned knitters, I don't NEED any stash yarn.  But I will purchase yarn on special occasions such as the yarn crawl I went on a few weeks back (more on that latter).  Several of my knitting friends (aka Wooly Women) are going to participate in Knit Purl Hunter Cableship KAL. I am not a proficient sock knitter and thought the KAL would move me in that direction.

This is my yarn choice.  It reminds me of watermelon and I wanted happy socks.  The yarn is Zauberball and it feels lovely.

I only want to buy yarn for specific projects that I will work on in the coming months.  But I am weak.  these two lovelies found their way into my work bag. 
So the big question is will I stop buying yarn for the time being.  Well-l-l-l-l!!!!!  Not exactly.  I found a darling poncho pattern for my granddaughter, and I think I need to start it.  Maybe just one more project's work of wooly goodness.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Goals, Hopes and Dreams

I know I sound like a broken record but where does the time go!  Halloween candy has been out since July and I am seeing Thanksgiving and Christmas ads everywhere.  As you can see from my list, my expectations are over the top.  I wish there was a way to give up sleep.  It seems like such a waste of time. I wonder how much of my list I will cross off this month. How much green will be on the list???  The green items I just happen to add on any given month.  They are unplanned items.  I call it being flexible.  Others call it distractibility!

September 2016
  1. Great American Aran Afghan--complete 2 squares--need finishing touches on two squares and then start blocking!!!!!!
  2. My Tweets Quilt--borders, basting, machine quilting, embellishing--didn't even look at it
  3. Bricks and Mortar Quilt--binding and label--just need the label
  4. Complete Little Cotton Rabbit for class--didn't look at her either
  5. Safari BOM Machine Embroidered Quilt--3 blocks--all caught up
  6. Read--Sacred and Profane --done
  7. All the Light We Cannot See--just started
  8. Joy of Life applique--working on block 5
October 2016
  1. Joy of Life--finish block 5
  2. Great American Afghan--start blocking (I have 23 squares)
  3. Knit Purl Hunter Cableship KAL--starts October 6
  4. BOM:  Color Safari, Guild Double Monkey Wrench
  5. Label for Bricks and Mortar
  6. String Quilt--bind and label
  7. My Tweets--borders and basting
  8. Reading:  All the Light We Cannot See

          Thursday, September 29, 2016

          Yarn Crawl Adventures

          Having been busy with a Yarn Crawl and a road trip to visit out of state family, I have had no time to share my Yarn Crawl experience.
          Although there were 13 shops participating in the Crawl, we were only able to visit 5 shops. One of the 5 was our home shop.

          My three wooly friends and I set out early Thursday morning to visit our first shop--which for us was the farthest.  We packed snacks and water to sustain us.  Even though I made a resolution this year to limit my yarn purchases, I knew I would purchase some lovely wooliness for specific projects.
          The grey Sueno is for Wee Baby Blocks.  We have a new grandbaby coming in January and there was a request for a grey blanket.  At the top right are three skeins to make Big Fat Stratus.  There is some roving on the left.  I am going to make thrummed mittens.  I will add up the yardage for my stash report on Sunday.

          Friday, September 23, 2016

          On the Needles Friday

          I am definitely in the home stretch with my Great American Aran Afghan.  Block 22 is done.

          And I hope to finish the pieces for block 23 tonight.  This square has a mini Aran sweater stitched onto a background block.
          I am off to Judy's to see what others are working on.

          Saturday, September 17, 2016

          On the Needles Friday--ok Saturday

          Block 22 of my great American Aran Afghan will be finished this weekend!!  Lots and lots of bobbles.