Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Chaos

Another couple of weeks where I have been preoccupied with family, houseguests, Thanksgiving  and various interruptions!!!  We had two Thanksgiving feasts.  One was the Saturday before official turkey day.  All of my cherubs(4) and their spouses/sweeties(4), two lively puppies, and three grandchildren, of which two are very, very active were all home to celebrate.  Thanksgiving Day was more low key with just three of us.  But the cooking was just as involved.  I won't be wanting turkey for awhile.  I wasn't able to touch my knitting or quilting for the better part of the week.  But I did manage to work on a puzzle with a few darlings.  We had fun working on it together.
I have an unfortunate habit of over-extending myself.  I am going to work on it and set more realistic goals.  I am not rushing the New Year but I love the idea of a fresh slate.
Today the Big Guy asked when I was going to start baking Christmas cookies!!!!  I am still trying to recover from Thanksgiving(s)!!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

No Excuses

I would like to think that I have been busy finishing projects with no time to blog.  But not true.  I haven't made much if any progress on any project.since my last post.

My Hermione Socks are waiting to be picked up and worked on.
And the ever-not-to-done Mitered Square blanket mocks me from its corner!!
But I did finish the blanket stich on my first machine applique piece.

The reason I for not being more productive is this:
My work area needs a major clean up!!  I get to a point where I need order and tidiness.  I think I know what I am doing this afternoon.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November To Do List

I knew my list from October was far more than I would accomplish.  There was a travel week and a week that I was under the weather.  And when I originally wrote October's list, I was planning projects that would take me to the end of the year.

  1. Celtic Cowl for Class
  2. Guernsey Triangle Shawl
  3. Sue's Simple Socks
  4. Hermoine socks (2)
  5. Erinn's Quilt--needs binding and a label
  6. Metro Rings Quilt--still looking for border fabric
  7. Tiny Owl
  8. Black and White String Quilt--not yet
  9. Embroidery Quilt BOM--still behind
  10. Great American Aran Afghan--still behind 
  11. Nimue Wrap--in progress
  12. Cables and Columns Scarf--not started
  13. 30 Hexipuffs for Beekeepers Quilt--maybe not
  14. Project bags for knitting--again still behind
  15. Joy of Life BOM--now becoming a life long project
November 2015
  1. Little Mr. C's earflap hat
  2. Nimue Wrap
  3. Hermoine's Socks (2)
  4. Embroidery Quilt BOM
  5. Aran Afghan BOM
  6. Erinn's Quilt
  7. Black and White String Quilt
  8. Project bags for knitting

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I was a little under the weather this week and didn't accomplish what I hoped I would.  But I tried something new--machine applique.

Just goes to show you are never to old to learn something new!!  Last week our guild had a Sue Pelland workshop taught by Linda, a certified Sue Pelland instructor.  It was a fun day but today was the first day I was able to return to the project.
These are two of the borders that I need to buttonhole stitch around. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

On and off the Needles

I sometimes am disappointed that I don't work on just one project until it is finished.
My Celtic Cowl is finished but needs a little blocking.  This is the first time I attempted an I-cord attached finish.  The yarn is Trendsetter Duchess.  It has a touch of cashmere and feels so nice against your skin.

I am trying to catch up on our BOM Aran Afghan.  This is August's block.  It is about 1/2 done.

I have always wanted to learn magic loop for socks.  Our LYS was offering a class and I decided to sign up.  I am a little behind.  We are going to learn how to start the heel tonight.  I will just be watching.  And I will probably sign up to take the class again. 
I am still working on the Mitered Square afghan.  Progress is very slow.  It looks about the same since I posted this picture last August.
Now off to visit Judy's blog for some inspiration.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

More Yarn, More Projects

While at drop in at my LYS, I saw the most adorable giraffe hat kit that I couldn't resist!!  Yes I added an 100 yards of yarn to my stash.  And yes, another project!  But how could I resist.
Little Mr. C's mom called earlier this week to let know he needs a new winter hat.  I found Huck's Earflap hat.  I know I will make it as soon as I find the right yarn for the project.  In the meantime,  I will make up the giraffe.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Goals (aka Wish List)

Nothing finished in September.  So why do I have such an extensive list for October????  There are a few good reasons.  First, I was in Italy for 2 weeks.  For all practical purposes I lost the month of September for accomplishing much.  Getting ready for the trip and recovering from jet lag took up a fair amount of time.
For October I wanted to list some of my Yarnathon projects for Eat Sleep Knit. 
I definitely over extended myself--again.

  1. Celtic Cowl for class--almost
  2. Guernsey Triangle Shawl--almost
  3. Hermoine socks--casted on ( I am trying to learn magic loop)
  4. Halloween quilt block (2)--need to be embellished
  5. Keep working on Mitered Square Blanket
  1. Celtic Cowl for Class
  2. Guernsey Triangle Shawl
  3. Sue's Simple Socks
  4. Hermoine socks (2)
  5. Erinn's Quilt
  6. Metro Rings Quilt
  7. Tiny Owl
  8. Black and White String Quilt
  9. Embroidery Quilt BOM
  10. Great American Aran Afghan
  11. Nimue Wrap
  12. Cables and Columns Scarf
  13. 30 Hexipuffs for Beekeepers Quilt
  14. Project bags for knitting
  15. Pouches for Circular Knitting Needles
  16. Joy of Life BOM