Friday, August 11, 2017

Knitting Report

Judy L is back with her knitting report.  I need this to keep accountable and I am thinking of doing something like this for quilting.  Since moving into the apartment, I have waaaaaaay to much yarn and fabric.  Considering the year is more than half over, I am excited that I have not added very much to my stash.  So for my first Knitting Report:

Stroma by Susan Ashcroft

Leo's Christmas Stocking
A Family of Elementary Twist Hats

Complete Leo's Christmas Stocking
Cast on Malcolm's Christmas Stocking
Mystery Hat for LYS
Pullover V-Neck for ESK 3 KAL

Yarn in this Week:  0 yards
Yarn out this Week:  580 yards in projects and 4404 yards gifted
Yarn in YTD:  4340 yards
Yarn out YTD:  7001 yards

Thursday, August 10, 2017

On the needles and yarn Stash

The last box has been unpacked!!!!  I am beyond excited that life is getting back to normal.  Finding storage for my yarn and fabric has been daunting.  But I have managed to use a little stash.  As I was sorting through my yarn while unpacking,  I looked at each skein and asked myself, "Am I really, really going to use this yarn?"  If the answer was a flat out NO or I hesitated for more than 20 seconds, it went into a gift bag for a friend who has just taken up knitting.   I managed to reduce my stash by 4404 yards and it made my friend very happy.

I have a few finishes to share.  Meg, our youngest, requested hats for her two cherubs and her Sweetie.  She chose Elementary Twist and I loved knitting it.  It was all made from stash.  The to smaller hats on the right are both dark green.  Meg wanted a pom pom on her hat and the far left is navy blue for her Sweetie.

I FINALLY put the buttons on Adorable Ewe, Michele Hunter's KAL last Spring.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Plans

I probably should have only listed moving on my July list.  I was able to do a little knitting between unpacking plastic bins and boxes.  Even though my sewing machines are still being serviced, I hope to set up a functional sewing area in the second bedroom.

  1. Move
  2. Q3 KAL for ESK--Sweater--in progress
  3. Architexture Shawl--on hold
  4. Read:  A Single Thread--reading
  1. Elementary Twist Hats for:  Malcolm, James, Rob and Meg
  2. Christmas Stockings for Malcolm and Leo
  3. Q3 KAL--Sweater--in progress
  4. Craftworks Mystery Bag--Hat
  5. Label Quilts for George and Paige
  6. Read;  A Single Thread

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The move is Done

This past month has been a blur with packing, moving and unpacking. I don't remember moving being this overwhelming and stressful.  But being 10 years older probably has something to do with it.  If it hadn't been for two of our kids, I don't know what the Big Guy and I would have done.  K and T were amazing and then some! 
I am desperately in need of my routine--knitting, quilting, cooking.

I will miss my large sewing room and settle for using the 2nd bedroom in our apartment.



this and now

                         in the closet along with everything else.

I have managed to pick up a little knitting.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July's Hopes

I can't believe that I haven't posted since June 1.  My life is an endless array of boxes and plastic bins.  The final push is this week.  We move July 10.  

I have managed a little knitting and completed the Open Air Shawl.

I have been teaching a machine embroidery crazy quilting class at my LYS.  This is the first time I have tried digitizing a pattern.  I have learned a lot but still have a long way to go.  This is one of the blocks I worked on.  It needs some button, beads and charms.  The technic for this class was using ribbons and lace to embellish a seam.  I need to finish July's block and pack up my sewing room.  This month we will work on Free Standing Lace.

  1. Pack to move--almost done
  2. Visit DD in VA and Family in PA--had a wonderful time
  3. Read In the Woods--done
  4. Open Air Shawl--done--Q2 KAL for ESK
  5. Architexture Shawl--frogged--Casted on again June 28
  1. Move
  2. Q3 KAL for ESK--Sweater
  3. Architexture Shawl
  4. Read:  A Connecting Thread

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Goals

Since we sold our condo in a record 10 days, I knew not to plan on accomplishing much on the knitting and quilting front.

There are boxes everywhere!  The movers will be hear July 10.  This move to an apartment is temporary.  We will eventually have an in-law suite with Miss Katie and her family.  July is down size move #1.

I have had a trip planned to visit Miss Meg and the boys in VA for six months.  Probably not the best time to go away but I have been looking forward to this trip for months.  After a few days with them I will take a train to Phila to visit my family and then go to the Big Guys 50th reunion from the University of Scranton.  The Big Guy will stay home do some packing until it is time for the reunion.  I have high expectations of finishing both knitting projects while on a plane and in a train.

Open Air Shawl


  1. Patchwork Times Challenge for May is #11--Aunt Grace's Garden Party--packed away
  2. Architexture Shawl--on the needles
  3. Book:  In the Woods--3/4 read

  1. Pack to move
  2. Visit DD in VA and Family in PA
  3. Book:  In the Woods
  4. Open Air Shawl

Friday, May 26, 2017

On the Needles

Life in our house has been crazy with a capital C.  We put our condo on the market and it sold in 10 days.  I am not complaining.  I know how lucky we are.  The big Guy and I will eventually move into an in-law apartment with DD#2.  But in the meantime we will be in an apartment.  When the realtor was helping prepare our place for sale, he ventured into my sewing room and with a bit of shock said, "O MY!!  This is a WORKINGING ROOM!!!  Tidying the room for showing was a major undertaking.  Fabric is tucked away in far too many plastic bins as well as enough yarn to knit for every one who lives in Alaska!  It has been humbling for me to see what I have accumulated.
I chose a simple knit to work on at night when I need a little down time from packing.  I am making Purl Soho's Open Air Shawl using Madelinetosh Dandelion in Whiskers.
Writing this post has made feel as though there is some normalcy in my life.