Sunday, December 14, 2014

Loopy Academy

I am convinced that I am crazy with a capital K.  Has anyone heard of Loopy Academy?  I was going to be strong and pass on this knitting challenge.  I almost succeeded.  But today I succumbed to the temptation and lure of more yarny goodness.

I just pressed the place order button. At the moment I plan on knitting:
I am thinking of this as an early start on next year's Christmas gifts!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

On and (Off) the Needles and Yarn Report Week 50

I am trying to catch up with my knitting and yarn report!  Too many parties this week hampered my efforts.  But with the bandages off and a very easy project, I finished a last minute Christmas gift and used up some yarn--Yeah!!!!
 Every now and again I will knit the same pattern.  And if it is a repeat, I never, repeat, never use the same yarn--until now.

The Gap-tastic Cowl has been a favorite with my daughters.  My son's girlfriend loved the pattern and the color of the third one I made for my almost granddaughter.  So here are two Gaptastic cowls in Madelinetosh ASAP Dachshund.  They are now ready for a little gentle blocking.

Yarn in this week:  0
Yarn out this week:  360 yards (4 skeins)
In YTD:  17330 yards (19 skeins)
Out YTD:  5308 yards (24 skeins)

Friday, December 5, 2014

On the Needles

Very little progress has been made with knitting!  I will be going to the hand clinic on Monday.  I did this the day before Thanksgiving while dicing the last half of the last onion!    I tried knitting on the sleeve of my Custom Fit V neck cardigan but the tension is a little off.  I am almost finished the first sleeve.  Hopefully I will have a more manageable bandage next week.

Yarn Report--Week 49

I have not done a very good job of recording my yarn purchases.  Eat Sleep Knit had their Black Friday sale last week and I had several projects lined up and decided to purchase the yarn.
These 4 skeins of Madelinetosh ASAP in Dachshund will be used to make yet another Gap-tastic cowl.  I don't often make the same pattern twice and never use the same yarn twice.  But I was asked to make one in the same yarn.
This is an 4 skeins of Madelinetosh ASAP in Ink.  I was to make the Latte Coat for my new grandson and his mom requested Navy Blue.
I added two skeins of Madelinetosh Sock.  The skein on the left is Whiskey Barrel and the one on the right is Cosmos.  I will make fingerless mitts or a cowl.

This is Mrs. Croby's Hat Box in Great Tailed Grackle.  It has lovely shades of green, blue green and dark grey.  These will be for a matching set of fingerless mitts and a cowl.

We were taking a car trip a few weeks ago and I had planned on knitting socks while in the car.  But I left the yarn on the table.  This was an impulse purchase since I am not crazy about knitting socks.  The first skein on the left is Done Roving Yarn in Seaside Botanicals.  It reminds me of Mardi Gras.  Second from the left is Ella Rae Lace Merino in greys and blue grey--this might become a cowl instead of socks.  And the two skeins on the right are Plymouth Happy Feet in multi purple and teal and a red purple for the heel and cuff.

The last three skeins are from A Hundred Ravens in Flaming June--I love orange even though I look wretched in it and Urban Spring which may become a shawl.

Yardage In recently:  4367 yards (19 skeins)
Yardage out recently:  0 (0 skeins)
Yardage in YTD 17330 52 skeins)
Yardage out YTD: 4948 (21 skeins)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Get it Done

Even though I didn't make much progress in November,  I am hopeful December will be better.  But who am I kidding with the holidays "nipping at my heels".

  1. Complete Fabulous Flowers Machine embroidered top
  2. Complete Guild Holiday challenge--borders, quilting, binding, label
  3. Sock Class with Sue finish at least one pair of socks
  4. Work on Custom Fit V neck cardigan--making progress
  5. Heartstrings black and white blocks:  need 48 5 done
  6. Label and name last year's mystery quilt
  7. WIP:  The Joy of Life--working on it
  1. Complete Fabulous Flowers Machine Embroidered top
  2. Hoot Quilt for little Mr. C--3 blocks done
  3. Finish Pot of Gold Socks--Sue's Class
  4. Continue working on Custom Fit V neck cardigan
  5. Joy of Life Applique--finish block 2 and 3
  6. Prepare for 2015  blog knitting, quilting and needlework challenges
I spent today organizing my binders and lists.  I get excited with the new year coming--a clean slate.

            Friday, November 28, 2014

            On the Needles

            Thanksgiving turned out not to be the holiday I planned.
            I had an unfortunate run in with a knife while prepping on Wednesday.  I spent the afternoon in the ER getting patched up.  And then the Big Guy drove us home in snow and sleet.

            The pies never got made.  But we managed to have a lovely dinner.  It is the people that make the holiday.

            Unfortunately I am having difficulty knitting.  But I am making steady but slow progress on my custom fit sweater.  The first sleeve is almost done.

            Monday, November 17, 2014

            Design Wall Monday

            Our guild has a holiday challenge to make something for ourselves.  It is due at our Dec meeting and I am determined to get this done.  I am not very good at machine quilting.  But I didn't let that stop me.  If I don't practice I will never improve.

            I machine embroidered a Bird Brain Designs' pattern, Snow Happens  I hope to finish the quilting tomorrow and then add the binding.