Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Getting It Done December

I think I need to review my list during the month.  I wrote it at the beginning and then never looked at it again!!  I kept getting sidetracked. 

1. Complete the top of Aunt Grace's Garden party--almost
2. Complete brown and gold cowl
3. Complete Return to Square One Medallion Quilt top
4. Machine quilt Pinwheel quilt, bind and label--not even close.
I will just move a few things over to next month and probably add a few more.

My list for January 2014:
  1. Love to Knit Sampler Baby Blanket
  2. CQPJ 2014 (Crazy Quilt Journal Project) January Block
  3. Joy of Life:  appliqué one block
  4. Underground Railroad BOM
  5. Schoolhouse Quilters BOM
  6. Tell it to the Stars Mystery BOM

Friday, December 27, 2013

Yarn Report

Some knitting progress to report.
 In this week:  2 skeins
I couldn't resist.  They were so pretty on the shelf.  I think they will become rolled brim hats

Out this week:  3 skeins
My first Loopy Ewe Challenge for 2014. The pattern is Green Tea Latte.  I used 2 skeins of Shibui Sock in Tweed and 1 skein of Shibui Silk Cloud in Caffeine.
Total in the past few weeks:  20
Total out:  5
I am so -o-o looking forward to starting from scratch with the report next week.

On the Needles Friday

I will be taking this project into the new year.  This is a very popular pattern at our LYS.  Most of us who attend drop in knitting on Tuesday mornings have made a least one of Lynn Wilson's Love to Knit Baby Sampler Blanket.  I am using Cascade Yarns Cherub DK.
I am going to visit Judy L's to see what others are knitting.   I always get great ideas when I visit her blog.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Planning and Organizing

I admit to being a Planner and a List Maker.  I have all kinds of notebooks and pieces of paper laying around. 
I lost my knitting notebook with this year's projects but fortunately most of the information in on my Ravelry page.  The notebook on the right is my new knitting journal--a new book and a new year.

The journal 2nd from the right is my Weight Watchers notebook.  I started the program July 1, 2013 and still have a long way to go.   My Christmas cookie list is next and behind it is a journal with owls.  Nothing has been written in it yet.  I just liked it.  The book on the left is my daily/weekly/monthly to-do lists.  It helps me organize my thoughts.  I forgot to add my Quilting journal.

I am generally an organized person but every now and then I need to shake things up a bit.  My first task for 2014 is to organize my knitting, quilting and needlework projects.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Yarn Report

Not a bad week if I do say so myself.  I finished a cowl which I hope to block before Christmas.  My Loopy Challenge yarn arrived on Monday--that added 3 skeins to my stash and the cowl only used one.

The yarn is Shibui Sock in Tweed and the one in the middle is Shibui Cloud in Caffeine.  I am going to visit Judy's site and see what others have added.

The Loopy Challenges are fun.  It makes me try new yarns, patterns and techniques.

On the Needles Friday

I started my new Loopy Challenge this week.  The pattern is Green Tea Latte.  I have chosen Shibui Sock in Tweed and paired it with Shibui Cloud in Caffeine.

Visit Judy's site to see what others are knitting.

Friday, December 13, 2013

On my needles Friday

This is the same cowl I posted a few weeks ago.  I restarted it 5 times but I think I got it right this time.

Yarn report Week 49

I never got around to reporting my acquisitions last week.  So I will "fess" up.  Not only do I have my Black Friday purchases from Eat, Sleep Knit but I need to add my gift skein that I "won" .  I had a choice of Malabrigo or Squoosh Fiber Arts.  I have never knit with this and thought this would be a good way to try it.  The fiber content is super wash merino, silk and cashmere.  It has a wonderful feel. 

I thought I had a picture of my purchases but it seems to be floating off in the sky somewhere.  So for now I will give my numbers.

In this week:  14 skeins
Out this week:  0
Total used since I started this report:  1

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 49 Stash Report

 I seem to have been very static these past few months.  I finished Return to Square One Medallion and I love it.  I hope to have another finished next week.

Fabric in this week:  4 yards
Fabric Out this week:  13.5 yards
Fabric in YTD:  37.25
Fabric out YTD:  96.5

Now my yarn story isn't as positive!!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Getting it Done November

Not as productive as I would have liked but I did knit a charity hat.  Hopefully my December list will be more manageable.

I like organizing my plans for the month even if I don't complete the tasks.  It helps me set goals and keeps me focused. 

Visit Judy's blog to see what others would like to do.

1. Complete two rows of Aunt Grace's Garden Party
2. Knit Chunky Cable Headband--didn't start
3. Cast on Fantasy Naturale Baby sweater--didn't get to that either
4. Work on Black and White String Blocks--I sense a pattern here--didn't touch it!

1. Complete the top of Aunt Grace's Garden party
2. Complete brown and gold cowl
3. Complete Return to Square One Medallion Quilt top
4. Machine quilt Pinwheel quilt, bind and label

Friday, November 29, 2013

Yarn report Week 47

Not much knitting or anything else other cooking this week.  But that will change next week.  I spent a lovely morning with my coffee and the Eat Sleep Knit site.  I couldn't resist the black Friday sale.  But on those purchases next week.  For this week--nothing in and nothing out.

Current inventory:  329
In this week:  0
Used this week:  0

What's on My Needles

Happy Thanksgiving.

There was very little knitting and quilting this week.  I did manage to cast on a cowl.
Hopefully I will be able to sit and knit a little this evening.   I am going to visit Judy's blog to see what others are working on.  I usually gets lots of inspiration.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Yarn Report Week 46

I have had no change in my numbers--but not for lack of trying!!!  Nothing in this week and nothing out although I did swatch some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport.  I really, really want to make a sweater for me that will fit well.  I will tell you more about my plan in a few weeks.

I have spent a lot of time browsing my favorite online yarn shops.  There are so many yarns I want to try. I have never liked making a swatch, even though I know how important it can be.  But now I am finding it fun.  I try out the yarn before I invest a lot of money to see how I like it.

I am off to visit Judy's Yarn Report.   After I see her purchases I usually go "shopping"

Friday, November 15, 2013

Yarn Report Week 45

This has been the first week in a long, long time that I didn't purchase yarn--not that I wasn't tempted!!!

In this week:  0
Out this week:  1  (it's a start)
In YTD:  330
Out YTD: 1

I'm on a roll.

On the Needles

It has been a slow knitting week.  The brown hat I showed last week is finished and packed away for the Soup Kitchen Christmas Lunch.

I will be giving the cowl to my daughter next week.

At the moment I have been spending more time on applique.  But I will be casting on a sport weight yarn for a swatch.  I am determined to make a sweater that fits.

This is the Gap-tastic Cowl.  The yarn is Malabrigo Mecha Candombe.  The yarn was wonderful to work with.  It has a very rich luxurious feel.  I would love to use it again.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Yarn Report

I need an intervention!!!  During our weekly drop in knitting on Tuesday, I found some lovely fingering weight yarn I couldn't resist.
The bottom skein which looks grey but is more forest and pine green will be for a cowl for one on my DD's  The pink and grey skein was too pretty to pass up.  I don't know what it will be but it is a lovely addition to my stash.

I am going to start fresh with my numbers--this will be like a week 1. 

Number of skeins, balls, hanks on hand--328
Used this week:  0 (leftovers were used to make a Christmas stocking)
Added this week:  2
Total # to be used:  330

ON (and off) the Needes Friday

I love the feeling of finishing things!  One of my first knitting projects was Christmas stockings.  That was about 35 years ago.  About 10 years ago I thought I would replace them with something a little more elegant.  No one wanted anything to do with the new ones.  And since everyone has moved away, I get requests to make Christmas stockings for their homes.  Our youngest was married in September.  I made Christmas stockings for them including their dog two years ago.  This year Mrs. M asked me to make one for her MIL. 
On my needles is a stocking cap in a lovely Chocolate brown.  Several times a month, we gather at our LYS for charity knitting.  I will be taking the finished projects to the Soup Kitchen in a few weeks.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Yarn Report

As I mentioned in an earlier post life has been a little crazy for me.  I have been trying to learn the features of my new laptop and haven't quite figured out how to crop my photos.  Hopefully I will get to it this weekend.

While we were visiting Cape Cod this week, I came across two lovely yarn shops--one in Falmouth and one in Harwich.  It would have so rude not to purchase a little something.  So I came home with 7 additional skeins of yarn for 4 new projects.  Waiting for me when we got back home was a Box of Fun from the Loopy Ewe with 4 more skeins. 
As I was looking for a place to put it, I was amazed how little space I had left.   I counted every skein, ball, hank of yarn.  Including this new stash I have 324 skeins of yarn!!!  I am embarrassed.    Each one was purchased for a specific
project.  I need to begin my New Year resolutions for 2014 NOW!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Getting it done

Sometimes life gets in the way of everyday living!!  I have been without a functioning computer for almost a month.  I have spent the past week trying to learn the ins and outs of my new computer.  This is the first post I have been able to make. 

The kitchen and bathroom cabinets were being redone.  There was little to no time to work on any of my projects.  I am hoping November will be more productive.

1. Complete September and October's clues for BOM Mystery Medallion
2. Complete 48 black and white string blocks--didn't even get to do one
3. Complete Camp Loopy 4th quarter challenge
4.  Work on Baltimore revisited machine embroidery quilt--on hold until further notice

1. Complete two rows of Aunt Grace's Garden Party
2. Knit Chunky Cable Headband
3. Cast on Fantasy Naturale Baby sweater
4. Work on Black and White String Blocks

I don't want to start any new quilt projects until I put a dent in my UFO's.  I only tend to knit one project at a time.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Get it Done October

I was surprised to see how much I did accomplish in September.  I had lots of "car" time and was able to do lots of knitting.

2. BOM Mystery Medallion--working on it
3. Complete Hocuspocusville top
4. Complete 24 blocks of black and white Heartstrings challenge--didn't do even one
5. Complete Plucktember challenge Done

1. Complete September and October's clues for BOM Mystery Medallion
2. complete 48 black and white string blocks
3. Complete Camp Loopy 4th quarter challenge
4. Work on Baltimore revisited machine embroidery quilt
5. Prep Pinwheel quilt for quilting

Friday, September 20, 2013

(ON) Off the Needles Friday

The Big guy and I spent the past week in Washington DC for the wedding of our youngest daughter.  I had lots of knitting time in the car and finished my Plucktember project.  This was my first time knitting with Plucky Knitter yarn. 
The color is Chino.  But the picture makes it look more grey.  It has some lovely brown tones.  The cowl needs to be blocked.
I have ordered my yarn for The Loopy Ewe 4th Quarter challenge.  I hope my box of happiness comes tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fiber Therapy or What was I thinking!!!

Every Tuesday morning, I join up with my knitting friends at our LYS.  We always enjoy ourselves and love seeing the new yarns and patterns that come in.  I usually exercise restraint when it comes to buying.  All of my resolve melted away today.  I have added six skeins of yarn for 4 projects.  I pledged earlier this year to limit yarn and fabric purchases and use up what I have!!! 

In the top picture on the bottom left are two skeins of Emma Rae for cowls.  The top bulky yarn is from cascade and will be for a ski headband.  The three dkeins on the right are also shown in the bottom picture.  It has sequins in the yarn.  I think I will make a shawl with it.

Considering that our youngest daughter is getting married this Saturday in Washington DC, I relieved my stress, by supporting my LTS owner--she was very happy.  Since the Big Guy and I live in Massachusetts, I will have lots of knitting in the car time. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Yarn Report

I missed last week's report due to travelling and knitting my little fingers to the bone!  But i have managed to use 2 more skeins by finishing my Camp Loopy #3 project.  But i don't think it will qualify as a finish--I don't think I posted it on time.

Sofar this month I have used 4 skeins.  I hope to organize my yarn report a little better in October.  Our youngest daughter is getting married next Saturday.  Once we are finished with the wedding festivities I hope to get back to being organized with project.

So for today,  no new yarn or patterns added.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Get it Done August and hope to get it done September

August was not as successful as I would have hoped.  But I did complete my camp loopy project which took me longer than expected.  I am excited to say that I have been keeping up to date with Judy's BOM Medallion Mystery.  There will be travelling to andfrom MA, PA and DC for our daughter's wedding.  Knitting will be done while in the care but not much sewing for the week I won't be home.

1. BOM Mystery Medallion--up-to-date
2. Camp Loopy Project #3 Done
3. Work on Baltimore Revisited--a little progress
4. Complete hand quilting on Vintage Valentine center block--not one stitch down

2. BOM Mystery Medallion
3. Complete Hocuspocusville top
4. Complete 24 blocks of black and white Heartstrings challenge
5. Complete Plucktember challenge

Camp Loopy Project #3

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Devenish was finished with 4 hours to spare.  It helped that we were on a road trip and I had several hours of uninterrupted knitting.  It does need a little blocking but the knitting is done and all of the ends woven in.  I love how the cables came out.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Surprise Package.

I love most surprises that come in the mail.  Especially when I have forgotten about it.  Today I received my first Plucky Knitter package.  It is a yarn I have never used before.  I am going to participate in the Plucktember challenge.  I will be knitting Lowbrow hat and cowl.  This yarn is an aran worsted weight of merino, silk and yak in the color Chino.  It has a wonderful feel.  I can't wait to start the project.  We can cast on Sunday September 1.

Friday, August 23, 2013

On the Needles Friday

I am furiously working on my Camp Loopy Project #3.  It must be completed by Saturday August 31 11:59 PM.  We are going on a road trip Friday.  I am hoping that with five uninterrupted hours in a car that I just might finish on time.

Knitting Report Week 33

I love Judy's idea of a weekly knitting report.  Maybe, just maybe I will stop and think before I purchase another pattern or more yarn.  This kind of reminds me of Weight Watchers--is it worth the points--do I REALLY need more yarn; prior planning before you eat--what am I going to make with the new yarn.  Can you guess what I did this morning!!  But that is another post.

Skeins in this week:  0 (not by choice)
Skeins out this week:  1
Skeins in YTD:  1
Skeins out YTD:  2

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Stash Report Week 33

There has been very little sewing going on--mostly knitting.  But I did add a little fabric for a specific project--more on that in a few weeks.

Fabric in this week:  4.75 yards
Fabric out this week:  0
YTD in;  33.25
YTD out:  66.75

Still doing better using the stash rather than adding to it.

Now back to that dang knitting project.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Knitting Report Week 32 (even though I am just starting today)

One of my all time favorite blogs to visit is JudyL at Patchwork Times.  I'm a city girl, she is a country girl who has made me want to visit Texas.  She gets more done in one day than I do in a month of Sundays.  She has many great, creative, funs ideas and I usually find myself jumping in feet first.

Quilters have fabric stashes and knitters have yarn stash.  Personally,. I prefer calling these "collections"  my 401K plans.  My yarn tucked away in a good size walk in closet.

This is just what is visible  Do I NEED to buy more yarn/  ABSOLUTELY not.  Will I?  To be truthful I do have a few committments.  And I must honor these promises. 

Like Judy, I signed up for The Loopy Ewe Fall giftables club.  My first package arrived today.  Isn't is beautiful.  I am waiting for the pattern that is part of the package.  It is a pair of fingerless mitts.  Judy introduced me to TLE over a year ago.  It was love at first purchase and I have been going strong ever since.

So in order to hold myself accountable with yarn purchases,  I am going to join Judy on Fridays with a knitting report.

Skeins in this week: 1
Skeins used this week: 1
New Patterns:  2

I signed up to take part in Plucktember with the Plucky Knitter.  I will be knitting Lowbrow hat and cowl.  The yarn should be arriving any day!!!

This by far the longest post I have ever written.

On the Needles friday

Why does time seem to fly by!!!  Lately I just don't seem to be able to catch up or stay on track. 
Let me share with you what is on my needles.  My Camp Loopy Project #3 is due by August 31.  I don't think I will make this deadline but I do like how the sweater is turning out.

The pattern is Devenish and I am using Cascade superwash.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Get it Done

I am happy with my rogress this month.  I think I will put hocuspocusville on hold.  I need to catch up with my machine embroidery BOM--Baltimore revisited.  But I was very happy to complete the Heartstrings top

1. Camp Loopy Project #2--Pine Forest baby Blanket
2. Summer Wind Infinity Scarf
3. BOM Mystery Medallion
4. Catch up with Baltimore Revisited
5. Piece Hocuspocusville top
6. Complete 10 Heartstring Blocks--actually completed the top

1. BOM Mystery Medallion
2. Camp Loopy Project #3
3. Work on baltimore revisited
4. Complete hand quilting on Vintage Valentine center block

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Week 30 Stash Report

Yipee!!!  I have a change in numbers.  It has been a long time coming or so it seems.I finally finsihed a HeartStrings Challenge from memorial Weekend.  I will be sending it out in a few weeks for quilting and assembling and it will be donated. This is a fun project and uses lots of scraps.

Fabric in this week:  0
Fabric Out this week:  17 yards
In YTD:  28 3/8
Out YTD:  66.75 yards

I must confess that I have been trying to "add" fabric.  I have been looking for  an embroidery background fabric.  I want to start Crabapple Hill Berry Picking Party.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

Friday, July 26, 2013

On and (Off) the needles Friday

I have been a knitting machine lately.  Camp Loopy is in full swing.  I finished project #2--Pine Forest baby Blanket.
Project #3 doesn't start until Aug 1.  I will be knitting Devenish by Eileen Casey for my grandaughter.  The yarn is Cascade Superwash in Pink rose.

So before I start another project, I hope to finish the Summer winds infinity scarf.  I have a little frogging to do.  I forgot a yarn over or a decrease--can't seem to find it.  But we have a Condo association meeting tonight, so I will take my kntting along.  Does anyone dread Condo meetings as much as me?  They can be so uncomfortable.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Memorial Day Challenge--finally done

I'm really not a procrastinator.  I tend to do tasks in a timely manner as long as you don't count all of my UFO's  But one of my favorite quilts to make is the Heartstring Projects.  I get to use up lots of fabric and someone gets a nice quilt.  Last May, Mollie had a challenge--use a brown string in the center.  So many quilts are very frilly and girly and the guys seem to be left out.  This challenge was going to change this.  Four of the forty eight blocks were completed that Memorial day weekend.  But this week I went to work and finished the top, backing and binding.  Now off to the quilter.

I love this pattern.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Camp Loopy #2

Camp Loopy porject #2 is done.  The yarn is Dream in Color Classy and the color is Butter Peeps.  It is a soft yellow with shading of pink.  The pattern is a free download on ravelry--Pine forest baby blanket.  Now time to move onto project #3.  I think I will make a sweater for my grand-daughter.  We can knit anything we want as long as we use at least 800 yards!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rose of Sharon

Hmm-m where to begin!  I am kind of new to machine embroidery.  My LQS is offering a BOM using Anita Goodesigns' Rose of Sharon.   I was trying to use the mega hoop but was having a devil of time. I hope these blocks look better when I start putting the quilt together.  I seem to need some major hooping instruction.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stash Report Week 28

Where oh where have I been???  Certainly not blogging.  I haven't finished anything so there has been no change in my numbers.  Although I must confess that I am probably going on a little shopping expedition tomorrow.  I have wanted to start Crabapple Hill's Berry Picking Party and need to find the perfect background.

Fabric in this week:  0
Fabric out this week:  0
YTD in:  28 5/8
YTD out;  49.75

Visit Judy's site to see the progress others have made.

Friday, July 5, 2013

On the Needles Friday

Camp Loopy Project #2 started on July 1st.  My pattern is Pine Forest Baby Blanket and the yarn is Dream in Color--Butter Peeps.  The yarn is a soft yellow with hints of pink.  It will be a great take along project this weekend during a road trip to PA for a graduation party.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Get It Done

A little progress has been made!!!  It was a very busy month with our daughter's wedding shower out of state, visiting family while on the road and house guest this month.  Three out of the four weeks were a total lose for sewing and my one Bernina has been in for servicing for a month.  So considering all of this, I think I did fairly well.

1. June BOM Mystery Medallion
2. Campy Loopy Project June--Kimono Wrap Infant Sweater
3. Catch up with Baltimore revisited--I am even more behind!!!
4. Bind PB's Cupcake quilt
5. Piece Hocuspocusville top--still waiting

1. Camp Loopy Project #2--Pine Forest baby Blanket
2. Summer Wind Infinity Scarf
3. BOM Mystery Medallion
4. Catch up with Baltimore Revisited
5. Piece Hocuspocusville top
6. Complete 10 Heartstring Blocks

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Camp loopy Project #1

I have just finished my Camp Loopy Project #1 with one day to spare.  The challenge is a "one skein project, using a yarn that you have not used before. You can use a single skein of Lace weight or a single skein of Fingering weight yarn, and your project must use at least 375 yards of the skein, so make sure the skein you’re buying has at least 375 yards in it".
I chose the patterrn Little Princess Kimona and used Shalimar Zoe Sock yarn in Tamarillo.

Friday, June 28, 2013

On the Needles Friday

Since we were planning a roadtrip to PA and DC from MA, I choose a project that I would be able to knit in the car.  My choice is Irish girlie Knits' Summer Wind in Madelinetosh Merino Light.  The color is called Afternoon Tea that has lovely shades of pink and peach.  I love how the pattern is making up but I had to cast on 4 times!!!  I kept twisting it as I was joining it.  It should be smooth sailing now.  I hope to finish it this week-end.  I am ready for Camp Loopy Project #2--more on that next week.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Still here

I'm really not whining but.........  The last few weeks have been a blur.  I seem to be having a run of "bad luck" according to my doctor.  A flu followed by another cold---hm-m-m.  I thought I was taking care of myself but apparently not so much!!! There have been a few bright moments during this time.  My sister came for a visit.  It was a wonderful week even though I did alot of sleeping.  The following week the Big Guy and I went to Washington DC for our youngest daughter's bridal shower.  The shower was held at Coco Sala and it was amazing.  The food was delicious.  If you are in the area it is definitely worth a visit and taste.

So after a whirlwind three weeks, I was ready to catch up on Camp Loopy and other blogging adventures.  But the battery for my camera wants to be recharged before snapping anymore progress.  I thought I would share the beginning of my Camp Loopy Project #1.  It is a Kimono style baby sweater that is being blocked as we speak/write.  I will attach the buttons when it is dry and post a picture.

Friday, June 7, 2013

On the Needles Friday

Camp Loopy started June 1 and I was ready to go!!  But it has taken three attempts to get my Little Princess Kimono sweater going.  The yarn is Shalimar Sock in Tamarillo.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Stash Report Week 22

Time is flying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I can't believe we are 22 weeks into the year.  Although I have nothing to report as far as output,  I did make a little purchase of 5.75 yards this week.  The fabric will go into two quilts--one that I have started and one that is in the planning stage.   I needed several batiks to add to the machine embroidered Rose of Sharon I am working on. 

Fabric in this week:  5.75 yards
Fabric out this week:  0
In YTD:  28 5/8 yards
Out YTD:  49.75

Friday, May 31, 2013

May's Successes

I never seem to get as much done as I think I can.  Oh well!!!  The Mega hoop and I were having "issues" when I was working on Baltimore Revisited.  I just wasn't able to hoop the fabric snug enough.
My satin stitches were not lining up with my tack down stitches.  There are at least 5 blocks that are unusable.  So I went back to using the large oval hoop and resizing the block and my results are much better.
Hopefully, I will be able to redo the other blocks and get back on track.  Our daughter's wedding shower is this month, so I am not sure how much I will get done.

1. Piece Hocuspocusville top--uh-oh not yet
2. May BOM Mystery medallion
3. Catch up with Baltimore Revisited--not yet
4. Madelinetosh lovers MadMay challenge Cabernet Infinity Scarf
5. Madelinetosh lovers MadMay challenge Goldilocks fingerless mittens

1. June BOM Mystery Medallion
2. Campy Loopy Project June--Kimono Wrap Infant Sweater
3. Catch up with Baltimore revisited
4. Bind PB's Cupcake quilt
5. Piece Hocuspocusville top

On (Off) the Needles Friday

MadMay 2013 was a busy one!  I completed two projects for this knitting challenge.  And I am very pleased with the results.
This is a very cropped picture of the Cabernet Infinity Scarf.  It is pinned to a blocking board.  When it is dry I will take a more flattering picture. 

My second project was a pair of fingerless mittens made with Tosh Merino Light.  It was a fun and easy project.  I think I may make several more pairs for Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Amy Herzog Designs

One of the items on my to do list is to knit a sweater that fits.  Several months ago I discovered Amy Herzog's Fit to Flatter group on Ravelry.  She has a newly published book, Knit to Flatter, as well as a Craftsy class.  I purchased both and have learned alot.

Now is the time to get to work, take my measurements and pictures to identify body type and all that good stuff.

All of the knitting I do is for others.  But it would make me happy to knit something for me to wear. 

Wish me luck!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Camp Loopy Box of Fun

Any day is a little brighter when you get a box of fun from the Loopy Ewe.  Camp Loopy starts June 1st.  the challenge is to use one skein of lace or fingering weight yarn in a yarn we have never used before.

I have chosen Shalimar Zoe Sock yarn in Tamarillo.  The color is lovely and I think it will make sweet little baby girl sweater.
Now i know I can only use one of the skeins--I thought that was all that I ordered. My fingers must have thought I needed an extra one for another project.  I am sure I will find something lovely to knit.

Not only did my Camp Loopy stuff come but I seem to have earned a few bonus points.  I am a member of the Merino Club and I am working my way up to the Alpaca Club!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Loopy Ewe 2nd Quarter challenge

I seem to be knitting up a storm these past few weeks.  Truth be told I little energy to do much of anything else.  This is my entry for the 2nd quarter challenge.  It is Easy Colorwork Headbands by Diana Jordan.  I used Tosh Vintage in Stargazing and Silver Fox.

I am very happy with the results.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hello, again

It seems like a life-time since I last posted.  I mentioned a flu-like virus that I had--well I am still recovering.  Each week is better than the last.  But this has taken it's sweet time.  So far this week I have resumed an almost normal routine without having to spend a day and half resting up!
Have you ever  "been to" Camp Loopy?  Last year was my first time and it was grand.  Knowing that camp is going to start soon helped with my recovery.  I have chosen Shalimar sock yarn in tamarillo.  The pattern I have chosen is Little Princess Kimono.

I hope to post a picture tomorrow of what is currently on my needles.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Get It done April

When I realized today was the last day of month, I was certain that nothing would have been accomplished for the month.  For more than two weeks I was struggline with a flu like virus.  Yesterday was the first day that I thought I might be getting better!  I was surprised to see what I had accomplished.  One project not listed for April but completed was the Loopy Ewe second quarter challenge.  I will post the results later this week.

All in all I am pretty happy with the results.

1. Keep up to date with BOM Medallion Mystery and Baltimore revisited. only Medallion Mystery
2. Piece a Pinwheel quilt with fabrics from Lancaster Quilt Show--on hold
3. Cast on yellow baby sweater--on hold
4. Complete blackwork on blocks 11 and 12 of Hocuspocusville
5. Make 4 pillowcases for grand-darlings birthdays

1. Piece Hocuspocusville top
2. May BOM Mystery medallion
3. Catch up with Baltimore Revisited
4. Madelinetosh lovers MadMay challenge Cabernet Infinity Scarf
5. Madelinetosh lovers MadMay challenge Goldilocks fingerless mittens

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stash Report Week 17

Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I have been away from blogging for what seems like forever.  I thought I had the flu but have been having fatigue problems for the past few weeks.  There was very little sewing, stitching, knitting, cooking--you name it, it wasn't getting done!!!

But my grandchildren had birthdays this month and their request were soft aka flannel pillowcases.  There are four new very soft pillowcases on the table. 

My numbers for this week look like this:

Fabric in the week:  0 (too tired to go shopping!!)
Fabric out this week:  5.5 yards (yeah pillowcases)
Fabrin in YTD:  22  7/8
Fabric out YTD:  49.75

I hope I can wake up this week and spend some time at my machine.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Yarn Goodness

Yarn and fabric make me happy!!  There are two knitting challenges I want to participate in.  One is the Loopy Ewe's 2nd quarter challenge.  I have never done stranded work so I chose what I hope is a good beginner pattern--Easy Fair Isle headband.  The yarn I will use is Madelinetosh Vintage in Silver  Fox and Stargazing.

Those are the two hanks you see in the lower right corner.  The blue stargazing has differnet shades of blue with a little green.

The second challenge is Madelinetosh Lover's MadMay.  I was more than ambitious when ordering yarn.  Chances are I will be lucky to finish one project.  But I do have plans for all of the yarn you see.  Starting from the left is Madelinetosh Merino Light in Afternoon Tea (a peachy pink), Sequoia and Blue Gingham.  Afternoon Tea and Blue Gingham are to make Irish Girlie Knits Summer Wind cowl.  The Sequoia is for Goldilocks Fingerless Mittens.  This will be my 2nd MadMay project. 

The pink yarn is Madelinetosh Vintage in Posy.  I have selected a new cardi for Little Miss M, Tiny Tea Leaves.

To the right of Posy is Tosh Vintage in Vermillion.  This will be for my firts MadMay project, Cabernet infinity scarf.

The gigties on the lower left are from the Loopy Ewe.  Their boxes of fun are delightful.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Stash Report Week 14

Very little sewing this week.  I was able to work a little on my Return to Square One Mystery.  Little M and Mr. TAM have requested new "soft" aka flannel pillowcases for their birthdays this month.  Of course I didn't have the "right" flannel thought it would be a good idea to support my LQS with a wee purchase.

In this week:  4 1/8 yards
Out this week:  0
In YTD:  22 7/8
Out YTD:  44 1/4

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Get It Done

Journaling my goals has helped me see where I've been, where I am and where I would like to be.  In the past it would have bothered me not to complete everything I planned.  But it is ok to stray!  I like the little side streets I take every now and again.

Although I have more quilt projects started than I care to admit, my knitting is different.  I can only have one project at a time--go figure. that is not to say I don't have a  large yarn stash--Oh but I do!!  I have two challenges coming up so I get to buy more yarn, since what I have just won't work--hmmmmm.  Do you believe that last little tidbit? Since I  did not like how the Ma Belle was going together, the yarn will be repurposed.    My gauge and measurements were accurate but I wasn't happy with finished project.

1. Complete QOV String Quilt, prepare backing and binding and send off Done
2. Keep up to date with BOM Medallion Mystery and Baltimore revisited Done
3. Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: 10 blocks--put on hold for awhile
4. Pat's Cupcake Quilt--Applique Done
5. Complete Little Miss M's Ma Belle sweater--Not happy with how it went together will repurpose the yarn

1. Keep up to date with BOM Medallion Mystery and Baltimore revisited.
2. Piece a Pinwheel quilt with fabrics from Lancaster Quilt Show
3. Cast on yellow baby sweater
4. Complete blackwork on blocks 11 and 12 of Hocuspocusville
5. Make 4 pillowcases for grand-darlings birthdays

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Stash Report Week 12

I have some good news and not so good news.  The good news is that I went to the quilt show in Lancaster PA.  It was amazing.  I am always inspired by other quilters' creativity.  I don't really think of the next bit of information as bad news but there are some in the house who would disagree.  I added some lovely yardage to my stash.  16 1/8 yards to be exact.  I love every square inch of it.

My numbers so far look like this:

In this week;  16 1/8 yards
Out this week:  0  (I was way too busy shopping to sew!)
In YTD:  18 3/4 yards
Out YTD:  44 1/4 yards

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stash Report Week 10

I tend not to report when there aren't any changes in my numbers. But this week I have a finish!!! I will be sending off a Quilt of Valor Heartstring top, backing and binding.  If you notice below,  I have brought in only 2.25 yards of fabric so far.  But I will confess now to a significant change is about to occur (probably)  My sister and I are going to the Lancaster AQS show on Friday.  I can't imagine visiting all of those vendors and not purchasing some significant yardage!!

Fabric in this week:  0 yards
Fabric out this week:  15.5 yards
Fabric in YTD:  2.25 yards
Fabric out YTD:  44.25