Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Applique Progress

I wanted to share my progress on my current applique BOM from Pearl Perreira, Forever Blooming.  I don't think it will be finished by Friday.  Block 3 in the series will be posted on Saturday.

Make It a Handmade Christmas

SewCalGal is hosting a Make It a Handmade Christmas.  I finished two projects this month that will be Christmas gifts this year.  I have never had such an early start.  I hope I can keep it up.
First is a scarf for a special SIL.
Second is a table runner.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Week 8 Yarn Report

A little progress! 

Yarn in this week:  0
Yarn Out this week:  1.5 skeins (250 yards)
In YTD:  15 skeins
Out YTD:  8.5 skeins (970 yards)

(Almost) On the Needles

The scarf I was working on is done and ready to be blocked.
I have been trying to catch up with some applique BOMs.  So there was very little if any knitting needle activity.  Although I am tempted by Loopy Ewe's Spring Challenge.  I saw lots of yarn I would like to buy but I haven't found a pattern. 
I do have the yarn for a Gramp's Cardigan ready to go.  The yarn from my stash is Madelinetosh DK in Toast. 
My niece is expecting a baby boy in June.  I thought this would make a lovely first Christmas gift.

I am going to pop over to Judy's and see what everyone else is knitting.  Maybe I will get some inspiration for the new Loopy Challenge.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Applique Tuesday

Another lovely snowy day in New England.  But I must admit I am looking forward to Spring.  Needle-turn applique is one of my favorite pastimes.  I am participating in Pearl Pereira's Forever Blooming BOM.  This is February's block--so far.
I would like to share my applique projects with you on Tuesdays.  Is anyone else working on this BOM?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Yarn Report Week 7

So much for de-stashing resolutions and only purchasing for a specific project!!  But I am happy with my purchases.  My LYS had a "yarn tasting" last Sunday.  A local dyer brought samples of her yarns for us to try and of course to purchase.  I have no idea what I will make with these lovelies.  But something will come to mind.
I have been eyeing this skein for a few weeks and could no longer resist.  After all it was part of the sale that day.  I think it will become a cowl.


 Now these lovelies do have a project planned.  My niece is expecting a baby boy in June.  The pattern I will make is Lynn Wilson's Baby Sampler Blanket.
Skeins in this week:  8
Skeins out this week:  1
Skeins in YTD: 15
Skeins out YTD:  8
My mantra for the week is KNIT FASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On the Needles Friday

The scarf I knitting just wasn't looking right.  I decided to start over with fewer stitches and I like it much better.  The pattern is easy to learn. 
The yarn looks a little bluer with this lighting.

Friday, February 7, 2014

On the Needles

Not a very productive week.  Did you ever purchase yarn for a project and then realized it just wasn't right.  I like giving knitted things for gifts especially Christmas.  And yes I do start early and work through out the year.

I purchased Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dyes in Charcoal

The pattern was going to be Low Brow Cowl and Hat.

I just didn't like the combination.  So I decided on a man's scarf.    The pattern is very nice and masculine in the color I chose.  Blue Sky Alpaca is a lovely yarn to work with.  I decided to add ten stiches but it was way to wide.  So the frogging began.  No problem.  But I was a little discouraged, put the needles down, worked on some applique and will cast on again this weekend.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Yarn Report Week 6

At least there is no change from last week.  Although I was hoping to have finished a project.  But I will repurpose the yarn for a different project.

Yarn in this week:  0 (probably a good thing but I will be going to a yarn tasting on Sunday!!)
Yarn out this week:  0
Yarn in YTD:  7 skeins
Yarn out YTD:  7 skeins

Saturday, February 1, 2014

January 2014 Clue one for Tell it to the Stars

Not only am I doing Judy's Tell it to the Stars mystery but I am also going scrappy!!!  This could be a challenge.  But one of the things I want to do this year is to work from my stash when possible.

My background is a very soft cream with a small sprig like flower.  I bought years and years ago and have always loved it.  My anchor fabric is a mottled black fabric, the stand out fabrics will be a variety of yellows and the remaining fabrics will be various blues.