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.

BOM Away Monday

I have another confession to make.  I like BOM's.  And I have far to many started to even consider another one but I doubt that will stop me.  I already have two in mind will start in 2015 and have started planning my fabric choices.

These are the projects I have started.  At least the closet is tidy--now.  So I chose one and hope to work on it steadily.  I found a lovely blog,What a Hoot Quilts.  I can post on BOM Away Monday for a little accountability.  I have been wanting to work on The Joy of Life and decided to make that my go to BOM project.  I think I purchased this back in 2009.  I'm not really sure.  But I am determined to make progress and finish it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Where to Begin

What a month--happiness, joy, mourning, frustration.  My sister's MIL passed away after a short but debilitating  bout with pancreatic cancer.  She lived with my sister and The Big Guy and I got to know her.  After attending her funeral services we went to Washington DC.  Youngest Daughter was two weeks late and she was going to be induced.  After forty hours of labor Little Mr. C was born.  He is 7lbs 6 oz. of pure loveliness and joy.  It was so difficult leaving DC this morning. But we are back in MA.

While on our trip,  my laptop was hacked and my emails and documents were kidnapped.  I hadn't heard about this until my sister told me that this has been going on.  I don't tend to keep a lot of emails but my documents are gone.  This is so frustrating!!!  I know this is the least important annoyance in my life.  Documents can be recreated.  But prior to the "hijacking"  my computer  had been infected with some nasty viruses that my security program did not pick up.  I spent the better part of 7 hours on the phone with three different support people that could not resolve my issues.  A friend put me in touch with a local computer tech who has resolved most of my problems.  I will let him know about the hijacking.

I have to say that at the moment my computer is not my friend. 

I think after a good night's sleep, I can tackle the computer mess.  Did I mention that I stayed in the labor delivery for all but 8 hours.  I am a little tired.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October's progress and November's dreams

October wasn't as productive as I would have liked.  But I have high hopes for November.  Even with the holidays coming,  I hop to make some progress.  I have already started making lists for 2015!

  1. Eat Sleep Knit Q4 challenge
  2. Eat Sleep Knit Christmas stocking challenge
  3. Organize sewing room--in progress
  4. Fabulous Flowers machine embroidery--in progress
  5. Guild holiday challenge project--in progress
  6. Heartstrings black and white blocks--in progress
  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
  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