Monday, December 29, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I rarely post on Monday since my Design Wall seldom changes.  I am surprising slow in the progress department.  This is my Embroidered BOM project.  I hope to finish piecing the top this afternoon.
I should have used darker colors in the embroideries.  Now I just have to figure out what to do for borders.  I am off to visit Judy's to see what others are working on.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Yarn report Week 52

I can't believe this will be the final Yarn Report for the year.   The numbers will speak for themselves

Yarn in this week:  0
Yarn out this week:  220 yards (1/2 skein)
Yarn in YTD: 18185 yards (55 skeins)
Yarn out YTD:  7780 yards (34 skeins)

Counting skeins looks more productive than yardage.  Although I am not going to promise that I won't purchase anymore yarn, I do hope to make a sizeable dent in my stash.  Any yarn I but will be for a specific project or challenge.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Yarn Report Week 51

I have completely lost my mind.  I have more than enough knitting projects to last me a lifetime.  I have been toying with the idea of enrolling in the Loopy Academy.  Whatever possessed me to "enroll" with only 10 days left in the semester--but I did.  I know I won't finish on time but I decided to join the fun. 
I added 3 skeins of lovely yarn for a total of 885 yards.  On the left is Blue Moon Fiber Art Socks that Rock lightweight in Tea and Alchemy.  This will be for the Irish Mesh Cowl.  The blue skein in the middle is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Cermak for the Irish Hiking Mittens.  And lastly, Shibui Baby Alpaca DK in Bordeaux for the Whitman hat.

I am pretty sure I don't have any time left this year to buy yarn!!

My totals so far this year are:

Yarn in this week:  885 yards (3 skeins )
Yarn out this week:  0 yards (0 skeins)
Yarn in YTD: 18185 yards (55 skeins)
Yarn out YTD: 5308 yards (25 skeins)

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.