Another couple of weeks where I have been preoccupied with family, houseguests, Thanksgiving and various interruptions!!! We had two Thanksgiving feasts. One was the Saturday before official turkey day. All of my cherubs(4) and their spouses/sweeties(4), two lively puppies, and three grandchildren, of which two are very, very active were all home to celebrate. Thanksgiving Day was more low key with just three of us. But the cooking was just as involved. I won't be wanting turkey for awhile. I wasn't able to touch my knitting or quilting for the better part of the week. But I did manage to work on a puzzle with a few darlings. We had fun working on it together.
I have an unfortunate habit of over-extending myself. I am going to work on it and set more realistic goals. I am not rushing the New Year but I love the idea of a fresh slate.
Today the Big Guy asked when I was going to start baking Christmas cookies!!!! I am still trying to recover from Thanksgiving(s)!!!!
I knew my list from October was far more than I would accomplish. There was a travel week and a week that I was under the weather. And when I originally wrote October's list, I was planning projects that would take me to the end of the year.
Celtic Cowl for Class
Guernsey Triangle Shawl
Sue's Simple Socks
Hermoine socks (2)
Erinn's Quilt--needs binding and a label
Metro Rings Quilt--still looking for border fabric
I was a little under the weather this week and didn't accomplish what I hoped I would. But I tried something new--machine applique.
Just goes to show you are never to old to learn something new!! Last week our guild had a Sue Pelland workshop taught by Linda, a certified Sue Pelland instructor. It was a fun day but today was the first day I was able to return to the project.
These are two of the borders that I need to buttonhole stitch around.
I sometimes am disappointed that I don't work on just one project until it is finished.
My Celtic Cowl is finished but needs a little blocking. This is the first time I attempted an I-cord attached finish. The yarn is Trendsetter Duchess. It has a touch of cashmere and feels so nice against your skin.
I am trying to catch up on our BOM Aran Afghan. This is August's block. It is about 1/2 done.
I have always wanted to learn magic loop for socks. Our LYS was offering a class and I decided to sign up. I am a little behind. We are going to learn how to start the heel tonight. I will just be watching. And I will probably sign up to take the class again.
I am still working on the Mitered Square afghan. Progress is very slow. It looks about the same since I posted this picture last August.
While at drop in at my LYS, I saw the most adorable giraffe hat kit that I couldn't resist!! Yes I added an 100 yards of yarn to my stash. And yes, another project! But how could I resist.
Little Mr. C's mom called earlier this week to let know he needs a new winter hat. I found Huck's Earflap hat. I know I will make it as soon as I find the right yarn for the project. In the meantime, I will make up the giraffe.
Nothing finished in September. So why do I have such an extensive list for October???? There are a few good reasons. First, I was in Italy for 2 weeks. For all practical purposes I lost the month of September for accomplishing much. Getting ready for the trip and recovering from jet lag took up a fair amount of time.
For October I wanted to list some of my Yarnathon projects for Eat Sleep Knit.
I definitely over extended myself--again.
Celtic Cowl for class--almost
Guernsey Triangle Shawl--almost
Hermoine socks--casted on ( I am trying to learn magic loop)
First and foremost I wish I could master a foreign language especially Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German. Hmm--I don't want to forget French!
2. Bake a tender, chewy healthy loaf of bread.
3. Drive a stick shift.
4. Ski and not break any bones.
6. Knit a sweater that fits perfectly.
7. Only finding the good in others.
8. Playing the piano.
9. Moderation in all things.
10. Endless capacity for compassion, love and service.
ITALY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had the great fortune of visiting Italy. My sister and our husbands went on a tour from Rome to Venice. I can't pick a favorite city since they were all wonderful--Rome, Cascia, Assisi, Sienna, Florence, Pavia, Milan, Padua and Venice. Miles of walking--my fitbit was going crazy. It recorded the hills as stairs that I climbed.
We returned yesterday after two weeks. Jet lag has gotten the better of me. Does anyone have any secrets to recover?
Throughout the coming weeks, I will probably sneak in a photo or two just so I can reminisce a little.
As much as I am looking forward to getting back into my routine, I am going to miss my Italian adventure.
I don't know what happened to August but I didn't get much of anything done! I did a little bit of work on several things but finished nothing. Not sure how September will go. There is very little project time available this month.
Hmmm. I haven't been all that accountable with my yarn purchases. My goal this year was to purchase yarn for specific projects. Well, I almost kinda, sorta did that!!! Our LYS had not one but two trunk shows. Trunk shows do me in. I see a sample and know that I want to make it.
Could you resist these lovely Alpaca yarns. Obviously, I couldn't.
Yarn in the week: 4825 yards
Yarn out this week: 300 yards I finished a pair of socks.
Even though I have spent some lovely afternoons in my sewing room, I don't have much--yet--to show for it. I did do a good job adding to my stash! Some of the fabrics are earmarked for borders, backings and binding. The other yardage is just because.
Fabric in this week: 23.25 yards
Fabric out this week: 0 yards
In YTD: 86.75
Out YTD: 60.5
It took a little longer than I thought to recover from this GI virus. But now it is time to fess up. I took inventory of what I am doing. I couldn't understand why I wasn't finishing anything. Now I know!!
We have a knitting group that meets twice a week. Tues is for drop in knitting and Thurs is for the Great American Aran Afghan (GAAA) BOM or sock club.
I cast on block 8 for my GAAA. This group meets the 3rd Thurs. of the month.
When the GAAA isn't meeting we have sock club. this seems to be the only time I work on socks. I just have the heels left to finish and then I can cast on another pair.
The shop owner of my LYS asked me to teach a Celtic Cowl class. I think I have finally finished the details of the pattern and I have started knitting it. The yarn has cashmere in it and is lovely to work with.
The mitered square blanket is my Tues. drop in project. No counting is involved and I can be part of the many conversations that are going on around the table.
I put the Guernsey Triangle away for a little while. I can work on it once I catch up with those other projects.
I definitely need to focus and finish!!! I am off to visit Judy's blog to get a few more ideas.
I never announce ahead of time when I am going away. And I haven't taken my laptop with me since my system was held for ransom a few years ago. We were only going to be gone for five days and thought I would just catch up when I got home. We were going on a trip to VA to visit little Mr. C and his mom and dad and then we were going to "swing by" Ocean City NJ to visit my sister for a couple of days.
The VA trip was very nice. We saw Little Mr. C's new home and had a lovely time with youngest daughter and her husband--UNTIL----one little 18 lb. gentleman took 4 adults down with a GI bug. It wasn't pretty!!! NJ was cancelled and we limped back to MA depleted and a mess.
I had several knitting projects lined up to do on the long car rides. I had big plans to finish two perhaps 3 projects.
Today was the first day I was out of the house and feeling almost 100%.
I found my Get it Done post had never been published so I sent it off.
I have pictures to take and posts to publish. So I hope to catch up this week end and share some lovely yarn and fabric purchase.
I have been trying to catch up on organizing tasks and getting things in order. I tend to do this when I feel stressed.
I wanted to post a few things on Ravelry for my Eat Sleep Knit projects. One of the badges to earn is called Bag Lady. Just have to show that I have at least (cough) 6 project bags.
Here are 7 projects in various stages of being started. (I don't think that sentence makes much sense. The front left floral bag is my sock knitting bag. The bag behind it is for my mitered square afghan. Center front bad is Sandbar Shawl, and there are two bags behind both with Custom Fit sweaters. The front right bag is my Guernsey shawl. Behind the shawl is the start of an owl blanket and lastly is a big chunky cowl.
I only wish I could knit and quilt at the same time.
I finished Block #6 for my Great American Aran Afghan.
Progress on my ESK Mitered Square KAL is slow and steady. I will start a white skein after this green skein of yarn. I hope I finish by the Dec 31 deadline!
My last project on the needles is a sample for my LYS. I don't often knit a lace pattern and this one is not that difficult even though I had to cast on 9 times!!!!! Never have so few stitches (20) given me so much trouble but I am well on my way.
I am off to visit Judy's site to see what others are knitting, crocheting, spinning.
Do you feel as though the month of June was just 5 days instead of 30! I don't think I am ever going to finish my Petal Swap quilting. I stitched in the ditch and did the binding but keep adding hand quilting in the blocks. I think it is going to be a WIP that will never be finished.
Not a bad month if I do say so myself.
String Bean Quilt: bind and label
Petal Swap Quilt: finish hand quilting, binding and label
I had a lovely visit with my sister this week. I talked until all hours of the night. I miss her already.
So I thought I would catch up.
Fran and I went to a quilt shop and a few yarn shops. I did find some background fabric that I wanted to add to my stash. I have a few machine embroidery quilts in mind and wanted to be prepared with some choices.
Fabric in this week: 14.5 yards
Fabric out this week: 6.5 yards. Backing and binding for two quilts
Fabric in YTD: 63.5 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 60.5 yards
This will not be the first time I have mentioned my love affair with Eat Sleep Knit (ESK) and their Yarnathon. I am a proud member of the Cowlette Team and I have completed several of the KAL. You can see these projects and others on my Ravelry page.
I haven't told the Big Guy yet but I want to plan a trip to Georgia so I can visit the shop! I will let you know how that works out. But for now I am very happy with shopping on line.
I just received my latest box of loveliness.
In the back row is some fun multi colored yarn to make an Owl quilt for the crochet badge. The two skeins on the front row, left side are for socks. The middle two are for a scarf for someone for Christmas and the last 3 are for a shawl.
I have been on a roll! Our guild had a little challenge and I just finished binding it. I have been participating in the 2015 Finish A Long with the hopes I would finish stuff. In case you didn't guess I love bright colors. I need to get this ready for Wednesday's link up.
I seem to have been on a yarn buying frenzy. I had promised myself that I could only but yarn for a specific project. But I have gotten a little caught up helping my ESK team the Cowlettes.
Yarn in this week: 5223 yards
Yards out this week: 0 week ( I am knitting but haven't finished anything!)
Yarn in YTD: 18182 yards
Yarn out YTD: 2366 yards
The skeins below I picked up at my LYS. The are Mrs. Crosby's Hat Box and Train Case. I am going to make shawls from both these color ways. I have a need to make sure my LYS stays in business and I feel duty bound to help.
The yarn in the back row is for a darling crochet owl blanket. I am not much of a crochet person but I want to take one for the team.
The yarn in the front row from left to right:
2 skeins of sock yarn because I really like it and I go to sock club on Thurs.
2 skeins of pashmina for a scarf
3 skeins for a shawl.
I really need to get knitting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hmm. I was so excited to weigh in yesterday. I thought I was down 1/2 lb. But I was up .2. I couldn't believe how crestfallen disappointed I was. Good thing this week's topic was activity. If only knitting and quilting were considered aerobic activity!!
I will confess that I did a poor job tracking. Here's hoping for a more successful week.
You know the saying a day later and a dollar short--that has become my motto and I am working very hard to change that.
I have two projects on the needle. One I work on when I don't have to concentrate to hard. This for an ESK challenge that I will post about later. You knit every row and decrease 2 stitches every other row.
The other project requires a little more concentration. My LYS is having a BOM KAL for the Great American Aran Afghan. I had to re-do Block 2 but I will now be caught up before we get together Thursday evening.
I have been a member of Weight Watcher's for almost two years but haven't worked very hard at it. I really enjoy the meeting I attend. The problem is me--no will power and I am a slug. My idea of an aerobic activity is knitting while sipping a lovely glass of cabernet.
Every Friday morning I hit the restart button and have the best of intentions--planning, tracking and moving. Today I was down 2.4 lbs. (I have been gaining and losing the same 2 lbs. forever.
I hope to post every Friday about my week.
My goals for this week:
Record # steps/day and increase by 10 steps each day.
No pretzels for 1 week. (a major weakness)
Track no matter what I eat and drink--own it.
Striping - knit a project that has stripes somewhere in the design. (Not self-striping yarn.) I chose Asaka in Navy and White for Little Mr. C. I love the little pocket. he is coming for a visit this week. We haven't seen him since Christmas.
Felting/Fulling - knit and felt/full a project. This is only my second attempt at Felting. I like how these mittens turned out. My thumbs need a little more work. the yarn is Cascade 220 in Iris.
Slipped Stitches - knit a project that includes slipped stitches in the pattern. Honey Cowl has been on my to-do list for a long time. The yarn is Shibui Baby Alpaca. It is do soft and lovely to knit. I can't wait to use it in another project.