Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hermione socks

I don't know why I struggle with socks--but I do!!!!  These socks are for the ESK Yarnathon Sock KAL and Fill Your Boots badge.
The link gives all of the information about the pattern.
I was hoping to have finished more of the projects for Yarnathon.  I can't wait to see what Eat Sleep Knit has in store for us next year.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December's Goals

I knew I wasn't going to finish everything I planned for November.  But I didn't finish anything.  So for December's list is very short and I hope possible.

November 2015
  1. Little Mr. C's earflap hat--didn't start
  2. Nimue Wrap--about 40 rows done
  3. Hermoine's Socks (2)--haven't finished the first pair yet
  4. Embroidery Quilt BOM--nope
  5. Aran Afghan BOM--nope
  6. Erinn's Quilt--working on the binding
  7. Black and White String Quilt--ready to sent to long-arm quilter
  8. Project bags for knitting--nope
December 2015
  1. Nimue Wrap
  2. Hermoine's Socks (2 pairs)
  3. Erinn's quilt:  binding and label

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Chaos

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)!!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

No Excuses

I would like to think that I have been busy finishing projects with no time to blog.  But not true.  I haven't made much if any progress on any project.since my last post.

My Hermione Socks are waiting to be picked up and worked on.
And the ever-not-to-done Mitered Square blanket mocks me from its corner!!
But I did finish the blanket stich on my first machine applique piece.

The reason I for not being more productive is this:
My work area needs a major clean up!!  I get to a point where I need order and tidiness.  I think I know what I am doing this afternoon.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November To Do List

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.

  1. Celtic Cowl for Class
  2. Guernsey Triangle Shawl
  3. Sue's Simple Socks
  4. Hermoine socks (2)
  5. Erinn's Quilt--needs binding and a label
  6. Metro Rings Quilt--still looking for border fabric
  7. Tiny Owl
  8. Black and White String Quilt--not yet
  9. Embroidery Quilt BOM--still behind
  10. Great American Aran Afghan--still behind 
  11. Nimue Wrap--in progress
  12. Cables and Columns Scarf--not started
  13. 30 Hexipuffs for Beekeepers Quilt--maybe not
  14. Project bags for knitting--again still behind
  15. Joy of Life BOM--now becoming a life long project
November 2015
  1. Little Mr. C's earflap hat
  2. Nimue Wrap
  3. Hermoine's Socks (2)
  4. Embroidery Quilt BOM
  5. Aran Afghan BOM
  6. Erinn's Quilt
  7. Black and White String Quilt
  8. Project bags for knitting

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Design Wall Monday

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. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

On and off the Needles

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.
Now off to visit Judy's blog for some inspiration.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

More Yarn, More Projects

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.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Goals (aka Wish List)

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.

  1. Celtic Cowl for class--almost
  2. Guernsey Triangle Shawl--almost
  3. Hermoine socks--casted on ( I am trying to learn magic loop)
  4. Halloween quilt block (2)--need to be embellished
  5. Keep working on Mitered Square Blanket
  1. Celtic Cowl for Class
  2. Guernsey Triangle Shawl
  3. Sue's Simple Socks
  4. Hermoine socks (2)
  5. Erinn's Quilt
  6. Metro Rings Quilt
  7. Tiny Owl
  8. Black and White String Quilt
  9. Embroidery Quilt BOM
  10. Great American Aran Afghan
  11. Nimue Wrap
  12. Cables and Columns Scarf
  13. 30 Hexipuffs for Beekeepers Quilt
  14. Project bags for knitting
  15. Pouches for Circular Knitting Needles
  16. Joy of Life BOM

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    On the Needles Friday

    A finish!!!  Finally!!  I feel as though I have been working on my Guernsey Triangle shawl forever.  The yarn is Squoosh Fiberarts Ultra Sock and the color is fig preserves.  It just needs blocking.  Off to visit Judy's blog to see what others are knitting.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Ten things I wish I could learn instantly

    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.
    5. Patience. 
    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.

    Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Where Have I Been????

    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.


    Monday, August 31, 2015

    September Goals

    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.

    August 2015
    1. Piecing in the hoop BOM--finish July and August
    2. Celtic Cowl for LYS class--almost
    3. Guernsey Triangle Shawl Eat Sleep Knit KAL--halfway
    4. Sherbet Socks
    5. Halloween Quilt Block for Guild--not yet
    1. Celtic Cowl for class
    2. Guernsey Triangle Shawl
    3. Hermoine socks
    4. Halloween quilt block (2)
    5. Keep working on Mitered Square Blanket

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    Yarn Report

    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.
    In YTD:  23,007 yards
    Out YTD: 2666 yards
    I would say I have a little catching up to do.

    On (and off) the needles Friday

    Yeah!!!  Socks are finally finished!!!  They are bright and you will see these toes coming from a mile away.  But I love them.
    I haven't made too much progress on my Celtic Cowl but I do hope to finish it this week.

    I am going over to Judy's to see what others are working on.

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    Fabric Report Week 34 2015

    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

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    On the Needles Friday

    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.

    Friday, August 14, 2015

    Where Have I Been???

    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.

    Get it Done

    I don't know what possessed me to work on the string quilt.  I started it over a year ago.  But I had all of the strips cut and ready to go and decided to "get it done".  What a good feeling!

    July 2015
    1. Piecing in the hoop blocks--one to go
    2. Freedom Trail Shawl
    3. Erinn's Quilt top (Need to choose border fabric.)
    4. Aran Afghan block--almost done a few inches left
    5. Work on Joy of Life applique ( On hold for awhile)
    6. Red, Black and White String Quilt Top
    August 2015
    1. Piecing in the hoop BOM--finish July and August
    2. Celtic Cowl for LYS class
    3. Guernsey Triangle Shawl Eat Sleep Knit KAL
    4. Sherbet Socks
    5. Halloween Quilt Block for Guild
    6. Keep working on Mitered Square Blanket

          Sunday, July 26, 2015

          On the Needles (Friday) Sunday

          Better late than never!!  Freedom Trail is blocked and delivered to my LYS.
          My mitered blanket doesn't seem to be making progress.  I think I will notice more when I change colors.
          This picture looks very blue.  It looks more dark green.  I will have to work on a better picture.

          I have made a little progress on my Guernsey Triangle.  I love everything about this project.
          I am off to link up with Judy--not sure if the link is still open.

          Monday, July 20, 2015

          Design Wall Monday

          I started this strip quilt two years ago.  Everything is cut.  Only 24 more blocks to finish the top. 
          I am off to visit Judy's blog and get inspired.

          Sunday, July 19, 2015

          Bag Lady

          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.

          Friday, July 10, 2015

          On the needles Friday

          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.
          OOPS  Forgot my last picture: 

          Monday, July 6, 2015

          Get It Done

          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.

          June 2015
          1. String Bean Quilt:  bind and label
          2. Petal Swap Quilt:  finish hand quilting, binding and label
          3. Aran Afghan Blocks;  2,5 and 6
          4. Continue ESK Mitered Corner KAL
          5. Work on Metro Rings piecing.
          6. Wayside BOM--May and June
          July 2015
          1. Piecing in the hoop blocks
          2. Freedom Trail Shawl
          3. Erinn's Quilt top
          4. Aran Afghan block
          5. Work on Joy of Life applique

              Sunday, July 5, 2015

              Stash Report

              Image result for july 4th clip art vintage  Happy Fourth of July!!!!

              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

              Wednesday, July 1, 2015

              Eat Sleep Knit Challenges 2015

              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.

              Another finish for the 2015 Finish Along challenge. 
              I will have some significant yardage to report later this week.  The first time in a very long time

              Monday, June 29, 2015

              A Finish!!!

              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.

              Design Wall Monday

              I seem to have gotten my sewing desire back.  I have finished one top and backing.

              And have the blocks for another quilt up on my design wall.
              I am feeling rather productive!! I am headed over to Judy's to see what others are doing.

              Saturday, June 27, 2015

              On the Needles Friday on Saturday

              I finished my Aran block for June. I am having a problem getting a consistent size on my blocks.  It will be a challenge to put this project together.
              I added a few more rows on my mitered square blanket.  Progress is very slow but I am plugging along.

              Sunday, June 21, 2015

              Yarn report

              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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



              Friday, June 19, 2015

              On the Needles Friday

              Contrary to a previous post I have more than one project on the needles!  I am now officially one of "those" knitters and I am loving it.  Both of the following projects are for the ESK Yarnathon.

              The metered square blanket is a mindless knit that is perfect for the car or when I need to concentrate of program.  I started with 600 stitches and will work my way down to 2 stitches.

              The next project is a Guernsey Triangle for the Shawl KAL.
              I love the pattern but need to really concentrate on the pattern.  The yarn is Squoosh Fiberarts ultra sock in Fig Preserves.  I am off to visit Judy's place to see what others are working on--always lots of inspiration.

              Tuesday, June 16, 2015

              10 Things On Your Summer 2015 Bucket List.

              I love summer and I love making lists!!!  And after the winter we had I don't want to waste one precious minute of this season.

              1. Plant a little herb garden on my little back deck. (A big deal for a city girl.)
              2. Walk the marginal way in Ogunquit Maine. (I love Maine's rocky coast.)
              3. Practice outdoor photography. (I need photography lessons.)
              4. Log 10000 steps at least 4 days a week. (I am a slug.)
              5. Tidy up the garage. (Out of sight out of mind.)
              6. Make time for  friends.  (I can be a hermit.)
              7. Don't let the weeds take over #1.
              8. Prepare for a trip to Italy in September.
              9. Spend time on our screened indoor porch especially when it is raining with my knitting.
              10. Prepare fresh veggies from the farm stands and have them ready for snacking. 
              I realize as I write this, that I spend very little time outside.  Winter will be here soon enough.  I want to spend more time outdoors and moving around.

              Monday, June 15, 2015

              Design Wall Monday

              My design wall doesn't seem to change from month to month let alone week to week.
              I have been having fun with the  Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler.
              This is my version of Metro Rings.   I am off to visit Judy's blog to see what others are working on.

              Saturday, June 6, 2015

              My journey with Weight Watcher's Program

              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.

              On the needles Friday

              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.

              Monday, June 1, 2015

              June Goals

              Not sure where May went!!!  I thought I was a little busier. 

              May 2015
              1. Begin ESK Mitered Corner KAL
              2. Felted mittens for loopy Academy
              3. String Bean Quilt:  bind and label
              4. Petal Swap Quilt:  finish hand quilting, binding and label
              5. Aran Afghan Blocks;  2,4 and5
              6. Bricks and Mortar Scrap quilt:  complete top and send to long arm quilter--on hold
              7. Sheep quilt wall hanging:  machine embroider 4 blocks--on hold

              June 2015
              1. String Bean Quilt:  bind and label
              2. Petal Swap Quilt:  finish hand quilting, binding and label
              3. Aran Afghan Blocks;  2,5 and 6
              4. Continue ESK Mitered Corner KAL--this is a long term project
              5. Work on Metro Rings piecing--hopefully finish the top
              6. Wayside Embroidery BOM--May and June

              Friday, May 29, 2015

              Weight Watcher's and Me

              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.

              Image result for ewe's not fat ewe's fluffy

              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.

              What do you do to stay on plan?

              Tuesday, May 19, 2015

              Ten on Tuesday

              To all of the new graduates this season--Congratulations.  And to your parents--Job well done.

              Ten things I would say if I gave a commencement address. 

              1. Be the solution not the problem.
              2. Be patient.  Getting there first isn't all it is cracked up to be.  And you will miss so much.
              3. Don't be afraid to fail--you will.  And what you learn from those failures is priceless.
              4. Share your time, talent and treasure.
              5. Nourish your spiritual life.
              6. Learn a new word everyday.
              7. Always listen to opposing points of view.  You never know what you will learn.
              8. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
              9. Enjoy and embrace each day you wake up.  Don't waste a minute of it being negative.
              10. If you weren't blessed with a family that surrounds you,  make your own family with kind, loving people.  Don't demand perfection just love.

              Sunday, May 17, 2015

              Loopy Acdemy Semester 2

              I finished Loopy Academy Semester 2 with a few days to spare!!!  The three projects for this semester were:

              1. 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.