Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015

Last year I participated in the Grow Your Blog party for the first time.  Not only did many visitors commented on my blog and several started following my posts but I had the opportunity to "find" many new friends and visit their blogs.  I have learned so much about blogging from these many sites.  And I am looking forward to visiting many more this year.

Needle turn applique is my obsession.  This is just one example of my many works in progress.  It is called The Joy of Life designed by Rosemary Quinlan.  This is the second of 9 blocks. 

But I rediscovered my passion for knitting and started participating in KAL and challenges.  I spend a lot of time browsing Ravelry.  My Ravelry name is Mumsiemagoo. 
Last night I cast on the first block in the Great American Aran Afghan that a group of us at our LYS are working on.  Not much progress to report.  But my latest completed project is LWD Slip Stitch Cable Hat.  I used a skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina worsted yarn in Nassau Blue. 

Thank you for stopping by.  I look forward to "meeting" many new friends.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Yarn Report Week 4 2015

I have definitely had a change in my numbers--lots of yarn but not much progress.

Yarn In this week:  2022 yards  21 skeins of Frog Tree Pediboo Worsted for the Great American Aran Afghan.  We are working on this as a BOM at my LYS

Yarn out this week:  190 yards
Yarn in YTD:  3317 yards
Yarn out YTD:  810 yards
Next week won't be much of an improvement, Eat Sleep Knit had a sale for 10K members and I couldn't resist.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Yarn Report Week 2

Finishing Loopy Academy helped put me in the plus column. 

Yarn in this Week:  0 yards (not that I wasn't thinking of it)
Yarn out this week: 620 yards
Yarn in YTD:  0 yards
Yarn out YTD:  620 yards.

Ten on Tuesday--10 Things to make the winter less bleak

I often daydream about warm tropical places this time of year.  And I can be a wee bit envious of friends and neighbors who travel.  But I do enjoy being home and doing things that many would consider mundane.  But it all makes me happy.

Lounging on a warm sunny beach with a lovely cabana gentleman bringing me a frosty, fruity adult beverage.

Sitting by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and my current knitting project.


Sipping hot tea and a good book.

Meeting up with a special friend for a leisurely lunch.

Puttering in my sewing room.

Working on my genealogy research.

Organizing drawers, clothes, shelves--you name it.

Cooking something new.

Did I mention the cabana gentleman on a sandy beach.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Loopy Academy Semester 1 and Off the Needles

I was a little late "matriculating" for Loopy Academy.  I had hoped to finish on time--December 31 but I needed a little extension.  My 3 projects for Semester 1 are done!  And I am very pleased with my finishes.
Freshman Year, First Semester Assignments (each project needs to use at least 175 yards):
  1. Cowl in a multi-colored Fingering weight .:  I used Blue Moon Fiber Art Socks that Rock lightweight in Tea and Alchemy.  The pattern is Irish Mesh Cowl.
  2. Hat from a designer new to you, in a Sport or DK weight.  Shibui Baby Alpaca in Bordeaux and the pattern is Whitman.
  3. Mittens in a solid or semi-solid colorway in a Worsted weight.  I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Cermak.  The pattern is Irish Hiking Mittens.  I have never made mittens but this won't be the last time.
I can't wait for semester 2.

2015 Finish A Long First Quarter

I will do just about anything to finish some projects.  This Finish A Long fits in nicely with my "road map" for the year.  My goals for the first quarter--January-March are:
  1. Little Mr. C's Hoot quilt:  only 4 of the 9 machine embroidered block are done.  I had hoped to give it to him at Christmas but we see how far I got on that project!

    Complete Petal Swap Guild challenge.  The 12 Dresden plate blocks need to be assembled and quilted.  I have until May 2015 to finish but I decided to be ahead of the game.

My first Custom fit V neck cardigan.  I have the last sleeve and edge finish, blocking and seaming to do. I need a little incentive.  I am excited about this project but I keep squeezing it in.  Part of me is afraid it won't fit.

Pot o' Gold Socks.  I am not a sock knitter.  I would like to be one.  My LYS offered a wonderful class.  The socks are toe up with an after-thought heel.  I am determined to finish these socks.

If I can complete these 4 projects that will be a major accomplishment for me.  I am so eager to see what others are working on.  So, I am going to link up with others participating in the Finish- -Long

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Organize Your Studio Week 1

Prairie Moon Quilts has a challenge to Organize Your Studio.  Each Thursday they will post a weekly challenge.  This week is Organize your oldest UFO.  Now I'm not sure which one is the oldest but I did manage to organize each project with its pattern, directions, fabrics and notions.  They are now neatly lined up in my closet with a label.  Projects that I had started but that I know I will never finish have been repurposed or given away. 
I should have taken a before picture.  But now I can see things and I don't fear an avalanche when I open the door.

Week 2 we will organize/sort/purge books and magazines.  I am going to add patterns to that as well.
It is time to be realistic about what I want to keep and what I want to gift!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

I love preparing for and starting a New Year.  It makes me happy.  What will I do, where will I go, what will I read--the list goes on and on.
Our task for this post is to write 10 intentions for the coming year.  I like the idea of intentions.  Intention is a kind and gentle word, not harsh or demanding.

My intentions for the coming year are:
  1. Laugh more.
  2. Move more:  I belong to the I hate to exercise club.  I intend to climb on my elliptical aka The Beast for 10 minutes 3 times a week.  Not a lofty intention but do-able-I hope.
  3. Make one new recipe a week from the hundreds  I have clipped and saved.
  4. Participate in Loopy Academy. I am almost finished Semester 1.  I am a little behind but I know I will catch up this month.
  5. Participate in Eat Sleep Knit's Yarnathon.  Like fabric a girl can never have too much yarn.
  6. Complete 10 quilting projects.  I think I know the first five are UFO's
  7. Use more fabric than I purchase.
  8. Use more yarn than I purchase.
  9. Improve my photography skills. (That won't take much, I am pretty bad with a camera.)
  10. Blog at least 3 times a week.
Now, I will visit Carol's blog to see what others intend to do this year.  And I will probably find a few intentions to add to my list.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stash Report Week 1

Although I hope to use lots of stash fabric this year,  I know I will have to add just a little to keep it fresh!  Today I purchased 12 yards.  I thought a few fat quarters would be all I needed.  Four yards is for a backing and the remaining eight yards will be used in a Yellow Brick Road.  So my first report for the New Year is:

Yards in this week:  12
Yards out this week:  0
In YTD:  12 yards
Out YTD:   0

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 2015 Roadmap

Last year I posted under Get it Done tasks I hoped to finish during the month.  Looking back over my list, I wasn't as productive as I would have liked.  But I realized that any progress is better than none!!  Most months I worked on projects that I hadn't listed.  I like the New Year-- a clean slate, a fresh start, and hope.

January 2015
  1. Finish Loopy Academy Semester 1:  cowl, mittens, hat
  2. Great American Aran Afghan class:  block 1:  a monthly project at our LYS
  3. Center block of Erin Russek's Be Happy BOM
  4. Pearl Pereira's Bountiful Baskets 1-5
  5. Finish Pot o' Gold socks
  6. Complete Hoot Blocks
  7. Complete Puppy Quilt blocks

Friday, January 2, 2015

Yarn Report Week 1

My first stash report of the year!  I was going to limit my knitting challenges and concentrate on knitting sweaters for me.  But at the last minute--December 14--I decided to participate in Loopy Academy.  I knew there was no way I would finish by Dec. 31 but I decided to start anyway and catch up in January.  And then Eat Sleep Knit posted this year's Yarnathon.  I was going to resist but I am weak.  I probably will not do all 12 KAL.  But this will be a good reporting week.  No yarn in and nothing out until I finish Loopy Academy Semester 1.

Yarn in this week:  0 yards (0 skeins)
Yarn out this week:  0 yards (0 skeins)
Yarn In YTD:  0
Yarn Out YTD:  0

Let's see what next week brings.