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