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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Goals

I am trying to keep  this month realistic with my expectations for the month.  This months goals will probably spill over into December.


October
  1. Knitting:
    • Irish Hiking Scarf for ESK--done
    • KPH Mystery KAL--in progress
    • GAAA begin finishing--in progress
  2. Quilting:
    • Labels on George and Paige's quilts--soon I hope
    • Wayside Crazy Quilt--in progress
    • Schoolhouse Medallion Center--haven't started
  3. Read:  The German Girl; Moonspinners

November

  1. KPH Mystery KAL--in progress
  2. GAAA begin finishing--in progress
  3. EQ university Applique Class
  4. Tool Box Fingerless mitts for LYS KAL
  5. Read:  Moonspinners
  6. THANKSGIVING


    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    Where has the month gone!

    Sometimes I find that I can't get out of my own way!  But I have finished cataloging my yarn stash--that was a humbling experience but hasn't stopped me from buying more.

    I did manage a finish this month.  The pattern is Irish Hiking Scarf.  It was easy but I love the elegant look of cables.
    i am also working on Knit Purl Hunter's Mystery Cowl KAL.  There is a group of us doing it at our LYS.  The yarn is Hikoo Oh! and my the color is Fudge.






    Hopefully I won't be a stranger around Blog Land. 

    Sunday, October 1, 2017

    Knitting Report

    I love,love, love when I finish projects.  This month has been productive. 
     Three Holey Hats in Malabrigo Chunky are done and ready for holiday gifting.

    I have struggled to be a sweater knitter.  Sweaters that fit me.  I have made lots of baby sweaters.  But we know babies don't complain about fit.  I purchased a class on Craftsy by Amy Herzog.  It has a little more ease than I would normally like but it fits.  I don't like sweaters or tops that are too tight and too short.  I can't wait to start another sweater. 


    October Goals

    I cannot believe that we have started the last quarter of the year.  I will admit that I love the ebb and flow of the seasons.  

    September
    1. Q3 ESK KAL Rosewood V neck
    2. Chunky Pony Tail Hats
    3. Attach labels to George's and Paige's quilts
    4. Sugar Plum Treat Applique
    5. Begin Guild Medallion BOM
    6. Machine Embroidered Crazy Quilt Class
    7. Read:  Still Life by Louise Penny
    October
    1. Knitting:
    2. Quilting:
      • Labels on George and Paige's quilts
      • Wayside Crazy Quilt
      • Schoolhouse Medallion Center
    3. Read:  The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Knitting Report

    I am happy to report that no new yarn came in.  (This is good news for me.)  And on top of that I managed to finish a four pony tail hats for a total of 400 yards. 
    I don't often use chunky yarn but I enjoyed making these. 
    I always get inspiration from Judy's blog.  She always finds some great patterns that I add to my list.

    So far this year my numbers are:
    Yarn in this week:  0
    Yarn out this week:  400
    Yarn in YTD: 8760
                                                 Yarn out YTD:  7381

    What is on your needles?

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    Knitting Report

    I have been drooling over some yarn at my LYS.  And I was determined to make something with it.  I needed another project and more yarn like a zebra needs more stripes.  Michelle Hunter's new book Building with Lace kept jumping into my hands.  A perfect marriage the shawl from the book and Sandstorm.  But before I start, I must finish my Rosewood Sweater.  The back and front are done and I am about halfway through the first sleeve.

    We are leaving for a little vacation in New Jersey meeting up with family for a few days.  That will give me lots of car knitting time--it is seven hours each way.


    This week I managed to add more than 4000 yards of yarn.  Sixteen hundred yard I bought for the shawl but I was gifted about 2500 yards for a little contest we had at our LYS.  

    I REALLY REALLY don't want to buy or win any more yarn this year.  I am determined to go Cold Sheep for the rest of the year.


    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    September's Plans

    Everything is unpacked and I am settling into a new routine.  I know I will be moving again in about nine months.  But for now I have put that out of my mind.


    August
    1. Elementary Twist Hats for:  Malcolm, James, Rob and Meg
    2. Christmas Stockings for Malcolm and Leo
    3. Q3 KAL--Sweater-- in progress
    4. Craftworks Mystery Bag--Hat
    5. Label Quilts for George and Paige--almost
    6. Read;  Still Life--in progress
    September
    1. Q3 ESK KAL Rosewood V neck
    2. Chunky Pony Tail Hats
    3. Attach labels to George's and Paige's quilts
    4. Sugar Plum Treat Applique
    5. Begin Guild Medallion BOM
    6. Machine Embroidered Crazy Quilt Class
    7. Read:  Still Life
    8. Recommit to Weight Watchers

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Knitting Report

    My computer has been cranky and not cooperating.  If it wasn't bad enough that my email provider stopped supporting it, it seems that my Windows 7 was waaaaay out of date.  So I bit the bullet and upgraded to Windows 10.  I did back up my files and documents just in case.  Everything went smoothly and I have managed to find most of my stuff.  Unfortunately my stash reports are "corrupted"  and I can't open them.  Enough complaining and onto other things.  I finished 2 Christmas Stockings this week--one for a grand puppy and one for Little Mr. Malcolm.

    I love having finishes!!!!

    Patterns In:  I only added 2 patterns:  Sporadic Stripes and Wheat Kernals Hat
    Plans for the Week:  Continue working on Amy Herzog Pullover and  get back to Archtexture Shawl

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Knitting Report



    Patterns Added:  0
    Projects Finished:  Mystery Hat and Leo's Christmas Stocking.. My  LYS is sponsoring a mystery knit.  There were 3 yarns and about 300 yards to create a project.  I never would have chosen these yarns and colors.




    Projects I worked on:  Cast on Malcolm's' Christmas Stocking, Pullover V-Neck for Eat Sleep Knit KAL
    Projects to Work on this Week:  Malcolm's Stocking, V-Neck Sweater, Great American Aran Afghan, Architexture Shawl

    I was busy cleaning up my Ravelry account.  I need to organize my queue.  There are too many patterns.  And since my taste has changed,  I will delete things I know I will never make.

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Knitting Report

    Judy L is back with her knitting report.  I need this to keep accountable and I am thinking of doing something like this for quilting.  Since moving into the apartment, I have waaaaaaay to much yarn and fabric.  Considering the year is more than half over, I am excited that I have not added very much to my stash.  So for my first Knitting Report:

    PATTERNS ADDED
    Stroma by Susan Ashcroft

    PROJECTS I WORKED ON
    Leo's Christmas Stocking
    A Family of Elementary Twist Hats

    KNITTING PLANS FOR THE WEEK
    Complete Leo's Christmas Stocking
    Cast on Malcolm's Christmas Stocking
    Mystery Hat for LYS
    Pullover V-Neck for ESK 3 KAL

    Yarn in this Week:  0 yards
    Yarn out this Week:  580 yards in projects and 4404 yards gifted
    Yarn in YTD:  4340 yards
    Yarn out YTD:  7001 yards

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    On the needles and yarn Stash

    The last box has been unpacked!!!!  I am beyond excited that life is getting back to normal.  Finding storage for my yarn and fabric has been daunting.  But I have managed to use a little stash.  As I was sorting through my yarn while unpacking,  I looked at each skein and asked myself, "Am I really, really going to use this yarn?"  If the answer was a flat out NO or I hesitated for more than 20 seconds, it went into a gift bag for a friend who has just taken up knitting.   I managed to reduce my stash by 4404 yards and it made my friend very happy.

    I have a few finishes to share.  Meg, our youngest, requested hats for her two cherubs and her Sweetie.  She chose Elementary Twist and I loved knitting it.  It was all made from stash.  The to smaller hats on the right are both dark green.  Meg wanted a pom pom on her hat and the far left is navy blue for her Sweetie.
     

    I FINALLY put the buttons on Adorable Ewe, Michele Hunter's KAL last Spring.
     

    

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    August Plans

    I probably should have only listed moving on my July list.  I was able to do a little knitting between unpacking plastic bins and boxes.  Even though my sewing machines are still being serviced, I hope to set up a functional sewing area in the second bedroom.



    July
    1. Move
    2. Q3 KAL for ESK--Sweater--in progress
    3. Architexture Shawl--on hold
    4. Read:  A Single Thread--reading
    August
    1. Elementary Twist Hats for:  Malcolm, James, Rob and Meg
    2. Christmas Stockings for Malcolm and Leo
    3. Q3 KAL--Sweater--in progress
    4. Craftworks Mystery Bag--Hat
    5. Label Quilts for George and Paige
    6. Read;  A Single Thread

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    The move is Done

    This past month has been a blur with packing, moving and unpacking. I don't remember moving being this overwhelming and stressful.  But being 10 years older probably has something to do with it.  If it hadn't been for two of our kids, I don't know what the Big Guy and I would have done.  K and T were amazing and then some! 
    I am desperately in need of my routine--knitting, quilting, cooking.

    I will miss my large sewing room and settle for using the 2nd bedroom in our apartment.

    this

           and



    this and now

                             in the closet along with everything else.













    I have managed to pick up a little knitting.

    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    July's Hopes

    I can't believe that I haven't posted since June 1.  My life is an endless array of boxes and plastic bins.  The final push is this week.  We move July 10.  

    I have managed a little knitting and completed the Open Air Shawl.

    I have been teaching a machine embroidery crazy quilting class at my LYS.  This is the first time I have tried digitizing a pattern.  I have learned a lot but still have a long way to go.  This is one of the blocks I worked on.  It needs some button, beads and charms.  The technic for this class was using ribbons and lace to embellish a seam.  I need to finish July's block and pack up my sewing room.  This month we will work on Free Standing Lace.










    June
    1. Pack to move--almost done
    2. Visit DD in VA and Family in PA--had a wonderful time
    3. Read In the Woods--done
    4. Open Air Shawl--done--Q2 KAL for ESK
    5. Architexture Shawl--frogged--Casted on again June 28
    July
    1. Move
    2. Q3 KAL for ESK--Sweater
    3. Architexture Shawl
    4. Read:  A Connecting Thread

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    June Goals

    Since we sold our condo in a record 10 days, I knew not to plan on accomplishing much on the knitting and quilting front.

    There are boxes everywhere!  The movers will be hear July 10.  This move to an apartment is temporary.  We will eventually have an in-law suite with Miss Katie and her family.  July is down size move #1.

    I have had a trip planned to visit Miss Meg and the boys in VA for six months.  Probably not the best time to go away but I have been looking forward to this trip for months.  After a few days with them I will take a train to Phila to visit my family and then go to the Big Guys 50th reunion from the University of Scranton.  The Big Guy will stay home do some packing until it is time for the reunion.  I have high expectations of finishing both knitting projects while on a plane and in a train.
    
    Open Air Shawl

     



    May
    1. Patchwork Times Challenge for May is #11--Aunt Grace's Garden Party--packed away
    2. Architexture Shawl--on the needles
    3. Book:  In the Woods--3/4 read

    June
    1. Pack to move
    2. Visit DD in VA and Family in PA
    3. Book:  In the Woods
    4. Open Air Shawl

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    On the Needles

    Life in our house has been crazy with a capital C.  We put our condo on the market and it sold in 10 days.  I am not complaining.  I know how lucky we are.  The big Guy and I will eventually move into an in-law apartment with DD#2.  But in the meantime we will be in an apartment.  When the realtor was helping prepare our place for sale, he ventured into my sewing room and with a bit of shock said, "O MY!!  This is a WORKINGING ROOM!!!  Tidying the room for showing was a major undertaking.  Fabric is tucked away in far too many plastic bins as well as enough yarn to knit for every one who lives in Alaska!  It has been humbling for me to see what I have accumulated.
    I chose a simple knit to work on at night when I need a little down time from packing.  I am making Purl Soho's Open Air Shawl using Madelinetosh Dandelion in Whiskers.
    Writing this post has made feel as though there is some normalcy in my life.

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Yarnathon Update

    I know I have mentioned my love affair with all things Eat Sleep Knit.  This year I am on team Taffy Giraffe.  It is time to work on a few badges for my team (Tower).  You buy yarn and earn points.  Points earn prizes.  Even though I am on a yarn diet of sorts,  I knew I wanted to purchase some birthday yarn.  All but one of these skeins has a planned project.
     
    One of the badges, Patty Cake, earns precious points for "caking" or winding hanks into tidy little yarn cakes of wooly loveliness.
     
    As you can see I had a productive afternoon but not all of the skeins were cooperative with the swift and winder.  There were some no so lovely tangled messes that had me working from both ends on 3 of the skeins.  That was the only not fun part of today.




    

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    On the Needles

    I finished Adorable Ewe and I am just waiting for the buttons.  I used Madelinetosh Vintage in Posy that was in my stash. 


    And on my needles is Architexture Shawl  in Mrs. Crosby's Train Case in French Chambray.

    I am off to Judy's blog to see what others are working on.

      
     


    Monday, May 1, 2017


    I don't know where the month of April went but it is gone, gone, gone.  Our family is going through some difficult times with medical issues as well as a move for the Big Guy and me.  I am adjusting to the move and have been crazy busy getting the house ready.  We had an open house yesterday.  Not sure if anything will come of it.  But now that I can wrap my head around the move,  I want everything to move along.  As you can see I have been anything but productive this month.  I decided to cut way back with my expectations for May.  On a positive note I finished Knit Purl Hunter's Adorable Ewe KAL.  I am just waiting for the buttons to come in!

    April
    1. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for April is #1 Home Tweet Home
    2. Knit Purl Hunter Adorable Ewe KAL--done except for buttons
    3. Continue Architexture Shawl
    4. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt
    5. Label Jelly Roll quilt
    6. Label George's quilt
    7. Read:  In the Woods
    May
    1. Patchwork Times Challenge for May is #11--Aunt Grace's Garden Party
    2. Architexture Shawl
    3. Book:  In the Woods

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Get it Done


    Where did March go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I had high hopes on January 1 that this would be a productive, organized year.  Not even close by any standards. Our family has had its share of monkey wrenches this year and it seems we have a few more to work our way through.  I love pretending that I am working studiously on Judy's UFO Challenge for 2017.  I am hoping that she will host the challenge in 2018.  I may have a fighting chance if it is carried over.  Here is to a more productive month.



    March

    1. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for March is #5--Aunt Mindy's Flower Baskets-didn't even look at it.
    2. Finish Qwist Hat and Mitts--hat yes mitts no
    3. Work on Sophisticated Traveler--DONE
    4. Work on Archtexture Shawl
    5. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt--maybe in April
    6. Label Jelly Roll quilt
    7. Label George's quilt
    8. Read:  Lilac Girls
    9. Guild BOM and Pincushion

    April
    1. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for April is #1 Home Tweet Home
    2. Knit Purl Hunter Adorable Ewe KAL
    3. Continue Architexture Shawl
    4. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt
    5. Label Jelly Roll quilt
    6. Label George's quilt
    7. Read:  In the Woods

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Stash Report

    Kind of a busy week.  I purchased fabric for self-binding baby blankets and two pillowcases at the request of my youngest.  So far this year I have only purchased fabric for this project!! 


    Fabric in this week:  11.5 yards
    Fabric out this week:  11.5 yards
    Fabric in YTD:  11.5 yards
    Fabric out YTD:  11.5 yards

    I just needed to see a little progress in print.
     These are for little Mr. C when he moves to his big boy bed.
    These are for Little Mr. M who is a now 2 months old.







    My yarn progress is another story.  When the New Year arrived, I got caught up with participating in KAL's and de-stashing.  My good intentions has gotten me stressed out with trying to keep up.  I have a new resolution to slow down and enjoy the process and not focus so much on the outcome. 

    Yarn in this week:  0 yards
    Yarn out this week:  257 yards
    Yarn in YTD:  850 yards
    Yarn out YTD:  1737 yards

    Qwist hat finished.
    
    This is Sophisticated Traveler about half way done.

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Finally a Finish

    I don't think I have ever had such a difficult time with an easy pattern.   But I love everything about this hat--the pattern, the yarn, the color, the little cable detail up one of the sides.  There are matching mitts but I don't think I have enough yarn left to make them. 
    
    Qwist Hat

    

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    March's Aspirations

    This has been a difficult month in our family with life-altering medical diagnoses for several for those near and dear to our hearts.
    I had a lot of knitting mistakes this month that needed to be frogged.  No more multi taking for me!  Hopefully March will be a little less stressful..


    February
    1. Work on Great American Aran Afghan (GAAA)--still need to finish last block--blocks done and now need to make them the same size and put it together.
    2. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for February is: #9  Leftover Jelly Roll--didn't even get to take it out of its storage basket.
    3. Cast on Quist Mitts and Hat for ESK KAL--hat almost finished. 
    4. Continue to work on Sophisticated Traveler--discovered I was using the wrong size needles.  Pattern calls for size 5 and I was using size 2.  It was half-way done when I frogged it.
    5. Continue working on Joy of Life applique
    6. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt
    7. Label Jelly Roll quilt
    8. Label George's quilt
    9. Read:  Lilac Girls--good story but have not had much reading time.
    10. BOMGuild double monkey wrench, Feb and March Color Safari

    March
    1. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for March is #5--Aunt Mindy's Flower Baskets
    2. Finish Qwist Hat and Mitts
    3. Work on Sophisticated Traveler
    4. Work on Archtexture Shawl
    5. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt
    6. Label Jelly Roll quilt
    7. Label George's quilt
    8. Read:  Lilac Girls
    9. Guild BOM and Pincushion

    Saturday, February 25, 2017

    On the Needles

    Did you ever have any of THOSE projects that drove you crazy.  I actually have two going on at the same time.
    This is the 4th restart of my Qwist Hat.  It is not difficult!!  My excuse is that I have a lot on my mind with a family medical issue.  I try knitting when I need a little distraction.  But I think I should stick with stockinet stich with no increases or decreases.
    
    4th Cast On

    Making a little progress.

    Another project I have been fretting over for more than two years is the Great American Aran Afghan.  It started out as a class at a LYS.  We were going to do one block a month for 24 months.  I have completed 23 blocks but will only use 20.  None of the blocks are the same size even with blocking.  It was a frustrating project.  I thought I was a decent knitter but this project has undermined my confidence.  I am trying a crocheted edge to bring the blocks closer to size of the largest.  This project is not for the faint of heart.

     

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    On the Needles

    I have been participating in Eat Sleep Knits (ESK) Yarnathon.  I am a Taffy Giraffe.  I wrote about it in this post.  I didn't need a 4th cast on but one of the tips broke on my circular needle!!!  In the overall scheme of things, needle breakage in the middle of the row is no big deal.  The past few months have been stressful with one of my DD receiving a cancer diagnosis.  Surgery was two weeks ago and she is doing amazingly well.  I have been her Mom-Nurse since surgery and enjoyed every minute of it.
     Picture #1 shows the broken needle.  Since I was in the car knitting (while the Big Guy was driving) I kept it carefully on my lap so as not to disturb the stitches.  Fortunately I had another pair of #4 circulars at home.
    I had a few hours of knitting last night and made some progress on my Qwist Hat.  I love the little cable detail on the right side of the picture.
     
    So life is looking up.  DD is recovering well and has a bright future ahead of her.  I am finally making progress on my Yarnathon project and I love it.

    Sunday, February 12, 2017

    Stash Report

    There hasn't been much movement in either my fabric or yarn stash.  While I am busy at my sewing machine, I don't have anything to show for it but next week will be a different story.

    Nothing finished on the knitting front but I did do some major frogging.  My LYS asked me to do a KAL late Spring or early Summer.  I will be doing Architexture in Mrs Crosby's Train Case in French Chambray.  I hope to cast on this week even though I am trying to catch up with a few challenges.

    Yarn in this week:  850 yards
    Yarn out this week:  0 yards
    Yarn in YTD:  850 yards
    Yarn out YTD:  1480 yards

    Saturday, February 11, 2017

    On My Needles

    I want to participate in Eat Sleep Knit's (ESK) Yarnathon this year.  I wasn't very active last year.  This year I am on team Taffy Giraffe.  For the first quarter we can make any Melanie Berg pattern.  I chose the Qwist hat and hopefully Qwist mitts.  Other projects using ESK yarn may qualify for other badges. 

    So the first time I came up short on my long tale cast on:
    This will qualify me for the badge "The Big Short"

    My next cast on I had more than enough yarn and made it a little further than the second picture.






    The pattern is not difficult at all and is very pretty.  While trying to do this lovely project, I have been taking care of DD #2 who had major surgery this week.  Until I get into the rhythm of the pattern I cannot multi-task with this project.  Miss K went home today with her hubby and kids.  I will go out to their place Tues until the end of the week.  Hopefully I will be in a groove with the pattern.  I am not looking forward to a 4th cast on.
    3rd CO for Qwist Hat
     



     
     
     
     
     
     

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    February's Goals (aka Hopes and Dreams)


    I know I always list more things than I could possible accomplish.  I suppose if I stuck with just one task I would finish more things.  so rather than label myself "scattered" I think of myself as a "dabbler".

    January
    1. Work on Great American Aran Afghan (GAAA)--havig a mental block finishing the last block
    2. Never ending Knitted Scarf--done
    3. Little Cotton rabbit--done
    4. Work on Revolutionary Flare--basted and working on quilting
    5. Work on socks that have already been cast-on--did not have time
    6. Cast on Sophisticated Traveler--casted on and about 20% completed
    7. Joy of Life Applique Block #5--plugging along
    8. Read:  Lilac Girls--started
    February

    1. Work on Great American Aran Afghan (GAAA)--still need to finish last block
    2. Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for February is: #9  Leftover Jelly Roll
    3. Cast on Quist Mitts and Hat for ESK KAL
    4. Continue to work on Sophisticated Traveler
    5. Continue working on Joy of Life applique
    6. Work on Little Mr. M's Umbrella Critters Quilt
    7. Label Jelly Roll quilt
    8. Label George's quilt
    9. Read:  Lilac Girls
    10. BOM:  Guild double monkey wrench, Feb and March Color Safari
    11. Judy's Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for February is #9--Left over Jelly Roll Quilt--needs quilting, binding, label

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Judy's UFO Challenge 2017


    In this post I listed 12 quilting UFO's I wanted to work on and hopefully complete this year.  Each project has a number and each month Judy lets us know which project to work on.  January was #3--Revolutionary Flare.  I managed to get it basted and started machine quilting in the ditch.  I still have quite a bit of quilting do but I will keep plugging along until it is done.

     
    February's project is #9 which is Leftover Jelly Roll

    My #12 is Labels for  finished quilts which I still intend to work on.  But I am going to change that to a Floral Jelly Roll quilt that I found and want finished.

    17ufosin2017

    One of the 17 in 2017 UFO challenges I found is Pomegranate and Chintz.  I love wing this blog and decided to join in.  I am trying very, very hard to finish my UFO's and limit my fabric and yarn purchases.  I managed 3 finishes for January.
    Never-Ending Scarf:  I purchased the yarn in 2012. 
     

     

     Not only is it finished but it is my first Christmas present for 2017.



    I have fallen in love with Julie Williams' Little Cotton Rabbits.  I hope this is the first of many little critters.








    Wee Baby Blocks blanket was finished just in time for a our grandson's arrival.
     
    I also managed to baste and start quilting Revolutionary Flare.
     

    

     I hope February will be as productive as January.  I am hoping to finish quilting Revolutionary Flare.