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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.


 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

On the Needles

I have been absent from the blogging world for a few weeks for a very good reason.  We have a new grandson who lives in VA.  Little Mr. M joined our family 2 weeks ago.  The Big Guy and I drove from MA to VA for some serious baby holding time.  It was heavenly.  While in the car I was able to apply a binding to a quilt and work on my Sophisticated Traveler.  The color of the yarns used are more grey than the photo.



 
 
Before we left on our road trip, I finished the Never ending scarf.  I purchased the yarn from the Loopy Ewe in 2012.  It had always been intended for this project
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Revised 17 in 2017

After re-reading the requirements for Pomegranate and Chintz's challenge,  I had to make a few revisions since a few of the projects have yet to be started even though they are on the list for the year. 
  1. Revolutionary Flare
  2. Left over Jelly Roll
  3. Owl Strippy Quilt
  4. Home Tweet Home
  5. 30's four Patch Euro Swap
  6. Guild Sampler
  7. Underground Railroad
  8. Double Monkey Wrench
  9. Umbrella Critters
  10. Sophisticated Traveler Shawl
  11. Little Cotton Rabbit
  12. Never Ending Scarf
  13. Christmas Stocking for New Grandbaby  Aunt Mindy's Flower Baskets
  14. Christmas Stocking for Leo--a very large dogDryad Scarf
  15. Socks #1
  16. Great American Aran Afghan
  17. Eat Sleep Knit Q1 KAL--Melanie Berg's patterns Silk Scarf
I think I have it right now.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Another 17 in 2017

I seem to have found several 17 in 2017 challenges in both knitting and quilting.  As in years past I start out full steam but then something always happens. But I came across a pair of lovely bloggers Pomegranate and Chintz.  The list below is both quilting and knitting projects that are on my list for the year.  There are pictures of several of the quilts in this post.
  1. Revolutionary Flare
  2. Left over Jelly Roll
  3. Owl Strippy Quilt
  4. Home Tweet Home
  5. 30's four Patch Euro Swap
  6. Guild Sampler
  7. Underground Railroad
  8. Double Monkey Wrench
  9. Umbrella Critters
  10. Sophisticated Traveler Shawl
  11. Little Cotton Rabbit
  12. Never Ending Scarf
  13. Christmas Stocking for New Grandbaby
  14. Christmas Stocking for Leo--a very large dog
  15. Socks #1
  16. Great American Aran Afghan
  17. Eat Sleep Knit Q1 KAL--Melanie Berg's patterns
   This is #1 on the list and I think I will work on it a little this afternoon.

On the Needles

One week has gone by and no new yarn!!!  Yeah for me.  I purchased the yarn for a never ending scarf back in 2012.  I have made definite progress this week.  It doesn't require a lot of attention.  Since I don't have much of the light grey, those stripes will be narrower.
 
I cast on Sophisticated Traveler with some Plucky Knitter Yarn that I had purchased last year. 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Get It Done

I think I will continue with my monthly hopes and dreams (sounds so much more refined than goals).  It is a good way for me to see what I wanted to do and what I ended up doing.  Anything in green wasn't on the list but I ended up working on it.


December 2016
  1. Finish Baby C's Wee Blocks Blanket--needs blocking
  2. GAAA finish blocking and start putting together--next year I hope
  3. Joy of Life Applique--Block 5--still working on it
  4. Reconstruct My Tweets quilt top
  5. BOM:  Color Safari and Double Monkey Wrench
  6. Little Cotton Rabbit--still working on it
  7. Read:  Death by Cashmere--enjoyed it
January
  1. Work on Great American Aran Afghan (GAAA).  I am determined to finish this by June
  2. Never ending Knitted Scarf WIP
  3. Little Cotton rabbit WIP
  4. Work on Revolutionary Flare--needs quilting and binding.
  5. Work on socks that have already been cast-on
  6. Cast on Sophisticated Traveler
  7. Joy of Life Applique Block #5
  8. Read:  Lilac Girls

Happy New Year

The first day of the New Year is the first day of the week.  It seems to have a specialness about it.  While our family will be facing some challenges this year we also have some very nice events coming up.  The most important a new grandbaby who can come at any time.

I have written about my list making compulsion in the past and it is as strong as ever today.  I have a quilting and knitting blueprint for the year. 

But like Judy, I am going to post my first stash report of 2017 with everything at zero. No yarn or fabric in or out this beautiful first day of January. 

And my numbers for 2016 aren't too bad. 

Fabric in 2016:  40.5 yards
Fabric out 2016:  94.75

Yarn in 2016:  20106 yards
Yarn out in 2016:  11223 yards