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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Look out 2018 here I come





Quilting took a back seat to knitting this year.  I didn't do a good job keeping track of what I wanted to do and what would be realistic.   What I do know for sure is that I only finished two lap quilts that I gifted to a new found first cousin and his wife.

I am most happy,really really happy,  that I used more yarn than I purchased.

Yarn in:  7818 yards
Yarn out:  20083

My goal for the new year is mindful purchases of yarn and fabric.  Look hard at yarn and fabric stashes before purchasing anything.  I know I can do this.

Happy New Year.

Beth

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

So many projects, so little time

If you are reading this on the day I posted, you may be thinking what has gotten into me!  Three similar posts for similar challenges.  A few added here and there.  What sets this apart for the other posts, is that I have included some knitting as well.  I haven't lost my mind.  I just want a road map for the year.  

  1.           Color Safari
  2.          Malcolm’s Umbrella Critters
  3.          Joy of Life
  4.         Left over Jelly Roll
  5.         Hocuspocusville         
  6.         Owl Strippy
  7.           Aunt Mindy’s Flower Baskets
  8.         Guild Double Monkey Wrench
  9.          30’s Four Patch Euro Swap.             
  10.         Guild Sampler.   
  11.       Home Tweet Home
  12.            Revolutionary Flare
  13.               Aunt Grace’s Garden Party
  14.              Turning Twenty Again in the Spring
  15.             StarsOver Baltimore--starts in January
  16.              SugarPlum Stocking
  17.       Guild Medallion--feathered star
  18.         Buildit with Lace
  19.        Mitts—6 pairs--these will be Christmas gifts
  20.       PilotHouse Sweater
  21.          Turksand Caicos Sweater
  22.             PescadaroSweater
Wish me luck!







Another Challenge


I tend to over-indulge in challenges at the beginning of a New Year.  There is definitely repetition among my challenges.  Judy's was the smallest with 12.  I added a few more to Gail's challenge.  But I only need to complete half of them to be successful.  In both of these challenges I only list quilting projects.

I have posted some pictures here.

Several of these projects were packed away when we moved.  I hope to locate them when it is time to work on them!


1.        Color Safari
2.        Malcolm’s Umbrella Critters
3.        Joy of Life
4.        Left over Jelly Roll
5.        Hocuspocusville
6.        Owl Strippy
7.        Aunt Mindy’s Flower Baskets
8.        Guild Double Monkey Wrench
9.        30’s Four Patch Euro Swap
10.    Guild Sampler
11.       Home Tweet Home
12.       Revolutionary Flare
13.      Aunt Grace’s Garden Party
14.      Turning Twenty Again in the Spring

Judy's UFO Challenge

Judy at Patchwork Times is hosting another UFO Challenge.  I have numbered twelve unfinished projects (yes I have more but had to select only 12).  Each month Judy will select a number at random and I will concentrate on trying to finish that quilt.
  1. Color Safari--quilt as I go.  One of 4 rows complete
  2.  Malcolm’s Umbrella Critters--blocks done
  3.  Left over Jelly Roll--pieced lap sized top.
  4.  Hocuspocusville--top finished.  Probably going out to be quilted.
  5.  Owl Strippy--top finished
  6.  Aunt Mindy’s Flower Baskets--top finished
  7.  Guild Double Monkey Wrench--blocks done
  8.   30’s Four Patch Euro Swap--top finished.
  9.   Guild Sampler--top finished
  10.   Home Tweet Home--blocks done
  11.   Revolutionary Flare--top finished
  12.   Aunt Grace’s Garden Party--top finished.
     Some of these tops were packed away when we moved.  I hope I can find the safe place I put them for safe-keeping.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Down to the Wire

I love the last two weeks of the year, finishing up and getting ready for a new fresh beginning. In the past I have mentioned my obsession with lists.  Yes I even have a list of lists.  Crossing things off of a list makes me feel accomplished and organized.

I have been working on the Great American Aran Afghan for almost three years.  I am happy, no deliriously happy, to say it is DONE.








I also managed to finish a cable hat, Curragh, from Impeccable Knits.



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Knitting with the Girls

There are several of us who enjoy dropping in at our LYS-Craftworks in Northborough once or twice a week for a few hours of knitting, chatting and Christmas cookies.

This afternoon I took a picture of our little group and for the first time wore a sweater I made for an Eat Sleep Knit challenge.


I am the second one in on the left wearing my Rosewood Sweater.  I was so excited how my sweater fit that I am swatching for another.

It was so nice taking a break from the holiday rush.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Silhouette Cameo vs Brother Scan n Cut

It is no secret that I love applique.  Needle turn is probably my first love but I enjoy using my embroidery machine.  

Sarah Vedeler is a beautiful designer and she is currently doing a 40 day series of tips and technics.  If you like machine embroidery, check out her series. 
Today she talked about Electronic Cutting Machines.  I have been considering buying one.  I have it narrowed down to Silhouette Cameo and the Brother Scan n Cut.  I will definitely use it to cut freezer paper templates and I would like to use it to cut fabric templates for use with my embroidery machine.  Does anyone have any advice for me?

This is a little quilt I made for Little Mr. C.

Friday, December 1, 2017

So hard to believe another year is coming to a close.  And there have been some major changes that I didn't know about this time last year.  We have down-sized to an apartment and are building an in-law apartment with one of our daughters.  I am looking at what is to come as a new adventure.

But there is still yarn and fabric that need to be transformed.


November

  1. KPH Mystery KAL--in progress--done
  2. GAAA begin finishing--in progress--still working on it
  3. EQ university Applique Class
  4. Tool Box Fingerless mitts for LYS KAL--done
  5. Read:  Moonspinners
  6. THANKSGIVING--survived
December
  1. GAAA finish
  2. Soccer hat for James
  3. Curragh Hat
  4. Wayside Crazy Quilt
  5. Cast on Building with Lace
  6. Frog Cape Cod Sweater
  7. Read:  Death at La Fenice
This is the mystery cowl that our group at our LYS was knitting.  It is from Knit Purl Hunter.  I hope to have a few pictures of some other treasures.


    Friday, November 24, 2017

    Yarn and more

    I hope everyone had a happy, enjoyable Thanksgiving.  Since moving to the apartment and holiday stuff in storage, I realized I wasn't in a position to entertain.  But that did not stop me.  We have four chairs and five plates and we were having 7 for dinner.  It was less "Martha Stewart" and more "Wally World".
    I love this time of year not only for the holiday spirit but also finishing up projects and planning for the New Year.

    I finished a Tot Topper for Malcolm.  It is a cute little penguin with earmuffs. 

    One Tool Box Mitt is done and the other cast on.







    And this afternoon I treated myself to a lovely skein of Shalimar Paulie for a pair of Chalk Hill Mitts.


    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