Monday, February 3, 2020

Knitting season

What can I say?  It's mid winter.  There are still 50 some days to Spring.  My quilting room is clean and I don't want to mess it up and there is yarn calling my name.

I pulled another knitting project to work on.

I am really excited about getting this one done and wearing it before the weather turns warm..

Also, I've been
running over to my daughter's to get some puppy kisses and nibbles because this one who is adorable.  

Her name is Maple.

I did manage to get my quilted makeup/project  bags made for my daughters, daughter-in-law and myself.  The "made" fabric was done before Christmas, but I just ran out of oomph and time to get them done in time. 

Oh....I guess I didn't get any pictures of the finished two that were done in taupe and peach, but they turned out just as nice.

These four bags has been it for quilting for me though.

I will get my quilting mojo back as soon as some of this knitting is completed.  There is still plenty of fabric that needs to be cut, sewn and unfortunately .....bought!

Oh wait!  There's guild again.  That forces me to get down to the charity room and get things done.  I had to pull some backings and batting for a couple of the members and while I was down there, I threw together a few kits.  The plan at the next meeting is to take fabric and get some help cutting and right now I am waiting to hear from those ladies that I contacted, but I do have to say that getting in there and fondling some of that fabric has given me the itch to start quilting again. 

I guess I had better get busy on that sweater or something is going to have to give.  

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Instead of quilting.......

I took a week off from quilting because I have been obsessed with knitting right now.  I find that once I pick up the needles, I can't  don't put them down until my project is done especially when I think I may run out of a particular yarn.

There was this pretty shawl I saw on Instagram and I just had to have it.  So I ordered my pattern from Ravelry called Woodland Journey and my yarn kit from Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarns.

These are mini skeins.  Upon reading up on reviews of the shawl on Ravelry, it was stated that if you didn't do gauge, you could easily run out of the last three colors of the shawl.  So.....I thought I had better get to it and get this finished quickly in case I needed to order more yarn as that's the way things usually go for me.   I did do gauge and had to go down a needle size for starters.

Here are colors #1 and #2

Then there is # 3 and # 4 added (had plenty of #4 but I was sweating it).

Color #5 (still had enough) and adding #6.  Now #6 is the one that really had me worried. I almost ordered an extra skein before I even finished it. 

But!  You know what?  I made it with less than 24" of red yarn to spare after weaving in loose ends.

That's cutting it soooo close.  Closer than I ever want to go again.

I blocked it last night. along with my cashmere Cat Love Hat.

Just love the chevron's that show up between each color.

All done just in time for us to live in a "snow globe".  The weather has really taken a turn for the worse.  

But I have to say that this shawl has kept me nice and cozy warm.  

As bad as the weather is though, there is always a bright spot to it.  We saw this adorable snow carving in my grandson's neighborhood today.

How can you not smile when you see something like this? it's time to get to other crafts that are waiting for me, like quilting, prepping some more charity projects.....but there is another sweater that the skeins are already wound for. I may just have the knitting bug right now especially with all this cold weather.  We'll see where I end up.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Prepping for our guild meeting this week.....

Guild meeting is coming up this week and being the Charity Chairperson, I have had to get my rear in gear and get all the kits organized and ready to go.

I finally sat down and went through ALL the kits from the previous chairperson and the ones that my committee and I have put together. 

Almost ALL of them now (whether they need piecing  or are completed tops)  have backings, batt and binding in their kits so that they are ready to go 100 percent.

I have  7  that need to be pieced (complete kits)

There are 13  that need piecing, but no back and batting because I don't know how big they are going to be.

Nineteen that need quilting and binding.

These are overflowing!

There are still a couple of kits that have very indepth directions that I need to go over to make sure all the pieces are there, but that will wait for another time.  

I did grab one kit myself this week and threw it together since it had no pattern, so to save someone else from having to figure out what to do, I put this one together.

There were extra strips that I just couldn't figure out where they were intended, so ended up cutting them down  to make this symmetrical.

I quilted this one with Diagonal Plaid

Love the texture this panto creates

Have bound it, washed and dried it.

Now I just need to pack up the car and I'll be ready to go.  Sure hope I get a lot of takers at the meeting so that I don't have to bring all this home again until next month.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

My gosh!  Can you believe it?  It is 2020!!

Just before the ball dropped tonight I finished the Love Cat Hat.

It was an easy pattern,  I knit it to here.

and then a little further ..... 

Then decided it was looking too small.

Oh....if that isn't discouraging.  But, that's OK.  I was determined to get this one done since it was cashmere and DH would not have been happy if I set it aside.

I went up a size in needles (checked on Ravelry and that seemed to be the consensus for this pattern)

Now I have a completed hat and it fits fairly well.  Pom pom and all.  Just need to block it. 

Now a new year to start a bunch of new projects and probably finish a few old ones, too. 

Have a Happy New Year.  May it be a healthy one, prosperous one and productive one.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

For the holidays.......

The Christmas holiday is now past.
The holiday decorations need to be taken down and packed away for another year.

I did want to share with you a few things before too much time had passed.

I got a picture of my four grandsons just prior to their opening their gifts here.

There are four different expressions/attitudes about having to stop and take a picture just before opening gifts; and before you ask, I can't explain the Yoda grandson.  LOL

One of the gifts I received from my hubby was all the makings for a knit hat that I had seen posted on an Instagram picture from a local yarn shop.  I gave him the picture and said I want all it takes to make this hat.  He was so good about running to that shop and showed the shopkeeper what he wanted, but when she rang him up, he nearly died!  I had no idea the hat was made of cashmere!!  The poor guy was dumbstruck.  

#1....I didn't need for him to know what I spend on yarn.

#2....I probably wouldn't have bought it myself if I had known it was cashmere. I would have substituted a lovely merino wool.

#3....When he got home he asked how much yarn costs (knowing he probably went to buy for this hat, I gave him a pretty wide price range), but the cashmere was a whole lot more than that. 

Oh well, it is going to be a very luxurious hat with a very expensive faux pompom atop it; but I am going to love it and I will probably keep it under lock and key.

Then he surprised me with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet that I am trying to figure out how to use it; so this should all be very interesting.  The one thing I am looking forward to on it is that I can take a picture and then draw on it, so I am thinking that this will be very useful when it comes to trying out different quilting designs on quilts that I need to get quilted.  I can't wait to try that out.  

In the meantime, I need to finish up some projects that I was making some made-fabric for.

Here's a peek at one of the pieces of fabric that I have been working on. 

I'll tell you more about these projects when I get my them done ......which is next on my things to do.

I hope you had as great of a holiday as I did; but it's always great to get back to normal, too.

Enjoy yourself as 2019 will be over before you know it.  

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Some December finishes....

After having to clear out my sewing to have carpets cleaned, I vowed to get many of my projects done and out of there.  I had been keeping some of these projects out front to keep reminding me that they needed to be done and soon, but they just seemed to accumulate and gather dust.

One of those projects (and I hate to admit that it had been there for can't even say how's too embarrassing), but this knit project was all done except for having the seams sewn.  Why did it take me so long, I ask myself. It didn't take long to complete it.

This was so old that I had already gotten rid of the magazine that had the pattern and all I had with it were written instructions on how to finish it.   It is called  the "big poncho sweater".  

Another project was this pile of left over strips of chevrons  from a long ago project that I had lying around.  I had thought they would make a great contemporary baby quilt but  they sat there forever.  Well, after getting the sewing room back together, I was NOT going to pile things up again.  So,  I laid out my strips and added white strips to make full rows.

Added a $5.00 a yard backing that I had purchased this summer and got the binding made.

Got it on the longarm and did a freehand, random wavy line stitch to quilt it.

It's all bound and ready to be donated to the local children's hospital.

The next big thing that needed doing in the sewing room was finishing up the commissioned quilt.

The last of the cut out strips was taken off the design wall.

It was a good feeling to get the last off the wall. 

I got the quilt on the long arm and did a straight line stitching 1" apart in a chartreuse colored So Fine thread.

This quilt is bound and ready for delivery.  

Now I am ready to work on some of my newer projects and am looking forward to making progress on those.  I do have a couple Christmas gifts that I want to make, but I am not going to hold my breath at this point.  We will see though.  

Are you ready for the holidays?

Knitting season

What can I say?  It's mid winter.  There are still 50 some days to Spring.  My quilting room is clean and I don't want to mess it ...