Thursday, September 18, 2014

Smiling When I Can

Ever have a stretch of time that completely wears you down?

These past 5 months feel more like a nightmare than real life. You don't need to keep reading, I just need to vent a little & my therapist says blogging is part of my homework. 

On second thought, perhaps I'll just post a few pictures that have made me smile on occasion. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Yarn Mountain Sock Club

Around Christmas 2013 I joined Yarn Mountain's Sock Club. 
It's been so much fun & I've managed to knit several pairs of socks just for me. 
I don't have pictures of all of them on my phone, but here are a few...
March pattern- "Northern Lights" using Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn. 

April's pattern- "Black Purls" using ToshSock sock yarn...

May's pattern- "Mardi Gras"...

I love them all! I'm trying to get caught up & am currently working on June's pattern
"Farmer's Market". I'm using Ellen Cooper's Yarn Sonnets this time. 
This picture was taken as part of a summer Scavanger Hunt. I had a lot of fun doing that this summer. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Update & Check In from Myrtle Beach

I've done a little housekeeping on the blog...all of the previous posts are still here, but I've removed all of the buttons from other blogs that I've followed in the past.

That is not to say that I don't still support and follow those bloggers, it just means that I am trying to get mine cleaned up and reorganized.  It was easier to delete the buttons than to try to find and correct any broken links.

On another note, I've been doing a lot more knitting than sewing.

My new (to me) Bernina is not getting much of a workout yet, but I have lots of plans.  I have done a little practicing on my free motion quilting, unfortunately I am a perfectionist and want it to be perfect RIGHT NOW!  It is very frustrating to me when I can't see a noticeable improvement from my first attempt to my 10th.  I'm sure it will come...someday.

We also recently acquired a new camera and I have been experimenting with all of the gadgetry that is associated with that.  Hopefully I will be getting some better photos for my blog.

I joined a sock club with Yarn Mountain and just finished the "Winter Challenge".  I am thrilled to have three new pairs of socks and to be working on my fourth.

January "Donna's Favorite"

I will have to wait until I get home to take pictures of the other two pairs.  I thought I had them on my computer, but apparently not.

Anyway, hopefully we will be seeing a little more of each other in the near future.

If you'd like, you can stick around and see one of the wonderful sunrises & some
other beachiness of the past week.  I'm heading out for one last evening of sand between my toes.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Goals for 2014

Yesterday I finished a long time UFO. 
John finally got his blue scarf...garter stitch on size 8 needles with a wool blend yarn. 

I also worked on my "Brain-Made Shawlette" (the pattern is on Ravelry). I'm hopeful about finishing it today. 

Other knitting projects to finish:
Seaweed Shawl
Watercolor Stripe socks
OBX socks (Yarn Mountain's January Sock Club pattern)
Andrea Poncho
November's KAL
...and adding details to my Ravelry project pages

One of my Christmas gifts this year was a Bernina Artista 200. So there will hopefully be some finishes in the quilting UFOs, as well as some new embroidery projects. 

Quilting Projects:
Cinnamon & Nutmeg
Red, White & Blue Prairie Paisley
Mom's table runner
Morgan's Rag Quilt
Morgan's Fig Tree sampler
Farmer's Wife (2)

Raspberry Coopworth Blend
Brown Wool from the Harsh Farm
Grey Wool from the Harsh Farm
Jacob Wool from the Harsh Farm

Re-warp the rug loom
3 different rag colors for rugs
Clean & repair the Structo table loom
Finish & repair the tape loom

Hopefully I will be able to get some pictures up as I start/finish these projects. I am running out of storage options around the house, so I'm hoping to finish several of these projects before starting any new ones. 

Wish me luck!
And Good Luck to those of you focusing on UFOs in 2014! Let me know what you are working on & how quickly you get those projects finished. 

Love & Peace

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dare I Attempt This Again?

I'm wondering if anything has changed regarding my ability to blog from my iPhone. I stopped blogging mainly because the photos always got dumped to the end of the post. 
Anyways, I've done more knitting than quilting and I must say I am just slightly addicted to sock knitting. Here are some photos of my recently completed projects. 

These are all Christmas gifts...I have a pair waiting to have ends woven in, a pair  nearly ready to turn the heels & a third just cast on today. (I needed to go to my happy place in the chaos of mall shopping) leaving just a single pair of mandatory Christmas socks to be finished. 

Anyone else in the midst of a sock knitting frenzy?


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Making Progress

I'm making progress on my Honey Cowl. I've set aside the socks for now. For no reason other than the Honey Cowl is somewhat mindless & I need that right now. I have a simple system for keeping track of my rows and this project travels better than the socks.

On another note, apparently my phone decided to update multiple previous posts. I don't know how I managed to do this, but I will try to be a little more vigilant in making sure my posts actually upload when I want them to.

Hope it's been a productive day for you as well.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blue Bag Finish

I've been making these small bags for a while. I made several for gifts a couple of years ago. This one has been sitting around for a really long time.

Tonight I put the final stitches in the lining. I think it will be a perfect bag for my next knitting project... a cotton shrug made from Ellyn Cooper's hand dyed yarn in "Almond Blush".

I got the yarn and the pattern at Knitting Addiction while we were on Spring Break at the Outer Banks.

Jeanne from Knitting Addiction suggested that I knit both skeins at the same time, alternating rows. It will be a new technique for me. Wish me luck?

Hope you finished something fun this weekend!