Friday, May 1, 2015

Return of the Little Black Shrug Part 3

Yes, I am still working on this.  Third year's the charm, right?  It is supposed to be an easy pattern, but for the past two summers I have been frustrated with the instructions and put it back into the knitting basket.

So this year I have the latest set of errata and have finished the left front.  Yay me!  I have started working on the right front, so maybe this will actually happen.  Fingers crossed!

Boxy Sweater is up to 10" now.  I need to knit 16" before I start the sleeves I think.

What are you working on??

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Finish For Friday!

Woohoo!  I finished my Noro Kureyon socks last night.
I picked out a new ball of yarn, pattern and needles last night, but during my long swim this morning I decided I wanted to pull out the Little Black Shrug and see if I can finish it.  I have already knitted the back and one front.  I'll pull it out today and see where I am at on that.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I Can't Believe I Did That!

What was I thinking?  I was working on my second Noro sock and was not sure about the color repeats.  I knitted about 4" of the leg, and thought I had too much of the brownish color, so I started again and cut the yarn, trying to match the tan at the beginning of the leg.  Now that I have knit more of it, I see I probably was fine to begin with.  :(  The colors don't really match that well any way.  Oh well.  I knit the heel flap last night.  I have a short trip this weekend and hope to get some serious progress made.
You can see the top part of the sock that I cut off.

Still clicking away on Boxy:  I've knit 8" so far.  Eight more inches and I think I am ready for sleeves or something.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Oh-oh! Empty Sock Needles!

I finished the first sock last night.  I am just itching to cast on the next one.  My sock bag somehow followed me to the office......  ;)

Friday, March 27, 2015

On the Needles Friday

Well, my Boxy sweater is back on track.  After many false starts, I think I've finally got it.  I kept twisting my work somehow, so I tried a suggestion on Ravelry and knitted the first four rows flat and then joined.  Woohoo!  I've knitted three inches this week.  Considering how tired I have been after work and my increased running/training schedule, that is pretty good.
I also made some progress on my Noro socks.  It had been so long since I had knitted on them I forgot what color they were!  We had a four hour webinar on EEO relations at work, so I took the sock.  I think I actually pay attention better when my hands are busy.  I finished the gusset and knitted several inches on the foot.  I have never used Noro sock yarn before.  Does it repeat?  Also, the center pull gave me another big hairball of yarn.  ;(
I do love the colors though.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Needle Report--Back to the Beginning--Again!!

UGH!  I finally realized my Boxy  sweater was twisted again!  Ripriprip!!!  I consulted Ravelry--someone said to knit several rows flat and then join in the round, so that is what I am doing now.  I have one more row of ribbing and then I will join in the round.  Wish me luck.
I ordered more Wollmeise from Germany which arrived this week, so I really need to make this sweater.  It would be a shame to put all that beautiful yarn in the stash.

Last weekend while at the GSQA Seminar, Becky Goldsmith spoke several times about the importance of washing your fabrics.  Do you wash your quilt fabrics?  I have been on the fence.  Sometimes yes, sometimes no.  Becky is an enthusiastic washer and recommended Orvus soap, which I could only find at Tractor Supply north of Gulfport.  Really north of Gulfport.  I drove out there yesterday and got my Orvus.  This is the laundry room scene after two loads:
I had been planning to reorganize my stash any way and  decided if I had to reorganize, I might as well wash the fabrics.  In front of the soap you see two load's worth of string fuzz!  This is going to be quite a project!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I actually have something on my design wall today!  I spent last week at the Gulf States Quilt Assn Seminar in New Orleans.  We had a blast.  I took two hand applique classes with Becky Goldsmith and the Pine Burr class with John Flynn.  He used laser cut fabrics for his kits, so the pieces were very accurately cut, which made successful piecing easy.
I finished the four blocks.  I think I will set them in a row and make a bed runner.  Ooops--now I see I should have been more careful putting the cream wedges on.  Well, they are staying now!  Those will go on the ends.  I do need to get the right fabrics for sashing and binding.  I am thinking poison green.

I did finish my red and white quilt for the display.  I was sewing the binding on while Teresa was driving to New Orleans!