Friday, June 16, 2017


I have been wanting to knit this sweet pattern for a while.  It is by Kristen Rettig, of Knitionary fame.
I have some Louet Gems in white that I scored in a rummage sale, so I went to Mobile Yarns in search of some additional colors to add.  Heidi fixed me up with some Plymouth DK Merino in green and yellow.  I wanted to make a gender-neutral sweater, but I think this still says "boy" to me.

So far this is knitting up very quickly--I just started 6 days ago.

 I just started the left (?) front, and I LOVE the little buttonholes!  I have never knitted button holes, so this is exciting.  They came out just perfect!
So sweet!

I am really enjoying this pattern.  I don't have a baby in mind for the sweater, so I will just add it to the baby gift stash.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Design Wall Monday

So now the struggle begins...

Machine quilting the twin size Splendid Sampler quilt on my domestic machine!

I already machine quilted the grid of the blocks along the sashing.  Now I want to quilt the details of each block.  I've done 3 of 80 blocks.  Wrangling the quilt on my machine is frankly stifling.  I'm not really into it yet.  I'm hoping I will start to get in the groove.  I decided to cut myself some slack and not power sew.  I think yesterday I just sat and stared at it for an hour.

I will work through it, just not all in one stretch.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Shorty Socks Finished!

I love instant (almost) gratification.  I used some leftover Crazy Zauerball and had just enough to knit these shorty socks:

I know, I didn't work too hard on these--
but it was nice to do some brainless knitting.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Splendid Sampler Progress

I finished the borders and basted the top Saturday.
I am really happy with it.  I did some quilting Saturday afternoon and Sunday.  So far I have just sewn straight stitching on the grid vertically and horizontally.  I want to do some custom quilting on each square.
I tried a buttonhole stitch around a leaf, but my tension is off so I will need to play with it tonight and see what step I missed.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Splendid Sampler Top

My Splendid Sampler top is done!  I am really happy with it.  I only finished 80 of the 100 blocks, but I had decided I had hit the stopping point and felt like it would just get shoved into the UFO pile if I didn't call it done.  I needed stop while it was still fun.

I also pieced the backing tonight, so all I need is a place to baste it.  AND---I need to decide if it needs borders....right now it is 64" x 80".  I will figure out the border question in the next day or two.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Monday --- Clean Slate!

The anniversary quilt for my son and his sweet wife is finished!  I hand sewed the binding all Sunday afternoon.  Just need a label.

I am so excited!  I can start working on something else now.....hmmmm.....I think I know just the project!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Knitting Finish!

I finished my Sleeveless Slipover Tank!!


I wore it to work and I really like it. I do think I should have knit a size smaller, but it is fine.

The yarn is Shibui Twig.

Skye is not too interested in it. ;)