Friday, April 29, 2016

Traveling Fiesta Feet

I've been on travel all week for work--you know what that means--lots of quality knitting time!

I clicked away on the Fiesta Feet socks all week.  Yesterday morning I even had time to sit out along Long Beach CA harbor and knit.  I tried to get the Queen Mary in the pic, but couldn't get it all in:
After a long day of travel (three planes--you can't get from there to here easily) I am working on the foot.  Sock #2 is going so much better than sock #1.  The pattern is much more even.  Oh well.  I am NOT re-knitting the first sock.  In fact, I have the most trouble when I need to tink and reknit.  Always makes a bit mess.

So here is where I am now, after 11+ hours of travel knitting:
I just hope I don't run out of the gray yarn.  These socks have been an extreme challenge for me.  Looking forward to finishing so I can pick up something else.

What is on your needles?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Design Wall Monday--Splendid Sampler Progress

Well, I made some progress this week.  I re-did a couple of blocks, adding more pink.  Several of my guild friends are also participating in Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler, and after seeing their beautiful blocks I knew I could do better. I re-did the Circle of Friends block and added the pink outer triangles.  It is much better now-my seam allowances were a little off and the block was a bit small.  I also added a pink heart in the Lots of Love (?) block.  Teresa said I needed more pink.  I think she was right.

I also unstitched the flower in the pot block--I sewed my petals too close together.  Maybe it will be back on the design wall next week.

I worked on the crochet/embroidery block while enroute to the GSQA Quilt Show in Slidell, LA on Saturday.  I am almost finished with that, but I need the "perfect" piece of fabric to applique one part and I am hoping the quilt shop will have it.  I went through my stash and I either used it all or didn't have what I am looking for.  It is one of those silvery-fossil fern tone on tone fabrics.  I will have to run by the quilt shop tomorrow.

I am really enjoying the Sampler so far.  I also encouraged my guild friends to post their progress on our guild facebook page.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Fiesta Feet -- any Progress is Good Progress!

I didn't get to work on my Fiesta Feet sock much this week.  I was crazy busy at work, and was a tad fearful of the next step:  Pickup stitches along the heel flap.  My least favorite thing of sock knitting.

So I put in a life line and did it! I told myself I would try it once, if it didn't work I would just resort to my favorite heel (fish lips kiss heel) and start knitting the foot pattern again.

It actually worked on the first try, but I may have an extra row in there, I'm not sure and I'm not going to fret about it.  I've knitted 6-8 rows into the gusset, and next is some color work.  Hopefully I can find some quiet time to work on it this weekend.

What's on your needles?

And Judy L---I have a pile of laundry too!!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Splendid Sampler

Well, I have 9 of 15 blocks done of Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler.  I guess some progress is better than no progress.

I decided to focus on finishing a quilt for our quilt show next month first.  Then maybe I can catch up a bit.

Friday, April 1, 2016

More Fiesta Feet Friday

I am kinda stuck on the Fiesta Feet sock.  I finished the heel flap.  It looks HUGE!  I have been knitting Fish Lips Kiss heels and this heel flap looks so long to me.  I am ready to pick up the stitches, but not sure if I understand the pattern.  I think I will just do it and see how it comes out.  Maybe I need to insert a life line first.

I am almost intimidated to start working on the next step because I'm worried I will do it wrong.  Again, I need to insert a life line.  I hate when I develop that mindset--avoid working on a project for some reason, but then I don't want to work on anything else because I think I should be working on the project I don't want to work on.  If I can't get past it this weekend I may pick up something else for a bit.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fiesta Feet Friday!

This week I started the heel flap for the Fiesta Feet sock.  I don't know how well you can see the pattern, but I really like it.  I think I have 16 more rows to go--it is so fun to work on, but you really have to pay attention.

Last night I realized I had a problem---I think I knitted the last row in the variegated color instead of the main color, so I tinked the cable row (ugh!) and re-knit.  I hope I did that right.  I just wish I had more time to knit!

Check out Judy L's Patchwork Times to see what is on everyone's needles!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Design Wall Monday--Splendid Sampler Progress

Not much progress this week.  I only finished one block:
Busy week at the Crazy Sue house!  I think there are 11 or 12 blocks out, but I have only finished 5 so far.  Maybe I can catch up a bit this week. There are just not enough hours in my day!