Friday, April 21, 2017

Clicking Along--Friday Needles Report

I am almost finished with the first skein of Shibui Twig for my Sleeveless Slipover:
I need to tink a row--I think I messed up a stitch and the result is a nice big hole!  ;(

I also have a finish!  I knitted my BF a pair of socks.  He just returned from work travel and really liked them.  Yay!
What is  on your needles??

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Needles Report

I am so excited!!  I swatched for the Sleeveless Slipover.  The pattern called for size 5 needles (which I did not have---how can that be??) The yarn ball band suggested size 4 needles, which I do have, so I swatched with those.  I really like the fabric, and don't know if I would want it looser.  And I do not know how to count my stitches on my swatch to check my gauge, so I need to figure that out quickly!

Friday, April 7, 2017

On the Needles in Seattle

I've been in Seattle all week for work, so I got a lot of quality knitting time in.  My yarn chicken game with my boyfriend's socks did not end well:
I was SO close!!!  I have a couple of yards of this yarn I pulled off when I was getting to the correct starting point to match the stripe when I started the second sock, so I think I'm ok.

So of course, I started a new pair of socks.  This is Paton's Kroy in Turquoise Jacquard stripe. I'm using Herminoe's Everyday sock pattern.
Ooops--sorry!!  Upside down pic!!

And....I took the ferry to Bainbridge Island to Churchmouse Yarn and Teas.  It was a beautiful afternoon and the mice are so helpful!!  I left with this:

I will tell more about this next week.  Gotta get to the airport.  I'm hoping the spring break crowds are not too crazy this early in the morning!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Friday Needles Report: Chevron Baby Blanket

So the big news!!  I'm going to be a grandma!! this will be the first grandbaby and I am so excited!  My mind was racing....what to knit first???

I found a cute baby flannel print and hemmed it for a receiving blanket,  I decided to try Chevron Baby Blanket pattern using Jeannee cotton.  It is an easy knit, except I keep miscounting and have to tink!  I've already started over twice.  The second time I decided to watch the video on purl through the back loop.  I was definitely doing that wrong.  I had huge holes from my right side yarn overs.

Last night I thought I was off and could fix it, but no.  Tonight I'm going to try to tink a few rows and see if I can find my mistake.  I should have stopped the moment I thought I had a problem. Oh well.  I WILL FIGURE THIS OUT!

yarn over holes are too big!!

Better....

Stitches are out of line. I have miscounted somewhere....So I am tinking back to see if I can knit this correctly.  Hoping I don't have to start over.  Again. I have about 6 months to figure this out. :)  It's all good.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Another Busy Sewing Weekend!

This past weekend I went to the Gulf States Quilt Association's Seminar in New Orleans.  Three days of quilty goodness!  Two days I took wool applique classes with Rebekah L. Smith.  She is a wonderful teacher.  I loved the stitching, and her class was quite informative.  She also hand dyes her fabrics--wow what beautiful colors!! I almost finished both projects:
This is a sewing caddy.  You can tuck threads or scissors in the heart, and one of the wings is a pin cushion.  I still need to finish stitching details before I stitch it to the backing.
This panel will be sewn to a small burlap basket.  I just need to attach to the backing first.

I also took an entire day off just to work on my projects.  I sewed a modern style top for my niece's graduation present and basted it:
 And I basted a quilt for my son and daughter in law's anniversary.  They were married in Hawaii, and I bought fabrics to make them a quilt....five years ago!  Time to get this thing quilted.  It is king sized.
I really enjoyed the weekend.  I got so much accomplished!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

New York Beauty Design Wall

I had the best sewing weekend!  Judy Holley (of Gulf States Quilt Assn) taught a scrappy New York Beauty class at my guild on Saturday.  Lots of fun!  I like that you can use some of those wild and funky prints in the larger pieces of the block, as long as you have good contrast in the points.


I've made 3 so far.  80 makes a queen sized quilt.  I think the blocks are 9" or 10".


Today I was digging in my sewing room.  I wondered what was in a box, opened it up and ......
it's another New York Beauty!  This is New York Beauty Diversified, from a Linda Hahn class I took in 2013.  I think I figured out where I left off, so I got nine blocks ready to sew.


I am SO excited!  My quilting mojo really got a boost this weekend.  Too bad I have to go to work in the morning.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Just knit while you wait!

I hate to wait!  I'm waiting on a delivery for work, it is being delivered to another building up the street.  It is on the truck, but they can't tell me when it is arriving....So, what's a girl to do???
Thank goodness I keep something to knit in the car.  I've knit several inches just waiting.  I was feeling pretty good about it and figured I needed to knit one more row before the decreases----and I dropped a stitch!!!  ;(  I don't have the tool I want to pick it up either.  So I will go to lunch and hopefully the delivery will come and the guy at the main office can get it.

What's on your needles???