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!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Happy Friday!!

I had a blast last weekend in Florida.  Shared a cabin with five of my best running buddies and ran the Seaside School Half Marathon.  I finished in 1:57:47, which was 20 seconds from my fastest HM time.  Considering the course was hilly and I had a couple of slow downs, on a bridge and a water stop, I was pleased with my time.  
I started my Boxy sweater in Wollmeise Pure Mas Jung color.  Cast on 390 stitches, and I kept messing I didn't get as far as I would have liked.  But now it is just mindless stockinette for the next 16 inches--very relaxing knitting.

I have to finish a quilt this weekend, so I probably won't be knitting much.  The red and white string star quilt is supposed to hang at a seminar on Wednesday, and I still have the border to piece.  I'd better get busy!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

On the Road Needles Report

WooHoo!!!!  Girls road trip!  Going to Seaside, FL for the weekend with my best running buddies for the Seaside Half Marathon.  We always have a blast!  Rent a cabin, do some great shopping in Destin, run a half marathon and head on home.  Always a good time, and I'm not driving, so I get to knit!!

I decided to use a different mitt pattern for the Madelinetosh.  I like this one much better.  I did make a mistake in the pattern interpretation on the first mitt, and knit too many cable repeats.  The glove was too long, so I was going to just frog a few rows, reload the stitches on my needles and finish.  Well, never do this while the plumber is working at your house!!  I was so mad at them (long story, but they broke more than they fixed).  I couldn't figure out why it was so difficult to frog--just kept picking out stitches one at a time.  Then realized--OMG!!!  I started ripping out the cast on edge, not the cast OFF edge!!!!  Total frog.  I was so ticked.  But the good thing was that it didn't take long to reknit.  I had it figured out.  I actually reknit the pair in less than a week, mostly in the evenings. Finished mitt #2 at knitting last night.  Was cold enough to wear them on the drive to work today.
Excuse the breakfast shot--I was running late this morning.  ;)

Can't wait to start on Boxy using Wollmeise Pure in Mas Jung (I think that is the color--it is gray).

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Friday Finish

WooHoo!!!  I finished the Fingerless Mitts for my boyfriend.  I used every bit of a skein of Cascade 220 Superwash--I think I had 15" left.  Whew!  That was close!  I think one of the pinky fingers has an extra row.  Note to self:  Count, don't talk!

I think he likes them.  His office is cold and he wanted to wear them to work on the computer.

Now----what to make next???  I think some mitts for me, but just the finger cuff and thumb, not individual fingers.

And here it is:  Last night I cast on some mitts with leftover Madelinetosh.  It is really cold today.  Wish I could knit faster and wear them now!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Woo Hoo!! Monday on the Design Wall

Busy weekend at Crazy Sue's, but I did manage to get this together!  I had made the string pieced units in a class last fall, but mine were a bit larger than the instructor's and she did not give good instructions (or at least they didn't make sense to me) on how to measure the setting pieces.

So I took a swag and put it together and it worked!  It lays nice and flat.  I would like to enter this in a red and white challenge at a quilt seminar next month.....I hope I can get it together fast enough.  I did decide on an applique' design for the white spaces, and maybe a border design.

I'm really just excited to get this far.  ;)