Monday, December 15, 2014

Wow! Where have I been???

I have been so busy with work and life I forgot to blog!  A little quilting eye candy for you:
I finished a UFO!  The blocks were Bonnie Hunter's Leader Ender Challenge.  I made a nifty sewing machine caddy.  The nine patch blocks are pockets for my sewing notions.

I finished Danielle and Bryan's Christmas Tree Skirt.  It is folded in this picture.  I used a wedge ruler.  I hope she likes it.

And yesterday I finally sat still long enough to finish Part 1 of Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt.  So I am only two weeks late....I'll get there eventually.  ;)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Friday Needles Report

First, a finish:  a hat in Seattle Seahawks colors--yarn is That Bird in Seattle by KnitMona.
And, of course I needed to cast on a new pair of socks.  The yarn is Patons Kroy Stripes using Knitmore Girls Basic Sock.  So far so good!
It is actually cold here on the MS Gulf Coast--wish I could just spend my day knitting instead of working!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Needles Report

Well....I didn't get as much knitting done as I had hoped last weekend.  I did something I had never done before--knitted my second sock two inches too short (I miscounted repeats).  I was so stunned.  I had even woven the ends!  UGH!!!  I just sat and breathed for about five minutes.  Then I grabbed the scissors, cut off the toe and put the live stitches back on the needles.  I tinked out the toe decreases and started knitting again.

I am happy to report this story does have a happy ending:
I wore them Wednesday and they really fit well.

I also started on a hat for my oldest son.  It is in "That Bird in Seattle" by KnitMona.  I'm just knitting a basic beanie.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Girls Weekend--Pack the Knitting!

Headed to Florida this weekend with my running buddies to cheer for a friend who is doing Ironman Florida.  The race is a 2.1 mile open water swim in the gulf, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. She has trained really hard and I know she will do great.  And a road trip means pack the knitting!

Last night I wound a couple of skeins for hats and gifts, and I am ready to begin the heel flap on watermelon sock #2.  BF was a dear and helped me untangle and wind the skein my foster dog attacked.  There was only one break, so it will be fine to use--that is why there are two cakes of blue.  Also wound the Seattle Seahawks colored yarn that was hand dyed by the fabulous KnitMona.  It will be a hat for my son.  Can't wait to start on that one.

A girls weekend with my besties on the Florida coast with a lot of quality knitting time--woohoo!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Design Wall Monday

My "Grow Your Own" border project is on the wall today.  My guild started a new project:  You make a center block 18"-36" and each month you design a border for it.  This first border was to be made of squares.  I decided to make a border of half square triangles in a zig zag pattern.  My center is 18" square.  I actually drew it on graph paper.  I made twice as many HSTs as needed.  How did that happen???  IDK

So yesterday I put the borders on the center.  I thought I had mis-judged and then made each row shorter.  Then I realized I was right the first time, so I had a beer and put them all back together.  Then our friends had us over for wine and cheese, and I was useless.

Will put the last border back together tonight.  You can see the missing portion on the left.  The next border installment is revealed in two weeks.  I am actually ahead!

Friday, October 24, 2014


WooHoo it is Friday!!  This is what is currently on my needles.  I am trying to finish the watermelon socks before I start something else, but so many projects are calling me......
And yes, I have colossally long feet!

This morning I had a short swim workout, so I wanted to trim some blocks in my sewing room.  Jake decided it was time to play and kept dropping his ball in my fabric bins.  Stinker!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Busy weekend here for Crazy Sue!!  Saturday I went to the Gulf States Quilt Guild meeting in New Orleans.  Inspired by the beautiful quilts shown by Dorinda Evans, and we had some great shopping at Mes Amies and The Quilted Owl.

Sunday I finished this charity rag quilt.  It was half finished and was given to me to finish up.  Wow was it a mess.  The squares were hacked with scissors, not cut with a rotary cutter and ruler, and was not sewn well.  I did not take it apart and re-sew, but once it was finished, rag cut and washed/dried it looks ok.

I also pinned the Dresden Plates to background fabric.  I think I will hand applique these and make a table runner.  It is a group project with the Just Needles guild.

I was hoping to get more done but just ran out of weekend!