Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Yarn Along

I thought I would be far more productive this week than I have been. I did manage to cast on the right side of my mom's vest.
I have finished the ribbing and made the opening for the pocket. Now I am working on the body of the right side. I have 66 rows of easy reverse stockinette stitch to knit. I think this will go quite quickly. 

I am joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.

I finished reading A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. I really liked this book. It is set in the 1930's. It is a love story ....sort of.... that deals with the taboos and prejudices of the time. There are family secrets that are slowly revealed as the story goes back and forth between 1931 and 1938. I have to agree with some of the Amazon reviewers that this book is a little like a soap opera, but I still found myself wanting to keep on reading. 
I haven't lined up another book to read yet. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Really Slow Stitching

My Christmas crafting seems to have slowed to a crawl. I was really hoping to finish this gift by this weekend, but alas that has not happened.
See that cream color. That is the last color of cross-stitch needed. Next is back stitching, stem-stitching and french knots. I am hoping to finish the cross-stitch today and move on to one of the other stitches. I have to admit that the stem stitching makes me somewhat apprehensive as it is being used more as a filler stitch rather than an outline. I have stitched all of these stitches before, but I have never used the stem stitch as a filler. Oh well, I will just have to dive in.
My Thanksgiving hand-towel is wallowing a little. 
I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year and my mojo for finishing it has been lagging. On top of that I have failed to bring it along with me sometimes and then find myself with time on my hands and no project. I will be packing it in my car each day this week to catch a few stitching moments here and there. That is all it will take to finish this. 
I am joining Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching this week. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Left Side Finished!

I have finished the left side of my mom's vest. I hope to cast on the right side of the vest later this week. My next few days are full to the brim so I am not expecting to get to that before Friday. I am so happy to be casting on the last large piece. 
I am also going to cast on a hat for a Christmas present. This is the pattern that hurt my hand last year, but it is fairly easy and makes a great hat. I will make it a little longer than the pattern specifies because my son thought the one I made him last year was a little short. I briefly considered crocheting a hat, but I don't want to make an unknown pattern as a gift.
I thought I would also show you an update on one of my cross-stitch Christmas gifts. It is a close picture because I don't want the recipient to figure it out if they see this post. 

I am joining Ginny's Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to. 

As for my reading I finished Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer before my Kindle loan ran out. I really like this book as I have all the other books that I have read by this author.  I have yet to begin reading another book. I have been spending my free time crafting and browsing my extensive stash of craft and food magazines and books.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

New Stitching

I have two new projects to share with you. First, I have started working on the Thanksgiving hand towel I mentioned a couple of post ago. 
It is easy to work on and is stitching up quickly. 
Up close the B's in the GOBBLEs look like 8s. I'm glad they look correct in the picture.
I have also started stitching a Christmas present. I can't show you the whole item, but this some of the stitching.
It is not a very large stamped cross-stitch so I hope I can finish it in a week. There is another one to work on right after this.
I also managed to make a trip to JoAnn's this week and came away with this fabric to use as backing for my table runner.
I think it goes well with the fabrics on the front and the binding will be a deep forest green. Even though I have been longing to work on this, it may have to take a back seat to the Christmas crafting. I want to machine quilt the runner which will go quickly, but most of my Christmas projects are by hand. I need to finish those first I think. 
Hubby and I took a walk along the path in our local nature preserve this weekend. This was part of our route.  
As you can see, many of the leaves have already fallen and left the trees somewhat bare.  
I am joining with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching today. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yarn Along progress

Yes, I have made progress on the vest I am knitting.
This is the left front. It will have a pocket in that opening. I have actually knitted about 10 more rows since this photo was taken. All of a sudden I am able to work quickly on this. Then again it is purl one row, knit one row for 53 stitches each row. I hope I can continue to knit it quickly once I get to the top pattern.

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to. 

As for reading, I am trying to finish Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer before my Kindle loan ends. I am really enjoying this book. It is mostly light reading with a little romance and self discovery by the characters. I always enjoy this author's novels and this one is no different.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stitching update

Okay, my stitching updates are getting boring, even for me. I have been working on Large Cross-stitch #1 whenever I can spare a half hour. It is coming along quite nicely, but there are 8 more pages to complete following the current page. Here is where I was on my last update.
This is where I am as of today.
This is definitely a long term project.

I have decided that I must start stitching something else. I need a trip to the fabric store in order to finish my table runner. Hubby has agreed to go with me today. I also want to pick up a hand towel with a cross-stitch insert and some floss (actually only one skein of floss as I have all the other colors I need). I am planning to work on this Thanksgiving towel.
This looks fairly quick and easy and I don't currently have one for Thanksgiving.

I have just ordered two cross-stitch kits to stitch for Christmas gifts also. I can't tell you what they are because at least one of the recipients reads this blog. When they arrive I will give you snippets of the stitching as I work I it. I am excited to have some new stitching to work on. Now I just have to find the time and break out the Ott-lite. Sorry Hubby, I know it is very bright.

I thought I would share the "Fall" flowers on my front porch. I am amazed at how beautiful my geraniums and begonias still look. 
They have been on my porch all summer and are still blooming. I just added some mums as a nod to Fall.
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Stop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One Section Finished

I have finally finished the back section of my mom's vest.
 The color below is closer to the actual yarn than the picture above.
 I have cast on the left front, ripped it out after 11 rows as I used the wrong stitch pattern, cast on again, ripped out again.....wrong number of stitches, and have cast on again. I sat with it last night questioning the pattern as I can't finish the pattern repeat with the number of stitches stated, but I believe the problem is just with the ribbing on the bottom as the numbers work for the main pattern. I am slogging through, but I doubt I will ever make another item from this book. I have never encountered such difficulty in following any other pattern. I am not an experienced knitter, but I am an experienced crocheter and I can read a pattern. I know it is partly my inattention, but even the cast-off for the back of the vest had to be frogged due to a misunderstanding with the directions. Perhaps a more seasoned knitter would not misinterpret the pattern, but I really believe that patterns should be precisely written so that all knitters can successfully complete them. Sorry for the rant, but this should not be this difficult. 

I finished reading The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. 
This is an interesting book that deals with the time of the Underground Railway in the United States. I really liked this book. I won't say it was an amazing book to read, but I certainly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.
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