Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Almost there!

I finished knitting one of the armbands on my mom's vest and believe it or not it was easy.
This is the first straight-forward easy part of this entire vest. I am hoping that I can complete the other armband after work today. Then all that is left is the collar. Let's hope that is as easy to complete. 
I picked up this yarn on a trip to ACMoore a couple of weeks ago. Have any of you tried it yet? I saw it made into a had on a friend's Facebook posting and it looked kind of neat.
I also got it in grey. I have another secret project in mind for it. I will post when it is completed.
Speaking of that friend, she has just started a new Facebook page. Pop on over to Randi's Original's to see some of the great knits she has to offer. I only recently found out that Randi is an extremely accomplished knitter. 
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 finished The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini. I have definitely found another series that I will thoroughly enjoy reading. Now I have Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon on my Kindle. I have only just begun to read it. No opinion yet.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stitching Away!

I am still trying to get my voice back, so I spent yesterday being very quiet and cross-stitching. I made a whole lot of progress on my undercover gift. I just have stem-stitching, back-stitching and a few French knots to complete. 

I am totally enjoying this stitching mainly because I am not thinking about any chores since I am trying to get over this cold. It helps that this is a three-day weekend for me too.
This will be my Slow Sunday Stitching for today. Kathy asked us to share a photo of our hand while stitching.....difficult to do when you are trying to keep the stitching secret. As you can see I am left-handed.
Pop on over to Kathy's Quilts to see what other bloggers are stitching.

This is also my son's birthday weekend. He turns 26 today! Wow those years have gone by quickly. Since he is living on the other side of the country, Hubby and I miss celebrating with him. We sent him a gift and some Kringle. For those of you who don't know what Kringle is, it is a Danish pastry in the shape of a large oval.
Pecan and Raspberry Pair (POP1)
My Wisconsin aunt and uncle used to send it to our family at Christmas each year. My father grew up in Racine, WI. I love it. There are many different flavors. Now I order it from O&H Danish Bakery for my son for his "birthday cake". He can have some today and freeze the rest for future breakfasts. (Please note that I have no personal or financial interest in this bakery).

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Knitting again

I have had a real hard time getting back to my mom's a really belated Christmas present. I finally returned to it today.....mainly because I am home sick from work. I have no voice to speak of, no pun intended and felt really sick when I woke up this morning. Feeling a little better now, but I am still speaking in a whisper.
So if I am not at work, I decided it would be a good chance to figure out the buttonhole band. The pattern calls for only two buttons, but I know Mom would like to have buttons from top to bottom so I had to do the math to evenly space the buttonholes.
Once again, I found the directions confusing. It had you using the RS pattern on the WS in order to cast-off some stitches and then reverted to the WS pattern on the RS when you had to cast-on the stitches. I didn't like how messy the first two buttonholes looked so I ripped out 30 rows of 7 stitches. I did some research into buttonhole bands and started over. I am much happier with the way the buttonhole band is progressing now. I am 60 rows into a total of 110 so I hope to finish this today.

I still have to finish the armholes and collar, but that should just require following the pattern....I hope. 
I have missed Yarn Along with Ginny for the past few weeks so I thought I would use this post to update my book reading also.
I got these books as Christmas gifts. I love getting books as gifts as they can be gifts for a lifetime to be read and re-read over the years.
The top two books are Elm Creek Quilt novels. My daughter gave me these and the Kate Morton book. She didn't even know that I have been wanting to read the Elm Creek Quilt series. My mom bought me the Ina Garten cookbook. 
 I just finished reading The Quilter's Apprentice this morning. I really like the way Jennifer Chiaverini writes. I loved reading this book that combines family and friend relationships with quilting. This series reminds me a little of the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber that I really love. I am looking forward to reading many other Elm Creek Quilt novels.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas is finally put away

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. Unfortunately, now that I am back at work, seeing the Christmas decorations hanging around all over the house made coming home a little stressful. Every day I realized that before I could sit down and craft, I needed to start packing up Christmas. As a result, no crafting was completed at all this last week. Each day I tried to pack up at least one of my many boxes of decorations. Yesterday, Hubby and I finally put away our village which was the last of the decor. Whew!
I sat right down yesterday afternoon and continued working on this:
 I know you can't tell what it is, but then neither can the gift recipient. This is stitching up very quickly. Yay! 
I am joining Kathy's Quilts for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to. Today I will spend my Slow Sunday Stitching working on my cross-stitch and shortening a pair of my husband's slacks. I also need to shorten a pair of pajama pants and two pairs of my own pants. I don't think those will be worked on today though. 

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in Review

Did I really get any crafts finished this year? I don't feel like I finished very many crafts. 
First, I made a hat for hubby. 
 Then I finished my Barn Jacket.

I finished stitching Love by Little House Needleworks. This is still a WIP that needs to be made into a tiny pillow or something.
 I made this infinity scarf for myself.
 and this one too.

 Another scarf because I loved this yarn.
 I made this bowl to use up some really stiff and scratchy craft yarn. It now resides in my craft room.
I finished stitching this Little House Needleworks pattern also. It still needs to be framed.

I finally finished quilting and binding this Peanuts Christmas quilt. My daughter had it for the holidays this year.
 I needed a quick craft, so plastic canvas coasters fit the bill.
 This little Thanksgiving hand towel took longer to stitch than it should, but I was pleased with the outcome. I will have it to use next year as I finished it after Thanksgiving.
Finally, just in time for Christmas, I finished this apron.

Now for my WIPs that will extend into 2015.

Mom's vest now has its buttonband sewn on, but I haven't taken a picture. I need to cast on the buttonhole band, knit around the armholes and add a collar. It should be finished soon.
I would really like to finish my table runner asap also. This is just for me. I would like to start on a jelly roll quilt, but I want this project finished first.
Large Cross-stitch #1 is a long term project. I would love to be able to complete a page a month, but that will be too much pressure. Maybe I will aim to complete a page every other month. 
 This is another long-term project. My mom started it, I frogged it and now it is stalled in favor of other projects. I am sure I will pick it up when the whim strikes me.
 My Rose Granny Squares are also a long term project. I have no particular plan for these so I just pick them up when I need a portable project.
Okay, I feel much better now. I finished plenty and have much more crafting in my future.

Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Family Time

I haven't shared with you one of my favorite Christmas gifts. My son bought this beautiful yarn bowl for me from a craftsman in California. Now I can't wait to fill it with yarn for a new project. Hmmm...I wonder what that will be.

 My daughter was crafty this Christmas also. Hubby has made a hobby of feeding the birds in our back yard and adding warm water to the birdbath now that it is cold. Our daughter decided to make this for him.
Hubby thought this was a great gift.
We spent part of the final day of my son's visit walking the path in the local nature preserve. We need to work off all of those holiday goodies. 
The sun was shining and the air was brisk and calm. A perfect day for a winter walk. Hubby and I by the lake.
My son and his girlfriend attempting to skip some stones. Unfortunately, there weren't any good, flat skipping stones.
The swans and ducks came to visit. 
I think they were hoping for some bread, but we didn't bring any.
On our way back to our car.
Just a little winter tour of our area. 
Our daughter headed home yesterday and our son and his girlfriend return to California this afternoon. The holidays are truly over.

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