Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Projects

I started a new craft. I had purchased one of those Shawl in a Ball skeins of yarn a while ago. I am not sure how much I like this yarn, but I am busy knitting a shawl. I had a hard time deciding on the pattern. I wanted to crochet this shawl, but I didn't like any of the available patterns. I settled on the Feather and Fan shawl which is a very simple, lacy knitted 4 row pattern that I keep messing up. Ugh! 
I was hoping for a knit that was fairly mindless, but I really have to concentrate. As I said, I think part of the problem is the yarn. It tends to catch on itself and is not soft and luscious. I really want to make a shawl though and I don't want to buy any more yarn to do so. I have finally completed one 4 row repeat without a mistake.
I did purchase this beauty from my LYS. It is a sock-weight yarn. 
I plan to make another On The Tracks infinity scarf, this time for my daughter. She borrowed mine when she was home at Christmas and I asked her if she would like one. Her birthday is the end of this month so I think that if I get my act together she might actually get it this year. It is a crocheted project which usually goes quickly for me. 

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along. 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 own reading...not happening. I started a book when I had a break at work, but I really only have about 15 minutes a day besides lunch which I spend with co-workers. I am catching up on some magazines that I have laying around. That is enough reading for right now.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Did you miss me?

I have missed connecting with all of you. I have not had my computer for at least a week. There was a hard-drive problem that my computer savvy Hubby could not fix. He had to bring it to two different repair places until they could get it back up and running, but then the second place didn't fully connect the fan so it was overheating and shutting down completely. It still has a minor glitch that Hubby is researching. He is trying so hard to salvage this 7 year old computer that I really like. 

Now I have a smart phone and a mini-iPad, but I didn't couldn't get to any of my photos or even to Blogger Dashboard. Everything is backed up, but not accessible to those devices so updating this blog was just not happening. I must say that I was going through laptop withdrawal, but I did get all of my Christmas decor put away in a timely fashion. Our tree told us that it needed to come down when the star on the top started drooping.
I enjoyed visiting with my son who spent a couple of extra days with us when his flight was cancelled due to snow. He helped Hubby with the snow removal. 
 That is my son running the snow blower.
I was able to put a few stitches on Baker Beach during my school break also. You can see the pale yellow that is new. I couldn't avoid the shadow of my hand as it is snowing again today.
I will be joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I plan on spending some time working on Baker Beach. I will join the Stitchery Link Party on Monday at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are up to.

I am glad to be back to blogging, but I realize now that in order to get more crafting completed I need to stay away from the laptop time trap. I have stumbled into a New Year's resolution to craft more and play laptop games less. I think I will be much happier with my crafting progress. 

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Retrospective

First I want to thank all of my followers and all of my readers. I am so thankful for all of your comments, support and encouragement throughout the year.

It is the time of year to review my completed projects and report on last
 year's WIPs that will continue into the coming year. I also have a few new projects that I want to start.

I had 15 completions this year. Not too bad. 

January
I finished my Winter Angel. 

February
Mom's vest is finally keeping her warm

This hat was requested by my MIL.

April
I finished stitching Spring Angel. 

July
This sleepy dog kit was a gift from my son. I have yet to frame or finish it.

Spring Angel was made into a standing placard.

August
Gratitude is the Key to Happiness was stitched, finished and sent as a gift.

 Fresh Till Cowl was one of the easiest knits that I have ever done.

I needed something new for my dining room's bay window so I made this Lantern Floral Craft.

September
I love this hat pattern so a made another one for Hubby
 I made this Crocheted Christmas Tree for my daughter.

I finished stitching Autumn Angel. 


October

I made Autumn Angel into another standing placard.


I tried this easy No-Sew Quilted Ornament.

December
Merry Christmas Angel was stitched long ago, but I finally make her into yet another placard.

This blue cowl was made for my daughter out of the yarn from a hat that she didn't like.

I finished a hat for myself sometime during the year, but I can't find a picture anywhere.

WIPS
I hope Baker Beach will be finished this year. There are still 3+ pages to be stitched.

My 2nd Crocheted Christmas Tree is almost done, but I won't need to give it to my son until next year when he has his own apartment. This is one start of the tree skirt which has been taken apart a few times. It is the last piece that I need to finish crocheting before assembly and it no longer looks like this.

This Royal Squares Quilt is disappointing for a few reasons. 

First it is not going together easily. Some of the sizing is off and I can't seem to get the seams to line up without extensive pinning. I have tried several different methods. On top of it all, the twin-sized bed that I was making this for is soon to be replaced with a queen-sized bed, so I will have to decide if I want to search for fabric to make it bigger or just finish it as is. 

I think I will work on hand-quilting this small baby quilt that my mother made. 

This Fall printed cross-stitch is a long-term project. I am just not that into working on it. I think it is a little farther along than this picture shows, but I can't locate a more recent picture.

I have two Prairie Schooler Santas that will now be made as gifts for next year as I ran out of time this year. The front one is partially stitched, but I will update that another time.
I think I will probably work on these this coming Summer.

I also have the Granny Square Roses to work on.
There is no real plan for them right now. They are an easy project to work on here and there.

Future Projects
Summer Angel .....well first I have to design her. At least I have some ideas this year.

This Pinkeep was sent to me by another blogger. I now have the correct linen so I can get started.

I bought this Felt Advent Tree kit to make for my daughter. 
I want to get started on it soon as it has a lot of little pieces.

I am sure there will be some crocheted and knit pieces also, but right now I have no definite plans. Of course, that can change in a moment.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Family time

I am thoroughly enjoying my time off with my son and daughter visiting. Even though they are grown adults, I have to get the obligatory Christmas morning pic in front of the tree. They humored me.
 I am also relaxing and crafting. I have finished the cowl I was making for my daughter. She asked me to complete only 10 out of the 12 rows. She really likes it. It just covers her mouth and nose. It will work well when she is bundled up walking to and from the T(the train) in Boston this winter. 
I am working on the crocheted tree skirt for another crocheted Christmas tree. This is all that is left to finish so I might as well get it done. I am hoping this scrap of variegated Christmas yarn will be enough to finish the skirt. I would like it to be different than the one I made for my daughter. I will give this one to my son next Christmas.
 Do you see my new crochet hook? Hubby gave me a whole new ergonomic set for Christmas. I hope they will make it easier for me to crochet for longer times. 
I know that my hand didn't cramp up when I was crocheting the little circle above this morning so I am hopeful.
I am going to use this yarn to make an infinity scarf for my daughter.
Ignore the hat picture behind it. That was the original intent for this yarn, but now will be a variation of On the Tracks. This yarn is not fingering, but I think it will work fine....or I will go yarn shopping. 
I will be returning to stitching Baker Beach soon. Maybe not this week as we will still have visitors and it is easier to crochet than stitch, but you never know. I want to work on the Prairie Schooler Santas too. They will be put away for gifts for next year. I denfinitely ran out of time this year, but that is okay. So much less stress.

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along today. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are knitting/crocheting and reading. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

I want to wish all of my followers and readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah! I hope you are enjoying the company of family and friends during this holiday season.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Holiday Preparations

I have been neglecting my blog. Then again, I have been neglecting my crafting also. I finally have my holiday preparations almost completed. The tree has its lights and garland...no ornaments yet. Our son is flying in this afternoon so maybe we will spend tonight putting the decorations on the tree. It is about time. I thought I would share with you my snowman collection. It is sitting in my front window next to and behind the nativity which faces out our front window.
I never meant to have a collection, but sometimes it just happens.
I decorated those little Christmas trees many years ago. 
The grass that you see out the window was covered in snow just yesterday, but last night's rain washed it all away.

My staircase railing is has its greenery. That was Friday night and Saturday's job. I was home alone Friday night while Hubby was administering his first university exam so I decided to get busy. Those little glass balls take some time to hang each year. 
I also mixed two cookie doughs on Saturday....no cookies baked yet. Chocolate Crinkles and Raspberry Walnut Thumbprints will be baked soon. They are being chilled and then need to be rolled into balls and rolled into toppings.
Most of the gifts are bought. Hubby and I went to a local outlet mall after dinner on Saturday and purchased many of our gifts. We were quite surprised at how empty it was. We got great deals and did not have to stand on a single line. I guess most people just shop online now. I did order several gifts online from companies that I regularly deal with and where I can return in a local store if necessary.

Food shopping will either be today or Tuesday night.  I am not sure we can fit it in today.

 Tomorrow night I will give the final exam for my university class. Of course then I have to grade all of those exams before Christmas as I have to submit the grades to the university just after Christmas. 

Sometime this week, I need to wrap the gifts. Hubby will help with that when he is not grading his second final exam. I am so happy that I only have one to grade this semester.

I took Mom shopping Friday afternoon, so now she has all of the gifts that she wanted to buy. I helped her decorate her tree and put a few decorations around. I wish that I had time to put up all of her decorations, but she likes to try to do it herself. 

I am working on this cowl right now. The yarn was formerly a hat that I made that my daughter disliked....I don't blame her. She liked the soft yarn though so I am giving this a try. The yarn is Lion Brand Homespun and not the easiest to work with. I wonder if she will like this. It won't be a gift, just something for her to have in the cold Boston winter.
Well, I guess I had better get my day started. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching, but I think today will be crocheting for me. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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