Sunday, January 7, 2018

Snow days

I ended up with an unintended four day weekend due to the blizzard we had here on Long Island. My son had some extra time in Southern California as it took an extra day and a half before he could get a flight to New York. 
Our back deck ended up free of snow, but one of our chaise lounges flipped over and the cover blew off of our table and chairs.
Our front porch had a nice drift. 
No snow on the cars, but a drift next to Hubby's car.
Of course that meant I did some some snow shoveling (our snow blower wouldn't start despite being tested prior to the storm).
 It took a while to shovel through the end of the driveway. We had to go back out after dark once the plows came through a second time.
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  You can see how high the snow mounds are. We had over 12 inches of snow.
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 The two snow days also meant that I had time to take down almost all of the Christmas decorations. 

Of course I was not going to waste two unexpected days off just doing chores. I sat down with Baker Beach for a few hours and made some real progress.

I also cast on this Milanese Lace Cowl (4 times) before I actually got the count correct and the pattern going. I have finished 2 of 8 repeats of the pattern. 
I haven't knit in a while and am really enjoying challenging myself with a lace pattern. It is surprisingly quite easy.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I think that Baker Beach needs a little more love today.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Crafting plans for the New Year.

What do I want to craft in 2018? Oh my there is a really long list. 
First I want to finish Baker Beach. It is soooo close.
I have tried to cast on this infinity scarf 3 4 times. I will get it going and then have a new knit project to work on. (I cast on again last night and have the first row knitted).
I also want to finish my Granny Square Rose Afghan.
I have two felt kit projects that I can't share right now, but that I really want to finish before next Christmas. I will be starting these shortly. I will share my progress, but I won't be able to tell you what they are as they will be surprise gifts for my children. 

I just purchased the fabric to work on these two Christmas pieces.
I won these patterns over two years ago. The one on the left comes with the floss and jingle bells.
I also bought the fabric to start this big cross-stitch project for my daughter. 
This is going to take several years just like Baker Beach. I thought it was smaller, but it is actually larger than Baker Beach. I will start it once Baker Beach is completed.

I want to make a cowl with this yarn that I almost forgot that I bought in Saratoga this year.

I am going to start a quilt for my daughter. I think I have decided on the pattern though I will have to add about 9 stars in order to make it into a queen-sized quilt.
 I will start searching for the fabric in the Spring so that I can concentrate on the sewing when I am off from school in the Summer. My daughter likes the color palette that is given, but wants it to be less Christmas-like.

There are other projects that I would like to get to, but I think I will stop my list here as this many projects may not even be possible.
 Finishing the quilting on this baby quilt
 and finishing the stitching on the Autumn church embroidery that has been a UFO for so long may happen. This project is further along than the photo shows. The trees above the fence are mostly completed.
If I feel like it I will pick these last two up, but they are not planned finishes for 2018.

So that is my list. I am sure there will be other projects that catch my eye and are added along the way. There always are. 

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Company gone, stitching begun, 2017 review

My son is now in California, but will be back for a few days next week. My daughter and her boyfriend have headed out to visit his parents and then drive home. Hubby and I have the house to ourselves for a few days. 
I took advantage of that and spent a good hour or more working on Baker Beach on Friday. I am so close to being halfway done with this last page. There are only about 2000 stitches left. Oh no, that sounds like so much.
It is bitterly cold here today, 14 degrees right now with wind, so I will spend as much time as possible indoors working on Baker Beach. I have to go out to get milk, which is annoying as I was in our local grocery store twice yesterday. Hubby and I also have to make some Christmas returns. Sigh....


I had really hoped that Baker Beach would be finished this year, but I know for sure that I will finish it in 2018. I am too close to the end not too finish it soon.
I think this might be a good time to look over my finishes of 2017. This was a cowl for my daughter that I finished in February. She was wearing it when she was here for Christmas which made me smile.

I March I finished my Feather and Fan shawl.
I April I finished stitching one of my Prairie Schooler Santas although the final assembly didn't happen until a couple of days before Christmas.
There were no finishes in May, June or July. I spent those months working on the second Prairie Schooler Santa, Baker Beach and the Summer of Love Challenge.
The last I finished in August.
I also finished this crocheted Christmas tree for my son.
September and October found me very busy with my school and university work so there were no finishes. In November I finished my second Prairie Schooler Santa.
I also finished binding this quilt for my son that I called Matthew's Maze.
 As I said before, those Prairie Schooler Santas got their final finish right before Christmas. They were my December finishes.
I am pretty happy with my accomplishments. I always wish for more finishes, but I really can't complain.
I am joining Kathy for the last Slow Sunday Stitching of 2017. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Gifts given

My Prairie Schooler Santas were a hit with my son and daughter. I completed them only a couple of days prior to Christmas. Now they each have two.
 This one went to my daughter. She makes sure to read "The Night Before Christmas" every Christmas Eve.
 My son received this Santa.
 We managed to decorate some Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve.
 Both children get creative.
 This was my son's first pan of cookies.

Our Christmas celebration was quiet this year, but still filled with family.
Of course I had to take the obligatory picture of my children in front of the tree Christmas morning. 
I hope to someday have pictures like this with spouses and grandchildren included. 
There was an abundance of presents beneath our tree.
We celebrated with my mom.
 We even managed to get a picture of Hubby and I on Christmas.
I hope everyone had a good celebration. My daughter's boyfriend is visiting now and we are planning to go bowling. I haven't been in quite a while. I hope to find some time to work on Baker Beach soon. I would like to make some progress. I don't want to start anything new until it is done.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Decorating!

I am finally getting some of the Christmas decorating done. I put the nativity in the front window. Hubby suggested that I put up the village yesterday. I am so glad that he did! It is finished. 
 
 The night-time view when it is all lit up.
 The church got a lift this year.

It makes the house feel festive.

Speaking of festive, Hubby and I drove around our neighborhood last night to look at the houses that were all lit up after yesterday's snowfall.
Several of the houses in our neighborhood seem to compete.
 These are next door to each other.
 So many wonderful snow covered characters. Olaf seems to be enjoying himself.
Here we have a bold statement.
When we returned to our house I thought it looked quite pretty also.
 My sled full of presents and a small tree decorate our front porch.
It is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. 

Hubby and I plan to get our tree today. I know what I will be doing for the next several evenings after work.....lights, garland, ornaments.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I hope to find some time to work on Baker Beach. There has been no progress on that this week. 

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Finished!

 I finished Matthew's Maze with about 2 hours to spare before he drove home. It now resides with my son in Pennsylvania.
 My daughter who is all of 5'4" is holding it up for me to take a picture.
 This is the label of the wonderful women who did all of the machine quilting.
 Here are some closeups of that beautiful quilting





I am glad that Matthew's Maze is finally finished. Now I must start planning my daughter's quilt.

The weekend prior to Thanksgiving I finished some stitching on Baker Beach and sorted through which flosses I wanted to work with next. I put these flosses in the box you see below in the partition with my scissors on the left. 
The phone rang, I got up and knocked the entire box onto the floor. Floss scattered everywhere. Once my phone call ended, I just put all the floss back in number order, but I didn't go back and sort the floss to use next again.
Yesterday, I finally got back to stitching on Baker Beach and I looked at the chart and just decided that I wanted to stitch some blue. 
I know that this is not a floss that I had originially planned to use next, because I was trying not to leave too much un-stitched fabric in between colors. It made me happy to stitch this color though especially as it seemed to move me that much closer to the bottom. I have now chosen a floss that will fill in some of that open white space and I will be more careful getting up when my floss box is open.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I think Baker Beach needs a little more love in between Christmas decorating. 

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