Sunday, February 26, 2023

Yarn, floss, fabric and baking.

 I am making a whole lot of progress on the four items that I am consistently working on. The secret baby blanket now has 112 of 198 rows completed. Thats 56%!

I am just knitting along on the second baby blanket. 

I am really pleased with how quickly this knitting is going. I bring it with me when I visit my mother and also work on it when watching TV at night.

I have been making great progress on the birth announcement also.

The border is done as are the flowers, red bird and butterfly. The only cross-stitching left is the rest of the rainbow (I need to finish the yellow and add orange and red) and some clouds. After that is just back stitching outlines and lettering.

I have been spending a few mornings each week working on the Log Cabin Star quilt. I finally have 71 of 196 star blocks completed and I have good start on the next 10.

I had a few bananas going bad, but I didn't want to make the usual quick bread or muffins. I was thumbing through a cookbook and found Sweet Banana Bread which is a yeast bread. It made two loaves. My recipe is from an old Better Homes and Gardens Bread book, but you can find the same recipe here.

 I should have trusted my nose and taken them out of the oven before the 30 minutes the recipe called for. They are much darker than they should be and the bottoms are slightly burnt. The bread is extremely light and very tasty though. You really wouldn't know there was banana in it. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I will be working on all of the above and celebrating my birthday.

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Saturday, February 18, 2023

Slow Sunday Yarn Stitching

For those of you looking for a HQAL update, I have none as I have been way to busy with the projects below as well as a few others. I hope to rejoin the update once a couple of these are completed. In the meantime, feel free to look at all the projects that I have been working on. 

I spent 5 days at my daughter's just over a week ago to help with childcare as both my daughter and son-in-law had to work. My son-in-law is now a stay at home dad for the foreseeable future. I totally enjoyed the opportunity to take care of my sweet granddaughter. 

I just brought my knitting as I didn't want to have sewing needles around an infant and a pup. I was making great strides with the knitted baby blanket. I had the pattern down pat.  I got this great row counter from Twice Sheared Sheep which was helping me keep track.

 You can see how much I have completed. 

Unfortunately I realized that I just didn't like the blanket. It was too heavy. It turns out that Bernat baby yarn is not weight 2, but weight 3. The pattern called for baby yarn (it is an old pattern) with two strands held together. Although I love this pattern it also may be two sweet for a boy and the gender has not been revealed as yet. I decided to stop my knitting and find something else. I had one skein of yarn that I had yet to start working with. I cast on the Garter Rib Baby Blanket. I have already made great strides in knitting this and I like it so much better. 

 It only uses one strand of yarn and the pattern knits much more quickly. The blanket itself is a much lighter weight. This will be better for a summer baby. 

I have also made great strides crocheting the secret baby blanket. I have 99 of 198 rows completed. I am halfway done! This is a peek of the back.

I added yet another log to the next 10 blocks for my daughter's quilt. One more log to go and then the y-seam. 

We had a brief spate of warm weather this past week and my crocuses bloomed.

It was 20 degrees F last night, but they are still in bloom today. 

Hubby and I took advantage of the nice weather and walked along the path at the local preserve. We stopped at one of the lakes and saw some ducks.
Last Monday we had a small celebration for Hubby's birthday. His mother came for dinner and we had his favorite Entenmann's chocolate cake for dessert.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Sunday, February 12, 2023

February Stitch Along

It's that time once again to share one stitching project that I am working on steadily. The last time I posted an update for this stitch along I had frogged a bunch of green stitches and then restitched them in the appropriate colors.

I have since finished stitching the cute little bear at the bottom as well as the flowers up the sides. I decided that I wanted to finished the border on top before adding the leaves to the flowers. This is where I currently am with my stitching.

 Thank you to Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea for hosting this Stitch Along every three weeks and sending us the needed posting reminders. 

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and take some time to visit the other bloggers below who are part of this stitch-along. There is a wide variety of stitching projects. These talented stitchers are from all over the world, so please allow for the time differences and check back for each post. 

AvisClaireGun, ChristinaKathyMargaret


DaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie, MaryMargaretCindy

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

I seem to be spending my days slow stitching. That is a good thing. I have made a whole lot of progress on the birth announcement. The flowers have all been started. I am filling in the centers at this point. 

I also added a few stitches to the Woodland Animals stocking. I added some green at the top of the tree.

Much of my time has been busy with yarn. I have 71 out of 198 rows completed on the secret crocheted baby blanket. 

This is my project bag for this blanket. 

Yes, it requires a whole lot of moving different skeins around to keep everything in order. 

I am also busy adding rows to the knitted baby blanket. 

I am so content to be working on so many different projects. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to. I will probably spend some time on each of the above WIPs.

Thanks for stopping by! 


Thursday, February 2, 2023

February Snow Day?

It took until February 1st for my area of New York to have its first measurable snow. A record was set in New York City for the latest measurable snowfall (.4 inches) since records were kept from 1869. Wow! It has been that kind of Winter here. Grey, dreary, cloudy, but too warm for snow. We had what I would call a dusting of snow. 

It was gone by the afternoon. I decided it was enough snow for me to declare a snow day, hibernate inside and sew. I really do want to make some progress on the quilt I am making for my daughter and son-in-law. I have to make 196 log cabin blocks. As of yesterday I have 61 made. 

I started on the next 10. The block on the left is the sample that I follow along with the book.

I also spent some time unknitting. I found a mistake in the edging of the baby blanket 4 rows back and I just couldn't leave it.

I am now back to where I was when I started unknitting plus one more row. 

I am waiting on more comic book boards so I can finish storing my fabrics. I never thought that I had a lot of fabric and I don't compared to serious quilters, but I have way more than I imagined. I have already covered 100 comic book boards with fabric and I easily have 25 or more fabrics still to store this way. I also have a fairly sizeable collection of fat quarters. Now that I have been doing some organizing, I realize I have plenty to choose from for some smaller projects, maybe ever for some larger projects also. 

We enjoyed a visit to our daughter and her family last weekend. It had been 5 weeks since we had seen our granddaughter and she was fearful of us at first. She warmed up pretty quickly and surprised all of us, by rolling over from her back to her tummy for the first time. The next day she rolled from tummy to back for the first time. She is hitting all the important milestones. She does not like to sit still and almost always has her legs moving and kicking. She brings us a lot of joy.

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