Tuesday, January 20, 2015

this used to be a scarf

This used to be a Multidirectional Scarf-at least it was until yesterday.  I knit it too narrow-about 4.5 inches and almost never wore it-and it was too long like spaghetti.  Instead I wear the one I knit for DH.  So yesterday I took it to the beach with me to unravel during our Pooh and Piglet Picnic.  It was a little tough to unravel as Noro Kureyon is very grabby-it broke a lot too.  But I think if I knit it about 8 or 9 inches wide I will get a lot more use out of it.

I've been feeling very knitty lately.  I ran out of yarn of the feather and fan socks so need to find something to finish the toes.  And I need to reknit the toes on DH's latest blue socks.  And I'd really like to knit two pixie caps for babies that I know.  My brother and his wife are welcoming daughter #3 today and she needs a cap from Auntie!

Monday, January 05, 2015

today's doings

Well, I patched two pairs of pjs for Tig-he is so rough on his clothes! And shaved all the pills of a hand-me-down dinosaur sweater (he's really into dinosaurs right now).

I also walked a mile on the treadmill.

So I get an A today!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Gettin' Organized

Well, I accomplished two of my goals from 2014.  I finished my Pilgrims and replaced my horrible carpet!  And there was much rejoicing!  I would have preferred to replace the carpet with laminate or tile but DH really wanted carpet. We have two boyos and two dogs so I think a hard surface would be better but I'll go along with it this time.

DH, the boyos, and I have spent the last three days going through our excess of stuff.  We made a good start in the attic with plans to finish next Saturday.  Today we did half of the boyos room.  The other half is all stuff that belongs to DH.  He has promised to go through all of it so that we can turn the boyos room back into the boyos room and not DH's storage area.  DH has also promised to clear off the back patio so that we can actually use the space and not have to look at his piles of junk. 

I go back to work on Monday after two weeks off so my goals for tomorrow are to do my laundry and reorganize my sewing area.  I really enjoy being at home-I honestly wish I did not have to work. I'd love to be a stay at home mom.  Instead I go to work and DH is a stay at home dad.

Anyway, my word for 2015 is Organization.  Our house is a disaster area and I just cannot stand it anymore.  I explained to DH that when the house is a mess, like it has been for a long while, I cannot relax.  And when I cannot relax I get more and more tightly wound which is unpleasant for everyone.  We're coming up on our ten year anniversary so I'd like to start our next decade together with a comfortable house.

My goals for 2015:
  1. replace the horrible sofa
  2. get healthy-eat better and walk daily
  3. spend more time creating-there are lots of quilts to be made and I've got some wool projects that are calling my name
  4. finish Woodsy association gloves for Tig.  I need to duplicate stitch the animals on and that will take me a lot of time to do properly
  5. I'd also like to manage my time better.  I always feel rushed and stressed and I'd like to look at that and see if I need to commit to a Rule of Life.  I think that would help.
Anyway, off to a good start in 2015!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

chess and broken needles

 I found this great flannel on a trip up to Austin.  I plan to surprise the boyos with chess pjs.  They are completely obsessed with chess right now.

My pilgrim quilt is with the quilter.  I told her to do anything she wanted with them.  I'm looking forward to seeing them when she is finished!
I started this sock after deciding I despised the one I worked on during in-service.  I cast on during a conference meeting and decided I would at last do a feather and fan pattern.  I had to keep ripping it out and redoing it as I was trying to make a 72 stitch pattern fit on 64 sts.  I ripped it back to the ribbing one final time and knit a plain row and increased the 8sts.  Then the knitting was fine.  Except for the broken needles.  I lost count but I think I broke four Britanny's and assorted bamboo needles. Ah well.  I dug out these old Pony's when I got home.  The tips are really blunt so it's difficult to do the K2tog but at least these won't break.  I hope. The yarn is much louder in person. ;-D

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Took these pilgrims long enough. . .

I started these guys in 2010 and kept putting them in timeout because I couldn't get the checkerboard border right.  I made finishing this quilt a resolution for the year so this weekend I pulled them back out and got to work.  I added two additional colors to the border and remade a ton of squares.  This isn't completely perfect but at least it's done!

I'm really glad to have this finished.  I plan to quilt it with invisible thread in a cross-hatch pattern.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

a little bit of sewing

I haven't felt like sewing very much since I finished Dad's Dr Who quilt.  I'm glad I made it when I did because my dad passed away near the end of June.  My mom gave me his quilt back-and Magpie keeps teasing for it!  She does give my spirits a lift.

My sister came and stayed with mom for a few weeks.  While she was here we worked on a quilt she's making for our youngest niece.
Sister isn't a quilter (although she has made a couple really nice ones) and I was surprised she chose a pattern with the nine patches on point.  We finished the top and found that the batting she purchased was too small so I dug a larger piece out of my stash.  Then we found out that the backing was too small.  We threw in the towel then and sat down and had tea and scones.  ;-)

We had a baby shower for one of my staff yesterday so I really needed to make her a quilt.  She's doing the nursery in owls and purple so Magpie and I searched JoAnns for the right fabric. Well, once we found these owls we knew we had a winner!

She really liked the quilt and I made sure she knew it was to be used!  Don't keep it for best.  I love seeing a little kid dragging around a quilt I've made them.  I made a dragon sweater for my nephew when he was little and was thrilled when my sister said he wore it continually-she had to chase him down to get it in wash.

I'm hoping to really get back to sewing but, really, all I want to do today is go back to bed and curl up under dad's quilt.

Friday, June 20, 2014


My sister made this for her daughter who is pre-med.  Isn't it great?  Pattern from Floss Box.