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Sunday, August 31, 2014

The best laid plans

When Friday rolled around, a friend asked what I was going to do with all my "free" time this weekend. CC was heading over to Memphis for a couple of days with one of his best friends, and so I had the entire weekend to myself. I could get so much accomplished! I had all these wonderful ideas about how I was going to spend my time.

But I wasn't feeling all that great Friday night, so I took some medication which I had taken before with no side effects. I did fine with it that night. But then Saturday morning I woke up with vertigo so bad I could only stop it by lying on my side. There went my morning for certain. I managed to make it to lunch with a friend, since we'd made the plans a few weeks ago and I didn't want to miss that, but as soon as I got back home, it was back on the couch, and that was where I spent the rest of the afternoon. I finally felt well enough to do a little knitting in the evening, but didn't want to overdo it. Fortunately, I felt much better this morning. Since I had no other symptoms, I'm guessing it was the medication, and I won't be taking that again. I will get by with something else from now on.

I went back into my sewing room today and decided to work on the Chunky Churn Dash quilt that was a block of the month in 2013 from Quilter's Attic. I had already completed all of the blocks, it was just a matter of sewing them all together into a quilt top. It went together very quickly, and now all I need to do is figure out borders. I will probably do a small inner border and a larger outer border. The quilt right now measures 55 x 67. It just doesn't look "finished," and I want it to be a little bigger anyway. Since my quilter is retiring at the end of the year, I was hoping I could get at least one more quilt finished so that she could quilt it for me, and it looks like I might meet that goal. None of my others are close enough in the process, so I will just cross that bridge when I come to it for them.


As for all those other things I was planning to accomplish this weekend? Well, there's always next weekend. :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A little night owl

The owl himself is finished, as is the left side of the tree. Now all I have to do is the bottom part underneath the owl and the branch that he is sitting on!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Knitting happy dance

This is Age of Brass and Steam #3, also known as Mom's new kerchief / shawlette. :)




CC likes the colors on this one the best so far. Even though I love my other two, I have to agree - and it's the most versatile. Goes with jeans or dressed up very well!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More Eldon blocks

I have been working a little on Eldon today, and finished insetting log cabin blocks into 5 star sets. Here are the latest.


I have two more left, then I can move on to the next step, cutting out and insetting the background diamonds for each block. Moving along nicely!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gone knitting crazy

Ever since my surgery, I've found it easiest on my arm and shoulder to knit over all other crafts. I have started multiple projects over the last couple of months (I'm up to 9 WIPs now!). Some might say I have a problem. I just say I treat it like all my other hobbies - I don't discriminate. :)

Here is the current list. I realized I have quite a few photos that I haven't yet shared. The last two projects in the list I started last week.

Upstairs Shawl


Waving Lace Socks


Josephine Shawl


First raglan cardigan


Blue Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief


Falling Water Scarf


Openwork Scarf


Spring Green Baby Blanket


Entrelac Scarf

Monday, August 18, 2014

Presenting... High Cotton Happy Dance!


I picked up the quilt from my quilter mid-week, and then picked up a yard of fabric to make the binding Friday. Saturday I made the binding and attached it to the back of the quilt, since I knew I would be machine stitching it down (which I do on the front). Today I did just that, with the same decorative stitch I used on Ariel's Bullseye quilt (a loopy design with a disc on my Elna). I washed and dried it, and voila, it is ready to give to my father.

Here is a closeup of the quilting design.


Really looking forward to giving it to my Dad. :)

Friday, August 08, 2014

Raglan cardigan back finished

Here is my finished back piece for the raglan cardigan.


And I updated my web site today, trying out some responsive design techniques. Unfortunately, Blogger has gotten overly complicated with its template editing, and I didn't feel confident to make changes to the XML file, so I just chose and modified one of their stock templates for my blog. It isn't as responsive as my web site design, but it complements my updated logo better than the green / brown / tan one did.

I still have some clean up to do on the site for styles that got a little wacky. Hopefully I'll have everything looking normal within the next week. I hadn't redesigned in over 5 years, so I thought it was time (and wow, does time fly!).

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Playing catch up

I've been working on my knitting a lot lately, but I thought I'd catch you up on the other projects I've been working on also.

The first is a new cross stitch start - I'm hoping to finish this before the end of the year, since it's a small design. It's a Mill Hill Buttons and Beads kit, Night Owl.


Next up is the quilt that is now on my design wall, Eldon. I am working on setting in the rest of those log cabins to the strippy stars that I've already pieced. Here are the two I've set in over the past week.


And my blocks on the design wall so far. Only the far upper right block is complete with the background diamonds set in. I wanted to do one to see how it was going to look. Now I need to get the rest of the stars set in with the log cabins and then I'll work on setting in those background diamonds to all the rest.


Finally, my beads came back out to play for just a bit. While I was out west, I visited a bead shop which had little chunky bead sets on sale. I picked up a few different colors and some magnetic clasps. I pulled out my 6/0 bead stash, along with some other spacer beads and came up with this arrangement.


I have two more sets to make, one pink and one purple. They will be hard to give away, as pretty as they are! :)

I am working my way up my knit sweater back, so I should have a photo of that to share next time. Toodles!