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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Some stitching to share

I pulled out my Pumpkin Patch Pillow to work on a little bit this week. I'm still not able to stitch for extended periods of time, so it doesn't seem like I make much progress. I have made it almost all the way over to the upper right corner.

And then I worked on block 7 and finished all of the embroidery / embellishments for this block. I am doing much more like the actual pattern calls for vs. how much the BOM model was stitched with (which is very little in comparison). I really like all the extras; they make each block shine.

Today I prepped block 8 so I can begin stitching it down. I actually did start it tonight and I love how it's coming along already. I still find it hard to believe these blocks are over halfway done now. Of course, I have all of the block kits now as well as the finishing kit (other than the backing fabric) so I just have to make time to do it. Along with all the other projects! :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pre-retirement stash building

I'll start this one off with a couple of quilting photos. Since I had today's holiday off from work, I spent a little time in the sewing room. I worked on Eldon and finished sewing in the background diamonds of the 8th block, so the blocks are officially halfway done.

Last night I was looking through Instagram and happened upon a picture of Tula Pink's forthcoming line, True Colors. I know I will have to get the entire line (May 2015), but to satisfy my Tula craving last night, I brought out Hex on the Beach and finished row four (and just barely started row 5).

I also made a larger zippered bag using my favorite of Tula's Acacia line, and this one is big enough to hold my sweater knitting project.

Now to the stash enhancement I mentioned last post... I guess I'll start with the most recent. The Yarn Bus came to town this past Saturday, and I enjoyed visiting with the girls as well as bought a few things...

I wanted to make another Age of Brass and Steam, so I bought Malabrigo Arroyo in Lavanda. This will be for another girlfriend.

I also bought some more Malabrigo Rios (worsted weight yarn) in Indiecita - this color way is just gorgeous and I've been eyeing it online. I will probably buy some in Arroyo (the sport weight) when I get the chance.

And finally, on the bus, I saw a beautiful shawl and decided it will have to be mine. It's the Palmyre shawl, and it was knit with Kenzie HiKoo. I decided to go with the exact color way as the model.

Earlier I ordered a few skeins of worsted weight hand-dyed yarn from a couple of Etsy shops that came in the mail. The first is from a new dyer in Missouri, Show Me Yarns, and this is a one of a kind color way, so totally me.

Then I ordered two skeins of worsted weight from MarigoldJen yarns. The first is Sidewalk Chalk, and the second is Pumpkin Latte.

I'm thinking of making mitts or mittens or a hat.

Oh, and I am taking several classes at Stitches South, which will be in Nashville for the first time this year. And for those (some of which involve color work), I bought some skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash from a pre-Christmas Craftsy sale. Two colors are actually sweater quantities of yarn.

I keep telling myself that I'm building my pre-retirement stash, right? Yeah, retirement is still a LONG ways off...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lots of pictures!

I have been going a little crazy lately working on everything, so I'm going to bombard you with photos of "everything".

First off, I've made two zippered project bags based on a great zippered bag tutorial.

The first is cute little bugs on the outside and a turquoise fabric on the inside - with a nice little lilac zipper.

The second is the same size, and I used a wonderful paint-by-numbers print that I picked up a while back. I have another print from this line, and I plan to make another bag with it.

I found out that they are having a baby shower for my niece (who is a mom-to-be, due in March) this weekend, so I had to hop on it and get that baby blanket finished! I did finish it on Sunday, so it is ready to be wrapped and given.

I have been working on my Beck sweater and have finished the decreases in the body. I still have another inch or so to go before I begin knitting the increases. I still love knitting this, the alpaca yarn is SO soft and wonderful at the end of a long day.

I also gave myself permission to start one of my queued projects, Hitchhiker. I saw this knitted in this exact yarn at The Stitchin' Post and just had to do it. Since I recently finished two WIPs, I thought it was okay to start one new one.

Oh yes, and I've made it officially to the halfway point of my Entrelac scarf.

I've also had a little stash enhancement, but will save that for another post. :)

And last but not least, I worked a little on my Rainbow Garden BOM - I still have a little more appliqué to do, but here I am working on it.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Forgot to share a cross stitch finish

I can't believe I forgot to share my last (and sadly, only) cross stitch finish of 2014. I finished the little Mill Hill Night Owl on December 21, 2014.

I am not setting any goals around my cross stitch this year, but I do hope to finish at least one more cross stitch project this year. I have so many in progress that I'd really like not to start any new ones, but the ones I have in progress are so lovely, it would be a shame not to finish at least one more. :)

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year... New Sweater Cast-on!

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2015!

Now that the holidays are over, and with the encouragement of a knit-along with Haus of Yarn, I have cast on a new top-down sweater. Actually, I cast it on the day after Christmas, after having made a gauge swatch with the yarn. I was so anxious to get this started, the yarn is so soft (it's alpaca!), and the pattern is so appealing to me. After a few false starts, I finally got the garter ridge collar started that evening, and I've tried to knit on it every day since.

I just separated for the sleeves today. Now the top patterning is done, and there will be a lot of stockinette stitch left to do, but I've tried it on and I'm very happy with the way it's fitting so far.

My knitting companion Stilts has been on a little diet for the past several months, and we're happy to report she's lost 2 pounds - down to a healthier 10.5 pounds.

Other than getting this sweater finished by the end of February (and hopefully finishing the baby blanket by that time also), I have no other goals for this year - I plan to take it as it comes and enjoy every moment.