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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Finished mitts, so a new shawl start

I finally finished my Cozy Thermal Mitts that should have only taken a few days and ended up taking just over a month. Such is everything in life these days, it seems to take much longer to get anything done - probably because I'm trying to do so much at once. Ha!

Anyway, here are the mitts, done!

Saturday I celebrated by buying some Plucky Yarn (my first), just to see what all the hubbub is about. I bought three different bases - two fingering weight and one worsted, and I think the worsted will make a nice hat.

I have been considering starting a Find Your Fade shawl, since I've been seeing them pop up here, there, and everywhere. And now that I have my Plucky yarn, I pulled other skeins from stash and decided on my plan!

I immediately cast on, and made it through the first color.

Of course, it gets progressively larger as you go along, so I expect the second color to take considerably longer than the first. Here are the yarns I'm using in order:

Color A: KnittyandColor Glam Rock Sparkle Sock mini-skein (colorway unknown)
Color B: Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper Venetian Sunset
Color C: Sheep Dreamery Patapsco Ginger and Wasabi
Color D: Voolenvine Yarns Blitzed Grass is Greener
Color E: Plucky Knitter Lodge Fingering Happy Glamper
Color F: Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock Lava Flow
Color G: Western Sky Knitters SW BFL-nylon One Pot Wonder
Color H: Dream in Color Jilly Brilliant

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

RIP little one

This morning we lost our kitty CandyAss, who was 17½ years old.
Rest in peace, dear, sweet girl, now rejoined with your sister RudyPoo. We will love you forever.

Friday, January 06, 2017

En Provence in progress

Today is normally a day that my girlfriends and I get together, but it was snowing this morning when we woke up, and middle Tennessee is not a place where we like to play in traffic in the snow.

So I meandered into my craft room and set to work doing some more pressing, cutting, and sewing for the En Provence quilt. I have a lot more cutting and sewing to do, but I wanted to share Clue 6 that is finished.

And right after Bonnie released Clue 6, she released Clue 7. Boom!

Like I said, I have some more cutting and sewing to do, but I just had to put some pieces up on the design wall and see how things were going to look. I put up some of the units, checking to make sure they were all oriented in the right direction.

The first thing that struck me was that these yellows are quite light. So I swapped them out with some other yellows.

Those looked really good to me. So I wanted to see just how dark I could go - I have some really pretty dark golden yellow fabric, almost brown though.

And that looks almost too dark to me. But this is supposed to be a scrappy quilt, and I don't want to try to find more golden yellows that are about the same value as the middle ones. I want to use all of the ones I picked out of my stash. So I set about trying to figure out how I'm going to arrange the blocks using them all. I laid them out on the floor. I thought perhaps darker ones on the outer ring leading to lighter interior ones, but I wasn't happy with how that looked.

And then I thought light in the upper left corner to dark in the lower right corner. I am much happier with this. It makes me think of a sunbeam filtering down.

And here I've made a few more units for Clue 7, and put them up just to see the layout a little better. This is all I've done so far. Once I have all of the units made, I'm sure they'll be rearranged to ensure it looks scrappier, but I'm pleased so far.

If you'd like to see how other people are working on their En Provence Mystery quilts, check out Bonnie Hunter's En Provence Parts 6 and 7 link-up for lots of other inspiration!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Doodle-head Stitches December 2016 Wrap-Up

Show Notes

Announcement: As 2016 comes to a close, I've been reflecting on accomplishments and challenges of the past several years.

The past several years have been a wonderful time of learning, meeting new people, and enjoying the close relationships I have with longtime friends. Two years ago I remember declaring to one of those friends that I couldn't ever imagine making videos of myself and putting them online, but then suddenly there I was doing just that.

In 2017, I want to:
  • be more deliberate in all areas of my life
  • spend less time just surfing online, scrolling through feeds without any purpose
  • finish at least one large cross stitch project
  • learn to free-motion quilt better on my domestic machine and finish a couple of quilts myself
  • finish another sweater or two
  • okay, finish more things than I start
  • read more
  • enjoy the moments
I'm not saying I will never make another video, but for the time being, I need to step aside from that, and focus on other things.

Happy crafting all!