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Monday, November 21, 2016

Slow Progress

My quilting progress is slow, slow, slow. Pain in my shoulder and neck means I can only sew for very short periods at a time. I am making progress, though. I now have 22 star blocks finished (out of 30) and 5 of the alternate blocks (out of 20). It will get done eventually!
Allietare Progress
I know I said I wouldn't start anything new......but......there is a new quilt-along just started, called 150 Canadian Women. It is only 3 small 6 inch blocks each week, in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. It is available by signing up for the e- newsletter at Next Step Quilt Designs. Here are my first 3 blocks:
 And on the knitting front, the only thing I can show is this Sock Monkey Sleep Sack, made for my new granddaughter Chloe. Can't wait to see a picture of her snuggled into it!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Allietare Progress

I am slowly progressing on my Allietare blocks. The pattern is downloaded on my tablet, so I didn't bother to print it out, and I paid the price. There I was, happily sewing away, not bothering to check the pattern, when I realized my 7 blocks were wrong! My pieces were mostly all sewn together last winter, and I had all the matching sets of 4 together like they were supposed to be. For some crazy reason, I thought they should be separated, and spent one whole afternoon separating all my matching sets and making sure every piece was different for each block. After finishing 7 blocks, I decided to check the pattern, and guess what? Each block is supposed to have a matching set! So...I spent the next day taking apart those 7 blocks and finding all my matching sets again!
All Pieced WRONG!!!!
Now I can finally say I am back on track, and have finished 13 blocks the right way!
I wish I had a bigger design wall. Mine is just the back of a plastic tablecloth, and it works great, but it is small and in an area that is hard to get at, not ideal, but the only option in my small sewing room. My goal is to try and get at least 4 blocks pieced every day.

On the home front, we have just been blessed with our 10th grandchild. Her name is Chloe Ann.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

I'm Back !!!!!

I can't believe it's been over a year since I updated my blog. I really don't have any excuses, other than work kinda gets in my way during the summer. That doesn't explain why I never blogged at all last winter, though. This winter I will do better.

I have been suffering with a painful shoulder for the last month or so, so I haven't done a lot of knitting, I'm waiting to hear the results of my x-ray, but in the meantime the pain does seem to be easing off a bit. I am working on a couple of Christmas gifts and a baby blanket, but can't show any pictures of those quite yet. I have also dug out my long term winter project, my sock yarn blanket. I try to do at least 10 squares a month.


I have also started spending a bit of time in the sewing room. I am going to try really hard to finish up several projects, and NOT start anything new. Today I put together the first four blocks of my Allietare mystery quilt. Here are my goals for this winter:

1. Piece together and quilt last year's mystery quilt, Allietare

2. Quilt my Easy Street flimsy

3. Finish piecing my Sister's Choice. I think I need about a dozen more blocks. I need to replenish my supply of neutrals and browns (star tips)

4. If I finish the first 3 goals, I have a Thimbleberries kit, "3's Company" that I'd love to work on. It is from 2009 (gasp!), and I only have the first 3 months done.

 and......I am also hoping to join the Stash Bee. It is only a commitment of one block a month, so that shouldn't be a problem. I won't find out until next month if there is a spot for me...keeping my fingers crossed...it looks like a lot of fun!

Friday, September 25, 2015

It's Been Awhile! On the Needles, September 25, 2015

Wow! Almost 4 months since my last post. Where does the time go? My only excuse is my job, which is seasonal, from May to October. I know lots of people have full time jobs, and still gets lots of other things done, but my job is very physical, and when I get home at night I'm too tired to do anything....most evenings even too tired to knit! Thank goodness it's almost over. October 19th is our last day of work, and then I can relax, and knit, and sew, and cross-stitch, and whatever else my heart desires! I do still have some knitting finishes since my last post. I want to knit a pair of socks for each of my grandchildren for Christmas, so far I have 2 pair done out of 7. I have 9 grandchildren, but the 2 youngest aren't getting socks.
Emily's Socks

Savannah's Socks
I just finished a baby blanket for one of my co-workers, and I'm working on a baby dress for her as well.
Baby blanket, from Bernat Pipsqueak Yarn

Meadow Sweet Baby Dress
Linking up to Judy at Patchwork Times

Friday, June 5, 2015

On The Needles, June 5, 2015


Wow..... It's been almost 2 months since my last blog post. I have been doing a little knitting, but now that I'm back to work full time, the knitting time is severely restricted. I did manage to finish a pair of socks for my mom for Mother's Day, and last night I finished a pair for my dad for Father's Day.
Mother's Day Socks

Father's Day Socks


I'm also working on a pair of Newfie Vamps for one of my co-workers. He and his wife both work with me, and she is hoping to be able to give them to him as a Father's Day gift. I have one sock done, hopefully I'll get the other one done in time!
Newfie Vamps
 As a long term project, I am making a sock yarn blanket from all my leftover sock yarn. I'm pretty sure it will be something I'll only work on during the winter.
Sock Yarn Blanket
As always, linking up to Patchwork Times

Friday, April 10, 2015

On the Needles, April 10, 2015

The only thing I worked on this week was Serenity's birthday dress. Finally finished it today....good thing, as her birthday party is tomorrow. Can't wait to get a picture of her in her new dress.

Miss Serenity
Head on over to Judy's blog,  Patchwork Times, to see what the others are knitting this week.

Friday, April 3, 2015

On The Needles, April 03, 2015

I haven't done an "on the needles" post for a few weeks, but that doesn't mean I haven't been knitting. I am working on a little dress for my granddaughter's first birthday.
Serenity's Dress

This little sweater was finished in January, but I couldn't find the right color buttons for it. Finally found the perfect buttons and it is finished, although I do still want to make a matching hat.
Braided Cables Baby Sweater
One pair of socks finished, and another pair started.
No Purl Monkey Socks

My first pair of toe-up socks, magic loop
A couple of charity finishes, 1898 hat and a pair of mittens.
Leftovers Mittens

1898 Hat
Oh, I almost forgot...I also started a corner to corner afghan (crochet) to try to use up some leftovers. I am a little further a long than the picture shows, but it's too dark to get a new updated picture.
As usual, head on over to Judy at Patchwork Times, to see more knitting goodness. Last but not least, I am looking for some sympathy, because we are expecting more snow again tomorrow! Another 15 cms (6"). Enough already!!!!!