Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What I've been working on

January is such a boring month! It's hard to get motivated to do anything but sit around, which means lots of knitting time. I have been spending some time each day trying to organize my knitting/sewing room. My yarn and knitting patterns are all organized, next up is fabric organization. I belong to the STASH BEE, which is a monthly commitment to making a quilt block. How it works is you are part of a hive of 11 (one person for each month except Dec.). Each month a different person is hive queen and they get to pick a block and all the other members of the hive must make that block and send to them. For January the hive queen picked a library block. I made mine with a Canadian theme.

As far as knitting goes, I am trying to tame the scrap bag. I have a couple of scrap blankets on the go. One is called Cosy Stripe Blanket
The other is just made up of crochet squares, using the Willow Square
Then there is another blanket I'm working on, not using scraps, but knit in Bernat Pop in the color "Lipstick on your collar". The pattern is Chevron Baby Blanket
Lastly, but certainly not least, are the socks. A pair of scrappy socks for Amanda, for her birthday (I'm feeling generous and she's getting 2 pairs!), and one sock (so far) for me. Pattern is Fair Isle Flower Socks

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

First Finishes for 2018

Last year, on January first, I decided to make a temperature blanket. Then, because I am a little nuts, I decided that I would make two! For those of you who don't know what a temperature blanket is, it is a blanket that records the temperature each day of the year. I made mine by picking out a different color for every five degrees celsius (I live in Canada). I crocheted one row a day in moss stitch, every day for the entire year. Here are the finished blankets. Left side of the pictures is the start of the blankets in Jan. 2017. Right side of the pictures is Dec. 2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017

I'm a bad, bad blogger

Another year has gone by with no blogging. I don't really have any excuses, but tomorrow is a new year and I really hope to be more consistent. For now, I am going to make a goal of blogging at least once a month. I have been thinking of my knitting and quilting goals for 2018 and here is what I've come up with so far.
Knitting - finish my sock yarn blanket
               - work on UFO's
               - knit from stash (my goal is NOT to buy any yarn in 2018)
               - knit at least 12 pairs of socks

Quilting - finish Allietare ( all blocks are made, just need to be sewn together and quilted)
               - finish Sister's Choice ( need about a dozen more blocks)

I'll leave you for now with a few pictures of my 2017 finishes.
My Sock Yarn Blanket, 90% Finished

 Mom's Christmas Socks
 Dale's Christmas Socks
Amanda's Birthday Socks
Socks for Me!
And last but certainly not least, the I Spy quilt that I made for my dad.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Snowstorm Sewing!

The weather outside is frightful, so it's definitely a stay at home and sew kinda day. All 50 blocks for Allietare are finished. Just need to do the setting triangles and then I can start putting it together. I think that will be a job for after Christmas.

I'm all caught up on my blocks for the 101 Canadian Women quilt. The next 3 blocks will be released tomorrow afternoon.

All the blocks so far
There was also time today to get the tree decorated.
Now, if I could just get motivated to finish my baking. Who am I kidding, other than a few meat pies I haven't even started baking yet!

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 looks like a lot of fun!