Friday, November 13, 2015

On the Needle

Knitting Christmas Hats as
fast as I can. This Christmas
is going to be completely
homemade and simple!
 
Ribbed Pillbox hat (#42)
 
 
It was an easy pattern on
size 7 needles.
The pattern is on Ravelry.com too.
 
I have started a different
hat, in the same yarn, from
the same book, but do not
have a photo yet.
 
What's on the needle at your house?

Friday, November 6, 2015

On the Needle- Nov 6

I have not been knitting the last
week, but am ready to start a
new Christmas hat
 
 
I am a member of a beginners
group on Ravelry.com which
has a easy KAL each month.
 
This month is the Utopia hat.
 
I just need to pick out
my yarn. It will be for my husband.
 
What are you working on?

Friday, October 30, 2015

On the Needle

I finished two hats this week.
 
First, a sock yarn slouchy hat
for my granddaughters birthday
 
 
This is the third I have done
from this pattern. It is not
difficult, but I am ready
to go on to another pattern.
 
My second hat is going to
charity during the holidays.
 
 I am not purchasing yarn
(or fabric) for the next year. This
hat was one of my using up
yarn projects.
 
My next project...I am not sure,
but it will probably be a
Christmas hat or scarf for
a grandchild.
 
What's On the Needle at your house?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitiching

The weather has turned cooler
this weekend with clouds and rain.
 
I am ready to settle down on
the couch for a little hand stitching
on my Trip Around the World quilt

 
I started it over a year ago, but did
not work on it for most of the Summer.
Sitting under a large quilt top in
the Summer heat was not pleasant!
 
I may also do some un-stitching
today too. I am practicing my
machine quilting on a wallhanging
I have had in the UFO pile
for a couple of years (or more)
I quilted some of the border, but
do not like how it looks. Out come
the handy dandy seam ripper!
 
What are you slow stitching today?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Oh the Needle

The weather is finally turning cooler....
at least in the evenings. I am back
to a little bit of a schedule of sewing
and/or quilting during the day and
knitting in the evenings.
 
I started a new hat. I am not sure
where I acquired the yarn. It's
a pretty red and gold combo,
but very thick. I think this hat will
go to a charity.
 
 
What's On the Needle at your house?

Friday, October 2, 2015

On the Needle

I really don't want to keep starting
knit projects and never finishing,
like my quilt projects. This blue
shawl is my never finished, always
on going knit project.
 
 It is not a difficult pattern. I
just keep putting it to the side
while I try something new. I
resolve to have it finished by
the end of the year!
 
I did have a couple of finishes
this past week. I am making
my husband an assortment of
hats he can wear at work.
 
 
He is a teacher, but also does the
cross guard duty at his school.
Cold and sometime snowy mornings
call for a hat.
The pattern is called Ruben Hat on Ravelry
 
I also finished a hat made of
sock yarn for my daughter.
 
 
I am going the next year without
purchasing yarn (or fabric), so
I found a great pattern on Ravelry
for slouchy hats knitted with
sock yarn. I have never made
socks, but had a lot of sock
yarn in my stash (big clearance sale)
 
What's On the Needle at your house?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching-20 Sep

I attended the Utah Quilt Fest this
past week where I took a class
in Sashiko stitching.
 
We were given kits with the
traditional indigo blue fabric
and white cotton thread.
 
 
 I will be stitching the Crane
motif. It is a very restful
stitching to do after a crazy week.
 
What are you stitching this Sunday?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Slow Sunday stitching 13 Sep

The weather has cooled off for
the weekend a little, so I decided
to finish up row 39 on my
Trip Around the World project

 
I laid it on the bed to see how it
fit. I need to do a few more rows
all the way around, then I'll
add to just the top and bottom
so it fits.
 
What are you slow stitching today?

Friday, September 4, 2015

On the Needle-4 Sep

This week, I am starting to
organize and begin projects
for Christmas. I am a very
slow beginner knitter, so I
have to start early!
 
My husband is a teacher
and the crossing guard. The
Winter weather can be
nasty sometimes, so I am
knitting him a few hats
for his Christmas.
 
This week, I just started
the Ruben Hat by
Trelly Hernandez.

 
It is a free pattern I found
 
I am knitting it in wool
that is a dark moss green color
I have never done cables
before, so this will be a
learning experience for me.
 
What is On the Needle at your house?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Slow stitching Sunday

The time has arrived.
 
No more 9-5. No deadlines.
No appointments.
 
I am a stay home woman again!
 
A new chapter in my life.
 
And going with that new chapter,
I am trying to be better organized
in my sewing/knitting/handiwork.
I organized my studio and found
4 cross stitch projects that are
way over due to be finished.
 
I am starting with the oldest
project: Fish wall hanging.

 
I was raised near the ocean and
 love ocean-beach themed d├ęcor.
This one is destined
for the bathroom wall.

Fabric report-30 Aug

So, a new chapter in my life
begins this week.
 
I am a stay home woman
once again. No 9-5 job.
No deadlines or appointments.
 
I have taken a new
pledge to myself:
 
No purchasing of Fabric or Yarn
for the next 12 months
(my husband suggested 18 months)
 
I have taken the pledge before
and have succeeded, so I know
it is a doable goal.
 
Today, my fabric stash begins
 
Fabric in: 0 yards
Fabric out: 0 yards
 
Let the sewing begin....

Friday, August 28, 2015

On the Needle 28 Aug

I am beginning to knit for
Fall birthdays and Christmas.
I am a very slow knitter, so
I have to plan ahead.
 
This is the slouchy hat I am
doing for two Granddaughters
who have Fall birthday.
 
 
 
It is called
Socky Slouchy Hat by
Lauren Sanchez. It is a free
pattern on Ravelry.com
 
I am starting a new chapter in
my life and am taking on some
new goals. One goal is to
now purchase yarn (or fabric)
for the next year. I need to
use up the large surplus I have
already in my studio.
 
I have gone a year before with
out fiber purchases...my husband
thinks I should try for
18 months. I think a year is
a good amount of time...ha ha!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Changes are a coming....

 
Most folks set goals for the New Year,
but over the years, I have gotten
in the habit of setting my goals
September to September...results of
being married to a school teacher.
 
I am also starting a new chapter in
my life. For the last few years, I
have been babysitting Grandchildren
nearly full time. As of this week,
I am done with babysitting...kind
of like retiring, I guess. I am
ready to make some changes
and doing some things for myself.
 
My fabric stash busting has
not changed in the last while.
I have sewn quite a bit, but I
had to purchase specific fabrics
for the projects.
 
My Slow Sunday Stitch project:
I am back to working on my
Trip Around the World.
 
 
Hopefully, the weather will cool
off soon, so I do not wilt under a
large quilt top.
 
I am making my list for my
next adventure, which I will
post next week with my
fabric stash busting and Hand
sewn Sunday post.

Friday, August 14, 2015

1st On the Needle post

Hi all!
 
I have never posted at Judy's
"On the Needle" post before...
I am still new to knitting!
 
I finished my first shawl last
month.

 
I accepted the challenge
to enter it in our local
county fair. I won a
1st place ribbon!
 
I am onto trying a new
hat pattern...pictures next
time!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer has just flown by

I haven't done too well with blogging
this Summer. Busy, busy, busy!
 
I recently donated some quilts to
my Church and the QOV organization
so I have used some fabric...finally!
 
Used during July: 14.5 yards
 
Used to date: 28.5 yards
 
I hope to use more in the next
few weeks when we get back
more to a schedule. Husband
(the teacher) and grandkids
in school. Me is my studio.
 
The quilts I donated to my
Church were passed on to a
local family shelter. We held a
"baby shower" party, but it
was not for a specific baby. Ladies
brought baby/toddler related gifts,
we tied my quilts, had some yummy
treats and played a cute baby shower
game. Fun way to do service and
get to know the ladies of my Church.
 
How is your fabric stash busting going?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Time flies!

This summer has just flown by so quickly!
 
I have missed blogging for weeks now.
 
For my stash repost, I did do some sewing
that I can count towards the used side. I
sewed a dress for granddaughters birthday.
 
Used during July: 1.5 years
 
Total busted: 14 yards
 
Sad number, I know, but in the next few
weeks, I will (hopefully) have numerous
projects coming together at the
same time. My numbers should at least
double, if not triple!
 
I have been busy knitting. I am still really
new to knitting, so any time I finish
something, it's a pretty big deal for me!
 
Here is my first lace shawl, finished 2 weeks ago.
 
 
The pattern is called Old Shale Shawl, which I found it
on Ravelry . I learned how to knit two together,
yarn over and the Russian bind off method.
 
It will be a gift for my sweet neighbor, when
the weather starts to cool in the Fall.
 
My projects for the next couple of weeks:
 
1. Flannel baby blankets for a friend who is expecting
   twin boys any minute.
 
2. Four quilts for charity to be tied at my
Church. They will be donated to a local
family shelter thru the Utah Quilt Guild.
 
3.Back to school clothes for the grand kids!
 
What are your sewing plans?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Life is good...and busy!

Almost missed the entire of month of May
for blogging. Time flies....
 
Fabric report:
 
No changes. I have been sewing on a
few different projects, but because
none of them are finished, I have not
counted the fabric stash busted!
 
Still at about 30 yards busted.
 
Slow stitching Sunday:

Still working on the
Trip around the World quilt,
all done by hand.
I am nearly done with row 38

 
 
Lastly...yesterday was the
beginning of my 2015
100 days of Summer.
 
It is a project I do each Summer
(June-August with a few days
of May and September to add up
to 100 days) when I set some
different intense goals I have
been wanting to work on for a
limited time.
 
For instance, reading every
day for the 100 days or no
chocolate (yes, I have done it)
for a month.
 
This Summer, some of my goals are:
 
1.To concentrate on my physical
well being with improved diet/exercise
This includes bike riding and new
recipes made at home.
 
(Fresh from our garden)
 
2.Reading the Book of Mormon
(I am a member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
 
3.Compete in some fabric challenges.
 
There are some other goals, but you
get the idea. One goal I would like to
do is to blog more often. I just need
to make the commitment and decide
how long ( a week...a month) and
how often (everyday...twice a week)
 
So...here's to the next 99 days of fun!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to you in blog land!
 
For this weeks stash busting report,
again I have no changes. I am currently
part of a mystery sew-a-long in my
monthly quilt guild group. I don't
count my fabric busted until the
project is done, which will not be
until September.
 
For my slow stitching Sunday, I am
working on my Trip around the World
quilt. I am starting Row 35.

 
 
 I find hand sewing to be very relaxing, which
is a good thing to do in this crazy busy
World. I don't watch TV, but when I do, I
hand sew or knit at the same time. Creating
with my hands while my brain takes a
mini vacation!
 
I have set the goal to sew a little
each day. Except for this last week,
I have done pretty good at keeping this
goal....Spring Break with a Husband
who is a school teacher and 2
grandchildren who needed tending does
not always translate into sewing time.
 
What are you creating?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Late in the day, but still posting

I am going to try and keep up on posting each week.
 
No changes in my stash busting.
I did sew this week, but all the
fabric came from my local quilt guild.
We are creating a charity quilt to
donate in the Fall at the
Utah State Quilt Guild conference.

 
These are my 5 blocks.
Someone donated fabric, which we are
sewing into 12 inch blocks.
The colors are a little off, but I
think it will make a beautiful quilt.
 
My slow stitching is my
Trip Around the World quilt.
When you starting sewing around
rows 32 and on, each row takes
about 130 plus squares.
It takes a long while to
complete that much sewing by hand!
 
So...what are you working on?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Oh my goodness!

I set the goal to post a couple times a month,
but I haven't done very well, have I?
 
On the stash busting front, my numbers
have not changed at all. I have purchased
flannel for charity baby quilts, but
sewn them right up and sent them out.
 
I am still at 12.5 yards busted!
 
For my slow sewing, I am working
on hand  piecing the Trip Around
the World quilt I started with a
Facebook group. I am at row 32,
which is about 2300 two inch squares.
 
 
 
I am going to continue and make a
King size quilt. Right now, it is almost
a Queen size.
 
I celebrated a birthday recently and
set the goal to
sew a little EVERY DAY until my
next birthday. So far...so good!
 
What are you creating today?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Stash report and slow stitching combined

I have not posted in two months.
I got caught up in all the Christmas
celebration and sewing.
 
For my stash report:
 
Fabric in: 10 yards
Fabric out: 19 yards
 
New stash busting total:
12.5 yards used
 
I made jammies, plus
library book bags for all
the Grandkids this year.
 
 
 
My slow stitching is my hand
pieced Trip around the World
quilt. Still working on it...
 
Ready for a new year and new
goals and adventures.!