Excuses

I seem to use this excuse a lot for starting new knitting projects but I’m getting ready to travel again and I’m not sure I want to carry the yellow blanket to work on because it’s getting big. Well it’s not terribly big but a smaller project like a scarf might be easier to work on while I’m on the plane.

I find I spend as much time looking at potential projects as I actually spend knitting and after a week of looking at scarf projects, I grabbed this ribbed one that I’d bought as a kit 2 or 3 years ago and cast it on tonight after working at the library.

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I added a couple other scarves to the queue during my search but this one met my need for a mindless knit and the yarn was already wound into balls.

The yellow blanket is more than 2/3′s done so don’t worry, it won’t end up as a UFO and I’ll be back to work on it when I get home.

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Hearts, Loops, and Swirls

Sometimes I amaze myself at how much I procrastinate. I have not been in the mood to quilt so I’ve been working on everything else on my to do list but with an upcoming trip and the other items already completed I NEEDED to quilt today and Wednesday.

My best strategy for doing something I don’t want to do is to make it as easy as possible so I chose the easiest (and smallest) UFO I had. This little Strippie also had a pieced batting already assembled so I didn’t even have to drag the roll of batting out to measure and cut. I might even get it trimmed and sew the binding later on so I can start stitching it down tonight. For now I’m going to read.

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Double 4 Patch

I’ve made a green version and I’ve made a red version … Today I started a blue and red Double 4 Patch. Right now the plan is to make this borderless but we’ll see how it looks as I get some blocks made.

I also knit a while today while we watched the Master’s on TV. I really should be loading and quilting a UFO this weekend but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

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I’m so stressed

I need easy knitting! My Cobweb shawl was completely wrecked last night and set aside for frogging. I worked on my Feather and Fan afghan today and I’ll think about starting a donation shawl or another blanket in the next day or so. I think the next few knitting projects need to be mindless.

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I love that this basically has one pattern row and everything else is knit or purl.

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Feeling lazy

Up all night last night so I slept late and then have just gone through email, read, dealt with the condo insurance issues today. Last night I did get this small HeartStrings top assembled. It’s one I’d started assembling from donation blocks last Saturday at the sew-in.

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I’m trying another Craftsy class

I liked the idea of Craftsy better than I liked the actual experience. I’d found that I preferred to read books rather than watch video classes but this one intrigued me. Everyone learns differently so you may love video classes but in general I don’t.

The class is Lace Shawl Design with Miriam Felton and even if I don’t end up designing any shawls myself, the classes are designed to teach me to better understand lace knitting.

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Finished

This is the last HeartStrings top from the group in CA and it’s finished. I put the last stitches in the binding last night.

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I haven’t accomplished much sewing or knitting wise today. Too much time spent on insurance issues but we’re closer to getting some compensation from our insurance company.

I did manage to piece a back for one quilt and pull some yardage for another that doesn’t need backing. I’m falling way behind on piecing backs as I have 8 of my quilts and 3 non standard size HeartStrings waiting for backs.

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Assembled

Being adaptable is important in quilting. For this quilt, I chose a border and then pieced the blocks using colors from the border but when I was done, the border didn’t work. I had several options that I could have chosen but I found these orange and blue/green fabrics in the stash and decided to use them. If I hadn’t had anything else, I would have pieced a piano key border from leftover strips.

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Binding is also in progress for the last of the Heartstrings donation quilts. Of course, that doesn’t count the ones just received this week!

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Yarn shopping

I know I don’t need anymore yarn … But I met Sheree in Cannon Falls and we spent some quality time at What in Yarnation. Shopping, chatting, knitting, it was great!

So I somehow managed to NOT take a single photo so you’ll have to settle for yarn and project photos.

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The purple is for me ( no project chosen yet), the Oat colored yarn is for another donation shawl that I’ll make using this pattern.

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The pink and white will be this simple baby blanket.

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Chesty was nice enough to let me prop the book up on him to photograph it.

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Last night’s finish

I hand stitched this binding down last night. The top was pieced by a group in CA and sent to me to quilt, bind, and donate.

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