Thank you all for your prayers, comments, and emails about Chesty. I’m traveling the next few days so while I might not be able to respond individually, I appreciate everyone’s concern and support.
We had snow yesterday and I kind of hate to leave this winter wonderland but the temp this morning when I left the house was 6 degrees and falling … Burr!
I’m loving this little blanket. Fun to knit but easy too. The perfect travel project.
Chesty was evaluated today at the university and does not need any further treatment. They’re going to watch him every 3 months for now and the 2nd lump turned out to be a benign fatty tumor. He’s happy to have his stitches out and all his activity restrictions lifted.
It’s been a stressful few weeks and I’m ready to relax and knit tonight.
I have a couple One Skein books and have to admit most of the patterns don’t appeal to me but I had an email from Amazon with this One Skein Lace book for $2.99 for the Kindle version and I had to buy it after taking a look. There are several projects at a glance that I’d like to do. These are 5 of my favorites … Did you see the $2.99 for the kindle book? What a bargain!
I’m just now starting to buy some knitting books for the Kindle but I only use them on the iPad which is kind of funny because I read ALL my ‘regular’ books on the Kindle. With Kindle knitting books, I can snap a photo of a page and convert it to a PDF and use it in my knitting app (JKnitHD)
My November goals weren’t very ambitious considering I had planned to spend the bulk of my time cleaning and decluttering and replacing carpet and a couple furniture pieces. I didn’t plan on the fractured ankle or Chesty’s surgery so I’m pretty happy I got most of the list accomplished. I still need to bind November’s UFO and I’ll get that done this month.
Decembers goals are light too but there will be no more quilting this week and then I’ll be at Mom’s. We have Chris and his family for a week at Christmas too and with Rae here I don’t expect to get anything done. I’d planned to spend the last week decluttering in the sewing room but that didn’t happen. I will have to straighten it enough for the kids to use it for their suitcases which means clearing off all the surfaces. I use both the downstairs family room and our second bedroom for my quilting so on the rare occasions we have company, they have to sleep in our living room. Obviously Chris and Becky don’t mind because they keep visiting us.
Straighten up the sewing room
Bind November’s UFO
Knit Pine Forest Baby Blanket
Quilt and bind December’s UFO
Finish string Rail Fence blocks
Quilt MaryAnn’s top
✔️Quilt Ann’s top – finished up 12/2
❌Quilt and bind November’s UFO – quilted not bound
✔️Finish knitting hitchhiker shawl
✔️Finish Ripple Afghan
✔️Block Ann’s shawl
✔️Pull and piece backs for 5 tops
✔️Started string rail fence blocks
Considering how slow I was to knit my Hitchhiker scarf I was kind of surprised at how anxious I was to cast on another project. Of course, I’m traveling later this week and I always like to have a project with me … and in this case I wanted something easy.
I’ve had this baby afghan in my queue for a while and it’s an easy 7 stitch repeat, 4 row pattern. I using Cascade 220 superwash yarn for the first time. I’d bought it on sale and then wasn’t sure I liked it but it will work fine for this project. I snapped the photo at midnight so the color is off…it’s a bright magenta.
The pattern is really cute and it’s free so check out the link above.
It started snowing this afternoon and there’s a winter storm watch through Thursday morning – I love snow but don’t love driving in it and I have places to be Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. I could sit here and worry but I think I’ll just enjoy watching it come down.
I finished up the quilting on Mom’s top so that’s one deadline met and I’m going to sit for the rest of the evening with my foot up! It feels like there are a 1000 mistakes on the quilt which I hate but overall it looks OK.
I’m more than halfway done and maybe 70% happy so far with my quilting. I turned the quilt today to quilt the side borders. Another few hours and I should be done with this one.
Our HeartStrings sew along also finished today. I didn’t get as much accomplished as I wanted but my string rail fence blocks are coming along and I’ll finish them up this month. This week will be incredibly busy with a couple doctor appointments for Chesty, a volunteer shift at the library and a trip to Mom’s. Luckily Chesty’s incision has healed and his stitches will come out Tuesday so I won’t have to cancel my trip to Virginia – we’ll be celebrating my Mom’s 82nd birthday.
You’d think that I would have plenty of time to do all the creative things I want to do. I don’t work unless you consider my HeartStrings quilting and my volunteering at the library work but along with traveling, they take up a significant amount of my time.
Piecing and quilting my own quilts, knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand quilting, crazy quilting …. All these things pull me but unfortunately I have to make choices.
Knitting has taken priority over crochet in the last few years or more but I really enjoyed completing that little ripple afghan that I found half finished during my decluttering efforts so in 2014, I will knit a little less and choose a couple crochet projects to do.
While it’s really tempting to participate in this Crazy Quilt Challenge, I’m going to pass. I will eventually choose to spend time embroidering a crazy quilt but right now knitting seems to have a stronger pull.
2104 is going to be the year of the 2.5 inch strip for my personal piecing projects. The majority, if not all my piecing, will have elements in them that can be made from 2.5 inch strips. In a lot of cases I will add 4 inch squares or half square triangles too.
I have been wanting to do some big stitch hand quilting for quite a while so I will choose a UFO or piece a small quilt and give it a try in 2014.
I’ll continue with my HeartStrings donation quilting and focusing on finishing one UFO per month but it feels good to have a plan!