Monthly Archives: June 2012

Another day on the train

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We love traveling by train and this trip is proving to be perfect for that too. Yesterday we arrived at Monterosso.

After relaxing a bit on the terrace of our B&B , we walked around a bit, had dinner, and then strolled by the sea.

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I’ve been very lazy the last couple days and haven’t been toting the camera around. These photos have been snapped with my iPhone and I hope I won’t end up with regrets. Luckily the resolution is high enough for 4×6 prints or viewing on the iPad which is where we view most of our photos these days

Double 4 patch

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I’m going to have limited Internet and nothing going on from a quilting standpoint so I thought I’d randomly share some of my quilts and links to the website where you can find brief instructions.

This green double 4 patch is a favorite of mine. I’ve also made a queen size red version that’s pictured on the website. Choose a color and grab a bunch of scraps to make your own version.

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Casting on

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Yep I decided to take an easy pair of socks along with me. I always make sure I cast on and have the socks established before I leave … I’m still working on the k1p1 ribbing but I’m all set to carry these with me.

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I always knit two at a time on two circular needles. I don’t get the complaints of tangled yarn … Its easy to pay attention to how the work needs to be rotated and who doesn’t love finishing two at one time?

Knitting

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What’s on your needles? JudyL’s focusing Fridays on knitting updates now – I’m sad to say my knitting is neglected these days but I’ve been debating taking some with me on an upcoming trip. Problem is space is a premium in my bag but if I photocopy the instructions socks don’t really take up much space. Second internal debate is do I take the pair already in progress with a more complex pattern or start a new pair with stockinette stitch that can be easily picked up and put down?

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Some grid quilting

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I often get asked what kind of quilting to do on HeartStrings tops and I find most anything works. I encourage people to hone their freemotion skills because the quilts are usually busy enough to hide those woobles we make when learning to quilt something new. Tying them is also a good option and today’s choice – a wavy grid. Easy to do on a domestic machine and the quilt stays very soft and cuddly too.

You may be able to see this one better from the back.

Love my charts and lists

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The iPad makes it easy to document and track progress toward my goals.

I use Reminders to keep my “To Do” lists. I don’t worry about marking them off on the exact date they’re completed but it helps me track my progress … Rather than one week or one month of goals, I usually track my time between trips. In this case, two months with two trips and as you can see I’m doing pretty good but with Italy coming up I still need to make some serious progress.

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And because I think graphs help me easily see and interpret my data, I’ve set up a Numbers spreadsheet for my steps. My iPod Nano that I’m using for tracking my steps has a history feature so I go in every 2-3 days and add my data into the spreadsheet and it appears in the chart. You can see what I mean about having more days with > 10,000 steps earlier in the month. The chart helps me see I need to adapt and right now that means trying to increase my minimum from 5000 to 6 or 7000 steps.

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