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On my needles

It doesn’t look like much yet but I’m making progress on the blanket. 

Pattern – Feather and Fan, free on Ravelry

Needles – size 8 US

Yarn – Cascade 220 Superwash – a purple heather


A quiet weekend

Keith’s getting ready to travel this week so we had a quiet weekend. It was nice to have the house to ourselves without the workers here but they’ll be back in the morning to resume work on the bathroom. 

I did mange to finish all the blocks for the 9 patch quilt and started assembling the top and I finished knitting the hat for Maureen in the same yarn as the scarf I made her. I love how neat the decreases look in this pattern. Click the link for the free pattern on Ravelry. 


She wanted it longer than the one I made Mom so it’s a little slouchy.  

My goals for the week will be to finish assembling the 9 patch quilt and write up instructions for the website, pin baste one of the tumbler tops from Maine and get it quilted. 

Off my needles

I love the subtle variations in this hand dyed yarn. This one is a gift for my sister and I’ll be making her a hat from the same yarn. 

Pattern – Yowza shawl #1 but with a ribbed vs a ruffled edge

Needles – size 9

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza yarn


On my needles

I find quilting very intuitive. I can look at many quilts and know how to make them without instructions – helpful since I like remaking vintage quilts but with knitting I usually follow a pattern from beginning to end – except tonight. I made two scarves for Mom and my sister wants the wingspan of one with the ribbed edging of the other so I’m trying to combine the two patterns without messing up. It’s not all that difficult but they do use slightly different methods of increasing. I’ve put a lifeline in and have doubled my stitches, let the ribbing begin!


Do you like purple?!

I seem to lean toward reds and purple accents for my wardrobe. I don’t know if I’ll keep this scarf but I’m liking it!


Off my needles

Needing blocking to open up the lace but off the needles today – project details here

Now that I’ve got Mom’s move behind me, it’s time to focus on getting the townhouse here into shape. First up we need quotes on updating the two upstairs bathrooms and we want some shelves built in around the fireplace in what we’re calling the library. The carpenter and contractor were both in today and now we’re just waiting for quotes – hopefully quotes that won’t break the bank because there’s plenty more to be done around here. 

On my needles

I worked hard getting Mom moved but don’t feel sorry for me. I enjoyed a quiet afternoon and evening here at the hotel – knitting, reading, and napping – and I have a week at home before heading off to Hawaii for vacation.

Pattern – Interlude 

Needles – size 6

Yarn – Wolle’s color changing cotton


Off my needles

I knit well into the evening and finished my scarf. 

Pattern – Falling Birch Leaves

Needles – size 9

Yarn – Wollmeise Twin – fingering

I’ll get it blocked when I get home and hopefully gifted in Feburary. 


The Woven top is assembled – finally. I thought this quilt would be more fun to make than it was although it wasn’t difficult. I’m glad I’d decided to make a smaller version than the pattern. 

I also cast on another scarf – for Becky. She liked this one I’d made but wanted it in gray.   

 She picked yarn from my stash while she was here at Christmas and although I was going to finish up one of the others before starting it, I messed up for the second time on the Eyeblink shawl so I tossed it aside for now and started the first of two I’m going to knit for Becky.
Pattern – Falling Birch Leaves
Needle size – 9

Yarn – Wollmeise Twin



I started another scarf yesterday and worked on it during my flights home but I’m saving it to work on in Janaury when I’m traveling again so I decided to start a baby afghan. Mom’s been crocheting away and I found her a pattern that she used to make a doll afghan for Rae and I decided I’d make a baby afghan to donate using the pattern. 

Pattern – Sweet Baby Afghan – free

Hook – size H

Yarn – Lion’s Brand Ice Cream in the Strawberry colorway

I also had another dentist appointment. I tried to be proactive and have a crown put on a tooth BEFORE something happened but unfortunately the tooth was damaged in the process and now needs a root canal. It’s been bothering me the whole time I was in VA and now I’ve got another 2 weeks before they can do the procedure. I’m not happy.