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Relaxed

Enjoying a couple days with Keith before the family arrives. A romantic dinner last night, a massage this morning and now sitting in the hammock. It’s rainy but I’m outside in a nice spot for reading so I’m OK with that.

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Frogging

I hate ripping out my knitting but I felt the scarf was too narrow and the fabric too dense when knitting according to the pattern.

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I restarted it on needles two sizes bigger and added one more repeat of the rib pattern and I’ll hope the scarf doesn’t turn out too short. Since I only have the yarn that was included in the kit I’ll be done when I run out of yarn.

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Do you tack?

I always throw a couple stitches in the front of my corners when I’m hand sewing my bindings and I was surprised at how many people who don’t. I know this is often considered a show quilt kind of thing but those two little stitches keep the binding looking great year after year, washing after washing.

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I did finish the binding on the little Strippie tonight so technically that’s March’s UFO finished. I’ll do April’s when I get home. It’s snowing tonight but tomorrow we’re heading SOUTH!

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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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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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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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HeartStrings sew-in

I spent the day in Wisconsin at a HeartStrings sew-in. I assembled my pink centered blocks from last fall and started assembling another small one from group blocks. I brought that one home to finish along with 3 tops to quilt.

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I love the beginning of the month

It allows me to procrastinate and chose all the things from my list that I want to work on first.

First up this evening was the Feather and Fan blanket, have I mentioned how much I’m loving knitting this? I was supposed to have it tucked away until the next trip and I am supposed to be working on beading the Cobweb shawl but I wanted simple, uncomplicated knitting tonight while we watched the History channel show The Vikings on TV.

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When Keith went to bed I went up to the sewing room and finished assembling the HeartStrings blocks but I didn’t want to sew the borders on so I got the binding on this other HeartStrings quilt and it’s ready for me to hand stitch one evening.

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Before shutting down for the night, I cut the borders and bindings for my green HeartStrings quilt. Maybe I’ll feel like working on that next … Or not. There’s plenty of time left in the month.

I know everyone else is tired of snow but I still love it. We’re having a winter storm that will continue into tomorrow and I keep going to the window to watch it. We actually had happy hour out on the deck earlier this week and look at it now!

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Pressing that last seam!

Big blocks, no borders … This one went together quickly and I love the result. Pressing the last seam on the Framed 9 Patch top this afternoon felt great.

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I tossed the HeartStrings blocks up on the design wall and found a blue/green fabric for the border and will add a pop of orange before putting the border on. Not sure if I’ll use the lighter or darker orange. I’m leaning toward the darker if I have enough of it. I’ll have to piece the side borders either way.

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