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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.




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.


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.



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.


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!


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.



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.



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.



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.


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.


The pink and white will be this simple baby blanket.


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


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.



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.


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.


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!



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.


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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