I Did It

February 28, 2013

Or rather it is what I didn’t do that I am proud of.  This past weekend was Stitches West.  It’s a huge knitting convention close to my house.  I’ve lived here for almost four years and never been.  I lived in Maryland for eight years before I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival.  Anyhoo, I really wanted to go to Stitches this year.  Find out what all the excitement was about.  But I have yarn coming out of my ears and I knew that going was going to mean more yarn.  I am out of room in the yarn armoire and I don’t want to have the stash spread beyond the armoire.  So I didn’t go!  Which isn’t to say it didn’t cross my mind every day.  I was ready to throw Joshua in the car on Friday and go.  And then Bill telling me he’d watch the baby while I went on Saturday or Sunday made it so hard to stay strong, but stay strong I did.  I even went so far as too look at the vendor list.  Instead, I went to the store to check out new shipments that had come in (Koigu!  Tosh!) and I did add a few skeins that way but not what would have come home with me from Stitches.

I couldn’t resist this Koigu yarn.  It makes me so happy.  Not sure what I’m going to do with it, but I LOVE it!!

However, next year I am all over Stitches.  In preparation, I’m going to spend the rest of the year knitting down my stash so I have room for more good stuff!!!  I picked up a sweater I started two years ago.  It freed up no room in the yarn armoire.


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I Finished A Project

February 22, 2013

landing strip

landing strip project

landing strip project

I needed some sort of protector for my landing strip.  It’s the place where we toss our keys, loose change, things we need to grab as we head out the door…  A lacey thing didn’t really fit, and I wasn’t feeling something very quilted and I’m loving the chevrons right now.  So I made a simple little crocheted edge placemat.  Thank goodness for this tutorial.  This was about a 4 day project, abut 2 hours a day, that took a week.  One day to cut fabric, one day to sew it together, one day for part 3 of the tutorial and a final day for part 4.  I like it a lot.  Certainly not perfect (not sure it’s truly rectangular but am too lazy to check) but it makes me happy.

I finished a shawl this week.  Started cutting fabric for a new quilt, inspired by this one.  Picked up a sweater I started about 2 years ago.  Have done a ton of laundry.  And have been constantly entertained by my family.

silly boy heading to bath time

sweet sweet boy

like minds

I’m going to go peek in on my little guy who’s fast asleep and then spend some time on my sweater now.  Later!


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My Days

February 8, 2013

When Joshua naps, most days I want to curl up in bed with the kitty and nap too.  Sometimes I do.  This week, however, I have “forced” myself to stay awake and spend some time on projects.  I’ve been getting my digital photos for 2012 organized so that I can work on my 2012 album.  That’s tedious.  Important, but tedious.  The first album I did, which only covers two weeks of Joshua’s life, took me two weeks to make.  I’m hoping the 2012 album doesn’t take me a year.  I did the first album on Shutterfly and it’s perfect!  

I’ve also spent naptime working on some quilting projects.  I finished, Finished, FINISHED my colorwheel quilt.  As I think I mentioned before, it’s larger than I expected it to be, but I found a spot to put it.  I’m a little concerned that a certain little boy might pull it down, but we’ll see.  I’m really happy with how it turned out.  As I look at the picture, I see a couple of segments that maybe weren’t put in the exact right place but I’m okay with that.  The only use for this quilt though is to hang on a wall.  It got a couple of stains on it just in the course of my working on it.  The white looks great but so not practical.

colorwheel quilt

I also finally got around to working on a paper-pieced quilt square.  I bought the book 50 fabulous paper-pieced stars with the intention of making all 50 (over the course of a very long time).  I pulled fabric for my first square months ago (last summer) and I just now made that first square.  I love it!  I used some Heather Bailey and Amy Butler fabrics.  It looks so different from the traditional fabrics used in the book (yay!).  I’m trying to make these squares with stash fabrics.  I’ve got some good stuff.  I spent some time pulling fabrics for the next two blocks.  I’m also going to be doing a QAL with a girlfriend (Swoon!) and I pulled some fabric for that too.  I actually already have fabric cut for it (my halloween quilt) but I might do another one if I can find the fabric in my stash.

delaware square

The rest of my days with Joshua really fly by.  We do a walk almost every day in between Joshua’s first breakfast and second breakfast.  Then we play.  He’s getting so fun now that he’s walking.  When the weather’s nice we go out in the afternoon and he walks to the corner with me and Casey.  We were out for our walk when Bill came home from work and joined us.

family walk

Once Joshua goes to bed I pull out my knitting.  I finished my honey cowl (finally!) and started my second Marin with some Malabrigo I bought at the store.  We got a new shipment a couple of weeks ago and a couple of skeins asked to come home with me.  I’m halfway done with my scarf and I’m thrilled with how it’s coming out.

marin #2

And then, sometimes I manage to read a few pages before bed.  I’m working on Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence.

And that’s that.


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A few tidbits about me: I met my husband in college, flirting over tuba letters in the Penn Band. Our dog, CJ, and our cat, Sabrina, round out our family. I'm a sewist, knitter and needlepointer, and an occasional scrapbooker. I love organizing, reading, making jewelry, and hiking. A Chicago girl at heart, I am an avid follower the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.

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