Friday, March 24, 2017

On the Needles this week, and some other goodies!

Here it is - Friday again...!    Both DH and I have a parent that has dealt with some serious health issues in the past 2 weeks, and the days seem to have just blurred into one another.  Of course that means that not a lot has happened in the crafting department.  I can't remember when I last sat at the sewing machine, but I have managed to get some knitting done (you can get a lot of "mindless" knitting done in hospital waiting rooms!).
You'll probably remember my sweater project from 2 weeks ago - I've managed to finish the second sleeve, and the body up to the yoke section; I've joined in the sleeves, and am now starting the yoke fair-isle patterning.  The pattern is Tenderheart from Tin Can Knits - they collaborated with 7 other knitwear designers to produce 8 different sweaters using the same standard body and sleeves - but with the twist of having each designer create a unique yoke.  Right now, there's a Knit-Along going on - we have until April 18th to finish our project, and there are some pretty sweet prizes!
Here's my progress so far:
You can see the picture of the completed sweater design on the pattern page.  I'm making the 2-4 year-old size - hopefully, the little guy receiving it will get a lot of use out of it!
I did have about an hour to make a few cards one evening.  Two friends were celebrating birthdays; we also had a few deaths in our church family...

These cards have gone out to the folks that needed them, and I ended up with a few extra birthday cards so I'd have some on hand.
Hopefully, the next few weeks will be a little more settled than the past ones have been -  I need to get going on a few quilting projects, and there's been another baby boy born, so I picked out another sweater pattern this afternoon.  I'm hoping that I can use some stashed yarn for it.
And finally, in the middle of the chaos that we've had, we've had some fun too!  Meet some of
our newest "family members":


I'm linking up to Judy's On the Needles post.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blocks, blocks and more blocks!

It's been an absolutely crazy week - and I thought I'd have a few days to get some sewing done...  Well, that didn't happen quite the way I thought it would, but it is what it is.  I did manage to get a few seams sewn on Monday, but Tuesday and Wednesday were too busy with more important things. So, that brings us to today, and I made up for lost time!
First off, Kat's charity Covered in Love is hosting a block drive once again - a very interesting textural 3-D block that she calls "Grandad's Shirt".  She asked for blocks using black, grey and blue fabrics - and I managed to make 5 blocks:

Next up, while I had those fabrics out, I cut a few strips and squares to make more  "Raspberry Kiss" blocks:

They aren't the most exciting colours, but when added to the rest of the blocks on my wall, they'll fit in quite nicely!
And finally, I got to work on the stack of blocks that have been piling up on my sewing table - these are for my 150 Canadian Women quilt.  I'm still behind, but I've managed to get close to being caught up again:


Linking up to Leann's Scraptastic Tuesday; Cynthia's Oh Scrap;  Kat's Sew Some Love; and Quilting and Learning's Celebrate-Fetons-150-in-March posts.

Friday, March 10, 2017

My latest "doings"...

It's Friday again - time to share my latest knitting project - well, one of them at least!
Several months ago, the ladies behind TinCanKnits "conspired" with several other well-known knitwear designers to produce Heart on my Sleeve - a compilation of patterns to raise funds to purchase mosquito netting for malaria-areas of the world.  The idea was that a pattern would be purchased (the body is the same for all) and each knitter would be free to choose from the various yoke and sleeve options.  There's also a bit of incentive - there are prizes for any sweaters completed before April 18th.
It just so happened that I was in need of a sweater for my daughter's newest nephew - born in November - and the HOMS patterns start at 0-6 months and go to adult size 4XL.  I had already purchased some dark teal Ultra Mellowspun yarn from Mary Maxim, and had knit about 4" of a sweater, but I wasn't really thrilled with the way it was turning out, so I had no problem "unknitting" that project.  That freed up the yarn for a gorgeous fair-isle yoke styled sweater.
I've managed to complete one sleeve, and have most of the second one done; I've also knit about half of the body section.
This photo doesn't show the richness of the teal colour, but you can at least see the progress I've made since I cast on last week Monday.  The yoke will have an off-white yarn for the contrast in the yoke.

You may also remember the sweaters I've been knitting for my grandsons - and I'm happy to say that they are done - except for the buttons being sewn on - and blocking...   This is "Antler" from TinCanKnits - the light sweater is a size 1-2, and the darker sweater is size 2-4.  Hopefully, I'll get the buttons on tomorrow and the boys can have their sweaters!  They should fit them this fall - and hopefully next year too!

Linking up to Judy's On The Needles report.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Design Wall Mon. Feb. 27 / 17

Another Monday has come (and is almost gone), and I've got progress to report!  Is it on the two items that I need to finish for February?  No, of course not...!  Why would I want to deprive myself of the angst that comes from procrastinating?  Haha...
As I mentioned in my last post, I've stumbled across a really fun new project (Raspberry Kiss blocks), and I can't stop making blocks for it.  Thankfully, I found directions for making 9" (unfinished) blocks, instead of the 5" (unfinished) blocks that most are making.  I probably would have made the blocks anyway (I've made quite a few tiny quilts - those are large in comparison!), but these blocks will get me to my finish so much sooner.  I picked up a few new low-volume FQs at my LQS last week, and I'm putting them to good use - as you can see:
This is not a final layout - I have a lot more blocks in varying stages of completion, but this shows my progress quite nicely.
Also on the Design Wall today are 2 more blocks for the Big Quilt Bee - these blocks will go to my guild meeting in 2 weeks, along with the other 4 that I've already made.  We're planning a sewing day to assemble as many tops as we can; they'll then be quilted and sent off to benefit a child / family that needs the services of Ronald McDonald houses across the country.  I managed to get the "150 years" portion of the fabric in one of the blocks.  I'm debating going for another FQ with a different colour scheme - I've finally used up all of my aqua scraps.


Linking up with Judy (Design Wall Monday), Cynthia (Oh Scrap!), Sandy (Let's S.E.W. link-up) and Kat (Sew Some Love).

Monday, February 20, 2017

Falling down a rabbit hole...

I have SO many quilt-y things to work on, and the last thing I need is a new project - but that was before I looked on Instagram yesterday....
Yup, I saw multiple "Raspberry Kiss Blocks" - and I fell for them - hard!  So, what did I do?  This morning, I started pulling scraps to make "just a few".  Well, actually, I think I cut enough bright scrappy bits of fabric to make a twin-size quilt.  I didn't have a lot of time to work on the blocks today, but I did manage to make 12 to start.  I've only recently started compiling a stash of low-volume prints (I love this 3 Blind Mice print!)
so I may have to work on that before I can get too much more done...  What's that - I have to go fabric shopping??!!  
This probably won't be the final layout - and I have quite a few more blocks to assemble, but it's a start!

Linking up to Judy's Design Wall post, and also Cynthia's Oh Scrap post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 17, 2017

On the Needles - 2 weeks later...

I didn't realize that 2 weeks had passed since I last posted!  We were able to get away for a few days over the last weekend, so that probably has something to do with it...  As well, both my father, and my MIL have been dealing with health issues that have taken up some of my time - and I had a nasty cold that zapped my energy for a few days too.
So, now that you've heard all my excuses, I do have a few things to share!  I managed to finish the baby sweater and hat for my friend - before the baby was born.  My friend was thrilled with the outfit - and as soon as she sews the buttons on the sweater, the baby can come!

I was also able to get quite a bit of knitting done on my grandsons sweaters!  (An 8 hour drive each way on our trip helped...).  The picture from 2 weeks ago clearly shows two sweaters, with one sleeve between them - and now, the sleeves have all been knit, added in to the sweaters, and the cabled yokes have been started.  I think I have to knit 5-6 cable repeats, and I'm 2 rows into the 2nd cable round.


I'm hoping to have them done for the end of the month to meet my Ravelry goal... to finish these 2 sweaters (on my way to finish 17 items in 2017).  I completed 3 in January; this will bring the total to 5 done!
Linking up to Judy's On the Needles report.

Friday, February 3, 2017

On The Needles Feb. 3, 2017

It's obviously been a while since I posted an OTN report - I incorrectly wrote Jan. on the heading!  I always seem to have a number of knitting projects on the go, and every so often new ones get thrown in too.  As a matter of fact, I have so many Un-Finished Objects in my house, that I decided that I needed an intervention of sorts.
I've been a member of Ravelry for a number of years - it's a community of knitters, crocheters, and even some spinners, and it's addicting (just like Pinterest!).  People are forever sharing what they're working on, and it often inspires me to want to knit / crochet that same item.  One thing that Ravelry can't provide is more hours in my day - so I've learned to think twice when I save a pattern to my library.  At the rate that I'm knitting, and also saving interesting patterns, I'll have to live to be 103 - and that's only to make my currently saved items!
But, Ravelry also has some really great offerings - you can join all kinds of groups, and one that caught my eye a few weeks ago was "17 in 2017" - kind of an accountability group.  We were encouraged to list 17 UFOs that we'd like to finish this year, and then we're to choose something from that list every month (actually a few somethings, or we'd never finish all 17).  February's challenge was to finish something that would be a gift or something that would show our love to someone - Valentine's Day does fall in February after all!
I've chosen to finish the "Antler" sweaters that I started for my grandsons late last fall.

I have most of the first one done, and am not too far behind on the 2nd.  My daughter chose the yarn - the darker sweater is for the 2-year old, and the turquoise one is for the 2-month old.  These sweaters should fit in the fall, and maybe even into next fall.
However, those plans have had to be set aside temporarily - a friend's daughter is expecting her first baby, and the proud grandmother wanted a sweater and hat knit for the baby - but she doesn't knit.  I agreed to knit the set for her, and I'm almost ready to hand it over to her.  The sweater needs to have the underarm seams sewn, and then the sweater needs to be blocked.  The hat is fairly straight-forward, but it will have a knitted bow attached to one side.  I should be able to have it done tomorrow...


I'm linking up to Judy's On The Needles post.