Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stash Report - Week 29

There's been a little usage of my stash this week .  I pieced together a backing for a baby quilt.  It's now in the process of being quilted.  Hopefully by next week I'll have a picture of it quilted and bound.

My numbers for this week :
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used - 1.39
Fabric Added YTD - 18.25 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 19.67 yds
New Used for 2014 - 1.42 yds

Linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times where you can check out what others did this week.

Friday, July 18, 2014

On The Needles - Friday, July 18

This week I have another pair of socks started.  They are from a yarn called Serenity by Deborah Norville Collection.  The content is 50% superwash Merino wool, 25% bamboo and 25% nylon.  I bought this yarn about 7 years ago to learn how to knit socks, but after 5 tries and lots of unknitting, I gave up and put it away.  Actually I forgot I had it and just found it in my yarn area. Since I'm starting my 3rd pair, maybe this time it will become a complete pair of socks.  I still love the color and they are so soft and cushy feeling.  Can't wait to get them finished to see how they feel on my feet.

The pattern is called Slip-Stitch Ridges Socks from the book "Teach Yourself Visually" Sock Knitting. The easy leg design and that cool heel is what caught my eye.,  It's new for me and is called the "eye of Partridge heel flap. It's been very easy so far and I really like the way it looks with this yarn.

To see more inspiration on the knitting front, visit Judy's Patchwork Times.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Design Wall Monday - July 14, 2014

My "Friendship Jewels" would be on the design wall IF it was big enough to hold it and IF the two large sections were sewn together.  It also needs 2 blocks to finish a row (can you see the table through those those two empty squares)?

The "Soul Searching" blocks are up on the wall for now.  Still don't have the green May block finished; however, I'm washing the green scraps, so maybe I'll get it done before July is over!

To check out other design walls, visit Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Betty Boop Joins Stash Report Week 28

I was on a retreat for a few days this last week and played with my stash the whole time.  But that didn't keep me from buying a few more pieces to add to the Stash.  Just check out this cute number -- now who could resist this??  Not me. Also picked up three tone-on-tone fat quarters for future Soul Searching blocks.

I already had the July RBSC14 block finished, so Betty will appear in the August block.  Here is the July block.
RBSC14 July Block
Stash Numbers:
Fabric Added this week:  1 yard (Betty plus 3 other FQs)
Fabric Added YTD - 18.25 yds
Fabric Used this week: lots of 2.5" strips, Will count when top is done.
Fabric Used YTD - 18.28 yds

To see more stash reports go to Patchwork Times.  I'm also linking up with So Scrappy for RBSC14.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Stash Report and More

My stash numbers have not changed much; nothing in and very little out.  I did make 3 blocks for my block exchange group.

3 Courthouse Step blocks for Julie
  However, I have been busy quilting several quilts for QOV and others.

This quilt is made from blocks received during Kevin's QOV Block Drive. Still need to stitch down the binding.

This wild and crazy Turning 20 Again was made by Becky for her grandson.  It has cars and motorcycles all over it --his favorite things. I used the Popcorn panto to quilt it.

Isn't this a fun looking quilt? It's called Double Snowball from a Moda pattern and was made by my friend Linda using fabric from Tula Pink.  I quilted it with the Fern Spin pantograph. 

So this is what has kept me busy and my stash has not gotten any smaller that I can see. How's your stash doing these days -- making any progress on using more than is coming in?

My numbers this week :
Fabric Added - 0
Fabruc Used - .25 yds
Fabric Added YTD - 17.25 yds.
Fabric Used YTD - 18.28 yds
Net Used - 1.03 yds.

You can see what others have done this week at Patchwork Times

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Finish - Off The Needles

Finished my second pair of socks!  Finally. The pattern is House of Targaryen, a free pattern from Ravelry. I'm happy with the way they turned out, but they took much longer than normal because I kept having to rip back too many times. I'm ready for a simple pattern..

I have been adding to my yarn stash these days. It is so much fun to knit socks and I want to keep learning. A friend and I went yarn shopping this week and I picked up two different yarns to try. The 3rd yarn already was in my stash from years ago and I totally forgot I had it.  I bought it when Judy L came to town and said she would start me on learning how to knit socks. Well, I finally learned, but forgot where this yarn was until recently. 

The top left is Panda Superwash - 51% bamboo, 39% superwash wool and 10% nylon.  I thought I'd try making a pair of short socks from the toe up to wear with my tennis shoes.  These are only 50 gm balls.
The next one (to the right) is totally new to me.  It's called Diversity by Plymouth Yarns and the fiber content is 93% Acrylic and 7% Polyester (elasthane).  I did a swatch and it handles easily, but is very stretchy.  I'm not sure how to figure out how many stitches to cast on because of the stretchiness. They recommend 8 stitches/in with US 2 needles, but I got more like 9 sts/inch.  I hope it will be self striping with only using a stockinette stitch for the leg.

The last yarn is from my stash and it's Serenity, from the Deborah Norville Collection- 50% superwash Merino wool, 25% bamboo and 25% nylon. The color is much more vibrant with shades of purples and some grays.  The color is Amethyst.  This yarn is much like what I've done my first two pairs with, so I should have not trouble with it.

Now to decide which yarn to use next?  Any suggestions or experiences on either of the two new yarns?

To see other yarn projects, stop by Judy's Patchwork Times.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

RSC14 and On The Needles

It's been busy around our house these last couple of weeks, but I did squeeze in time to finish this month's yellow Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.

Here are all the month's that are completed so far.  You will notice that one month is missing. That would have been the Green May block.  Guess I'd better hurry to get it done before the end of June so I can say I'm all caught up on one of my projects, huh?

On the knitting front, I am still working on and off (mostly off) my  HT socks.  This second one of the pair is giving me fits.  Seems like I'm making more mistakes than I did on the first sock of this pattern. Not sure why, but you would think the second sock of a pair would be a piece of cake. Must be I'm not staying focused and my mind is wondering, thinking about things I SHOULD be doing instead of knitting!.   I will be so glad when it's done and I can start something new.

I'm linking up with So Scrappy and On The Needles (even though I'm tardy for Friday's link).  Go on over and check out what been happening with other bloggers.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

On The Needles Catch Up for June 6, 2014

The faster I go the farther behind I get is my motto these days.  It seems as if I cannot get a post done on the day it's due, but at least this shows I am working toward finishing some my projects.

Here is what's on my needles this week.  First, I finished one of the House Targaryen socks and have started the 2nd one.
I also started another Faux Mobius cowl in a darker color gradation that will go with nicely with fall colors.

Go to Patchwork Times to see more knitting inspirations.  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Stash Report Week 22 and a Finish

There was a little change in my stash report from last week.  I made and sewed on a binding for this Quilts of Valor quilt that was pieced by Linda H from orphan blocks that she collected.  Only used a half yard of fabric, but it all counts and is now out of my stash.

Used this Week:  .5 yard
Used year to Date: 16.78 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date:  15.75 yards
I'm only ahead by 1.03 yards for this year, but at least I'm not in the red.

Stop by Patchwork Times to see what others have done this week.

Friday, May 30, 2014

On and Off the Needles - May 30, 2014

Today marks the last OTN post for May.  I had hoped to have both of my knitting projects finished by the end of the month, but did manage to finish one of them.  Remember the Faux Mobius Shawl that I started back in April- you can see my post about it HERE.  It is finished.  yay!!

My quiet helper "Lady Jane" says it's a bit too warm to wear right now, but she was so cooperative while I tried different ways to wrap it.  This was by far the best of my tries.  You don't want to see what the others looked like.   Not pretty.

I'm still working on the House Targaryen socks.  Just finished the heel and heading toward the toe.  It's taking a bit longer because I'm doing the shell pattern all the way to the toe decrease row, otherwise I would be finished and starting my second sock!  That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.--because it's true.

If you haven't seen what others have done this week on their needles. stop by Judy's Patchwork Times and check it out.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Design Wall - Monday, May 26 - Week 21

It's been two weeks since I've had anything on my design wall.  I can't seem to get with the program since coming back from Paducah.  April flew by so fast I can hardly believe it and now here it is almost the end of May and I still don't have any finished projects.  bah humbug

I'm a month late for finishing the April block for RBSC in purples and I'll have to hurry to make it on time for May's block.

My stashbusting has been slow for the last couple of weeks.  Nothing in or out that I can count.  
Last week I made a few bow tie blocks for the piecing exchange group.

4 Bow Tie blocks
And I added a small border and some snow flakes to "Snow Friends" and finished quilting a couple quilts for others.   This beautiful fall quilt was such fun to quilt with a Falling Leaves pattern.
Fall Leaves made and signed by friends from 2000-2014.
And a baby quilt with bunnies and daisies quilted on it.
Hugs and Kisses baby quilt
To see other design walls, go to Patchwork Times and be inspired.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Stash Report - Week 19 May 11, 2014

Let me wish all the mothers out there in Blogland a Happy Mother's Day.  Where would we be without our dear mothers and all the love they have given us through the years.  I no longer have my mother to share my days and thoughts with, but I am reminded of her so many times throughout the week by things that we did together, our favorite foods we enjoyed sharing and even in the grocery store I will hear someone say something that was a favorite expression of my mother's too.  I miss her a lot, but know she's watching me and smiling at some of the things I say and do, which I'm sure are reminiscent of her.  I was very blessed to have a wonderful mother and hope you all have a wonderful day.

It's been a quite a while since I've posted my stash report.  Mostly it was because there was no activity in my fabric.  I was doing more knitting. But after Paducah and several sales at local quilt shops, I have new stash.  Here's some of what came home from AQS.

The black and whites are for the Soul Searching blocks (isn't the computer smiley faces fabric the cutest thing), the blue/white/black stripes was to be for Snow Friends, but it isn't the right color blue, so it will be added to my shelves for future  use.

The green and blue variegated strips was on sale, and you just never know when it might come in handy, right?  The pastel plaid MIGHT work on a baby quilt, not sure. This is however a STASH report, so it's future stash.

The baseball pieces are for a baby quilt in the planning stages.  I'm looking for anything with baseball motifs on it.

So the bad news is that my Stash took a bit of a hit.  There were several more pieces added that were not in the picture that were bought for various ongoing projects.

Fabric Added since last reported -  13.5 yards
Fabric Added YTD - 15.75 yds
Fabric Used since last report - 0
Fabric Used YTD - 16.28 yds
Net Used/in 2014 -  .53 - oh this is close to being in the red. I've got to get busy.

To see what others have done with their stash this week, visit Patchwork Times here.