Friday, January 17, 2014

On The Needles - Jan. 17, 2014

It's been a bit since I've posted anything about my knitting since I've been busy quilting and piecing lately. But I have made progress on my 3S Shawl and the end is near.  I'm up to 10 inches and I think I'm going to stop around 14" or 15" if my yarn lasts that long.  Then it will be decision time to decide what type of edging to do -- a picot  or a crocheted lace.  Those of you that have done this shawl, which did you do and why.  Any suggestions would be appreciated. What is the easiest for a beginner. I want this to be done ASAP! I'm ready to tackle socks, but have held off until I finish this.  I don't want lots of UFOs in my knitting bag like I have on my quilting shelves.

3S Shawl
I'm also using up my stash of cotton yarns for dish cloths/face cloths that I got hooked on last year. They go so much faster than shawls because the needles are larger and size is so much smaller plus they are easy.  I need to have a finish to keep me motivated whether it be knitting or quilting. 

A couple of finishes this week in the quilting category.  These were not my UFOs, but they do count as finishes on my To Do list. 

To see more knitting projects, check out Patchwork Times. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Stash Report - Week 2 1/12/14

Nothing added or used this week.
Used this week - 0 yds
Added this week - 0 yds
YTD used - 0 yds
YTD added - 0 yds
Net used in 2014 - 0 yds

I spent a lot of hours working on more Celtic Solstice blocks. Last week I had completed 6 blocks and I'm up to 21 finished blocks tonight.  Slowly but surely I'm getting there.

Next week I will have something to report in the used category.  Stay tuned.

Go over to Patchwork Times to see what others did this week.

Monday, January 6, 2014

DWM, No Knead Bread and Celtic Solstice

Brr !  It's cold outside.  Our outside thermometer reads minus -2 and there is almost 10 inches of snow on the ground, but the sun is shining brightly.  It's a good day for staying indoors and sewing and baking. I love to heat up the house with good smells coming from the kitchen.  How about some homemade bread the easy way   

I came across an easy No Knead Crusty Dutch Oven French Bread recipe on the internet and decided to try it. I've put it under the Recipe Tab at top of page. I couldn't believe how well it turned out for such little effort.  You mix it up the night before, set it in a big bowl to rise overnight, punch down in the morning, let it rise another hour and bake for 30 mins. in a dutch oven or heavy pan with a lid.   Ta-Da
Right out of a 450 degrees oven

It was very good. Very crusty outsdie and soft inside with big holes to soak up whatever you desire - butter, jam or the broth from homemade soup. The texture reminded me of sourdough bread, but without the sour flavor. I'll be making this again real soon.

Now on to the sewing room.  I'm betting there are a lot of design walls today that have some of these blocks on them.  These are the two blocks that make up Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice. I'm putting them together in between working on other things, but wanted to see how they looked. 

 You can see more design walls over at Patchwork Times. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Stash Report- Wk# 1 - January 5, 2014

The first week of the New Year is almost over and I'm still on track for my new goals in the stash department.  I haven't added any fabric to my stash.  Amazing! Since we are having a blizzard,  I think it's safe to say that my goal will stand at least another week. :)

Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used - 0
YTD Added  - 0
YTD Used - 0

I didn't do so well on my 2013 goals for stashbusting. My goals were use 200 yards (used 98), add no more than 50 yards (added 95), finish 10 UFOs (finished 3) and make 50 pillowcases (made 60).  In my defense, I did finish tops of 5 UFOs, but they are still waiting for me to find time to quilt them.

Since Christmas, I have finished quilting 2 quilts and 1 tablerunner, sewed bindings on 3 quilts, hand stitched one to the back and finished all the Clues for Celtic Solstice. I'm on a roll   I can feel that 2014 will be a better year for finishing things.   Here's a look at the quilt that I put the binding on (pic taken before binding was added).
Purple Log cabin - 84" x 98"

Stop by Patchwork Times and see how other stashes are being busted.  It's sure to inspire you to get moving and start sewing your stash.