Friday, October 24, 2014

OTN Plus More

I recently went on a retreat and thought I would finish my pair of socks, but spent most of my time on sewing tops, pillowcases and appliqueing blocks. No knitting at all!  However, I have made a little more progress on them.  Getting real close to the toes on the first sock.

I belong to a group called The A-Team and we are making two quilts using images from coloring books.  We had a choice of using pictures for an 'animal themed' or a 'toy-themed' quilt.  I choose animals - mine will be a kitty,  a whale and a bear.  Here is my first block.  It is raw edged applique using a very tiny blanket stitch.  Being that is is raw edged, the black kitty edges are a bit "furry" and really do look like cat fur!

Another finish for the week included quilting a scrappy string quilt.  Now if only I can keep the momentum rolling and get more down this week, I'll be a happy camper.  

Soon I hope to have more pictures of finishes from the retreat.   I don't know why it is so difficult for me to take photos of my finished projects and get them on the computer.  I should get my rear in gear and get them done --- then I can start new ones!  

Stop by Judy's On the Needles to see what others are up to this week. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

OTN - Oct. 10

I've made a little progress on my current socks.  I've finished the heel flap and turned the heel, so now I'm ready for picking up gusset stitches and heading on down to foot and toes.

What have you been knitting this week.  It's rainy here and a great time to stay inside and get some more done on my sock.  Maybe I can finish this one and start the dreaded 2nd sock to this pair.  
Take a look at some other projects at OTN here.  

Monday, October 6, 2014

Design Wall and Stash Report - Week 40

The only thing on my design wall today is this little pumpkin block.  It is for a block exchange group.

My stash report is definitely headed in the wrong direction for reducing my stash!  After attending the MQX show in Springfield, IL and the River Heritage Quilt Guild Show in Cape Girardeau, I had added an additional 12 yards  One booth had some fantastic prices on fabric and if you know me at all, I can't pass up a good sale -- even when I really don't need any more fabric.  I do have a plan for some of this.  These are for pillowcases for our children's project.
For baseball lovers

Under the sea

Blue Flames for boys

Daisies with green cuffs

And  a few fat quarters to add to my oranges.  I'm behind on making my last two months of Soul Searching blocks, plus the new one for October.  Guess I'd better get busy.

Fabric added  - 12 yards (2 weeks)
Fabric used   -  .25
Fabric added YTD -  39.5 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 28.45 yds
Net Added in 2014 - 11.05 yds

I'm linking up with Judy's DWM and Stash Report (a little late).  Stop on by and see what others are doing. There is sure to be something that will inspire you.

Friday, October 3, 2014

On the Needles

I finally took time to make 2 cakes of this yarn and get a sock started.  I had trouble deciding what pattern to use since the yarn is very different than what I'm used to.  No wool in it and it is very stretchy.  Way back in July I posted more about this yarn.  The yarn is meant for summer socks and I know I'm a bit late for summer, but I'll be early for next year, right?

Here's what it looks like so far.  My first experience with self-striping yarn.  I'm liking the colors and the uneven stripes a lot.   I had wanted to try two socks at a time on this pair, but haven't quite gotten the confidence yet to tackle it and I was anxious to get to have something on my needles quickly, so I could get started.

 To get inspired and see lots of wonderful knitting projects, stop by Judy's Patchwork Times OTN.