Thursday, June 28, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
I finished my scarf! I drove up to the LYS, learned the tricky super-secret part of binding off (ie, pulling the tail through that last stitch so you don't lose it), bought some new needles (Addi Turbos), and drove home. I did my weaving in and here it is! I am well-pleased with myself for finishing my first scarf and knitting project. Yay me! I also made my point about the class issue while I was there. So, hopefully tomorrow we will have a lovely last class and I will learn how to do yarn overs and how to start a new ball of yarn when I run out of one. I'm just guessing, but it seems like that would be a good thing to know. Kind of like somebody telling you to pull that yarn tail through the last stitch on a bind off - just helpful.
I had a very productive weekend, which I happy about. After I finished with my scarf, I sat down to finish sewing my Kimono quilt top together. It is finished! I will have photos soon, I wanted to bring it into work to show a friend of mine today, so I haven't taken photos yet. It took me both Saturday and Sunday afternoons to pull all the paper off the back from the paper piecing - whew, my fingers hurt! But, it is complete! And I have three more quilt tops to finish before the end of August. I will probably turn my attention back to my Block of the Month blocks (since I have about six of them to do now). I picked the last one up last weekend, so it would be good to finish those up. The quilt store also had a sample layout for the quilt top, so I think I may do that, which will require making some additional blocks to intersperse with my blocks of the month.
I also finished gridding all the blocks for my Neighborhood RR, and have made a start on my block. I opted to go with one thread over two on my 36 count fabric. It seems that two threads over two just seemed bulky - any suggestions or thoughts? I've never stitched on 36 count before, so I'm sort of flying by the seat of my pants on this one. Mailout day is July 15th, so I have a couple of weeks to finish up my block and get everything ready to mail.
Eric and I ran some errands too, and he bought me some new summer perfume. I decided to get Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. I have a sample of it, and I thought it would be a nice light change. I love it!
Thank you all for your sweet comments on my blog anniversary and for letting me know that you enjoy my blog. That means a lot to me. I hope to have some more stitching to show soon...I've made a little bit more progress on Tesori. I'm focusing my energy on getting back in the swing of thing with my workouts too. I got really burned out on it for awhile, but the time has come to redouble my efforts. Well, that's all for today - photos of the Kimonos coming soon!
I am grateful for productivity and renewed energy.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
As for what I have planned for the weekend, the photo above sums it up. That's my craft table, mess that it is. I plan to go get help for the Star Wars scarf today and finish it. I plan to figure out the problem with my kimonos and finish putting together that quilt top. I also plan to finish gridding my Neighborhood RR and start on my block. Wish me luck!! I'm off to sew a little before lunch, and then after lunch I'm off to the yarn store. Thanks again for supporting me this past year, and I look forward to another year of blogging.
I am grateful for my blogging friends.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
This morning I finished up the first trifold piece of my Queen of the Needle case. This is the part that folds over on the front. I only have a few beads to attach on here, but those will wait until the end, so that I don't snag them. I love all the colors in this piece and the fun specialty stitches that Nan has included. Next I will be stitching the part that will be the back of the case, so it will be upside down from this piece.
I didn't stitch at all last night when I got home because I wanted to finish reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It was so good re-reading it. I think the first time I read books five and six there were so many people around me also reading them, that I raced through in order not to have them spoiled by other people's reactions and comments. So, I think I missed a lot the first time round. This time I so thoroughly enjoyed them and was able to really savor them. I am glad I decided to read the whole series again before the release of book 7. It's been fun. And with that I have completed number 101 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days list "Re-read books 1-6 of Harry Potter before Book 7 is released." At the time I started my 101 Things list (coincidentally on June 21, 2006), there was no official release date for book 7.
That's all for today - hope you all are having a great Thursday!
I am grateful for Harry Potter.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I had my knitting class again yesterday, class 3 of 4. I did manage to learn how to do cables, as evidenced by my swatch above. Knitting cables is pretty cool once you get the hang of it. There was a slight problem with class yesterday though, which I am not happy about. Two of the ladies in my class, a mother and daughter, were more interested yesterday in finding a project to make and yarn for it, than in learning something new. So, the instructor spent an hour with them wandering around the store, helping them shop - during class time. Leaving me and the other girl there to fend for ourselves. At the end of class, our instructor finally came back and said she was going to teach me to bind off. Well, I had to stay after class in order to learn this - which wasn't right. And I was so frustrated by that time that I don't think I fully grasped what she was showing me. I got the whole row done, up to the last stitch and then said "ok, now what do I do?". She pulled it out of my hands and finished it, and cut off the tail. So, I thought ok, nothing to it. I went home last night to bind off my Star Wars scarf (the whole reason I'd wanted to learn to bind off finally), and royally screwed it up. I am so mad and frustrated. Now, I'm going to have to find time to go in this weekend and have someone help me fix it and show me again how to bind off. I definitely did not get my full class time this week, and I'm so annoyed. I will definitely be saying something when I go in on Saturday.
Since I wasn't able to finish off my scarf and I wasn't really in the mood to stitch at that point, I decided to start on another knitting project. I am making a simple wrap, more just to practice than anything. I am just gonna make up the pattern as I go. I love the color of the yarn though...but since the yarn is squiggly, it is harder for me to knit with, so it will probably be a good challenge. My instructor also showed us how to start a new ball of yarn yesterday, but in the 3 seconds she used to show us, I didn't catch it. Ugh - so frustrated.
Sorry that my posts lately have been filled with whiny complaints - it's just how I'm feeling lately, I guess. I'll work on getting back my positive attitude.
Walk to Rivendell: Reach area of the Marish with fields, meadows, hedges, gates, and drainage dikes. (Total Miles walked : 57.25)
I am grateful for my ability to learn.
Monday, June 18, 2007
I am also having issues/anxiety about my Neighborhood RR. I wanted to lay out my blocks in a more organic fashion, not just three rows of three. But, it is hard. And, I've never stitched on 36ct before, so that is making me nervous too. I think once I get into a groove with my gridding it will be fine, but right now I am feeling a little panicky about it. I need to get everything laid out so that I can make a start on stitching my block. Eek!
I didn't do much stitching this weekend, but I did a little on Their Song while we finished up watching Firefly. And Best Buy was having a fabulous sale on DVDs of TV series, so I got all of the X-Files seasons on DVD, except Season 4, which they were out of. So, I'll have to see if I can talk Eric into watching those with me sometime.
Thank you all for your compliments on my Just Nan RR. I went looking for a frame for it over the weekend, but ended up coming home with the perfect frame for my Lemon Meringue Sampler. I just need to get a mat cut for it. It is going to be so pretty once it's framed and hung. I'll be sure to post a photo when I get it put together. And speaking of Casey Buonaugurio (she designed the Lemon Meringue Sampler), there's a cute Christmas ornament by her in the new issue of Just Cross-stitch. And to go in my kitchen with my Lemon Meringue, I think I may have to stitch this...
Isn't this the cutest piece - I just love the colors in it. Anyway, that's enough rambling for me this morning. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend - my massage was well-needed and very enjoyable. Have a great week!
I am grateful for new inspiration.
Friday, June 15, 2007
It is finally finished! I received my Just Nan Round Robin back from Jenna a couple of weeks ago, and needed to finish up my block and pull out the gridding stitches. Last night I sat down with my Kreinik braid and my beads and finished up my block. This is the Mermaid Heart WhimZi that comes with the Mermaid Heart chart. I intend to stitch the whole chart at some point, so I thought doing the WhimZi here would be perfect. I am more pleased with my block now that it has the beads on it - it looked so plain compared to the other blocks before.
And the whole piece...
The top of the piece in the photo looks a little off, but I think that is just due to my photography "skills". The lettering and the crown are both borrowed from my Queen of the Needle piece.
I can't thank everyone enough for stitching on my piece: Michelle, Cathy, Allie, Carol, Angi, Kari, Jenna and Jenny. Thank you all so much!! This was my first Round Robin to participate in and I am now officially able to cross #67 off of my 101 Things in 1001 Days list "Participate in a Round Robin". Hurrah!! I will probably be framing this soon, as I want to be able to enjoy it.
I have so many projects I'd like to make headway on this weekend, not the least of which is finishing the gridding on my Neighborhood RR and starting to stitch my block. I have about a month before the first mailing. I have some finishing on a few pieces I'd like to do, as well as piecing the backs of my two quilts I am having quilted so I can drop them off and piecing the top of my kimono quilt. Oh yeah, and I need to practice my knitting increases and decreases. Here's hoping! I am also getting a massage tomorrow morning. It's gonna be a full weekend!!
I am grateful for my beautiful RR.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I am grateful for Hamlet feeling better.
Monday, June 11, 2007
I am grateful for dates with my husband.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Thank you all for your comments and compliments. I have a few questions I need to answer that were posed in the comments:
Did I choose the fabrics for the kimonos or was it a kit? The kimonos quilt was a class I took to learn paper-piecing. I chose the fabrics for each of my kimonos. I had a few Asian prints already in my stash, but most of these I purchased specifically for a kimono. Two of the fabrics, the red with origami cranes and the gold with gold leaves, I purchased in Rhode Island on a trip to visit my best friend a few years ago...so there's some of her in here too. I purchased my sashing, border and backing fabric at the same time I bought most of the kimono fabrics. My backing fabric is actually Indian, rather than Japanese, but I loved it so much I had to have it.
What does the Movie Shawl look like? The Movie Shawl was designed by Jill Brown, one of the owner's of the Woolie Ewe, which is where I am taking my class. The wrap is basically a long rectangle, and you add a big button to close it around you. Nothing super fancy, but I think with my cool yarn I bought, and the right button, it will be really nice. It's just done in stockinette, with a garter stitch border (I think).
Where did you get your list of Academy Award movies? The official list is here. As one of my 101 Things in 1001 Days, I am watching all the winners for Best Picture. I am attempting to watch them in order, although some of them are not available through Netflix (Wings, Cavalcade and Rebecca). So, I have skipped over the ones I can't get and will figure out what to do with them when I get through the rest. We are up to 1953, From Here to Eternity, which hopefully we will watch this weekend.
Now, on to the stitching... I stitched a little on Their Song again last night, but not enough to warrant another photo. I've also been stitching a little on my Queen of the Needle case as my travel project. Here's my progress on that.
And, as promised, here is a photo of my beginning on Tesori d'Italia. I am so excited to be stitching on this. I'm obviously working on the border right now, which is a bit time consuming. I am hoping each region's block goes a little faster once I have the border done. It looks great though, in my opinion. I am stitching on 32 ct. Antique White with DMC. I decided to use DMC rather than silk for two reasons - one, since it is such a huge piece it will be cost effective, and two, since the second anniversary is cotton - it was a no-brainer. I've begun in the top left-hand corner and the first region I am stitching is "Veneto".
That's all for me today. Hope you're all having a wonderful day!
I am grateful for losing 36 pounds!
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Yesterday I had my first knitting class. It was so nice to leave work at noon and head over to do something fun. Since I had already learned knit stitch, the instructor got me started on purl and I practiced some stockinette. Then, she had me do ribs. I will be practicing some more before next week, but I had a lot of fun. She had us use circular needles, so it was good to get the feel of those. She also suggested that I was probably ready for a project. So, after class I picked out a project, a "movie shawl". I chose some beautiful cotton yarn that is really soft.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Hurrah, I finished my last two kimonos! I just really got into a groove with them, and they started to actually flow and be easy when I got near the end of these. But, my wall-hanging only needs nine, so here they all are!
Friday, June 01, 2007
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and words of wisdom. I am feeling a little better today, so here's hoping that my mood stays improved. I am trying not to pressure myself, which I think may help. Since it is June 1st, I have to show you my June Woolly Tyme blanket. This has been done for a couple of weeks, but I thought I'd wait to show you. I love how colorful this one is. The bunnies' tails and eyes are French knots. This is the last of the sheep blankets - can you believe it's been a whole year?! Here they all are...
I'm so pleased to have completed this project and kept up with the blankets. There have only been a couple of months I was late completing them, and I think it was due to waiting on threads to arrive. I've had a lot of fun with these. Now, it's probably time to get back to stitching on my Just Nan WhimZis, or my Shepherd's Bush 2000 Years Ago ornaments. It feels really good to have this done.
And speaking on what I've done...it is probably time to revisit the goals I set for myself in May. It's the first month in a long while that I set goals for myself.
- Finish part 1 of Mermaid Treasure Box - close, only have the specialty stitches left
- Finish part 1 on Mystery Sampler - DONE!
- Complete June Woolly Tyme - DONE!
- Finish Part 2 of Barnabee's Quest - nope
- Finish 1 row on Baby Garden - nope
- HAED Wednesdays - nope, I only participated one Wednesday in May
- Finish Michelle's RR - DONE and mailed!
- Complete 1 WhimZi - DONE (Spring Spell)
Not too bad. I did complete half of my goals. I think for this month, I will keep it simpler:
- Stitch on Their Song
- Stitch on Mystery Sampler
- Finish Kimono quilt top
- Stitch and grid Neighborhood RR and have ready for mailing
- Start Tesori
I think that's do-able. Oh, and speaking of RRs. You have to go take a look at the beautiful stitching Jenna did on my Just Nan RR. I am so pleased with it!!! I am looking forward to having this beautiful piece come home so that I can put the finishing touches on it. Thank you, Jenna!!
And I stitched a little more on Their Song last night. I just love this piece, it is such a fun stitch. I jumped around a little bit on it, but I enjoyed myself. Here's to a happy weekend!
I am grateful for evenings to myself.