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Thursday, 28 August 2014

A Day Late

I am a day late for Work in Progress Wednesday this week as our internet was out for most of the day yesterday.

I have not finished the second mitten yet but my sock yarn and needle came in the mail and I was too excited to wait for the mitten to be finished.
I have never knit socks but have been really inspired by what I see on blogs and instagram.
I found a tutorial on YouTube and I was off to the races.

Here I am ready to do the super scary heel turn!

The procrastination guild challenge project is progressing, much as I would rather start my Buggy Barn quilt for the Festival of Trees. I will just use that as motivation to get the baby done

Speaking of done, here is the crosshatched baby quilt that has been in progress for some time! 
It will be tucked away for a certain babe due to join us this fall. 

Linking up today with 

Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Monday, 25 August 2014

3rd Blog-aversary

175 posts and over 25,000 pageviews later, I am still enjoying this blog as much as I did on the very first day. I love the interaction with other blogs and seeing that I have visitors from all over the world. Thank you all for making this a great adventure!

We seem to have been pretty busy this summer with projects and family visits, so the blog is feeling a bit neglected. Summer is winding down, temperatures are cooling and the feel of fall is in the air here in the north, so I will be back in the sewing room soon. I have lots of plans!

I have still been knitting as that is easy to do in front of the TV in the evening. We had a couple of rough days here with some disappointing news so the need to knit was strong (I should be working on finishing my hexie quilt!) as it is a comforting thing for me. Something about the feel of the wool and the rhythm of clicking needles.

I bought this book last winter and was excited to try something with the wool I came home from holidays with. So, so disappointed.............the patterns are not at all well written and assume you know a lot, that is not my definition of easy. 

These are the mittens from the front cover, my best attempt at deciphering the pattern, it gives you a little pattern repeat graph for the cable but only refers to it once at the very beginning of the where you should start cabling. I did a swatch to test the gauge, but in the end it was not a good match as they are too loosely knit to provide much warmth. I could not leave the first one all alone so I am working on the second one and they will be a donation to the church mitten tree. 

I did get the crosshatching done on the second eat, play quilt, and hope to get it bound today or tomorrow. I need to stop procrastinating and get to my guild challenge project! It will be the only thing I work on after this, until it is done and off my plate!

I have not been in the pool for over a month and this week is the last week before their annual month long maintenance closure so I best get moving!
Have a great week. 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

 I continue to work on the second Eat, Play, Sleep, Repeat quilt, I did decide to go ahead and do the crosshatch as you can see. I know it will be a bit stiff but it s a baby quilt that will get washed a lot so I know it will soften up beautifully.

Finished one mitten on the long drive home from BC and have started the second one. Probably the most challenging thing I have knit to date. Love how much my knitting skills have grown in the last year through Craftsy classes.

I had the chance to pre-shop a garage sale and came away with all these wonderful goodies. There are a lot of potential mittens and hats in that pile!

Linking up with:

 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Monday, 11 August 2014

To Home and Back Home Again

I feel like I have two homes, being born and raised in BC, that will always be home to us. 
It was, however, really, really hot...........we are not acclimatized to that anymore!
And these poor creatures have to wear fur coats! 

so there was lots of swimming

some wallaby cuddling

and petting

There were new hats to try on

Gorgeous flowers to gaze upon


Wishes to be put on a "tree"

new family members to meet

a beautiful lake to paddle on

and my Mom's 90th birthday to celebrate. 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Finally Finished!

Sunday Drive by Pat Sloan-after many months it is finally done! Our recent heat wave and no air conditioning slowed me a bit, could not stand to have that on my lap while I sewed down about 60 dime sized yoyos.
My friend Chris did an awesome job of quilting it as usual and once I find a better dowel, I will hang it in my living room.

One of the two trees blooming with tiny yoyos.


Between the heat and packing the trailer for vacation, I made a couple more bags from noodlehead

And we made a many batches of jam

Restarted these cabled fingerless mitts, third time always seems to be the charm for me. It should be a good travelling project as we have a 12 hour day planned for tomorrow. 

I hope to post along the way, but my iPad does not always cooperate in picking up the pictures I want to use!

Linking up with 
I Quilt Thursday at Pretty Bobbins

Thursday, 17 July 2014


 Progress is once again being made! In August this project will be two years old! Only two and a half rows remain to be assembled. Then the task of sewing the rows together and taking all the papers out, hopefully that won't take another two years!
Once the top is assembled I am unsure how to proceed as the is my first EPP project. It will be accompanying us to BC for holidays so I can ask Katja's advice.

I decided I needed a new knitting bag as my new pattern holder does not fit in my old one. This awesome little bag from Noodlehead worked up in under two hours!

Linking up with Help for Hexie-aholics at sarah did it.

Have a great rest of the week......

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

To Crosshatch or Not to Crosshatch

that is the question right now......What do you think? Should I quit while I like it (once I finish the lines all the way to that bottom corner) or forge on the try something new and possibly be unhappy? I have the time, no babies due for a while............

I am taking the Craftsy Class, Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot, thinking how hard can it be anyways, I have been doing it for years. Wow, have I learned a lot, and quickly relearned that I cannot sew a straight line.

My walking foot does not have a hole to hold the guide bar, so this is how we improvise. I just had the one piece on the back, but the guide was floppy and not accurate, so a second piece of duct tape was in order

Registration lines are essential! They help immensely as we all tend to curve off in one direction or another

Now that we are past the half way point of the year I decided to revisit my list of things to do this year. The list says 100 but I only made it to 50. So far I have done 16 and half another half dozen or so well under way.

One goal was to swim for 60 minutes, and I now up to 1500 M in 40-45 minutes, so that goal should be accomplished in the next month or two. I am swimming so much I wore out my swim cap, this happened as I tried to put in on this morning!

 We spent the weekend camping at a local campground, trying to escape all the craziness that was going on in town and to rest and relax while we were having the hottest days in years!
We have many, many forest fires burning to the north and west of us so we have a haze of smoke hanging around. While it is not a comfortable issue for many people, it sure makes for some amazing sunsets!

We went to a pancake breakfast put on by the historical society, then toured around the old buildings on the site.
For my knitting friends, these are hand knit real wool long johns.........I am sure they are amazingly warm but wow they were scratchy!

And some well used and darned socks, a bit softer but you would need a size larger boots to accommodate how bulky they are!

Linking up with 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts