Thursday, June 28, 2012

On the Needles - Knitting Needles!

I talked before about casting on for this project many, many times. This time it's working! It's a hat for my youngest son. It's a different pattern in that you knit 20 something rows and then do a purl row. That purl row becomes the bottom edge because you'll end up turning the first 20ish rows under and joining it. The ears will stay warm because they'll have a double layer over them. Yep, I live in Florida and it's mild here in winter. Jacob, however, lives in flipflop and shorts and rarely wears a jacket but will wear a beanie. This hat will warm his whole body!

Here I tucked the bottom part under so you'll get a visual.
Can you see the pattern?
Here, let me point it out for you....

It's a skull and crossbones. Let's hope I'm managing my notoriously tight knitting and have loosened up enough that he can actually get this hat on his noggin. He hasn't displayed any interest in my knitting or quilting anything for him but he'll really enjoy this - if it fits. Fingers crossed.

Otherwise, I'm going to have to find someone with a small head to give this to.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Scrapping a Project?

I may be scrapping this project. I spent today making 48 flying geese. They're little. Very little. They're not perfect. At this size, I think they need to be pretty darn close.
In the interest of my sanity, this pile of untrimmed geese may just end up in the trash. Have you ever trashed a project? By trashed I'm mean literally in the garbage.
I've also started a knitting project. Yep, it's been a while. I've started it like 8 times. This time, it's taking. I'm further along than this picture shows and I'm enjoying it! :)
I'm happy to have a project I'm enjoying on the needles. It's no secret that I haven't been knitting much this year. That didn't stop me from buying yarn for 2 projects while I was on vacation though!

Here is the most recent picture of Ann Dale. I haven't taken another stitch on her since I took this photo. I've decided I'm stitching it as charted without any major modifications. I've seen one finished and one with quite a bit of progress and they look fantastic. Seeing them really gave me a peace about the project. I never fell out of love with her but the frustration is gone!
Thank you all for your visits, your comments, and the inspiration I find on your blogs. May all your stitches be happy ones!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Eeking Out the Last Minutes...

I'm eeking out the last minutes of vacation. I don't like to announce on the blog when we go away but we left on June 1 for my parents cabin in the mountains. No cable, no internet - we love it! We had a good time spending time together away from the hustle and bustle. On the way, we stopped at the Georgia Aquarium for a few hours. Greg fell in love with the Beluga Whales. He took all kinds of video and spent a long time watching them.
Greg at the GA Aquarium
Not much sewing this weekend as a result of just getting back. I did manage my We Be Learning Beginner Bee block for Nita this month. She wanted a Churn Dash in 30's fabric on a white background.
We Bee Learning Bee Block for Nita

Since we were gone, I still need to post for my May Theme-a-Licious updates. The theme for May was May Memories which is all about working on class projects that we hadn't finished. I have 2 that I worked on a bit this month. First up, Long May She Wave by Ellen Chester of With My Needle. Ellen's classes are a real treat so if you ever get a chance to take one, please do!
I also worked on Needlebook of Stitches; a Chessie and Me piece from a class I took at The Attic Needlework in January 2011. Most of this was stitched. I finished up the stitching (and moved some around) and cut the linen pieces out. I attached one of them to the wool needle book we made in class. I could have finished this up but Ann Dale was hammering away in my head.
Jean and Heather tagged me in the past few days; I'll respond to those later in the week as this post is getting long. It's going to be a hard re-entry back into the work scene tomorrow. I hope to combat that with some needle and thread time. Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope all your stitches are happy ones!