Monday, November 30, 2015

November's Accomplishments + December's Goals







You guys, I totally did it! I finished everything on my holiday to-do list. I simplified a few things and added in another gift at the last minute. I have almost everything wrapped and some gifts are packaged for mailing. I didn't wash the two quilts I finished because I'm lazy and hate doing laundry. But I'll wash them this weekend and take pictures before wrapping them up.

It feels SO good to be finished with everything. I'm definitely going to try to do this again next year. I just feel so stress-free!

So, what's on the to-do list for December? This one is easy: whatever I want!

Here's my list so far:
-Make cookies using my great grandma's cookie press
-Finish my big, huge sweater
-Decorate my tiny silver tree
-Make felted soap
-Knit a super warm cowl for my walks
-Watch the Nutcracker (in person or on tv?)
-Work on wips but only the fun ones: stars, spiderweb blocks, log cabins
-Sew a diamond stocking or something else with diamonds?
-Drink Saint Brendan's Irish Cream
-Twilight marathon
-Harry Potter marathon
-Takeout pizza and wine night

Uh oh...I can see where this is headed!

But seriously, I'm just really excited to have this month to do whatever I want. No pressure, no obligations. Just fun times working in the studio and spending time with friends and family.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Orange Sky





It's been a quiet November. No real snow yet, just a dusting on my way in this morning.

The cats and I have been tucked away in the studio, sewing and knitting and wrapping gifts. I'm so close to meeting my goal for the month. I have a few bindings to attach, a few knitted things to block and a couple of gifts left to wrap. And that's it!

I realize that this month's goals don't make for good blog posts. I want to show off so many things but I can't yet. I'm looking forward to December when I'll be back to photographing projects as I go. Until then, have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend (or a wonderful regular weekend) and I'll see you all in December!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hand Quilting

skull quilt6

skull quilt7

skull quilt8

I'm making great headway on my to-do list for this month. I just might pull this off, you guys!

I decided that one of the two holiday quilts needs some hand quilting. Most of it is by machine but these shapes...what to do with these shapes?! I quilted three blocks yesterday, nine to go. I'm not very reliable when it comes to sewing after work but maybe I'll feel inspired to work on this a little each night. If not, I think I'll still have time to get it all done by the end of the month.

The second quilt is mostly bound but I ran out of red thread and had to stop to buy more.

I had a different helper in the studio this weekend. Someone moved the bread machine just close enough to the radiator for Vector to use it as a step. He's not great at jumping from the floor these days but if he gets a stairway, watch out! He is going to there!

I am good at looking out the window!

I am good at walking! What's this?

Oh no, tape!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November's Goals

For the month of November, I'd like to finish ALL the holiday gifts! An admirable goal, right? Every year I try to finish up all holiday gifts in November and every year I totally FAIL! It's usually me, staying up all night for days straight the week before Christmas (sometimes even the DAY before). But not this year!

This year I'd like to enjoy December. I'd like to actually have time to do things I want to do.

I don't want to go into specifics in case certain people are reading but my goals for this month are:

Finish two quilts (both tops are already completed)
Weave one scarf, twist fringe on another scarf
Block one shawl
Decide on other gifts to purchase and buy them
Sew drawstring gift bags in various sizes
Prepare packages for mailing.

I think that's it...can that possibly be it? If I'm forgetting something, I'll come back and update the list. Or remember a week before Christmas and freak out as per usual. I'm pretty excited about this month's goals. If I can actually pull this off, it'll be the best, most relaxed December ever!

Monday, November 2, 2015

October's Accomplishments

October's Goals:
Start/Finish Halloween Sparkling Cider quilt
Weave a scarf for Ian

October's Accomplishments:
Finished my Halloween Sparkling Cider quilt (on Halloween). Better pictures to come.

Finished Ian's scarf
(Extra-cat helps set up the warp)

(Extra-cat helps twist the fringe)



Finished and blocked my Tubularity cowl only to find that the yarn was shredded in one spot and now there's a HOLE in it! I haven't fixed it yet but I managed to pick up the live stitches:

Started and finished a pair of fingerless mitts:

Started knitting a sweater. Right now I'm about halfway finished with the body.
Painted some monster models:

I struggled a little with my goals this month. I didn't feel as in the mood to make a Halloween quilt as I thought I would. And weaving a scarf after such a long weaving break was a little scary. But, eventually, both things got done and had I not set them as goals, I know for sure I would have put them off. This month was definitely a success!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
















At the Lake
October 17, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sweater Weather




I was sick all weekend! I should have been working on lots of things, like my Halloween Sparkling Cider quilt or putting away all the laundry Ian washed this weekend. But I just couldn't. Instead, I sat on the couch for three days, knitted and watched The Walking Dead. So scary! I watched all of season 4 and I'm halfway through season 5. So far, season 5 is my favorite! It's not as scary, zombie-wise, and I really like how the episodes are structured.

But, what I really wanted to talk to you about today is what I was knitting. You guys: I'm knitting a sweater! I've been asking my friend Sara endless sweater questions in preparation for this and I decided to just finally start knitting. It's going to be big and messy and hopefully it'll fit alright. It'll mostly be for wearing at home in the winter so it doesn't actually have to look good. But I hope it does! I was SO inspired by Anna Maria Horner's big, bulky, stripey sweater. I'm holding three yarns at once and when one runs out, I just add in another. So far I'm sticking with blues and some green and grey. I might change my mind and add in something else but for now, I really like how these colors look together.

I accidentally knitted past where I needed to join together for the neck opening (read your pattern carefully!) so I had to rip out 13 rows, join, then re-knit those same 13 rows. Sigh...

But, it was a fun weekend and even though I felt bad, I still had a fun time knitting with the cats and zombies. I have a four day weekend coming up (and it's Halloween!) so I hope to get back to quilting soon. I'm really looking forward to having another finished couch quilt (as you can see, the cats and I have been getting lots of use out of my Golden Vanity quilt).