It’s a top

Block and rows are all sewn together.

20160207_3Now I just have to decide what, if any, borders I might want to add to it.  It will be a great little charity quilt and that peach color, which is a bit brighter IRL, made those blocks look a bit spring-like laying on my floor – despite the snow right outside the door.

In addition to this sewing, I’ve gotten two large loaves and one small made of banana bread to take into the office tomorrow and did some cleaning. (Tho you’d never know I had the kitchen spotlesss since I currently have it messed up again with some dinner preparations).  I never really paid attention to what time I got up this a.m. but it seems like it was a day and a half ago.  I’m not complaining that time seems to be going by slowly by any means but it does seem like it is.

Think I’ve had enough sewing for today so knitting and finding a good movie to watch – the only way to spend a Sunday afternoon and evening – and I’ve got some country style pork ribs slow roasting in the oven for dinner.  I’ve been so hungry for those so am anxiously awaiting dinner!

February 7, 2016

My little featherweight, after hibernating in the sewing room for what seems a long time, finally got a bit of a work out yesterday.   I got all of one type of block for my quilt done.


There’s a pile of scraps left not quite wide enough to cut more block pieces but might work in a border so I’ve set those aside.    Hopefully I will get the alternating blocks cut and sewn today.  I can trip piece those more easily since they are out of regular yardage and not all those little layer cake strips so should go quickly.

I did cast on my Unbalanced sweater last night – more than one.  I had about an inch knit and realized in the very first row I must have set it down and then picked it back up and twisted one of the needles so there was a twist in the beginning row.  No one else would have noticed it but it bugged me and at the same time the lightbulb came on — why didn’t I use the tubular cast on since I like that so much better than long tail on sweaters.  All the more reason to start over, which I did, so nearly have the bottom ribbing done once again but I’m much happier with it.

February 6, 2016

So far its been a fairly productive day – although I’ve jumped around to several different things today.

It started last night – when I walked into my bedroom I had to move something on a shelf and what slid off the shelf but a plastic storage bag with some yarn in it — image that!   Actually I forgot I had put it there.  It was all for a sweater I had planned quite a while ago.  [I just searched on the blog because I can remember talking about the fact that it was such a great sale that I couldn’t pass it up (and I think friend Judy and I were chatting about it).  I got the yarn around February 7, 2014 so it has been hibernating in the stash for 2 years tomorrow!  Time to get it out into the light of day.]


And since I’m bored with the one sleeve I have left to knit for the sweater on the needles, and since I didn’t feel like seaming the other sweater I need to finish – what’s a girl to do but swatch for a new sweater.  Despite the fact that there’s some gorgeous yarn coming to make a second Charlie’s Cardigan style sweater, and despite the fact that it should arrive at the office Monday or Tuesday, and despite the fact that I’ll want to get started on that sweater right away, I still swatched last night, blocked it this morning (toss in the wash and the dryer) and I generated my new CF pattern so you know I’m going to cast that baby on tonight!  :-)


The color on top in the above photo and the swatch below (Stone) is going to be the main color of the sweater.


This one will be another cardigan but it will have stripes on one side in front and on the opposite sleeve and have a matching cowl.  I based it on the Unbalanced pattern.  So on my Ravelery page it’s called “Denise Unbalanced” — well that really says it all right?  LOL

Anyway, I’ll get a start on that later.

While waiting for my grocery delivery, I started sewing the Layer Cake strips together for my TLE January Mixer fabric project.

20160206_8It’s going to be scrappy – well controlled scrappy since it’s all one line of fabric.  Here is what one of the alternating blocks will look like.   I’ve got about 8 or 9 layers of block pieces stacked on top of each other so I can chain piece them.  The hardest part was mixing up all the various sections so each block looks  bit different.

Laundry has been done and I’ve got a fruit cocktail torte baking in the oven.  A bit of a coffee break and I’ll get a start on sewing those blocks together (and an all time classic horror flick – The Blob – is playing on tv. ) :-)

Off the Needles – 2-5-16

The first project finished in 2016 – my CF Charlie’s Cardigan.


The top photo is the true color which shows up better than the prior photo laying on my carpet where it sort of blended in.  Below is  a quick snap of it in the not so great bathroom light quickly taken by propping my camera on a stack of toilet paper to get the right height before leaving for work this a.m. LOL  I hate taking photos of myself.


It’s cozy and warm and a bit oversized so I can wear it as a jacket this spring.  But on the coldest days of the winter it’s loose enough that I can put another thinner sweater underneath if I need to.      I want to make a second one – tho I may inset a different lace pattern in the front – that has more tapered sleeves and takes just a bit of the ease out all over.  It’s Cascade 220 worsted weight in the color Opal.  This will see a lot of wear.

This evening I may start seaming on my Turks and Caicos pullover.  I usually block my sweaters first because I like how the front edges stop curling when I pick up stitches for a button band.  But since it’s a pullover, I won’t have that issue.  Once I get it seamed, I just need to pick up the neckband and it has just 4 or 5 rows of garter stitch for the edging so just maybe I’ll get it finished off this weekend.

Of course there are plenty of  other things to knit on – my TLE February Mixer project is the Twilight Cowl.   Here’s a photo I took of it earlier this week.  I started it on the first and I may get this finished this weekend as well.


The beads look sort of orange I the photo due to the flash but they are really dark brown and match the yarn perfectly.  After that beaded section you knit about 6″ of stockinette before starting the reverse image of the beads on the opposite side.  This has been my bus knitting a couple days this week after I got past the beads and I think I may only have 2 or 3 rounds left to knit before starting the beads.

Somehow I plan to get some quilting in this weekend too and do some cleaning (tho if it comes to a choice between the two I don’t think the quilting will be the one neglected).  And I placed my grocery order today for Hy-Vee to deliver tomorrow morning … have I mentioned before how much I love that delivery service. Not having to go to the grocery store every time myself -it’s heaven! I’d rather do any cleaning task around here than go grocery shopping – delivery has made me so happy.  So time to do a bit of tidying up around here and toss in some laundry (to leave me more time to play tomorrow!)



January 31, 2016

Darn it’s damp and dreary and cold outside this last day of January.  I may just have to go back something since having the oven on warms my kitchen/living room up nicely. There’s some  bananas that need to be made into somethin or maybe some homemade English muffin bread.  I’ll contemplate that over brunch (one I figure out what I’m going to eat for that but the coffee is just not enough this a.m.).  :-)

I very nearly have a completed sweater!  I was up into the week hours of the morning and then some seaming my Charlie’s Cardigan and have the neckline edging added.  I just need to go wind another hank of yarn so I can work on the buttonbands today.

20160131_4 And I found the buttons I had bought so I’ll be all set.  Just maybe I’ll have a new sweater to wear tomorrow.

And for those of you who are observant you may have noticed the new button on the right side bar of the blog that looks like this

stars - sew

This is the design I’ll be presenting for the first 2016 QAL.  Click on the button in the sidebar if you want to leave a name suggestion for this design – and see what I said about potential names and leave your suggested name on that page rather than this blog post so they are all in one place.   Additional information can also be found by clicking that button and will be updated with additional info as it becomes available, including start date and yardage, etc.

Hope some of you will be joining me in quilting along on this project.


A quilty plan

Enough cleaning for one day – I can see the sewing room table, and have room to work on it once again, and pretty much all of the floor is clear and the various little piles of fabric put back on the shelves and scraps which were tossed everywhere have had one final toss into the bin.  Tomorrow I just might be able to get in there an finish some machine quilting on a quilt I’ve been working on (or ignoring – depending on how you look at it) forever!

There was a bit of EQ playing last weekend and last night and I think I’ve finally come up with a new quilt design for the blog and my TQP friends.  At the moment I can’t decide if it will be a quilt along or a mystery so I’m not going to show you that design yet.  I still need to decide if I’m going to add any borders on it.

But I also wanted to draw up a quicky quilt design that I plan to use for a layer cake and some additional yardage of a fabric line I’ve got in the stash.  I need to do some figuring and see how the size pieces I’ve drawn work out but I think this design will work with the layer cake and yardage I have.  It’s just randomly colored in  –  not all blocks (the ones with the most pieces to them) will have the same fabrics in them in the same places but they will be same sort of color family since I’m using a Layer Cake.  But I want something where I don’t waste the layer cake pieces by cutting them in odd shapes.

frontporchpress.Or maybe this….


But I’ll wait until tomorrow to start actually laying out fabrics and seeing how things will work out.   I am hoping to get a bit of stitching done on this tomorrow tho but time to go make some dinner.

Home made pizza is on the menu along with an evening snuggled under a quilt (it’s damp out today and is making it feel colder than it really is)  watching movies and finishing off my sweater sleeve.

On the Knitting Needles – 1/30/16

I’ve been knitting right along on my TLE January Mixer / CF Deep Winter KAL project.  Last Saturday I showed you the front was finished (having previously finished the back) and just had the sleeves left to do.


Check this out — this is the SECOND sleeve.  I have just about 20 rows left of the sleeve cap and both sleeves will be done.  I’m hoping to get this blocking either tonight or tomorrow.

I also showed you last week the yarn I had gotten to make Jewel Dragon.  Well I couldn’t resist starting it – those arches were just calling to me.  I sooo love this project.

20160130_2 - Copy I started by decided the original solid dark blue yarn was too close to my variegated one and was blending too much.  So I went stash diving and found this “Wild Apple” colored Skein Top Drawer  sock yarn.  Some of my favorite socks are from Skein yarn – it’s one of my favorite yarns and feels so nice.  It ended up being the perfect color to go with the variegated yarn.   One row of 5 arches done and half way through the second.  This is easy to do and the pattern instructions have lots of great photos for those who are visual learners.  It’s not a quick knit, due to how icord is made, but it will be a great project to pick up and put down and now worry about losing my place.  After the first row, I’ve got the pattern memorized.   As I was working on it I kept thinking how pretty it would be to put this design as the cuff of a  sleeve or the bottom of a sweater.  In the meantime, I have set this aside to finish off my sweater.

Then there’s the announcement of TLE Mixer project for February which you can read about on TLE Blog here.   The theme for the month was just perfect for me.  The most recently added pattern to my Ravelry account is Twilight and I had just shown you the photo of the yarn and beads I had gotten for it last week 20160123_11 so it’s definitely from my “short” list to make soon in keeping with the February theme.

I haven’t decided if I’ll do a February Fabric themed project but since there’s not a deadline – I have some time to think about it.


On and Off the Needles – 1/23/16

I simply couldn’t link up to  the Friday on the Needles report to Judy’s Patchwork Times last night because I wanted to share the finished front of my sweater and I still had some serious knitting to do to get to that point.  But I made it.  Here’s the front of my Turks and Caicos CF sweater.  (be sure to check out all the other fun projects at Judy’s link).

20160123_7The funny thing was as I was working on this sweater and watching a PBS show they kept talking about being in Turks and Caicos.  I had never given much thought to the name the pattern  had been given but had to “Goggle” it and found it would be a lovely place to visit on a cold winter’s day….







Beautiful isn’t it?!

So not only is knitting fun – its educational since I now know where and what Turks and Caicos is.

Here’s a close up of the finished lace panel.


So now just the sleeves left to make – which if I remember right are 3/4 sleeves.   This sweater is my TLE January Mixer knitting project and also is my CF Deep Winter Knitting KAL project.   The Mixer project doesn’t have a set deadline  – the KAL does but it’s not until mid-March so I just might actually have it completed on time….. maybe….. if I don’t get distracted by some other shiney woolly object.

Speaking of The Loopy Ewe Mixer projects — Sheri, owner extraordinaire of TLE,will be doing blog posts  featuring various participants in the Mixer projects.  I’m so honored to be the first one and you can see my Loopy interview here.   This weekend I hope to clean the sewing room so just maybe I can get started on my fabric Mixer project.  You can find the Mixer announcement here – still plenty of time to join in the fun, or join in during a later month.

My Charlie’s cardigan is coming off the blocking mats today (part of the cleaning of the sewing room) but here’s a shot of one of the fronts all blocked out.

I love how the chevron type lace looks in this one.

20160123_2  and a close up of the lace .









There also was a bit of new yarn that arrived this week from TLE.












This is what I ordered to try making the Jewel Dragon.   The solid blue is darker than my photo shows so I’m hoping I’ll have enough contrast between the two.  I wanted it to look more like a darker short of shadow between the arcs rather than the really high contrast color in the pattern.  We will see if what is in my mind’s eye will match reality when I start knitting it.  (this project may be the shiney woolly object that leads me astray from my sweater because I really want to start it.)

I also got yarn and beads to make Twilight.    This cowl will probably maybe be a gift for a friend but the color of the yarn and the beads are so me that I may have to keep this one and make a second.

20160123_11But today’s task which I must get to – yes my Christmas tree is still up.  It’s just been sitting prettily in its corner.  My Mom was laughing that I hadn’t taken it down yet.  (I told her I’d have to take it down or pretty soon I’d have to dust all the ornaments.)  Well heck, some people put there’s up at Thanksgiving – a month before Christmas.  I didn’t put mine up that early so I’m enjoying mine a month after Christmas.  (plus I kept forgetting to buy new tissue paper to rewrap ornaments since the old stuff was pretty shot — still haven’t bought the tissue paper but there’s a supply of paper towels so that will work). Need to get that tree down so I can move on to more fun projects





Just a quick progress update

There just hasn’t been anything exciting happening around here lately. :-)

I’ve gotten emails asking if I was going to be doing a quilting BOM pattern this year.  I’m still thinking on things.  There will be a mystery quilt, and some other quilt alongs but a true BOM — there are just no ideas popping into my head so far saying – yes that’s it!!  But I’m still thinking on it.

I have been making progress on my sweater Turks and Caicos which is doing double duty for the CF Deep Winter KAL and also is my The Loopy Ewe January Mixer project.


The back is done and I’m working on the front – a few inches past the armholes.  Here’s a close up of the lace pattern. This is a really fun knit.


Sweater progress

I did get my CF Charlie’s Cardigan onto the blocking mats yesterday.

20160117_2The sleeves are drying on a towel on the table. Turned the fans on fronts and back last night so I’m hoping they are dry and I can seam the shoulders and start on the buttonband today.

I also fund my CF Stonington I was working on about this time last year.  Fronts and backs done, first sleeve (after some moving knitting last night) is about ready to start the underarm castoff.20160117_3 The sleeves are a little slower knitting  because the entire length of them is 2 x 2 rib  – I was a bit concerned at first that it looked so skinny compared to my other sweater sleeves but the rib is really stretchy.

I may need to pile all those sweater pieces and a pile of quilts on top of me – I’m not even venturing to the end of the apartment complex to get my mail due to this

7Yeah- does it really matter whether the sun is shining when it’s minus seven outside — I don’t think so.    Glad I don’t have to venture out anywhere today.