Tuesday, April 30, 2019

New Growth

Aspen catkins and new leaves
Laramie, WY
April 2019
It snowed yesterday and last night. I can guarantee these little leaves are wishing they had waited a few more days before showing themselves to the world.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Beside the Tracks

Little Free Library
1st and Grand Streets
Laramie, WY
April 2019
Last week, I joined a friend for a late lunch and discovered this adorable Little Free Library on the corner of 1st and Grand Streets. I stood at this location several months ago and took photos of a mural, and this little train car library was not in place. 

Inside, I discovered magazines and several books.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, and this weekend two historic Union Pacific steam engines will be passing through Laramie on their way to Utah. A huge crowd of railroad history buffs are anticipated in town. I hope to find a good place to view the massive steam engines.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Another Cowl

sockhead cowl #3
April 2019
Several months ago, Julie gave me two partial Zauberball Crazy balls. My original thought was to knit some short-cuffed socks or some baby hat but then decided to knit a Sockhead cowl for myself. I'm using a solid black for the ribbed sections and one of the partial Zuberball for the body of the cowl. I like how it looks.

Pattern: Sockhead Cowl by Kelly McClure (Ravelry Link)

Yarn: Zauberball Crazy (Color #1699)

Needles: US size 6

Julie, thanks for sharing your unwanted yarn with me.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Digital Cleaning

from Google images
When I see a knitting/quilting pattern that I like, I save it on the computer. If I see a clever idea or tip, I save it on the computer. After years of saving and organizing these patterns and files, it was time to see how many of them still appealed to me.

I've been working on this digital cleaning process for several days, and I'm slowly making progress. I've discovered multiple copies of some patterns. I found patterns that I'm sure gremlins must have saved, because they designs were hideous. One by one, the patterns are previewed and a quick decision made - keep or delete.

The "knitting" files are finished, and I'm moving on to the "quilting" files. From there, I will move to other crafting files. Once the craft files are reduced, I'll tackle the photos, the health files, and . . .

Do you save patterns on your computer? How do you organize them?

Monday, April 22, 2019

Mindless Knitting

Simply Garter Scarf
April 2019
The Simply Garter Scarf reached the 12-inch mark last week during knitting group. I'm slipping the first stitch on each row to get a nice smooth edge. The yarn is striping different than I thought it would, but I still like the colors.

I'm knitting scarf with 40 stitches on size 6 needles. The knit width is approximately 7 inches.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Decisions, Decisions . . .

fabric slivers trimmed from quilt  blocks
April 2019
I did manage to sneak in some sewing time last week, and finished sewing the Tail Feathers blocks.

blocks trimmed, squared, and ready to sew into a quilt top
April 2019
The blocks were placed on my "design floor," and I played with the placement a bit. My quilt consultants (Marilyn, Brenda, and Sheri) helped me to select a layout. Here were the two choices:
Option "A"
Option "B"
Which layout do you like best?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Guacamayo Socks

Guacamayo socks
April 2019
I had hoped to have this pair of socks finished by Easter, but unfortunately, that will probably not happen.

This yarn is a delight to knit - soft and springy, and the colors are fun, too. The brand is "new to me," and if it passes two more tests (in the laundry), I will look for it again in a yarn shop.

In my opinion, sock-worthy yarn must:
       •  be fun to knit
       •  not pill when worn or laundered
       •  not bloom when laundered

Yarn: Araucania Yarn - Huasco Sock (Color # 1006 Guacamayo)
          75% superwah wool, 25% polyamide

Needles: US size 2

Stitch count: 64 stitches

What is your criteria for "sock-worthy" yarn?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sockhead Cowl #2

Sockhead Cowl
April 2019
Sockhead Cowl #2 is off the needles. This project is a great way to use sock yarn to create a cozy cowl, snood, and neck warmer.

Pattern: Sockhead Cowl by Kelly McClure (free on Ravelry)

Needles: US size 6

Yarn: Cascade Yarns - Heritage 150 Paints sock yarn (color #9960)
          75% merino superwash wool, 25% nylon

Monday, April 15, 2019

Getting My Ducks in a Row

image from Google images
Perhaps you noticed that I didn't have any posts last week. I used the time for annual appointments and for getting my "ducks in a row" to update my will, trust, and other important documents.

If you don't have a will, advanced care directive (living will), organ donation authorization, or a trust, I encourage you to seriously consider preparing the documents. Yes, the attorney fees may be considerable, but not having the documents may cost your family more than money - I know from experience. I've been through an ugly struggle twice - once after my mother died and the second after my brother died.

"Things" and money carry different weight with individuals, and those family members you think you know will turn into completely different people when property and money are involved.

Don't risk having an estranged family after your death: get your ducks in a row!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Easter Eggs

April 2019
This sock yarn reminds me of dyeing Easter eggs. I love how it swirls around the cuff and wonder what the yarn will do on the foot section - stripe or pool.

Do you remember using the wax crayon in the egg dyeing kit to write your name or to create designs on the egg before it was dipped in the dye?  Do you still dye eggs for your Easter table?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Slow Progress is Still Progress . . .

twenty-nine blocks ready to sew
March 2019
. . . at least that is what I keep telling myself about the Tail Feathers' blocks. All the pieced sections are finished and ready to sew to the large triangles, so the blocks are closer to being completed.

I had hoped to have the quilt top finished by now, but life got in the way.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Simply Garter

simply garter stitch scarf
March 2019
Garter stitch is a relaxing stitch - nothing to think about - mindless knitting at its finest. I started this simple garter stitch scarf and keep it in my knitting bag for a grab and go project. It's a good project for knitting with friends, as I can gab while I knit.

This skein of sock yarn is non-plied and in some places is more like thin roving than yarn. I determined it was not ideal yarn for socks which is why I decided to knit a simple garter stitch scarf with it.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Binding Preparation

four bindings for Quilts of Valor
March 2019
I received two Quilts of Valor back from a volunteer longarmer on Wednesday and discovered I hadn't prepared the binding when the quilt tops were finished.

After I trimmed the quilts, I searched through the bin of backing scraps to find appropriate fabric for binding. The middle bundles will be used for the two recent quilts. The blue binding will be used for quilts still in the planning stage.

Hopefully, today I'll have the motivation to sew the binding on the two QOV.

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