Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WIP-it Wednesday...

...and I need to start getting serious about crafting.

I haven't started my co-worker's hat yet so that's the first thing on the agenda. Here's the yarn I'm using for her hat:

Caron Simply Soft Paints

I'm going to use a basic hat pattern as she doesn't want anything fancy. I have the pattern, the yarn, and the needles...I just need to convince myself to cast on!


Worked on:

  • All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
    And playing with the layout continues.
  • Victoria handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Spinning the single. This might have to go on hold if I can't get my wheel fixed soon.
Works In Progress:

  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting)  [Ravelry]
  3. Sea of Dreams baby quilt (quilting)
  4. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  5. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Finishing work
  6. Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
  7. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  8. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  9. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)
WIPs To Be:
  • A peacock or mermaid quilt for me.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekend report...

...on a Monday.

I finished two more hats for the Women's March. Here's hat # 2 [Ravelry]:

Pussy Hat 2

Specs: 
Started 1/9/17;
Finished 1/15/17;
Pattern: Pussy Hat, 4 Gauges, in the Round by Sarah Keller;
Yarn: Pound of Love in Dark Pink by Caron (I think--them yarn was already wound when I got it)

Hat #3 [Ravelry]:

Pussy Hat 3

Specs:
Started 1/8/17;
Finished 1/15/17;
Pattern: Pussy Hat, 4 Gauges, in the Round by Sarah Keller;
Yarn: Red Heart Grande in Nectar

I was going to go back to knitting hats for Halos of Hope, but a coworker asked if I could knit her a hat in acrylic. She is allergic to animal fiber and wants a hat for the cooler weather. I happen to have a suitable color in my stash, so I'll get started on that next. hen it will be back to Halos of Hope hats. I have 3 done already and I'd like to do at least one more before I go back to my own knitting.

Saturday was Spin-In. Hooray! I haven't spun since November, so it was really nice to get back to the wheel. I had a great time catching up with the spinners. However, on the way home, the folding part of my wheel gave out again. I'm wheel-less until I can fix it. Sigh.

The Husband's sister is in town for a few days. The four of us went out to dinner last night...good food, good conversation...and lots of laughs!

Eye Candy Friday didn't happen last week. I'm going to keep trying, but I might turn the posts back into their original format--photos and no commentary. I got the Eye Candy Friday idea from another blogger (Sundara?) and added my own twist to it. It might be time to go back to the original format.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Doing the last bit of catch-up...

...I've already posted the November, December, and End-of-the-Year recaps. What remains are some photos from the Christmas Day walk we took and a couple of finished objects.

The last couple of years, we've been starting some new traditions for the holidays. in 2015, we started the tradition of going outside on the day after Thanksgiving. In 2016, we did the same for Christmas Day.

We took our time in the morning. We opened gifts and had a leisurely breakfast. We knew we wanted to go outside, but hadn't really thought it out. We decided to "walk the Dish"--hike to the Stanford satellite dish neat the Stanford university campus. We've done it before and it's one of the Daughter's favorite places to run. Unfortunately, because of our late start and the fact that lots of people thought it was a good idea, we had trouble finding parking. We ended up at one of the furthest entrances to the trail, which turned out to be a god thing. The Daughter had never taken that approach, so she got to experience something new.

On the trail to the dish

The weather was cold and clear, so clear that you could see San Francisco.

San Francisco

I took several photos (in this Flickr album).

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had another finished object, but I couldn't show it until it had been delivered. Well, my friend received her gift and loved it! Here are Woodland Animals [Ravelry] with their friend Snowy Owl [Ravelry].

Woodland Animals, group shot 2

Specs:
Started and finished 12/27/16
Pattern: Snowy Owl by Kat Lewinski
Yarn: Palette in White by Knit Picks; DMC floss in black
Mods: Knit in a lighter yarn that called for to make the owl smaller; added feet to match the other woodland creatures.

Started 12/27/16
Finished 12/30/16
Pattern: Wee Woodland Wuzzies by Fuzzy Mitten - knit the Hare, Fox, Hedgehog, Otter, plus accessories
Yarn, animals: Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Sequoia, Mammoth Cave, and Grand Canyon; Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Chocolate; Paton's Classic Wool in Cognac; Wool-Ease Worsted Weight in black
Yarn, scarves and hat: Kaffe Fassett Design line by Regia in Brilliant (04453); Caron Simply Soft Paints in Sunset, and leftover BMFA sock yarn

I'm helping a friend knit hats for the Women's March in Washington, DC. I've finished one and I'm working on a second.

Pussy Hat 1
Specs: 
Started 1/4/17;
Finished 1/7/17;
Pattern: A Pussy Hat by Julie Packard;
Yarn: Pound of Love in Dark Pink by Caron (I think--he provided the yarn already wound)

OK, I think that brings us up to date.

One thing I need to decide is whether I'm going to continue doing an Eye Candy Friday post. I'm having a hard time posting on Fridays because I only work half a day. By the time I get home, I only want to work on my projects and not be on the computer. Only time will tell...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2016 End of the Year Recap...

...fewer quilting and stitching projects; same number of spinning projects; and almost the same number of knitting projects. I also read fewer books and IDJ'd a bunch that I didn't want to waste any more time on.

(If you are not on Ravelry, you can see pictures of these items in my Flickr photostream and sets: Knitting, Spinning, Quilting/Sewing, Needlework, and Weaving.)

Finished:
Christmas Baking, etc.
  1. Bark and fudge: 8 pounds
  2. Biscotti: 468
  3. Breads and fruitcakes: 9 mini-loaves and 12 cup-size loaves
  4. Cookies: 537
  5. Spicy nuts: 1.3 pounds
  6. Sugared nuts: 15.25 pounds
Knitting
  1. 3/29 Citrus Hat
  2. 7/24 Costa del Mar shawl
  3. 8/8 Pine Hat
  4. 12/30 Woodland Animals
  5. 12/27 Snowy Owl
  6. 12/31 Icelandic Halos of Hope hat
Stitching
  1. 2/7 Be Happy by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)
  2. 3/13 Leaf Monthly Musing by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)
  3. 4/3 Linda's Dream (needlepoint)
  4. 5/30 Friendship Star (needlepoint)
Quilting/Sewing/Beading
  1. 5/22 Quilt hanger for The Hawaiian Shirt Off Your Back quilt (sewing)
  2. 5/30 Appliance covers (sewing)
Other
  1. 12/16 Christmas goodie cookbook PDF (desktop publishing)
  2. 12/16 Christmas goodie recipe cards and gift cards (desktop publishing)
  3. 12/23 Christmas goodie cookbook hard-copy for the Daughter (desktop publishing)
Reading
  • Read 79 books (list at the end of the post)
Spinning
  1. 01/03 Calypso handspun from Greenwood Fiberworks; Yardage and WPI TBD
  2. 01/23 Sandpiper handspun from Greenwood Fiberworks; 223.3 yds.; WPI TBD
  3. 03/20 Sweet Heat handspun from the Yarn Wench; 234.5 yds. chain-plied; 13 WPI
  4. 04/30 Empress handspun from Purlescence Yarns; 148.9 yds. chain-plied; 13 WPI
  5. 07/10 Turquoise and Coral from The Yarn Wench; 102.4 yds chain-ply, 8 WPI
  6. 07/14 Oxidized Purple from The Yarn Wench; 163.8 yds. two-ply, 11 WPI
  7. 07/16 King Tut from the Yarn Wench; 91.2 yds thread-plie, bulky
  8. 07/18 Taos from The Yarn Wench; 122.8 yds. chain-ply, 10 WPI 
  9. 07/20 Surprise Box; from Greenwood Fiberworks; 228.9 yds. chain-ply, 14 WPI 
  10. 07/21 Geode from the Yarn Wench|; 46.5 yds. plied ; Super-bulky
  11. 07/23 Dawn from The Yarn Wench; 167.5 yds. chain-ply, 11 WPI
  12. 07/24 Rose Copper from the Yarn Wench; 72.6 yds. thread-plied, bulky  
  13. 07/04 Arachne (spinning) from Mosaic Moon; 214 yds chain-plied, 13 WPI
  14. 07/05 Surf and Sun (spinning) from The Yarn Wench; 80 yds. thread-plied; Bulky
  15. 08/14 Bad Wolf (spinning) from Mosaic Moon; 186.1 yds. 2-ply, 12 WPI
  16. 08/21 Gradient Violet from Yarn Wench; 113.5 yds. chain-plied, 10 WPI 
  17. 09/17 Afternoon of the Faun handspun from Mosaic Moon; 268 yds. chain-ply, 15 WPI
  18. 10/23 SW Blue art yarn from Woodlake Woolies; 20.1 yds., bulky weight 
  19. 10/29 Multi-Llama handspun from Tall Tail Ranch; 249.4 yds 2-ply; 18 WPI
Weaving
  • Dreams of Amethyst shawl
IDJ (It's Dead, Jim):
  • Spiral Striped Hat (knitting) 
  • Reading:
    1. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell
    2. Three Sisters, Three Queens, Philippa Gregory
    3. The Thief's Daughter, Jeff Wheeler
    4. Enemy, K. Eason
    5. Jilo, JD Horn
    6. The Atlantis Gene, AG Riddle
    7. Feverborn, Karen Marie MoningReading: So, Anyway by John Cleese
Works in Progress:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting)  [Ravelry]
  5. Sea of Dreams baby quilt (quilting)
  6. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  7. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Finishing work
  5. Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
  6. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  7. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  8. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Reading (Too long to put under Finished):

  1. 15th Affair, James Patterson
  2. Apple Orchard, Susan Wiggs
  3. Apprentice in Death, JD Robb
  4. Archangel's Heart, Nalini Singh
  5. Ash, Shannon Mayer
  6. Ashen Rayne, Skye Knizley
  7. Aspen, Skye Knizley
  8. Bare Bones, Debra Dunbar
  9. Bay of Sighs, Nora Roberts
  10. Becoming Marta, Lorea Canales
  11. Beekeeper's Ball, Susan Wiggs
  12. Bitter Bite, Jennifer Estep
  13. Blood of the Lost, Shannon Mayer
  14. Bourbon Kings, JR Ward
  15. Brotherhood in Death, JD Robb
  16. Champagne Queen, Petra Durst-Benning
  17. Charm School. Susan Wiggs
  18. Dead in the Water, Hailey Edwards
  19. Dead Rising, Debra Dunbar
  20. Dog with a Bone, Hailey Edwards
  21. Double Fudge Brownie, Joanne Fluke
  22. Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire
  23. Everything We Keep, Kerry Lonsdale
  24. Exhume, Danielle Girard
  25. Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs
  26. Fish Out of Water, Hailey Edwards
  27. Fresh Blood, Skye Knizley
  28. Ghost Gifts, Laura Spinella
  29. Girl's Guide to Moving On, Debbie Macomber
  30. Halfway to Heaven, Susan Wiggs
  31. Head Above Water, Hailey Edwards
  32. Heir of the Dog, Hailey Edwards
  33. Hell or High Water, Hailey Edwards
  34. Horsemaster's Daughter, Susan Wiggs
  35. Infinity Reborn, S. Harrison
  36. Infinity Rises, S. Harrison
  37. Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende
  38. Kill Switch, Laken Cane
  39. Killing Land, Laken Cane
  40. Knit to be Tied, Maggie Sefton
  41. Last Breath, Debra Dunbar
  42. Last Woman Standing, Thelma Adams
  43. Legacy of the Demon, Diana Rowland
  44. Leonard, William Shatner
  45. Liam, Shannon Mayer
  46. Lie Down with Dogs, Hailey Edwards
  47. Like That Endless Cambria Sky, Linda Seed
  48. Magic Binds, Ilona Andrews
  49. Midnight Marked, Chloe Neill
  50. Minus Hour, Skye Knizley
  51. Night Shift, Charlaine Harris
  52. Nightraven, Skye Knizely
  53. No Safe Secret, Fern Michaels
  54. NYPD Red 4, James Patterson
  55. Obsession, Nora Roberts
  56. Old Dog, New Tricks, Hailey Edwards
  57. Once Broken Faith, Seanan McGuire
  58. Private LA, James Patterson
  59. Private Paris, James Patterson
  60. Private Rio, James Patterson
  61. Promise the Moon, Hailey Edwards
  62. Queen's Poisoner, Jeff Wheeler
  63. Raven, Skye Knizley
  64. Recombinant, Shannon Mayer
  65. Reflections, Seanan McGuire
  66. Replica, Shannon Mayer
  67. Rosemary, Kate Clifford Larson
  68. Rylee, Shannon Mayer
  69. Shadow Rites, Faith Hunter
  70. Sight,Chloe Neill
  71. Silver Linings, DebbieMacomber
  72. Sisters One, Two, Three, Nancy Star
  73. Storm, Skye Knizley
  74. Taming of the Queen, Philippa Gregory
  75. Unraveled, Jennifer Estep
  76. Venom and Vanilla, Shannon Mayer
  77. While the World Is Asleep, Petra Durst-Benning
  78. Wildflower, Drew Barrymore
  79. Windburn, Shannon Mayer

Friday, January 06, 2017

December 2016 recap...

...soon to be followed by my year-end recap. [Edited to add Christmas presents that were delivered after the first of the year.)

Finished:

  • 12/31 Icelandic Halos of Hope hat (knitting) [Ravelry]
  • 12/30 Woodland Animals (knitting) [Ravelry]
  • 12/27 Snowy Owl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  • Christmas baking (less than last year at my family's request)
    • Bark and fudge: 8 pounds
    • Biscotti: 468
    • Breads and fruitcakes: 9 mini-loaves and 12 cup-size loaves
    • Cookies: 537
    • Spicy nuts: 1.3 pounds
    • Sugared nuts: 5.25 pounds
  • 12/23 Christmas goodie cookbook hard-copy for the Daughter
  • 12/16 Christmas goodie cookbook PDF (desktop publishing)
  • 12/16 Christmas goodie recipe cards and gift cards
  • Books:
    1. The Champagne Queen, Petra Durst-Benning
    2. Raven, Skye Knizely
    3. Sisters One, Two, Three, Nancy Star
Started:
  • 12/27 Woodland Animals [Ravelry] (knitting)
  • 12/27 Snowy Owl [Ravelry] (knitting)
Works In Progress:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting)  [Ravelry]
  5. Sea of Dreams baby quilt (quilting)
  6. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  7. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Finishing work
  5. Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
  6. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  7. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  8. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)
WIPs To Be:
  • A peacock or mermaid quilt for me.