April 15, 2014

I can't put my needle down!

After finishing Block 11, I was afraid to lose momentum so I immediately started Block 10 and have been cruising along.  Here is where it was before Saturday stitching commenced.
And here's where it is after stitching most of the weekend away.  I did accomplish a few things and devoted some time to knitting but I really hate to put this down as I'm so close to being done!

This was the first block I saw when Kathy began posting photos and it is the one that made me fall in love with and purchase the piece.  Cardinals are my favorite bird and I love hearing them all year round here in New England.

Gotta run!  This piece is calling my name.....

April 6, 2014

Finally docked!

Today at 8:05am, my ship reached harbor and has been officially docked! 
Two more blocks to go and this project is history!  I can't wait for that day!

April 3, 2014

Continuing to catch the wind!

I was able to make some more progress on C@HRH over my long weekend and here is where the block stands as of this afternoon.  If I have the energy, I'm going to try and get the green fill done on the last sail but I'm leaning towards just vegging so we'll see.

I also started a new pair of socks to keep my momentum going.  These are called Escher Socks and they are found in the book "Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn".  There is a cable row every 6th repeat that changes directions and I'm finding it a bit fiddly. 

I think part of my issue is that the needles are not 5" dpns and the extra length makes it hard to maneuver the stitches without losing the stitch/dropping the cable needle/getting the yarn in the right position.  But it's a really gorgeous yarn and I think they will be pretty once they are done.

March 31, 2014

Thank you for your encouragement!

I am so appreciative of your encouragement as I work to complete my Christmas@HRH.  It's a wonder you keep coming back to see what I'm up to considering it's been about the only thing I've been posting about for what seems like forever.  I am really yearning to be done with this one folks!

That said, I have a progress photo to show from Friday.  I took Friday and today off because I needed to get some personal errands done like registering the car, inspection and some medical appointments so I've had extra time this weekend to spend working on this in between other things.

I've completed about 2/3rds of the last sail and hope to get a photo of that tomorrow when they are forecasting some sunshine.  It's been quite blustery the last few days so I spent a lot of time indoors.

I also managed to finish the pair of socks I started in January.  They will be the start of what I hope is a pile for Christmas.  I cast on for a new pair that I think will be quite pretty so I will get a photo of those tomorrow too.  I could not get the photo anywhere close to the true colors unfortunately.

I hope your March came to a "lamb-y" ending and that April brings all of us longing for spring like weather some relief.  Our March didn't go out like a lamb at all in my opinion!

March 23, 2014

Setting Sail....

I was able to fit in a little bit of stitching this weekend and am close to being done with the first sail on the boat.  I'm hoping to get some more done over this coming weekend.  If all goes well, I'm hoping to get this block completed by the end of the month.

March 15, 2014

Slow Motion Fireworks

I meant to post these photos all week but just never made it to opening Blogger.  Last Saturday morning, the time change hadn't yet made it dark again in the mornings and I was up early. 

I poured a cup of Morning Joe and sat down in my office/craft room to stitch with the early morning sun streaming over my shoulder.  As of 7:30, I had finished all of the black background-YEAH!

By 9:30 I had filled in the gold part of the fireworks display and put it down to get some chores started.

Between errands I was able to complete the fireworks on my current C@HRH block and move onto filling in the rest of the piece.  Here is the progress at 2:00pm.

The Happy New Year words are done and I hope to get more time with this piece over the weekend.
I'm off to answer phones for our local Waban Projects Telethon which is always held the Saturday before St. Patti's day. 

This is my third year being involved as a volunteer and it's so much fun to help out an amazing organization in addition to making a donation.  Happy Saturday!

February 16, 2014

Quiet but not idle!

I didn't mean to stay away from blogging for so long but it's amazing how quickly the days add up when you tell yourself you'll write that blog post "tomorrow" multiple times.  It's been a productive two and a half weeks though so at least I have something to show you.

First up is my progress on Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow.  I have not been doing much stitching in the evenings the last few weeks but I was able to get quite a few lengths of thread in on the weekends so I'm still moving along fairly well.  Or should I say "sailing" along? 

This weekend is a three day weekend so I hope to get more time into this this afternoon, evening and tomorrow before it's back to the work routine. 

I also completed the baby sweater I started back in December.  This will be for the baby girl my neighbors across the hall are going to welcome any day now.  I made to 0 to 6 months size so hopefully she will be able to get some wear out of it.

Once it's done blocking, I'll add buttons and then I would really like to find a little dress to go underneath it.  The pattern is Cradle Cardigan by Hannah Fettig using Quince & Company yarn.

This was a great pattern and I adore Quince yarn so it was a great project over all.  The only thing that gave me trouble was remembering to stitch to knit stitches for the wrong side of the edge section.

And not having something on the needles made my fingers itchy so I did a stash dive and started a pair of socks that have the potential to be a Christmas gift.

I am using Spunky Eclectic sport weight in a really pretty earthtoned colorway I've had in my stash for a long time and the pattern is one of my go to patterns, Classic Socks by Yankee Knitter Designs.  This was the first pattern I learned for knitting socks and it's easy to follow that it continues to be one I reach for.

I'm doing a K3 P1 rib and since it's sport weight, it is moving along quickly.  At night when I'm too tired to stitch, this has been getting attention.

I hope you are having a great weekend and making lots of stitchy progress.  It's wicked windy outside so I'm planning to hunker down and watch some Olympics coverage and get stitching!