Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Paint Night

Went to one of those Paint Night bars tonight.  I’d been wanting to go to one of them for a while.  Today I got an email from one of the local paint bars that they were running a special so I went to check their schedule. The painting I really liked was on the calendar for tonight :) There was no Bruins game tonight so I figured what the heck, let’s go :). The only advice friends who had done this before gave me was “drink wine” and the painting will turn out great.  We had such a good time (only one glass of wine).  I have little to no artistic ability.  I can refinish and paint a dresser or help paint the dining room but that’s about it.  We were like two monkeys with a paint brush :). Mine is the multi-color llama and the husband’s is the orange one which he named Larry the Llama :)


Friday, March 9, 2018

Andrea Mowry Sheltered Poncho

When a friend and I were at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival, I saw this pattern made up in one of the booths.  Fortunately the sample was high on a shelf and I could see it from outside the booth and knew I just had to fight and claw my way into that booth LOL :). The lady let me try it on. Loved it and bought the kit. The yarn is Studio Donegal 2 ply from Ireland.  I found a source for the yarn in the US for additional projects. Loved the yarn. It blocks great and softens by a lot after the first soaking.

I wasn’t sure what size to make.  Oversized projects always do that to me.  I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a tent.  I ended up making the medium.  I did the cowl neck without the hood at first but it was really really wide on me so I ripped it out. After 3 tries, I came up with a turtleneck I really liked.  I reduced the number of stitches by about 1/3 on the initial neck stitch pickup.  I also had the stockinette stitch facing to the wrong side so it would flip out for the turtleneck and be showing on the right side when worn.  Started it sometime in February and even while working on other project managed to finish it in less than a month.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gigantic Socks Finally Done

These are for my husband.  He’s got size 12 feet so I always have to get two balls of yarn for a pair of socks for him.  It feels like they take forever to get from the heel turn to the toe.  This yarn is discontinued but it’s Regia 6 Fadig sport weight.  I love the brown and blue combo.  If I made him socks out of fingering, I’d still be at it.  He’d probably wear them out quick.  He seems to go through them on the sole under his heel.  Finished them up yesterday while we were in the middle of another snow storm.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Project bag and Tote

 Finished up a tote and project bag this weekend.  The tote is made out of Outlander themed fabric.  Originally I was going to make a quilt out of it but I didn’t have enough of the natural fabric that came with the collection so Plan B was to turn the squares into a tote.  I used a McCall’s pattern M5543. The only modification was I made the handles 5” longer.  I longarm quilted the exterior so there is an extra layer of oxnaburg fabric in my bag in addition to batting.

Below is a knitting project bag. I found the pattern at Cottonweeds Quilt shop in Freeport, Maine last week. Liked it because there isn’t a zipper in this one.  I’m terrible at sewing in zippers.  The pattern for this bag is Bella’s Project Bag by Midcoast Cottage Designs.  The bottom is lined with sew in foam.  This is the big version of the bag.  I’m currently working on the smaller version.  Picture soon.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shepard’s Pie Soup

Did a test run on a recipe I might cook on St. Paddy’s Day for a dinner party.  It turned out really good.  I don’t have one of those pasty gadgets that shoot out dough in a pretty manner so I just used a plastic bag and squished out the potatoes to be baked and then placed on top of the soup.  

Here’s the link to the recipe:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cozy Up With The Stitchin Sisters Shawl

I did the mystery KAL with the Cozy Up With The Stitchin Sisters.  The pattern is called “My Sister’s Shawl”.  I gave it to my friend Danna.  The colors I picked would look great with her coloring. The Joji MKAL I struggled to keep up with. This one the pace was more do-able for people who have other things to do besides knit.

Julie’s Birthday Present

Almost forgot to post this.  I think Julie follows my blog so I didn’t want her to see it before it arrived.  She loves purple :).

Another Leftie Shawl and a matching copy cat version of the C.C. Hat.

Another Highland Shawl

So now I have the points memorized finally :) I’ve made this pattern often enough, it was about time :). It’s taking me a lot less time to do now. Finished this one with 4 extra center repeats in less than 5 days.  Yarn is Northampton from Webs. It’s the left over yarn from the green sweater I made this past summer.  Giving it away to one of my FB friends on Thursday and it goes in the mail on Friday.  Now back to work on the Sheltered Poncho.  Hoping to have that done by the end of next week :)

Getting ready for a St. Paddy’s Day dinner the menu planning steps right now.  Maybe a small corned beef and cabbage to satisfy the traditionalists but I prefer to branch out to other Irish recipes......probably going to include the Fish Pie Recipe the chef at the South Aran House on the Aran Islands gave us on the was incredible.....and I never thought I’d like something named Fish Pie.

PS Found another fitness studio that has barre classes.  I’m hitting the barre scene three times a week now :).

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Another UFO bites the dust :)

Finished this Friday.  It’s based on a Bonnie Hunter “Virginia Bound” pattern but much smaller.  I just got sick of making the blocks and called it quits after I had nine blocks.  Good enough...time to move on. It’s approx. 55” big enough for a table runner on the dining room table.  Still have a bag of homespuns and primitives but I’ll find something else to do with them.

Spent a lovely day at SPA knitting event in Freeport, Maine yesterday with my friend Holly.  It’s a small event but fun.  No classes or just bring your knitting or spinning and hang out in any of the public areas in the hotel.  Spontaneous “classes” may or may not set themselves up and it’s all very laid back.  Afterwards we went to one of my favorite yarn shops “Mother of Purl” in Freeport, Maine. They have expanded and have amazing store samples. Sweaters to just die for.  Our heads are spinning with so many ideas.  Hit a local quilt shop “Cottonweeds” which used to be right next to Mother of Purl but they moved down the road and expanded too! Lovely store. Holly had never been in a quilt shop and she was impressed.   We found a really cool and easy looking project bag zipper :). I’m deficient in zipper sewing skills...always looks like a monkey did it but I can do a parachute hook which this pattern calls for :). Can’t wait to make these soon hopefully.  My friend Holly is vegan so I always let her pick the restaurant.  She always picks unusual and interesting ones. I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t know what some of the stuff on the menu even is sometimes.  I had a great grilled chicken salad and managed to lose another lb. yesterday despite our stop to the bakery that sells vegan donuts :). So yeah any day where you can buy yarn,  lose weight and eat a donut too is a good day :)

PS The Pure Barre exercise classes are going great.  The studio I go to only offers classes Wed. And Saturday so I found another place to a third class on I guess I can say I’m hitting the “barre” scene :).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Productive February

I’m getting tons of quilting done. Sort of lost the quilting mojo for a while but I’m getting it back.  Cranked out two UFO quilt projects this week and am hoping to get a third one done before the weekend.

The patriotic red, white and blue quilt is for my nephew in the Army.  USPS tracking says he’ll get it on Thursday :).  It is a “Periwinkle” pattern and I used Missouri Star’s periwinkle template and paper foundations to piece it.  Jenny the Missouri Star lady does awesome videos to support her products if you are a beginner quilter.

The second hexagon quilt I started who knows when and if I remember right it was done using a set of specialty rulers. The fabrics are mostly Jo Mortons and Civil War reproductions.  This quilt got put on the back burner for a while because initially I did some Baptist fan quilting on it but did not like how it looked. When I was taking out the quilting stitches (boy that’s fun isn’t it? :(), I put a hole in one of the hexagons so that block needed replacing and even more unstitching.  Anyway it’s done now :) Yeah :).

The third little thing I made is just another project bag for my knitting.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Highland Shawl

I’ve made pattern three times before but gave them all away as gifts. This one matches a sweater I have so I’m keeping it :). Yarn is Mano Del Uruguay Gloria and the color is Hongos (which means fungus or mushroom in Spanish...just in case you were wondering :)).  I’m casting on another one tonight in purple for my purple loving sister in law.

Project Bag Fever

I’ve been watching a bunch of knitting podcasts and all these knitters seem to have project bags for all their projects.  I do to but I call them ‘Ziplocks.”  So I decided to make myself one.  I started with this one. Got the pattern on Etsy.  Good for small projects but I need some bigger ones for sweaters and my Cozy Memories Blanket.

Then a friend asked me to make her one and she’s a Walking Dead fan so I made her  basically the same bag but bigger.  I had stashed away some Walking Dead Charms for her to turn into stitch markers and progress keepers so I added a loop inside the bag to hold them.  The current issue of Quilts and More has a completely adorable project bag pattern.  I think they call it a lunch bag but it would totally work for knitting projects too.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gradient Cowl

Started this cowl right before Christmas. The pattern is called Gradient Cowl and it’s a paid pattern on Ravelry.  It requires two yarns and the color work is all done by slip stitching and not stranding. I’m not particularly good at stranding but that is a knitting goal this year..... to learn how to not have my strands so tight and bunchy.  This slip stitch method was so much fun and totally brainless knitting.  I’ll probably be making some more of this one.  My yarn is a Falkland Islands merino silk (for the white) and Koigu Painter’s Palette (for the blue/greens/gray).  The combination is really really soft.  I don’t remember where I got the Falkland Islands yarn.