Sunday, July 16, 2017

what i've been up to.....

Watching - Blue Bloods -- I've watched all of the new episodes, 

Craving - Rotel and Chips

Doing - lots of paper prep on the new patterns

Obsessing - over color ways for Judy's new patterns....

Loving - all of the new fabrics that have been released lately

Reading - Elon Hilderbrand, every book I can get my hand on....It's my new binge favorite

Wanting - a tropical vacation

Pinning - houses and recipes

Dreaming - about dying yarn. 

Writing - not much, except some procedures

Crafting - more crafty planning, than crafting

Sewing - Autumn Pines, Fractured Star, and Harbored Lighthouse all got love this week.

Knitting - not much, I struggle to knit in the summer when it is hot

Listening - to Tony Robbins in the car -- on investing

Wearing - my usual uniform, yoga pants, and a tshirt

Needing - not a single thing

Planning - a trip to see Mom for the holidays

Trying - new recipes


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Make a List Monday July 17-23

It's been crazy here, hot and sticky (not good quilting or knitting weather). I also took a little vacation with my Mom to her hometown, so, I haven't gotten a lot done. And this month is equally busy, so I've decided some focus is in order.

So, this week, I am focusing on this guy...


Judy's new Autumn Pines Wallhanging. 

I'm also getting back on track with sewing everyday, even if it is only for a short period, like an hour. So tonight's hour i worked on the diamond wedding ring sections...


It doesn't look like much yet, but by Sunday, it will be remarkable....



Monday, June 19, 2017

Make a List Monday June 19-25

Well, this week was a bit different than I had planned. 


1. Quilt 3 projects -- these will go on the longarm this week. One lightening quilt and two tablerunners. - DONE

2. Bind 4 quilts - because the three from last week (and the week before) plus 1 of those tablerunners above (which is a gift for vacation). I see a binge watching session of The Fosters on Saturday to get those done. - I got the fronts on, but none of the handwork. That will just have to wait.

3. Harboured Lighthouse Spikes - sew these on Sunday. No need to grocery shop, or meal plan or anything else, so I am planning on chaining myself to the machine until I get some sewing done.  I spent the weekend running around and packing for my vacation, so I didn't get any sewing done.

4. Knitting - figure out a knitting plan for vacation -- I can't decide what I want to work on....I have so many items that I really want in the queue....and I need to  get the initial cast on completed before I get on the plane....DONE


And now, onto this week....

1. KNIT -- just knit, and nothing else. I'm headed home for a family reunion and I will be knitting the whole time....so I might actually get something done....as to what I am going to work on, I have 5 projects packed, we'll see which one speaks to me come Wednesday.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What I have been up to....

It's been crazy around here, but it was time that I gave you an update on the happenings around here....


Watching - The Fosters on Netflix.....it really is a good series, and has so many different facets. It continues to be interesting and show various aspects of something that I know so little about. 

Craving - chocolate. We're doing a pantry challenge this month (where we only eat things that are already in the house), and I didn't stock any chocolate....so I have been chocolate less for days now.

Doing - lots of cleaning, not my favorite

Obsessing - over golden doodle puppies. We have decided to get a new puppy, so I've spent hours looking a litters and planned litters and potential puppies. 

Loving- Reading - Lord of Shadows - the new Cassandra Clare novel - I finished it in just over a week. It was a little slow going at first, but by Chapter 3, I was back into the groove, and had remember all of the intricacies of the character relationships. Overall, a great read.

Wanting - that Golden Doodle, aforementioned.

Pinning - houses, specifically craftsman style houses

Dreaming -  about knitting

Writing - 

Crafting - no real crafting, but lots of preparation for crafting

Sewing - not a lot

Knitting - I finished my Hitchhiker, and started a Grain Shawl by Tin Can Knits. 

Listening - to Tony Robbins Unshakeable

Wearing - my standard uniform, cargo shorts and a tshirt

Needing - not a single thing

Planning - sewing, knitting and general crafting....

Trying - not much....the pantry challenge is in full force, so I haven't been trying many new recipes.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Make A List Monday - June 12 - June 18

Well, it was a bit of a crazy week....I got a bunch of things done that weren't on the list, and  a couple that were.I taught at The Orange Quilt Bee on Saturday, and we had a bunch of finished objects (which are always awesome). I wasn't feeling great on Sunday, and I had some things that had to get done, so I didn't really get much sewing done. I did get a bunch of knitting done (yippee!). So, let's review the plan and see what happened...


1. Finish those bindings. Yeah -- that didn't happen!!!!  That's right, the easy simple one didn't get finished. So, that will rollover.

2. Figure out what I am doing for spikes on Harboured Lighthouse and then sew them. Somehow I suspect the selection process will take longer that the actual sewing....My suspicion was correct. I ended up having to order fabric to finish it. I literally auditioned 50+ fabrics and none of them was quite right...so I ordered some fabric, and it will be here Wednesday or Thursday.

3. Put 2 teeth on my hitchhiker shawl  -- at this point, this is a fair amount of knitting, each tooth takes about 2 hours right now. But it is 3/4 done and it is looking so good and I am so excited!!!! Hopefully my excitement about seeing it finished will translate into knitting progress. This one is FINISHED!!!! I got it completely finished, or at least as finished as it is going to get. I ended up with  29 teeth total. The pattern calls for 34, but that was just getting too big for what I wanted it for, and I didn't want it oversized because I every shawl that I have is oversized, and that means that they are only wearable in the winter, which is very short here in California.

And for next week...I have some big plans...It is a free weekend, which is pretty rare around here. As a result, I literally have NOTHING to do. Plus, I head out of town the next week for vacation, so  there is very little to do in terms of housework, but vacation is all about knitting and crochet time. Since I am traveling, there will be zero sewing, but likely quite a bit of knitting. I even promised to help a friend learn how to knit and crochet, so that should be fun!!!

But before we talk about vacation week, let's talk next week :

1. Quilt 3 projects -- these will go on the longarm this week. One lightening quilt and two tablerunners.

2. Bind 4 quilts - because the three from last week (and the week before) plus 1 of those tablerunners above (which is a gift for vacation). I see a binge watching session of The Fosters on Saturday to get those done.

3. Harboured Lighthouse Spikes - sew these on Sunday. No need to grocery shop, or meal plan or anything else, so I am planning on chaining myself to the machine until I get some sewing done.  

4. Knitting - figure out a knitting plan for vacation -- I can't decide what I want to work on....I have so many items that I really want in the queue....and I need to  get the initial cast on completed before I get on the plane....

Southern Spirit by Joji Locatelli
 The Joker and The Thief by Melanie Berg

 On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg


These three have pretty similar yardage requirements, and I have enough to make this collection work....
with either a light or medium grey, from Sweet Georgia that have been in stash for forever.... now I just need to decide....no rush I have almost 10 days to decide!!!!

What are you working on this week???

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Make a List Monday - June 5 - June 11

 Well it has been a  crazy week here. I got a lot done, but not a lot of the things that I was planning. That seems to be the way it is lately, a million things to do and no time to do it all! This week looks like it will just as busy as last, since I have just a few weeks to get ready to go home for a week to visit the family. First, here's an update on what did and didn't happen last week...

 1. Put binding on 3 quilts. I have three quilts that just need binding and can then be sent off to their new homes. I got the binding sewed on, but did not have a chance to do the hand work, so that will roll over to next week.

2. Make the spike units on my Harbored Lighthouse. I made these, and I don't like them, so I'm auditioning some other fabric combinations to see if I can find something I like better.

3. Add two teeth to my Hitchhiker shawl - it is now to the point that a tooth is about an hour of knitting. - I actually did quite a bit of knitting this week, and managed to get 10 teeth on my hitchhiker, leaving only 8 to go. I don't expect to have a lot of time this week for knitting, since I have some pretty ambitious sewing plans, so I don't see a repeat performance on this one.

So, with as many rollover, I don't have a ton of plans for the week, but here they are:

1. Finish those bindings.

2. Figure out what I am doing for spikes on Harboured Lighthouse and then sew them. Somehow I suspect the selection process will take longer that the actual sewing....

3. Put 2 teeth on my hitchhiker shawl  -- at this point, this is a fair amount of knitting, each tooth takes about 2 hours right now. But it is 3/4 done and it is looking so good and I am so excited!!!! Hopefully my excitement about seeing it finished will translate into knitting progress.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Make A List Monday

I'm trying to get back to make a list Monday, today, I had time, since it is a holiday here in the US. We're celebrating Memorial Day, the day that we honor our fallen heroes that ensured our ongoing freedoms. Sometimes, I think we are so removed from the wars of our forefathers that we forget that there are wars going on right now. We talk a lot about it, about the Iraqi and Afghan wars, but we've forgotten what those soldiers are fighting for. Our right to disagree with our president and not be killed for it. Our rights as women to vote, and be part of the political processes that shape our country. Our rights to choose to practice whichever religion we choose in a safe manner. There are so many things that we take for granted here where we are generally well fed and have access to safe drinking water. As one of the richest countries in the world, we are lucky and spoiled, and take those freedoms for granted. I don't want to be that anymore. I don't want to take those freedoms for granted, and waste my life in front of the TV, watching mindless programs, and leaving no legacy behind. It's time I really make something of my life, and stop living like everyone else.

SO, now that I have given my diatribe on freedom, its time to talk about the responsibilities, the things I want to accomplish as part of my life time goals....let's start with this week.....

1. Put binding on 3 quilts. I have three quilts that just need binding and can then be sent off to their new homes.

2. Make the spike units on my Harbored Lighthouse.

3. Add two teeth to my Hitchhiker shawl - it is now to the point that a tooth is about an hour of knitting.

I'm teaching in Thousand Oaks this weekend, so it's going to be a very busy week, and we'll see what I manage to get done...wish me luck!