A social day……..

I finally finished knitting this scarf while watching the last episodes of “the Mentalist” last night.  My daughter sent me the corn and cotton blend yarn for Christmas.  I still need to block it and right now it is about 66″ long.  I haven’t blocked any knitting for years so I don’t remember if it will lose length when the width gets pulled into shape.  

My 2 friends came over to sew yesterday and while not talking and laughing (lots of laughing) I pieced the backing for my blue batik 16 patch quilt and got it loaded on the longarm.  Maybe I’ll actually have a finish this month.

A couple nights ago I quilted this table runner with 12wt. variegated thread.  It isn’t quite as wonky in shape as it looks here.  The photographer (me) was not holding the camera straight over it.  I have to choose binding now and I’m thinking probably red or orange and dotted since all of the fabrics have dots.

I hope it is not true…….

They say what you do on January 1st you will do all year.  Please tell me that I won’t be cleaning my basement every day!  I have been wanting to tackle the fruit cellar for a long time.  This is looking to the left.  The shelves go all along that wall to the right.  It is 14 feet wide, the same as the bedroom above it.

There are lots of things in there that I don’t need such as these trims from the 1960s.

I have gotten rid of a lot of my patterns but kept a select few.  This costume pattern was for my grandsons and they will be 25 in February and March.

On the upper shelf on the right I have my packaged batting.  If you look up in the rafters, that is the 4 long boards of an antique quilting frame.  It was removed from my in-laws’ house when we emptied it in 1981.  I was the only quilter in the family so it came to my house.  I had hand quilted one quilt before this time period.

If you click on this photo of fabric you will see that it says Indian Head on it.  Indian Head cotton was a very nice quality cloth from the 1950-60s.  I’m not sure when it was discontinued.  I had a dress out of this print but still have 1 1/4+ yards of it.  It has been washed and is 34″ wide.  Almost all fabric was 35 – 36″ wide at that time.  Washing reduced this to 34″.  I will vacuum the fruit cellar today and put my rolls of batting back in there after I cut some pieces to prepare for quilting a couple quilts.

My daughter sent me some yarn for Christmas.  This one is 60% Corn Viscose and 40% cotton.  It is very soft so I thought I would knit a scarf for myself.

Novermber recap……….

I had one complete finish for November.  This is a variation of a quilt in a Kathy Doughty book.  One of her students made it with this setting and she posted it on her blog. I figured out the dimensions and made my version of it.  I think it finished at 67″ x 74″ but I didn’t want to make another trip to the basement at midnight to measure it again.

I finished 2 quilt tops.  I had another TAW top almost done but it needs the border sewn on.  This one pictured is big enough without a border.

Three dishcloths are added to the pile.  The one on the right has 4 different yarns.  Two of them are tweedy, one with red and blue and the other with red and beige.  With these added I’m at 46 for the year so I will meet my goal of 48, 4 a month average, with the two I have already started.

A day of rest…….

Yesterday was a day of rest.  There was a congregational meeting after church so I got home about an hour later than usual.  I did finish the stitching on the last 6 Christmas stockings I showed a couple days ago and while I watched TV last night I finished a dishcloth made with ends of 2 balls of yarn.  Today is sewing circle and tomorrow is my TAW class so I needed the re-charge that rest gives.

October recap……….and TAW progress……….

I didn’t finish anything in October.  I just had fun…..  I made 3 new quilt tops, a small colorwash and the two tops with African fabrics.

I finished 2 dishcloths, one which was half done last month.  I’m now up to 43 for the year so with my goal of 4 every month (48) I need to knit 5 more by the end of the year.  I have another one half done on my needles.

I ran errands yesterday, a cold and windy day.  I managed to get the 11 center strips sewn together into section 2 and unpicked the rest of the loops for the last 12 strips.

I have several people interested in Trip Around the World classes in either Nov. or Jan.  If anyone else is interested, contact me here or use the email link on my profile page now.  They will be held in Sandwich IL.  There is a Best Western motel on the edge of town to stay at if you want to drive in for a class that is 2 days in a row.

September recap…….and the winners are………….

I had two finishes, both at the beginning of September.  

 I made three quilt tops.  The one on the left is about 64″ x 78″, the colorwash is 32.5″ square and the table runner is 12″ x 36″.  I experimented with a new technique but didn’t include that sample here. 

I only completed one dishcloth, the one that was half done last month, and started one new one.  I have knitted 41 dishcloths so far this year so I’m ahead of my goal of 4 a month.

Now for the winner of the Lapel Sticks from yesterday’s giveaway.  In 71 comments there were only 5 no replies who didn’t put their email address in their comment.  That is a huge improvement over the day before, so thank you for all of you who did add your email address.

The winners are Carole in Nebraska and Sally in St. Paul so as soon as I get your mailing addresses, the Lapel Sticks will be on their way to you.  

Watching a movie……

A friend invited me over to watch a movie and I took my knitting along, the ends of 2 balls of yarn.  I realized I didn’t have any photos for my blog so I took this one with my phone.  I guess I have to learn to hold the phone steadier.