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November 14, 2014

Practical Knitting

It seems like since I learned how to implement the terms knit and purl earlier this year, there's one thing that has been a constant on the needles.  I love, and I mean LOVE, handknit dishcloths, and am determined that I will have a drawer full of them.  


And I believe this will be accomplished in no time at all actually.  I have a nice little stash of cotton yarn that is calling my name, just waiting to be turned into something useful.  I also have many hours at the rink ahead of me to achieve this.


I think this look that Mary, my feisty little feline, has here is actually a warning to my loved ones...  you all may find yourself becoming the owners of your own drawer full of handknit dishcloths this holiday season.  I sure hope you like them just as much as I do.

November 8, 2014

Autumn Exchange Received

I participated in an Autumn Exchange with the HoE group and received my piece from Kim.


It`s a fun piece and is making autumn last a little longer since we woke up to snow this morning!!

I actually received this piece in late October, but have had a lot going on in our life and had been delayed in finishing and mailing my piece so I wouldn't allow myself to open it until I had my piece in the mail.  Thank you Kim as it was well worth the wait, and made me smile after a rough patch :)

Wishing you a fabulous weekend and hope you're staying warm...  I have a feeling that we will stay in frozen temperatures now till spring!

November 2, 2014

SFS2014 ~ October

This month`s stash enhancement was something that I just couldn`t walk away from...  the new JCS Ornament issue!  And then I also snatched up a large piece of 32ct Mushroom Lugana, it`s my favorite fabric to stitch on and it seems like my LNS just can`t keep it in stock, so I have to grab some whenever I see it :)

Total spend...  $46.98

We received  a $50 exemption to be used before the rest of the year, so I think I`d like to use it now! :D


Thank you Mel for hosting the SFS challenge this year!  I think it`s been good for me to track my spending and be more aware of it.  I don`t know if I`ve been actually spending less or not, but am definitely more thoughtful when purchasing!


October 10, 2014

HoE Halloween Exchange from Melissa

I received my Halloween exchange from Melissa in today's mail.

Melissa chose to stitch me a design from Lizzie*Kate and finished it beautifully.  I love this piece!

Thank you Melissa!!


It's Thanksgiving here this weekend and so we have a long weekend with a lot of hockey to watch and I'm preparing to cook my very first turkey!  It's hard to believe that I've manage to go almost 38 years without cooking one...  keep your fingers crossed for me that it all turns out ok ;o)

September 28, 2014

SFS2014 ~ August/September

I missed my SFS update for last month... We were on holidays for the last week of August and then getting ready for back to school and back to hockey... Phew! Honestly, I'm exhausted lol :)

So, my update is for the two months... And I spent $36.63 between both. My stash enhancement is here, minus a bit of fabric that I've stashed away already!


I'm looking forward to working on my first Mill Hill bead kit, it looks like a lot of fun, but definitely not a project that I can drag around with me! 

I'm hoping to be updating a little more (three posts in three days!), I have a fee more things to share. But for now, I wish you all a wonderful week ahead!  I'm hoping our weather will stay nice for a while longer, we got a taste of snow a couple weeks ago and I sure don't want that back for a while yet!!!

September 27, 2014

Pumpkins for Pumpkin

 
Cathey, you are very much missed in my world.  I'm greater to have "known" you, even though I never had the privilege of sitting down and sharing a cup of coffee and some stitchy time with you.  You gave so much to others and I'm so thankful to have been a recepient of a wee bit of that kindness.  Your "ROFL!!" and "LOL!!" comments never failed to make me smile and I miss them more than I thought possible.  The Walking Dead is returning soon and I think of you and our emails debating about what's going to happen next week, every time I sit down to watch with some stitching in hand.

 

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Happy Blogoversary!  Rest easy my friend. 

September 26, 2014

Halloween Exchange for Lillie

I received a lovely email from Lillie letting me know that she received the Halloween ornament I sent to her in a recent exchange.
 
 
Ghosts
JCS 2014 Halloween Special Issue
32ct Queen Anne's Lace
DMC as charted
Victorian Motto Shoppe ribbon
 
Here's a couple of close ups of the front & back of the ornament.  I especially love how the back turned out...  I didn't have a piece of fabric wide enough to complete the backing so I stitched two pieces together and left the frayed edge showing. 
 

 
Lillie, I'm glad you like the ornament, it was a fun one to stitch!
 
Happy Friday!

August 14, 2014

A Washcloth Exchange



Recently Angela organized a private washcloth & postcard exchange which I jumped at the chance at.  I love knitting washcloths, and as a new knitter, I find it a great way to practice my stitches and end up with a usable product at the end!

I received this pretty washcloth from Angela in the mail this week.  Thank you Angela!

 
And here it the washcloth I sent to Angela.  I missed including the postcard as I quickly snapped this pic on my desk at work on my way to the post office!
 
 
Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Size #8 5mm needles
 
Thank you Angela for organizing this exchange, it was fun!

July 30, 2014

SFS2014 ~ July

I feel like I splurged this month. I mean technically I didn't, according to the SFS budget, but when I haven't crossed a single x in a couple of months how can I justify spending more on stitching stash? Especially this, when I've never stitched a card before in my life?


So this month's spend was... 

$14.99

And so my total spend so far this year, before exemptions given to the group, has been $47.34.  I'm pretty proud of that restraint!! 
 
I've got grand plans to spend a lot of time with this magazine... It sparked a little fire in me which nothing aside from knitting needles and yarn has done for a while. 

My fingers are crossed, cause even though they've been busy, I do miss my stitchy time. I think I'm going to go put a strand in Butterfly Ballerina Blue while I watch SYTYCD tonight.  And maybe thumb through this magazine one more time!

July 22, 2014

FO: A Ribbed Infinity Scarf

Recently I finished my first knitting project after my Knitting 101 class I took in May. I love, love, love this simple ribbed scarf! 



Ribbed Infinity Scarf
Cascade Yarns Pacific
Colorway: #66, Teal Heather
Needles: 5mm

The pattern is a basic 2x2 rib scarf, which I seamed together at the ends to make an infinity scarf, which I know I'll wear a lot more. 

This is the first time I used this yarn, and I think I've got a little crush on it!  It's so nice and quite soft for an acrylic blend.  

This scarf will keep me so warm at the rink this winter, I can't wait!!  Well, maybe I can ;o)