Sunday stitches

March was not a month for finishing things on my #17ufosin2017.  

I made progress on my Orange cardigan and pulled out my Cuppa blocks for some more prepping.  I did finish two pair of baby pants, three donation hats, and started a few new projects.  

I am hopeful that I will have a few finished at the end of April.  For now, 

I am pleased with making progress.h

Visit Meredithe to see what others are checking off their lists.

Fiber Friday

The end of February swept right past me this week.  There was the snow and dad’s move and some extra busy stuff at work.  But it is Friday and I did get something finished last month.

This is my Windmills quilt.  I started in a class with Sujata at the quilt week in Sisters last summer.  I think I had the backing and binding ready by the end of summer but it was just last month that I got around to quilting and finishing this lovely quilt.  It was really fun to make and the colors are just what I need right now.

I also finished a shawl that was on my #17ufosin2017 list, two hats for our tiny person in February, and one more donation hat.  I think it was a pretty good month.

#17ufosin2017 – January progress

I love that Meredithe is encouraging us to make substantial progress instead of just focusing on finishing the projects on our lists.

I have one finish for the month – my Gwen Marston inspired flower basket medallion.  I am going to hang this in my front hallway and enjoy the promise of spring in spite of the wintery weather.

I pin basted my Windmills quilt and have about 70% of the machine quilting finished.  And I am closing in on finishing my Simmer Dim shawl.  I only have 9 rows left and will look forward to adding this beautiful pop of color to my wardrobe in the next week.

Be sure to visit Meredithe’s blog for more progress reports.

circles and swatches

Yesterday I started putting my projects for #17ufosin2017.  I have plenty of choices but I am trying to focus on projects that I really want to finish.

These circle blocks were inspired by a 365 project.  I have not been successful beyond about 35 days when I have tried these 365 projects.  I did enjoy playing with these little blocks because I love appliqué and I love circles.  I have 62 blocks finished and another 45 cut and ready to stitch.  This is a great UFO.  I can chip away at it in the evenings and on weekends and it will make a very fun little quilt.

In the evening, I sat down to do some swatching.  I don’t do a lot of swatching because I mostly knit items where gauge doesn’t really matter.  But I know I will be much happier if I make gauge on a few upcoming projects.  I was able to get gauge for my RobRoy hat using a #7 needle.  I am planning to get this one cast on in the next few days.  Next up is another ball of orange yarn that has been lingering in my stash for a few years.  I bought this yarn to make the Annabel cardigan and I am determined that this sweater will get made in 2017.  I actually got to the separate for the sleeves stage on this sweater but realized it was going to be too tight.  I expect this will go fairly fast since the yarn if bulky and the needle is 10.5.  

I am hopeful that my UFO piles will get some well deserved attention in 2017.

Slow stitching on a Sunday

I don’t think I have written a slow stitching post since moving to this space.  Yesterday, I found myself visiting quite a few of the lovely slow Sunday stitchers and I realized how much I enjoyed being a part of that tribe.  

We are still weeks away from the new year but I am beginning to think about how to feed my creative spirit in 2017.  I have dabbled with daily projects but my schedule too often gets in the way and what I don’t want is to set myself up.  But I like the idea of gathering and prepping projects that can be easily picked up and put down. And I very much want to savor every stitch.

I have a stack of circle blocks that I would love to make into a top using this as inspiration.  And this knitting project would provide a fun way to sharpen my knitting skills. I have plenty of fabric and threads to do something like this.  I have also enjoyed following Kate’s making adventures.

Today I am planning to gather my projects for #17ufosin2017.  I have some empty bins that will work well for keeping those projects organized.  Be sure to visit Kathy to see what everyone is working on this weekend.

Fiber Friday

It has been an exciting week!  Our tiny person made quite an entry and has completely stolen my heart.  I am excited to watch his little family of three begin this new season.  They are going to a true power trio!

I have been working on my #17ufosin2017 list.  I have some knitting, some quilting, some sewing, and a few Craftsy classes on my list.  As I went through my yarn stash this week, I realized I am woefully under stocked when it comes to DK weight yarns.  I am planning to pick up a few skeins this weekend to complete those Craftsy classes.  Other than that, I am hoping to use more and buy less in 2017.  

We had just enough snow last night to give us a late start so I am going to sat in bed with a second cuppa and some yarn and ease myself into this Friday.  Hope there is some fiber in your day.

Yarn along Wednesday

I started this book after Thanksgiving.  It is a lovely read.  I also started listening to This is the story of a happy marriage.  I really enjoy books that are read by the author.  My knitting this last week has been calming.  I move between a simple hat, my Peace Project, and this lovely shawl.  I have completed the center section and will begin the border over the weekend.  I have my #17ufosin2017 list almost completed.  I decided to add my Craftsy classes to the list.  They are definitely unfished!
It has been quite a week with our tiny person’s arrival.  I have been cooking up some basics to stock their fridge and cannot wait to visit him at home for an extended cuddle.  

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