It’s been awhile…

July 13, 2013

Lot’s of stitching and knitting going on since I last posted.

My finished knitting projects:DSCN0312 This is from a mystery KAL on Craftsy. I made this from the kit sent to me when I signed up for the KAL. When I finished it I gave it to my daughter.DSCN0315 I liked the pattern so much I purchased some more yarn (the same yarn that I had in the original kit, because it is so soft) and made a second hat for my son.DSCN0327 These beaded cuffs were made from a kit that was offered through one of the Craftsy classes “Knitting with Beads”. I gave these to my daughter for her birthday. She has been wearing a black leather cuff lately and I thought these would give her some more options. My favorite it the beige one, it is made with fingering wt yarn. The black one is made with lace wt yarn and this is the one my daughter Rachel seems to wear the most.

Now for stitching projects:

DSCN0286DSCN0293 These are the last two rounds of the Band Sampler RR from 2012 which I stitched for 2 of my fellow stitchers.
DSCN0359 These are the last bands I had to stitch on my own Band Sampler RR when it returned home to me.

DSCN0356 This is my entire Band Sampler now completely finished.

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DSCN0330I began this project last year as part of the Crazy January 2012 Challenge. I put it down for more than 9 months and picked it up again at the beginning of this year.  I finished it  3 weeks before my daughter’s birthday this year so I decided to get it framed right away and I gave it to Rachel on her birthday in May.

DSCN0363This project is a Mystery Lizzie Kate SAL I started in June.  Part One is finished and I am now waiting for Part Two.  It is called Song of the Seasons.

I decided to try doing a loose rotation this year to see if I could get more stitching and knitting finished.  I am making a little progress.

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I finished a band sampler RR piece from last year. After Christmas will be my time to do the finishing of the Sampler into a bell pull.

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I just had to add the flowers and birds to the bottom tip area. Since there were six stitchers in the group I knew I needed 2 more birds. Instead of 4 fat friends it became 6 fat friends.

I also worked on another round of the Band Sampler RR for this year.

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This is for Karen’s Sweetheart Tree Summer Band Sampler. It looks so pretty in person. All the colors are off in my picture.

Another girl in the lab that I work at is having a baby. I finished one of the gifts that I am knitting for her. The Rabbit and sweater, the blanket it not quite done yet.

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I also finished a tunisian crochet washcloth, it is made out of a very soft yarn, Bamboo Silk so it is very soft and drapey.

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I am just starting to learn some of the different stitches that are part of the tunisian crochet repertoire. I have been crocheting since I was 14 or 15 years old and I never tried this kind of crocheting before. Well I guess it is never too late to learn something new.

Well that is what I have finished since the last post. I have been working on a crop sweater for my daughter for Christmas which is about 2/3 done. It is a real fast knit although the directions were a bit difficult to decipher until I go used to them. I am also stitching on a project I started way back in January, Nora Corbett’s “R” also for my daughter but she will probably not get this until her next birthday.

No new RR’s for the new year. I just need a small break due to some stresses at home and work. I will try to get more of my own personal stitching, knitting and crocheting done in the New Year.

I may get another posting done before the new year, but if I don’t I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

More Baby Gifts

June 21, 2012

I just finished up the second set of baby gifts I have been working on for the last couple months. This set has two pairs of socks, one is for newborn – 3 months and the 2nd pair is for 3 – 6 months. I also knitted a small soft toy. The funny thing about this toy is that it is a pattern for a lamb. But, when I put on the ears it looks like a bunny. I have now modified the pattern for the next time, less repeats of the pattern to make shorter ears and tail. My son thinks it looks like a bear and so the toy is a lamb-bunny-bear.

Now I can get back to stitching my RR’s.

Babies and gifts

June 9, 2012

Two of my co-workers are having babies. I just finished the gifts I knitted for the first one. I decided on a blanket, booties (which I posted earlier) and a toy.

Now for the next baby. I decided to make a cute lamb and socks only. The blanket took too long. With limited time I have to have projects that don’t take so long, otherwise I don’t have any time to work on other projects such as RR’s and personal stitching goals.

I finished my Tidal Wave socks last night and today I knit a cute dishcloth which I am calling Fiesta Stripes.

My Tidal Wave socks

My Tidal Wave socks

I love these socks. I wore them today and they are so comfortable.

My next sock project will be for my daughter Rachel. She needs more socks, so I better get going!

Fiesta Stripes dishcloth

Fiesta Stripes dishcloth

Such a fast cloth to knit up. It took me only a couple hours. I love all the colors!!!

Another thing I finished day before yesterday was a swatch for the Secret of the Stole iii Yahoo group. The KAL actually starts Aug 15th but the swatch pattern was posted last week. I am using Jagerspun Zephyr in White on size 3 needles and gold beads. The swatch shows blue beads as well but I think I will use the gold beads in this project.

Secret of the Stole iii Swatch

Secret of the Stole iii Swatch

Other stitching done today was all practical. Sewing hems in pants, putting patches on Boy Scout and Girl Scout shirts.

I can’t seem to go a day without needles of some sort in my hands. But I’m not complaining!