Saturday, March 14, 2009


Putty was on ironing duty this week. He needed to inspect a new black that I picked up. I think he approves.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Knitting progression

This will be the last post in my flurry of posts. I'm still not caught up with the posts in my head, but I've definitely made progress.

Last Thursday, I took beginning knitting 2 at The Sow's Ear in Verona. The goal of the class is to learn how to use circular needles, double pointed needles and how to increase and decrease. The project we are making is a hat.

Here's a picture of my gauge sample. I felt bad about ripping this apart, so I took a picture of it for posterity. =)

I'm very happy to report that this project is going smoothly. I'm about 2 1/2" into the hat and I haven't had any major issues (yet?).
This weekend will be a very busy one. It's Canoecopia time again and I'll be wrapped up in that all weekend. I did schedule a Caturday to post, because Putty felt he hasn't been getting enough blog attention lately. Bauer will be visiting, so maybe I can get some good pictures of them together.

Star BOM 13

It's the final countdown. Dant-da-dahhh-donnnn. Dant-da-dant-don-donnnnn.

=) Sorry about the 80's big hair flashback!
Ummmm, I'm not really sorry. -big grin!-

Back to business. This is the last Star in my Star Block of the Month that I've been participating in for a while now. There's still quite a bit left to do on it: sashing, setting blocks, borders, etc. But it feels like an accomplishment to get these 13 blocks done. I'm doing a little happy dance. Of course it's being done that fabulous music!

Here is a picture of all of my blocks together. Right now they are laid out according to the pattern, but I think I'm going to make a few adustments to their final position.

Dant-da-dahhh-donnnn. Dant-da-dant-don-donnnnn. Try getting that out of your head now! It's the Final Countdown...

My work here is done!

Star BOM 12

Star BOM 12 is now done!

I used the golden batik fabric again in this block and just love, love, love it. At about the halfway point, I decided to use the same orange fabrics in each row. Scrappy, yet somewhat organized. Just like me! ;) Following that plan, I unfortunately only have 2 blocks using this fabric. I guess the bright side is that I still have a bit left and will hopefully be able to use it in another project.

One more Star BOM to go...

Star BOM 11

I'm all caught up with my Star Blocks of the Month. I think I was a bit like a horse that sees the barn. I knew I had only 3 more blocks to go, so I chugged along and got them done in short order (well, once I started back up with them!).

Here is Block 11. It went together effortlessly. I love it when that happens. =)

The Tortoise and the Hare

I've been like the Tortoise with my sewing lately, slow and steady. Just a little bit each day. Today, I'm going to be the Hare with blog posts. I've got so much stuff that I've wanted to post and today I'm going to go posting crazy! Weeeeeeeee. Here it goes.

Where to begin, where to begin?

On Saturday, I spent the day at my friend Kathy's house. She is borrowing her mother-in-law's sewing machine and I was there to help her learn how to use it, help her finish her messenger bag and work on some of my projects (especially big things that need space to lay out-- she has a LOT more space than I do.) She made lots of progress on her bag and just needs to put the strap on. Plus, she has a pretty good handle on how the machine works.

I was focused on trimming up some Heartstring blocks and putting them together into a top. The center is done and now it needs some borders.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Star BOM 10

I had this cut out and on my design wall for aaaaages. Yesterday I bit the bullet and put the pieces together. It only took 30 minutes. I think I was paranoid that I didn't have good color placement, but it's fine. Now I need to get going on the last few. I want to be all caught up before Judy posts the sashing instructions.

Messenger bag = Done!

Ayy, ay, ay, it's been too long since my last post! I keep composing posts in my head, but haven't gotten them onto the computer! And the longer I go without posting, the harder it is to get back into the swing of things. I have the best intentions-- really, I do.

Let's see... I'll try to pick up where I left off. Maybe I should try for shorter posts with less words? Would that lead to more consistent blogging? Who knows.

I finished my messenger bag! I love it and am using it all the time. It turned out fantastic!

Meanwhile, I packaged Kathy's bag parts up and put them in a shoe box. Everything is neat and tidy and ready to go. The other day, Putty had a vet appointment and I was having trouble finding him. It turns out he was helping out with Kathy's bag. Apparently there wasn't enough cat hair on it. This is where he was: