Sunday, January 13, 2013

On My Needles

Well, I'm a bit late posting this blog but this was my first opportunity to get some pictures of my projects.

I finished yoga socks for my daughter.  They were a surprise so I couldn't post a picture earlier as she follows Judy's blog. She really likes them - so does her yoga instructor. The pattern is a freeby from  Patons Kroy Socks and uses their sock yarn.  They go really quickly since you don't have to turn a heel or finish a toe!! 

I also accepted a Pay It Forward from a friend on Facebook so now I am going to make five gifts for people who sign up for mine.  I have started the first project - a potato chip scarf.  The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease worsted weight.

Finally I am taking a Fair Isle class with a friend next weekend and there was some pre-work for the class.  We grabbed a quick lunch on Friday and then came back here to knit.  The pattern is the Snowflake Cowl from the Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2012 magazine.  The yarn is Cascade Pacific chunky and it is so soft!!

I am also including a picture of my first quilting finish for 2013 as I got it done last night. It is one of my January projects.

That's it for now.  I have to get serious about putting away the Christmas decorations.  Since I fell at the end of November and tore a bunch of ligaments in my foot my activities have been a bit restricted (try three weeks in a non-weight bearing cast over Christmas and New Year's!) but I am now in a boot so have to play catch up.  It's a cold, rainy day - no real reason to do much else so I'm off to undecorate.

You can check Judy's blog to see what other knitters are working on On The Needles - January 11, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Holy Cow!! It's January!

I can't believe that it is 2013 already!  Where did 2012 go?

For the past two years I have participated in Judy Laquidara's UFO Challenge.  I didn't do as well in 2012 as I did the previous year.  This year, Judy is changing it up a bit.  Each month we are listing four projects that we hope to work on during the month.

My projects for January are:

1.  complete blocks and assemble 2012 Buck A Block top

2.  complete and assemble Presents top

3.  start working on project for my best friend's birthday in March

4.  begin quilt for my great-nephew (he is one month old so I have time to get it done before he knows that I didn't have it ready when he was born)

Other hopefuls:

I have been doing a good bit of knitting recently so hope to work on a scarf and one or two hats.  Maybe since there is 14+" of snow on the ground I will be motivated to get them well underway.

I also plan to continue working on my Christmas alphabet cross stitch sampler.  It will be stunning when it is completed.  I didn't start it until I finished my daughter and son-in-law's wedding sampler:

It took me a while to finish this as it is one stitch over one/one thread (30 count) and there were a lot of color changes.  I am very pleased with the result as was my daughter since she had to wait a few years for it.

I'll be interested to see what I post on February 1.

You can go over to this post to see what others are planning/hoping to accomplish this month:

January 2013, Getting It Done

Happy New Year to all!