Friday, January 30, 2015

On the needles


DD gloves are finished. I have more of that yarn so I will be making another pair. The heels are turned on the wool free socks. Don't they look like owls?  I have made progress on the v neck sweater for son in fact I am working on the ribbing but its grey and not all that photogenic maybe next week it will be finished and ready for a photo op. --Ann-- check out the knitting at Judy's OTN.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Power Sewing


 I spent a couple hours power sewing on this quilt; just an all over free motion design.  The concentric tear drops and meandering feathers are my favorite for all over quilting.  Ever wonder if my machine were a car how fast would I be going?

I quilted this using arcs and templets so it was slow going. Place the curve and stitch, move the curve and stitch, place the half circle and stitch, stop on the chalk line, place the other half circle, stop on the line move the half circle, stitch stitch stitch. Slow going but I am pleased with the results. Next is the binding.  Our sunny spring like days have conceded to winter its a good day to quilt. --Ann--

Friday, January 23, 2015

on the needles




New projects on and off the needles. Up on top a wool free self striping yarn just plain stockinette stitch.  Another pair of gloves once I get past the awkwardness of all those needles and remember a finger is just a thumb without a gusset they are not that difficult and what fun to use self striping yarn, the finished pair is Opal yarn.  The red and brown pair for DD is Blossom Street yarn. I knit two at a time on a cable, knit the pinkie on dp needles knit a couple more rounds and begin the ring finger, then I had to put the rest of the stitches on a ribbon, it is so much easier to put the stitches back on the needles from a ribbon.  I knit all the fingers on both gloves then knit the thumbs.  And a V neck top down sweater for oldest son using Rowan felted tweed yarn.  Linking to Judy's OTN.  Enjoying these sloppy spring like days on the prairie--Ann--

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just getting warmed up

I'm just getting warmed up on the machine for FMQ and into the zone. So far is slow going as I am using half circle templets for the chain in the star points but I am moving freely on the arcs. --Ann--

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Basting day




A snowy day here and a great day to baste quilts.  I'm still very intimidated by this new computer and learning how it works.  The only way to learn is to try things, the trick is remembering what I did to make it to do what I want it to do.  So many challenges............hope you are staying warm--Ann--

Friday, January 9, 2015

off the needles


Happy New Year!  My year went out with my computer crashing, I thought I was updating adobe reader and instead let an encryption virus in, it held my personal files ransom and when my tech guys tried to remove it everything was wiped out, my nieces husband who is our computer guru said the ransom guys were honorable in that if you pay the fee which he thought was $500 they would release the files but it had to be paid with some kind of bits from a vending machine which they have in big cities but not in small towns on the prairie. I didn't think my personal files were worth that much money and photos that are important had been uploaded to a site to be printed or made into a book so now I have a new computer and am learning everything all over again, I wish I could delete somethings from my brain so it wouldn't be so confusing to learn something new. These photos were posted to this entry before the crash and its a good thing because all these knits are in their new homes.  First up is a scarf I started for a girlfriend, the yarn looked like it had a lot more red in it in the store. It wasn't the elegant sophisticated look I thought she wanted with her black wool dress coat so I found this yarn with red and black. DD took the scarf above to go with her new light gray jacket with turquoise and purple trim.
Reading gloves to match the scarf.
I made hot chocolate mitts for my kids and hubby, I found the pattern on Ravelry I think they were called can mittens. They should be useful for ice fishing or tailgating.
These cold days have been great for knitting but new new pics on the needles I have to learn how to upload pics to the computer all over again maybe next week.........--Ann-- Linking to Judy's on the needles.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reading list

  1. Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
  2. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  4. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafasi book club
  5. Miss Perigrines Home for Peculiar Children  by Ransom Riggs
  6. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  7. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  8. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum  I read this after reading Cold Front by Kathleen Taylor, a South Dakota writer, the con artists in the book took their names from characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as their con was unraveling reference was made to how little Americans read their own literature. I did catch on to the characters.
  9. True Sisters by Sandra Dallas about the Mormons pushing carts from Iowa to Salt Lake City in late 1800's.
  10. Mrs. Lincoln's Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini
  11. The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell for book club
  12. The Way Things Should Be by Christina Baker Kline 
  13. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
  14. Two Old Women by Velma Wallis for book club a very short book about 2 native Alaskan women surviving and Alaska winter and friendship.
  15. Who Was Santa Claus by William Walsh
  16. The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, Christina Skye 3 short stories