SAL Update

It’s that time again! The time I get to share my progress on the Christmas Stocking I have been working on for a long time. This is where I was last time:

SAL update as of 6/5/2022

I had finished the back stitching and was ready to move the hoop to the next section to start the cross stitching there. This is where I am now:

SAL Update as of 6/26/2022.

All of the cross stitching in this section is done. Yay!! The plan now is to do all the back stitching in this section and then move onto the toe portion. I can really see the light at the end of the tunnel!

This SAL (stitch-a-long) is run by Avis and is unique in that the participants choose any project they wish to work on and post on regularly. Please take a look at all the other stitchers participating in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

June SAL Update

I managed to get some good work done this month!! This is where I was at the last check in:

SAL Update as of 5/15/2022.

And now:

SAL update as of 6/5/2022

I finished all the backstitching on the upper portion of the stocking. I have now moved my hoop and will start working on the lower part. I always love how the back stitching makes a piece pop.

If you’d like to see what the other talented stitchers in our group are working on, please click the links below:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

SAL Update!

I’m so lucky that Avis accepted me back into the SAL (stitch-a-long)! I’m still working on the Christmas stocking for my daughter. This is where I was at the last update:

… well … I can’t find a photo of the stocking from when I started … This is where I am now:

SAL Update as of 5/15/2022.

I’m going to finish the lower right side and then work on all the back stitching for this top portion of the stocking. Then I’ll move it down. I’m loving working with this sit on stand. I’ve been practicing using two hands to do my stitching and I think that is giving me a more even tension. I might be a bit faster as well.

This SAL is hosted by Avis and is different than most SALs in that each participant chooses their own project and works on it, then posts their progress. I had dropped out of the SAL because life got busy and complicated, but now I feel as if I can participate again. There are a whole group of us and each is working on something different. Please take a look at all the other talented stitchers and their work:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

Taaa Daaa!!! One Monthly Goal Finish

I FINALLY have a finish!!  Last night, during the Oscars, I put the finishing touches on the label and attached it to…..The Mighty Rainbow Blanket!

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2/24/2019 Mighty Rainbow Blanket complete!

I started this in September of 2016 and finally, finally finished it!  This is my daughter’s twin size bed.

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Hand made label – to cover a spot.

I usually put labels on things.  This one is a little large because we had an unfortunate accident with a heat lamp (for geckos).  The heat lamp was turned off and then placed on the blanket which was in a bag.  Well….the bag melted and a hole appeared where the bulb from the lamp lay on the bag.  I am just lucky that the fibers of the blanket only melted slightly, but there was still green icky stuff on it that I couldn’t get off.  I decided this was the perfect place for the label!!

As soon as the label was attached, my daughter snuggled up in it.  Then we put it in it’s proper place – her bed!  The Mighty Rainbow Blanket is a super easy knit, it’s all garter stitch.  My daughter picked out the pattern from Knit Picks and we purchased the yarn called for in the pattern.  It is super soft and warm and she loves it!

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.  I put this finish as my goal for the month.  I figured out that I needed to complete 6 rows per night in order to finish on time.  During this month we went to Disneyland.  I knew that I would not be able to work on it at the park so I knit 24 rows on the car ride there and another 24 rows on the car ride back.  That left only 8 rows to finish before the end of this month.  I did that on Thursday, February 21st in the evening and bound off at knitting the following day at my knitting group.  I then wove in all the ends at home.  During breaks at Stitches West, I made the label and attached that to the blanket last night while watching the Oscars.  Both my daughter and I are thrilled to have this completed!!

Mighty Rainbow Blanket Monthly Goal!

I am determined to finishing this blanket!  I started this (I am embarrassed to share) on September 20th, 2016.  EEEK!!  It started out great, it was small and easily carried.  I had lots of volleyball tournaments and soccer games and practices for the kids to attend and I dragged it everywhere.  Then it got heavy and unwieldy and it was a real pain to knit on while sitting in bleachers.

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Mighty Rainbow Blanket

I have been working on it for two hours on Fridays during our knitting group and it has grown slowly.  The light green has just been started and there are only three more skeins (yellow, orange, and red) to go.  I can see the end in sight, I just have to keep working on it!

The goal for this month is to finish this blanket!!  I am linking up to Elm Street Quilts February Finish Link Up to give me the push to work on it!

Slow Stitch Sunday

Every Friday I get together with a great group of friends and we knit.  I have been slowly chipping away at this blanket…img_4503

It is called the Might Rainbow Blanket and it was only supposed to be a throw.  Daughter #3 asked for this blanket, but wanted it to cover her whole bed (twin size) .  We decided to double the rainbow to make it the right size.  She also wanted both ends to be in red, so I started with red – reached the midpoint of purple – and now am doing the blues so that I will end with red again. img_4504

I am so happy that I have reached and passed the halfway point!!  Maybe this is another Wip that will be completed soon.

I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sunday.  This project is proceeding S.L.O.W.L.Y so I thought it really fit!

Cupcake Decorating Class

DD#3 loves to bake and recently she has wanted to learn how to decorate.  I signed us up for a class at Michael’s so we could learn together.

There was another family of 5 there to take the class.  Well…the teacher never showed up!  Did we let this dampen our enthusiasm??  NO!

We just jumped right in.  The other family had bought a beginner book on decorating cakes so we started working through that.

Some done.  

We had brought homemade cupcakes to decorate and I think we did a fabulous job.  Especially since we didn’t have an instructor.

In the end, we really had a great time.  I’m glad we stayed (the whole group of us stayed) and played.  We even got all our money refunded.  A special day out with one of the kids and it turned out to be free!

Dubline Cardigan update

I finally finished both the sleeves and the body of this cardigan and was able to put everything all on one long circular needle.  

Then I stalled out for a bit while figuring out all the decreases.  Well, yesterday at my knitting group, I had time to really look at the directions and now know what to do!!  After knitting several rows, it looks fabulous and it feels great to be in the home stretch of this project!!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cables!!