December-One Monthly Goal

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the December One Month Goal.  I get to choose any project I wish that uses fabric, thread and/or yarn.  I then set a goal and try to meet that goal by the end of the month.  This goal has been previously made (without success of completing) …img_4834

This is the Dubline Cardigan being knit for my oldest daughter.  The goal for December is to finish the sweater and start the hood.  The hood is attached to live stitches at the top of the sweater.  Wish me luck!!

One Monthly Goal-September Finish/October Goal

At the beginning of this month I discovered Elm Street Quilts blog.  She runs a monthly goal post.  I decided to join to see if I can push myself to get the Dubline Cardigan for DD#1 done in time for winter this year.  My goal was to finish knitting the sleeves and attach them to the body of the sweater.  This is a raglan type sweater so after the sleeves are attached, the raglan shaping can begin.  This is where I was at the beginning of the month.

The body of the sweater was ready for the sleeves, but the sleeves were not quite long enough.  DD wants them long enough that they touch her knuckles and have a thumb hole.  The pattern calls for the sleeves to be 14.25 inches long (this seems kind of short anyway), but her arm measurement from the armpit to the desired length was 24 inches.  I added the necessary length.img_4378

And now…the sleeves are attached and I can begin the raglan shaping.  My goal for October is to finish the raglan shaping and be ready to start the hood.  Wish me luck!!

Dubline Cardigan #2 Progress

The Dubline Cardigan has not gotten any air time lately.  This is because I have been a little stalled on  it.  It’s not because I don’t like it, I absolutely do.  It’s not because there are any mistakes, there are none-so far.  I really like the yarn and the pattern.  There is no explanation as to why I don’t work on this.  I have been knitting on it once a week at our knitting group, but not any other time.  There is progress, but it is slow going.

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Lovely cables.

It is now 10″ long in total, 7 3/4″ from the top of the ribbing on the back.  Before adding in the sleeves, this needs to be 17 1/4″ from the top of the ribbing to the needle.  LOTS more knitting to do!

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Scrumptious!

I really like the way it looks and more importantly, my daughter likes it!img_0976

This is where it was the last time I posted about it – so I guess I have made good progress.  Now I just have to keep it up!

Business Cards

My oldest daughter graduated from college last May and is back at home looking for a job.  She wants to do character development for animation and has had some really great free lance jobs that are all coming to an end.  Through all this she has discovered that while she really enjoyed those jobs, she would really like to work in a studio surrounded by other creative people instead of at home working away at her desk (my gut feel is that she will wind up doing both).

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Oldest daughter’s business card.

This is her business card!  Isn’t it the cutest thing?!

Road Trip

On our way for an impromptu camping trip.  Camping is so much fun!!!  Traffic getting to our site; however, was not such great fun.  Good thing I brought my entertainment.

Dubline Cardigan #2

Sweater progress for another daughter.  This Knit Picks Swish Worsted is really a dream to knit with – it is so soft and is not splitty at all.

T’s Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking

My oldest daughter’s Christmas Stocking was completed two years ago but I never shared it.  No reason really except that we were busy with all the holiday fun and festivities and then the stocking got put away.

I can't believe I did this!

I can’t believe I made this!

This stocking took a LOT of time and effort.  However, unlike knitting, there was not ripping out of stitches – it all went together pretty smoothly.

Look at all that detail.

Look at all that detail.

The best part?  My daughter simply loves it!

Name Pillows

Every year, for Christmas, I make our family individual gifts.  I have made scarves, hats, mittens, blankets (that was a crazy year!!! 5 twin size and 1 king size blanket in one year), jewelry, jammies, etc.  This year I made Name Pillows!  I made one for each of my kids, one for my husband and one for my niece.

The hubby.

The hubby.

#1 Child.

#1 Child.

#2 Child.

#2 Child.

#3 Child.

#3 Child.

#4 Child.

#4 Child.

#5 Child.

#5 Child.

Niece.

Niece.

IMG_6462 - Version 2 IMG_6465 - Version 2They are really not very hard to make.  I’ll try to write up the tutorial in a few days to share with you!