Friday, December 20, 2013

A Good Day To Stay Indoors

It's been snowing here in NE Wisconsin for about 4 hours now, and there is no hope of it stopping
anytime soon. I was going to run some errands this morning but have decided to put them off until DH gets home with his truck. My car isn't so secure on snowy roads, and the snowplow just came by, closing up the entrance to my driveway.

     Our house is  about 15 feet below the street level, which means that when you back out of the garage, you have to back uphill. The photo on the left is taken from my front porch and looks across the street towards my neighbors. Notice all the cars and vans in their driveway? They must be doing some renovations inside, because the vehicles appear every morning and leave at the end of the day. Their contractor parks on the street just across the street from my driveway. The only way for me to get out of my driveway when it snows like this is to GUN it!. I need a good running start out of the garage, and then I floor it. This is problematic if the contractor parks his car across from my driveway. Like I said, the best thing for me to do today is to stay home today.

I'm quilting. I know - I should be knitting, or reading a book, or whatever, but I'm quilting. Working on a scrappy quilt and it is so much fun to go into the stash and discover fabrics I didn't know I had. Then I cut 2 1/2" strips and start the process of creating the blocks. I don't know why I enjoy making something out of little pieces so much, but I do, and today is definitely a day for some color. Just compare the two photos on this page and a color fixation is completely understandable.

I hope you all are having a good day, wherever you are. If you have to drive on bad roads, take it easy and be safe. Talk with you some more tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Seven Days and Counting...

Happily, the cone of black sock yarn that I ordered about a week ago arrived yesterday, which means I can crank the two pairs of socks that have been requested by a customer for Christmas presents. I was beginning to get worried, but all will be OK. I'll crank today, wash them tonight, and dry them on sock stretchers Thursday. Luckily the customer is semi-local, so I will drive them to Appleton on Friday. Whew! I don't like leaving things to the last moment.

In the mean time socks have been flying off the digital shelves in my Etsy shop. I sure wish they sold this well all year around. December is always a block buster month for gift buying, and I guess folks are giving socks as presents this year. The stock is dwindling, so after I finish the black ones I will get started on all the luscious Opal yarn that I purchased recently. If you are a follower of my Etsy shop (see the link in the upper right-hand of this page) watch for new additions.

Section 1, upper left
While waiting for the sock yarn to arrive I have been quilting my fingers to the nubs, and I must say, having a ball doing it. I decided that I would do a scrap quilt out of all my quilting leftovers, and I can tell at this point that this project won't even make a small dent in the supply.

Section 2

One of the reasons I don't write here more often is that I feel pictures are important to a blog, and it simply doesn't occur to me to photograph on a regular basis. However, I do have pics of the progress on this quilt.

The blocks are 4" square and they are laid out 12 blocks across.

Section 3
Section 4,  upper right

It has really been fun playing with the colors and placing them in the rows. At this point of have 2 rows finished, and I think there will need to be a total of 13 rows. Who knew I had so much fabric?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Two Weeks and Counting!

Somehow Christmas is upon us. It sneaks up on me every year, and this year is the worst. I always promise myself to start preparing for the following year early, but for some reason, seem unable to do so. There is snow on the ground, Christmas decorations are up, and some shopping has happened - but not all of it.

AJ and I have received our big presents all ready so Christmas morning will be anti-climactic this year. AJ's treadmill, a Vision Fitness, was delivered yesterday, and in a few minutes I will be trying it out for the first time. He told me to find the best MacBook Air for my needs, and it was delivered last Friday.

That's it! All done! Ah, but there are 5 grand children and their parents and my sister and her DH. All in all, we're not done yet.

Today is the December meeting of the Evergreen Quilt Guild - a super meeting because it is a holiday buffet. Everyone brings a dish to pass, and we play silly games. My "dish" is going to be freshly baked Sourdough Bread, which is in the oven rising as I write this.  It will be ready to bake about noon and still nice and warm when I slice it this evening. At least, that's my plan.

Everyone is supposed to bring a holiday placemat, so I made one last week. Actually, I made four of them. It was a perfect way to use up holiday fabric that had been in my stash for a long time, and it just isn't hard to sew 2 1/2" strips together and cross-hatch them. Then I saw a free project on Carol Doak's website for a cute sewing kit. I love paper piecing so I just had to make it.
Kit rolled up
Kit open with pockets

Finally, I picked up from Quilting Divas the final installment in the calendar quilt that I have been sewing. This is the January block and I think this little guy is pretty cute. I'm not finished with him yet, as you can see, but I have a good start on him.
I know this blog is called Tales of a Knitter, and I have knit a good deal in the past few weeks. The next post will be all about that.

Have a good day and try to stay warm!