Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Revisiting My Knitting

I have been away from my Yarn Along visits lately mainly because I have been neither knitting nor reading all that much.
I recently sat down one morning with Mom's new vest and made tremendous least for me.
This vest is knitted on circular needles from the bottom up and then split for the armholes. You purl 2 stitches on each side for "pretend" seams. Once you get to the armholes you split it into three sections, but keep them all on the same needle as you knit each section separately. All of you veteran knitters will understand this I hope. It certainly confused me a little when I first looked at the pattern. I am currently knitting the left front section after splitting. It took a whole lot of courage for me to complete the bind-off/split row, but it turned out to be quite easy. Once it was done, I finally understood the rest of the directions. Whew!
As for reading, it is lagging.
The James Herriot book Cat Stories is my bedside reading as it is a book of quite enjoyable short stories. This is a book I have had for many years that I decided would be perfect to re-read at bedtime as most of the stories are just plain old cute.
Nora Robert's Savor the Moment is traveling with me for when I sometimes have an hour after work before I tutor. I stop at a Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks for a coffee and spend a little time reading. The coffee gives me the energy to keep going a little while longer, while the book allows me to shed the vagaries of the day. 
I'm linking up with Ginny for Yarn Along today. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cool Autumn Weather

Happily Hurricane Joaquin is giving Long Island a pass. I really feel bad for all those in the South who are being socked by rain. I hope everyone stays safe.

Autumn has definitely arrived here though. We finally had to give in and put the heat on yesterday. The house was just too cool for comfort. I put an afghan on the bed in order to keep us warm. 
I haven't gotten my quilt out yet. I hope I have some time to change over the bedding in the near future, although it is supposed to warm up here again sometime this week so I might wait a bit still.

I think today I will spend some time on Baker Beach. Last week I was here:
I managed to spend a good hour one day working on it, so now it looks like this. I hope you can see the difference. One hour with a whole lot of color changes doesn't really look like much.
I actually think I will spend a little time on this or Santa today and then get some knitting done also. Maybe Hubby and I will take a walk in the crisp Autumn air. Hmmm, sounds like a plan.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Tomorrow I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom- No Cape. Pop on over to their sites to see what other bloggers are up to.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Really Slow Stitching

My stitching is moving along quite slowly due to the fact that I have just been plain old tired. I have to work on Baker Beach during the day so when I am working my stitching time is limited. 
This is where I left off last week:
 Finally, on Saturday, I managed a good hour of stitching.
I have filled in a little more of the beach. I took out the next page to give me inspiration to move forward. It will be the upper right corner. I may move back and forth between the page I am on now and the next page. This page has a whole lot of color changes in it now (didn't bother me on Saturday), the next page is big swaths of color (sometimes you just need to see a bunch of progress). I think I will keep working on the current page today as I am enjoying seeing the beach emerge.

I want to mention to all of you a fun contest on Untwist your Stitches. Rose is trying to boost her blog and would love for you to visit. She will be giving away a brand new cross-stitch pattern.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. On Monday I will link to Super Mom - No Cape for the Stitchery Link Party. Pop on over to their sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Royal Squares Quilt

I had some free time this week so I decided to start sewing my Royal Squares quilt. First I had to sort all of the jelly-roll strips. This is only half of them.
Then I had to decide which strips to sew together in twos.
Above are the second half of the strips that are sewn in twos. Next I had to cut the strips in the top photo in half and put those strips in groups of four to sew together in strips. 
I  sewed half of the groups of four today (no picture) and I hope to finish the rest over the weekend. 
Those of you who follow my blog, know that I am not a quick crafter and this will take some time, but I am enjoying sitting at my sewing machine for some mindless strip sewing. Of course, choosing which strips to group together was not all that relaxing as I am somewhat particular as to what looks good together.
I am not sure that scrappy is really for me. 

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Minimal progress

There has been minimal progress this week as I am up to my ears in Math. As I have said before, I am teaching two classes of Linear Mathematics and Matrices at a local university. My 70 students handed in their first homework assignment for grading last Wednesday. I found out that the assignment I gave was way too long for me to grade the entire thing.....but that is what I have spent all day Friday and Saturday doing. It is going to take me most of Sunday to finish. Future assignments will be shorter or I will pick and choose certain problems to grade. I was also called to sub on Thursday as well as tutor that afternoon. 

Not much stitching going on for me lately, but I made a little bit of progress on 2010 Santa. Here is where I was last week. 
Here is where I am as of Saturday night. 

Looking at my pictures, I can see that I did make some progress on Baker Beach this week, but I really don't remember working on it. This is last week's post:
and this is where it stands now:
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. I hope to work on one of these today. I will be joining Super Mom - No Cape for the Stitchery Link Party.
Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are up to.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Santa is done!

I finally finished the Prairie Schooler 2008 Santa!
 As you can see I changed the green and ecru colors to flosses that I had in my stash.  I haven't decided how I want to finish him yet as I plan to make several of these for each of my two children. I want them all finished alike.

Now I have started the 2010 Santa. He will be perfect for my son, who likes to ski. 
 I have been working on Baker Beach also. Last week there were still a whole lot of little white spaces that needed to be filled.
Now I have made it to the lower half of the fourth page. This is where I am as of this morning.
 I want to finish this as quickly as possible to move on the the next two pages to the right of what you can see as they are only a few columns wide and should work up quickly.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Monday I will link up to Super Mom - No Cape for the Stichery Link Party

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Never Forget

As a proud New Yorker, we must never forget.
Pray for all the innocent souls lost on September 11, 2001