A Twin

16 Apr

I decided to make another block like Nicole’s. I used some shirt fabric from old shirts of Dan’s, DJ’s,or Goodwill purchases.

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I like it. I decided that I will make a second block of all the ones I send out to the Scrap Squad gals in shirt fabrics. I might add a few more from the Quiltmaker 100 Block books too. Then I’ll have a nice sampler. I’ll bet I have a number if 12″ orphan blocks already laying around. 😊

New Sock

16 Apr

I thought my urge to knit was over but apparently it’s not. Once we have consistently nice weather and the yarn sticks to my fingers, it will be over. In the meantime, I started a new pair of socks. I like the stitch pattern.

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Two Finishes

15 Apr

Gloves are done!

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They don’t fit very well though. 😟. I modified the pattern and my logic was off. The palm/hand is too short. Oh well, they are wearable (barely). Which means, of course, that I’m not ripping them out and starting over again. I will keep them in the car and wear them in a pinch. I’ll make a new pair in the fall the right way.

I also made a single 12″ block for Nicole – a fellow Scrap Squad 2013 member.

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She said to make any block from the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks book/magazine. She picked the colors red and aqua. My block came out slightly large but I think it’s good enough.

A Rough Tournament

13 Apr

Gianna had her first softball tournament yesterday. They played three games and lost all three. They are a very “green” and were way out of their league with the first team. But they should have been able to hold their own with the next two. I think the girls just had a case of the nerves. Gianna made her share of the mistakes and by the third game, she was showing the wear and tear.

I got a lot of sun. The weather was beautiful! But today we are back to the laundry/groceries/normal life routine. DJ has a band concert this afternoon and I think that’s all that’s going on today.

No knitting. It was too hot at the ball field even though I had sufficient down time. So I’m back today trying to finish these gloves that I’ve fallen OUT of love with.

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Even though the first glove is done, the thumb gusset doesn’t fit right. To correct it, I’ll have to reknit almost the whole thing. I made changes on this one, and if it fits better, I just may rip out that first glove and reknit it.

Ahhhh….

9 Apr

That’s me, breathing a sigh of relief. The conference that I helped plan and also presented at IS OVER! I feel 20 pounds lighter (even though I ate way too much good conference food. One thing we do well is feed our attendees!).

The nice weather has entered mid-state Illinois. Temperatures have been in the 60s for two days now. The sun has felt fantastic and I can’t wait to get in the yard and clean up the sticks and other debris. Hawk is dying for a walk.

My knitting seems pointless with the nice weather now. Who needs gloves now? But I will finish them because I remember last spring and the treacherous weather we endured out in the middle of nowhere watching these games. I have an inch left on this thumb and them can work on the hand of the next glove!

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Softball!

7 Apr

Softball season has officially started. Gianna’s travel team had an exhibition game (scrimmage) yesterday. They won 18-4. Gianna played shortstop for two innings. Her only play was a tag out on a steal. Then she pitched for two innings. She gave up one run, walked 4, and struck out 6. Then she played left field for the remaining two innings. At bat, she walked twice, got hit by a pitch, and TANKED one in center field for a double. So overall, it was a good game for the team and a good game for Gianna.

I was an unofficial scorekeeper. I have an app called Game Changer. It’s the coolest FREE app you’ve ever seen. You basically drag and drop every pitch, hit and play and it builds the scorebook and stats for you. Totally awesome. You can share the data live with the fans that can’t make it so they can see what’s going on. However…

It was stinking freezing out there yesterday. The wind was just blowing enough that it was bone chilling cold. Since I couldn’t wear a glove so I could use my app, my right hand was freezing. Hence….

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I started knitting a new pair of gloves. The right index finger will be left open only. People will think they are funny looking but I need them! But it’s April, you are saying. It doesn’t matter. We play in open areas where the wind is strong. I always seem to have a blanket on my lap. These gloves will be warm and necessary yet this season, I guarantee.

I wore my Hitchhiker scarf in to work today, so I leave you with a selfie of how it looks on.
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It’s Growing

2 Apr

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31 points in and I have about 130 stitches on my needle. Each row gets longer but it’s still going very quickly. It’s funny, I don’t have much spare time but a few minutes here and there really make this scarf knit up quickly. There’s no concentration necessary since it’s just garter stitch. The pattern is called “Hitchhiker” and it calls for 42 points since 42 is the secret to the universe in the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. That’s my 15yo son’s favorite book of all time. Last time I knitted this pattern, I only got to 41 points before I either ran out of yarn or got tired of it and said ENOUGH! So I have never discovered the secrets to the universe. Maybe this time I will….

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