Sock Progress

21 Apr

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Socks always look funny when you are knitting them, don’t you think? They look huge but somehow they always fit just fine.

I’ve made good progress for only 6 days of knitting – especially since so much else has been going on this past week! I think I’ll be done knitting these by the end of the week. The yarn is starting to stick to my fingers so knitting is less appealing as the weather gets warmer.

Gianna is scheduled to have three nights of softball this week for a total of 5 games! I think (hope) that Thursday will get rained out. 😊 I work on Thursday nights and won’t be able to attend that game. I might be too obsessed with softball already this season. Her team is struggling but she is playing great so far. The team will come around. They need to get the jitters and nerves out of their system.

DJ took off on his spring break vacation with the band last night. I, of course, haven’t heard from him since. Boys…. I’m sure he’s in good hands and when he does call or text, I’ll have to make sure I tell him to check in daily to let me know he’s okay. He’s not very organized but getting better at being responsible. And there are plenty of chaperones on the trip. That’s what I keep telling myself at least.

Sewing

18 Apr

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Added two more blocks to my plaid sampler. They are all from the Quiltmaker collection.

I’ve also knitted 1 1/2 legs of my socks. I should get the rest of the second leg done tonight.

Tomorrow is softball day. We have city ball practice in the morning and a double header in the afternoon. We have already done our Easter dinner shopping so that will help with the hectic-ness of the day!

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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