Monday, March 17, 2014


Although I've been quiet, I'm still puttering away over here.  Lately, I've been working on the current step of a mystery quilt(s).  I'm in the process of making 72 scrappy 9-patches.  Not hard, but not very picture worthy either.

Pieces for the Mystery Quilts
To be honest though, I'm finding my focus drifting in another direction right now.  Normally I do hand applique at night while sitting in front of the TV, but lately my vision has deteriorated to where I can't see fine details any more.  I've been told (multiple times) that I'm approaching that 'age' where it's just going to get worse.  By that, they mean I'm just a hop, skip and a jump away from 40.  I'm waiting on some prescription reading glasses to come in that I hope will allow me to get back to my hand stitching.  (This is my first time getting them.)

In any case, the inability to hand stitch has let my mind drift in other directions and I've found myself with the sudden desire to knit something.  I took myself off to Ravelry and after much searching have decided to make this cowl, Vesper by Wondrlanding.

I think I should probably mention that I'm a beginner knitter.  I've made a few things in the past, but thanks to Craftsy and YouTube, I'm hoping I can pull it off.  (By the way, Craftsy is having a great sale on all their classes right now.  I don't know how long it's going to last though.)  I've been practicing, practicing, practicing my stitches with progressively harder patterns and I'm feeling pretty comfortable with them right now.

FYI - I really recommend the Improve Your Knitting class with Patty Lyons.  She has some great pactical tips for beginning and advanced knitters.  She also demonstrates the different types of knitting - Continental vs. English vs. Eastern, etc.  It's one I'm sure I'll watch again and again.

Recently, I moved a chair into my sewing room.  I wanted to see if the scale would work in the space before buying a new one.  It quickly became a big hit.

Now I'll go furniture shopping to find one that's just right for the space.  I'll have to make sure it's comfy enough for them as well.

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. 
Ephesians 4:2 (NLT)


  1. I am right there with you! I had to get prescription eyeglasses last year, and I think I am due for another pair already! Congrats on finding a new passion! I don't think my hands have the dexterity to do hand anything! So nice of your fans to approve of a comfy seat in your sewing studio!

  2. Looks like your chair will have a wait list of users. LOL Have a happy day!

  3. That is exactly what would happen with any chair in my sewing room- :) We do love our critters, don't we?

  4. Looks like everyone is enjoying that chair :-)

  5. Hi,

    I'm so glad you enjoyed my class. Maybe I'll see you in a live class someday ( , or in another online class ( Looking forward to seeing your knitting!