Sunday, March 30, 2014

Welcome Spring...

After a long cold winter, I finally see signs of Spring coming to life.  My neighbors Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom and the neighborhood has a bunch of flowering pink trees that are just gorgeous!  (I'm not a gardener so I'm not sure if they're Cherry Blossoms or something else, but they're beautiful.)  Having said that, I actually woke up to snow this morning.  My deck was covered with just a thin layer of slushy white snow along with our cars and a neighbor's roof.  Otherwise, there wasn't a speck of it anywhere.  It was also 46 degrees when I got up this morning, so how we ended up with snow is a complete mystery...

I've been doing a little bit of sewing lately.  I finally managed to catch up on all the clues for the Mystery quilts.  Just as I finished ironing the last seam of the last piece and was ready to put it all away, I noticed something wasn't quite right.  After looking at the directions again, I realized I had sewed 23 out of 24 units completely wrong.  I was supposed to sew a strip to each side of a HST and of course I sewed them to the wrong sides.  So then I spent the next couple of hours ripping everything out and redoing it.  Fortunately it's been a long time since I've made a mistake like that (and hopefully it will be much, much longer before I do it again!)

I'm still waiting on my sewing glasses to come in so I haven't been able to work on my hand applique.  I'm almost finished with a block, so I'm a little anxious to get back to it.  Each block takes such a long time, that it's exciting to get to the final few pieces.

In the meantime, I've been practicing my knitting.  I've watched and re-watched the Improve Your Knitting and Explorations in Cable classes on Craftsy.  Both of them are chock full of information and I'm sure I'll keep going back to them.  I've learned how to make cables without a cable needle (which sounds a lot scarier than it actually is.)  I've made a few samples and my knitting is definitely getting better...

I've also started on a prayer shawl in a pattern I never would have attempted before.  I've learned how to un-knit as well, a skill that is coming in handy far too frequently!  (Don't you just love learning new things?  I do)

I'm hoping to get back to quilting some projects starting tomorrow.  I have too many half-quilted projects lying around and it would be nice to start finishing them up.

I hope that you're starting to thaw out wherever you are.  I expect that in the northern states, you're in for bit more winter before Spring arrives, but hopefully it comes soon.  Of course, if you're on the other side of the world, you're probably looking forward to some cooler weather after a hot summer.  I told my husband to remind me of how much I longed for warm weather when it's 100+ degrees outside this summer.  I'm so grateful God created different seasons.  About the time we're tired of one, another comes along to take it's place.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” 
Psalm 139:14 (NLT)


  1. We didn't get snow the past few days--just lots and lots of rain. And it is in the 40s, but things are flowering all over. Daffodils, cherry trees, pear, forsythia, etc. Maybe it will start to warm up? I'm afraid it will go from the low 50s to the 80s in one week! Your knitting samples look great! What is it about a cable knit in a creamy oatmeal colored yarn that just looks perfect!

  2. I can't believe you had signs of snow. All it has done up here all night was rain. Butch hopes it dries out so he can get our land ready for planting.

    I bought a book to teach myself to knit something other than basic knit stitch. I will have to check the Craftsy classes out. Visual is always better for me.

    Your first tries look great!

  3. Love your cables. Keep at it. I am making progress with the Farmer's Wife blocks. Of course working with the small pieces of fabric we have been given has challenged my paper piecing abilities big time. BUT I am managing nicely despite my errors along the way.

  4. Those are fabulous knitting samples! Your lack of sewing glasses doesn't seem to be a problem there!

  5. Wow Dee! You are a VERY talented at knitting! I understand your frustration sewing all of those units, only to figure out they were sewn incorrectly! It is a definite delay in your work! Thank goodness you caught it so you could complete the clue in your mystery!