Saturday, February 17, 2018

Floss Was on Sale

That's what everyone on Instagram is saying and it sounds like the price was amazing. I'm sitting here telling myself to stop looking at pictures of other people's floss and get my own in order. I've already got a complete set of DMC, or darn close to it.

All of this? 

That's left over from stitching I finished years ago. There are another eighty-four skeins in Sanctuary...which I'm still working on...close to fifty in Stonehearth Hutch, and another close to fifty in A Little Girl's Fancy....

How close to a complete set of 489 does that put me? Probably not as close as it sounds, because there will be plenty of duplicates between the three projects, but close enough to convince me not to do any floss shopping until I figure out exactly what I need.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {2/16/18}

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tracking My Projects

I'm trying something new this month, a tracker for my projects and which day I work on what. 

In case it's not clear from the photo, the days of  the month run down the page and then across the top is the name of each project. I add the names as I start working on something new or pick up a UFO. Stars show either when I began a new project or finished an existing one, so the last day of the blue basketweave shawl is marked and so is the first day of the striped socks. (I'm awful at remembering when I started or finished things.) 

The goal isn't to work on every project every day, it's just to keep track of what I did when and make sure that things don't get completely abandoned...unless I'm abandoning them on purpose.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

{Books and Yarn} A Grave Issue

I'm learning from my own mistakes here. Not as quickly as I'd like to, but I'm getting there. This shawl doesn't have a garter stitch tab start and I'd like it much better if it did...but I wasn't picturing that in my head when I read the instructions for the setup row. Maybe with my next shawl, I'll get that part right.

What I did get right with this shawl was to cast on before I finished the one that was already on the needles. Even though I had the yarn and pattern picked out, I wound up printing three different patterns before actually casting on.

A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell

Former journalist Desiree Turner isn't investigating the news anymore, but her name keeps turning up in the local paper no matter how little involvement she actually has with the story. All she wants is to pitch in at the funeral home her family has owned for generations and to forget the on-air disaster that ended her career.  When a dispute over a dead emu leaves one neighbor dead, Desiree gets to work both planning the funeral and trying to clear the name of the friend who's been accused of the murder. The setting is intriguing, without ever getting too macabre or creepy, and the mystery kept me wondering what was going to happen next.

Disclosure -- I was provided with an advance review copies by the publisher. All opinions are my own.


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