I hope that all of you are staying warm considering that most of the country (with the exception of my sister in California who I'm thinking evil thoughts about as it's warm there) is experiencing some pretty bizarre weather. Global warming?? I think quite the reverse. It's been miserable around here - lot of missed school days, subzero temperatures, snow, but the big thing is the miserable cold - days and days of it!! We've already hit an all time record for snowfall for January and I wouldn't be surprised if we don't hit the coldest month on record either. Spring just can't get here fast enough. I've barely left the house, but instead of having cabin fever, I've been having crafting fever.
I finished up the Hitchhiker Scarf and I'm really pleased with the way that it finished up. I was concerned about the yarn, but I love the end result:
Hitch Hiker Scarf
Crystal Palace Salsalito Yarn
And if anyone is interested, the quilt hanging behind it is a Schibbles Pattern called Recess that I made a while ago (and it still has to be quilted).
I also managed to get a couple quilts finished!! The first one is an older quilt that I started a while ago and then ditched in pursuit of something else (I have a bad tendency of doing that). But it's finally finished:
Wisdom of the Heart
Sophia Collection Fabric, Windham Fabrics
I'm not sure why the pattern is called Wisdom of the Heart as I don't see hearts in the pattern, but that's the name. You will also notice my trusty pal, Bailey, waiting for me to turn my back so that he can lay on it! He thinks that the things that I make are for him!!
I also finished up my Peaks and Valley's quilt:
Peaks and Valleys
Pattern in American Patchwork & Quilting - October 2013 issue
Pattern and Fabric by Tula Pink
This was really a quick quilt to make - although as usual I dragged my feet with it. I'm deciding if I should add a border or leave it as is. The finished quilt in AP&Q didn't have a border, but I'm still on the fence.
Stitching still isn't happening around here - Sigh!! I think about it, look at the few things that I have on rods, but it's just not calling my name yet. I seem to still have my knitting mojo going on and have been working on the Rococo Shawl:
Pattern on Ravelry
Crystal Palace Merino 5
It's growing slowly. There are a lot of stitches in those rows. I also started another scarf - the Linen Stitch Scarf - but as you will see there is no picture. I've been having one problem after another so no picture unless you want to see a tangled mess of yarn. After three attempts (dropping cast on stitches and not getting them back on right), someone pulling half the row off the needles (I won't mention names), I really got going on it only to discover that something was off on the gauge. Well, a lesson learned - while I thought I was using the correct needle - and the package said it was the right needle - it wasn't. Seems that needle companies aren't uniform with their needles, and what I thought was a Size 6 was really a Size 5. And a trip to the knitting store confirmed this after we tested a half dozen needles. So advice here - check your needles! So now I'll cast on again - the darned thing isn't going to defeat me!!
So that's been my January. Maybe I should be happy that it's been so cold around here and I've stuck around the house more. The winds are still blowing and the temps are still miserable (all of 14 degrees with a windchill of -4), so I think I'll tackle something else. Up next - cutting out these lovelies!!
Left - Vanilla & Blooms w/Fig Tree Breakfast at Tiffany fabric
Right - Nantucket by Minick & Simpson with Midwinter Reds fabric
The Midwinter Reds fabrics seem appropriate for this time of year, don't they? Vanilla and Blooms makes me think of Spring, so I think I've got some fun quilting time ahead of me. Maybe it shouldn't warm up after all!
Hope you're all staying warm and thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comments! I always love hearing from you!!