January 21, 2013

2012 in Review

Happy New Year!  One thing I did not accomplish in 2012 is keeping this blog updated.  As a matter of fact, I started this post on New Year's eve and you see it's just now hitting blog land!  It's a good thing I don't have hundreds of followers anxiously awaiting my next post.  As modern technology improves, I sometimes start to feel left behind.  Like what the heck is a hashtag and why do you need it?  I try too keep up but I do not stay on the cutting edge.  I'm somewhere near the caboose.  I just got a smartphone for Christmas and the darn thing is too smart for me!  I think I have discovered a few cool new things that will help me with my blogging.  Hopefully I will do better this year!  On to my accomplishments, and not in order of completion.......... 
Pillowcases!  I love making these things.  They are instant sewing gratification!
Owls on the left for my youngest grandaughter, middle flowers for my niece to match her quilt, and Spiderman for my youngest daughter!  I make them using the "sausage" method.  An excellent YouTube tutorial can be found  here.
A bird themed quilt for my first great niece.

And scarves.....lots of scarves!!!!  I offered to make a couple of scarves for a lady at my church to use for an Alzheimer's fundraiser.  I said "a couple".  She heard "make scarves for a fundraiser".  I ended up making around 20 scarves!  I did have helpers who knitted 5 or 6 for me and it was for a good cause.  This is in addition to the scarves I made for family and friends. 

They are so easy to knit.  Honestly, you do not even need to know how to knit to make them!

I went a little hog wild and have tons of skeins of this stuff!

I don't know what possessed me to buy this yarn in every color available!

Sashay Mambo

Starbella NightClouds

My first attempt at knitting ripples.  The yarn is Acacia Yarns Sweet Dreams baby yarn, colorway 037.  I purchased it online from The Yarn and Fiber Company.  I fondled this yarn at the Mid-Atlantic quilt show in Feb. so I knew I would like it.  I need to finish it for grandbaby #5.  She is due in June!
Bolero sweater for youngest grandaughter who was not in the mood to model!
This was an easy knit for a beginner although I struggled a little because I am dysfunctional in the concentration dept.  The yarn I used is Filatura Di Crosa Zara. It's a merino, so soft and yummy! the pattern can be found in Spring 2012 Creative Knitting Make it this Weekend.

Ok, guess that's it.  The majority of it anyway! 

In 2012 I discovered the following things:
The Walking Dead
My Fitness Pal

2012 went by and I did not complete a single cross stitch!!  In the first week of this month, I did put 10-20 stitches in Red House Sampler to test out my birthday gift to myself, an OTT Lite with the little magnifying glass attachment.  I like it and it helps a lot but I have trouble with it because my sofa has over sized arms.  No worries, I'm on the hunt for new living room furniture anyway!
No promises, goals, or resolutions!  I have lots of ideas for 2013 but since you never know what life is going to throw at you, I don't plan too far ahead!  That's all for now!  Thanks for visiting!


Ziggyeor said...

Ohh I like your knitting my friend knitted some of those scarves for her family members.

I hope you get some cross-stitching done this year. Have fun shopping for furniture!

Siobhán said...

Fantastic finishes! Wow, lovely stuff. Enjoy your new smart phone. I have to limit myself to usage or else I'd spend every waking hour checking all the social media sites and the news apps. Yeay on the guac, The Walking Dead & Picasa!! :)

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