Welcome to another week of things to like. We're having winter suitable weather here, not much precipitation, but it did drizzle snow a little last night. I like winter weather!
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Welcome to another week of things to like!
It's been a bit brown and dreary here lately and quite cold going into this upcoming weekend. But there are still lots of things to like.
I started working on a new quilt. It's going to feature box elder bugs and I'm really excited. Their legs are really finicky, but I'm having fun.
And finally I blogged about this year's Christmas crafts! Click here to see more about that.
Hope you guys are having a good week! Click over to LeeAnna's for more things to like!
Monday, January 17, 2022
I know we're so far beyond Christmas now that everyone is already looking forward to spring, but I was so behind on 2021 blog posts I had to get those up before the Christmas ones. So here we are!
This was a bit less crafty Christmas than previous years, but I still did my handmade ornaments and a few small knit projects.
The ornaments I made this year were variations on Dorset Buttons, and it was fun to try different threads, stitches, and beads. Instead of making them button sized, I used curtain rings which made for nice-sized ornaments. I didn't get pictures of all of them, but this is most of them.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Welcome to another week of things to like.
I've been really enjoying the Hamish Macbeth books by MC Beaton. I know they're old, but I've just discovered them. I've read a few Agatha Raisin books in the past (by the same author) but never really got hooked on them. In contrast I've been listening straight through to book after book in the Hamish Macbeth series.
We had some beautiful sunsets this week, I captured this one while waiting at a stop light on my way home from work.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
2021 was a hard year in a lot of respects and that manifest clearly in my art quilting output. I made the fewest number of quilts this year in many years, and the fewest number of blog posts. While the number of quilts I make isn't a particularly important metric for me, I also spent more months not working on any art than in years past.
It's the first year in a while I haven't made a piece for my liturgical series, and between being ovewhelmed at work and other outside obligations and life chaos, I just didn't create as much.
My goal for 2022 is not necessarily to make more, but to hopefully just spend more time working on things (like my art quilts) that are positives in my life, rather than running around constantly feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and negative. My goal for 2022, articulated by LeeAnna, but resonating so much with me I decided to adopt it, is to promote goodness. I feel in need of an attitude adjustment, of reframing to not necessarily always see the bright side, but to work toward something good. I'll try!
Now on to a quick summary of 2021 creations:
Monday, January 10, 2022
In preparing my 2021 wrap-up post (going up on Wednesday) I realized I never blogged about one of my big knitting finishes of 2021. I spent many months knitting it so I'm glad to finally get to share it with you. I finished it shortly before Thanksgiving and it has been a regular part of my winter wardrobe since then.
The pattern is the Hoodie Shawl Cardigan . I picked it because I wanted a fingering weight cardigan, something not too heavy and easy to get on and off. I loved the way it was constructed, beginning with a triangular shawl and then picked up with short rows. The whole thing was pretty easy, though with fingering weight yarn I did feel like it would never end on some days!!
I'm pleased with the fit- it fits much better than some past sweaters (all error on my part rather than patterns). The colors are pretty fun too- the purple/yellow/green is a bit unusual and lots of fun.
Alas, while wearing it I got asked by the rental car guy whether I was going to an ugly sweater party, but I guess my taste just isn't for everyone!!