Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Finally, the Sun Is Out!

Yesterday the sun came out here for the second day in a row, and we logged our warmest temperature this year, 83 degrees!  (We saw 86 degrees on the car dealership thermometer near home.) So, after our morning commitments, we hopped in the car and headed to the Kitsap Peninsula and the town of Poulsbo.  Of course, we stopped at a yarn shop and a quilt shop there before we  crossed the bridge to Bainbridge Island so we could catch the ferry back to Seattle.



Even the mountains were out on this gloriously sunny day!  Our garden appreciated the sunshine also.  Here is what we saw early in the day.



And here is how the same poppy looked when we came back home.



Meanwhile, I'm still working on the long neglected beaded shawl, trying hard to get the correct stitch count for the border, but  this scarf below, one of my favorite patterns for multi-colored yarn,  is now finished. Hopefully it won't be needed for a good long while!  It does go with our blue skies though, doesn't it?




Carpe diem!  Enjoy the sunshine wherever you are, too.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Slow Down, May! Finished UFOs, Hurrah!

Here it is, the beginning of the second week in May!  I'm convinced that someone has put the calendar on "fast forward".  But then that always happens at this time of year, with lots of activities coming to an end for summer.  Lately, I've been working on some ancient UFOs, trying to whittle down their number. (I am way better at starting than finishing.) I was inspired by Judy L. of Patchwork Times suggestion to make a list of 12 unfinished quilt projects, and then she draws the project number to complete each month, only I'm using it on my knit projects, not that I don't have any quilt UFOs. (or cross stitch....)




April's finish is Color Affection which I started in 2012.


February's project Twin Rib Scarf was finally complete on May 1.  If you enlarge the photo, you can see how the sequins sparkle in multiple colors.



I already shared these two projects which were completed in January.  All that was left on the sweater was sewing the seams, something I can procrastinate forever!


These socks were the March project, and I've already shown them also.


And I know you're already wondering about the May project.  Well, it's teaching me a good lesson:  Do not stop in the middle of a project!  I had totally forgotten how to add the beads.  It's not looking good for a finish by the end of the month, that is certain. Sigh. Besides there's another project looming on the horizon that has a real deadline. Yikes!


I almost forgot this month's finish which is a UFO that wasn't on the list, Dublin Bay Socks, a fun and free pattern.  Have a great week and don't stop in the middle of your project!