Thursday, July 5, 2012

giving myself an A+. .

i've made some progress since this post.  i'm quite please with what i've accomplished, and for meeting my deadline within a day or two.
my sewing table now looks like this.
i made 2 bags-a box pouch bag and a tote bag. in my quest to de-stash i made some cocktail napkins/coasters with the left over fabric.  i also put in a zipper in one sweater which i'm sorta okay with-it closes much better, it may become one of those "around the house" sweaters.  i also added snaps and buttons to another sweater, and i'm pretty pleased with the way that turned out.  i put one quilt top together, and have all the pieces for the border sewn and pressed.  i also decided that it was better to have the dry cleaners hem 2 pairs of sweats that i bought since a lot of fabric had to be cut off, and i really stink at hemming.  i went back and forth about whether it was worth paying someone, and i concluded my time was better spent on other projects. so all the mending projects are completed-yea!

 on the knitting front, i just finished all the knitting on my graham cracker cardigan, will weave in the ends and block this week, i'm in no hurry for buttons cause it'll be a LONG time before it's cold enough to wear it.  i'm quite please with this sweater.  i also re-dyed and blocked my NY cardigan, this turned out to be an "okay" project,  this was a project that i was determined to finish regardless of whether or not i truly LOVED the results-sometimes the "joy" is in the completion.  aside from running out of yarn for my spring forward socks, 

i'm pretty pleased with where my knitting is at right now.  i have swatched for my next 2 sweaters, and am making plans for 2 more sweaters from stash yarn.  i did splurge on some madeline tosh dk for my gnarled oak cardigan. you'll have to go to my projects page for details. i do need to add photo though.

i completed my OLW for June and went with a blue, grey and white palette. my thinking was that blue has a calming effect, and in order to really focus on what i need to, there needs to be a sense of calm or peace.  also when trying to focus for clarity, some things get a bit grey before they become clearer.  i added the words focus on the small and big, in my own handwriting, which i think makes it more personal.  i'm pretty excited about july's focus on music. i love how songs "speak" to you, so it'll be interesting to see what i can come up with for prompt.

i finally finished a book i got back in may, elizabeth george believing the lie, i dropped it off at the library this morning, so no telling what my late fine is going to be!  it was a good book, and i'm glad i kept it til i was finished. based on the ending there is definitely another one coming.

my goals for july will be to complete my OLW prompt before the end of the month, continue with the sewing projects on my table, and i'd like to finish my summer top before the ravellenic games start on 7/27. would LOVE to have the 4 sweaters cast on/planned completed before September 1-we'll see-now i just need to figure out what to take on the plane for my trip to anapolis next week.  something for the plane and meeting and for in the hotel-hmmmmm. how are YOU doing on your project(s)?


Beth said...

Wow! You have been super busy! I love the tote bag fabrics especially. I'm inspired by how much you're getting completed!

Mary said...

like beth said - completion inspiration! yay you!!! I'm trying to finish two sweaters (chaleur and laresca) this month...while making progress on color affection. for your trip, socks or a lace shawl? (I'm sure you have stash yarn to use!) safe travels...