Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 31 October 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 The good thing about slow stitching is that it is slow and relaxing. The bad thing about slow stitching is that it is slow and progress from week to week can be difficult to see. I picked up my Peppermint Purple blackwork stitch along and am two weeks from being caught up. I love the looks of this and it will look fabulous framed and on my wall so I want to stick to it. Each week on Wednesday there is a new square or rectangle released. My plan from here on is to try and get it done each Wednesday rather than fall behind again. For the next two weeks I will do the new release and one of the squares from October. 

I am mostly concentrating on knitting this Anisia Sweater. 

It is a very challenging knit requiring quite a lot of concentration. I am enjoying the challenge, but at the same time I am looking forward to finishing the yoke and separating off the sleeves and doing some fast and easy stockinette stitch. According to the sweater pattern, part of the yoke design continues down the sleeves. I will decide when I get to the sleeves whether or not I will do that.

I have joined a small group of ladies up here in Muskoka who are forming a Prayers and Squares group. Thank you to Carol, who reads my blog and saw that we had moved here and suggested my name to them. It’s a small group and given my introverted nature, that is a good thing. They meet in a church which is a 30 minute drive from home here. What a glorious and beautiful drive it is too! Although I may change my mind about that should I end up caught in a snow squall sometime this winter. I took a couple of boxes of fabric with me last Monday, leftovers from my fussy cutting obsession from 5 or 6 years ago. The ladies had a grand time teasing me about turning perfectly good fabric into swiss cheese. I had a great time laughing along with them. I am looking forward to seeing those fabrics get new life into new quilts rather than being stuck in  boxes.

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday 17 October 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 I’m a little late in writing and posting this today. We had the family down for a visit in our little space this afternoon, so of course that took precedence. Funny how we can all live in the same house but not actually see each other all at once all that often. 

I’m working on multiple slow projects lately, getting some further along and others finished.  

I’ve finished the scrap sock yarn scarf that I was making for my husband, but unfortunately don’t have a picture of it. Once I finished that I decided that I needed to make myself a Muskoka winter hat. I found a pattern that combines worsened weight and and bulky weight yarn knitted together to make a double layered hat. It’s called Heartfelt Hat. Here’s the outside where the bulky yarn shows the gold colour. And then the inside with the gold carried behind the rest of the yarns, making it the very warm and thick hat. My husband says it looks like cheeseies on the inside. It was a very quick knit. I have some yarn left over so I may make myself a pair of thrummed mitts with it.

In addition to the hat I’ve been working on my Peppermint Purple stitch along. I’m caught up into the month of September now.

And then I’m working on the beginnings of a new sweater. It’s by a new to me designer. The sweater is called Anisia. It doesn’t look like much at the moment. It is very challenging. I love all of her designs and the texture she achieves in her knitting. There may be more of her patterns in my future.

That’s it for today. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday 3 October 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 Six friends and I are doing a UFO challenge. We made our lists and started on October 1st. I actually started one on my own in September and then some friends expressed a wish to join in with me. We are posting our projects on Facebook. I have actually made up 2 lists. One is quilts that need finishing or at least a certain amount of progress. The second list is for hand work projects. All of my quilting projects and most of my hand work projects were put into boxes and stored away while we were in the process of packing and staging and moving and then getting settled here. So it is time to pull them out and get to working on them again.  I think I will make the lists and put them on a side bar of my blog somewhere, but in the meantime, I have them stored on my phone. October’s number is 3. For my hand work project that was my Peppermint Purple 2021 blackwork Stitch Along. I chose that one on purpose because I wanted to get it caught up. I don’t want it to languish into a UFO. Once it is caught up it will only take an hour or so per week to do the weekly release. At this point I am working on August. I’m choosing my own colours out of my DMC floss stash.

I’m still working on that scarf too. It’s gotten too long now to photograph all along the length. Another 12 inches or so might finish it. I’m discovering that yarn scraps are very much like fabric scraps. They never seem to go away no matter how much I use.

We’re heading out for a drive along Highway 60 into Algonquin Park today to see the changing colours of the leaves. The Provincial Park website says they are at 100% colour change now. It should be glorious. 

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.