Sunday, December 30, 2012

I have met my goal!!!

I have met my goal of finishing my Patriotic Quilt this month. After losing my dog, it was quite therapeutic to work on this quilt. Especially when I look outside at the snow, I get reminded how much Fluffy loved to play in it. I wish he could have lived long enough to see just one more of these winter scenes. But then, one more will never be enough.

Back to quilting. This quilt was for almost 2 years in the making. It is hand quilted, and since I lose interest very quickly, I think almost 2 years was really fast for me. Every time I hand quilt a project, I swear to myself that I will do this never again. I don't understand why I keep getting these ideas of having to hand quilt.

I sewed the binding on by machine, turned it, and top stitched it by machine too. I don't quite like the result, and most likely with my future projects will return to hand sewing the binding down on the back with a blind stitch. At least now I can say I tried it, and don't like it. I am all for fast and easy, but perhaps some things just need to be taken slow. I guess a quilt is one of those things.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fluffy, August 1998 to December 2012

On 12-26-2012 we had to say good-bye to our Fluffy forever. We have had over 14 wonderful years together. He was a wonderful play-mate for my children, a great watch-dog for me, and a loyal companion to my husband. I will never forget what a good Dog Fluffy was, and he will be greatly missed. We just had no choice to put him to sleep. Fluffy was suffering from Diabetes, and was Insulin dependent for over 2 years. But finally his illness caught up to him, and he suffered multiple strokes. So our wonderful vet decided that there is no more we can do for him, but do him the kindness to end his suffering.
Fluffy was always a good dog. He would greet you with a "Hello", or his version of it. He would watch over the kids in the yard, and block their way when they went to far away from the house. He used to sit and watch the woods for predators while we all enjoyed our yard. He loved taking walks in the woods with my husband, his favorite thing was to chase deer. Fluffy would sit with me for however long I wanted him, and keep me company. He was always patient with everyone, including his little dog brothers and sisters.We never had to clean up after Fluffy, because he always did his business in the woods. He was just a wonderful dog all around.
Fluffy is very missed by all of us, but we also understand that we would have been very selfish by keeping him around in his suffering. I like to think that he is in heaven now, enjoying youth and good health, and is at his favorite activity, chasing the deer around heaven.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

I am wishing you all a Merry Christmas. May your Holiday be filled with love and peace. May all your favorite people be able to spend time with  you.

I have a finish!!! Not the one I planned on, but hey, it is a finish. This sofa pillow has been going on for 2 years now. 2 years ago some friends and I had a Christmas Card Exchange where we included a 5" piece of fabric. I decided to make a Sofa Pillow out of them. The pillow looks the same on both sides, and is made completely by hand.
When I first gotten the fabrics I thought that all this variety would never work together. But then I thought of my friends whom have sent these to me, and about how different we all are, but yet, we are quite a cool group of Quilters. So I put all these fabrics together in a pillow, and I think  it looks great, and the fabrics really work out well. Just like my friends, we are so different from our point of views, likes and dislikes, walks of life, and believe systems, and yet we work great together. Now every time I see my pillow, I will think about how people as different as we are, can come together and become such a tight knit group as we are.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

I missed my goal

I was hoping that I would finish my patriotic quilt in November, but for some reason, it just did not happen. Well, I actually have an explanation. Notice how I left out the "good"? I changed jobs. Yes I have a job in a Doctor's Office as a Medical Assistant. I am still learning my way around, but think I am doing well. It is a fast paced environment, and really stressful at times. It seems like everything needs to be done right then and there. It can get a little disconcerting at times, but I actually do love it. The good news is, my new job should give me more time to quilt and knit. I am not working shift work anymore, and have a regular schedule of working from Monday through Thursday. How exciting is that?

Well, back to quilting. My goal from November is carrying over into December. I will work on my Patriotic Quilt, and hope I can finish it this months, so I can move on to the next UFO. I will keep you updated on how I am progressing in my endeavors.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thank You!!!!

Thank you for all your sacrifice. I know, it could not have been easy to give of yourself so freely. I really appreciate all you do. May God bless you richly.

Friday, November 2, 2012

November Goal

I was supposed to post my goal for November yesterday, but got so busy with Trick-or-Treating, my daughters visit from college, and such things.

I think this month I will focus on quilting. I have this patriotic quilt which I started nearly 2 years ago. The ladies in church helped me quilt it, but we did not finish. I have one border left to quilt, and a few squares to fill in. It should be no problem to finish the hand quilting on it and sewing the binding on within this months. I will keep you updated on my progress.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Puppy Beds

I think October must be very conducive for my creativity. I have started and finished a project, or should I say 2? I made 2 new puppy beds for my dogs. My little Lillie took right to it. The last beds they had, got quite bad, and my Mugsy was digging the stuffing out of them. With these beds I am actually recycling our old pillows. I just took 2 pieces of polar fleece, cut them 6 inches bigger than  the pillow, cut a fringe of 3 inches, and tied them around the pillow.

It is time for me to think about which UFO I will work on for November. I will go through my stash and see what appeals to me. I  will let you know by Thursday what I will finally finish.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Autumn Bow Tucks Tote

I have another finish to report out of my UFOs. My new Fall purse is done. I made one for Summer, and now this one, and plan of eventually have one for all seasons. I just really like that pattern, and the purse is a wonderful size to fit all my stuff in it. I also love the organizing inside pockets that I can sew in for my own needs. I think since I finished 2 UFOs this month I get to work on something new. Perhaps pull fabric for a winter purse? Crochet an Afghan? Maybe need a Cardigan? Oh the possibilities.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Roller Coaster or a hike in the Mountains?

Did you ever hear anybody describe life as a Roller Coaster? I prefer to liken it to a hike in the Mountains. A Roller Coaster races through the valleys and across the peaks. A hike in the Mountains is a slow and laborious ascent up the Mountain, littered with rocks to stumble over, and thoughts of giving up and turning around. Then if you decide it is worth the effort to climb up, you are on the top, and see it was worth the trouble. But you can't remain there for too long, and you have to embark on your way down. The descent is more rapid. You find yourself having a difficult time to slow down, because of the steep path, and gravity pulling you down. Then you are tired and worn out in the Valley, and have to hike up the next mountain. A lot of times it is really difficult to find the motivation to go on up the next hill side, and we wonder if it is even worth the effort it takes.

So many of my friends are in the process of hiking up the mountain, or even just starting out of the Valley. My prayers are with them, that they will get that "push" to keep on going.

I am on my career Mountain right now. If you know Mountains, then you know how it starts out gentle, and gets steeper as you get closer to peak. I must be close to the peak, because right now it is a battle to climb that rock ledge up there. I need patients, calculate my steps, and keep pressing on. I can see the cross that marks the peak, but it is just out of reach. It is so difficult to have patients, and not try some crazy short cut, and risk getting stuck, and having to back track to get back on the right path.

I am praying that I will have the patients and strength to continue on my mapped out path to the peak. All I have to do it climb over this big ledge. I am not having illusions that it will be easy, but I know I can make it over this huge stumbling block. It is very tempting to explore some of the other paths, but I can still change direction once I am over that hard part.

To make it easier to understand, the ledge is the job I have right now, and I have to hold on for 3 1/2 weeks more until I am eligible to bid into a job in the Hospital system that I trained for. But with all the things going on at work, it is really difficult to have the patients. The other paths are jobs in private practice. On a normal day, I am determined to get a job within the hospital system that I work in currently. But today, a job in private practice looks very tempting too. I hope and pray I can push through, and see what is on the other end, I.E. a job in a doctors office. I am getting very impatient to be able to move on.

I know I am unable to fulfil God's plan for me by myself. So I am on my knees, and ask God to give me the patients and strength that I need to arrive at the point where he wants me at.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Vanilla Mitten

I actually managed to stick to my guns this month. I have one UFO finished. They are just basic mittens, but very important to me. They are my first mittens!! Now I know the basic construction of them, and knitting patterned mittens will be a lot easier from now on, and I am looking forward to it. I used Knit Picks Andean Silk in Hollyberry. I know it shows very pink here, but the yarn is actually a nice, rich, burgundy color.

Now I have a decision to make, will I try to finish another UFO, or start a new project? I think the sensible decision would be to work on another UFO. I have to see what appeals to me at the moment. I might even have to unravel things I don't like anymore. But I will definitely keep up with my resolution of finishing one UFO per month. So I might pull out something more involved, now that I have plenty of time left in the month to finish another project. I will keep you updated how I am progressing.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I just had a grandious Idea!!!

I admit, it is not exactly a new concept, but it is new to me. If you know me, then your know my plight with my projects. I start a lot of things, but hardly ever finish anything. But since I am now not having so many irons in the fire anymore, maybe I can devote some of my time back to my hobbies. So I thought it would be a great idea to commit to finishing a project every month. Now I am just talking about finishing something I have in the works, some pretty close to completion. Maybe some months I can start a project and finish it within the month, but it is supposed to help me get some of my Wip's (Works in progress) finished. So from today on, until October 1, 2013 I will post about my projects at the beginning of the month, tell what I am planning on finishing, and at the end of the month I will have to post a picture of my finished project. Now I ask you, my dear readers, to give me a hard time if I don't follow through. I don't mean to be rude to me, that would hurt my feelings, but I can handle friendly jest.

For this month I have picked a pair of basic mittens. I always like the fancy patterned mittens, and would love to make them, but am a little intimidated because I have no idea of the construction of a mitten. So my thought process was, if I make plain mittens, I will have a general idea of what I am doing, and the patterns will be easier to understand and follow. I have the first mitten 2/3 done, and should be able to start working on my first thumb soon. I will let you know how it all works out in the end.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Scattered too thinly

I am suffering from Startitis again. Because with that I am scattered everywhere, and accomplish nothing. I am in this weird phase where I just run around in circles, am busy all the time, but really get nothing done. I know, I just need to sit down, take a few deep breaths, and make a plan to stick to.

I started my Fall Purse, and am making very slow progress. I just need to devote a few hours every day to it to get it finished, but right now, I can't focus on it.

 I also started a Sweater in my knitting. It is a Raglan top-down pattern that I came up with myself. So I am knitting on this when I find a few minutes.

I also started plain mittens. I saw all these amazing mittens on, and thought that I should knit a plain version first, in order to understand the construction of them. After this pair, I can delft into the more complicated patters. My eye is really on a few Aran Mittens. I saw so many wonderful designs. It seems to me, that just like with sock knitting, the possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lazy Afternoon

I actually have the day off, imagine that. LOL I had such great plans for today. I did my housework this morning, and planned on quilting this afternoon. Well, if not actually quilting, at least look for some fabric to make a fall purse for myself. But wouldn't you know it? All I feel like doing is sitting her on my sofa with a quilt over my lap and watching Miss Marple, Caribbean Mystery. I hope I will find the energy to go get started on getting my stuff together for the purse tonight. I am off work tomorrow too, and plan on going grocery shopping early in the morning, and then perhaps spend the rest of the day in my sewing room. That is at least the plan.  I am thinking, an interesting audio book, a pot of tea, and the hum of my sewing machine would be a perfect way of spending a day.

Well, I guess I will take a little nap before it is time to cook dinner, and dream of all the projects I want to quilt and knit. Here is to a more productive day tomorrow, and hopefully I can make some progress on something, any one of the UFOs I have around my house.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Time just flew by...

... because I have been super busy. I am finished with my schooling. Well, almost. I have to go to school for 2 more Mondays, but have all the studying over with. I took my certification exam last Thursday, and passed. Now I am a Certified Medical Assistant. But school is the only thing I got done. All my sewing and knitting has been on the back-burner while I finished up. The last 3 months have been the hardest. In addition to 1 day a week school, and my job, I worked in the Doctor's Office to accumulate my practicum hours. It was a grueling 8 weeks, and I have no idea how I survived those, but I did. Now I am finished, and hope that I will find a job at a Doctor's office soon. Although I do like my job, I am eager to work in the position I studied for. Fingers crossed, there will be the right position for me opening up soon. There are a lot of doctors in my hospital's affiliate system, and more are joining in on a regular basis. So chances are good for an opportunity for me to slide into one of those offices in the not so distant future.

Although I have not sewn a stitch in months, I have seen great quilts in various quilting magazines, and am quite motivated now to get back to my projects, and maybe get some finished. As the weather is cooling now, and the rains of fall are moving in, it is also more palliative to work on these projects.

I also started 2 knitting projects in the recent past. One is a sock project, because I figured I need some nice new socks to wear with my scrubs in my medical clogs when I do get a position.  After all, I do like warm feet, and look stylish. The pattern is called "Orla" by Andrea Delhey, and I found it on Ravelry. They are simple lace anklets, which I chose to knit in KnitPick's Palette in Pennyroyal, which is a very light lavender color. I have the first one finished, and the cuff of the second one done. I will have to hurry up with it, before "Second Sock Syndrome" sets in, and it will end up as another UFO.

My other project is a Cardigan. "Cool Breeze" by AmyPolcyn, in Caron Country in a dusty light blue. I found this pattern in Creative Knitting in the July 2012 issue. The pattern is very simple with stockinette stitch, and a simple lace pattern in the sleeves. I have the back 3/4 knitted up, and have to keep on it every chance I have, in order to get it done before fall is over. I don't want to wait until the next spring to wear it. Besides that, I do like the high I get when I finish a project.

I also have a few other knitting projects in various staged, but they will stay the way they are until I have finished these two. I also think it might be a good idea for me to stay away from, because every time I am on that website, I just find another project I would love to start. But I would like to get my house a little more cleared of UFO's, and therefore I have to behave myself, not order fabric and yarn, and finish what I started. If I finish all my UFO's in knitting, I will end up with 2 pairs of socks, and 4 sweaters.

Well, I better get to a close here, and pull out one of my knitting projects while I finish my pot of coffee this morning, and make some progress on that. After all, it is the perfect knitting day. It is quite chili and foggy outside, perfect for hot coffee and warm wool to work with.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

These are some of the things that make me tick, or tick me off

I decided to take the whole WeightWatchers thing a little more serious. I started to do WeightWatchers online a few weeks ago. I have some days where I do really well, and then a week or so, where I just don't care. So I will work hard to make this work for me, and to exercise as recommended. Because the truth is, this program really works, but only for those who work the program. So I will be on the treadmill in a little while. Because not only do I have a hard time with eating the right stuff in the right amounts, but I also don't exercise like I should. Clicking the remote control button does not qualify.

My little time schedule seems to work, at least for the school stuff. I have all my Transcriptions finished. I am dividing my craft time between the different crafts, and therefore no finished products.

What ticks me off, is when there is a separate set of rules for people in the same position. I have asked before in school for phlebotomy if we can take home needles to practice, and got a big old NO. Then I asked if I can practice and have a professional sign off on my sticks. Once again I got a big old NO. But then a girl in my class, who is really bad at it, and can seriously hurt people (I know first hand, she stuck me, and it hurt for 4 days), gets to take home needles to practice. Now what is the requirement to have the rules bent for one. I guess, since I am not too bad at phlebotomy I get a big no, and the people that really suck at it, get let lose on the population with sharp needles. No, I really wonder why there are different rules for people in the same situation. Maybe I need to start crying in class because I can't hack it, and then people will feel sorry for me too, and they bend the rules to my needs. Not going to happen, I never seem to get special treatment, and extra help.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Little Bit Of Everything

This has been quite a week, or rather 2 weeks. I will start you all out on new about my schooling. My two favorite teachers have taken a break, and we were stuck with the not so favorite one. Needless to say, things have not been going as well as expected. We wasted a lot of valuable classroom time, and did not get anything accomplished. To boot it all, this week was mid-term week. It was not as easy and enjoyable as usually, because we were just not prepared for it. But the good news is, the two favorite teachers are back, and we have only 5 1/2 weeks left in the quarter.

I also have news about my future. I got a job at the hospital I wanted to work in after school. I will be working in Transport right now, until I am done with school, and then try to get hired in-house into one of the jobs I am training for. But this is a major step, because I now have my foot in the door, and get preferred consideration for the jobs I can bid in.

In the knitting part of life. I am sorry, there is just not much to say, I have not spend much time with my needles. I would have great ideas about things I would love to make, but I have too many UFOs (Unfinished Fiber Objects) to finish. I would just feel way too guilty starting yet another one. I have to get back to my projects, I just seem to be unable to manage my time wisely.

Quilting wise, I have no finish as of yet. I have my Log Cabin quilt I started years ago currently laying next to my sewing machine. All the blocks are finished and need assembly. I also have a few quilts that need to be loaded into the quilt frame. Two quilts need to have the hand quilting finished. Once again, my time management skills need improvement.

Crochet related, I have actually only one project in the works, but am eyeing a few others already. I am working on an Afghan for my daughter which has blocks made with hearts in them. I am about half way there, and need to get it done before she will leave me for College in August. Other than that I saw a lovely little throw on facebook today, that a friend of mine shared. I think it is one of those must-make items. I also have a lot of crochet cotton that my MIL gave me, and I am looking for a nice pattern to make a few doilies out of, and actually plan on giving them to her than as a thank you for the thread.

Time management!!! This is a very sore point right now. I am trying to improve that big time. I am employing a timer now. I got the idea from reading my friend Mags' blog, . She has the great idea to spend 30 min every day in her quilt studio. Since I have homework and such, my plan is, to spend 60 min each day catching up on my transcription, and homework. 30 min each day on one of my hobbies, 30 min on exercise. This should help me get stuff moving in each category.

Well, playtime is over and I better get going on my plans for the afternoon. I will try to check in with you all again soon, and let you know how it all went down.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Bow Tucks Tote

This is my Bow Tucks Tote by Penny Sturges. Yes, I am back to quilting, and posting. Actually I was never away from quilting, I just never finished a project to post about. I have been on a Quilt Retreat last weekend, and picked up the pattern for this Tote, since I am in sewing mojo mode I made it this weekend. The pattern is very easy to follow, and rewarding to make. On the schooling subject, I am half way through my third quarter. Yes this quarter is hard, but also easier than the other, since I don't have quizzes every day anymore. This is giving me more time for other things, like sewing, or hunting. Even a job. I got hired by the place I wanted to work at, and am very excited about the opportunity, although it is not in the job I am studying for. I originally wanted to wait until I was done with school, but the opportunity was just too good to pass up. So I took the job, and once I am done with school I will bid into the job I am training for. Yes, you read right, I am hunting. I went turkey hunting with my dear Husband this morning. It was very nice. The weather was great for it. It was overcast, and a little cooler. We spent all morning calling Turkey's in. At about 10am I finally had a shot at a nice Tom, and missed him. But I think I ruffled his feathers a little, because he left me 2 wing feathers as a souvenir behind. Oh well, he was so beautiful, and fun to watch, he will strut another day. Perhaps he will strut for me again next time I take the gun out.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Things are not exactly going my way right now!!!

So,School is really stressful right now, but it is not the work or studying. It is a class mate!!! You know, the kind of person that does whatever it takes to get attention? My nerves are just about shot. This class mate is loud, obnoxious, and just plain annoying. She has to talk constantly, taps her foot during exams very loudly, starts singing while sounding horrible, and brings a lot of personal drama into the class room. This may sound very badly right now, but I almost hope she will fail out of the program, just so the rest of us can have some peace and quiet. I swear, I am not a bad person, but she just brings out the worse in me. I am working very hard all day to just hold my tongue and focus on other things, to block her out. I know if I say something, or show that she is getting my attention she wins. So, if you are praying to God, or at this point I take any higher power, pray for me to keep my cool, and to be able to just block her out.

With knitting I have nothing new to report. Currently I am just not in the knitting mood. My heart beats again for quilting. I decided to add on another row on my Buckeye Beauty, to make it into a Queen sized quilt. I hope to get some quilting time in tonight, and for the rest of the week. I would really love to have the top finished, so I can quilt it on the Quilt Retreat at the end of the month. This is my plan so far, after dinner I will study for tomorrows exam, and then I want to quilt and see if I can get these blocks I have sewn together, and perhaps start on the new blocks.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Patriotic Quilt

I have been to my church for quilt group today, and got an update on my Patriotic Throw Quilt. We have turned it for the last time, and found out to my horror, that the top is so stretched out of shape, I need to add on more backing to quilt the last border. Mind you, I did cut the backing 6 inches longer than the quilt. So I guess this one will have a pieced back (which I hate) or end up in the "I don't like you anymore, so I won't finish you" pile. Needless to say, I am quite upset about it, and feel like I don't even want to bother with it anymore. :-( So it might be a little while until I get over that one.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Some updates to my Blog

Just in case you haven't noticed it, I put some additions on my blog. On the right side of the screen you see my UFO List. This is by far not a complete list of my UFOs, but it is all I could think of at the moment. I will add to it as I find more UFOs and as I start more projects. I also added some links below my list for free Quilt Patterns on the Internet. If you can think of a good site to add to my list, please let me know, and I will add it. If you have a blog or website, and you publish patterns, or sell quilt related items, please feel free to let me know, and I will certainly add your link to my blog, so my readers may visit your site or blog.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This and That, and a lot of nonsense

Well, I could bore you with excuses why have not updated for a while, or I can just tell you the truth. I was so busy I forgot.

School is going really well. My grades are up, and I seem to have fallen into a good rhythm between school, studying, housework, and family. It seems to work out so far. I also started to volunteer at a local hospital on the weekends, in order to learn more, and perhaps to get a better chance of getting hired once I graduate.

I have not been knitting much lately. I started on the second front piece of my sweater, which needs the buttonholes knitted into. But I don't quite like the buttonhole placement. So I think my best bet is to rip it out, start over, and figure out where to put my buttonholes, if any. Since it is in chocolate brown I thought those big wooden sticks we used back in the 1970s to close our coats with would look nice. For those I can add loops after finishing with the I-cord method. But as I said, I still need to figure it out, so it is on hold right now, until I have figured out what I want to do with it.

I actually quilted a little again, and here is proof of it.

The OhioQuilters Yahoo Group had a Stay-at-Home Retreat last weekend, and it was fun. We got to stay at home, sew, chatter on the computer, look at each others projects, play Bingo, and win prizes (not me, but that is OK, because my friends won, makes me just as happy). I finished assembling the blocks I started at a Quilt Retreat I attended back in September 2011. Now I am slowly getting the blocks sewn together, one or two seams a night after all the other obligations have been met. The pattern is a Buckeye Beauty, and I followed Eleanor Burns' instructions. I should have read all of the instructions before I started, because I could have saved a lot of extra steps. The pattern was designed for a scrappy quilt, and if you have controlled colors, you can save a lot of steps. Oh well, lesson learned, and I will do better next time.

Speaking of Eleanor Burns, I went shopping. I love to sew with her so much, I bought several companion DVDs to the books I own from her. I am so looking forward to quilting with her. I can't wait for FedEx to get here.

I am so tempted to start a new project, but am fighting the urge really hard. I have so many started projects that I want to get some of them finished before starting another one. I feel inspired by my MIL to do this, because she has the same plans, and her reasoning for it makes sense. Her and I both are just starting to run out of places to store UFOs at. I am doing one better. My MIL is still bringing home fabrics, and I decided to start making scrap quilts with the fabrics I have. This will be a new experience for me, because I really try to control everything. But I think getting out of my comfort zone will be good for me. So now all I am allowed to buy is background fabric (if needed, can't give up control there just yet), backing fabric (I just don't like seams in my backing), and of course batting to finish my quilts. I am not sure about thread, I found a lot of thread when I was sorting out my sewing room, and think I am set for a while, unless I need special colors for quilting my quilt sandwich, but for piecing I am set. So far I have been doing good with my No-Buying Policy. But then again, the year is still young, and I am weak. But I will try my hardest, and try to keep you updated on my efforts. It is not easy driving past that quilt store twice a day going to school and back home.

Friday, January 6, 2012

My Christmas Break is Almost Over

On Monday it is back to School for me again, and with that also back to homework and studying, and all the other stress that comes with it. Especially squeezing all my chores and fun things into before and after School. But am I weird that I am looking forward to it? Some of the women in my class groan about school. For me it is a welcome step toward what I want to do with my life, now that the kids are old enough that I get to be selfish again. As I prepare for school, and drive there in the mornings, I dream of the job I want to get. While I am studying for my test (every day one in each subject), I can see myself using that knowledge in my dream job. To me school is the gateway to a new chapter in my life, that will bring a bright future with it. I feel like I am the only one with this positive outlook in class. Why can't the rest get enthusiastic about what we are doing? After all, it is not prison, it is school you sign up for. Nobody is chaining anyone to the chair, or is making anyone stay. Why are people so negative about the things they chose to do. If they don't like school, I am sure there are jobs that do not require medical classes, and long hours of studying. I don't see how it will be about the money either, because believe me, there is nobody getting rich in this job. What it all boils down to is, I just don't understand people.

On a crafty subject, I have some knitting and quilting goals for January. I am knitting on the kal for socks I told about in my last post. My goal is to get these socks done in January. I am also knitting a Chocolate Sweater since December of last year. I just started the second front of it, and plan to finish it off this month also. I really love the pattern. It is from the 1980's from the book "Maine Island Knits". The body is knit in a chicken wire pattern, and there are supposed to be chicken knit into the right front chest area, but I opted to knit this sweater without the chicken. I think it still looks very good. On the quilting front, I want to finish the quilt top for my older daughters graduation quilt. I started in at my last Quilt Retreat back in September 2011, and haven't touched it since. I started it as a twin sized quilt, but will have to make extra blocks to enlarge it to a full sized quilt. I am using the "Buckeye Beauty" pattern by Eleanore Burns for it. I thought it was fitting, since my daughter is a Buckeye Beauty herself.

Well, I better head off to my sewing room, and see what I can get done today. Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Under what rock have I been hiding?

I have been gone from my blog a long time, and have absolutely nothing to show for. Oh, I have been quilting and knitting, but just nothing is finished.

I finally unpacked my sewing stuff from my last Quilt-Retreat I was on in September. Yes, I was not even in the mood to set my sewing machine back up. But I have been hand-quilting at church on Friday's. We are working on my Patriotic Throw. I am hoping to get quilting some more again, and maybe get something accomplished.

I also have been knitting, just nothing finished. I have several sweaters half way, and in some cases more than half way done. I am also knitting another pair of socks, from a kal (knit-a-long).

But I do have a plan to solve this conundrum I am in. I plan on knitting, and sewing for 30 minutes each day. I have to see how I will work it into my schedule when school starts again next week. But I think I can handle school, studying, knitting, quilting, and housework. Other women do every day, and after all, it is all about priorities. I fear time for me was just not on the top of the list. I also think it might be good to limit my time on the computer again. During my break now, I noticed how I spent more and more time each day on the computer, instead on things I really wanted to do. Here is a promise to myself. I will make time for myself each day and do what pleases me for just a little while.