I set several goals for myself this weekend – to finish the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl, to finish two little Christmas sweaters and to finish quilting a quilt for our Community Quilt Project. I'm happy to say I completed all of them! It took some discipline – I really wanted to sit down and play with my new computer. But I do feel such a sense of accomplishment and peace to have these projects finished.
First up – the shawl, before:
And after blocking:
Pattern: Shetland Garden Faorese Shawl by Syvia Harding
Yarn: Dream in Color Baby in the Gothic Rose colorway
Needles: Size 4 Knitpicks Options
This was a fun knit. Although it isn't a pattern I will do over again, like Peacock Feathers, it was a great pattern, easy to follow and error free. The yarn really bled in the wash, but there was no transfer onto the white sheet during blocking, so I think it all came out. The edge is technically supposed to be even, but I didn't have enough pins or patience, and blocked out little points.
Next up – little Christmas sweaters (Izzy and Ivy, hide your eyes):
Both sweaters are from Top Down for Toddlers – an absolute essential if you're going to be knitting for little ones. The title is deceiving because the sizes go up to a 6. Both sweaters are made of Encore DK with some Jelli Beenz for contrast in Ivy's sweater. Size 5 needles for both.
There will be more sweaters from this book. Quick and easy, wearable patterns.
Last up – the quilt:
I didn't piece this quilt, but volunteered to take it home for machine quilting. This will be sent down to our local hospital's Cancer Unit. Our goal is that every patient that comes in for treatment gets to choose a quilt to keep with them during treatment. Unfortunately we have having a hard time keeping up.
Now that I've gotten my goals for the weekend accomplished, I can relax and play with my computer this afternoon. I've gotten most of my photos transferred over, although I'm having some problems with some of them. Some of my files are corrupted and I'm not sure I can recover them. So Monday I'll need to check our safety deposit box for a backup, or worst case scenario I do have printouts of some of the best, so I could scan those in if necessary. Soon I hope to have some digital scrapbook pages to show, but at this point I'm awfully slow!!
And, as you can see from the photo, Maggie seems to be feeling well. It's still a problem keeping her "quiet" and I think as of today I'm giving up. If the weather is nice I'll take her out for a short walk today. We're both going a little buggy and need some exercise. She'll be one happy little camper, and to tell the truth, so will I!