No, I didn’t throw a huge fit on the naughty bench, not yet anyway. I actually enjoyed my knitting/quilting time there… Allow me to explain.

There is this beast of a quilt…it’s semi-secret and only twin size, but it’s an original design that’s mostly hand-sewn and three years in the works. Since three years is long enough and there will be a great reveal next week, I haven’t knit but two rows this week, and I had to rip one of them out…two steps forward, one step back, right?

So, I’ve spent all of my spare time sewing this quilt and creating the border and getting the quilt top in place…And I need more hexies! And I need another hexy! And I need another inch or two here. I’ve discovered I’m a creative designer with tons of love and a boyfriend who scales back my eye for color, thank goodness. I must give him credit in the letter I’m yet to write and print off…because I’m also all about tough quilt love. I promise. If it is to become a dog bed, it will be returned. If it is found on the floor, it gets one opportunity to be picked up or it will be returned. I can find another tweak it needs(as it still needs some tweaking) and store it in my closet or hang it on a wall.

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Lizzie’s “Masterpiece” #1…Yes, she worked on two of them…

Don’t get me wrong. It’s meant to be used and loved, but with respect–and more than one would give a blanket. It’s also under contract, as I have to show it at shows and retreats. But the top is nearly done and my fingers might be a touch sore, though I sewed my own leather thimble and discovered I love this thing. I decided I’m gifting it as is for Christmas and allowing the recipient some say in the batting and backing, as well as the quilting. I’m certain  (and hopeful) that she will be quite surprised.

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If you look closely, you can make out Stars…the top row says “made of”

I also plan to finish the damn mittens that I’m still halfway through the one hand of…(I really expected to achieve full Wonder Woman status this week and get to halfway through the second mitten). But I only received a $25.00 gift card to the J-store  (Jo-ann Fabrics, for those not in the know)….that helped obtain some Christmas gifts at the last minute(both on sale as well).

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The finished gingerbread square created by Jessica and myself…such a cute courtyard for the love kisses(they were the last two, and I left them for my niece).

But I also had to test my wonder woman status this week and work on Gingerbread houses with my sister-in-law, nieces, and Little: Mariah. It was a good night, and I kept my youngest niece overnight and then made Magic Bars and No-bake cookies with Lizzie–which leads to nap time.

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The other side of the mittens that did not knit themselves this week…

My brain hasn’t registered my schedule much of this week, I was up at 8AM on Wednesday and 6:45 AM on Thursday. AGGHHHH! I’m normally not up before noon, and noon is early. I still work overnights. I’ve worked through most of it, but I needed a nap (which I don’t normally do) mid-day to work around getting up over five hours early, perhaps six full hours early. I don’t even have class this week. Alas, it’s not helping the knitting and I’m not going to knit as much when I’m ready to fall asleep…. I can sew better tired, so long as I’m not on the machine, and double checking my work.

There may be some more knitting tonight…I’ve accomplished two more rows for a total of three this week, however…I still have hexies to create and stitch in, as well as a border to assemble…and now real life must intervene and call me back to work for the weekend….alas….wish me luck. Next week, there will be a reveal…

 

…Famous last words…Sure, I can get a pair of stranded color-work mittens done by Christmas. Mittens are easier than socks, right? Granted, I did realize I did not have enough time to knit another pair of socks for Christmas…but mittens, why not.

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Mittens are easy, right?

So, I thought when I saw the cute, sweet stranded color-work pattern with a chart. I can do this. Mittens knit up faster than socks, right? Of course they do. I’ll have some time once I finish my classes, right? I can get them done by Christmas, no problem…says every crafter with good intentions each year…Do we ever really learn?

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Apparently, I do not learn well…at least when it comes to crafting…

I still have a semi-secret quilt top to sew, work and now these darned mittens. The designer is likely very creative, I got them here at Ravelry.com. They’re cute. And I’m finally using the recycled denim yarn that only took me eleven hours or so to untangle as I wound it. I’m glad I took the eleven hours, though I could have been working on a paper during that time.

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Squib, checking my inventory…

Alas, I have one more paper to go, and it’s a reasonably easy revision. But how does a modern woman interpret Medea? (Yes, I’m open to suggestions; I’ll figure out how to give credit later). In the meantime, I’ve been working on them and knitting up little black starbursts in the cloud colored denim before class at school and during extracurricular lectures. I made some progress, but if you know me, you know charts are not my strength…especially when I’m in company.

The lecture was on Neil Gaiman by Dr. Joseph Sommers: “It’s Neil Gaiman’s World, I Just Work In It.” I feel I must confess that I have never read Neil Gaiman(gasp!)–it’s not that I haven’t wanted to, but it hasn’t come up in my repertoire of historical romance and mystery/suspense. I think I need to remedy this…Do you think that will keep Santa from dropping coal in my stocking?

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Scamp, arranging her book nest…

I enjoyed the lecture, as did Dear James-who got to go with me and we made a short evening of it, because I had an exam today. It’s done. I now have to decide if I wish to sell this text book on Amazon. But that has nothing to do with mittens. In my defense, I was finishing the cuff of the mitten at the lecture. Now, I’ve attached color two and am working stranded color-work, that has some sort of design to it, I’m sure. “The left mitten features half of the proverb, with a floral Gotland motif, and the right mitten features the second half of the proverb with an abstract star motif, “The left mitten features half of the proverb, with a floral Gotland motif, and the right mitten features the second half of the proverb with an abstract star motif.” (Bujold).

It shall be interesting…I’m no longer sure if it’s faster than cabling…. We’ll save the “What was I thinking?” part for next week, as you may hear about these….

Oh, dear…then I read the note about using a larger needle size for those with larger hands…tune in next week to hear about the fix…(Or ripping and tearing I have no time for…perhaps I’ll buy the man a Neil Gaiman book, I hope tips are good, so if you go gamble, remember your dealer has to purchase gifts too).