Work is officially kicking my butt. Christmas is almost here and I haven’t yet finished the newsletter. I’ve let 3 soft deadlines pass me by already and the hard deadline is fast approaching. I’m hoping to get that done today but with quite a few other things on my to do list today, I’m not confident it will happen. I ended up at Joann’s for quite a few hours yesterday. The girl took a knitting class. I think she took it because I had the 50% off a class coupon a few weeks ago and this was the only class she could attend. She just didn’t want to say no to me. I thought she would enjoy it because she’s been wanting a knitted or crocheted hat/beanie. While I can crochet and probably make her one, Crochet is definitely something I only do when I’m in the mood for it. And that mood hits about twice a year.
I think she enjoyed the class. She’s 12 and she’s a little too old for the kids class (she was the oldest one there), she’s too young for the adult class. She enjoyed learning how to knit and even started practicing in front of her laptop while she watched some of her shows last night. She just didn’t like being the oldest in the class. I watched her for a bit and maybe I can pick up on those beginner knitting skills. I showed her Craftsy and the knitting classes I’ve been purchasing because one day I’m going to learn how to knit. 🙂 She may be able to learn more there. She seemed to like it better than attending a class.
So being in Joann’s caused me to buy 4 yards of orange fabric for Celtic Solstice. As you may recall, I cut way too many orange triangles in the first step. Now with the third step using more oranges, my orange stash is almost gone. I do not know if I’ll need more oranges but I pre-wash so I’d rather buy the fabric now, wash it today and have it in my pile ready if I should need it. I forgot to count how much fabric I used for Step 2 but for step 3 I’ve cut up about 1 yard of 2 inch yellow and orange strips. I do not know if I’ll need more. I find that I can only do so much cutting and then I switch to sewing the Half Square Triangles and then press and then make the pinwheels, count how much I’ve got and then back again to cutting. So I’ve got a bunch of strips cut but I’m not sure if that’s enough or way too much. I can do the math but I know my math got all weird with Step 2 – I think I may be a little short. So I’ve decided to just cut and sew as I go. I’ve been trying to cut all my pieces first, chain sew and then press all at once. As a result, I’ve got very little finished for step 2. Well, I’m going to do my best to get as many done for step 3 today. So far I’ve got a third of the pinwheels done and maybe a 4th of the HSTs.
Stash count: **I started counting 5/23/13
Used this week: 1 yards
Used year to Date: 41.25 yards
Added this Weeks: 4 yards
Added Year to Date: 180.25 yards
Net Added for 2013: 139 yards
My great niece is coming for Christmas and wants to learn to knit. I signed her up for a private lesson, only thing I could find around the holidays. After we see how she does with her lesson we may have to look into Craftsy – thanks for the idea…..
You’re welcome! 🙂
Hampton Ridge looks great. I really like the rich colors you are using in it.
You are making good progress with CS.
Thank you Kate! 🙂