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Saturday Musings

This last week was a blur.  I had a minor surgery the week before and this last week still had me limping around as I recover from it.  I didn’t realize how long it would take and didn’t give myself enough time.  But I’ve been taking things slow.

Monday night, I was at my local guild’s monthly meeting.  And I won this wonderful basket:

It doesn’t look like it but there is about 17 yards of fabric there.  As I said in a previous post, I’m not going to add this to my stash as I won these and I’m so excited!  I’m not sure what I will be doing with all of these but I first need to wash them because I pre-wash all my fabric.  🙂

Tuesday evening, I attended a friend’s mom’s 40th day.  In my culture (Pilipino), when someone passes away, we do a prayer on the 40th day of their passing.  By the end of the evening I was in a bit of pain and the hubby and I went home earlier than we would normally have had I not still been recuperating.

Wednesday was Valentine’s Day and my surgeon took my stitches out.  It made me queezy so the hubby and I didn’t do anything special.  We normally don’t but it was even more not special as I laid on a recliner and knitted until bedtime.

Thursday was the hubby’s birthday so after work, we hung out.  The girl cheered at a basketball game so we went to IHOP for dinner afterwards.  We were planning on heading out to Tahoe early Friday morning so we spent Thursday evening packing.

North Lake Tahoe

I took Friday off and we took a road trip from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe.  My family loves Lake Tahoe and we try to go every few years or so.  The last time we were in the area was about 4 years ago so it was time.

Follow me on Instagram for pictures … @ThousandNeedles

~happy crafting


Road to California

By the time this post goes live, I’ll be heading off to Road to California.  This year, I will be carpooling to Road with a knitting friend I met at my Thursday knit nights at my LYS.  She is a multi-crafter like me and has her hand in a bunch of different things.  She is also trying to finish projects and work through her various stashed items over the years.  I’ll be meeting at her house this morning and she will be doing the driving from there to Ontario and then back this evening.  My first lecture doesn’t actually begin until 3:45pm so I’ll have the day to view the quilts and visit the vendors.  I’m not planning on buying much of anything as I don’t need anything.  Who really NEEDS anything we get?  But, I’ve got a lot of the big stuff over the last few years so I’m not planning on buying anything really.  I did manage to save my pennies specifically for Road so if I do see something I like, I can still get it (assuming it’s within the budget!)

I will be attending the lectures: “This history of the Hawaiian Quilt” and “Quilts in Iceland”.  Both of which sound fascinating.  I will also be attending “applique for cheaters” and “the stripology way”, both of which I hope will provide tips on how to speed up my process.  I was able to get tickets to attend Jenny Doan’s trunk show.  I was surprised that I got these as I heard they were sold out.  I guess wherever I heard that was wrong.  And finally, I will be attending the “Roundabout” which I heard is a really good way of hearing about the newest gadgets, tips and tricks.

I am only planning on taking one class and it’s Crazy Beading.  I love handwork and I’m excited to try this out.


~ follow me on Instagram @thousandneedles as I’ll be posting pics throughout the show.


Saturday Musings

This week, I was able to focus and follow my current project rotation. The plan is laid out in this post if you have no idea what I’m referring to and are curious. But I haven’t been doing so well on the work front. I’ve only wanted to craft and my craft room and work office is the same room.  So I only have to look over and see crafty projects calling my name.  It’s been difficult and there have been times where the longing to do just a bit more on a craft project won the battle.  I blame it on being sick for the latter part of my vacation and not being able to craft my heart out during that time.

Today is Saturday and here is the plan for today:

Weave in ends, Quilting, bag making, sewing, cross stitch on Mama’s Bukid and Gamer

But first, here’s a picture of my craft table. It’s kind of a mess.  My floor needs a bit of attention too.  So, before I can focus on the things I want to do, I’ve got to clear this table off (I will need to cut fabric and I need that table to do so).

And I will need to clear off the floor.  Then I can have fun today.

Gamer has not yet arrived so that is not on the docket today.

~Happy crafting!




Frankenbatting and Secret Project #2

So I’ve been battling quilting fatigue or something.  Last year I completed 4 quilts and this year my plan was to quilt 6.  But I’ve only finished 2 and one of those was a baby quilt.  I have been on the knitting kick and my quilty life fell by the wayside.  On Sunday, I was able to get some of the mojo back and was able to finish the back of secret project #2.  I was on such a kick I decided to get the batting going and maybe get it basted and get the quilt under the needles.  That will give me something to do each evening quilty-wise.  But I reached a screeching halt.  I didn’t want to cut into a full batting so I pulled my bin of batting scraps and started piecing them together – frankenbatting style.  Well, I’m on my way to making the batting I’ve got 3 large pieces put together and I’m working on finishing it up.  But while I’ve got this bin out of the bottom of the closet, I’ve decided to work on frankenbatting and reduce the pile in my bin.

And that’s what I’m working on now.  I hope to get all the small pieces together and make a bunch of 30×30 squares which is about how much I can fit comfortably on my cutting mat.

~happy crafting!


My First Sweater

My First Sweater

I finally finished my kimono that I’ve been working on these last few months.  This is my first sweater/cardigan/ jacket and I’m really happy with it.  I still have to weave in the ends but I’ll do a bit at a time until it’s all done.  I think I’m about halfway through at this point.  It’s still pretty hot here in Southern California but the mornings are getting chilly and pretty soon I’ll be able to wear this.  My next sweater I’m working on is a Harry Potter sweater for Kayla.  I’m working on the back and I’m about 25 rows in.  I’ll try to take more progress pictures and post them here for you to see.

~ happy crafting



Maxwell Bag

The outer and inner parts put together

I took a 2-day class at my LQS last May and produced an almost done Maxwell Bag.  All I needed to do was the handle and some finishing touches.  I spent some time on Sunday working on the handle.

First Step – cut the handles to size.

Second Step – enclose the soft and stable around the cord


Final Step – somehow get the cord into the fabric tube

I spent some time wrangling the cord in the fabric tube and finally gave up.  I’ll try to do more in the evenings.  My next bag class is on Saturday and if I do not have these handles wrapped, I’m going to see if the instructor has an easier way to do this.

~happy crafting


Sunday plans

Yesterday was a very productive day.  I was able to do the first 5 items on my crafty to do list and interspersed other non-crafty tasks within.  Then we had a wonderful dinner catching up with friends we hadn’t seen since the beginning of summer.

Today will be a mixed day of getting ready for the upcoming week, crossing things off my crafty to do list and Game of Thrones.

Here’s today’s crafty list:

#1 – wash and fold new fabric

#2 – A Rainbow Garden – spend some time applique-ing the first set of pieces on.  Here’s a picture from my Sunday stash post earlier today.

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – cut the pieces and pressed the paper onto the wool fabric

#3 – Maxwell Bag – I wasn’t able to do this task item yesterday so it’s closer to the top of the list today.  The next steps are to cut the rope to size for the handles, cover it with soft and stable, make the fabric tube and cover the rope with the fabric tube.  I want to get these tasks done before my next bag class this coming Saturday.

The outer and inner parts put together

#4 – Starting Point Shawl – Yesterday, I was only able to do one front row.  I’m in the section that does a lot of PTBL and KTBL (purl through the back look and knit through the back loop) and that takes a lot of concentration from me.  I only have 1 row left in this section and then I can move onto the next color which is much easier.  So today I want to do that last row and the next two rows in the new section.  I also need to take a new picture.

Starting Point Shawl

#5 – secret project – hand sew the binding

#6 – Raining Cats and Dogs – spend some time hand quilting this project and apparently take a new picture.  The last picture I have of this project was from last year.

#7 – Kimono – continue working on it. The plan is to do a right side and a wrong side on each sleeve every day.  I hope by the time I make it out to knit night at my LYS, I’ve got the right sleeve done and I can concentrate on the left sleeve.

#8 – Cross Stitch – work more on Mama’s Bukid.

#9 – August socks – do a couple of the 4-row repeats.  Yesterday I finished by 7th repeat so I need 5 repeats to do.  At that point, I’ll try it on and hopefully, I can start on the toes this week.

#10 – And if I have time, pull out my pajama pants and get to the next step.  To be honest, I do not think I’ll have the brain power to do this if I get to task #10.  But I notice that if it’s on my to do list, I will get to it at some point.



Saturday Musings

I’m back again!  Thanks for being so patient.  We were out of town last Friday – Monday and I’ve been playing catch up ever since.  Work is work and by Friday I finally felt like I was getting into a groove.  I hope this feeling continues.

This week’s line up is:

#1 – continue to work on my Kimono… sorry no picture as it’s just a jumbled mess of yarn at the moment.  I’m working on the right and left sleeve.  The plan is to do a right side and wrong side on each sleeve every day.

#2 – Secret Project – machine sew the binding on (the front) and start the hand sewing part (the back).

Central Park Socks

#3 – August Socks for the Knitting Expat New York Sock Club.  It’s called Central Park and I’m currently working on the foot.  I like a foot with about 48 rows which means for a 4-row pattern I need to do 12 sets of that repeat.  I’m currently working on the 6th row.  It was hard to take a picture of this but there it is.

Mama’s Bukid

#4 – Cross Stitch – work a bit on Mama’s Bukid.

Starting Point Shawl

#5 – Starting Point Shawl – work a bit on this one.  I like to do a front and back row a day but haven’t touched this project since our return on Monday.  I worked on this project a lot while away so when I returned set it aside to give some love to the Kimono.  I need to touch this again this weekend.

Maxwell Bag – The outer and inner parts put together

#6 – Maxwell Bag – the next step is to cut the rope to size for the handles.

And that’s the plan for today.  We’ve got plans for this evening so I think these 5 projects will be plenty over the next few hours.

~happy crafting.