My New Sewing Room

Sewing Room

Here is my sewing room. I got home from work yesterday and it was all set up. Ok, this isn’t the whole room, but it’s just the main sewing area. On one wall there is a queen-sized bed for guests, because this room also doubles as the guest room. Next to the bed, there is an old secretary that used to be his grandmother’s. I use it to keep all my magazines and books. Next to the secretary is another plastic drawer thing like the one in the picture above. It holds most of my yarn stash. The one in the picture is mainly empty because my DH took it from the computer room. He dumped all the computer stuff that was in it into his old filing cabinet, just so I could use it for more storage. The room also has a window and two small closets. One of the closets has more yarn (2 big boxes full of yarn for 2 separate projects) and my cross-stitch supplies. It also has my old sewing machine (that used to be my mom’s). In between the two small closets is a window. There under the window is a 4-drawer chest that I’m going to clean out so that I’ll have even more storage and a small 13″ TV. So I can watch my soaps or Food TV while I sew. 🙂 I’m so happy with my new sewing area. My DH said he has his craft garage (he uses the garage as his workshop) and now I have my craft room. Of course he also put in an order. I told him now I’d have to go shopping so I could start on my quilt, and he said I have to make 2 queen-sized quilts, one for each bed. So I have my work cut out for me. And yes, I plan to go fabric shopping this weekend.

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My First Quilt

I’ve picked the pattern for my first quilt. It’s an Oklahoma Twister from the February 2006 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. I totally love it! And my LQS has that triangle paper that makes it easy to do all those triangles. So I think I’ll be out shopping this weekend…need to get my triangle paper and fabric. I’m so excited! I can’t wait to start working on it. I’ll make sure to post pics of my progress. I saw two other quilts in that same magazine that I think I’d like to make, so those have been marked for future project ideas. Wow! All these projects are going to make my head spin. Between knitting, crochet, quilting and cross-stitch, I’ve got a lot on my plate. Not to mention scrapbooking. Sheesh…so much to do and so little time. Darn job…it’s just interfering with my hobbies. LOL!

Anyway, last night I purchased my sewing table with my Christmas money. I got it at Wal-Mart so it isn’t fancy, but it is perfect for me. I don’t have much space as it is. It comes with a cushioned stool so I don’t have to drag the computer chair from room to room. That will be nice. Now we just have to rearrange the guest room so that everything fits nice and I have a feng shui workspace. LOL! Right now, everything is just sort of thrown in the room and it isn’t the most productive placement.

Making Progress With Blanche

I spent Christmas Eve knitting Blanche. I was on a good roll, till evening when I was getting tired and kept having to rip back rows of stitches. So I’m working on the armholes of the 2nd piece of Blanche. Only 2.5″ more to go, then I bind of the neck and shoulders. Block it, and seam it, working the armhole and neck bands. If I really make an effort, I could technically be done tonight and have it blocking before I go to bed. It’s not very likely though. I have errands to run today at lunch and things to do tonight when I get home. But I am really going to try to at least have it blocking by the weekend. Hmm, wouldn’t it be great to have 2 of my NYR done before the new year even starts. How awesome would that be?

Finished: Grandma's Doily

Grandma's Doily

It’s finished and she loved it. More notes to come, but I have to run to work. I just wanted to get this posted. OK, so here’s the scoop. I finished it on 22nd. Mom helped me block it that night and it was ready the next morning. Which was perfect timing because we went to Grandma’s house that afternoon (23rd). She really loved it. It was the perfect gift because mom told me she had recently mentioned that it was really great that I was into the crafts. Of all her granddaughters, I was the only one who really took to it. My sister does a little cross-stitch, but that’s it and she has 6 granddaughters. She immediately found a place to put it, but is going to wait till all her Christmas decorations are put away. Everyone thought it turned out great and while we were at Grandma’s house, my DH noticed a lace crochet tablecloth she had on her dining room table. He said now I have to make something like it. Well, I have already picked out a pattern and crochet cotton to do a small tablecloth…one that fits those small round end tables.

New Year's Resolution

OK, It’s time to make my New Year’s resolution. I plan to finish a few UFOs in my stash. By priority and starting today (yes, I’m starting my resolutions today):

  1. Grandma’s Doily – It might not get done by Christmas, but I’m going to put as much effort as I can into getting it done. Maybe when we get to FL tomorrow, I’ll have time to relax and work on it.
  2. Blanche – I’m about 1/2 done with the back panel. Then all that’s left is to block and seam.
  3. Crochet Afghan – All that’s left is to piece it together…35 squares and do two rounds of edging. Oh and I’ll probably have to redo one.
  4. Sock #2 – The one sock I did two summers ago is missing its pair so I need to get it done. I feel much more comfortable on dpns now that I’ve done my legwarmers so maybe it won’t be so akward. And I really don’t mind dpns anymore. I guess it just takes some getting used to.
  5. Chamomile – I’m going to have to rip the front and start over. That’s why this project is last on the list. My knitting has loosened over the past two years so my gauge is way off. I started this project with needles two sizes bigger than the pattern says, but that was the only way I could get gauge. I realized that the front is coming out much bigger than it should, so I feel I need to start over.

So, those are my priority items before I start anything new. I also have another crochet afghan that I’m working on…a gingham and ruffles in two shades of green and a cream. It’s going to be gorgeous when I’m done, but it is made up of about 300+ small granny squares. I’ve got about 30 made. I’m not in a rush with this project and it’s the one of all of them that I won’t feel guilty about if it takes me 3+ years to finish. The squares are so simple to make that it’s just a fun project to have around that doesn’t require too much concentration. I’ve also decided that depending on just how nice it turns out, I want it to be a family heirloom.