Saturday, March 7, 2015

Savor It: ALYoF Goal and Project Updates

My week has been crazy to say the least. There hasn't been a lot of time for crafting but what time I have had was taken up by labor intensive low-output projects which, thankfully, I'm loving right now. I've got a new motto: savor it. So often I try to rush through to start the next thing and I often find myself dissatisfied with my crafting. It's not relaxing me the way it should and it has stopped being as fun. So this week, I took the time to craft when I wanted to and otherwise playing with my kids and tried to enjoy my family. To savor it.

Here I am in my Patchwork Threads shirt with the cable hat. I think the problem is the needles. I've become used to Addi Rockets and these bamboo ones, while nice, are so much slower. I thought I'd want slow with cables because I thought it'd be hard but it's really not that bad.

I realize you can't see the hat very well in the last shot so here it is. This is the Traveling Cable Hat from the Purl Bee. I'm on my third of four repeats in the cable pattern, so basically halfway through. I want to say I've been working on this for like 6-8 months but I only started knitting in October so it can't be that long, hehe. This is what prompted my savor it movement. I want to enjoy working on this hat and, even if it takes longer, appreciate the beauty of it and the skills I'm picking up. Which brings me to my ALYoF goal...
This awesome quilt is my ALYoF goal for March. I'd like to have it finished by the end of the month so I can enjoy it before it gets too hot here. Ever since I bought this Lotus Pond fabric I knew I would love this quilt. I looked long and hard for a pattern I loved that would show it off. This is the Vintage pattern from Camille Roskelley's book Simply Retro. Then I waited until after my Quiltcon class to quilt it so I would be prepared to make it awesome.

Here's a shot of the quilting. I did free motion all over with straight-ish lines on the borders and then bubbles/pebbles in the triangles and squares. I am loving the whole process of this one! It's slow but I think I'm truly savoring every stitch and enjoying the view as I work. I've reached the halfway point with this one and while I'm excited to get it done I'm not rushing.

While I craft I love to listen to music, provided no one is napping. Three of my five kids were having an adorable little dance party. I adore how cute they are and how they don't even have to try to go with the flow.

Here's my last project of the week. This Fierce Little Dragon - pattern here. I asked my kids if it looks like a dragon and my eldest daughter, always the people pleaser said a hesitant yes. I told her I thought that it kind of look liked a snake. She heaved a huge audible sigh of relief and said, "I thought so too but I didn't want to hurt your feelings. It looks like a snake that swallowed something and is happy."
So that's me for the week. No finishes but a lot of progress. I think I may need to whip up a small zipper pouch so I can keep savoring my other projects and still feel a sense of accomplishment. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love seeing your progress, and the kids dancing around in their PJs. PJ days are my favorites and my kids are frequently chilling in theirs while I sew. I'm also impressed with your pebbles - I love the look of pebbles but they take FOREVER for me to quilt.

  2. Thank you for the reminder to savor it! I keep getting frustrated because I can't sew like I want to between taking care of the baby, the other three, the house and everything else. I need to remember that sewing will always be there, but these four sweeties will grow up and move out before I know it. Got to savor them while I can!

  3. LOVE your quilting! It is going to look Amazing!
    You can read her the first few pages of the Little Prince: "It's not a hat! It's a snake that swallowed an elephant." :)

  4. I love the picture of the kids having a dance party! We need dance parties in our lives! :-). And I totally understand your comment about the zipper pouch... Don't feel bad about wanting to make something small and quick. You can then go back to savoring every stitch on that gorgeous Lotus Pond quilt!


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