2018 Finish-Along Goals for Q1

Out of the 12 goals that I set for myself for 2017 Q4, I only managed to finish 3 of them.  Upon reviewing them I decided to port over a few of the goals to Q1 of 2018, drop a few and modify a few.  You will notice that my goals involved quite a bit of knitting and they are mainly Susan B Anderson’s pattern.  So here is my list.

Goal #1

To finish piecing and quilting the Spinning Quilt.  This pattern is by Cooking Up Quilts.  I am a slow stitcher and this pattern has a number of small pieces.

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Goal #2

I started on another quilt which has a rather tight deadline.  It is to be gifted to a young couple.  Feeling rather stressed now.

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Goal #3

To make a Tea Cozy.  This Tea Cozy is the request of my husband’s niece who is in UK.  I am really grateful to her for being such fantastic host to my daughter when she visited her in UK.  I am using scrap materials for this tea cozy.

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Goal #4

I had wanted to knit another Opal sock bunny but did not manage to.  So for this quarter I have decided to make the smaller version of the Opal sock bunny.  Susan B Andersen, the designer of this Opal sock bunny, has a pattern for the smaller version and this is so good for using up leftover yarns from the various projects.

Goal #5

To knit A Bear and A Bunny Suit, pattern by Susan B Anderson.  I have pink and dark brown yarn, very similar to the one that Susan knitted.

Goal #6

To knit Baa, another pattern by Susan B Anderson.  I love the colour combination that Susan used so I bought similar coloured yarn, hoping to knit one like hers.

Goal #7

To knit Hedgie, another pattern by Susan B Anderson.  I am going to use the same brown yarn that I have for A Bear and A Bunny Suit.  I love knitting amigurumis as they are fast to complete.

Goal #8

To knit Squirrel and Acorn.  The grey used for the squirrel’s coat will also be used for Baa’s face.  Once again another pattern by Susan B Anderson.

Goal #9

To finish the applique, My Funny Valentine, and then quilt it.

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Goal #10

Sunbonnet Sue purse.  Another WIP waiting to be completed into a small coin purse.

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I realised I am very good at starting new projects but not very good at completing them.  This is definitely not good.  I must do something about this habit.

Linking up with 2018 FAL

 

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Setting November One Monthly Goal

I saw that Spotlight Singapore was having a sale on yarns last month.  I got my daughter who happened to be near Spotlight Singapore to buy a skein home for me to try.  I wanted to try knitting a size 5 or 6 yarn (bulky yarn) as I had new chunky knitting needles.  So naturally I asked her to buy Heartland Thick and Quick as the yarn is machine washable and can be tumble dried.  I wasted no time to cast on enough stitches to knit a blanket and after knitting 3 rounds, I was satisfied that Thick and Quick was what I needed for the blanket.  With some quick Math I decided that I would need 14 skeins.

Next day, I made my way to Spotlight Singapore after work, solely with the intention to get my yarn.  To my utter disappointment, Heartland Thick and Quick was no more on sale!  What was I to do with 1 skein of bulky yarn?  I searched around the internet and found a few hat patterns that require 1 skein per hat.  I decided on a pattern by Lion Brand yarn called His or Her Hat.

I have started the hat with ribbing.  So far so good.  This is my November OMG.

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On another note, if you remember I gave my mother-in-law a crocheted goldfish.  Well, she is now ‘keeping’ the goldfish in her fish tank.  LOL

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It looks kind of lonely.  I will have to add more goldfishes into the tank.  🙂

I am linking up with ElmStreet Quilt One Monthly Goal

One Monthly Goal finish

My OMG for October is completed.  I set out to finish Spud and I did.  It required knitting in rounds.  The instructions called for the use of double pointed needles but I used Magic Loop Knitting instead.  It was an enjoyable knit.

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Another look at Spud with a dark background.

 

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Beth from Cooking Up Quilts posted an encouraging comment on my last post.  I told her I would post pics of my disastrous sock.  Here goes.

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If you look at the cuff closely in the pic below you will see that I got mixed up between knit and purl stitches.

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You will also notice laddering of stitches at the sole area of the sock in the pic below.

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I am definitely revisiting socks again. I just need time.

I am linking up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

 

1st Finish of Q4 FAL Goals

Goal #1 is completed.  I posted my completed Opal Sock Bunny on Instagram a few weeks ago.

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I realised I enjoy knitting more than crocheting.  Maybe it’s because there are many more techniques to learn in knitting than in crocheting.  The pic below shows the picking up of stitches for the arm of the bunny.  I hope to use the techniques learnt here in sock knitting.  My first attempt at sock knitting was a disaster.

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Next up I need to finish the quilt using the Spinning pattern by Cooking Up Quilts.

See my Q4 Goals here.

Linking up with Main Crush Monday.

Linking up with 2017FAL Q4

October One Monthly Goal

I have not participated in Elm Street Quilts OMG for a few months already.  I think I should try to rejoin, at least in these last few months of 2017.

I have just started on another amigurumi.  This is a pattern by Susan B. Anderson and it is found in her book Spud and Chloe at the farm.  Since I started knitting and crocheting a few months ago, I have been very fascinated with amigurumis.  I have knitted the Little Lamb in Spud and Chloe at the farm and now I am knitting the star of the book, Spud, which is a full-grown sheep.  The great thing about knitting or crocheting amigurumis is that they are small projects which can be completed within a week, some even within a day.  Using Magic Loop to knit makes it very easy.  So glad I learnt this technique.  See my progress.

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In the picture above, you see the back of Spud.  I am using my new Hiya Hiya steel interchangeable knitting needles.  I push against the needles when I knit so the Hiya Hiya Sharps will not be a good choice for me.  I love these needles and oh the cords are really flexible.  Let us see how Spud looks like from the front.

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The balls of acrylic yarn all ready to go.  I am hoping to knit a few more sheep and lambs after Spud.  We will see how Spud goes.

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So my goal for October is to complete Spud and then gift it away.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal

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