Sunday, September 24, 2023

Quick turnaround


The end of the week held pleasant surprises... all of my quilts are finished! This one was going to be for daughter Alison, but it is too pink for her. Unless one of my grandchildren claims it, I think I might keep it for myself.

This one is for Joanne and Jan's king size bed.

I think Kara will love her new twin size quilt.

I used every single square from the packages for these quilts. I figure that some day there will be a toddler visiting who needs something to snuggle at nap time, and I will be prepared!

The crib size quilt is from squares left over from Sophia's quilt.

Sophia's quilt is for a full size bed.

Janko's is for a twin bed.

I bet you're wondering why some of the quilts are not opened up all the way. Well, Mom and I were looking at them yesterday, and I meant to take pictures of each of them on the bed. I took a picture of the pink quilt, but forgot to take pictures of the others until they were all neatly folded and back in their bags. I didn't have the energy to unfold and fold all of them again!

I have another color that I really like, Winter Flowers. This is another I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby. Most of the yarns work really well in my little Sentro 40 circular knitting machine. However, every once in a while there is a color that just does not work well. I've started a bag of yarns that I can't use in the machine, and I will find another way to use them. I'm thinking that another scrappy waffle stitch would be great fun!

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Big hit

Well, Dakota certainly was a big hit! I've had several staff members at school request a twisted headband in that beautiful color, and I only had one skein of it. Luckily, Hobby Lobby still stocks it. If Mom feels up to another shopping trip, I'll definitely pick up some more.

Mom and I had a busy day today. We had haircuts, which always makes us feel good! I worked on my afghan both before and after our trip to the hairdresser.

Today's goal was to finish up the headbands I cranked yesterday. The Forest color was a big hit with the volleyball girls, so I'll have to try and find some more of it.

I really like the way the Teal ones look. Both colors are I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.

I got a little carried away with cranking after school. Now I have seven twisted headbands to finish. I guess I'd better get started!

Wednesday, September 20, 2023



Before breakfast, I finished off these two twisted headbands that I cranked last night. I love this color! It's Dakota from I Love This Yarn. Could it be that my taste in colors is expanding?

After breakfast, I shifted gears and spent the morning working on this waffle stitch afghan. Mean Green Goes Pink night is less than a month away, and I have about four more rounds to go to finish this. I can do it!

The volleyball girls asked me if I could make twisted headbands in green for them. So, Mom and I headed to Hobby Lobby to buy some green. The yarn was on sale, but they only had three skeins. At least I can get started. The solid colors of I Love This Yarn have more yardage, so I was able to crank three headbands from one skein. 

Despite limiting my cranking time to what I could do before dinner, I managed to crank the tubes for five headbands, one of which is ready to go. I feel like I accomplished a lot today!

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Still cranking


I really did think about doing something other than cranking out headbands today, but the temptation was too strong.

These two headbands were made with Lion Brand Feels Like Butta, Dusty Blue. The yarn is super soft. I think I may check out other colors.

These two are lighter weight. I made them with Bernat Softee Baby Jacquards, River Ripples.

These are the ones I cranked last night after dinner. They're out of I Love This Yarn, Peacocktails. I really need to shift gears and get some other things done, but I am having fun!

Monday, September 18, 2023

Potato chips

I feel like I've opened a bag of potato chips that I can't stop eating. However, potato chips are not my addiction at the moment. Have you guessed?

If you guessed twisted headbands, you are right! I finished one last night and made the other two this morning. These are in Big Twist Value from JoAnn Fabrics. They call the color Sapphire. It doesn't look like Sapphire to me, but it is pretty!

Mom asked how many I've made so far, so I laid them out on the table to see... 19!

When I got home from school, I cranked out two more. These are I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby. The color name is one I will never remember... 424/Green/Turquoise/Red. I guess Hobby Lobby has as much difficulty coming up with names as I do.

Mom finished knitting a scarf in Big Twist Twinkle, Red. She gave me the leftovers to try on my machine. I was five rows short, so I added a some Denim Ombre to finish it off. Mom and I both love the way the touch of blue peeks out from the center.

I cranked out two more after dinner, but I'm done for tonight. These will get the finishing touch tomorrow. I think it was a pretty good day's work!

Sunday, September 17, 2023

I meant to make a hat

I really meant to make a hat today, but I also really wanted to make more twisted headbands. The headbands won out!

I knew that I could get two twisted headbands out of I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure I'm a big fan of the striping, but someone is sure to like it. The color is Denim Ombre.

Surprise! I was able to get three twisted headbands out of one ball of Lion Brand Mandala Ombre, Chi, This yarn is super soft, and I'm tempted to go buy some more in other colors. I think I should work my way through what I have first!

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Good intentions

I had great plans for today. I was going to cut the strips for daughter Andrea's quilt, watch two YouTube videos, crank two headbands, and get some housework done. I did not succeed.

I spent a good part of the morning watching YouTube videos, while working on a baby blanket that I started over a month ago. The baby was born Thursday, so I guess I'd better get this finished! 

A couple of the YouTube videos were about yarns that work well with the Sentro circular knitting machine. Naturally, I felt the need to check for sale prices. Mom and I decided to head over to JoAnn Fabrics to check out the yarns, and did we have fun!

We picked up lunch and headed for home. While Mom took her afternoon nap, I got to cranking.

Since we had gone yarn shopping, I felt obligated to try out one of my purchases. This is Lion Brand Heartland in Voyageurs. The color is prettier in person, but I find the solid colors a bit boring.

The bottom one is a bit larger. I tried using a looser tension, which was fine for most of it. However, as I neared the end, I had problems with dropped stitches. Mom likes the size of the bottom one, but she would prefer red!

I think I'll stick with the tighter tension. These are bound to stretch with time and use, and I expect them to be worn mostly by teenage girls. I could be wrong!