I am gutted that we’ve already reached the last Friday of October. This was such a hard month for us, but I’m happy to report that we’ve had some major successes this week that have given me a tremendous amount of hope. So things are looking up around here! And I have a lot of crafting from this week to share, so please come on in and catch up with me.

I finished up these socks today! The pattern is DRK Everyday Socks and they’re knit up with KnitPicks Muse in Thrill (here’s my Rav link). I am always so surprised by how quickly a pair of socks can knit up, especially when you’re only picking them up here and there throughout the day. These socks were never my main focus over the last week, but nevertheless – they were completed in exactly 7 days.

These Bloom quilt blocks were my main crafting focus this week. I only get down to the basement to sew after all three kids are in bed for the evening, which is around 9pm these days. Several times this week I surprised myself by looking at my watch and discovering it was after midnight and way past my bedtime. But of course — these are so addictive! This picture shows blocks 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the quilt. I am waiting a bit to order an 8.5″ ruler to trim them down to size and sew on the borders for each block. But they’re still so darling even when they’re unfinished like this!

Not Pictured:
A Plump Wife – I finished cross stitching this project last Friday! Next step is to figure out a frame size and how to mount it.

Flower a Day – I finally managed to get up early enough to put in a few morning stitches on this project! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve made any real progress on it, so there’s nothing new to share.

Shifty (Ravelry link) – Bryce and I watch a few PBS Kids shows before he goes to bed each evening. I had been cross stitching during this time, but switched over to my Shifty because I finished A Plump Wife last week. So I’ve made progress! The next row is the 4th yoke increase, so I’m looking forward to tackling that one tonight.

Mandolin Quilt – This is my current handsewing project. I’ve got the pieces for my next block cut and basted. I’m planning to start sewing them together on Monday.

Waiting For:
I ordered the Blackbird Designs Winds of Autumn booklet and am excited to get started on a fall themed project. I have been itching to cross stitch but, because I’m so new to this craft, I don’t really have anything at the ready to work on! I don’t have very many patterns in my stash nor do I have any linen to speak of, so I can’t easily start anything new like I can with my other crafts. I know that will all come in time, but it’s a little frustrating when we’re getting started with something new.


Thank you all for your kind comments on my Stillness post this week. I am so grateful for this space and your friendship. It means more than I can put into words. Tonight’s post-9pm agenda: Practical Magic, hot chocolate, and my Shifty. I hope some of you will be able to join me in spirit!

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  1. Katie I love your socks! I just casted off a pair too and have started a new pair. Your Shifty is looking quite wonderful and I am in awe of your quilt blocks. Such happiness in your post today and such beautiful creative accomplishments too! Enjoy your movie, that’s a good one and, I may have to buy the copy of the Blackbird Designs from Anabellas shop too.Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I’m always amazed by how quickly a pair of socks knits up when you work on it regularly, even when it feels like you’re not putting in that much time in any given session. I’m excited about seeing your cross-stitching more, and I think I really need to get out some of my long-neglected projects. Now that we’re officially going to Florida in December, maybe I’ll take one with me to work on by the pool!

    I’m also glad to hear that I have company in the slowpoke group on our little Shifty KAL. Mary is almost done!

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  3. I love your socks! I’m so impressed you’re able to knit with 3 children in the house! Your bloom blocks are lovely. I know what it’s like to look at a watch and see how late it is! Happens to me all the time. Have a great first week of November, blessings to you and your family!

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  4. wow, socks in a WEEK?!? look forward to seeing more of those Bloom squares … and a Shifty WIP photo (pretty please!) wishing you an easy transition to November – I remember the time change being especially tough with little ones who cannot appreciate the absolute joy of an extra hour of sleep or the desire to get to bed a little early.

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  5. Wow, you have been a busy lady this week. Sorry, I’m late getting to read this. It’s been a hectic week for me. Doc removed a tumor the size of a large jawbreaker and sent it off to biopsy. He doesn’t think it’s worrisome. So, I’m resting… and of course, it is National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) so I’ve started writing more on my newest novel. I’, sitting pretty with over 7 k of words already so that’s good. I just sent off a 50qt bin full of afghans, baby hats, and prayer shawls that I’ve been working on the last few months. So happy to do that… and for the love of the ladies who have provided meals while I rest up. Such a blessing.

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