Finishing things

This week, while waiting for the 5th shawl pattern from Curious Handmade, I finished two hats and a sleeve.  Plus got the yarn for a cowl I want to knit from Churchmouse yarn pattern called “Tapered Cowl”.  It came with a little fabric too, for a quilt and stash, I’m a sucker for a clearance sale.  I finished the gray and turquoise Pandamonium hat and the Thinking hat.  I left out one panda head repeat on the hat and the size is much better.  I used worsted weight yarn, so my first hat was a bit big.  The Thinking hat is also a bit big, I’m thinking of felting it slightly to make it fit more snuggly to the head. I also finished the right sleeve of the Strale sweater yesterday, before casting on for the Wishmaker Shawl.

 

I changed my yarn choice for the Wishmaker shawl.  I was going to use some DK weight yarn that I had gotten in a sweater kit, but it was too blend-y. The shawl would have lost all its character.  Instead I am using another stash yarn, a two ply natural color alpaca yarn. I have three colors, brown, tan and natural white.  I bought this yarn a long time ago, and made a linen stitch jacket out of Jean Frost’s book “Jacket” called Winchester.  Sadly I have grown too much to wear it, but I keep it because that linen stitch took so long to do.  Anyway, I had enough left over yarn, so now it will become a shawl that fits me.  I’ll have to add a picture later, as I don’t have one yet.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for the knitting report today.  As usual she’s got a great assortment of WIP’s and up coming projects 🙂

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Design Wall

I started the Stair Bender quilt last week.  It’s not difficult, strip piecing and simple sewing and cutting, just a lot of it. There are twenty blocks that have 30 diamonds, and each diamond has 3 pieces, 1800 pieces.  I have been sewing in batches and chain piecing where ever I can, it just takes time.

I have also been working on quilting my gravity quilt.  I had it on the frame and all ready to go, when I had to take it off to quilt a baby quilt.  Happily, the young recipient is home from the NICU and growing fast.  I used up some more of the Story book fabric line for this quilt, I think I have enough of this fabric left to make one more small quilt.

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I used a cute pantograph of clouds and stars to compliment all the clouds in the fabric.

Linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design wall Monday.

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Knitting

This past week I’ve finished my Rune shawl, worked on finishing my Thinking cap hat, bought a few shawl patterns, made a pandamonium hat, bought some more yarn to make another and bought some Alpaca yarn to make a cowl.  I’m anxiously awaiting the new Curious Handmade shawl #5, two more days!  I have yarn from my stash wound and waiting, it is from a sweater kit I bought eons ago, I think its quite out of style now, so the yarn is being re-purposed.

This is my Rune shawl, I added an additional row of gray to the last section.  I had purchased 2 skeins of each color, and I had almost a half skein of gray left.  After the picot binding, I had about five yards of teal and ten of the gray.  Yay for not having an extra half skein of yarn hanging around.

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The Thinking Cap hat is a pattern from Churchmouse Yarns and Tea , I’m making it with baby yak lace weight yarn with #1 needles.  Yes, it is taking forever, but I started the decreases for the crown last night, the end is in sight.  The resulting fabric is very soft and warm, my son in Boston will enjoy wearing it this winter.

I found a few free shawl patterns on Ravelry, which may or may not get done, but they looked like fast and simple projects.  I made a Pandamonium hat (thanks for the lead on that JudyL).  I found some bright acrylic yarn at Michaels for 99 cents a skein, I got eight and enough to make two hats.  The first hat came out a bit large, due to the yarn being a bit too thick.  My daughter likes it, as it is pink, and a bit “slouchy”.  I think I will make the next one with only 7 panda faces.  Churchmouse is also releasing 8 new patterns this week, and there is a pretty cowl I’d like to make, coincidentally Craftsy is having a clearance sale.  I bought three skeins of Alpaca for it, and I hope to make it up in time for my son’s girlfriend as a Christmas present.

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Its supposed to be very hot here this weekend, so lots of indoors-time for knitting.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for this weeks Knitting report .

 

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Yesterday I quilted the top of my entry for PIQF.  It is coming along nicely.  I have two more weeks to complete it.  I guess I’m on schedule.  I used Micro quilter from superior and wool batting, it gave me a nice texture on the Essex linen.  The color blends in nicely too.

I’m off to cut a few miles of black fabric strips.

Linking up with Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I Get a Whoop Whoop” today, because I feel accomplished!

Knitting Report

Sometimes I feel like I don’t get much done in the hours I spend knitting.  This past winter I knit almost everyday, but didn’t finish the sweater I was making.  I think I made a few scarves, hats and such, but its all a blur.  Then spring came and I lost interest for a few months.  I heard about the Curious Handmade Shawl Society II just after it started in May and jumped in with two needles.  I’m on my fourth shawl, the Rune Shawl currently.    When I first signed up for the Society, I figured I would use up stash yarns.  I don’t have a large stash of yarn, but I do have some skeins that were irresistible at the time I bought them and that aren’t tied to a specific project.  I particularly fond of hand dyes by Lisa Sousa and Serendipidye yarns.  I typically buy them two at a time, so there is enough for a shawl or socks.

Anyway, my first three shawls, pictured above, were from stash.  The July project (Vila Wrap) is made with yarn I got while we were in Norway a few years ago.  I thought I would make some mittens with it  I have a few patterns from Natalia Moreva , but around here there isn’t much need for hand warmers.  The Vila Wrap used up most of the three skeins I had.  I made it a column thinner as I was about 100 yards short, but it is still a good size.  The yarn is a bit “crunchy” and I am hoping when I soak and block it, it will bloom and soften.

This months Shawl is Rune.  I did buy four skeins of Alpaca Cloud Fingering weight from KnitPicks for it.  They were on sale, and the colors are deep and saturated.  Plus Alpaca is one of my favorite yarns to wear and knit.  I started this project late last week, and although its relatively simple, I messed up a bit on the center lace motifs in a few different places.  I ripped it and started over, last night I got back to where I was, 20% done.  I’m happy with it now.

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Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for the first Knitting Report today.

Garden Sampler quilting

I finished the quilting on my Garden Sampler this week.  Here are a few pictures of my favorite blocks.  Needs binding and a hanging sleeve to be done.

I also quilted my Petite Provence quilt.  The 2017 Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter.  Mine is half size, the same number of pieces, but only 43 inches square.  I used a pantograph that I had and the pink paisley material from the stars to bind it.  Plus I made a hanging sleeve, for extra credit of course.  Happy to get this one done 🙂

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I’m working on my entry for PIQF this month, as entries are due 8/29/17.  I have the top done, just waiting on the backing fabric to be delivered.  I want to do some embellishing after its quilted and of course binding and hanging sleeve.  Then there’s photos and forms, all in the next 28 days.  No problem, right?

Linking up with Sara for “Can I get a Whoop Whoop” at Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.

 

Quilting on the sampler

I’ve been quilting on my Gardeners Alphabet quilt for the past week or so.  I’m using Superior Threads Micro Quilter for the first time.  It is a very fine thread #100, and it is providing just enough texture to the linen backgrounds of this quilt.  Each block was hand colored and stitched by me, about two years ago.  The top sat for a while because I just didn’t know what I wanted to quilt on it.  I felt I couldn’t just sew a pantograph over the hand stitching after all that work I put into it.  In 2015, I saw a finished one hanging at PIQF, I took lots of inspiration photos.

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PIQF Display

I did a little more pinterest research too, there aren’t many pictures of finished quilts out there.  Even on Meg Hawkey’s “your spin on it” pinterest board there are only one or two.  I knew I wanted to sew feathers on the block borders, I was going to sew large ric-rak over them, but I think I like the feathers better.  I am trying to sew a different back ground pattern into each block. Each day I spend on it, I have to push my creativity, it’s good exercise for me.

On my design wall this week are two small quilts that I put together from left over scraps and a charm pack.

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This one is from the left over scraps from the Piccadilly and Small Piccadilly quilts, (see this post 2 From 1 Continued ).  The line is called “Pure Bred”, I thought it would make a nice baby quilt for a friend of mine who is a horse lover.

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This Baby quilt was made from a charm pack and some yardage.  It’s from the Moda line “Darling Little Dickens” I couldn’t resist the bunnies and sheep.  Of the three babies being born to friends this year, only one is confirmed as a boy.  I need to come up with two more boy quilts to be safe. 😉

Linking up today with Judy for Design Wall Monday over at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts today.

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