I especially love the polka dot fabric on the back.
I had enough of it leftover so I decided to make a pillow case to match.
|Grace modeling my finished Garden Cardigan|
|2012 Wendy Knits Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl|
|Love these socks! The pattern is called Holes in my Socks|
|Another pair of Turkish Bed Socks|
Turkish bed Socks (being modeled by Grace) These were so much fun to knit. I can't wait to get started on another pair. I think I'll make the next pair a tad bit longer to fit better on my size 9 feet. The pattern comes from a shop called ChurchMouse Yarns & Teas. I read about the socks on another blog and then ordered the pattern on line. The yarn used is Koigu KPPPM and one little skein of 175 yards makes both socks.
One of my co-workers is expecting her first baby this summer. She says that she's going with a sagey green color for the nursery. I decided to make her a few little "homemade" goodies. I was just going to make the blanket, but I had so much leftover yarn I just kept going. I think I'll make a little pair of socks to go with the hat and be finished. Baby things are just so fast and fun to make.
After spinning and plying it looks like this.
I'm pacing myself. It's hard for me to do. I'm going to run out of fluff soon and I'm trying SOOO hard to resist the urge to just buy some more. I went and joined a fiber club. This is not a good thing people. I already belong to the Socks That Rock sock yarn club. I do not need to belong to another club. I couldn't help myself. Starting in April, Surprise Fluff will arrive at my door. I only signed up for 3 months. That's not all that bad. Right? What can I say. I just had to do it.
So cute, don't you agree? It's called the Plain Baby Vest and I got the pattern for free off of Ravelry. It's by Pickles and only the size one is free. I think the other sizes are like less than $6.00. Not sure though.
The hat pattern was also free from Ravelry and it's called Aria's Hat.
first it became this yarn
I also got a bit of spinning done. Since I'm still learning I decided that I should practice spinning easy, inexpensive wool first. Good idea don't you think? I had gotten this giant bag of white fluff last summer to use on my drop spindle and decided I'd finish it up on the wheel. My first efforts were like I said before, very "home spun" thick and thin. But practice does seem to be the key. My biggest problem now is to try and keep from "over spinning" my yarn. It's an ongoing process. Here are some pictures of the "white fluff" process, from fluff to finished yarn.
The pattern may look familiar. These socks are called Classy Slip Ups and I started another pair of socks using this pattern last year. I never got the hang of the pattern back then, so I ripped what I had knit out and re-knit them using my regular go to pattern. I'm getting a little bored with my regular go to pattern, so, it's a new year and I'm trying new things. So far so good. I'm not sure what the problem was before, because things seem to be going pretty smoothly. I really love the dark purple yarn. It's called Evil Stepmother. So cute.
Here's my finished block of the month for November. Next week I pick up my last block. I can't believe that soon all 12 of them will be finished. I have to say that this has been a fun year long project. I'm still debating about whether or not to sign up for next years Block of the Month. I'm not so keen on the fabric color choices. I'm sure I'd enjoy making another quilt. I have one more month to decide.
Another finished stocking. This one was a lot of fun to make. I'm not a fan of all the color changing and having to count stitches, but this was pretty easy counting and then nothing else to add on at the end. I think I might have to stop knitting stockings now and try and get some actual house work done. I'd rather be knitting!
I think that I have finally mastered the Kitchener Stitch. That is the stitch used to graphed the toe of each sock.
The yellow stocking has the cutest little red flowers sew on with green bead centers
I may try to make a couple more just to have on hand and to use up leftover yarn. There are at least 2 other patterns in the book that interest me, so why not.
Not bad. I could live with them. I was very excited to finally be done. My last 4 blocks finished!
I guess I got a little carried away. After all those weeks of trying to catch up with the other Farmer's Wife Quilt Along gals only sewing two blocks a week was just not working for me. When you have the time, why not make the most of it. I'm seriously down to just scraps left and I have 4 more blocks to go. I'm making the lap size quilt, so I need 50 blocks. Here's a little break-down of the blocks above and the weeks they are supposed to represent.
|Week 20 # 61 and # 71|
|Week 21 # 80 and # 97|
|Week 22 # 104 Wild Geese and # 105 Wild Goose Chase|
|Week 23 #56 Maple Leaf and #14 Butterfly at the Crossroads|
Finished socks! I love them. I actually made these for me and so I made a few little change from my regular pattern. I decided to add more ribbing and I think that is going to help them stay up even better. The yarn was wonderful to work with, very soft and a little fuzzy. Here's another picture a little closer up.
Currently on my knitting needles my most favorite socks yet to date. I'm loving this yarn. It is so soft and the colors are totally me! I'm keeping these. I've finished the first one and started on the second. I wish you could just feel them.
Here's my little set up. I finally got to use the jumbo spool holder that Barb gave me. It worked perfectly. I wish that I had been smart and wound a bunch of bobbins before I started, but live and learn right?
My Daisy Chain ABC sampler is finished and framed. I'm really proud of the way it turned out. It looks especially lovely now that it's framed. It was not the easiest thing trying to get a picture of it, but I think you get the idea. It is going to go in my sewing/craft room whenever I have a sewing/craft room.
I'm calling this little area PROJECT CENTRAL. I think I might have too many things going on at one time. I don't know what to work on, because I want to be working on all of them. I guess that explains why everything is taking so long and nothing is getting finished. It's a process. As Alan likes to say, "It's my recreation". Why can't I just enjoy the making and quit worrying about the finishing? Maybe it's an illness. HELP!
|I'm up to the letter "K"|
|Many,many, many more hexagons to go|
Grace finished her Shrug! It turned out beautifully and she loves it so that's really all that matters. She decided to do a little less of the crochet along the bottom edge. I think she got tired of the crochet and was ready to start on a new project.
Parts and Pieces
I am making s l o w progress with this sweater. I had to have this yarn way back when. I think it might have been around Christmas. My new goal is to have it finished by the end of the month. Surely there will be a couple of chilly days in April. I will be sad if I have to wait until next fall to wear it.
One sleeve still to go. I can do this...
I forgot to show you Block 2 of the Mystery block of the Month Club I joined in January.
I love the colors so much. I'm not sure why I'm on such a turquoise and green kick right now. They just go so well with each other. Here's a look at both finished blocks. I can't wait for Block 3.
Quilting madness is what's going on around here. I should say quilt top piecing. I'm trying to finish up 4 current works in progress so that I can take them to Iowa and finish them up on Peg's long arm machine. Doesn't that all sound so technical? It really isn't. To me it's just plain old fun! Here's what I have so far.
Valentine's Day Goodies
Not sure if this is really a "projects" post, but I couldn't figure out where else to put it. Believe me, coating all of those little tiny pretzels in chocolate felt like a "project".
Right around the holidays, I got this idea that I needed to make some Christmas quilts. I have this great banister railing to display quilts on, but somehow the bright colorful ones that I keep up there didn't say "Christmas" to me. My local quilt shop had a huge after Christmas sale and I hot-footed
Don't look Grace! Too cute Valentine pillow cases and throw pillow for my little Valentine. Sweet Dreams Gracie Girl.
|Remember these socks?|
|They now belong on Angela's feet|
|Felted hat with flower|
|Started out looking like this|
That's about it. I did knit a vest for my mom for Christmas, but I forgot to take a picture before I sent it off.
So here's a picture of me wearing the grey February Lady Sweater that I finished a few weeks ago. I really love the way it turned out. I might have to make another one with longer sleeves.
Hand Warmers/Fingerless Gloves
Whatever you call them, they sure are fun! To be honest, I've always thought they were stupid. It's my fingers that need to be kept warm. Why not just wear gloves? I'll tell you why not. If you wear gloves or mittens, you can't: knit, type on the computer, make a grocery list, make a cup of tea..... Get it? I love my new hand warmers. The best part is that they were super easy to make. A weekend project for sure.
The Fair Isle bag felted beautifully! I was really scared to put it in the washer, but I shouldn't have been. Grace decided on the very cool, pink, leather handles (which cost more than the yarn) and I sewed them on last night with extra strength thread. I had so much fun trying something new. Stepping out of my comfort zone is always a little daunting, but this time it worked out great!
The February Lady Sweater is almost finished. All it needs is sleeves and buttons. I tried it on yesterday to check on the length and I think I'm going to LOVE it!
felted Fair Isle bag by Pam Allen. You know how I hate to be left out of the loop. I need another bag like a need another kitchen gadget, so I decided to make it for Grace. She picked out the yarn while she was home last weekend and I think she did an excellent job!
I finally finished the little Afghan or what I'm calling a "bed scarf" for Grace's bed. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I'm especially happy that I added the green shell boarder. You would think that I would be sick to death of Granny Squares, but I'm actually looking forward to starting another crochet project soon. But first.... I need to finish my Picnic quilt, February Lady sweater and a little holiday embroidery/patchwork thing I started months ago. You know, I'm all about getting things done!
Attic24. She is all about the Granny Square. Here is what I've done so far. I have to admit that it's taking a little longer than I thought to make all of these squares. Silly me thought I'd whip this thing out over the Labor Day weekend. Not quite, but I'm making progress.
It's done and I love it! I was going to show you a picture of me wearing my new purple sweater, but Alan took the camera to work today. Some really cool bugs growing in the lab. I'll try and get a picture of the sweater on soon. I might wait until it cools down a little. It does have 3/4 sleeves and in knit in a cotton blend yarn so hopefully it will be perfect for these "mild" Kentucky winters.
pattern for hand knit dishcloths and decided to give it a try. Fast and fun!
Finished the 12 blocks for my Picnic Quilt. I think I've decided that I like the avocado block best.
Probably because I love avocados and could eat one a day for the rest of my life. Couldn't you just go for some guacamole right now? I hope to get the whole top put together tomorrow, borders and all. David will need a place to sleep, so I think my sewing days may be on hold for a week or two.
quilt shoppe in Iowa. I was able to get the kit including pattern,fabric,borders and binding at a great price because I used my "golden ticket"(a special prize given to those who complete a block of the month quilt) the fabric is very fun! Fruits, Veggies and red ants. The pattern looks more complicated than it is. I can't wait to get it done so that we can go on a picnic.
Currently on my needles:
pattern and can't wait to get stared. What color yarn should I choose?