Monday, 1 September 2014

Design Wall Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

This isn't my design wall. It's our design back yard lawn, the only place big enough with good enough light to be able to lay this out. It is currently 92 inches square. It has one more border to add. It will be one of the light blues in the quilt, and four inches wide. That is today's goal, to get that last border on. Then I can work on getting a backing done, and getting it quilted. I have been working on getting this UFO done for the last two or three months. I love this quilt, called Meteor Shower, from Judy Martin's book Scraps, but I am getting awfully tired of working on it. Our daughter, Becca, came out to see what I was taking pictures of, and it turns out she loves it too. So it might eventually end up living on their bed. In the meantime, I'm going to link up to Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday, and then get those last borders sewn on.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Stash Report, week 35, 2014

This is the first stash report I've done in weeks.  I wish I could say I have the used numbers to show for it, but I don't . However, after my mini shop hop on Friday, I do have added numbers. And Just today I found out about another quilt shop in our area that I have to get quilt show advertising to, which means more fabric added numbers for next week. I mean, really, it's quite rude to go into a shop and ask them to do advertising for our guild, and then not buy something, isn't it? At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. The last report I did was on Aug. 10, so that's my reference point for this report.

Used since Aug. 10:                              .8 yards
Used this year:                                    64.5 yards
Added since Aug. 10:                           5.5 yards
Added this year:                                3 yards stash enhanced

I have some large quilt backs to make in the next couple of weeks, so that should help bring the stash busted numbers back, rather than it being enhanced.
I'm linking up to Judy's Stash Report, and then I'm going back to do some more work on Meteor Shower.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Making progress.....

I'm working on Meteor Shower, a pattern by Judy Martin from her book Scraps, I have three sides of the border finished.
It's quite windy outside today, so I had to find some stones to hold it down while I quickly took the picture. My goal for this weekend is to get this baby done! I have six more of the small stars to put together, and then I can assemble the last of the pieced borders. Then there is another coloured border on the outside, although I have yet to decide what fabric or colour that will be. I think I am going to see if I can find a nice star pantograph for the quilting.
Time to go and do some more.......

Friday, 29 August 2014

On my Needles, Aug. 29, 2014

I have really fallen off this blogging thing lately. I've been rather busy with summer and customer quilts, and doing the publicity for the quilt show for our guild coming up in October. Something had to go, and unfortunately, blogging was it. I have been busy doing all kinds of quilty and knitty stuff, but I simply haven't had the time or the energy to actually sit down and write about it. But, I am mostly caught up on the quilts, although not on my own, and most of the time consuming stuff for the publicity is done. So, hopefully, I'll be able to get on more of a schedule again with the blogging.
First off, is what is off my needles, finished and blocked and with the zipper sewn in! Flyaway Hoodie is done. Here's a pic of it, with me in it. This taking pictures of oneself is quite difficult, I have discovered. This was the best of the bunch, and it's not great, but it will do.
I changed to pattern from a buttoned to a zippered fastening. I was a bit concerned about putting in the zipper, because I wanted to do it using the sewing machine, rather than by hand, and I wasn't quite sure how well it would work. But, after I had it all blocked and at the right length, I pinned it well to the separating zipper, trying very hard not to stretch the knitted fabric, and then used my walking foot to do the stitching. I used a variegated thread with the same shades of green as the sweater, and used two lines of stitching on each side, by moving the needle position on my machine. It wasn't hard at all, which was quite a relief. I'll probably continue to do this with cardigans that I make, since I much prefer zips to buttons. The yarn I used for this sweater is Malabrigo worsted, and it is every bit as soft and comfy and warm to wear as I thought it would be.

Now, on my needles is another sweater from the same designer who did the hoodie pattern. This one is called On the Grass, using Malabrigo Rios yarn. This is a really fun yarn to knit with, since each skein is different in the colour concentrations, but similar enough to go together. The shein changes are visible, but not in a bad way, I don't think. The colour in the picture is quite close to the real thing. I love it! I will be buying more of this yarn in different colours.

I've managed to get a lot done on this sweater in our last few outings in the car. It's an easy pattern that doesn't require any counting or charts or anything complicated. Scott and I went on a mini road trip and quilt shop hop today, delivering flyers and bookmarks to 3 quilt shops in our area. I think I got 2 or 3 inches done on it during the drive. Just a couple more inches, and I can start the ribbing for the bottom. And, of course, I didn't come home empty handed. I added some fabrics to my neutrals collection while we were out. That means I'd better get some backings made if I want to keep my stash in the positive numbers for used, rather than added. I'm going to link this up to Judy's On the needles, actually on the right day, even! And then, I'm going back to get some more work done on Meteor Shower. It's almost there. I just might have a picture of the finished top to share come Monday. At least, that's what I'm working towards.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A few days off

I'm sitting here on a bluff looking out over Lake Huron. I can hear crickets, birds, the wind in the trees and the waves washing up on the shore at the bottom of the bluff. We ended up at Point Farms Provincial Park, a nice little place just to the north of Goderich. My plan for the rest of the day..... I have my knitting in my lap and I'm staying put right here looking out over the lake. 

Friday, 15 August 2014

On, and mostly off, my Needles

I have a finish!! Woohoo, Yippee, and a little bit of a happy dance! This is Flyaway Hoodie, by Joji Locatelli. I love her designs. I have another of hers printed off, and waiting to be started, and another one yet, that the yarn arrived for yesterday. But more about that later. This sweater still needs to be soaked and blocked to get it shaped properly, but it is done. All the ends are sewn and woven in. And I bought the zipper for it today.

 This is a close up, a bit on the blurry side, of the cable going down the sleeve. The perspective on this picture makes it look like the sleeve is miles long, but really, it's the perfect length for my short little arms.
 And here's the back, and the hood. The sweater is made out of the softest, cushiest yarn. It felt so good to knit up, and then stop and pet it every now and then. Once I get it blocked and the zipper in, I can wear it, so I don't have to pet it. It's Malabrigo Worsted yarn. I cast off the last stitches of the sleeve last night at about 10:30.
And here's the tension swatch for my next project. It's a Malabrigo Rios yarn, which isn't quite as soft feeling as their worsted, but pretty close. It is also a Joji Locatelli pattern, called On the Grass, the same sweater that Judy is making right now. She's such a good role model for us yarn and fabric obsessed people. I also want to make See You There, and I have the yarn for it, and it's all swatched and ready to go. However, I'm ready for something a bit easier, without charts and cables, which is why I've decided to do On the Grass. Plus, I have lots of sweat shirt type warm things to wear for the cooler days, but only one nice sweater pull over, so that helped with the decision as well. I'm linking up with Judy's On the Needles, and then I'm going to print off my pattern and study it, and maybe even start it.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Stash Report, week 32, 2014

What a lovely weekend it has been. The best of the summer, so far. Warm, but not too warm, with just a gentle soft breeze. A perfect weekend for spending most of it outside in the yard, and that's exactly what I did. Yesterday was a sewing day, and I decided that today would be a knitting day. I'm on the second sleeve of my latest sweater. It just might be done by this time next week. Which will be good timing, since I have more wool coming. Good thing I don't do a stash report for yarn, just fabric. I had 4 yards added this week as a birthday gift, but I used enough to keep me out of the positive numbers. Here's this week's report.

Used this week:               2.75 yards
Used this year:               63.25 yards
Added this week:             4 yards
Added this year:            62 yards
Stash Busted:                   1.25 yards

I'm linking up to Judy's Stash Report, and then I think I'll do some more knitting.