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September 2015

17 Jan

So it looks like I didn’t blog anytime after August last year. Crazy! So for the next few Sundays, I’m going to do a round-up of all my projects finished for a month, starting with September.

Without further ado:

A quick look back at the projects I finished in Sept 2015

 

Clothesline Bowl (there are about a million tutorials out there, I have no idea which one I used)

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Tiny Geese Keychain

need photo!

 

Route 66 Socks – I started these in December 2011 – I messed up the second sock and stuck them in time out for the longest time. Didn’t have enough white to do both toes the same so I did one white and one blue, knowing that my Father-In-Law would appreciate the quirkyness.

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Noodlehead Open Wide Pouch – size small, using Rainwalk fabrics. I used fusible fleece and probably wouldn’t do that again because future pouches have turned out nicer.

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Bonus Davy Photo:
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Q3 FAL

14 Jul

My goals for the quarterly Finish-Along from On the Windy Side:

Already in progress projects

Summer Beach Quilt – nearly done, need to figure out backing and quilting (to tie or not to tie); I also want to make a coordinating pillow.

Giant plus quilt – need to finish piecing, hopefully before backing fabric arrives

Scrappy spiderweb strings – start sewing blocks together and make some more blocks – I don’t think this will get done before the end of the year but I’m going to put it on my list anyway.

Harry Potter scarf for T – already started, I’m doing a k1 rib (rather than knitting in the round).

New projects

Panda pillow in semisolid black and white – I’m going to use the Panda-monium pattern from Fat Quarter Shop and turn it into a pillow as a parting gift for our intern. I have some semisolid and black/white prints to use on this.

Baby quilt for M&M – gender neutral quilt, I have a fabric pull (the house fabric will be the backing) but haven’t decided on a pattern. I’m thinking wonky stars. But maybe little houses would be cute? Or too twee?

 

E&D baby quilt – college friends who are expecting their first baby. Our school mascot was an alligator and they are both working at a university whose mascot is an eagle, so I want to do some paper piecing and include both of those. I’m thinking the ‘Gator Quilt Pattern and the Eagle Block. I’m thinking a double sided quilt with each side using muted versions of the school colors.

Baby quilt for Cinna – I’m going to make the Swirling Medallion baby quilt from Quilting Modern. Cinna is decorating the baby’s room in a pirate theme so I need to pull some fabrics – I’m thinking a coraly-red, navy, and aqua with a pale gray background.

Not part of the FAL but some personal goals:

Gravity – finish block 2 and stay caught up

Keep up to date on bee blocks

 

Linking up to the Q3 FAL at On the Windy Side (button on the right sidebar).

 

 
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ALYOF May Goal Completed!

29 May

My goal was to finish my Rainbow Road Table Runner:

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And here she is!

I actually finished the Saturday evening before Mother’s Day, so while I wasn’t able to get it mailed to my MIL in time, we did a video chat with her on Sunday and got to show it to her. Which is good because, um, it still hasn’t been shipped out yet. Need to get to the Post Office!

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I quilted her with organic wavy lines (using my walking foot) and did a machine-attached binding with Kona black, which I thought would set off all the colors nicely.

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On my table – I will admit I was just a bit tempted to keep her!

Another closeup.

I’m super thrilled with how this turned out. Again, it’s the Rainbow Road table runner pattern which is only available as part of Rachel’s (Stitched in Color) Curves class. Fabrics are nearly all various Kona Cotton solids – I used both prewashed and non-prewashed fabrics and didn’t have any issues with either shrinkage or colors running.

Linking up with

A Lovely Year of Finishes – May Goal Party

and

Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish it up Friday

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In case you were wondering, I finished my mom’s Mother’s Day socks as well! We had dinner at her house on Mother’s Day so I was able to give them to her on time. In previous years I haven’t been as well organized so it felt good to get both of these gifts done! I’m lucky to have two wonderful moms in my life.

 
 

ALYOF May Goal

04 May

Since I actually completed my April goal it’s time to pick a new one!

My May goal for ALYOF – Rainbow Road!

I know I won’t have time to finish before Mother’s Day but my goal is to finish my Rainbow Road table runner. I did get the curves all pieced together, but I still need to make my quilt sandwich, quilt it, and then do my binding. There is no way I will finish in time to ship it to CA before Mother’s Day but hopefully I can finish and get it in the mail by the end of the month.

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And while I know it won’t count towards ALYOF, I also want to finish the pair of socks I started for my mom for Mother’s Day – I have the first sock done and I’m a few repeats into the cuff of the second sock. Sadly I’m not working on it tonight because I forgot it at work – the end of the day got kind of crazy and we had dinner plans so I forgot it in my rush to get out the door before it was too late. Oops!

I’d like to finish by Mother’s Day but I won’t be upset if I don’t – I’ve knitted socks for my mom nearly every year since I started knitting, but most years I bring over a couple of sock yarns from my stash and have her pick the yarn and pattern on Mother’s Day so I’m already ahead of the game!

 

 
 

2015 Finish Along Q2 Goals

14 Apr

I’m trying to be a little bit less ambitious but I’m hoping that the accountability will help keep me going! So here are my goals for the Q2 of 2015 Finish Along

Quilting:

finish Mom’s Winged quilt – nearly finished quilting, then I will need to do a bit of ripping before I add the binding

Rainbow Road Tablerunner – I have the pieces cut out and have been using them as leaders/enders – I’d like to gift this to my MIL. This is one of the projects from the Curves Class.

Red HST placemats – there is one up on my design wall taunting me. I have the layouts all figured out, I just need to sew them together. I’m hoping this will be a good project to practice FMQ

Giant Plus Quilt – um, considering how long it took me to just quilt mom’s quilt this is probably crazy ambitious but even if it doesn’t count as an entry for the FAL I would like to at least finish piecing this one.

Retro Flowers Quilt – I bought a curve master presser foot through Massdrop and haven’t had a chance to play with it but I need two baby quilts, and I bought the pattern back when I was doing the Curves Class. I have a FQ bundle of Mormor that I think would work well for this project – I will probably only do 4 flowers (2×2 layout) but I may do 9 (3×3 layout) if I think it needs to be larger. So this one is still in the planning stage.

Spiderweb Strings – I want to use more of the strings that I made my potholder with to make a quilt using this pattern, though I may mod it a bit. Basically my idea is to make blocks until I get bored or until I run out of strings. So maybe somewhere between a baby and a lap quilt?  (also, I should actually finish the potholder but that seems too small to list as a FAL goal. But that comes first)

Knitting:

Mother’s day socks – first sock down, second sock started.

Harry Potter scarf for T – I have the yarn and pattern, have not cast on yet.

Featherweight Cardigan – this was started while I was pregnant with Davy. I think I finished the body and some of the ribbing but I need to do the arms.

Other Craftiness:

Cross-stitch for Jen – I’m making a snarky pattern for my sis as a graduation gift – I’m almost done with the most complicated part. I’m using this cross-stitch pattern: Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys. This is my first cross-stitch project.

Felt food: I made a bunch of felt food for Davy that I need to write up properly. My SIL commented that my youngest niece, A, would love some and so I am making a set for her as well – I’m doing sandwich fixings, pasta, and maybe a few other small things (but probably not sushi since they are vegetarians).

 
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2015 Q1 – knitting review

31 Mar

Looking back at the first 3 months of the year, I made much better progress on my knitting than on any other projects. I blame this partially on the cold cold weather – my basement sewing studio gets really cold in the winter (I keep a space heater on set to 58F but when I accidentally had it off for a day it got down to 50, even though we keep our house at 68-70). So when I want to sew I need to remember to go downstairs and turn up the space heater a few hours beforehand. Most nights it was much more tempting to snuggle on the couch with Gregg and knit.

I blogged about Gregg’s Watchtower Socks but I did finish a few other projects. All yarn/pattern details can be found on Ravelry:

Striped baby hat – just a simple hat I sent to a friend who is expecting her first grandson. I used Cascade 220 Superwash Sport leftover from Davy’s Baby Whale sweater. Fast and easy!

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Mike’s Muffler – this was one of my goals for the Q1 FAL from Adrianne at On the Windy Side, and I’m pleased to say I finished it juuuust in time to mail off to sunny SoCal. My FIL is very pleased with it!

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Lala’s Wurm – made with the yarn I received for finishing Gregg’s socks before Feb 14; the superwash yarn grew when blocking and so my first hat turned out way too big so I ripped it out and reknit it with fewer stitches cast on. I’m happy with the finished project and glad I re-did it. But I probably should post a photo!

Juniper Sage Hickory – another Q1 FAL goal done and another pair of socks for me! I’m really pleased with how they came out, I’ve already worn them a few times.

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Rainbow Leg Warmers –  another  Q1 FAL goal, also a birthday gift for my niece (who conveniently had a rainbow-themed birthday party).  Arrived in time for the actual birthday and my SIL reports she wore them to bed that night :)

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I’ve also started another pair of socks, the goal is to finish and give them to my mom for Mother’s Day (a tradition I’ve done nearly every year since I started knitting socks). And I do have some other knitting plans but I’ll include the rest in my post for the Q2 FAL.

 
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Magpie Fiber Socks and Scallop Bunting

23 Jan

Today I have my first knitted FO of 2015! These are socks I made my husband, from a new indie dyer local to me – Magpie Fibers. I went to her debut trunk show and was blown away by the gorgeous colors of her yarns, and I really like the base yarns she uses to dye. I went planning to get a few skeins of her Swish Worsted for another project. As we were talking about colors, she mentioned that she was trying to make sure she included good masculine colors that were not just a flat grey or blue, so I also picked up a skein of “All Along the Watchtower” in Swanky Sock to make a pair of socks for Gregg.

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I had originally planned to modify a pattern that called for a multiple of 6 sts and so cast on 66. It was clear almost immediately that the pattern was fighting with the yarn so I ripped back, and since I didn’t want to redo the cuff I went with a simple k4p2 rib which I think shows off the yarn nicely.

I really liked the yarn and would definitely buy it again. Soft, nice stitch definition, generous yardage, great colors, and no knots/flaws in the skein. Gregg is also a fan of these socks – I usually try to block them but he wanted to wear them today.

This is also my first finish for the Q1 FAL.

I also have another sewing FO – as I mentioned, I’m doing the Curves class and I finished my Scallop Bunting project!

I was not planning to finish the whole project but once I got going, it was so easy and looked so good I didn’t want to stop!

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I’m kind of sad I need to wait a whole year before I have an excuse to hang this up again.

 

Linking up with Amanda Jean at Finish it up Friday!

 
 

2015 Q1 FAL/WIP Wednesday

14 Jan

I have a bunch of projects planned/started with deadlines so I’m hoping that by linking up to the 2015 Finish-Along at On the Windy Side it will help keep me on track. I’m trying to put these in the order that they need to be finished!

First up (of course) is the Winged Quilt that was supposed to be my mom’s birthday gift – I need to piece the back, quilt, and bind it. This needs to get done like, yesterday (and yes, I realize all these photos look the same but there’s really only one angle I can photograph my design wall from).

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Second is Gregg’s Watchtower Socks – the dyer of this yarn, Magpie Fibers,  is offering a free skein of worsted or bulky yarn to those who finish a project and post it to Ravelry, Facebook, or Instagram before Valentine’s Day. I went to her trunk show and her colors are really amazing (ignore my photos, taken in my basement at night with crappy overhead lighting); I had a hard time deciding what to get so I’m determined to finish these socks and get my free yarn! I have the first sock done and the second started. This is a great “masculine” colorway that is not blue or gray. The yardage is also very generous – I’m thinking I might be able to squeeze out a pair of socks for Davy from the leftovers.

Third is Mike’s Muffler – my father-in-law kept borrowing a scarf I had made Gregg while my in-laws were visiting over Christmas and he mentioned that he would love one of his own.  His birthday is Feb 26 so I need to get it finished and in the mail by probably the weekend before. I’m several repeats into the pattern, which looks complicated but is pretty easily memorized.

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Fourth is the Giant Plus Quilt – I really just want to get this done so the pieces are off my design wall and we can start using it. I have it all cut out and have started piecing it (you can see it at the top of the Winged quilt in the first photo).

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Fifth is Rainbow Stripey Legwarmers, for my niece’s birthday in March. I had special-ordered some self-striping rainbow sock yarn with a longish repeat – hopefully you can kind of see that in the photo –  and it’s wound and waiting for a free set of needles. This will just be a simple ribbed pattern.

Lastly is some socks for me! I started these Hickory socks uh, back in October? I have the first done and the second started. My goal last year was to do a pair of socks every month and I didn’t meet that, but I’m finally able to knit when Davy is around so I’m hoping I can do it this year because I don’t have enough hand-knitted socks to get me from one laundry day to the next. Also, I really need sock blockers because there is a cool pattern to this sock that you really can’t see in the photo.

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Wow, that doesn’t seem like a lot but I’m also going to be participating in my first quilting bee as well as taking an online quilting class so hopefully I will have the time to finish all these projects up!

Also linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

 
 

Christmas roundup

07 Jan

I had grand plans for Christmas this year, but some persistent ick in my house took it’s toll toward the end of the year. We all got sick mid-November and it was just one thing after another. We’ve been through an ear infection (Davy), sinus infections (Gregg and I), pinkeye for the whole house – once for Gregg and twice each for Davy and I! Davy doesn’t sleep or eat well when he’s feeling crummy, which meant Mama was up a bunch in the middle of the night and thus not inspired to wake up at 5AM to sew. A good lesson to me in planning though, and luckily we are all on the mend and none the worse for wear.

One of my goals for Christmas was a handmade gift for everybody. How did I do?

My mother-in-law and father-in-law got some socks I had fortuitously made earlier in the year:

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My poor husband got nothing – I started a pair of convertible mittens but didn’t get gauge and threw in the towel. It’s really hard to make projects for him in secret.

My son got some more handmade pillowcases, which I just realized I never posted about so I’ll throw all of them up here:

 

My sister got the Mod Sampler Quilt – yes, I did finish it (barely) – luckily she was so moved to tears that she didn’t notice my crappy quilting:

My mom got a finished quilt top – I might have been able to finish the quilt but I realized I didn’t have enough fabric for the backing and decided I’d wait on that and finish it later:

 

She also got a Snappy Manicure Wallet (minus the snaps, because I purchased the wrong snap fastener and so used velcro instead):

My sister’s best friend Kim joined us this year and she got two drawstring bags – one to use for projects and one filled with knitting notions like a tape measure, cable needles, stitch markers, point protectors, and teensy scissors:

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I had big plans to make some things for my extended family but only my brother-in-law got something – I whipped up a very fast Soft Structure Cowl for him:

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And I even started a quilted tree skirt for our tree!

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So really, not too bad in the scheme of things but I’m hoping with some planning ahead I’ll do better next year.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday – I really do need to finish both Mom’s Winged Quilt and the Tree Skirt asap!

Also linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes January 2015 goal party – though I’d love to finish both, Mom’s Winged Quilt is my January goal.

 

Mod sampler and some finishes

19 Nov

I’m still sick (Boo!) but since this cold seems to have come with a heaping side order of congestion-induced insomnia I’ve gotten a bunch of stuff done (yay!)

First of all, I finished the top for my mod sampler quilt, pieced the back, and basted it together:

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Next up is quilting – I’m thinking I will do my first attempt at large-scale FMQ and do interlocked squares – hopefully I will get started on that this week.

I have a couple of finishes – I completed the Hedwig Owl for my nephew and it (along with the Unicorn bag for my niece) has already been mailed off and delivered to them. Pattern is Obligatory Owl and full details are on my ravelry page.

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I also finished a hat and mittens for Davy – the mittens are the same yarn, the photo is just crappy.

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I love this shot – he has his hand out and is telling me “pocket” which means he wants me to put my phone back in my pocket and stop taking photos.

The hat pattern is the Dragon Baby Hat, made in the toddler size, which I really like – the hat fits him well but has room to grow, and the pattern was interesting without being too complicated. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh DK  which I’ve used before and really love – the subtle variations in color look really good with this hat pattern.

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I could not find a free basic toddler mitten pattern for the weight yarn I was using. Luckily I long ago purchased The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and the smallest size mitten worked well for him. At one point last night I got him to try his hat and mittens on and he ran around the house in glee shouting “mitten! mitten!” Toddlers are hilarious.

I also started a cowl last night for my BIL – I was going to make him socks but I’m starting to feel like I may need to pare down my holiday projects, and a cowl should be much faster. It’s a pattern that I’ve made previously for Gregg and it’s leftover yarn from a hat I made BIL last Christmas so it will match. Hopefully I will have enough yarn!

 

Thanks for reading! Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!