Friday, August 22, 2014

On the Needles

It's been a while since I shared an "OtN" report - partly because I haven't done any more work on my blue shrug / sweater.  It hasn't been terrifically hot here this past summer, so I can't use that as an excuse.....  I have been doing some gardening and preserving, and some crocheting - but most of the knitting things I have on the go right now require a fair bit of attention as I'm knitting, and that's been hard to give lately.
BUT, I did start a quick and fairly easy project 2 days ago, so I thought that I'd share it with you.
Here is my first attempt at making a slipper sock that my girls can use when they come to visit in the winter. The yarn is some unlabeled stuff that I picked up at a tent sale last summer, and it's the perfect weight for this pattern.
The slipper sock has 3 sections of reverse stockinette at the top of the leg - the first and third bands are a coordinating green yarn (that's also used for the heel and toe), and the second band is the variegated yarn that the rest of the slipper in knit up in.  For some reason, the first band curled up like it shows in the pattern, but the other two don't seem to want to, so I may end up tacking them down to give that look.  
At the rate these are knitting up, I should have the pair done for next Friday!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This is what I'm planning to do this month!

It's already almost too late to enter my quilting project for the ALYoF challenge - August seems to be flying by as quickly as July did!  But, I still have a day (phew!) to link up on Melissa's site so I'd better get going!  I'm choosing a fairly simple project for this month - it's bound to get kind of crazy around here, so a bigger project probably won't get done in time.
I've seen a number of Herringbone quilts around blogland, and I've wanted to make one for a while.  I had 2 charm packs of Vintage Modern that I had cut in half diagonally about 2 or 3 months ago to use as leaders and enders - but, you know how that goes - you can't sew just one!  Pretty soon, my original project took a back seat so I could piece these blocks (that might explain why my June project didn't get done on time!).  But that's where the fun ended - trimming blocks isn't my favourite thing to do - but I'm thankful when they're done!  So, the HST blocks just sat there for a few weeks...
Now that July's project is out of the way, I'm ready to go!  I stitched a few blocks together and staged them as they'll end up in the quilt - and I discovered that you really have to make sure that you piece an equal amount of left-hand and right-hand blocks, or the pattern doesn't work.
I have no idea how big this quilt will be - but as long as it's at least 32" square, it will do for the organization that will be getting this quilt.
So, here are a few of the blocks:
I think I'm going to like this quilt!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's finished!!!!

It took an extra month, but my Black and White and Lime Swoon is DONE!!!
I have no idea how big it is - bigger than I need it to be, so borders aren't going to happen.  I LOVE this quilt!
Each of the B&W fabrics are different - the Lime is a tone-on-tone, and the background is Kona Snow.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Catching up with quilting and knitting posts

Sigh.....  I think that I'm at least one day late for posting my "On the Needles" update, and almost late for my "Rainbow Scrappy Challenge", but I have a few good reasons!
First - my knitting report - my prayer shawl for Ila is finished AND delivered to her.  Thankfully, she was allowed to go home from the hospital on Thursday, I believe.  I haven't had a chance to talk to her yet, but I'm hoping to be able to do that Monday maybe.  This is the completed shawl:
I ended up having to hem up the bottom edge - even blocking it didn't stop it from wanting to curl and roll up.  Sewing up about 1/2" minimized that nicely.  I almost forgot to take the pic, so it isn't stretched out properly, but you can see the completed shawl.
Then, my sis and her hubby came to visit this afternoon - they live about a 3-hour drive away, so we don't get to see each other very often, but when we do, it's non-stop chat about all sorts of different things.  After they left, I had an hour or so to hit the sewing room - I've walked into the sewing room a few times this past week, but this was the first time I actually got to sit down at the machine.  I got the 3 red sections sewn onto each of my 5 rainbow Technicolour Braid strips - and here they are: 
The strips are starting to get too long to fit in the picture, so I folded them each up a bit, and then you get an idea of the "rainbow" aspect of them.  
I'll be linking both projects up to their respective challenges in a minute, but I wanted to show you a rather big "OOPS". I'm starting a strip quilt using a "Bobbins and Bits" jelly roll, and as I finish a section of whatever I'm sewing, I stitch up 2 sections of jelly roll as a "leader - ender" project.  The fabrics are nice and bright, and I can hardly wait to see how the strips are going to look when they're assembled into the quilt.  As I was pressing a few of the blocks, I thought that I saw something unusual, so I tried to get a better look.  When you design a fabric line, it might be a good idea to have a proofreader if you're going to use quilty sayings on some of the fabrics - can you see what I found in these 2 strips?
I also have about 1/2 yard of the cream fabric, but the spelling is correct on it - interesting, VERY interesting!
I'll have to make more of an effort to get sewing this week - I'm nowhere near finishing my July ALYoF project, and I'm not sure I have enough time left to finish it.  Maybe I should get back to that now!

Monday, July 14, 2014

July's colour - RED!

Okay, so I'm just a wee bit late posting this, but, better late than never, right?  I grabbed a bit of sewing time late Saturday evening, and managed to get 2 sets of blocks done.  It's so much easier to do that when you have your fabrics cut ahead of time.  I think I spent 1 1/2 hours cutting one afternoon, but didn't have time to sew then - and that's how I managed to pull these blocks together in such a short time.
First up - my Kickin' Stash blocks:
Trust me - that one strip in the left-hand block IS red (and white), so, even though it shows up as pink, it's not!

Next up are the Japanese x and + blocks - and this time, I sorted my reds into "true" reds for 2 blocks, and the other 2 blocks are more "earthy" reds.  I really wanted to give all my reds a fair shot!  It should be fairly obvious which blocks are which:
  I still have my Technicolour Braid blocks to do, but I have to save something for next week!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A graduation card...

I just noticed that this week's trend for the "Just Us Girls" card-making challenge is wood grain.  I so rarely get to participate in the challenges, so I jumped at the chance to take part this time!  My nephew graduated from Grade 8 two weeks ago - and my dad just mentioned that he wanted to give him a small gift, but he needed a card to give as well.  You don't need to ask me twice for a hand-made card!  I had picked up a wood-grain embossing folder a few months ago - with a few woodworking family members, it's a handy thing to have.  I'd seen a card somewhere in my travels, that used a paper tree with a knot-hole to "house" an owl, so I used that idea.  I had borrowed a friend's SU owl punch a few months ago, and I punched out a bunch of owls, with their matching vests and little heart shapes, so I assembled a congratulatory owl to sit in my "tree".  Here he is, in all his glory:
Dad loves the card, and I hope my nephew does too!

Friday, July 11, 2014

On my needles Fri. July 11, 2014

I've been working hard this week to get Ila's prayer shawl done.  I've managed to get quite a few inches knit up - and I'm more than half done, but I'd love to have it finished already.  Ila's DDIL called this morning to say that she was scheduled for a brain biopsy sometime today;  she's had a number of tests done in the past week, and she's quite drained by all of it.  She could really use a prayer shawl!
This is what it looks like now:
I realized about 2 rows back that I'd mis-read the pattern - the eyelet rows are supposed to be knit every 20 rows, not every 10 as I've done.  I like this look though, and I'll continue to knit it wrong - besides that, I don't have time to pull it all back and re-knit it...
I'm linking up on Judy's On the Needles site.