Loopy Academy Mittens

Things are going much better now that I have the needles I wanted and found a pattern I like — despite the fact that there are cable stitches in it.  :-)

Actually, the cable area knits up quickly and it’s fun to see those ridges appear and merge.  I didn’t make my cuff as long as the pattern called for — I think it said to make it seven inches long, mine’s a couple of inches shorter — but the fit around my hand is absolutely perfect.

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Knitter’s Gifts September Block is Now Available

My quilt design images have been sent off for approval finally so I got to writing this up much quicker than I thought I might.

mit  The block for this month is now available.  Well, no, this snowman mitten isn’t actually in the quilt but you could easily make him  – the face just happened to be saved in the same file when I was looking for some applique to add to the basic mitten — this month’s block gives you opportunities to make them your own – adding more fabrics, trims, buttons and other embellishments or you could add applique or embroidery.

Remember, you will need your sashing fabric next month! EQ7 estimates 1+1/2 yards for the sashing.  I have to decide what I want to use for that yet.

I’ve been on the computer working since early this morning – dang my day is gone since it’s nearly 6 p.m.   Hmmmm.. might just have to call the pizza guy for dinner tonight!!

Fall /Autumn Collections Sale

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Don’t miss out.  Two of my personal favorite wall hanging designs I did for EQ Boutique are included in this sale.

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Harvest Time, which I’m currently personally gathering fabrics for because I haven’t stitched my own version of that one yet…

 

and Thankful Bounty – probably my favorite wall hanging in my collection.

But check out the other designers’ collections in this sale too!  Lots of fun stuff.

You can find all the sale designs here.   Please be sure to check the requirements of using these products.  The software no longer comes as a download as when it was EQ Boutique so you need to have EQ7, either for PC or Mac, in order to use these products.

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On the needles, off the needles, and everywhere in between….

There are so many projects in the works it’s hard to keep track.  Some are hibernating and will do so for a while – like socks I’ve been working on forever and keep pushing aside.  My ESK quarterly project – it will get done eventually but not by the deadline.

My Birch Bark CustomFit sweater, – I ditched the original plan with the three cable panel up the front.  Between the yarn I’m using and my tension, the cables just weren’t showing up.  If they are not going to really pop against the background and just blend in instead, then I’m not wasting my time making them.  I switched that section so a bunch of mock cables — smaller, I don’t know if they’ll show up any better in the end but I really like making them.

My other CustomFit aqua sweater — still knitting along on the front but looks much like my last photo.

Now there’s the Loopy Academy projects to be working on.

Actually, one of  my three projects for this semester is already done.  Greyson Hat.

DSCN3788  I would love a whole sweater made out of this yarn – it’s so soft.  Hard to get a good photo of a hat.  Maybe tomorrow I can get a photo that actually shows the mock cables along the edge of this and true yarn color.  But then again – with all the rain that seems to fall nonstop, maybe not.

Anyway – one project done.

I was going back and forth about the mittens.  I couldn’t find my mitten pattern I love.  I wanted to make felted mittens and I knew that if I made the largest size of one particular mitten in that pattern book, it would be too big for me and would felt down to the right size.  Looked high and low.  The book will show up after I start on my mittens using another pattern.

Then I decided, I’d use another pattern I found and just double the yarn which would make it proportionally bigger and should felt down well.  Except – (1) I have one mitten nearly done and I think I’ll run out of yarn for the second one (2) making the double stranded will make them felt down even thicker and too thick felted mittens mean you can’t bend your hand in them to say hold the house key or a bus pass.

So I’m in the process of ripping that one back out and will be making the Northanger Abbey mittens.  I won’t be making the cuffs quite as long as the pattern calls for but I really like the pattern that comes from the wrist up over the lower part of the hand — even if it means a bit of cables again.

My cowl is started and the first stitch pattern is done.  I happen to have some beads here that go well with the yarn so will be adding those into the next section.

Tonight, a stop at the local quilt shop.  It also has a very nice selection of yarn and I needed some double pointed needles for my mittens.  Someone (who looks very much like me) got mad that her metal cable needle kept slipping out of the cables she was working on and decided that a larger sized wooden double pointed needle, broken in half, would be the perfect cable needle because it wouldn’t slide around.  So that nameless person found one and as she can’t remember the last time she used a double point in that size, broke one in half and sanded a point on the other end and it was a fantastic cable needle until……. two weeks later she found a mitten pattern that needed 5 dps of that size to make them (ah, yes, that’s the last time I used those — they were my mitten making dps!).

So anyway, stopped and got those needles.  That’s all I needed but I walked by one shelf of yarn and ran my hand over it.       It was all over then — I was picking colors — one of the ladies who works there asked if I had found everything I was looking for.  I held up my needles in one hand  and told her “This is what I needed that I came in her for”.  Then I held up my other hand and she just laughed and said “and then you touched that yarn.”  A kindred spirit – she knew I couldn’t leave without getting some.

It’s Knit One Crochet Too Covet (100% superbaby alpaca) in Mink, Pearl, Aquamarine, and Celestine — even the colors sound rich and wonderful. I just can’t stop squishing it – it just feels incredible.  I don’t know what I’m going to make but am thinking a cowl or some sort of scarf — not an “outdoor – winter weather trying to stay warm”  scarf but a scarf to wear over a pretty plain sweater or blouse.   Now to go cast on those mittens. or maybe start the beaded part of my cowl.

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Loopy Academy School Supplies

DSCN3783  My “school supplies” have arrived today – along with the Loopy Academy button which Little Loopy has claimed as his sword – protector of the stash from any rival Academy.  If I see him armed with a double-pointed needle sword, I’ll know we’re in trouble! :-)

The variegated – Mrs. Crosby Satchel in Toucan for my cowl.

To the right of that, Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag in  Peacock.  The peacock is darker and more rich looking than in my photo and I might actually wear the hat I am making out of it because the color is so wonderful.

And in the back – Cascade 220 Heathers in 2433 Pacific for the mittens.  I haven’t decided on a mitten pattern for sure yet but I have enough yarn for the mittens that I might try felting them.  I don’t want them real tightly felted because then they get too stiff but a little felting could be a good thing when the below zero wind chills start to blow.

Now to collect the needles I’ll need, get to winding some of this yarn, and maybe start on one of them – there’s all semester to get them done.   Oh dang – now I have to go add this yarn into my “yarn in” numbers on the Knit the Stash tally.  Oh well – at least I know it won’t be too long before I can count it back out again. (Well, except for that extra hank of Toucan I got.)

 

But it might be a good day to sit out side for an hour or two and knit since after inches and inches of rain in the past week, it’s a lovely day here for a change.  Sunny, low 70s, no humidity, slight breeze — could it please stay this way for another month or two???

All the rain we got, and the heat and dry before that, did not help my garden at all.  Neither did the chipmunks and squirrels who kept taking chomps out of my already pathetic tomatoes and a pepper.    My cucumbers – those were great.  Probably didn’t produce as much as normal due to conditions, but produced plenty for one person to be eating and there’s still a couple more yet growing on the vines.   My red onions – did not get big at all but I’ll pull them eventually and use them.  The rain keeps washing the dirt off the top of them and I keep putting it back around them.    Tomatoes — my five plants did not get much on them at all and what was on them – either green or starting to get ripe, the critters chomped on all except……

one yellow tomato  and these

DSCN3781 Three little tomatoes were all I got!!!!  Dang critters.  But look at that pepper.  It is gorgeous and about 6″ long.  I was afraid to leave it out there to get any redder on the vine because I thought the critters were probably just waiting for the right moment to eat it.  There two or three more like it on that one pepper plant which was the star of my garden which hopefully will make it to fully ripe so that I (not critters) can eat them.  This one is going to be showcased on my dinner plate tomorrow night.  Steak and along with that my favorite salad topping combination — red onions (from my garden), pepper rings, blue cheese crumbles and walnuts.    I was going to have that tonight but had lunch really late so I think  a BLT with some of those tomatoes might be in order.

A slightly different alternate setting

For those working on Dog Pound Pals – the instructions for this month are loaded to the page.  There is one example of the setting sashing in those instructions, which is in the quilt image printed on that page and on yesterday’s blog post.  You can, however, flip them the opposite so the dark HSTs surround the opposite blocks.  Your choice – the sections are all made exactly the same way as the instructions, just flip flop.

Here’s the original image

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and here’s the pieces flipped the opposite way

 

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As for me – you know I seldom actually make my quilts exactly like my own patterns.  :-)  I want the applique dogs as a smaller, separate project than the entire quilt pattern since I’m going to hang the applique dogs on my living room wall. 

The Run Like the Wind border blocks and the bone blocks  I plan to use in a separate quilt I need to make.  They will look equally cute in rows in a baby quilt in more realistic dog fabrics or in bright crazy fabrics.  Or maybe I’ll put a large dog house in the middle and put the dogs around it.  

Anyway, here’s my plan to use the applique blocks for a wall hanging.  It will still be pretty large but I have some nice big walls.

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Dog Pound Pal Adoption Society members…… the unveiling……..

I decided rather than just show this on the DPPAS project page, I’d share it here as well.    So far the  “Society Members” have been busy appliqueing their twelve dog blocks.   At least one member, still has two blocks to applique because she’s fallen behind working on other quilt designs, Camp Loopy fabric projects and Camp Loopy knitting projects and she’s just been going a bit loopy with too many things on her plate — that would be me in case you didn’t figure it out.  But I’ll catch up eventually!

Anyway, the DPPAS members have been playing along not knowing what the final quilt design will look like.  Of course they can always finish their quilt off some other way, and there are already some finished quilt photos in the Justquiltin Flickr group.  But if they choose to continue on with my plan, here’s what the finished project will look like. 

dpp finished 82 x 92  I love the applique dog patterns but the dogs in the outer border, which I call “Run Like the Wind” just make me laugh.  It so reminds me of Cricket, the miniature schnauzer I had with the big floppy ears who could run like the wind.

This is a very sedate coloring of this quilt — the Members are making them in all kinds of fabrics – plaids, florals, batiks bright and more muted.  If you haven’t checked out the blocks in the Flickr group you really should.  They are so fun to see in all their different colors and fabric styles. 

So for those stitching along on this project – more info as to some options, finished sizes if you include only some borders versus all borders, etc. will be posted tomorrow along with the next section to stitch (we’re putting together the center of the quilt) will be posted to the DPPAS page.

 

 

Off and On the Needles – September 5, 2014

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  Off the needles earlier this week – the back of my CustomFit Birch Bark.  It doesn’t really look like much tossed on the floor with all the edges curling willy nilly.

I started the sleeves, messed up the sleeves and ripped them out.  Decided to start the front instead and figured out what I had been doing wrong – reading the chart incorrectly – duh! so I’m at  least one repeat in on the cables on the front — three rows of the and the center row starts at the halfway point of the cable so they look like they alternate.   Did I mention I dislike making cables?? ;-)   Oh well, I’ll soldier on but it has been relegated to home knitting rather than bus knitting.

So my bus knitting is my other CustomFit sweater which I can just happily knit along on and not have to worry about cable needles or which row I’m on and marking off each row.

My Loopy Academy yarn is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. :-)  I’m not going to the Wisconsin Quilt Expo tomorrow after all  (the vendors are probably very sad!) and probably a good thing I’ll be home to save my  Box of Fun from floating down the sidewalk.   Mother Nature can turn off the faucet — it’s way to wet here already.

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Just when I was breathing a sigh of relief……. along comes Loopy Academy!

Rah rah sis boom bah — Sheri and the elves at The Loopy Ewe clearly do not want me wandering aimlessly with nothing to do. :-)  No I was never a cheerleader but I’m thinking my L’il Loopy might need his own pom poms and perhaps a megaphone.

After managing to get three sewing and three knitting projects for the three months of Camp Loopy done,  (and I think there are still scraps of those projects tossed around that need to be cleaned up and put away!) rather than quarterly challenges, it’s back to school with The Loopy Academy.   Follow the link and you can read all about their open enrollment program. :-)  4-hootNo busing involved (except for the knitting I’ll be doing on my bus ride to work).

 

It’s been a good number of years since I was in school- – and as long as there’s no Chemistry class involved I think I can handle it (it’s very embarrassing to nearly flunk out of chemistry class when your Dad is the teacher — no reflection on him – I simply didn’t get it.  I skipped straight to chemistry rather than taking biology first because the biology teacher was a family friend and my good friend’s dad — he teased his students a lot, teased me when I was at their house, and I know what it would have been like if I’d been in his class :-)  so I  avoided it but I barely made it thru chemistry. However, when I’m doing the daily crossword puzzles, I have managed to be able to answer some of the questions relating to the periodic table so something stuck  LOL- but I digress)  back to Loopy Academy……

So does going back to school mean I get a new backpack — oh wait, I have the “Camp’s a Hoot” backpack.

  Maybe a new lunch bag and notebook to keep my School assignments in —

 20140301_6oh I’ve got that covered.   The tote bag and blank notebooks I had printed as giveaways for the Head to Toe – A Knitter’s Gifts quilting BOM project are perfect with it’s knitting themed design on the front!

Okay – I just need to figure out what to make for my class assignments and then order my “school supplies”.  How great to have to buy yarn as school supplies!  I wonder if friend Judy is going to school????  I call dibs for a seat next to her! :-)   (Sheri would probably have to separate us for being disruptive in class.)

Here’s the first semester assignment  - all things a gal in Wisconsin can definitely make use of.   

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 The tough part – decided what to make for each class project.

I think I have made a couple decisions tho

1.  Cowl — Slipstream cowl - I love this one and picked out some gorgeous yarn.

2.  For my hat I’ll be making (okay you know how I change my mind but I think I will stick to this one) Greyson Hat.  I like it because it is slouchy (and my hair needs no more flattening than it’s natural flat self) and the cables are mock cables so no cable needle involved, and it’s seamed.  I sooo hate knitting hats in the round.

3.   Mittens – I always need mittens.  Hmmm…. extra credit? — I may need to try a new cast on.  Think there’s extra credit if I actually make felted mittens?   I’ve been wanting to make a pair — double extra credit if I make them stranded and felted??? :-)  Okay, maybe plain on the first felted pair to make sure I get the size the way I want before going crazy with stranding them.

You’ll just have to wait to see what my “school supplies” look like when they arrive.

Are you going to enroll in The Loopy Academy?   Be sure to get all the information at Sheri’s blog post linked above.

 

 


 

 

Design Wall Monday

Ah I just remembered its design wall Monday over at Judy’s – I’m usually at work and can’t post it until the evening but no — it’s 11 a.m. and I’m contemplating getting out of my jammies — maybe…

DSCN3768   Here’s the first three rows of Mix ‘n Match which is the stitch along project this weekend.  Downloads are included in four parts in this weekend’s blog posts if you’d like the free pattern.

I need to cut more sashing strips so I can continue working on it this afternoon. I took out the red and blue bird print – although there’s a bit of red in two other prints – it looks more like the pinkish color in the other prints and the red in the birds in larger concentration was just distracting.

I got sidetracked last night by the sweater I’m working on but made some good progress on that.  And with a bit of playing in EQ thrown in, it has been a very relaxing day.

 

Here’s some of the other borders I’ve been playing with on my bed size version of this quilt.  I’m not looking for suggestions, it’s just much easier to decide what I like when they are posted all together.  I still have a couple of ideas to try.

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