Isn’t this cool! I just love the way it is looking. Did I tell you that if you knit you really need to try making this Swing Cowl by Angela Meinz? LOL Yes I believe I did – but seriously, it is just fun to knit and so easy. And if you look at the pattern page on Ravelry, you’ll see a photo of mine in progress there. The designer saw it and asked if she could add it to her page - how cool is that!
I’m already thinking about what other yarn combinations I might use for the next one.
The lower edge – or lower edge in my photo – is a little wavy — that’s because my brown yarn is a bit heavier weight than the Mini Mochi. I can probably block it straighter but I kind of like it free form as it is.
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Yes – the yarn shopping from Black Friday arrived today.
Both ESK and TLE box of fun — and what fun indeed!
This pile of Madelinetosh Vintage in Firewood is to make the Autumn Leaves stole.
Then there’s this pile — the Wollmeise pile.
Then as I was trying to decide what patterns to use the Wollmeise on, I came across the 31 Flavors Poncho. That is exactly the style I have been searching for! I emailed Judy to tell her about the pattern to see if she had seen it yet. She loved it too and reminded me of the Cyber Monday sale at TLE — solid yarns on sale. I’m not blaming her for my next purchase – it was a public service announcement that she reminded me! And I had most of the cost of the yarn just siting there in Loopy reward dollars to redeem in my account! Might as well finish out the year with a bang!
But ….. cue the Twilight Zone theme music here…. I emailed Judy a copy of the photos of the yarn I had ordered for the 31 Flavors Poncho that I snagged off my invoice – courtesy of TLE. I seem to buy lots of Green – usually darker green – browns and blues so I decided to try something a little different.
The main body of the poncho will be the banana cream (I’ve been wanting pie ever since I saw the name of that yarn) and the stripes will be Celery (I have NOT been craving celery).
Judy sent me the image of what she got….. wait until she posts her yarn choices. You will see…… (continue the twilight zone theme song) Banana Cream and ….no not celery but a green a shade or two darker — and I originally had that color in my cart and then decided to go a bit lighter.
How bizarre is that! Clearly we just have excellent taste in yarn colors.
As things dwindle down towards the end of the year and the beginning of another, I start laying out some goals or actually more like challenges for myself.
Challenges may be met or I may fail but they are something I enjoy striving for – even if they don’t turn out anything like my initial plan.
So you’ll see a button in the sidebar with this sweet image on it – I think it’s so pretty (even if I’m not a cat person) and love the colors used in it. (Wouldn’t a quilt be pretty in those colors? the blue, burgundy, grayish white, the dark color of the cat’s fur and that taupey greenish background — I think I’d like it)
Anyway in simplest terms – I plan to knit from the stash next year and if you click on the button you’ll see my plan explained. If you want to join in this challenge, feel free to play along with me.
I was getting ready to start quilting the quilt I layered yesterday and as I was digging in a thread box in the closet I spied one of the Christmas storage boxes. I had pulled out the box that was on top of it looking for something else the other day and well heck, since I had it nearly unburied I decided to pull it out of the closet before I piled stuff back on it.
That led to me being totally sidetracked and I don’t think there’s going to be any quilting going on today.
It actually is quite nice out today – the sun is shining – it’s not bitter cold and windy like it was earlier in the week – heck it’s 40 degrees and not windy (at least not at the back of the building where I am) so down right balmy. A perfect day to put out some Christmas lights outside if I intend to put any up. I pulled out the pinecone garland that goes above my door – string of lights attached to that was dead. Found where a bulb was broken, found the spare ones to that set even, but switching it and the fuse didn’t help so in the trash it went. Pulled out the icicle lights – I love those – they are not the tiny white lights but instead these have icicle shaped covers over them from about 3″ long to about a 10″ long or more and they glow bluish white. So made sure they all worked and as I untangled them, let them pile into one of those reuseable grocery totes so I cold easily take them outside and lift them back out of the bag without too much clanking and knocking together.
The lights are up, the garland is up, it’s just waiting for the right time so I can plug the timer in. No more coming home to pitch black with my little flashlight to get the key in the door. These will turn on shortly before I get home and light things up. It was a nice change to just be out there in a t-shirt and sweater (yes I did have pants on but I mean no coat was needed or gloves or hat or scarf) and not be freezing putting them up.
I also decided I’m not going to put up my big Christmas tree this year. I recently moved the treadmill to the corner of the living room so there’s just not room to put the big tree in there and I’m not in the mood to move a bunch of furniture around. I have a cute feather type tree about 3-1/2 to 4 feet tall that I think I’ll just put out instead.
Did a little work on the quilt designs I need to come up with but I think it’s time to go knit a while.
If you’ve never tried swing knitting, I highly recommend it. Knitting, knitting techniques — they’ve come a long way since I learned to knit back in the late 60′s or early 70′s. Swing knitting is one of those newer fangled techniques. :-) I love it. Dreambird was made using that method, Art Deco uses it, and the Swing Cowl would be great first time swing knitting project.
I started on it last night and didn’t want to put it down but I finally had to force myself off to bed in the wee hours of the morning.
It’s that time of year again — Hoffman Fabrics is working on Christmas fabrics for the 2014 holiday season so I’ve got a couple quilt designs to come up with for them. So a good part of today may be spent playing in EQ (although that cowl is really wanting me to go knit on it some more!)
I also updated the Sticks ‘n Strings page with the latest completed/blocked projects. I’m now up to 26 new items started and finished this year and 15 projects out of the UFO bin this year too. Two of those UFOs got frogged because they were never going to get finished but that means 39 knitty projects so far this year to completion — and I was looking at total yards K-T-D – I’m at 17,100. Last year with the sock challenge I knit 9,900 yards — can I double that number by the end of the year?? Maybe.
The graduation quilt is layered. There was a bit of a delay as I searched for 20 minutes or so for the stupid safety pins to pin baste it. They container – which is not exactly small – was not in its normal location. It’s a decorate tin- it’s a good size – it’s not flat on top so nothing can be stacked on it to hide it – it’s always in the sewing room on one shelf or another. Not in sight. But then I remembered when I had the leak in the sewing room and had to pull things out of closets and move things around. Then the search was really on and after checking several spots multiple times – found it on the edge of a shelf where it should not have fit, and it really didn’t, because the only thing holding it in place on the edge of the shelf was a quilt hanging next to it . But the quilt is layered, one crease on the back has been removed and repined so not I think I just have to decide what color thread I want to quilt it with (or perhaps more correctly, what colors of thread do I have where I have enough to quilt this). Then again – I could do each block in different thread since I have all those spools of thread a friend gave me when cleaning out her sister’s sewing stuff.
It also was sock washing day — the first day this fall/winter that I had gone through all the hand knit socks in my drawer (except for one pair in there and one on my feet). So grabbed the bag of them (I have one of those reusable grocery totes in my closet – the perfect size to collect all the socks after I wear them and then tote them all to the laundry room.) So my sewing room smells a bit “wet sheep” like right now.
Twenty-two pairs of socks. Having to wash them every two weeks isn’t bad but I think being able to go a whole MONTH would be even better! LOL I need to get knitting. Actually it’s not a big deal to wash them – they’ll be dry by tomorrow sometime and I’ll be good for another couple weeks.
I need to get my Dreambird edging finished off so I can start on another “swing knitting” project. I found a cute little pattern on Ravelry for a swing cowl that should be really easy after Dreambird ….or I may just to wind the yarn now for that and see which one I decide to work on tonight
I just realized it’s dinner time – no wonder I’m getting hungry. The quilting elves did not make dinner for me will I was pin basting that quilt so I guess I’ll have to do it myself.
I also just came across this pattern . I have some royal blue and bright yellow yarn that I think would be fun in this one.
and I love the edging on this one – but then I really like a lot of her patterns.
Okay – enough dreaming of new projects.
I’ve been puttering again this morning and need to get dressed and busy around here. The backing fabric for the quilt I need to get layered and quilted is out of the dryer and waiting to be ironed. That is top of my list this a.m. (okay – top of the list right after getting dressed and finding some brunch). I will NOT stay on the computer the better part of the day doing “stuff” like yesterday (browsing Ravelry patterns, catching up on blogs, playing games — even tho I have a bunch of Ravelry project pages to update)– I will not be back on the computer till that quilt is at least layered! I’ve procrastinated long enough.
In the meantime, I think there’s about 8 quilters signed up and approved so far for next year’s Dog Pound Pals Adoption Society applique project and several more awaiting final confirmation. That’s great! Please remember you MUST buy the pattern before signing up. You can’t answer the question needed to get the password to the protected pages without the EQ Boutique file since the answer to the question I ask is found only within that file.
The Drop Stitch scarf is done blocking. Can’t wait to wear it – such a fun pop of color and texture.
And my hat experiment worked — I got it to shrink a little without wrecking it entirely! :-) Time will tell if I shrunk it enough since I’m sending it to Mom – it will match a pair of mittens I’m also sending to her.
I was afraid the cream-colored yarn might shrink in too much since that one is not a superwash but it does seem to have shrunk the size just slightly which hopefully is enough without altering the look of the hat.
I added the last feather to my Dreambird last night! But then decided I wanted to add a bit of edging along the top curve to neaten things up a bit – my gray yarn just doesn’t fill in like the feather yarn since it’s more linen feeling – so I picked up stitches all long the top curve and am just knitting a few rows of stockinette stitch which should then curl forward and look similar to I-cord without the bother of making I cord — I used this on a different project and really liked it so hopefully I will like it on this one too. So that project should be finished off this weekend! Then I need to get serious about deciding what yarn I want to use for the Art Deco project I’m starting on New Year’s Eve. There are more projects added in the Ravelry project pages for this wrap and so pretty. I need to lay out all the possible yarns and make a final decision. Are you going to knit along?
Food….. clothes…..pressing fabric and layering quilt ….. I’ve got my afternoon planned.
The Drop Stitch scarf is blocking. Doesn’t it look pretty all blocked open. Should be pretty quick to dry too.
The stranded hat I made — so far so good in trying to shrink it a bit. I’m not sure is is really shrinking any but (1) when I got it wet the blue did not run into the cream so that was good (2) and so far it’s not shrinking or felting wierdly. Only one of the yarns is 100% wool that would shrink the other is superwash so I was afraid one would shrink up more than the other. Time to check the dryer and see how it’s coming.