On the Needles – Friday, December 19, 2014

Let’s start with what’s off the needles

DSCN3978The shawl collared cowl is done and I just finished sewing the buttons on tonight.  Now you may think the choice of buttons a bit odd – no I didn’t run out of the dark green buttons but the center one is a special one I’ve been saving for something — a great find in Granny’s button box — and the recipient will know why I added it to this cowl for her.  Besides – buttons don’t really have to match in my world. ;-)

I’m still knitting knitting knitting along on my Featherweight cardigan.  I’ve got one sleeve about half done again- yes again, I wasn’t paying attention and grabbed the wrong pattern page and was half way done with a sleeve and realized it was not the sleeve to that sweater. LOL So ripped it back, restarted and am on the right track now.

And, because knitting on fingerweight yarn is so slow, I decided I needed to plan my next project – which will be in a heavier weight yarn – so I started swatching.

DSCN3981 I love this yarn – just wish I had a bit more of it so it may be tricky trying to figure out what to make once I get my finished swatch.  This one is a bit “tight” – I’m doing a second one and went up a needle size or maybe two and I think I’m liking that one better than this.  But it will be a CustomFit pattern so I can put in yardage and change things about to see how much long sleeves will take versus 3/4, etc. to see if I can come up with a design that will work with the yardage I have.

The flash is making the colors pop a bit brighter than they are in real life. It will be interesting to see how this yarn looks knit up into longer rows than the swatch contains.

What has 40 pieces….

and those 40 pieces all measure about 1″ x 2″ and  leaves you with is pile when you are done….

DSCN3971  And that pile has more fabric than in the finished item……


You get a finished Christmas gift!

DSCN3973 I bought some kits at Wisconsin Quilt Expo at least two years ago – I was going to use them as Christmas gifts the year I bought them and never got around to making them. I think I gifted one to a quilting friend so she could make her own.

Forty little pieces of fabric to paper piece just was not something I was looking forward to but this was not bad at all.

The pineapple block is a 3″ x 3″ finished block and the lovely double matting was part of the kit.  The frames I think I actually  bought the following year.   But finally I’ve got one of them all put together.

Now I just have one more to do – that one has red and cream matting.

So I didn’t get the rest of the outer borders added to the wedding quilt because I switched gears to work on this but tomorrow is another day.  But it as nice to spend most of the day in the sewing room accomplishing something.

Now I think it’s time to get comfy in the living room  and start knitting on my sleeves that I wound the yarn for early this morning — it seems a long time ago that I did that. :-)

Mail surprises

I was contemplating going to the grocery store this afternoon and stopped sewing to go look outside — nope, the fog has turned to more fog and it was drizzling so not waiting for a bus in that today. But I did spy a box the mailperson had left outside my door in the drizzle.

DSCN3969Not a great photo but there’s the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks mug for the 10th anniversary issue – it has a little 10th anniversary banner on the other side but my photo turned out even more blurry of that.  There’s my block – bottom row, corner.  I now have a nice rounded set of six mugs which fills my mug tree.


I’m happy to report – I had enough of all fabrics to cut all the borders I wanted.  The floating border is attached all the way around (have I mentioned how much I hate sewing on long plain borders?  I think that’s why lately my quilts have pieced borders – don’t mind those).

DSCN3966And as you can see, I have one section of the taupe and blue outer border joined to one side.  I just need to cut the section for the right side to length and then can get that added too.  I just might get these borders all  on before I quit stitching for today.

Especially since now that I’m not going to the grocery store, I think I’ll just order delivery from somewhere for dinner so don’t have to worry about making something.


The perfect finish

border AHA! I figured out the ending for the wedding quilt — and hopefully I have enough fabric left to do it.

The original pattern doesn’t have any borders.

Here I add the first background border to float the design and then where the purple is – that will be the taupey tan I used to frame the large blocks and will mimic the framing shape of the inner blocks.  The a final blue/gold print border fabric.  The perfect finish to it.

Now I just have to check the length of the border pieces in EQ and see if I have enough of my background and taupe fabric to do it.  Finally to some cutting and sewing.

Foggy Saturday

It has been a foggy week most of this week and today is no exception.  I can barely see the top of the hill outside my door.  A good day to stay inside and knit? or quilt? or decorate the Christmas tree?

I actually did take the tree out of the box last night.  It’s definitely skinny – hopefully still enough tree to hold my many ornaments.  I haven’t done the “fluffing” of the branches yet but I do like the fact that it will fit about anywhere.

As for knitting today – I’ll save that for later tho I did finally finish off the fronts of my CustomFit Featherweight Cardigan.  So just finished winding another cake of yarn so I can start on the sleeves.  I’m a little concerned that I’ll be really close on yarn since it has a wide edging on the sweater fronts (I made some changes to the pattern after I started which used more yarn) so I may have to order another hank just to be sure since I know its in stock and hope Cascade colors don’t vary much from batch to batch.

Quilting – that’s what I hope to get started on first (since I’m ignoring the cleaning in the living room that should occur).   Need to cut some borders and get them on the wedding quilt.

And speaking of the wedding quilt, the pattern I used (tho I didn’t add the applique to mine – shocker, I know, but I liked the fabrics just as they were) is now available for download at hoffmanfabrics.com.    It’s called Kotori Fans.


This morning I’m really wishing there was a restaurant nearby that delivered breakfast!  But guess I’ll have to wander into the kitchen and find something myself.  I’m thinking perhaps as a tasty treat some cinnamon raisin biscuits.

Then I can ponder my dilemma — I’m trying to decide what sweater I want to start once my Featherweight is done (yep planning ahead).     It will be a CustomFit version of whatever sweater I make and incorporate the lacy or other stitch pattern used in the original sweater.

I’m thinking about  Oceanna Cardigan

or Ivar

or Unbalanced

or Mork

or Pecten

or Cinnamon  (which I love in that cinnamon color)

okay – after mentioning Cinnamon several times I really do need raisin cinnamon biscuits – off to the kitchen! :-)

On the Needles – Friday 12/12/14

DSCN3965  I’m still knitting along on the Wiggle Wrap.  Last time I showed it I think I was at the red/orange (before the dark purple/black) on the right hand side.  That’s how far the first balls of Kauni took me.  I’ve added on the next ones and knit about 6 or 8 inches so far this week.

The Shawl Collared Cowl – which I showed earlier this week

DSCN3959will get blocked this weekend and I’ll hunt through the button bin.  It’s a gift for a friend and should be snuggly warm.


But check out these cool bowls I found tonight.  I had to buy them!

DSCN3964Love the knit/cable designs on them and the bright red insides.  The larger one is the perfect size to hold a large half grapefruit so I think that will be my grapefruit eating bowl. :-)  They are just to fun.


Unlike friend Judy who was very good not buying yarn this week….yep, I’ll have a couple packages arriving.  The Wollmeise I ordered a couple days ago should arrive Monday.  Plus, I was looking at the projects I want to make in the not too distant future and one of them is Spring Kerchief which is made with two colors of lace weight yarn. I happened to find a lovely combination in the Last Call section of discounted yarns at TLE so those will be arriving as well next week.

This weekend may see the new Christmas tree removed from its box and set up and maybe even decorated but I really need to spend some quality time in my sewing room getting the borders on the wedding quilt so I can start quilting on it.

And the big news here today – an early baby arrival this a.m.  I’m now officially a “Great Aunt” to a new little girl.  Which also means there’s a baby quilt that needs to be quilted too. :-)

Fabric pretties


My new fabrics from The Loopy Ewe arrived earlier this week.  Just lovely and I love all those little red ribbons they package them up with.  If you ever have a red ribbon shortage – I’ve got Loopie trying to keep them all organized.   I have just a few of them.


We won’t mention the Wollmeise Pure update that went up – or what a GORGEOUS color the Magnolie Light is – which just might be the purplish color in the image below.  And doesn’t it look nice along side the Admiral?  Like they would look great used in the same sweater….. I so love the project planner pages where you can see things side by side.


Shawl Collared Cowl progress

This was really a quick knit – especially with the bulky yarn.

DSCN3959  One side looks more green in the photo – that would be where the second hank was added in – but actually in looking at it in real live you don’t really see much blue at all – it all looks like shades of dark green.  Funny how the flash changes up the look of things.

All that’s left to do is block it, bury ends and then sew on some fun buttons.

It’s nearly a finished quilt top…

DSCN3958  It’s been a busy day around here so far.   I now have all my rows stitched and sashing added between all the rows so now it’s just on to the borders.  Can I just say how much I hate adding thin sashing strips between rows and blocks – who designed this top anyway??? LOL

Now my dilemma is whether or not I add a skinny background border all around before I add my final border.  It really should have one to float the design however as I said – I hate adding those.  But actually the deciding factor will be my fabric since I’m not sure I have enough of the background to  add another strip all the way around.  Will have to do some measuring and figuring and then do some more with the border fabric I got to figure out how wide a border I will add.

I do like the way this one has come together – especially considering it has all come from the stash with the exception of the final border fabric I got from Hoffman California Fabrics which will go so well.

And as I was sewing I remembered where I had put the flash drive that had the last major backup of all EQ files on it — I knew that’s where I’d find Santa Paws and I was right.

santapawsSo for all you Dog Pound Pal BOM participants, I’ll be loading this pattern up to the DPPAS page as a bonus pattern.  You could place him on the back of your quilt, make a pillow or little holiday wall hanging – whatever you like.   I’ll do another blog post the day I make it available  so you know to go collect it.  It will be available for download until the DPPAS project is completed.

I was also working with an old EQ design that I may turn into a tree skirt for my new Christmas tree — tho I don’t think it will be done for this year.  The tree is still in the box but one night this week or next weekend I’ll pull it out.  I’ve got some other sewing projects I want to concentrate on so the treeskirt will probably wait  and I’m not sure this is the final design I want to use — still mulling over some other ideas for different shapes.

christmastreeskirt I actually do have the fabrics shown in this EQ image in my stash but not sure that I have enough since I think they are mostly FQs – the finished size of this is about 30″” square if I remember right so I might be able to eek out enough if I decide to use it.

In addition to that – just stuck a little pan of apple crisp in the oven to bake – last of the apples from my Aunt’s apple trees.  And also started a loaf of krusty quickie rise bread so hopefully there will be some krusty bread to go with my spaghetti tonight.

But time to start some mushrooms sautéing so I can get my sauce simmering and toss in a load of laundry before I go back to contemplating quilt borders.

Shawl Collared Cowl Progress


I made great progress last night on my shawl collared cowl  once I found the right size needles.  I finally quit for the night (or wee hours of the morning) when I used up the whole first hank of yarn.   I’m more than half way done and now that I just wound the other hank, I’ll be moving on to starting the decreases in the shawl collar.  If you’re looking for a quick project or last minute gift – with the bulky yarn this one knits up in no time and is easy to make.

But think I’ll set this aside for the morning and sew together some quilt rows.