My Loopy Academy Cowl is about half way done and is looking great but I’m too lazy to go take a photo.
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.
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!!
Don’t miss out. Two of my personal favorite wall hanging designs I did for EQ Boutique are included in this sale.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.