Camp Loopy Completed

DSCN3744  My third project for Camp Loopy – the Fabric Version – is now complete.  It’s amazing what you can get done when you internet provider crashes over the weekend so you can’t putter away the hours on Ravelry, or email, or playing games. LOL

Got it layered and quilted and bound.

For this  third Camp Project, we needed to use two different Short Stacks (fat quarter collections) —  one from the Collections (fabric collections) and one from the essentials  (all in one color family).  I used this Charley Harper Short Stack and this one from the essentials.  The only fabric from the Charley Harper stack that didn’t make it on the front of the quilt was the cardinal/squirrel print which you can see got pieced into the backing on the second photo.  I also ordered some additional colors of the queen anne’s lace looking print.  Originally I bought extra red to use for the binding but some crazy woman used it all when piecing the back so when I got to making the binding – DOH!  but I found a mottled blue in the stash that went well with the blues so it all worked out. Actually I’m contemplating new couch in the shades of blue in the quilt and if I get it, this will hang above it so the blue binding worked out well.

DSCN3755 The back is just a mishmash of all the left over pieces.  Tho you can’t tell from the first photo, the blacks are all the tone on tones from the essentials short stack.

If you are a regular blog follower – this quilt design might look familiar – it’s a smaller version of my SnowBirds quilt design I did for Hoffman California Fabrics.  You can find the full quilt pattern on their website in the free patterns section.

 

I’m sorry to see Camp Loopy end for another year but I don’t know if I could have kept up the pace of completing one knitting project and one quilting project each month!

 

So let’s recap my Camp Loopy summer activities………

First Camp knitting project was the Ethel Shawl and first sewing project was Snow on the Lake.

Camp Loopy 2014 Project 1 Start 6/1/14 Fin. 6/15/14

Camp Loopy 2014 Project 1 Start 6/1/14 Fin. 6/15/14

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Second knitting project was the Pine Forest Baby Blanket since I’m going to become a “Great Auntie” after Christmas and since I have since found out it’s going to be a girl, I can see some little girlie sweaters in my future. :-)  And the sewing project – Mix ‘ Match.  Mix ‘n Match pattern will be a freebie on my blog as a sew along project on Labor Day Weekend.

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and my knitting project for #3 was Zigzagatory.

Whew!  Now if I can continue the momentum – I’ve got several knitting projects in the works that were put aside, and of course I just swatched for a new CustomFit Fall Knit Along sweater – just have to decide on the pattern – and there are endless quilt tops that need to be finished…………….

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Camp Loopy 2 project. Start. 7/1/14 Fin. 7/13/14  Pine Forest Baby Blanket

Camp Loopy 2 project. Start. 7/1/14 Fin. 7/13/14 Pine Forest Baby Blanket

Yarny Decisions

It’s been a puttering kind of morning so far.  I was up early, cleared off the sewing table because today I want to get my Camp Loopy wall hanging layered and quilted — deadline is approaching!   Stuck my head out the door – won’t be doing that again.  It is so incredibly humid the last two days – the outside of my glass door is a sheet of water.  And again a second day of extreme fog in the early a.m. hrs due to the humidity.  I’ll stay inside where it’s nice and cool this weekend!

And I have to clean off the sewing table so I can find all the things I want to keep in my new sewing table caddy.

DSCN3732Isn’t this cute.  I went out to dinner with a friend last night and we did some shopping.  It’s made of metal  – I found it in the clearance aisle of the gardening tools.  It was too cute to leave behind and will hold a lot of scissors and rotary cutters and rulers.  Darn I should have gotten a second one to hold all my old straight metal knitting needles!

 

As I was knitting along on my lacy sweater last night I remembered more yarn in the stash that might have enough yardage for some of the projects I’m mulling over for the CustomFit Fall Sweater KAL and the future  CustomFit Winter Sweater KAL.  I don’t have much in the way of sweater quantities of yarn – but dang I can make socks till the cows come home (and for all those cows that do come home – and being in the dairy state, that could be a lot of cows!)  with all those single hanks in my stash.   LOL  Or I may have to make a “sweater of many colors” from some of them.

I originally went in search of some Wool of the Andes Tweed I knew I had bought with the intention of making sweaters.  One color was fingering weight – nope, not feeling like making a sweater out of that right now.  But in the process of finding the “Farmhouse Heather” color which is a pretty shade of brown – almost a brown with gray tones in my opinion, which sounds ugly – but I love – but then I love most browns. It’s just a bit different from most brown tones you find in clothing in the stores.  Anyway I found these other two yarns as well.

DSCN3731The purple is some Three Irish Girls and I so love their yarn.  My guess is there’s enough for a vest pattern I’ve got my eye on – actually there two vests that have been on my want to make list even before they became CF patterns — Sebasco and Nantasket. The blue – I just might have enough to do Birch Bark.  The blue I actually have partially swatched – it wasn’t the right yarn for what I previously swatched it for but I may finish the swatch and then see if I have enough for Birch Bark.  Or I may just swatch all three yarns and see where I want to go from there.

Now to go clean up the kitchen before I get my wall hanging layered.  It was homemade biscuits for brunch today — for years I made horrid biscuits — well actually I didn’t make them because they were tasteless lumps that were dry and crumbly.  Finally I discovered one day what my problem was — I don’t cook with butter.  Hence I seldom buy butter – I just don’t really care for the taste (okay except I do buy it to occasionally put on popcorn and for one butter cookie (which of course needs butter to taste really good).  But I was really hungry for biscuits and happened to have some butter here.  Hmmm I don’t know if it’s a good thing that I found butter is the key to my making very delicious biscuits….. I’d better go stick the leftover biscuits in the freezer for some other day…….

 

My latest sweater

Well actually I started this sweater back on….. on April 12 (one of those great Ravelry options – start and finish date for projects so I can see how long they’ve been languishing – I had to go quick take a look at the dates).

But then Camp Loopy started, and in addition to two camp projects a month,  I also had my Customfit KAL sweater to make so this one got pushed aside.

lacy I finished the back of this sweater the beginning of June It’s plain stockinette stitch with the seed stitch hem but part of the delay on starting the front was which design I wanted to use for  a panel in the front.  I changed my mind many times but I really like the one I ended up with.  It’s a super easy to remember and if you know how to “read” your stitches you can tell which of the two rows you need to do next and the wrong side rows are purls or knits so you can easily tell.  Even tho it’s easy, it’s very fun to do so it keeps my interest – at least so far – so much so that I keep forgetting to do the shaping rows outside the lacy section!

Of course now my dilemma is CustomFit has started their Fall Sweater KAL — do I continue to work on this one or do I cast on a new fall sweater with some tweedy yarn I’ve got in the stash.  And then the dilemma is what to make with that tweedy yarn if I do start another.

Have I told you how much I love Amy Herzog’s CustomFit ? I think I have. :-)  She has just added some new features to the CustomFit website and they are fantastic.  They’ve added two categories of “makers”  (you know – that person who is knitting the sweater is the “maker”).  For a small monthly fee I now get free pattern coupons throughout the year which is a great cost savings and I probably will never exceed the number of coupons for the part I enrolled in because I just don’t have time to knit more than 8 sweaters a year. LOL  For those hard core knitters there’s a level with unlimited patterns for a fantastic price.  Plus lots of other freebies, different stitch patterns, additional recipes (knitting recipes that is not the food type!) and patterns, – and the support on the Ravelry group is fantastic.  I can’t say enough good stuff about CustomFit.  If you want to learn more about it – the Ravelry group is a great place and you can see all the fantastic sweaters that have been made.

Okay – back to my dilemma – start a new Fall sweater or use this one for that instead?  You know my aversion to doing cables — well ever since I joined CustomFit I’ve been wanting to make Amy’s Birch Bark sweater — altho a bit longer that her’s is and I think with  3/4″ sleeves rather than the bracelet length slight bell sleeves (changes I can easily tell it to make in CustomFit and it will generate a pattern in my size with those changes all based off my measurement set and my swatch gauge of whatever weight yarn I want to use).  I love the three simple cables up the front – but then there are several other ideas floating around in my head. Hmm.. first things first – go pull out the yarn in my stash and knit a swatch.  It all starts there and after that I can figure out what sort of sweater I want to make.  In the meantime, this blue sweater is my bus riding knitting.

Dang I also need to pull back out my ESK 3rd quarter project – I think that’s supposed to be done next month.  I was off to a good start but the it got put….. somewhere….. okay I’d better launch the search!

Knitter’s Gifts

DSCN3712Pretty speedy for a change.  This month’s block and I already have it done.  I decided to use just the purple for the fringe since if I tried cutting the strips from the leftovers of the other fabrics I used in this block, it would not have been a true bias strip since I was working mostly with only 10″  squares of fabric to begin with.   

I’m thinking a larger project with various size width and length flying geese strips could be fun since EQ7 makes it easier with a tool to draw flying geese strips – it sections them out for you so you just have to draw the curves.  Unlike one flying geese design I still have drawn on tissue wrapping paper – a large cutout heart that is all flying geese.  That was pre-EQ for me and I drew it all with pencil and ruler.   But projects for another day.

Here’s the Knitter’s Gifts  blocks I have done so far.  Two sock blocks are ready for me to stitch down too and then I just have last month’s block to do which will be super quick and easy.

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Of course seeing these hats and socks and scarf reminds me I’m getting very near the end of my Camp Loopy scarf/shawl and hopefully you’ll see a finished photo tomorrow so I have to go wind that last hack of yarn because I just bet I’m going to need a little big of it to finish it off.

 

 

Gaggle of Geese

DSCN3709  My flying geese scarf is all pieced.  Actually the paper piecing on this one was fairly painless – except for that one fabric piece trimmed off accidentally which should not have been, and the other piece I ended up with a fold in that had to be fixed.

A tip when working with a pattern piece this long – I rolled the pattern into a tube, so that it didn’t get into the way as much going in and out of the throat of the sewing machine.  Someone also asked if I press the fabrics each time I add a piece.  No, I didn’t.  I’m using batiks so running my fingernail along the seam to press it flat works really great with batik fabrics.  I did press the whole think lightly before trimming off the excess fabric and adding the seam allowance.

DSCN3710So now to get rid of this very colorful trimmed off scraps, figure out what fabric I want to use for the scarf “fringe” and then I can straighten up the rest of the batiks spread all over the table.

A Knitter’s Gifts – August block

Well I can’t claim to be totally caught up on this BOM.  I have one hat block to make, and I think I have two or three sock blocks to applique – the pieces are all cut and ready to go so it shouldn’t take long.   And then there’s this month’s block – the flying geese scarf.

August Block

August Block

Friend Janet P already left a comment regarding the fact this block is paper pieced because she knows I don’t like doing paper piecing.  :-)  But when it’s all just moving along one continuous piece like this – I don’t mind too much.  I guess what I really find annoying about paper piecing is all that thread cutting and trimming away of excess fabric – slows me down. LOL

But I decided I’d tape my pattern together.  Then decided I’d pick out what fabric I wanted for the “background” of the scarf around the geese portions.  Well then, why not stitch a section or two…… I don’t know what time I started sewing on this block but I finally called it quits about 12:30 a.m.

I have a whole mess of scrap trimings and thread tails on one side of the table and the other size has the pile of batiks I’ve been digging through to use.

Here’s what I have so far. I think I’ve got about 9 more geese to add.  The colors look a bit off – at least on my computer since the scarf background is very purple and not blueish.

DSCN3705I also got the backing all pieced for my Camp Loopy sewing project done as well as added the final border to the front of that project so once I finish these flying geese, I can get to layering my wall hanging.

On the Needles Friday – August 15, 2014

DSCN3702 Here’s my Zigzagatory Camp oopy project — it’s hard to tell but it’s folded in half and on the left side you can see the circular needle.  I just have from the needle down to the tip of the back half left to knew.

DSCN3703Here it is all opened out – not a great photo but I love the way it pooled on each end when I was increasing and decreasing to a certain number of stitches.  Plus where the larger pooling area on the right side is, that’s where I started a second  ball of yarn so that changed how things were sort of striping.  I like it.  Hopefully I’ll get it finished off this weekend.

A few bright fabrics….

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Check out these fun summery looking fabrics.  The top row of prints were a birthday present from a dear quilting friend in California.  I especially love the houses on the right – they look like they are made of sherbert.   So when I put in my last TLE order, I ordered some lightly mottled “solids” to go with them.  Now sure what I’m making yet, but it will be bright.

Earlier this week I was piecing together a backing for my Camp Loopy 3 project. Here it’s up on the design wall in sort of rows and I was stitching like-width size sections together.  Once I join these I can figure out how much more I need to add to it.  The back will definitely be a hodge podge but it will use up all those remaining “camp” fabric so I meet the requirements.  I’ve got some of my black tone on tone short stack to add in but first I need to cut my final borders from them and see what’s left over.   I think the backing is long enough from top to bottom but may need a bit added to one side yet.

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Friday I hope to get the backing finished, border strips on, and get it layered.  Yep – I took the day off work – one boss was gone this week, the other is gone tomorrow through next week so what’s a good legal assistant to do but take of the one day they’ll both be gone. ;-)

Or….. I may sit on my patio drinking coffee (good thing I restocked at the store tonight) and knit.  I’m in the home stretch so to speak on my camp knitting project. I’m working my way down the decreases on he other side.  That little ball of yarn left is my second hank of yarn.  This project must use at least 800 yards and when I finish that second ball, I’ll have 810 yards in.  I’ll probably need a bit of the third hank I ordered because I made the center section a bit wider than the pattern but I’m hoping I’ll have enough left (and I think I should) to make a pair of mittens later.

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and exciting news  – my Snow on the Lake Camp 1 project won a viewer’s choice for the fabric projects (there’s voting for completed Camp projects and Loopy Dollars to be won) – so that’s very nice indeed!

008 So now I just have to remember to NOT go to work tomorrow since it was last minute and I didn’t decide until today to take it off (how horrible would that be to show up on a day you scheduled off!)  But I think this evening – my favorite jammies, a couple old movies  and maybe a big bowl of popcorn – I’ll be knitting into the wee hours of the morning.

We have a winner………

Okay – so if you’ve been reading along you know that I posted a little contest to try to come up with a name for this quilt pattern since I was having trouble coming up with one.

colored   There were lots of name ideas.  Many were similar to names I’ve given other patterns like City Streets, Cobbled Path, Bricks, various quilts with Garden in the name – not that I expect you to know what my quilt names have been – but I decided to stay away from those. It’s always so fun to find out what other people “see” that quilt as.  Lots of very inventive names.    But none were really talking to me.  :-)  Some were based on the colors I had used or the colors I plan for my next quit from this pattern t but for a project like this, were it would look good in so many varieties of fabrics from floral to solid to Asian inspired to holiday themed, I didn’t want a name that was tied to the colors shown.

Then, as I was looking at all my new lovely fabrics I got at The Loopy Ewe for my next (and larger) version of this quilt, I was mulling over which fabrics I wanted to mix and match with certain other ones.  And then it hit me, I think the perfect name for it is Mix ‘n Match!

And since the prize drawing is just random among all who left a comment, it doesn’t matter that I ended up coming up with my own name in the end.

So this time, to shake it up a bit, I decided I’d use the random LETTER generator (getting tired of numbers and having to count through all those comments) LOL and whoever had that random letter in the position where the commentor’s name (or email, or whatever you are identified as when leaving a comment – it shows up first above your comment) — so whoever, was the first person to leave a comment, starting in date order from earliest comment, with the Random Letter in their name, would be the winner. The letter was “B”.

b   a charm packet of Moda “Wishes” that I included in my latest Box of Fun fabric order, will be going

bw  Congratulations Barbara! Thank you all for playing and sharing your name ideas.  Don’t forget the pattern will be presented on Labor Day Weekend!  I hope you’ll stitch along with me!