After a year long wait….

DSCN3644my nephew, who wants to become a music teacher, will get his high school graduation quilt (he’ll be a sophomore in College next year). ;-)  Better late than never.  It’s been waiting for just the binding to be finished for quite a while and I was going to sit down and hand stitch it to the back and then today decided – heck, it’s going to a sophomore college boy’s apartment — I did it by machine instead. LOL  And here it is all finished and washed to make it crinkly comfy…..

Oops and sideways  …. not that it matters but

on this second photo the pianos and other instruments are not turned on their side.

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I have  been busy and cleaning most of today but every so often take a break…. sew down binding… go back to cleaning… go water the garden… go back to cleaning… wind my new yarn for the Camp Loopy 3 project….

 

Here’s that yarn showing what it looks like in the hank, hank spread out, and then caked.   Can’t wait until I can get started on the next Camp project.

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Sweater Blocking

I finished off the back of my CustomFit KAL Summer Sweater much faster than I thought I would — I was thinking about the number of rows I had to knit after I bound off for the neckline on the front.

DSCN3639As you can see there a good number of rows – but I was spacing out the fact that on the back of a sweater there are very few rows between neck bind off and end of shoulder seem!  So I finished it off about midnight and decided – what the heck, lets get it socking and pull out the blocking boards so I can let it dry overnight with the fans on it.

 

But this morning it’s all dry and ready to go.  I need to sew the shoulder seams so I can start on the cowl neck.  Since this is a mashup of a CustomFit pattern and a commercial one, I need to see what the commercial pattern says about the neckline — it’s a cowl neck and I think with my yarn I will need to increase needle size as I knit the length on the cowl so it gets more drapey.

 

The lace pattern up  the front from the Erin pattern really blocked out nicely.

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After setting this one to block last night I did do a few ore rows on my ESK 3rd Quarter challenge project – the Autumn Leaves Stole.  The beauty of this one will really be seen when it’s blocked and it’s so easy.

 

Here it is just laying there – interesting texture but can’t tell much

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But when I pin out a portion of it the way it will looked blocked – you can see the elongated leaves.  I’m going to love this one and the yarn color is just perfect for it.

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But enough dillydallying – more coffee and then to finish off the laundry and get to the rest of my cleaning of this very messy place.  Major cleaning needed and then I can mess it all up again the rest of the time I’m on vacation.

On the Needles Friday, July 25, 2014

DSCN3633Well – not on the needles yet – but the new yarn I chose for my Camp Loopy 3 project has arrived.   Those who know me well know I don’t like pink.  I don’t wear it, I don’t quilt with it (except for Komen quilts) and I don’t knit with it  unless it’s for someone else.  My one exception is certain shades of pink with chocolatey browns.    The pink shades I this one are more brown pink and I really love them, especially when you throw in that green.  Can’t wait to see what this looks like caked (but I’m too lazy tonight to pull out the yarn swift) and knit.  The pattern I chose, Zigzagatry, is made in a longer color change yarn so has blocks of color.  It will be interesting to see if this pools, is more evenly variegated, or how it knits out.

 

I’ve  been knitting on my Customfit KAL sweater – inches of boring stockinette on the back but I’m getting closer to that neckline bind off.  I’ve been saving that one to work on at night and have been taking my Wiggle wrap along on the bus ride this week to work on.  I’m going to love this when it’s done but I’ve got a way to go and may need to get another ball of each color to get the length I want but will wait and see since I’ve got a while before I have to worry about that.

DSCN3635My vacation has officially started.  A friend took me out for a several days early birthday dinner, and gave me some great birthday presents – a book to read that I had been looking at last time we were in the bookstore (so I can sit out on the patio tomorrow morning, feet propped up in the other chair sippin’ coffee and read my book — okay except I believe Mother Nature has other plans and will be raining on my parade patio) and along with the book, she knows I love the horror/psychological thriller  movies (the ones she’s too scared to watch) so she got one that looks sufficiently scary on the front cover that she herself would never consider watching.  LOL  That will be my entertainment tonight I think – to see how well she picked. ;-)  I’m hoping to get the back of my sweater done up to where I can bind of the neck tonight.

 

 

Indecision, indecision

The yarn I got for my Camp Loopy final knitting project just was not thrilling me.  It’s pretty yarn but it has a more rustic texture look to it than I really wanted in the project I had picked.  I swatched a bit with it trying to decide what it might want to be, spent endless time on Ravelry looking for a different pattern idea, swatched some more, looked at more patterns, ripped out my swatch, put the yarn away until it decides what it wants to be, and ordered something else that knew exactly what it wanted to be! :-)

lady edith   The Lady Edith yarn will become Zigzagatory.

zigzagatory  I love scarfs that are long and skinny.  Most regular shawls are not long enough or wide enough for my liking.  Many can be altered but some can’t and I love ones like that that could also easily be made longer .

It will be interesting to see how my yarn knits out in this one.  I do already have plans after camp loopy to put some of my Zauberball or one of the other long color change yarns to work in a second one.

So my project is set – I will NOT be changing my mind again.

 

But my list is growing longer of things I want to make once Camp Loopy is finished.

I’ve been watching and waiting for

Shifting Sands Cardigan to be released as a CustomFit pattern and it finally is.

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I love the  way this gorgeous collar lays and extends down the front.  Tho I’m not a fan of actually making cables and having to fiddle with that cable needle, I will do so for this pattern. :-)  It also doesn’t hurt that the color yarn this one is made in is so gorgeous.

There’s a few changes I will make when I get around to making this - and because it’s CustomFit, I can easily do it - just because it’s my personal preference (and because I am not shaped like her. ) LOL   I would have the fronts of my version  come a bit closer together in the front and my version will have longer sleeves.  I don’t know if they’ll be elbow length, 3/4 length or long, but I can’t wear that little tiny sleeve it has.  But those changes are simply made by typing in the type of sleeve I want (elbow, 3/4, long) and changing the inches for the gap in the front of the sweater and the magic CustomFit elves will generate the pattern just for my specifications.   I do have enough yarn of one color in the stash – heavier weight for the main sweater body and the same color in lighter weight for the collar but it’s much to variegated and if I’m going to do that stitch pattern and deal with cables, I want them to show up.   But I’ll contemplate yarn choices for it another day.  There’s Camp Loopy projects  to start on August 1 so need to get those finished first.

Now off to knit on my CustomFit Summer KAL Sweater.  I’m up past all the armhole shaping so it’s about 60 or so rows on the straight away before I bind of some neck stitches  and then just finish the shoulders.   I’m on vacation after Friday for a while so plan to ignore the computer and the phone, do a lot of  knitting and sewing – hope to get another quilt top or two quilted (maybe clean up the sewing room mess yet again before I start quilting) sit on my patio and sip coffee in the early mornings before the mosquitos descend while everyone else is headed to their jobs, and visit with family for a few days.

So Dog Pound Pals, I left a message on the secure page for you which basically says, I may or may not be  in town the day the next blocks are to be announced but since we only have two dog blocks left, you know which ones to make! :-)  Guess it’s time for me to figure out where we go from here (actually I have a plan, I just haven’t drawn it up yet).

Potluck Picnic — It’s finished!

fab  My second project for The Loopy Ewe sewing camp is totally done. 

Here’s my stack of fabrics I used.  For the July project, you needed to use one Short Stack (fat quarter packet) and two different one yard cuts of fabric.  You could add other fabrics to it, and you could make whatever you wanted.

You can see my short stack – the one with the little tag on he ribbon.  My 1 yard cuts were the white tone on tone background fabric, and the blue check in the lower fabric group which was used in the quilt and for the binding.

The fabrics I chose for this project  from The Loopy Ewe are from the Moda Potluck fabric collection.  Since it’s a “Camp Loopy” project and since the fabric collection is called “Potluck”, I decided the perfect name for this quilt will be “Potluck Picnic.”   The colors, the daisy prints and the little checks remind of a summertime picnic.

The finished size of the quilt is 60 x 72.  A nice large lap quilt size.  And as I’ve gotten a many requests for the pattern, it will be made available on the blog at some point in the future, possibly for a Labor Day weekend stitch along. 

Anyway – here it is.  I just love the bright happy colors.

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DSCN3624DSCN3628  Since it’s such a simple and plain block design, I wanted to keep the quilting fairly simple.  I stitched in the ditch in the white sashing around all the pieces and also in the ditch on all those outer border strips using a yellow thread for all the quilting.  The outer border cornerstones have a spiral posey quilted in them and the green and yellow inner border have a feather design in them.

Since I had changed my plan on what this project would be, the red print I bought for the backing wasn’t large enough so I turned the red fabric sideways (it was a couple of inches wider than my quilt) and added a section of yellow from the stash to the top and bottom of it.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

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Sunday doings

First the stash/fabric use report – well since I got in my fabric for my Camp Loopy 3 project, there was fabric in.  I’m just finishing up the binding on my Camp Loopy 2 project and should have a photo of that later today.  It turned out cute but dang, I already added that fabric into the fabric used.  But it was a productive day – getting that project quilted and nearly all bound and just need to put the finishing touches this morning on some yardage info for a new pattern so I did get the two main things I wanted done this weekend.  (Tho someone really needs to do some laundry and clean around here!)

Anyway,  here’s my numbers with the addition of 5 yards this week for my next Camp project.

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Another swapper has join in the Spooktacular Halloween Block Swap.  I’ve added Sara’s blocks in.  You can see the list of block patterns selected on the swap page but here’s the updated virtual quilt showing all the block patterns the swappers have chosen to make (just randomly colored in my me) so you can match block name to block.

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Layered

I did get busy with my quilt backing before going to veg and knit in my chair last night.    Backing was pieced and I even got things layered so I’d be all ready to start pin basting this morning.

DSCN3621 Going to have to restock the batting supply.  There’s just one left in the closet.

I did also get the back of my KAL sweater to the point where I’m ready to start the armholes.  I love it when I get that far – the rest seems to go fairly quickly from that point – all those shorter and shorter rows – so hope this one does too.

Time for a coffee refill, grab the tin of pins and get this show on the road while I try to figure out just how I want to quilt this one.

On the Needles Friday July 18, 2014

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 Since I finished my Camp Loopy 2 project early, I’m back to knitting on my CustomFit Summer Sweater KAL top.   it doesn’t look real exciting in the photo but its finally moving along.  Last weekend I only had the ribbing done.  I’ve got another 10 rows or so before I start the bindoff for the armholes.  It’s the back, so it’s all stockinette.  The front is already finished.

But this weekend – hopefully (since it didn’t happen last weekend as planned) I really need to get my Camp Loopy quilt quilted.  I’m running out of time.  My plan is to turn off the computer and finally make a decision on what fabric I will use for the backing and get it pieced so tomorrow I can get it layered and get started.   And because the yarn swift is already hooked up to the table, I may wind a bit of my yarn for the next camp project so I can do a swatch and decide what size needles I want to use.

I’d like to know what crazy person decided to do  the Camp Loopy knitting projects AND the Camp Loopy quilting projects AND the Customfit KAL, AND the ESK quarterly challenge AND two new quilt designs for Hoffman Fabrics all when she’s extraordinarily busy at the day job and just wants to come home and veg in her favorite chair at night!  Dang that woman was crazy.. oh yeah – that was me!

Well the camp knit project is done, if I don’t get the Customfit or ESK challenges done by the deadlines I definitely won’t be heartbroken, and I do have one quilt pattern written and already turned in and only have to finish figuring yardage for the second design this weekend and then have a break until the pattern is actually needed.   I think I’ll survive.  And I’m really looking forward to being able to start the next two Camp Loopy projects August 1  cause I love the fabrics and yarn I got for those.      Must get quilt quilted, must get quilt quilted………   darn, no little elves made me dinner yet either! :-(

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Is it Friday yet???

Things are just crazy busy around here – at work, at home.  Finished writing one quilt pattern last weekend.  Have another I need to figure out the yardage for — don’t actually have to have the pattern written up for another month or so but I tend to figure yardage as I write up the pattern.  But I was busy last night counting pieces and strips and how many pieces I could get out of a strip – you get the idea.  Then I decided – heck I wouldn’t really want to piece it that way – so I may rewrite it a different way. ;-)  Need to have yardage figured by Monday so I think there will be some time spent this weekend figuring that out.

I am counting down the days until I take a bit of a vacation!  And I still need to quilt my Camp Loopy 2 project quilt and get it bound before the end of the month – and actually really need to have it done before the end of next week according to my own personal schedule.  But like Scarlett said … Tomorrow is another day!

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In the meantime, check out what arrived in my mailbox – advance issues of the September/October issue of Quiltmaker.

The quilt design is mine but I can take no credit for that lovely quilt on the bed which was stitched by Donna Smith – but I love the colors they chose for it.

Another swapper signed up for the Spooktacular Halloween Block Swap so we now have the block patterns listed below spoken for.  I still need to get Sara’s blocks added to our “virtual quilt” on the swap page which, if you aren’t familiar with the block names, gives you a visual of what each block looks like.  The names in the list below correspond from top to bottom with the rows of the quilt.  You don’t need to swap a lot of blocks (1 set minimum which is three blocks) in order to get some of the other block designs.    And just to clarify for anyone new to swapping – if you sign up for one set, you make 3 blocks of the same block pattern.  But you get back three DIFFERENT block patterns, not a SET of three same pattern blocks  made by someone.  So an easy way to get a lot of variety in block pattern, variety in fabrics, to make a fun Halloween themed project.

I also got a question – are paper pieced blocks allowed.  Yes – when I said it needed to be a “pieced block” in my mind, that includes paper pieced (but I neglected to actually type that in the swap rules).  Just carefully remove all the paper on paper pieced blocks before you send  them.

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Sara’s blocks aren’t in the virtual quilt yet but I’ll be adding those as soon as I get a few free minutes!  Now to go find some dinner.

 

 

Two Boxes of Fun

I love days when Boxes of Fun arrive from the Loopy Ewe!

Today my Camp Loopy project 3 packages arrived.

Here’s the yarn for my knitting camp project – I’ve been assigned to the Moose Run Lane Ravelry group for the last camp knitting project.

DSCN3610  I’ll be making Puck.  The yarn is Stonehedge Fiber Mill – Shepherd’s Wool DK in Antique Rose, Beaches and Midnight Lake.  I actually might even have a blouse in just about the same color as the Antique Rose now that I look at it that the shawl would look good with — maybe — or maybe I’ll need to buy something new. :-)  Now to wait for the start of month 3.

 

My Camp fabric project fabrics arrived too — most of them.  I had placed the order for them before actually figuring out the design I wanted to use them in. I had a general idea but once I got it nailed down, I needed to add a bit more fabric so there’s a piece or two still coming.

The fabrics are Charley Harper designs.  If you don’t know the name Charley Harper, you can see his work here.  He was an illustrator and I especially love his birds.

So here’s the fabrics I got.

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Except for the solid under the dotted bird print, and the Short stack of black tone on tones, the rest are Charley Harper fabrics. Hopefully I can get the larger prints fussy cut the way I envision it in my head!

But before dreaming too much about this project, I really need to get THIS month’s fabric project layered and quilted.  I never got around to it on the weekend but I was busy writing up a new pattern for Hoffman Fabrics and drawing up a second design for them.  Next weekend – that will be my weekend to get the quilting done – I hope!

In the meantime, since my 2nd camp knitting project is done, I’ve switched back to my Customfit Summer Sweater KAL project which is supposed to be done by August 15.  Yipes, I’d better knit fast the rest of this month so I get it done before the next Camp project starts.