Off the Loom – another self-striping yarn

Just finished cutting off the second scarf from the loom.   And that was partly  a bad thing since I wasn’t paying close enough attention and cut right through one of the ropes that holds one of the bars in place.  I can replace it but I just can’t believe I did that!  Forgot it was hidden among all the tie on ends of my yarn.  :-)

20151114_9As you may recall – this is the yarn I was using for both warp and weft.  It’s a self-striping yarn with long color changes so you get the effect of different striped warp yarns without actually having to use separate colored yarns.


And here it is finished.   The color of the yarn balls is the truest as to color.  The scarf on the hanger is showing up a bit darker than true and the one where is laying in folds is a bit lighter than true.  But no matter what shade of those colors it turned out, it looks quite good with my aqua colored polar fleece coat so I think I’ll keep this one for me…. maybe….

and now I can go add more yarn into my yarn used tally. ;-)



scarf2Now I have to go figure out what else is for dinner.  I went grocery shopping earlier today (the grocery store was nearly empty – the little mall across the street had its parking lot jammed – I did not venture near there) ;-)  I did a bad job of shopping since I forgot my list and got led astray by things that I know were not on my list.  I did buy a fresh turkey breast that was half the price today that it was yesterday.  So that has just come out of the oven and is resting a bit while I decide what else to make. I was just going to get a Cornish hen but the turkey was a better bargain and my favorite thing about a Thanksgiving meal is the leftover turkey sandwiches.  I detest deli sliced turkey – it’s not the same but will definitely be having my turkey sandwich tomorrow.

I’m greatly disappointed tho I forgot to get the cranberry sauce.  Oh well – I’ll have some  another day.  And I forgot the oil again — do you know that when there’s no oil in the house (other than a bit of olive oil) everything you want to make takes oil!   The muffins I was going to make yesterday morning for breakfast – no oil.  The pie crust I was going to make today – no oil.  Of course the bad part was I was also out of butter – I did remember to get that today.  Tomorrow I’ll just make the muffins with melted butter now that I have some and really I didn’t need pie so that’s okay.  But I think a bit of turkey, some left over acorn squash from yesterday and some stove top stuffing (since I didn’t pick up all the stuff needed to make the turkey dressing that is the norm in our family) and some fresh asparagus sounds very tasty.

On the Needles – November 27, 2015

Let’s start with off the needles first.   I spent the majority of the day in my jammies knitting yesterday.   I finally decided to finish off a long vest I had started last December. It only needed the side seams sewn and then icord applied to both armholes.  Icord is boring to do but I popped in an old favorite movie and kept at it and the vest is done.

DSCN4763Here’s the close up of the yarn — the true colors are slightly darker -the colors look more Easter Egg color in this photo and overall the colors loom more fallish – sort of an overall golden cast to them –  but it’s the best photo.  The vest refuses to photograph true to color.


CF Luau Vest – S 12-21-14 F 11-27-15

I love this yarn and it’s short little color changes and am glad I have some leftover I didn’t use for this vest – plus I also bought a couple hanks in fingering weight yarn too since I loved it so much.  Haven’t decided what I’ll do with that yet.  But the vest is finally done.

I’ve updated the Knitting the Stash page with photos too and updated the yardage used.

Now it is Black Friday, and there are Black Friday sales at several online shops I shop at, but they are not enticing me as much as in the past.  I was waiting for Miss Babbs’ sale but it is not the same type of sale as she has had in the past so I didn’t need anything there afterall.  ESK – usual sale where you don’t know your percentage off until after you check out. Again, nothing really enticed me and I wasn’t buying yarn without a purpose.   But TLE was of course having a sale as well so I purposely didn’t buy some yarn I was looking at – which has a purpose – in the hopes that it might be on sale.  I wanted Cascade 220 yarn and TLE has all their worsted and heavier weight yarns on sale.    I’ve used Cascade 220 to make felted projects but I wanted to try a cardigan out of it.  I haven’t decided for sure which pattern but it’s between these three:

CF Charlie’s Cardigan or maybe Burnish  or Hemmingway

cascade - opalThe yarn color I chose is called Opal – it appears to be a sort of neutral tan color with just a hint towards the pinky/peach side.  I’m anxious to see how it looks in person but it appears to be a good neutral.

Ah – but I’ve digressed from “on and off the needles” to yarn buying (which has not yet been added into my yardage tally.

Anyway — on the needles at the moment – just a bit of sweater sleeve to finish – hopefully this afternoon.  But I decided I needed to cast on a smaller project and have been wanting to make the  Hurricane Ridge Cowl.  I had some longish color change yarn I wanted to try it with and found some leftovers from a shawl that would work with it.  Only problem was – I didn’t have the right size circular needles in the right lengths. So what to do – expect make do. I wanted just a single loop and not a real large one so I’m using the smaller needles and cast on the largest size.  I think it will turn out just the size I want but it’s much slower going on the smaller needles.  However – once you get a row or two in place, it’s a super simple project to knit without any markers.

20151127_3The bottom row is a provisional cast on because the cowl will be folded over and joined together with no right or wrong side.  It’s a very fun knit.  I think I may need to go searching this afternoon for a solid color to use with my leftover vest yarn and make one out of heavier yarn.

I’ve got maybe a half hour of weaving or less to go before my second scarf will be ready to come off the loom.  I think that will be this afternoon’s project to start with.

Socktoberfest Drawing

Don’t forget the upcoming drawing for the Wollmeise yarn – if you are playing along you won’t want to miss out.  Remember – in addition to the other criteria for the drawing that was previously posted on September 26,  #3 is a MUST and I’ve posted part of it below:

(3) ………..  You must email me a photo of your finished pair of socks by Midnight CST on December 1.  I’ll create a blog post to show off all your socks

In other words – if you don’t email the photo you can’t possibly win.  As always, my email address is at the top of my blog under my photo.  If you haven’t gotten an email back from me acknowledging receipt of your socks (ETA: – receipt of your socks photo  I meant to say – you don’t really need to send me your socks)  :-)  (I have only received two photos so far – a blue pair and a red pair) then I have not received your photo.   

As for my socks – well heck I’m not trying to win the Wollmeise and I’ve been engrossed with a sweater since the time change (time change made it too dark on the bus to work on my dark socks on dark needles) – but I do have them sitting out to get the second sock cast on this weekend.  So far – I’ve just got one lone sock.20151031_2_medium2

Happy Thanksgiving 2015


Hope you all have a safe and happy thanksgiving day.  One of these days I need to make this turkey wreath quilt design.   I’ve made just a single turkey – part of one of the past yearly projects where there was a different wall hanging each month – but I love hem in a wreath because until you look more closely you don’ realize they are all turkeys.   But that list of things I want to make is a long one, which I’m sure you can relate to if you are a quilter. :-)

This morning I spent a bit of time updating the “Retired Hoffman Patterns” page.  You will find a link to it at the top of the blog and also under the Pages section.  These are patterns I’ve designed for Hoffman California Fabrics that have been taken down from their website to make room for their current patterns.   There are several Christmas designs I’ve gotten emails about that people were looking for that were no longer available so if you were looking for Snow Globes, Snow Birds, Ornaments and Baubles, Presents and Pines – those holiday designs are now available along with 15+ other designs.

In pulling images from my blog media library for these designs – I had forgotten that I have a Presents and Pines quilt in the works and if I remember right, I think the individual blocks are all made.  Here’s a photo I found from an old design wall post.  I think there are more blocks than this completed but I just might need to pull that one out this weekend.


No turkey and fixin’s for me today.  I didn’t plan ahead well and there was no way I was going to a grocery store on my way home last night.  But  my untraditional meal will be shrimp something – haven’t decided what yet but I love shrimp and there’s a big bag of them in my freezer, acorn squash (another favorite) .  I took off work on Friday so I’ve got a 4-day weekend. :-)  I figure it will be safe to go grocery shopping tomorrow (if the weather cooperates) since all the people who are out shopping will be at the other stores for Black Friday and not at the grocery store.  So I may just pick up stuff to make my turkey or Cornish hen or whatever feast later this weekend as I am hungry for some homemade stuffing for sure.

As for today – it’s past lunch time, I think I’ll go get dressed :-)  It’s damp and cold here – the snow has all melted because it’s raining but it’s a dreary and dark day.  So I think I’ll spend it watching movies and knitting today – I’ve got just a few inches of sleeve cap to finish on my sweater and  I started on a new cowl last night which I’ll show you tomorrow done in two different yarns.    And I’ve been musing on what quilting projects may be in store for next year on the blog…. BOM, mystery, periodic QALs….many possibilities but it’s time to start plotting and planning.  Speaking of which – remember PatchKats BOM comes down from the blog next month so if you haven’t collected all the pieces – do it now before it’s too late.

And in the meantime – please pass the pie…..



Sewing progress – 11/21/2105

20151121_3 Well there were many things I thought I might do today but I got a bit sidetracked when I realized I had two quilt patterns I needed to finish writing up and send off.  Those are done and I did get to the item at the top of my list to do today.  I wanted to get the blocks sashed and rows together on this quilt and I did.

I need to put one final row of the gray sashing all the way around.  Originally it was going to have the cornerstones in the outer sash where the blocks meet but since my next border is going to be a black print (at least that’s the plan at the moment) I don’t think I want the black cornerstones around the outside.  Hopefully I’ll get the borders on this tomorrow.


Winter has arrived – I’d better knit faster….

20151121_1I fell asleep on the couch watching a movie and finally at about 3 a.m. decided I should got to bed.  I took a peek outside to see what was going on and yes indeed, our first snowfall of the season was occurring.

I always take a photo of my birdhouse so I can tell how much snow as falled as it’s piled up on the birdhouse’s flat roof.

Then about 7:30 or 8:ooa.m. this morning – it looked like this in the light of day

20151121_2It’s a fluffy but rather wet snow so it has all the tree limbs coated.  I love the little woods outside my door when it snows like this — so pretty with all the limbs covered in snow.


And despite the fact that it’s supposed to be only about 26 degrees outside – I was outside filling up my two birdfeeders in my sweater and jeans and no coat and it didn’t fee bad at all.

I don’t think the snow will stick around too long — it’s still falling — because I think the temps will be too warm.  But I guess the snow season has officially started even if I have still not had to turn on my furnace.   I did remember to bring my snowboots home with me yesterday from my locker at work where they were hiding.  May need to find where the mittens got put.

And to my what’s on the needles report – which since I’m always late should be the “what’s on the needles the day after everyone else reports in “….

I’m closing in on getting the second sleeve finished for my pooling sweater.

20151121_10They both will have some interesting pooling on them.  I’m hoping to get the sleeve on the right finished off in the next day or two.

I also was digging through a large knitting basket of works in progress and pulled out my vest.   It only needs the edging on the armholes added and the side seams sewn.  I my have to see if I can’t get that one finished off too.

20151121_12 I have a note pinned to it (I finally got smart) because I took the circular needle from it to use on another project so will have to go see if that needle has been freed up or if it’s still in some other project.

This vest just does not want to photograph properly – it is such pretty yarn.  You can see a photo of the yarn in hanks here which is a bit better tho the colors are a bit darker yet.   I love the colors in this yarn so much that when I bought the dk for my vest, I also got a couple hanks in fingering weight but haven’t decided if I’ll make socks or something else or maybe use it on the loom.

The current scarf on the loom is coming along nicely two but that will have to wait until later for me to get back at it — I’ve got a quilt top I need to get together after I clear my table off a bit.




ReCap of My Loopy Academy Semester

Whew!  I have finished all my homework for Loopy Academy.

Freshman Semester 1 Fabric projects all had to use a minimum of 1.5 yards of fabric each and the homework was

Make four placemats (with or without quilting – mine were quilted as I added the strips)


And drawstring bag(s) – I made two – one for my loom supplies and the other my hand knit sock laundry bag.  Both bags are fully lined and the sock bag should hold at least a month’s worth of socks (since I usually only wash them once a month and all at once).









and a seasonal wall hanging that had to include some quilting.  I made Winter Wonderland.  The kit was just the top section with the embroidery and mini quilt but I added blocks to the bottom from a coordinating panel to make it larger – it should be the perfect size for the small half wall on the side of my desk at the office.

LA project seasonal wallhaning  And the Sophomore year, semester 1 knitting projects:

Something with cables – the cowl my friend stole was gifted.

Something with texture – the baby sweater

and a pillow – different designs on both sides of the round pillow.

So now on to some quilting and knitting and weaving projects that have no real deadline – well I do have a two quilts to finish before Christmas – good thing all my homework is done!  It was all great fun and I’m looking forward to seeing what project assignments there are for next semester to decide if I’m going to continue or take a break from “school”.  Hmmm… does TLE offer a semester abroad Academy?



Fabric stashbusting and a new scarf

I haven’t gotten all the hand stitching of bindings done on the project I posted yesterday so I haven’t included it in my Fabric stashbusting numbers yet.  So currently they remain at:

Capture  But that number should change by next week when I get that binding done and that will be the last of my Loopy Academy fabric projects done.  This week I hope to get a little sewing done each night on the lap quilt I need to finish before Christmas.

And on other crafty artistic fronts – I couldn’t wait to get a new scarf warped on the loom.

20151115_4I never remember to measure how long I warp it – but it’s somewhere between 8 and 10 feet I think.


I’m using the same yarn in the warp and the weft.  I love how the strips show through but the color changes are wider and more gradual across the weft.  The flash is again washing out the colors but it’s turning out really nice.    And I even made progress last night on my sweater – one sleeve done and the other started.


Yarny things

I’ve been working away on many things lately.  First up – tho it’s not an “on the needles” project, it is a yarny item.

The scarf I started last Sunday, I finished on Tuesday night.  I love it.

20151114_6  The stripes are more pronounced in the flash photo than looking at it in natural light.  I still want to give it a bit of a soak to see if the yarn blooms any.  I love the way the long color change yarn  made the stripes without having to warp up different colors of yarn.


I’m anxious to get another scrap warped up so may get to that yet tonight or tomorrow.  Next up I want to try long self striping yarn in both the warp and the weft which I think should give an interesting plaid look.

I went back to sock yarn baskets and pulled out this.

20151114_9They’re both the same yarn – Lang Jawoll Magic.  I had started knitting socks out of it but decided I didn’t like it for socks.


As for on and off the needles –

the front of my Loopy Legend Denise’s Gannet pooling sweater is  complete.  More interesting pooling on the front.  Although it is also not as prevalent if looking at the sweater in natural like – I like the sort of argyle look the lightest cream creates in the middle of the sweater.

20151114_8 It starts out on the bottom with the colors more mixed up by after the waistline shaping starts and the stitch count changes, it goes to the white diamond pattern, and then above that after I separated it for the vee neckline – there’s wider blue/gold patches.   At the top on the needles is one of the 3/4 length sleeves – which also has a patch of gold when it reached a certain number of increases.  I’m about half way through the sleeve cap now so soon the second sleeve will  be in the works.

Today was spent sewing with a friend but I’ll save those projects for another day.  Speaking of that friend – she saw one of my Loopy Academy projects – the cabled cowl which was hanging on a chair and loved it — so here she is looking oh so happy that I told her she could have it.

Now to go tally up the yardage for my woven scarf to add to the yarn stash report….a quick way to use up some of that yardage.



Weaving experiment

Well as I had said – I was wanting to warp up the loom since I had it out and had just finished making a new weaving tools bag.  Did I do any of the other things I had planned to do today — do some baking, do some laundry, do some ironing, do some cleaning, put away the patio furniture and other outdoors stuff……heck no!!   I had a plan brewing in my head to use some long color change yarn for warp and then use some fuzzy mohair yarn for the weft.  So I went to look at those yarns in the stash – and luckily one container holds all the long color change and other specialty yarns  in one place.

I pulled out some Magico II Color 3503.  It’s a Lanna Grossa yarn and has long color changes.  I think it was one I had bought when I was trying to figure out what yarn to use for my Dreambird shawl.

This is how it would look knit up.

3503Not too exciting.  The colors are a little bit brighter in that image than in the ball I got.  The navy at the top on mine is very dark – almost black and the green is actually truly pea soup green and not as bright as shown in the image.    Yarns that may look not so pretty knit up can turning into wonderful things when woven – or at least in this case I think it did.

I warped the loom with the Magico.

20151108_1Yes I spent a while walking back and forth between loom and warping peg to get it all warped.  In the photo I think I was about at the half way point.  I intended to measure it but forgot but I think the warp was probably somewhere around 8-9 feet long.

I had pulled out some Debbie Bliss Angel – which is a mohair and silk blend – which I was going to use for weft.  It’s so thin and I have no idea how much it will take to weave the length of this, that I decided to combine two different colors of Angel — Eggplant and Magenta.


Here’s the loom all ready with the Eggplant — I forgot to put the Magenta in the photo.

But I wound the two colors of Angel together and it’s turning out gorgeous.

I can’t get a good photo inside and when I took the loom outside, it was already getting too dark that the flash would go and wash out the colors so  these photos aren’t really true in color.

I’ll have to try to get some better ones later because the blend of yarns is turning out beautiful.

So much for all that other stuff I was going to do today.  It’s dinner time and you know I’m going to sit and work on this the rest of the night don’t you?  After I go toss some leftover pizza into the oven to heat up. ;-)

(The aqua yarn at the bottom is just scrap yarn that will be taken out – the bottom edge is also hemstitched so I can just cut and leave the fringe whatever length I want when done.)


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