Sunday Stitching Synopsis – October 15, 2017

Not much sewing this weekend.  I did do some straightening up of sewing stuff (as I was searching for something else) and did get the cat cut out and fused on to the Halloween wallhaning.

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Now I just need to layer it and start quilting.

I started a new cowl yesterday and finished it several hours later  — in the wee hours of this am as I was binge watching Miss Marple.   Just a word of caution – if  visiting English villages look out – there seems to be an whole lot of people getting murdered in those villages!!

The cowl pattern is Greyfel by Fogbound Knits.

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I made a few adjustments since I was using super bulky yarn rather than the weight called for in the pattern and good thing I did since I had just 3 yards leftover after I bound off.   This will be my “below zero” cowl and it matches my new coat very well.

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I love the texture in this cowl pattern and it’s so easy to knit that I decided I wanted to try it in lighter weight yarn than the pattern called for so am trying a fingering weight version and just happened across some beads that were a perfect fit for the yarn I chose so will figure out where to add a few beads to it as well.  I want this version not as a “keep me warm from the cold” cowl but more as a bit of color to go over a plain blouse or sweater.  The yarn Julie Spins M370 in Purple Sage – very subtle shades of green, blue , purple so I don’t think it should be too busy in the cowl – at least I hope not.

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Progress on the socks

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I stopped the textured pattern on the leg at the start of the heel flap – I don’t like thick textures on the top of my foot so am doing the foot just as stockinette.  I’m always worried I’ll run out of yarn when making socks but seldom due — but in this case I think I might.  That texture eats up a lot of yarn so when I get closer to the toe I’ll have to weight the sock and left over yarn to see if I need to make the toe a different color.

Progress on my ESK 4th quarter KAL project

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Thank goodness I made that fall colored cowl because otherwise I’d be totally stuck in shades of blue projects!  I may have to pull out some shockingly bright color since I seem to be in a blue rut. 🙂

Also on my list of projects I want to make are these cut little slippers.    I may have to start on these this afternoon.  They look like they would make a great gift.

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Brookhill now available

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Fogbound Knits shawl pattern Brookhill that I test knitted is now available.  You can see more photos of the one I made on my Ravelry page (or by scrolling down a post or two).  It’s a great cushy garter shawl with simple to knit lace strips and as usual the instructions are very easy to follow.  It would be a great item  to give as a gift or keep yourself.

If you’ve been following my knitting projects you know I love Laura’s patterns for cowls and shawls and she has a Cowl-Along going on again this year which runs through the end of November (I joined last years and got several Christmas gifts made during this Cowl-Along), so you if you are interest, all the info to get involved in that is in her Ravelry group.

I cast on my first cowl (Greyfel) today in between cleaning and other chores so hopefully will have some progress to show tomorrow – especially since I’m using super bulky yarn – it should knit up pretty quickly.

Hey, Can I Drive The Bus?

That’s the name of the yarn I’m using for my new bus knitting project – seems appropriate, doesn’t it?   I cast these on last night a made some good progress.

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And a bonus –  in the single sock pile (socks that haven’t had their mate knit yet or various reasons) there is a sock that I started a long time ago and then the pattern got separated from it and I couldn’t remember what pattern it was.  Well it is this same pattern so now I can get that sock finished off when I’m done with this pair.  A bit slow going on the texture but I’m going to make the foot plain stockinette since this texture is a bit thick.

36 completed projects

I hadn’t updated my Tangled Strings page lately — the button in the right sidebar where all my knitting finishes are shown.  Added the last four projects finished and I have now completed 36 different knit and/or woven projects.   You can see photos of them all in one place on that page.

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So that’s at least 20, 038 yards of yarn I have used.   That’s over 11 miles of yarn.   You can have so much fun (and great cozy things to wear and to give away) with just a bit of pretty strings. 🙂

Sock wearing weather is nearly here – I think I might have to see if I have any on the needles to finish off or yes, more likely, get some new ones on the needles.  You can never have too many pairs of hand knit socks!   And is Socktoberfest Time

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Sunday Stitches Synopsis – 10-8-17

I have been busy on many things this week/weekend.  I finished my test knit of Brookhill, a lovely garter with lace insert shawl and got that off the blocking mats this morning.  It’s a Fogbound Knits (Laura Aylor) pattern – not released yet but I’ll let you know when it is.

I’ve also been working on a quarterly KAL project – a toddler sized vest pattern called Little Clayton (Ravelry).   This is a quick knit – after last night’s Brit Box bingwatching (try saying that three times fast) and knitting session I’m about half done.

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I seem to be into “blues” – seems like my projects sort of go in cycles where I have several things in various shades of the same colors I’m working on.   The yarn is Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (100% Fine Highland Wood) in the color Thermal Spring.   I was leery Woolstok might feel too wooly (scratchy) but reviews by people who had used it said otherwise so I decided to try it and I do like it.  I don’t consider it scratchy but it does have a springy wooly feel with great stitch definition and I think will get even softer once blocked.

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Yes – more blues – but a whole lot of other colors in those mini skeins too.  This is the group I got to make True ColorsTrue Colors.    The grouping of background color (large hank) and some of the minis (left to right thru darkest blue) are a Miss Babs grouping called Oriental Rug.  I picked out the two purples and dark gray to get to the 10 colors I needed.    I may replace that one blue that looks too similar to the background color – I think I can steal a color from another color group I have of Miss Babs.

On the left some Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails (50 yard hanks) for a colorwork project and on the right an ESK exclusive colorway The Fox in Madtosh ASAP (extra bulky) to make another Fogbound Knits pattern  for Laura’s 2017 Cowl KAL going on right now.  I plan to make Greyfel for me.  Should be a very quick knit in this this yarn.

And in keeping with that orangey yarn, I was sewing on an orangey project this weekend.  These fabrics have been cut and sewn…..

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and I have the background pieced for That Cat Halloween Quilt which I posted a link to in the previous post.

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Today I plan to get the next  order on and get the cat appliqued. Instead of a black cat I think mine will be a dark purple one.

I also finished off another Fogbound Knits patterns (yes I love her cowl and shawl pattern designs immensely) – my 2nd Touchstone in Broody Bantam yarn – which I will get on the blocking mats today I hope and have it to show in a day or two once it tries.

So that’s the weekend round up of all my various stitching.

 

September 30, 2017

Goodness tomorrow is the start of October which just doesn’t seem possible.  September was so busy that it just flew by.

I need to finish cleaning the sewing room today along with some other chores.  The blocking mats can come off the sewing table for a while since I finally got my Specked Touchstone off the mats.

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I love this shawl (I know – I’ve said that before – several times) but  the pattern, the yarn – a perfect match in my opinion.  I made it larger than the pattern.  I just needed some lovely fall colors outside to take a photo of it and have the specks of color in the yarn show up better but fall is not cooperating here.  It’s been dry so the leaves are just drying up brown and falling off the trees – not turning those gorgeous fall colors that I love.    I love fall weather and the leaves turning color and I’m feeling a bit gipped

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My larger version of this turned out with a 110″ wingspan and 22″ deep at widest point.  Can’t wait to wear it.

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I’m also working on a test knit for Fogbound Knits (Laura Aylor) – she has so many great shawl patterns.  I love the garter with a bit of lace on this one.  The lace is going to be beautiful once this is blocked out.

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The yarn is Shalimar Breathless which is so lovely and soft and will be drapey.  This is going to be so cozy to wear.

In my last blog post I had a photo of some brownish gray yarn I was going to use for a Loopy Knitting Challenge Texture project – scarf.  That project got nixed — I was several inches in and the texture design was not showing up well – I think due to the slight shading in my yarn – and I wasn’t going to continue if it wasn’t going to show the design.  So that yarn went back into the stash.  Actually the test knit above may work for my texture project anyway.

I am however blaming friend Judy for this yarn which is coming my way.  She posted a link to Miss Babs gradients in her Friday knitting report.  I emailed her and told her it was her fault I had ordered some — not that I couldn’t find my way to the Miss Babs site all on my own and not that I didn’t already have some yarn in my cart there but couldn’t decide on colors to go together so hadn’t bought it yet. 🙂  Of course Judy, being the good friend she is, said:

Which set did you order?   It’s ok if you blame me . . I blame you for all kinds of things!  🙂

LOL – no wonder we get along.   Anyway, I had been going back and forth trying to decide what colors I wanted for True Colors.    I don’t know if I missed it last time I was looking for colors or if it’s newer to the website but I found the perfect gradient set with  background color (the larger yank in the gradient image) and then added a few more colors to it to get the number of colors needed for this pattern.  Here’s the colors I will be using.  I’m very excited about starting this one but have several challenge projects (and this one is not one of those) to finish off first.

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I also finally figured out my Loopy Sewing Challenge for the Holiday category.  You could pick any holiday and I decided to do Halloween since I remembered this cute simple Halloween wallhanging I had seen and came across the copy I had printed out of it when cleaning in the sewing room last weekend.  I guess it does pay to clean my sewing room once in a while!   The pattern is a freebie on McCall’s Quick Quilts website

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Mine will be a bit of a mystery because rather than ordering all Halloween type prints for the background squares, I chose a TLE Orange Mini pack – they contain F8s of orange prints but they are not necessarily the same orange prints as shown in the sample and could be any style fabric.  So I’m anxious to see what fabrics I get in my group.  I did order some Halloween FQs with purples in them to go with the oranges and the gray printed with trick or treaters on it will be the backing.  This will be a quick and fun one to put together.  The bottom row of purple prints are (L2R) Eyeballs, witches hats and the one that looks like diamonds on the right are actually witches hats too.  I’m hoping to get started on this one next weekend.   It would also be a great stash buster project.halloween

On to the chores around here  – laundry is going, my grocery order has been placed or delivery tomorrow, finish loading the dishwasher and then off to the sewing room to finish straightening it up.

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Sunday Stitches Synopsis – 9-24-17

Sunday Stitches Synopsis – now say that three times fast! 🙂  I have been busy knitting this week and this weekend and had planned to get the sewing room cleaned this weekend.  So far that hasn’t happened but I think I will head in there shortly and at least get a bit of it straightened away even if I don’t get the whole job done.

I did finish off two knitting projects last night so two things off the needles (which of course means I probably have to cast on a few new things). 🙂

The yarn I showed you last weekend that I wanted to make a Nip cowl (Laura Aylor/Fogbound Knits) from for one of my textured projects for The Great Loopy Knitting Challenge is now a lovely, squishy completed cowl.

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It’s a great easy to memorize stitch pattern that makes a lovely texture.  Because of my gauge with this yarn, mine came out in the middle sizewise between the single loop and double loop choices of the pattern which is perfect for me.  Single loops I like looser than most people and double loops tend to feel bulky to me so reminiscent of the three bears story – this size is “just right” for me.  About 30″ in circumference  (15″ laid flat) and 11″ high.

My first Touchstone  another Laura Aylor/Fogbound Knits  pattern is off the needles and will hit the blocking mats later this afternoon.  I absolutely love this one.  This one I made large than the pattern since I loved the yarn so much.  It’s going to be wonderful to wrap around my neck, head and shoulders when the winter winds come blowing.

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My second Touchstone, which is another Loopy Knitting Challenge project, will be smaller than my first (knit according to pattern) and is coming right along too.

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And I also pulled out this yarn  (well I did free up two sets of needles last night!) to make another Loopy Challenge Texture project.

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This scarf calls to be since I am a quilter too and the texture pattern at the ends of the scarf look like an orange peel design.

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The color is porcini and is kind of a mushroomy color – it looks more brown in some lights and more grayish in others  and  BMFA Gaea Sport.

Now off to the sewing room to put things away and clear some space.  I want to start cutting my first Loopy Sewing Challenge project later this week.

 

 

 

Knitting Progress

Still working on my two Touchstones but yesterday I blocked my Aeque KAL cowl – one of my Great Loopy Knitting challenge projects and this morning I stitched up the short seam and buried ends.  I used heavier yarn and before blocking I wasn’t sure if (1) I had made it as large as I wanted (2) my garter edging was going to block flat since my gauge is different in that and it usually flips up if I don’t adjust needles size and (3) if the heavier yarn I used would let it drape was nicely as it shows in fingering weight.

It turned out wonderful.  Everything worked and I absolutely love it.

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I would definitely make this pattern again.  It would be a fun way to use up lots of leftovers or mini hanks/swatching hanks — all those little bits and bobs.

I cast on my Plaid is the New Fad Knitting Challenge KAL project last night.  The blue is my main color, my CC1 is the green and my CC2 will be the saffron.  I’m anxious to get to where that third color comes in to play to see how they will all look together.  T

20170917_5hen, since this project really isn’t a good bus knitting project, I decided I needed to start another challenge project – one of the Technical Challenge projects – a project using textured stitches.   Nip was just released today by Fogbound Knits and you know I love Laura’s patterns.   I will be using some Rios from the stash  – the color is Cumparsita.

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My ever changing mind – project update

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My Broody Touchstone is coming along – I had set it aside to work on a cowl but I picked it back up last night and am just about ready to start the final lace section.

One of my Great Knitting Challenge projects is the Aeque cowl.  The knitting is done and I just need to bury ends, block it and seam up a short seam in the back of it.  I’m undecided on this project at this point whether I will like it or not.  Not any issue with the pattern – just perhaps not a style/size I would like for me but there’s always my gifting pile to add to.

Bad outdoor shot – I thought it might be light enough yet to get a decent photo but no – it’s just getting dark too early again.

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I do like the way the colors worked together.   I did use a heavier yarn so that may have affected the drape but will have to wait to see until after it’s blocked.  The one thing I would change from the way the directions are written is when doing the group of rows where the colors start changing — change to the new color after the garter edge when adding in a new color so that the tails aren’t at the outside edge – I think it would work better for the way I add colors/knot/weave in end so that’s just a note to myself. I also forgot to change to a smaller needle size when working the final garter edging.  I know my personal garter stitch gauge is larger than stockinette so the garter edge is flipping up which may or may not resolve with blocking.

This is very easy knitting and knit in an unusual shape so once I get the seam stitched it will be very interesting to see the finished form.

As for changing my mind – well I may need to change one of my Challenge projects because this pattern was recently released True Colors.   Melanie Berg has so many pattern I like but this one I am totally in love with.  But I will wait until I get a few projects off the needles before I decide.

More Loopy Challenge projects

I wanted to get the yarn tubs put back in the closet so decided to pull out more yarn for some of my other Challenge projects.  (If you’re interested in the various Great Loopy Challenges (either sewing or knitting or both) you can find all the information on The Loopy Ewe blog on September 4 – plenty of time to join in on all the fun.)

I pulled these yarns yesterday to make Aeque which is one of the KAL projects.  A cute little cowl that’s supposed to be made with five different colors so it looks gradient colored.  I don’t have any TLE gradients in my stash but I did have these Mrs. Crosby Hat Box yarns.  I’m going to alternate them to make my own blendy look.

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I cast on this one last night so I have a smaller project to take along for bus knitting.

I got this far – about 20 rows into my second color and I was a bit concerned last night that there really wasn’t much different between my first color and my second one and that the second one really wasn’t showing much blue like in the caked form.

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But took it outside in the natural light this morning to get a better look since my living room lights cast a yellowish color and I can see the blue much more.  When I add in the solid blue it may look more like a stripe rather than blended in but that’s okay with me too.  I got quite a bit knit last night and this is a really simple project so should go quickly.  My yarn is sport weight rather than fingering weight so I went up slightly in needle size from the pattern.

I also made my final decision for Plaid is the New Fad and will be using (L2R) Fruhling, Stella Polaris and Saffron.

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I also planned my Showstopper “Change it up” challenge and will be making a fingering weight version of Touchstone (yes I love that pattern and if you knit you really should make one) 🙂 but I’m going to “change it up” and repeat the lace rows across it and not include the wide garter stitch area.  My plan is to use this yarn – it was a Loopy exclusive colorway called Big Box of Crayons.

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I’m all set with plenty of stuff to keep my hands busy, that’s for sure.