Cosmic Rift Shawl Finished

This is a test knit I did for Laura Aylor.  The weather finally stopped raining so I could get some pictures  The pattern is called Rift and I believe she plans to release it on July 1.  I let you know when it’s available.  It’s a fun knit – all squishy garter except for the veins of color.  The test knits are all turning out so fun – some are dark backgrounds with bright veins, some used scraps so each vein is a different color – so many possibilities.

 

I used Madelinetosh Eyre Light – which is a lovely soft yarn in Cactus Flower (the pink veins) and Cosmic Wonder Dust – the specked – hence the name I gave my shawl, Cosmic Rift.

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Dino DNA Quilt

One of my fellow Loopy Groupies asked about the Dino DNA quilt which  reminded me I had written up a cheat sheet of sorts to post to the blog so you could make your own version if you like.    The EQ image of the quilt is below (I still need to finish stitching the binding down on my version which is on this week’s agenda… or maybe the weekend…)

But, scroll down the right sidebar of the blog to the PAGES section, then to FREE PDF PATTERNS, and you will find Dino DNA listed there.  Click the quilt name in that list to get to where the pdf is stored.  And if you make a project from this pattern, I’d love to share a picture of it on the blog.  🙂

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Could I be more indecisive?

I think I have changed my plans for my Camp Loopy July project… well more times than I can remember.  I need it to be July so I HAVE to start on it and can’t change my mind any more.  But this is it – the final plan.

The yarn I had gotten and posted here with the toddler sweater I was going to make, isn’t going to work the way I want.  I was winding some yarn last night and decided to wind that yarn while I was at it.  However when caked, it looked almost like a gradient yarn.  It was decidedly all darker shades of color on the outer third than the colors in the inner part of the cake.  Since my sweater is knit side to side, that was going to be very weird looking.  Hence the change of plans.

I do plan to use that yarn for a different project which is actually designed for a more gradient look and I think it will work well but doesn’t meet the criteria for the July camp project (not enough yardage used and too recent a pattern – camp patterns must be published 2014 or earlier).

So…….new plan, new yarn ordered.  This is the yarn and I’ll be making a super simple garter stitch toddler sweater called Kelcema.  Once the yarn arrives I need to go searching in my button tin  – I think I have some brightly colored buttons that will work.

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Absolutely no more changing my mind.  I love the yarn, I’ve read thru the pattern, and I can’t wait to pick out some fun buttons.  This is definitely my July Camp project!

Everything is better with….

Sparking Glittery sugar!    I bought a container of the glitter sugar with the intent to sprinkle it on top of iced sugar cookies.  I haven’t made any cookies yet but I have to say that blueberry muffins are even better with a sugary sprinkle on top.

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These were fresh from the oven this morning. But on my list of things I want to make which use that sparkley sugar – this was on the front of my recent King Arthur Flour catalog.

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Now that looks absolutely delicious and easy to make.  I may have to make some and take it into the office.   It’s just now starting to be fresh strawberry season locally so I may have to hit the farmer’s market later this week.

It’s turning out to be a lovely day here – the temps have cooled a bit, the humidity is much lower and the sun is shining with a breeze.  Perfect to sit outside  – I’ve got just one last repeat section to knit on my test knit shawl and it will be done so I may have to head out to the patio for some knitting after I get some laundry going.

 

July Camp Loopy projects

It was Camp Store Week recently to order our supplies for the July Camp Loopy projects.  You can join in on Camp any time – this year the rewards are handled differently so you don’t have to do all three projects (or six in my case since I’m doing both yarn and fabric camps).  If you missed June, you could still join in for July and/or August and the info for July is on The Loopy Ewe Blog.

I still need to hand stitch the binding on my quilt for June and then it will be finished (probably tonight so I don’t forget about it) and my knitting project is done and submitted.

For July, I’ll be making a toddler’s sweater to add to my gifting pile.  The theme for July is spelunking so we’re assigned to caves/cavern groups this time – I’ll be hanging out in the Carlsbad Caverns for my knitting group and I think the Lost Sea Caverns is he sewing group.  We need to use  patterns published prior to 2014 with at least 600 yards yarn / 3 yards fabric.

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It looks like it will be a fun knit and I hope will look good in the Nicki’s Lucky Penny Loopy Legend colorway.  I had bought some of this colorway for a different project and you know how I love fall colors.  Had to get more and since they are 600 yard hanks, I can use some of my other one to make up the little bit of extra yardage I need.

For quilting – again a pattern published prior to 2014.  I’m going to use a pattern of my own I published to my blog for NQD in 2012 – Five Square Pattern – which you can find in the PDF downloads on my blog.  I’m not going to add the pieced borders since I want this one to be a bit smaller.

Here are the fabrics I will be using – Kona solids and part of a new Moda holiday line – Merry Berry (the focal print and the great stripe) and Riley Blake, Comfort and Joy (the wreaths).  I think it will be one of those projects that works all winter long – not just a “Christmas” looking project.

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The blocks for this quilt are really easy to make – especially if you DON’T use a one way print for the focal print.  I just have to remember to make half my blocks one way and then reorient the pieces to make the second group of blocks since some of the blocks get turned in the final layout and I don’t want my trees/deer upside down.

 

Beach Glass Shawl – Camp Loopy June project complete

My first camp project is completed.  Beach Glass Shawl – a unique feather and fan variation with scallop sections with picots along the edge – a very fun knit.  I used the Camp Club first shipment yarn – Stanley Stegosaurus – which includes all my favorite fall colors.  This one will be getting a lot of wear once the weather cools down.

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I have changed my mind several times about what pattern to use for the July project.  The yarn was an easy choice but what to make.   I thought I had settled on a simple scarf for my new winter coat since I’m using another great fall colored yarn, but realized I would have been bored to death knitting a scarf as long as I wanted with only two pattern rows repeated over and over.     I’ll share what I decided on and the fabrics I chose for my July fabric camp project soon.

I had to get the shawl above finished early because I’ve also been working on a shawl pattern test knit due the end of this month.  I’ll get a new photo of my progress later today on that.  It’s a Laura Aylor pattern, and I love her shawl/cowl designs.   But, I’ve taken a vacation day today and the weather is not so hot and humid as it has been so I think I’ll take my coffee outside on the patio and knit a while .

Sweet Twisters

I was perusing the Quilty Pleasures blog at Quiltmaker magazine and look what I found.

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The cover quilt is called Sweet Twisters and it’s my design!!   I haven’t gotten the advance copies yet so was surprised to see it on the blog since I wasn’t really sure what issue it was going to be in.  I of course can’t take credit for that lovely quilt since I had nothing to do with the actual sewing or quilting of it (some talented sewist/quilter Quiltmaker uses actually made it).   There’s also a large quilt layout in the magazine as well as this smaller version on the front.  You can see the other quilts in this issue at the link above.  Some really cute ones.

Things are a bit hectic around here and when I unbury them  I will show you the blocks I am working on.  I’m making a small wallhanging of them out of a much more subdued pallet and I’ll show you the original EQ drawing – which is also I the bright colors like the one above.  In the larger version the blocks that go around the edge remind me of fringed carpets.

And of course once I get the issues in the mail, I’ll have an extra copy or two to give away. 🙂

Feather and Fan Short Scarf

Thanks for all the lovely comments about my wrap.     I also got many emails along the lines of “wish I could knit that” “such a difficult pattern” and asking how long I’d been knitting before I was able to do such lacey designs.

I’ve always been one to try new things, take them step by step, and not decide by looking at something that I can’t do it if I really want to.   This pattern is definitely not difficult. The pattern for this wrap is a free one on Ravelry.  It’s the Feather and Fan Short Scarf by Kelly Faller.

If you can (1) knit, (2) knit two together, (3) yarn over, (4) purl–which I consider the basics of knitting (if you know how to do those things you can make so many things)–then you can  make this scarf (and make it any length you want).  It is such an easy knit with a four row repeat and 3 of those 4 rows are either all knit or all purl.   So only one row  with an easy to remember pattern stitch of YOs and K2Tog.

Looks can be deceiving and this is such a beginner friendly project if you have mastered the knitting basics.  You shouldn’t be afraid to give it a go.

Dino DNA Quilted

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The binding just needs to be hand stitched to the back.

As promised – a peak at the lastest yarn.

This is the ESK Yarnathon  Willy Wonka exclusive colorway for June – Snozberries on ASAP.

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I decided after the long shawl I wanted a more “instant gratification” project and cast on another Across the Heather cowl.

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And here’s the other yarn – Cosmic Wonder Dust (speckled) and Cactusflower (fuchsia) which I think will be come a two color shawl/scarf. It’s MadTosh Eyre Light.

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Clearly my knitting and quilting is all about bright colors right now.

Voila!

It’s finished, ends woven in, off the blocking mats and I can’t tell you how much I absolutely love this shawl.  20170311_4

It’s just a simple feather and fan stitch (I used this pattern Feather and Fan Short Scarf ) and just knit until I was out of yarn so contrary to the pattern name, mine is not a short scarf.  It’s about 18″ wide by 88-90″ long of Seasilk loveliness – two strands held double.

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Finished sewing the wall hanging blocks together last night, layered it and this morning bright and early started quilting on it.  I just might get it all quilted today.