Spinning Pinwheels

20140126_4  In the colder weather I have not been making the trip out to the mailboxes  – dang I should have picked an apartment closer to the street but then I wouldn’t have the woods right behind me.  Besides – it’s usually just bills in the mailbox anyway so no need to collect them every day. 🙂

But sometimes there is something fun…… like the advance copies of the March/April Quiltmaker issue that have probably been sitting there all week.  I had forgotten they should be coming around this time so it was a fun surprise.

 

And inside…. Spinning Pinwheels.  It’s always interesting to see what Quiltmaker names the designs since some I don’t have names for or they change the name.  It was even more surprising since I thought they were using a different one of my designs for this issue.  A bit of a snafu in communications since when I was writing the blurb that shows up in the magazine next to my photo, they sent me the image of the other quilt and that’s the design I was referring to when writing that blurb.  Luckily, what I wrote sort of applies to both designs or it might have sounded a bit goofy. LOL

So I’ve got a couple extra  issues I’m willing to part with.  If you do not subscribe to Quiltmaker magazine and would like to win an issue, it’s very simple.  Just leave a comment on this blog post – but only one comment per person (so please do not sign up with multiple email addresses).  You must live in the United States in order to be eligible for the drawing.  If you have never left an approved comment on my blog, it will hold your comment until I approve it so don’t go crazy on me and leave multiple comments if you don’t see it appear in the comment list.  I will be approving them before I do the random drawing.

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Time to finish off the last of my cleaning and then find duffle bag so I can pack my vacation stuff.  I’ll be glad not to be standing on the corner waiting for the bus tomorrow morning in the below zero temperatures and hopefully between here and where I’m headed they don’t get as much snow as was earlier predicted for today and tomorrow or I may have a stay-cation after all.

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Yowza!

The Miss Babs yarn I’m using for my sweater is one of her Yowa-Whatta Skein! hanks and it is a Yowza for sure.  I was winding a second hank to take along on vacation with me and just look at the size of it.  It’s a lot of yardage and my ball winder is at its max winding it.  But it’s nice to have that much yardage in one hank when making sweaters — less ends to weave in (I hate doing that) and less hand dyed color differences to worry about.

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I recently saw this sweater pattern on Ravelry.  I love the skinny stripes just on one side and then the opposite arm – and the cowl to match is a great touch along with all the colored buttons.  I love the look of striped sweaters but I really don’t want stripes going all the way around me — this is just the right touch of stripes using them just on one side.  I may have to think about doing that on my next CustomFit sweater.  The hard part would be deciding all the different colors to use tho I do really like the color combination that designer used.

So many knitting ideas — but definitely a lack of time. LOL But I do hope to make some significant progress on this sweater while on vacation.

Plus I’ll be taking along this yarn – I still need to decide what pattern I want to use.  It’s Three Irish Girls McClellan Fingering (merino/bamboo/nylon in Cair Paravel.  It will be some sort of scarf/little shawl or cowl type thing since I don’t like bamboo in my socks and I have two hanks so can make something larger.  The color combination is so pretty so I’m anxious to see how it looks when knit up.

Plus I’ll have my socks in progress so if I get tired of working on one project, I’ll have another to choose from.

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