I think I need a few more hours in the day – not like that’s going to happen – but things have been hoppin around here. Work is busy; the past couple weekends have been busy but today – despite the fact that I do have several things I need to get to – 9 am. and I’m sitting in my s at the computer sipping coffee. Ahhhhh the weekend…..
First up – my on the needles report which I didn’t do last night – just could not face looking at a computer screen any more. LOL
There are simply way too many knitting projects in progress — now I’m not even counting the box of lonely single socks that need their mates made — I’m talking about other projects I’ve been hopping back and forth on for the past six months or so and new projects I’ve added in during that time.
I am nearly done with the first semester projects for Loopy Academy. I started on my second mitten last night and it’s more than 3/4s done.
I think this has become my new favorite mitten pattern. Just love the way they fit so I’ll be stash diving to find some more worsted weight yarn to make more.
And because there were not enough items in the works on needles (or maybe because I really wanted to see how the color changes looked on this yarn as it was knit — it has gold glints throughout it that aren’t showing up in my lovely Sunny Saturday photo. It’s going to be just a simple cowl and will be very lightweight yet cozy in this yarn.
There should have also been some new yarn acquisition that arrived earlier this week. Looks like I’m thinking sort of fall colors doesn’t it — well except that one on the right — that one is Socks that Rock Rainbow Reindeer. It has such fun colors in it – even more shades when you flip it to the other side. The colors in this photo are washed out a bit by the sunny day – they are all a bit darker and richer looking in reality. the Rainbow Reindeer I have plans in the near future for – more on that later. Two two on the left are Socks that Rock also in River Rocked and the middle ones are Jilly Dream in a color dyed exclusively for The Loopy Ewe called Big Box of Crayons. I would love to have a sweater made out of that one but a sweater quantity of fingering weight yarn — that’s a whole lot of yarn, and makes for a rather expensive sweater. Haven’t decided for sure what I’ll make with those – Sheri at TLE made a pretty cowl from some of it and it is so pretty – very simple texture in it to show off the mass of colors in the yarn so I’m leaning towards that.
I have still been working on my blue lace panel sweater and I think I am just a couple rows away from the armhole bind off — once I get that far it’s like the home stretch to finishing either a front or back. My other CF KAL sweater – I haven’t made much more progress on the front after starting over once because the original cables weren’t really showing up so changed the stitch pattern. I’m not sure I’m totally in love with what I switched to instead but need to knit a bit more to see for sure. That has been put aside to work on my Loopy Academy projects.
I was also busy with quilt designs the last two weeks or so. Quilt Market is approaching so the folks at Hoffman California Fabrics are busy getting ready and that means I was busy with a quilt design for them. I won’t show you the actual full design and the new fabric line it’s for yet but I really love how it looked (of course I’m biased). It’s for a gorgeous Asian/Oriental themed fabric line and it got me to thinking about my stack of fabrics of that style. So despite the fact that I was super busy I decided I’d treat myself to a break – cutting out patches for this quilt. The actual quilt pattern I did for Hoffman has some applique in it – I opted not to do any of the applique in the quicky version of it I’m making but may need to make a second one later from the actual fabric line with the applique on it since the applique really does make the quilt and show off the fabrics well in the design.
Anyway – in searching through my stash I knew I had some larger pieces in shades of blue that I had been given as gifts by a dear friend. She knows I like the fabrics with a bit of gold glint in them and these are so pretty. She also had given me a panel piece that has been waiting in the stash for just the right project — and it fit in perfectly with this.
Check out the Koi and Pagoda blocks – those I fussy cut form the panel and was able to get two of each.
So here’s all the fabrics I pulled for this project from the stash — can’t wait to see how it looks with the framing and sashing pieces that get added. It will definitely be a “plainer” version of the original quilt design without the applique but it’s a great use of those stash fabrics – I can’t believe I found enough in blues and golds for it.
Okay time to get busy around here. As for my plans alluded to for the Rainbow Reindeer Socks that Rock — stay tuned for my next blog post with my Socktoberfest plans…. yes… Socktoberfest is nearly here did you forget???……no my Socktoberfest plans for this year are not as crazy as past Socktoberfest challenges I’ve had….. so you may want to join in. 🙂