Artistic Overdrive

How many different projects have my hands touched today (just call me Magpie — talk about being distracted by shiney objects). 🙂

I did a bit of binding stitching on the Hillside houses.  That is a wall hanging that is for one of my TLE Mixer projects – plus it means just getting a WIP finished.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have the finished project to show.

Then there was  that brainstorm yesterday that I really wanted to finish my December knitting mixer for TLE (even if I hadn’t started it yet).  The theme for that challenge is the letter “D” for December.  You can use a “DK” yarn, pattern name or color name or designer name that starts with D – it’s a pretty loose interpretation.  I knew what yarn I really wanted to use – a bulky weight in a gorgeous red called Jupiter (no “D”) there.  I couldn’t really find a pattern that I wanted to use it for but then I thought of the pie crust lattice stitch I’m using on my CF sweater – I absolutely love that stitch and it would be so squish and pretty in a bulky yarn but no “D” involved in  that either.  But if I make up my own pattern I can call it whatever I like!   So  “Dark Cherry Pie Cowl” pattern was born.

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The color is a bit darker and richer looking but I started on this last night and made great progress (especially considering all the other things I got distracted with).  And it’s much quicker to do in the round rather than flat like on my sweater.

Then there was the brilliant idea to get something on the loom.  I didn’t take a photo but I did get it partially warped with the Old Gold yarn.  I’ve got all the slots filled and just need to go back and do the holes and tie it all off and I’ll be ready to start.  I think I’ll save that until tomorrow to do.

Then Judy the enabler  (you know who she is) 🙂  was talking about the ESK 2017 Yarnathon.  I had forgotten they would be starting a new one.  I hadn’t participated much last year (other than ordering some yarn) because the projects didn’t interest me but I checked out this year’s quarterly projects.  The first one is knitting a Melanie Berg design – I love many of her shawls.  I have the On the Spice Market but the yarn didn’t come from ESK so first I had to go and look at my past orders from ESK to see if I had purchased any yarn that would work for a shawl I wanted to make.  A lot of my yarn from ESK was just single hanks of Bugga and other sock yarn but I have some oh so soft Hand Maiden Mini Maiden I had gotten from ESK in the stash.

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I’m interested in setting how it knits up because of the shading in it.  Did I mention how soft it is?  It’s 50% wool / 50%silk and I’m going to use it to make You’re Beautiful.   The designer has so many lovely striped or multicolor shawls but after making a couple of striped shawls by various designers I realized most of my tops are prints and there’s only so may things I can wear multicolored/striped shawls with.  So I think this one will be a great addition to the wardrobe since it should read as a solid.

As I was looking through my yarn orders to see what might work for the other quarter ESK projects – one of them is a sweater and the red yarn I recently swatched for a sweater is from ESK so I’ll be waiting before starting a sweater out of that.  I may be able to do all  – or maybe all but one – from stash yarn.

Now to do a bit of machine quilting on the wine glass wallhanging.

 

 

 

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Another Giveaway

I won a free pattern code from the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long on Ravelry but I didn’t really see any patterns that I really had to have and part of my 2017 knitting plan is to use the many patterns I already have and not accumulate more — trust me I have plenty to choose from.  Since we can pass the code along to someone else to use, I’m going to pass it on to some lucky person who wants it and will use it.

You must have a Ravelry account to use the code (Ravelry accounts are free and they do not send you emails so you don’t have to worry about that like some free accounts you sign up for  from yarn manufacture/pattern sites where they send you emails at least once a week or more  – which I find very annoying.)

Check out the patterns available by Miranda Jollie which can be found at this link on Ravelry.   She has many patterns that say there were published in magazines – those are not available for purchase .  When you click on the project image, it will open the project page for it and on that page it will say if it is available for purchase and have a purchase price.  Only the available for purchase patterns will of course use the code.

So if you wish to enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post with the name of the specific pattern(s) you’d like to make and I’ll pick a winner to get the coupon code on Friday so you’ve got nearly a week to peruse patterns. 🙂

UPDATED 1/6/17 – CONGRATULATIONS LYNN – YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE COUPON CODE.  I’LL BE EMAILING IT TO YOU.

 

 

Starting the New Year out right — do ALL the stuff

And by doing “all the stuff” I mean all the stuff I love – knitting, quilting, and weaving.  I have been wanting to get a new project on my 15″ Cricket loom for a month or more but was busy with other stuff.  I had the yarn picked out I wanted to use and when I moved the furniture around in the living room (and the loom which hides behind my couch when not in use) I thought I really need to get that warped up.   And then yesterday, when leaning out a box of stuff that had accumulated in the sewing room, I found the Video for warping the loom.   Clearly it was a sign that I need to get that weaving project going.  I always have to watch the first few minutes of the video because I instinctively want to set things up backwards — not good. LOL

Here’s the yarn I will be using.  I think they will play nicely together.

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I also started the New Year out lazy – I slept in – I never do that.   All this time I’ve been on vacation I’ve actually be up earlier than my alarm is set for work — much to do and fun to have.  This morning I lounged I bed until 9 a.m. – I was awake earlier but was snuggly warm and watching another marathon of old shows I’ve never seen before – Our Miss Brooks. It’s now nearly lunch time and I haven’t had breakfast so I think I’ll go pop into the weaving video for a refresher while I mix up some biscuits because I think I will have breakfast for lunch today.

Food, more coffee, and then I think I will get the wine glass wall hanging quilted.  If memory serves me right I think there’s a second wine glass wall hanging in the tops stash waiting to be quilted too.  May have to see if I can find that.

CustomFit Giveaway Winner

The random number generator has spoken for this giveaway of a credit code to generate your own CustomFit sweater pattern – customfit.makewearlove.com

And the winner is

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lucky number four  which means the lucky person is

Amy (Waunaknit)

I’m currently knitting a Timber cardigan. I keep looking at CustomFit but haven’t actually pulled the trigger and made my own pattern yet. Happy New Year!

A fellow Wisconsonite (so I know she needs sweaters) LOL and prolific knitter.  Amy, I’ll send you an email later today or tomorrow through Ravelry to give you the code you will need for a free pattern.  Congratulations!

 

 

Happy 2017!

newyearI was so busy quilting and didn’t have the New Year’s eve celebration shows on the tv and it wasn’t until I just looked at the clock on the computer that I realized I had missed midnight.  It’s 1 a.m. and I’ve just finished pinning the binding in place to hand sew to the back of my wall hanging.

I hope those of you who planned to sew in/quilt in the new year had as productive an evening as I did.  Now its time for jammies, cozy quilt and comfy chair while I hand stitch some binding.

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