Finished! It’s 6 p.m. and I just finished adding the binding to my nephew’s quilt. It’s ready for some hand stitching to finish it off. The green music print on the outside of the piano key board is the binding that just hasn’t been pinned around to the back yet. Finally I will have some decent numbers to add to the fabric used tally.
I’ve been busy quilting on my nephew’s quilt since mid morning and it’s time for a little break. I’m on to the (maybe) final border. I may need to go back and add a bit of quilting to the inner border but I’m working on the piano keys.
But I’ve made great progress. The center is all quilted now so just need to finish the border – I’m about a third done I think. But am so loving quilting on the new machine.
Tired of seeing this lacy thing? More progress. I’ve got just a dozen or so rows left to make the top vee inverted compared to the rest and then I’m on to the straight stockinette of the back. Moving along nicely. I’m definitely going to use this lacy stitch pattern in something for myself. I just love it and it’s so easy. I keep saying that but it really is.
Yesterday’s post told of my two Wollmeise orders (yeah, I know – Knit the Stash – not exactly working but (1) it was Wollmeise and (2) now that I know I can make sweaters that fit, I need sweater amounts of yarn! and (3) it was Wollmeise). excuse. But I had a brainstorm in the middle of the night (my friends who have gotten messages from me know that if I’ve had a brainstorm it could be hazardous to them because it usually means I have a plan I want them to help me with — but in this case it was only hazardous to my checkbook). My thought was that if I ordered a bit more of the Wollmeise Pure, I’d have enough for a sweater set. I’m envisioning a simple color blocked cardigan with like the top quarter of the sweater and shoulders one color and the rest a different color, and then a little sleeveless shell (like a Twin Set) underneath that uses the same colors in various stripes on the top of it and plain on the bottom – but all using the same 3 or 4 colors to tie it all together. Soooo it just so happened that there was still some of the main color I wanted for the sweater left so I ordered more and another color to coordinate with the other ones I had already ordered. I will be in Box of Fun heaven next week!
This weekend I may actually get back to some quilting – the new machine has been sitting and waiting with my nephew’s quilt 1/4 done for the last week or more and I’d like to get all the quilting done on it this weekend. And now that I have a comfy chair I’ll be all set.
Groceries are stocked and put away, I’m ignoring the clutter in my living room (can’t be cleaning on a Friday nite), and I think time to grab a soda, pop in a movie, and knit the night away. Check out patchworktimes.com to see what’s on everyone else’s needles
It’s hard to get a close up of the lace pattern without making the photo blurry but this one is not bad. It looks more pinky here but it’s more coral colored. Someone asked about the yarn, it’s Bamboo Pop from The Loopy Ewe. I haven’t used it before but it feels so nice – it’s half cotton and half bamboo. The pattern is Sunny Days Tank from Patons. It’s on Ravelry (free) and you can probably find it on the Paton’s website too.
Yesterday’s photo I only had two repeats of the lace pattern done; this photo shows 4 repeats and actually I now have 5 done since I was sitting here knitting as I was waiting for the computer to finish some updates.
The knit the stash report just is not working the way it’s supposed to….. I need to knit faster because that darn Sheri at TLE is messing with my Knit from the Stash challenge. LOL For years Wollmeise yarn was just something of myths to me. It was always sold out before I ever saw any update. BUT…. yes, I got lucky (not lucky for my stash challenge – but lucky because some lovely sweater can be made for ME! I quickly checked out with the DK weight I wanted and then went back and put two colors of Pure in my cart, took them out, put them back, closed the web page, put them back…heck I got them too!
But anyone who has ever received a Box of Fun — you have to check out Sheri’s blog and see the photo of what she and the Loopy Elves think the recipient’s of a Box of Fun look like as they see it being delivered to them. It’s hysterical and I’m going to have to find my roller skates!
Walk away from the computer Denise and go knit!!
I started last night on a little cotton/bamboo top as a gift. It’s got a lovely little lacy design on the bottom and despite the fact that I trudged through four or five inches of new snow this morning to the bus stop, I’m trying to think spring with this color yarn.
Gotta go … there’s knitting to be done.
As with all things Loopy Ewe, they do it well. The currently Loopy Fabric Challenge is a project bag. My fabrics for my bag arrived. Look at all those cute little ribbons — a Box of Fun is so fun to receive!
My “project bags” tend to do more than just carry projects. I don’t carry a “real purse” — just usually grab my wallet and keys and they go in whatever tote/project bag I happen to be using at the time. My plan is to combine different things I like from some of the various tote bags I’ve had over the years into my bag – we’ll see if I’m able to. But in my package – various prints that will all play nice together in quarter yards and half yards, along with some Wonder Under and Décor Bond. That large owl print is so adorable but it may end up on the inside of the bag …. we’ll see when I figure out my final plan. And I just might have an idea to make sure of those red ribbons that came wrapped around my fabrics!
It’s not too late to join in – discount on fabrics ends later this week so don’t procrastinate. Can anyone ever have too many totes?? Info on Loopy’s Spring Bag Challenge.
(okay….. yes…. there MIGHT have been a wee bit of yarn in that package but I’ll show you it another day. It’s for a birthday present for my favorite sister – and yes I really only have one sister so I’m really not playing favorites - tho since her birthday is later this month, she will likely be getting a belated present unless I knit like the wind!.)
Well they are not great photos – I mean how good can they be when you’re trying to take one on your own, either with the timer or into mirror trying not to get major flash splotch and have 5 minutes before you have to head out to work. LOL
But I finished off the sweater last night. It fits just as it should so I’m very happy I tried Customfit and there will be a lot more Customfit sweaters in my future.
I wore it to work today and it was comfy, cozy and warm.
I already have a new swatch blocking at the moment.
And… finally some yarn to tally to add to my yards knit tally instead of just stash enhancement!
Last night I was up to the very wee hours of the morning sewing my Customfit sweater, Shore Ledges, together. But first – it has been so many years since I made a sweater (and those earlier results – well we won’t discuss them) LOL The only seamed things I’ve made of late have been mittens and hats and I use the old standby of seaming which was basically a running stitch like you were sewing two pieces of fabric together. But I knew I needed to find mattress stitching among other things to finish off this sweater.
So I was searching out videos on line about midnight on seaming knits and remembered that there’s a Craftsy class for that. Went to look and see what I could find and Seaming Handknits with Chris Blysma was on sale. Excellent. How great is it that at midnight you can just jump into a class on line. I haven’t watched the entire class yet – I was just hopping around to the parts I needed to learn – shoulder seams — how cool, joining vee stitches from each side of the shoulder and then pulling both ends of your sewing yarn and it magically (at least I think it’s magic) compacts to the perfect seam and hides your sewing yarn. I had never seen that before. And how to pick up different stitches whether it’s a stepped shoulder seam or not, mattress stitching side seams…. in no time I had it figured out and went to work and I must say I’m very pleased with how my seams turned out on a first try! The side seams are practically invisible. I’ll go back later and watch all the other portions of the class I skipped over to get to what I needed for the sweater I was working on – but that’s what’s so nice about the Craftsy class – you can go to the portions you need, replay them until you’ve got it or play them as you are actually doing your own to follow along, and go back to them whenever you need. And I’ve found some great free classes there too.
So here’s my sweater so far – all seamed – and now I need to go back and add the neck trim around the vee. The bell shaped sleeves and bottom of the sweater have a seed stitch edging and the vee neck is edged in seed stitch as well except it ends with two long ties hanging down the front. Then all that is left is to bury the ends. It was very early a.m. when I finished seaming and finally went to bed but first thing this morning with my fingers crossed I tried on the sweater. I’m totally sold on using Customfit to get sweaters that fit me. I couldn’t ask for a better fit and can’t wait to get the neck edge done so I can wear it.
My first Customfit sweater attempt — still has to be ripped out but that was totally due to my errors in measuring. This one is great and now I have to think about what sort of Customfit pattern I want to generate next.
On to the chores I need to get done first and some brunch — then I just remembered some stash yarn that just might be enough for a spring sweater so I will have to try swatching and see how it looks knit up since it’s a multicolor. I’ve got the Tressage KAL I’m working on at home (need to pay attention to the pattern for the cables so not a good bus riding project until I get farther along) so a simple spring sweater sounds like a good thing to use Customfit for next.
Snow, cold, snow, even colder, snow, cold …. it’s a vicious circle around here with the weather. One degree outside – heck at least it’s above zero I guess, and more snow outside, but not as much as was expected so that’s good. It is getting monotonous tho.
On a “sunnier” (bad pun) note, I got lots of various stuff done yesterday. First, my Weaver Dog Pound block is done except for the pressing and squaring up.
I think I will wait until I’m all done with the dogs to decide if I want to put buttons or beads or whatever other goodies I might find on them to decorate their collars.
I also got part of one of the “Head to Toe” stocking cap blocks done. Still need to cut out the reverse image of a couple hats.
I got my new sewing chair put together yesterday, which was extremely easy, and it said on Amazon it was a big chair for tall people and they did not lie. I feel like Edith Ann in her big chair. :-) I can put it so high my feet barely touch the ground which for a tall person is rare and its big seat is very comfortable on mine.
Look at it compared to my old chair which did not raise up near high enough. No more chair cutting me off in the back of the legs because the seat isn’t long enough from front to back. Love it.